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Country Or City, These Are The 13 Best Airbnbs For UK Festive Escapes

Whether you’re planning a city jaunt for the festive lights and markets or you want to swap hustle and bustle for something truly remote, there’s nothing quite like a Christmas getaway. It’s one of the reasons why The Holiday remains one of the very best festive films (well, this and Jude Law in glasses). Escaping normality feels exciting at the best of times but throw carols, mulled drinks around the fire and the possibility of snow into the mix and it’s positively magical.

With the disappointment of Christmas 2020 at the back of our mind and our eyes set on a brighter, merrier festive season, we’ve rounded up the very best getaways that Airbnb has to offer, from stunning London flats to quaint, cosy cottages and seaside hideaways. But you better be quick booking ‘cos it looks like everyone has travel on their mind right now!


St Albans Grove Cottage

Location: Kensington, London
Rate: £200 per night
Guests: 2Just a stone’s throw away from Kensington High Street and Kensington Gardens and a 20 minute walk from the ice rink at the Natural History Museum, you’re perfectly situated for long, wintry walks with hot chocolate to go and spotting Christmas lights. Inside, this cosy cottage feels a world away from the busy city.


The West Nest

Location: Isle of Skye, Scotlan
Rate: £242 per night
Guests: 4So you want something really remote? How about the Isle of Skye and a luxury retreat perched high on Glendale, with uninterrupted views down the glen and out to North Uist? Here you’ll truly feel like you’ve escaped the real world, with stunning sea views, long countryside walks and evenings in front of the wood burner.


The Lake District Bunkbarn

Location: Ings, Cumbria
Rate: £753 per night
Guests: 13Yes, this is definitely the most expensive Airbnb on this list but when you consider that it sleeps 13 and is the perfect reunion base – check out that huge, open-plan kitchen/diner/living room – we reckon it’s worth it.


The Courtyard

Location: Bath, Somerset
Rate: £219 per night
Guests: 6Stylish and cosy, you won’t want to leave this two-bedroom apartment. If you do, though, you’re on the doorstep of the Museum of Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Bath Abbey, a 15 minute walk from ice skating in Royal Victoria Park and less than an hour’s drive from Longleat.


Covent Garden Apartment

Location: Soho, London
Rate: £172 per night
Guests: 2Set in the heart of Soho – opposite the Royal Opera House and less than five minutes’ walk from Covent Garden – this small but cosy flat makes a great base for enjoying London at Christmas.


Owlers Cottage

Location: Camber, Sussex
Rate: £212 per night
Guests: 4Ever dreamed of spending Christmas by the sea, with bracing walks along the coast, pub lunches and evenings by the fire? This Airbnb will make that a reality.


City Flat

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Rate: £126 per night
Guests: 2Based in the west end of Edinburgh, near Princes Street and Haymarket, you’re a walk away from the best the city has to offer: restaurants, bars, shops, the old town, Edinburgh farmers’ market, the castle, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (phew!).


Tegannedd Cottage

Location: Gwynedd, Wales
Rate: £282 per night
Guests: 6Ready to live out your The Holiday fantasy? This quaint, Grade II listed cottage will have you feeling just like Cameron Diaz, complete with a wood burner and claw foot bath. Even better? The hot tub in the garden with stunning views across the valley.


Open-Plan Loft Apartment

Location: Mayfair, London
Rate: £244 per night
Guests: 4With its vaulted ceilings and wooden beams, this London property feels more like a countryside barn conversion, just down the road from Buckingham Palace. The city views from the rooftop patio are the cherry on top.


Palmers Lodge

Location: Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Rate: £330 per night
Guests: 2Set in the parkland of the Holkham Estate and two miles from the sea, this lodge is truly unique. The perfect choice for a romantic Christmas getaway (or for pretending you’re a character in a Jane Austen novel).


Bright Water Cottage

Location: Rockfield, Scotland
Rate: £125 per night
Guests: 4Here, you’ll wake to the sound of the sea, enjoy uninterrupted views of the Moray Firth over dinner and drinks and even possibly spot dolphins and otters along the inlet.


The Shippon

Location: Landscove, Devon
Rate: £124 per night
Guests: 2This is the kind of Airbnb you won’t want to leave – a beautifully converted cow barn with stunning wooden beams, hand-built kitchen, cosy reading nooks and views across the garden. If you do want to head out, you’re a 10 minute drive from Totnes and 30 minutes from Exeter.


Morlo Bach – ‘The ECO’ Tiny Home

Location: Bethesda, Wales
Rate: £80 per night
Guests: 6Small but oh so cosy, this tiny eco home is the dream refuge after a day walking Ogwen Valley and Snowdonia. You can freshen up underneath the waterfall shower, stoke the wood burner and settle down for hot cocoa or a glass of wine in the compact living/dining room.

Credit: Original article published here.

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