Pear Tree Loft, Cotswolds
This cosy loft is set in an Old Mill in the small Wiltshire parish of Lacock, which is almost entirely owned by the National Trust. Ideal for couples wanting a country escape, the property is small but quaint, with an open-plan living room/diner, a spacious kitchen equipped with everything you need for a weekend and a double bedroom. Overlooking the river Avon, guests can take a New Year Day’s walk along the bank to explore the village and its historic sites, including Lacock Abbey where several movies and TV shows have been filmed over the years.
Georgian Flat, Bristol
If you want to experience Bristol’s buzzing nightlife, this newly refurbished flat is in Bishopston, a ten-minute drive from the city centre. Close to one of the longest streets of independent shops and restaurants in the UK, the flat is on the first floor of a typical Georgian building, with an open-plan living area and bright, light interiors. There’s a modern kitchen and bathroom, a spacious bedroom and bathroom with Diptyque toiletries, and free parking in the area.
Seafront Flat, Hastings
If you’d rather be by the sea for a blustery New Year’s Day walk, this Hastings flat has floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful seafront views. Couples can cook on the island in the modern kitchen, before settling down on the sofa or in the en-suite bedroom. The interiors are coastal inspired, with whitewashed walls and pops of blue throughout, and the owners can even leave a Christmas tree in the window for guests to enjoy.
FOR 4 GUESTS
Tudor Cottage, West Sussex
This beautiful cottage has some of the classiest interiors on this list. In the West Sussex village of Henfield, the property sits on a short footpath and retains several period features, including an inglenook fireplace and a wood burning stove. 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 nearby village and surrounding country walks.
The Light House, Essex
This modern apartment overlooks the beach in Dovercourt, a small seaside town in Essex. It’s set in a Victorian property with floor-to-ceiling windows and lovely sea views. Just a short walk from the local restaurants and pubs, there’s a main bedroom with a king-sized bed, a twin room, and a shared bathroom. Ideal for a family of four, guests can have meals around the wooden dining table before settling down in front of the fireplace. There’s also a shared garden and off-road parking.
The Photography Loft, London
For a memorable girls’ trip, book this spacious apartment in Clapton, just a short walk from some of east London’s best bars and clubs in Hackney. The open-plan flat includes a modern kitchen/diner with quirky accessories (like oversized lamps and cool artwork), a large sofa with plenty of space for four, and a king-sized bedroom and fold-out bed. There’s also a fold-down TV projector, plus a spacious courtyard with garden seating.
FOR 8 GUESTS
The Saltings, Suffolk
Between Gun Hill beach and Southwold’s beautiful marshes, this modern home has 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 board games. 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. Bedrooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay, from ample storage space to luxury linens and ultra-modern en-suites.
Windmill Cottage, Cotswolds
This cosy country cottage is in the pretty town of Woodstock in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. After a full renovation last year, it now has a modern kitchen that leads into a dining room overlooking the patio. Ideal for a group trip with friends or a family get-together, there are four spacious bedrooms – including a main suite in the attic with its own freestanding bath – plus two further bathrooms and a downstairs loo. Groups can relax in the living room with its smart TV and cosy dimmable lights, while Blenheim Palace is only a three-minute walk away.
Godminster Manor Cottage, Somerset
One of the smartest properties on this list, Godminster Manor Cottage is set in a private cobbled courtyard on an organic dairy farm. The 18th-century stone property has been carefully restored with an inglenook fireplace, flagstone flooring and an eclectic mix of contemporary and vintage furniture. Just outside of Bruton – one of the coolest towns in Somerset – the cottage has great views and inside, there are two spacious bedrooms with wooden beams, plus a separate annex with a mezzanine bed and fold-out bed. There’s also a beautiful kitchen/diner with a range cooker, island and oak dining table, as well as a spacious garden.
FOR EXTRA LARGE GROUPS
Casina Cottage, Cotswolds
Casina Cottage is in the pretty cobblestoned village of Coln St Aldwyns in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Just a short walk from the Coln River valley, the cottage is surrounded by beautiful countryside and plenty of walking routes. With space for up to 10 guests across five double bedrooms and bathrooms, families or groups can power up the indoor wood burner in the dining room, relax in the lounge, and cook meals together on the aga. The interiors are simple yet classic, with plush linens and stylish decorative accents throughout, like scalloped lampshades and reupholstered headboards.
Horizon, West Sussex
This Scandinavian-inspired house is right on the beach at Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex. With beautiful views of the surrounding Downs, there are six bedrooms of various sizes for up to 12 guests, as well as a spacious open-plan kitchen/diner with everything you need for a memorable NYE – including a wine fridge and plenty of seating options for dinner parties or drinks. Guests can also use the pebbled garden with further outdoor seating and a fire pit, and play music on the Sonos sound system.
Ashby Manor House, Northamptonshire
For a blow-the-budget trip, this stunning manor house in Northamptonshire sleeps up to 20 across ten bedrooms. In Ashby St Ledgers, it dates back to the 13th century and was the meeting place for Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and their fellow conspirators during the gunpowder plot in 1605. These days, the house has stunning interiors with a mixture of contemporary and vintage furniture, crisp linens in each of the spacious bedrooms, and tasteful pops of colour throughout. Guests can relax in one of the many formal living areas and use the billiard room, games room, library and outdoor tennis court. Groups are encouraged to book private chefs for evening meals, and the housekeeper can also remain on the property.
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