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If the end of summer gets you down, don’t despair. Winter offers plenty of opportunities for being jolly and having a great time with friends and family too. Renting a private holiday home is the ideal way to spend some relaxing, quality time together, particular around Christmas and New Year. Play games and watch films around the fire, ski or go for invigorating walks, or simply enjoy a long lazy meal together. With individual bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens and spacious living and dining areas, as well as luxurious extras such as games rooms, saunas or even home cinemas, holiday homes provide the ideal setting for a break with family or friends.
As autumn and winter draw nearer, HomeAway.co.uk, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, has sought out some of the best properties on its website to provide inspiration for those looking to take a group getaway this winter. Whether you are looking for a city centre apartment for New Year’s Eve, an upmarket ski chalet for a Christmas family gathering or a cosy rural retreat for a relaxing break, the Top 10 below features a diverse selection of stunning homes available to rent on www.HomeAway.co.uk for the ultimate Christmas or NYE party, or a fun winter holiday.
Team up with family and friends to treat yourselves to an incredible festive getaway this year. Choose from the Top 10 below or browse the 500,000+ properties on HomeAway.co.uk to find all properties available over Christmas and New Year.
SeaGlass is situated in an outstanding location above Gurnard bay, near the famous sailing town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. With 180 degree sea views towards the New Forest this discreet property enjoys one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets. Its layout and interior design suggest a wonderful 21st century twist on ‘60s Californian chic. The main glass room measures 55ft x 25ft with an expansive teak deck on one side and the sheltered white granite courtyard on the other. The grounds include a number of terraces and eating areas, with a swimming pool and BBQ area.
The Cedars is a large period property of over 5000 sqft with large reception rooms enabling everyone to find a quiet space to unwind. The house caters for both adults and children with its play room and climbing frames to keep the children occupied whilst the adults relax or play pool. The house features drawing and sitting rooms with log burners, a large dining room seating 12, as well as a separate kitchen dining table in the conservatory that seats six. The conservatory has a seating area, television and a snooker table. Catering and pampering packages can be arranged on request.
Atlantic Reach is a modern house, just a stone’s throw from the Widemouth Beach. Equipped to a very high standard, the house features two king bedrooms and three twin bedrooms, a large kitchen/dining room leading on to a spacious lounge with leather sofas and log burner and a large dining table seating 10. The garden, with its great views of the bay, is accessed through the lounge’s French doors and has a terraced patio area with large table and chairs, gas barbecue and an outside tap for swilling off those wetsuits after a day on the sand.
Situated in one of Stirling’s most picturesque Victorian suburbs amid broad tree lined avenues with views to the Old Town skyline, Castleview, a Victorian villa, was recently refurbished, but still retains its original, stylish character. The original billiard room provides a great room equipped with billiard table, board games, books and a separate downstairs television room has Freeview TV and a selection of DVDs and videos. The rear south facing garden contains a climbing frame with swings, various outdoor toys and a large south facing terrace with BBQ and garden furniture.
This is an elegant, stone-built, detached, country house with the main house dating back to 1584. Situated in the tranquil hamlet of Eltringham, home to Thomas Bewick the world renowned lithographer, the house stands in an acre of mature, gated and private gardens, with unrestricted views along the Tyne Valley. Since 2001, the house has been extensively refurbished and modernised while retaining and restoring many of its period features. The house is centrally heated throughout and has a wood burning fireplace and two gas operated open grate fires. The stone-flagged entrance hall leads to a drawing room and dining room, each with marble fireplaces and bay windows. There is parking for up to ten cars on the gated gravel drive.
This is a magnificent and typical full timber chalet built on four levels in 1902, totally renovated yet keeping its authentic charm. The property features a fully equipped kitchen, a main living room for 15 people, a second living room with library and games, a third living room with piano and a spa area on the ground floor as well as a carnotzet and bar for your own private après ski.
Chalet Shufu has an ideal location in the massive 'Portes du Soleil' ski area. This purpose-built ski chalet is close to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets, an easy walk to the village resort centre of St. Jean d'Aulps and only just over one hour from Geneva in the French Alps. All bedrooms are en-suite and the chalet has a bar and dining area, as well as a cosy living area with log fire.
This sophisticated property is situated in beautiful tropical gardens at the top of Spring, offering panoramic views to the coconut groves and the bay and ocean towards the other Grenadine Islands. Cool and comfortable, the living and entertaining spaces have been designed to offer the highest level of accommodation. The property consists of one main house, an outhouse and separate games building, all connected via a stunning pool and tropical gardens, as well as a private swimming pool, and impressive snooker table and an elegant terrace providing the perfect venue for alfresco dining.
A rustic, elegant apartment with private sauna located between the two main social nightlife attractions in Krakow, the Old Town and Kazimierz. Entering it from the hall, the living room has a massive door entrance designed to look as a stylish frame of a rustic picture. The decorative wall across the room features unusual brick design and creates a stunning picture in picture effect. The dining area features handmade ceramic lamps hanging over a beautiful oak table. The apartment neighbours two other apartments that can be rented out, which means that a group of up to 22 people can be accommodated in one location
This is a magnificent luxury duplex penthouse of 180 sqm located in a residential area of Barcelona's most fashionable district. The property gets plenty of sunshine throughout the day and offers spectacular views of the sea and the city from the living and dining areas, as well as from the large terrace.