December 5, 2017
Winter is upon us and many of us have grand expectations of the festive season – flickering candles, a warm log fire and a lovely glass of red wine surrounded by friends and family is just a lovely dream to hold at this time of year. If you have more of a Christmas rush than a relaxing holiday, you may want to book into a luxury cottage to ensure you achieve your Christmassy dream this year.
Christmas can be a very stressful time, especially if you do everything last minute, so going away at this time of year is becoming a more popular option for many. A particular good choice is the time between Christmas and New Year, from 27th-30th December, often ‘empty’ days which would be better enjoyed in a luxury cottage in a beautiful part of the country.
Grace Darling holidays provides exclusive holiday cottages, which are dotted along the Northumberland coast - in traditional fishing villages like Beadnell, Belford, Seahouses Bamburgh, with its iconic 18th century stone cottages, medieval church and the spectacular Bamburgh Castle all nearby. The cottages have all been awarded five stars or four star Gold. Many have cosy log fires, well equipped kitchens, comfortable beds and even hot tubs – the perfect Wintery escape! You can also find log cabins to stay in, in their collection. For example, set yards from the sandy dunes of Budle Bay, Brown Owl Cottage is a newly constructed log cabin with a privately owned beach right on the doorstep for all guests to enjoy. The cabins come in varying sizes depending on how many people you’d like to sleep. Many cottages still have late availability for this month if you wish to book up now.
Here’s some tips for packing for your cosy cottage stay:
Bring boots – you’ll want to enjoy some fresh air, so pack some wellington boots and warm socks for some brisk walks on the beach. Also remember your winter hat, gloves and lots of chunky jumpers so that you stay warm!
Bring some food to cook – There will be lots of lovely pubs open around this time of year which you will of course want to explore. But cooking in one of the cottages is a real treat too, so bring the essentials to cook a warming roast dinner, a spicy curry or anything else you fancy. Remember the drinks too – wine, beer or spirits for the alcohol lovers amongst us.
Bring a good book – There are so many great books on sale at the moment in time for Christmas. Make sure you bring a couple – you can get through them quickly when you have no distractions!
Bring some board games – This time of year is perfect for board games. Get the family round and have a real laugh for hours on end. Try and find a board game with a difference – check the Telegraph’s list of the top 20 board games here. You will find this to be real quality time with the family, creating memories you won’t ever forget.
Ditch the technology- Ditch the iPad, laptop or phone and enjoy everything the luxury cottage has to offer. Ditching the technology can be a real detox for the body and mind. You can appreciate one another in person rather than via social media, and you can give your eyes a break.