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Christmas 2015


On the twelfth day of Christmas, My Favourites gave to me

  • Twelve months a year
  • Alleviated Fears
  • Ten search options
  • Nine to nine calling
  • Late Booking Discount
  • Seven days a week
  • Six Santa’s helpers
  • Five Star Reviews
  • Four bedrooms
  • Three en-suites
  • Two parking spots
  • And a cottage for my family and me

Welcome to our ho-ho-homely Christmas Cottage blog!

This week, we're going to take a look at some lovely lights and yummy bites around Christmas time. And while we're at it, we can let you know which Christmas Cottages you can stay at to enjoy them.


Let's get the snowball rolling with the Mousehole lights! Which is apparently pronounced 'Mouzle', that's not helpful. Maʊzəl? also not helpful if, like me, you don't happen to know the International Phonetic Alphabet! Look, it's probably for the best if you just wait till you hear a local say the name before attempting it. Maybe engage them in some chitchat about the town's fantastic history, before some of the most amazing Christmas lights in the UK illuminate the town's harbour on Saturday 12th December at 7pm. Over 30,000 people are expected to attend this year, and that many people cannot be wrong!

Mousehole Christmas lights across the harbour

Before you hop on your sleigh, and 'up up and away', let's look at some nearby cottages you can stay in!

Meadowside Cottagewoodlands manorBew Cottage

Meadowside Manor House Cottage Bew Cottage

A single storey 2-bedroom barn with stunning views across Lamorna valley. Featuring an indoor swimming pool and games room! Sleeping 12 A charming Cornish barn that sleeps 6 in a stunning coastal region. LUDLOW MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS FAIR The kids will be hungry after all that carolling! Christmas Markets are a fantastic place to pick up some snacks, and you can grab some decorations while you're at it!

Even if you are not planning to buy you can be sure the stall owners will put in an effort to make the place look fabulous. But we aren't going to bore you with regular markets! Okay - we are. But not just yet. First, let's go back in time to Ludlow Castle and their Medieval Christmas Fair.

This lovely event does exactly what it says on the Christmas Cake tin, from local crafts and cooking in the market, to the Plantagenet Knights' Tournament and falconry displays. Of course, if you do not have responsibilities, you'll be more interested in the wassailing! All this takes place on November 26th and 27th in Ludlow, Shropshire.

Ludlow Castle

Here's our favourite places to stay nearby! 

Little BothyDick Turpin Cottage

Little Bothy Dick Turpin Cottage A cute, pet friendly cottage for two with tranquil gardens and plenty of space to explore Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire! Another spacious cottage for two with fantastic walking opportunities and stunning views! 



If Christmas Trees are your thing, look no further! The Westonbirt Arboretum throws a fantastic mile-long trail of luscious lights at looming heights as their real life towering trees are lit up like no others. Father Christmas will be there, donned in his green garb and ready to delight your kids, along with stilt walkers, fairies and carol singers. Rest assured you won't be going home hungry either, as there are plenty of opportunities to grab some festive food and drink along the 45min wheelchair-friendly walk.

The adventure occurs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from the 27th November to the 20th December. It starts at 5pm but you can arrive as late as 7. You won't need a booking for the Fridays or Sundays, but Saturdays are under high demand so you'll have to book for that!


Nobody wants a long miserable walk home in the dark to their house! Take a look at these inviting cottages to relax in after your nativities.

Broadway CottageClematis CottageStanway House

Broadway Cottage Clematis Cottage Stanway House

In an area of outstanding natural beauty, The large farm is ideal for large families and groups. Located near Broadway cottage, this house for two is ideal for exploring the local areas beauty! Again, on the same farm as the previous two, this house offers 8 bedrooms and various activities on site!



Now, I know I promised you a dull old normal Christmas market, but I'm feeling ye olde Christmas spirit and you're getting another castle! This time our magical Christmas stocking takes us to Leeds Castle and its sensational Christmas Market. You can take a spin on the fairground attractions, meet the reindeer, dodge the birds of prey, watch some live performances, and put the star on the tree from the big wheel, with a fantastic view of arguably the prettiest castle in the UK!

Leeds Castle

Talking of pretty things beginning with C, here are some cosy Christmas cottages you can relax in! 

Tyas CottageThe Old ForgeStone End Cottage

Tyas Cottage The Old Forge

A 5-star romantic cottage sleeping 6. There are 11 golf courses within 5 miles! If you're into golf! A large holiday barn sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms with a 4star rating. A delightful cottage in the village ofAustwick. This house can comfortably sleep 8 with a large kitchen!

There you have it! Our favourite things to do for Christmas, and our favourite cottages to stay at! Don't forget, Christmas books out fast, so grab yourself a perfect cottage quickly!