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9 cosy cottages for Christmas in Wales

Sarah 11 September 2019

A Christmas 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 in the Brecon Beacons 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 Christmas breaks in Wales for couples and families.



Discover our favourite:

Big family Christmas breaks in Wales

Create new memories this year with a big family Christmas! A large holiday cottage 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 cottages in Wales offer 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!

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

Tumblers End Barn

In the heart of the 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.

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.

Abercynrig House, Brecon, Brecon Beacons, sleeps 12

Abercynrig House

Full of character and thoughtful detail, this stunning Welsh manor house offers an impressive base for your Christmas break in Wales. It has all the ingredients for a big family break, from a games room with a pool table and tables tennis, to the huge dining table where your whole family can tuck into their turkey. Complete with a large kitchen, cosy snug, a drawing room, a bright conservatory, six bedrooms and four bathrooms, you can imagine spending a magical Christmas here together.

Small family Christmas breaks in Wales

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

Upper Crossing, Milford Haven, West Wales, sleeps 4, 1 dog

If you think this property looks stunning in the photos, you wait until you see it for yourself. This former railway station will offer a warm welcome from the moment you step inside, with stylish décor, cosy furnishings and a soft muted palate, which delivers a calming feeling. We particularly love the bright and airy conservatory, 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 the separate lounge together when you celebrate Christmas in Wales. 

The Billiard Room, Abergavenny, Brecon Beacons, sleeps 4

The Billiard Room

Set in a peaceful location near the Brecon Beacons, this cosy cottage is close to the market towns of Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Monmouth, each offering Christmas events and festive cheer at this time of year. Equipped with everything your little family needs for the perfect Christmas break, this cottage offers a rustic French feel. You can imagine the look of excitement 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 together? Make it one to remember and swap the whirlwind of Christmas at home for quality time, just the two of you. 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. 

Hafod Glan Gwy, Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons, sleeps 2

Hafod Glan Gwy

Located on the banks of the River Wye near Hay-on-Wye, this idyllic wooden lodge is a truly beautiful spot to unwind together. Embracing open-plan living, it has everything you need for a romantic Christmas break just the two of you - even cooking facilities. Why not give yourself a few days off though and make the most of the cosy country pubs in the area? Especially when there is one just a short 5-minute walk away!

Coity Cottage, Brecon, Brecon Beacons, sleeps 2

Coity Cottage

As soon as you step through the old stable door and into the warm cottage, you will feel completely at home.  Located in the grounds of a beautiful manor house in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, you will be perfectly located to explore the nearby towns of Crickhowell, Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye. Enjoy the crisp winter walks hand-in-hand, through the rambling grounds and the nearby Black Mountains before retiring to this cottage for Christmas in Wales to kick off your boots and coat and settle in front of the wood burner, under cosy blankets with a hot chocolate.

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.

Sapphire & Aurora, Aberaeron, West Wales, sleeps 2


These charming hobbit houses certainly offer that something a little different! Located close to Cardigan Bay, you will be perfectly situated to explore the Wales coast in all its winter glory.  Converted from disused farm buildings, the open-plan, studio-style accommodation offers panoramic views across the valley. Guests are welcome to enjoy the 65 acres of organic meadows, woodland, nature trails and meet the sheep, cows, pigs and chickens along the way. Aurora also has access to its own wood-fired hot tub as an extra treat and at this time of year, Christmas lodges with hot tubs are highly sought-after. 

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

Within in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, in 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. 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



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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