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Cosy cottages in Wales for the festive season

Sarah 23 September 2022

A winter break is a great opportunity to not only bring your nearest and dearest together but to soak up the festive cheer somewhere different. 

Christmas in Wales means you can explore Welsh Christmas traditions, discover the beautiful winter scenery of snow-capped mountains with a Brecon Beacon cottage and enjoy Christmas events in Cardiff, Swansea and Hay-on-Wye. 

Whether you are looking to book for the Christmas week, or you’re planning a pre or post-Christmas escape, we have handpicked a selection of cosy cottages and luxury lodges in Wales for a relaxing winter break. 

Discover our favourites:

Cost Christmas cottages

If your holiday is already in the diary, why not get planning with our guide to Christmas markets in Wales and ideas for winter walks

If you're thinking ahead to New Year celebrations, why not try something different with our alternative New Year breaks and take look at our cottages for the new year in Wales below:

Big family Christmas breaks in Wales

Create new memories this year with a big family Christmas! A large holiday cottage in Wales is a perfect way to get grandparents and extended family all under one roof during the chaos of Christmas time. 

Imagine cousins waking up and opening their stockings together or cooking Christmas lunch with your siblings as you reminisce about the childhood Christmases you spent together. 

Our large group accommodation in Wales and the Welsh borders offers plenty of bedrooms, big kitchens and welcoming living rooms. They are the perfect place to host Christmas when you don’t have room in your own home – or you don’t want the hassle!

Ludlow Jacks Barn, Ludlow, Shropshire, sleeps 8, 1 dog

Ludlow Jacks Barn

This stunning barn conversion is set on the side of a peaceful hill but is also just a short distance from the thriving market town of Ludlow. 

Inside the property, spacious, comfortable rooms offer a warm welcome and you can picture your family sat together around the table, pulling crackers, wearing Christmas hats and tucking into a roast turkey.

Tumbles End Barn, Govilon, South Wales, sleeps 6, 2 dogs

Tumblers End Barn

In the heart of the Bannau Brycheiniog / Brecon Beacons National Park, this delightful property takes you off-grid and into the countryside for your Christmas in Wales. 

The open-plan kitchen/living/diner provides a social living space so that while you cook up a storm on the AGA, you can keep an eye on the kids as they snuggle down to watch Christmas films. 

Burn off your Christmas lunch with a stroll around the property’s 40 acres of land which takes in caves and waterfalls. Or for a more relaxed approach, jump in the bubbling hot tub! To complete your stay, up to two canines can come too.

Small family Christmas breaks in Wales

Are you craving a quiet winter break in Wales, just you and the kids? Find a cosy cottage that has just the right amount of room for your little family. 

Christmas is a busy time, so we don’t blame you for wanting quality time together this year. It could be your little un's first Christmas, or perhaps the last Christmas before a baby brother or sister arrives and you want to spoil them rotten! 

Whatever kind of festive break in Wales you are planning, there is nothing more magical than the look on children’s faces when they wake up on Christmas morning.

Walney, Aberaeron, West Wales, sleeps 4, 2 dogs


If you think this property looks stunning in the photos, just wait until you see it for yourself. This beautifully refurbished cottage will offer a warm welcome from the moment you step inside, with stylish décor, cosy furnishings, a hot tub, and a lovely social area for that special gathering. 

We particularly love the bright and airy diner, which enjoys beautiful views over the garden. This sociable area is perfect for dinner times, but when you want to get cosy on winter nights, you can snuggle up in front of the wood burner together when you celebrate Christmas in Wales. 

Carno Farmhouse, Libanus, Bannau Brycheiniog / Brecon Beacons, sleeps 4, 2 dogs

Carno Farmhouse

Nestling in the foothills of the Bannau Brycheiniog / Brecon Beacons, this cosy cottage makes an ideal starting point for exploring the idyllic surroundings. 

Equipped with everything your little family needs for the perfect winter break, this cottage offers a rustic feel. You can imagine the look of excitement at Christmas as you set the mince pies and carrot for Rudolph out on the kitchen table before the little ones clamber into the cute twin beds in the children's room.

Romantic Christmas breaks in Wales

Is it going to be your first Christmas or New Year together? Make it one to remember and swap the whirlwind of Christmas at home for quality time, just the two of you with a Christmas or New Year break in Wales.

Imagine yourselves snuggled up in front of the wood burner, swapping Christmas presents and reflecting on your first year together. You may even choose somewhere with a hot tub for an extra treat or opt for a dog-friendly cottage so that your beloved canine can enjoy a Christmas break in Wales too. 

Starlight Cottage, Hay-on-Wye, Bannau Brycheiniog / Brecon Beacons, sleeps 2, 1 dog

Starlight Cottage

Nestled high in the Black Mountains, a deeply luxurious and romantic retreat awaits. Experience the very best relaxing, romantic stay in a truly unique location. 

Stroll straight out to ancient paths, relax in the sublime views, detox in the spa and cwtch by the log fire. Complete bliss just for two...plus your beloved pooch, of course!

The Llyn Retreat, Trefor Beach, North Wales, sleeps 2, 2 dogs

The Llyn Retreat

As soon as you step into this warm cottage, you will feel completely at home together. With its beautiful beams and attention to detail, this holiday home from home is In a fabulous location, on the spectacular Llyn Peninsula. 

From romantic walks from the door to enjoying the spectacular backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range, you'll be sure to have a memorable romantic break here. Take a look at our full range of luxury Snowdonia cottages for even more wonderful winter inspiration. 

Glamping Christmas breaks in Wales

Throw caution to the wind and try something completely different for your Christmas celebrations. Why not get a little closer to nature and book a quirky glamping break in Wales? 

Now, we know what you’re thinking: ‘It’s winter, no chance!’ We have picked a couple of our glamping breaks that will keep you warm and cosy.

Dreamcatcher Wagon, Hay-on-Wye, sleeps 2, 2 dogs

Dreamcatcher Wagon

This quirky carriage certainly offers something a little different! 

Located close to Hay-on-Wye, on an idyllic 17-acre farm in the beautiful Black Mountains, you will be ideally situated to explore the Welsh countryside in all its winter glory. 

Take up to two delighted dogs with you for wonderful walks to set tails wagging. Soak away in your own private hot tub and absorb the glorious landscapes around you. 

Cwtch up around the warming wood burner after a lovely day exploring delightful Hay-on-Wye together, a book lover's paradise!

Beacons Hot Tub Retreat, Llandyfan, West Wales, sleeps 2, 3 dogs

Within the beautiful Bannau Brycheiniog / Brecon Beacons, on the grounds of an equestrian centre, you will find this delightful, handmade shepherd’s hut. 

While it might not be the best spot for cooking up a full-blown Christmas dinner, it is the perfect setting if you are seeking some time together, either over Christmas itself or just before the rush of the festive season. 

Embrace the idea of glamping in winter and snuggle up in front of the wood burner or jump in the wood-fired hot tub for a night beneath the stars.

Book your Christmas escape in Wales

Fallen in love with one of these beautiful abodes for your Christmas celebrations in Wales? Get your break booked up soon, or if you are still searching for that perfect base, you can check out all our Christmas escapes.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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