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Posted by Danielle Harvey on 11 December 2020
Now that December is upon us and we don't have to feel guilty for putting up our Christmas trees already or blasting festive hits at full volume we can also get excited about a potential white Christmas.
At the time of writing PaddyPower set the odds at 7/1 for snow cover on Christmas Day at Heathrow, London... and it wouldn't even disrupt our holiday plans this year either!
To get you in the mood here's a handful of picture-perfect Christmas cottages from Norfolk Hideaways (www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk) and Rural Retreats (www.ruralretreats.co.uk) that will be sure to get the mulled wine flowing and the stockings hung to a joyful whistling of "Here Comes Santa Clause".
Brooke Cottage, Norfolk
Brooke Cottage is quite simply everything you would imagine from a traditional old Norfolk cottage. Grade II listed, and dating from the 17th century, there's a huge inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove, a twisty, steep winder staircase, original pine latched doors, a lovely brass bed and views over the green of an historical village. The cottage is furnished beautifully with period and comfortable furniture. The doors are low so you may need to remember to duck your head.
Three nights in Dec from £375.
Hause Hall Farm, Cumbria
Hause Hall Farmhouse is located part way up Hallin Fell at the south end of Ullswater in Martindale. Offering spectacular views over the fells and up into the hidden valleys of this secluded area of the Lake District. Famous local author and fell walker A W Wainwright described the Ullswater lakeside walk which starts just at the base of Hallin Fell as "the most beautiful and rewarding in Lakeland."
Three nights in Dec from £2,494 (was £3,053 – 25% off)
Coach House, Worcestershire
The Coach House is a studio conversion quietly situated in the grounds of Fishpools which is a traditional 16th century timber framed house. Rated 4-star by the tourist board, it is reached via a quarter of a mile track and is in a very rural position. Guests will enjoy a south facing private decked area with far-reaching views across fields and farmland which is perfect for watching the sun go down, making this an ideal cottage for a romantic holiday.
Two nights in Dec from £336.
Temple of Diana, Weston Park, Shropshire
The Temple of Diana was built in the 1760's for Sir Henry Bridgeman and is a masterpiece by the 18th century architect James Paine, which has been beautifully restored into luxury holiday accommodation sleeping six. Originally designed as a multi-purpose garden building, the Temple has many intriguing features which can be enjoyed 21st century style. A three-bay glazed Orangery is a wonderful space for relaxing or dining with unbroken views out over the parkland; the circular tea room is now a beautiful sitting room and downstairs the old dairies have been transformed into a modern handmade kitchen with all the mod cons, a large family bathroom with underfloor heating and a rainforest shower plus a comfy snug.
Three nights in Dec from £946.