If you want to visit the Cotswolds, this beautiful, converted barn is ideal for a festive weekend. Located in Upper Swell, just a short drive from Stow-on-the-Wold, there are six double bedrooms which sleeps up to 12 guests. A beautiful tablescape can be laid on the dining table in the open-plan kitchen-diner, and groups can hire a private chef or cook special dinners in the spacious kitchen, complete with an Aga. Some bedrooms have stylish en-suites with rainfall showers; others have free-standing baths with lovely countryside views. There’s also a spacious terrace with seating and an outdoor heater.
In the Montpellier district of Cheltenham, this stunning Georgian townhouse has everything you need for a special celebration. With ultra-modern interiors, the property itself has five double bedrooms for ten guests, all of which have generous en-suites with free-standing baths or walk-in rainfall showers. The best part? A gorgeous living area with plush sofas, plus a dedicated drinking den with a marble bar and two fridges with space for plenty of champagne.
Hosted by StayCotswold, you’ll find this luxury in the historic town of Burford, within walking distance of some lovely cafés, pubs and independent shops. Ideal for parties and New Year’s Eve dinners, the cottage has underfloor heating on the ground floor, where there’s an open-plan living area, a drawing room with an indoor wood burner, a grand dining room (you can request extra chairs for up to ten guests) and a fully equipped kitchen. There are five bedrooms, one of which overlooks the pretty courtyard, as well as a spacious garden if you want to hire a marquee.
South Downs House
Set on a 2.5-acre estate with beautiful countryside views, this house sleeps ten across five double bedrooms. Located in the small village of Newdigate, there are two lovely pubs within walking distance, as well as several good walking routes for a New Year’s Day stroll. There are also three modern bathrooms, a cosy living room with an indoor wood burner and an open plan kitchen-diner ideal group dinners and parties. A patio area awaits outside.
Surrey Hills Manor House
If you’re planning an extravagant event for the weekend, escape to this grand manor house in the Surrey Hills, just a 40-minute drive from London. With space for up to 22 guests, the estate can help arrange private dinners, parties and in-home spa treatments. The property itself has eight generous bedrooms, all of which have opulent interiors with four-poster beds and en-suites. Groups can relax by the fire in the living room, play pool and cards in the game room, and host evening drinks in the formal dining room.
The Firs is a five-star retreat spanning four properties just outside the village of Cratfield in Suffolk. There are ten bedrooms in four small cottages on the estate – ideal for groups of couples or large family gatherings. Guests can relax in the wood-fired hot tub and sauna (for an additional fee), before enjoying country walks and trips to the local pubs. Each self-contained cottage has Hypnos cashmere beds, indoor wood burners, a cosy living area and an en-suite, while a communal terrace with a pizza oven awaits outside.
Between Gun Hill Beach and Southwold’s beautiful marshes, this modern home has space for eight guests in four double bedrooms. Head to the beach for a lovely New Year’s Day walk, then cosy up in the living room with drinks and boardgames. The Saltings also has an open-plan kitchen-diner where the dining table takes centre stage – ideal for an NYE dinner – as well as an outdoor patio with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Bedrooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay, from ample storage space to luxury linens and ultra-modern en-suites.
Country House Estate
One of the most luxury properties on this list, this beautiful country house sits on the edge of Goodwood Estate just outside the South Downs national park. Guests enter through a reception hall with a grand staircase and roaring fire, before reaching the drawing room, kitchen and dining room which has a small home bar. There are seven bedrooms in total, all of which are simple yet classic, with king-sized beds and white linens, while the playroom has a cool tipi for little ones to play in. Groups can enjoy brunch at the dedicated breakfast table, settle down to movies in the evenings, or play boardgames, table tennis and darts in the games room.
The Tap House
This newly refurbished Georgian house is in the pretty Hampshire village of East Stratton. Easily reached by car, the property is ideal for families or groups of up to eight. The property is attached to a lovely pub, The Northbrook Arms, where guests can pop across for evening drinks or a New Year’s Day lunch. There are four en-suite bedrooms, plus a cosy living room with an indoor wood burner and a spacious kitchen.
This beautiful cottage has some of the chicest interiors on this list. In the village of Henfield in West Sussex, the property – which sleeps ten – sits on a short footpath, retaining several period features including an inglenook fireplace and a wood burning stove in the living room. Rooms are simple yet charming, with plenty of storage and modern en-suites, while the rustic kitchen-diner is ideal for candlelit dinners and laid-back parties. Be sure to explore the village and surrounding country walks nearby.
Going to Brighton is always a good idea, so if you want to celebrate NYE by the sea, book this modern townhouse which sleeps up to ten. Just a five-minute walk to Brighton seafront, the property is in a great location if you want to ring in the new year at one of the nearby bars or nightclubs. If you’d rather stay in, a festive celebration is best spent around the open-plan kitchen-diner which has a beautiful dining table, ideal for special dinners. The Bakery also has five bedrooms, a living area with a sofa bed, and two bathrooms with a bath and a shower. We love the look of the dressing areas in each room, complete with light-up mirrors – ideal for perfecting your NYE look.
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