It's finally approaching that time of year where our weekends are occupied with bustling Christmas markets and our homes are filled with cinnamon-spiced orange garlands. This highly anticipated yet extremely busy period is fond for most, but just imagine if you had somewhere to escape to this Christmas. With magical decor and the most idyllic festive location taken care of, you will only have yourselves and the presents to organise.

Whether you are a large gathering in need of a place to host the festive celebrations, a couple craving some ‘us’ time or someone looking to get away with their nearest and dearest, we have Unique Homestays to cater for all.

For couples

While time with friends and family creates joyful memories, an escape for just the two of you can be exactly what you need. Swap the long, early car journeys for lazy mornings in bed before a festive brunch of smoked salmon and poached eggs. Whether it's your first year together or a special occasion (did someone say Christmas proposal?), our romantic boltholes offer a place to reconnect after a busy lead up to the season. Travel to the south-west for a seaside break or for those based a little further up and looking to avoid the Christmas rush, Sussex offers retreats with frosty countryside walks in abundance.

Where to stay: Breakers, SojournSea Sentry, Romany, Juneberry, Little Bear

For the nearest and dearest

From charming coastal towns that come alive with glittering lights to secluded lakeside destinations embracing winter weather, there is nothing quite like a festive getaway with your closest friends or family members. On the big day, light the fire, pop the Champagne and leisurely start the culinary preparations together, a homestay takes the pressure off the host and promises an escape you can all enjoy.  

Where to stay: Walden Lakehouse, The Chalk House, Tangle Belle, Pomegranate Tree, Gypsea Rocks, Under the Rose

For large gatherings

It's a rare occasion when everyone is available during the holiday season and if the opportunity arises, fitting the whole family into one home is a stressful task indeed. Abandon the sofa beds and opt for one of our larger homes, ensuring a breath of fresh countryside air this Christmas. With dining spaces flaunting ample room for cracker pulling and cloud-soft beds for everyone, you'll only wonder why you didn't think of this before.

Where to stay: Ellesmera Mill, Viola, Maberly, Ariabelle, The Parsonage