Cosy up for Xmas in a house that’s not your own

Turned on by the thought of spending Xmas in an English country hall? Or a picture-book-cute little cottage?

Check out Sally’s Lake District Cottages for the right mix of olde wolde charm and modern luxury.

We’re loving:

Wood Hall: an ivy clad turn of the century manor with six acres of ornate grounds, this properly sleeps eighteen and offers a range of local cooks to chop, bake and roast for you. Bring your red setter to sprawl in front of the open fire, or pick produce from the herb garden and orchard.

The Old Homestead: make like a banquetting hall and feed twenty five in style in this country pile. With four poster beds, log fires and lots of squashy leather sofas, this one is also a great venue for an intimate Winter wedding…

Cruck Barn: go for a ski chalet vibe in this luxe barn conversion and snuggle up in the double bed, or get the fondue out. There’s no TV at this one, so you’ll need to make your own fun!