Cottages for a Festive stay

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Although many of us are still trying to cling on to that last glimpse of summer, Christmas is slowly but surely creeping up on us – It is a long established fact that the best way to ensure a stress-free Christmas is to be organised and to begin your planning early.

Christmas is all about spending quality time with your family, eating too much, drinking excessively and generally forgetting the every-day stresses and indulging in the seasonal magic. Between the bracing walks, hearty pub lunches and cosy nights in a property with enough room for everyone, there’s nothing better than a winter break. Christmas holidays with your loved ones are all about making those treasured memories, so along with holidaycottages.co.uk we have put together an itinerary of everything Yorkshire has offer over these wonderful wintery months.

Yorkshire Coast

Yorkshire Coast

Nowhere celebrates Christmas quite like the Yorkshire coast! From festive shows and cabarets to sparkling parades and Christmas light displays you really can have a magical Christmas; whether you’re visiting Scarborough, Whitby, Filey or Bridlington or one of the many other gorgeous towns. Take a trip to Whitby Christmas market for a spot of retail therapy. It’s the perfect place to pick up those last few stocking fillers! For a glamorous evening, head to the snowy Winter Wonderland in Whitby Pavilion to enjoy a three course seasonal feast and fabulous entertainment in style.

Where to stay: Primrose House Of Filey is a luxury seaside getaway perfect for a family Christmas break right on the Yorkshire coast. Sleeping 11 people, this large property provides ample space for a large family without any stepping on toes! The cosy finish to this property, coupled with its excellent central location in Filey makes it the perfect festive escape.

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

If a traditional Christmas is what you’re after, then whether travelling as a family or a couple the Yorkshire Dales will provide a truly enchanting getaway. Think cosy farmhouse pubs, fantastic restaurants, woodland walks and rolling green hills as that’s exactly what you’re going to get. To remove the hassle of cooking the Christmas dinner why not treat yourself this year and book a delicious three course meal at the pretty chocolate box pub The Yorke Arms.

Leyburn Christmas Festival is a great family orientated event complete with stalls, festive music, refreshments and entertainment and of course – Father Christmas!

Where to stay: For a cosy cottage fit for two, Winsbury Farm Cottage nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Hauxwell is a perfect romantic retreat for couples who want to experience Christmas with beautiful surroundings. This semi-detached former calf barn has been lovingly refurbished to a high standard and offers panoramic countryside views.

York and the Wolds

York and the Wolds

For the shopaholics amongst us, York is the perfect city break. Every year York is transformed into a winter wonderland offering superb shopping, magical festivals and a fantastic programme of events for all the family. While in this beautiful honey-coloured city, you will be greeted by a whole host of Christmas magic at every corner; from ice-skating and Santa’s grottos to pantomimes and street markets with carol concerts and mulled wine.

While in York – the city renowned for its cocoa delights, head to one of the many chocolate making workshops to try your hand at some delicate chocolatier skills to take back as extra presents.

Where to stay: The Shambles is a chic city centre apartment which has been lovingly converted from a 17th century farmhouse. The property could not be in a more ideal area being located just minutes from the beautiful ancient walled city and cobbled streets. Sleeping two, this is the ultimate romantic escape to snuggle up and enjoy the luxury comforts.

North York Moors

North York Moors

The vast North York Moors are fantastic for a family Christmas celebration. Embark on an enchanting journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with the Santa Express, this round trip will highlight the beautiful rural views, whilst allowing you to indulge in mince pies and refreshments, knowing your children are happily waiting in anticipation to meet Santa in his grotto at the end of the ride whilst being entertained by all the festive activities on offer.

A visit to Castle Howard is also a must whilst in the area during December, this magnificent castle is transformed with candles, garlands and wreaths alongside soaring trees glittering with baubles and lights. Live music and roaring log fires also add to the seasonal celebrations. The grounds are complete with a shop and café making it the perfect winter day out.

Where to stay: To really indulge in everything the North York Moors stands for, a stay in a working farm will provide the ultimate cosy getaway. The Granary At Cross Holme Farm boasts a great position in the stunning North York Moors National Park and is the perfect base to explore Yorkshire with your family.

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