New Year and Christmas accommodation - live vacancies.

Christmas and New Year is traditionally a family-orientated time, so for those who want to take a break away from home during the Festive season, this can be difficult. This is more so for large families or groups of friends where they have the requirement to ensure everyone is able to be under one roof at one time to celebrate the holiday together.

However, we can solve this quandary, showing you accommodation in country houses and lodges for large family groups or groups of friends, that is available to rent. A traditional Christmas lunch can be organised under the one roof, without having any members of the family or friends’ group having to live at different locations. It also saves suffering the hassle associated with trying to find a location comprised of enough separate accommodation units that are available to rent at one and the same time. Self-catering gives you options to be organised in advance with the festive menus and cooking, to get a working party to peel the potatoes, order prepared meals locally or to hire a cook for the holiday.

More importantly, it also saves anyone having to drive or arrange transport to get to a central location. Everyone in the group can be together without anyone having the inconvenience of organising travel to and from and their own accommodation.

Also, the worry of having enough room for everyone to sit around one table together disappears, as all our large holiday houses feature all the facilities to cater for the larger group. However we recommend that you book well in advance as many of the larger houses do not have last minute availability, and often families return from a previous year.

And it’s not only for meals, as everyone can be located in the one property with enough bedrooms to meet the accommodation needs of all the members of the family or friends’ group. There is also plenty of room for socialising, with all able to sit together comfortably. So for example, organising a reception before lunch or dinner becomes simplicity itself in terms of having a large enough space for everyone.

Christmas holidays - see our editors hand selected houses

What's important when choosing a holiday house for the festival season? The location, the number of beds - roaring fire or wood burning stove - hot tub - games room? It's good to consider the 'wet weather' plan when holidaying in UK!

Rental properties with availability for Christmas and New Year.

Pinewood House, sleeps 16 in Kelso.

Big house in The Scottish Borders near Kelso with 8 bedroom, sleeps 16, Pets friendly, Barbecue, Ground Floor Facilities, Wifi, Cot Available, Swimming Pool, Private Hot Tub.

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Burnfoot Of Cluden, sleeps 16 in Dumfries.

Large country houses to rent in Dumfries and Galloway near Dumfries with 8 bedroom, sleeps 16, Pets friendly, Barbecue, Wifi, Cot Available, Fishing Nearby.

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Tulchan Lodge, sleeps 16 in Crieff.

Big house in Perthshire near Crieff with 8 bedroom, sleeps 16, Pets friendly, Barbecue, Wifi, Cot Available.

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Ardlamont House, sleeps 16 in Tighnabruaich.

Vacation retreat in Argyll and Bute near Tighnabruaich with 8 bedroom, sleeps 16, Pets friendly, Golf nearby, Cot Available, Coastal Property.

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St Blanes House, sleeps 25 in All Isle of Bute.

Big party house in Argyll and Bute near All Isle of Bute with 9 bedroom, sleeps 25, Pets friendly, Barbecue, Golf nearby, Pub within 1 mile, Sea View, Wifi, Cot Available, Fishing Nearby, Coastal Property.

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Kinlochmoidart House, sleeps 18 in Acharacle.

Hire a large house in Highlands near Acharacle with 10 bedroom, sleeps 18, No pets, Cot Available, Coastal Property.

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Costs of holiday houses at Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018.

Peak times attract peak prices - but large group accommodation per person per night can be surprisingly good value - and often cheaper than you think, and you can find holiday homes in every price range. Take two weeks and really relax, see the New Year in with your friends and have the ultimate New Years party all under one roof. Instant on-line prices will allow you accurately budget for your group members, don't forget that pet friendly houses can save a lot in kennel fees over the peak holiday periods. For families you have the luxury and freedom of having the children with you and for friends you can enjoy without worrying where to stay or how to get transport home in the early hours of New Year's Day. Have a great time and enjoy 2018 - don't forget to return to book your UK summer holiday house while there is lots of vacancies!