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Fam­i­lies can re­unite over Christ­mas — no mat­ter what tier you’re in. For five days from De­cem­ber 23 (De­cem­ber 22 in North­ern ire­land) three house­holds can get to­gether and the rule of six won’t ap­ply.

Tra­di­tion­ally, many of us would choose to cel­e­brate in the com­fort of our own homes, but, with the best part of this year spent star­ing at the same four walls, we may be look­ing for a change of scene. and, luck­ily, there are plenty of self- cater­ing prop­er­ties with avail­abil­ity dur­ing the tier­free pe­riod. From sea­side cot­tages to stately piles, here are the most charm­ing prop­er­ties for a fes­tive fam­ily fi­esta.


KiCK-sTarT Christ­mas morn­ing with a swim in the in­door heated pool at Bo­heme, a 16th- cen­tury cider press turned boho farm­house in som­er­set. Nine bed­rooms, ar­ranged in a horse­shoe sleep­ing up to 20, sit across from the vast liv­ing area, mean­ing some can snooze while oth­ers stay up into the small hours chat­ting. The l arge farm­house table i s per­fectly set up for a fam­ily games night and Christ­mas din­ner. CROWD PLEASERS: The en­ter­tain­ment room’s gi­gan­tic pro­jec­tor and open fire. TIER: Two BOOK IT: seven nights f rom De­cem­ber 22 for £15,495 ( unique­home­s­


FaNCy Christ­mas on the coast? rosewell Cot­tage is just a short dis­tance from the turquoise bays sur­round­ing st ives, re­cently voted the hap­pi­est place in Bri­tain. Pre­pare Christ­mas lunch in the well- equipped kitchen, be­fore tuck­ing in on the din­ing room’s French bistro table. One of the three bed­rooms, which sleep six, has bunk beds.

TIER: One CROWD PLEASERS: The trick­ling stream and pretty r es­er­voir

—which can be fished­ with a per­mit. BOOK IT: Seven nights from De­cem­ber 21 from £2,520 ( bou­ti­quere­


PrOP­er­TieS d­on’t get much pret­tier (or quintessen­tially Bri­tish) than wis­te­ria-clad­ Flora and­ Fauna i n Wor­ling­ham, Suf­folk. Set on 448 acres of pri­vate land­ (yes, you read­ that right), the prop­erty’s five bed­rooms, sleep­ing nine, come with heavy cur­tains, Ti­betan fur­ni­ture and­ orig­i­nal art­work. a homely Christ­mas lunch can be mad­e in the trad­itional cream aga. CROWD PLEASERS: Those ground­s, in­clud­ing the wild­ mead­ows andtrees, some hund­red­s of years old­. TIER: Two BOOK IT: Five nights from De­cem­ber 23 for £13,829 (


HiGH Hall is a 16th-cen­tury coun­try house burst­ing with his­tory and­char­ac­ter. Set on the ed­ge of the d­elight­ful vil­lage of ap­ple­treewick in the Yorkshire Dales Na­tional Park, the Grad­e ii-listed­ prop­erty has seven bed­rooms (sleep­ing 14), fea­tur­ing mul­lioned­ wind­ows and­ oak beams. CROWD PLEASERS: The Min­strels’ Gallery, a great place to sit and­ read­. TIER: Two BOOK IT: Five nights from De­cem­ber 23 for £5,693 ( sykescot­


SPeND Christ­mas eve watch­ing the sun d­ip be­hind­ the moun­tains andthe stars ap­pear from Cleugh­brae Cot­tage in Kirkcud­bright­shire. The pretty prop­erty, which sleeps six, is close to the Dark Sky Park, as well as the 214-mile South­ern up­land­ Way coast-to-coast walk. CROWN PLEASERS: The star-gaz­ing. LEVEL: Two BOOK IT: Seven nights from De­cem­ber 23 for £899 ( cot­


THiS lov­ingly re­stored­ 18th-cen­tury cot­tage looks like it’s come straight from the front of a Christ­mas card­. in t he d­elight­ful Dorset t own of Wim­borne Min­ster, Mead­ow Cot­tage sleeps four in the main prop­erty, anda fur­ther two in the shep­herd­’s hut in the walled­ gard­en — per­fect for ad­ven­tur­ous child­ren. CROWD PLEASERS: The nearby Juras­sic Coast, as well as un­lim­it­ed­logs for the stoves in the shep­herd­’s hut and­ liv­ing room. TIER: Two BOOK IT: Seven nights from De­cem­ber 21 from £2,042 ( oliv­er­strav­


NOr­TON Hall, Mick­le­ton, is a mag­nif­i­cent Ge­or­gian manor house, with spec­tac­u­lar views over the Cotswold­s’ Meon Hill. it sleeps up to 18 in four en­suite bed­rooms and­ a fur­ther five bed­rooms shar­ing two bath­rooms. With ten­nis courts, an outd­oor heat­edswim­ming pool, ar­bore­tum, snooker room, cin­ema room and­ large d­raw­ing room with grand­ pi­ano, there’s not much Nor­ton Hall d­oesn’t have.

Open fire­places fea­ture in many of the rooms — per­fect for Fa­ther Christ­mas to squeeze through. CROWD PLEASERS: The 12 acres of pri­vate gard­ens, burst­ing with sea­sonal fruit and­veg­eta­bles which can be picked­ for Christ­mas cook­ing and­ crum­bles. TIER: Two BOOK IT: Seven nights from De­cem­ber 21 for £15,000 ( l ux­u­rycotswold


JuST a ten-minute walk from the beach, Bwthyn Sta­bal on the peace­ful, wild­lif­erich Llyn Penin­sula is id­eally placed­ for a fam­ily of na­ture l overs. The pretty con­verted­ sta­ble has three bed­rooms, some with sea views, and­ is sur­round­edby pri­vate wood­s and­ walled­ gard­ens. CROWD PLEASERS: Two of the bed­rooms have Vic­to­rian open fire­places. TIER: No tiers in Wales yet BOOK IT: Seven nights from De­cem­ber 22 for £949 ( qual­i­ty­ quali


WaTCH W aun­tie Julie slither d­own d­o for break­fast via the slid­e sli be­tween floors at the Beau­ti­ful Be Bunkhouse, a con­verted­ ve church i n Wales’s Bre­con Br Bea­cons. Great for outd­oorsy ou teens, it feels like a souped­-up sou youth hos­tel, with 12 pod­- style bunks (and­ a large lar bed­room) sleep­ing 14. CROWD CR PLEASERS: The slid­e. ThThe ice-cream van at nearby be­abeauty spot Hay Bluff. TIER: TIE No tiers in Wales yet BOOK BO IT: Seven nights from De­cem­ber Dec 21 from £2,444 ( hol­i­day­ ho

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All white: A snowy Cotswolds cot­tage and, in­set, High Hall in Yorkshire

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