En­joy the party sea­son at a home from home

Sunday Herald Life - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

AS we all know, there’s no­body who throws a Christ­mas or Hog­manay party like the Scots.

The only down­side to hold­ing a fes­tive shindig in your own place though is grog­gily wak­ing up to a house­ful of dis­carded glasses, half-empty cans, and maybe a few pros­trate bod­ies on the couch.

Per­haps this ex­plains the grow­ing trend in re­cent years of hir­ing a lodge, cot­tage or house else­where for the an­nual fes­tive blowout, or per­haps it is be­cause Scot­land has some of the best scenery and value-for-money prop­er­ties avail­able any­where in the world at this time of year.

There are stun­ning self-cater­ing prop­er­ties the length and breadth of the coun­try that of­fer not just the ideal party venue, but also the chance to per­haps get away with the fam­ily and en­joy a few days to­gether in an idyl­lic set­ting, where a crack­ling log fire might keep you cosy on a crisp morn­ing or a cold, clear Scot­tish night.

Wilder­ness Cot­tages have a fab­u­lous se­lec­tion of prop­er­ties on their web­site with late avail­abil­ity for Christ­mas and New Year, so you should be able to bag a bar­gain for al­most any size of party, from Charleston House op­po­site Gair­loch Har­bour which sleeps ten, to the cosy Old Smiddy in Beauly, which is per­fect for a ro­man­tic get­away.

Great North Lodges also have a spec­tac­u­lar range of prop­er­ties sit­u­ated in and around Aviemore and the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park, such as the large but lux­ury Dru­muil­lie Grange House near Boat of Garten, the pic­turesque Salmon Run Lodge in Car­rbridge which sleeps up to 6, or the smaller but equally charm­ing Strath­spey Cot­tage, which sleeps just two.

The hol­i­day lodges at Piper­dam Golf and Leisure re­sort are also a firm favourite at this time of year, with a wide range of lux­ury prop­er­ties that in­clude full use of the re­sort’s Leisure Spa fa­cil­i­ties.

CEL­E­BRATE: Charleston House at Gair­loch Har­bour sleeps ten peo­ple. AD­VER­TIS­ING FEA­TURE

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