The radio might not be blaring out carols just yet, but Christmas is just around the corner. So, have you organised your Christmas break yet, or are you busy eking out the last of the light evenings, adapting to the autumnal weather and keeping the c-word at bay? Like it or not, it’s time to face up to it. And while we’re not suggesting you crack out Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey’s Christmas compilations yet, we are nudging you to crack on and book the perfect pad for your festive gathering while there’s still time.
Still need persuading? Here are a few good reasons to book a Christmas holiday by the sea this year…
1. Less Stress, Less Mess
The main reason for booking a holiday cottage at Christmas is so that you don’t have all the work of hosting Christmas at home. It’s stressful having the relatives breeze in with a box of crackers, expecting all the jingle bells, roast turkey and all the trimmings laid on. Beneath all that sparkle you’ve got all the washing, mess and stress of ensuring everyone’s merry and fully catered for. Swap your house for a luxury home by the sea, and everyone’s tasked with bringing their fair share of Christmas goodies and cheer. Plus, the beds are already made, and you can even call in a private chef if you’re arguing about who’s cooking Christmas dinner.
2. Rosy Cheeks and Bracing Beach Walks
Fresh sea air is the perfect antidote to the Christmas excess. All that eating, drinking and sitting around watching festive flicks can take its toll – not only on your waistline but on everyone’s mood from cooped up inside. However, if you throw Christmas in a beach house, you’ll be easily lured outside to make the most of the wonderful scenery on the doorstep – wild walks along the shoreline, bracing dips to blow the cobwebs away, early morning jogs along the cliff tops, and family strolls to cosy coastal inns. This mighty dose of fresh sea air does wonders to energise the mind and body, keeping the Christmas Grinch at bay and stoking the merry festive spirit.
3. Bag a Bespoke Christmas Cottage
Have you always dreamt of opening your presents around a log fire? Or wanted to wake up to the echo of the waves at Christmas? Perhaps you fancy a cinema room for festive films, a hot tub where you can sip Champagne on Christmas morning, a range cooker to roast the turkey, or a fire pit where you can toast marshmallows under the stars? When you choose your coastal cottage for Christmas, you can pick the perfect property that comes with exactly what’s on your Christmas list.
4. Festive Outings by the Sea
Twinkling lights around the harbour, carols beside the ocean, theatre productions on the pier and Christmas Day dips… there are so many Christmassy outings to enjoy while you’re at the seaside. You can join in the barmy tradition of an icy plunge in the ocean from Cornwall to Scotland, warm up with mulled wine at Christmas markets close to the coast, visit Santa in seaside castles and see magical light displays in winter wonderlands by the beach. Check out our Festive Days Out by the Coast blog for more ideas.
5. No Need to Deck the Halls with Holly
Take the stress out of hosting a large family Christmas and gather your nearest and dearest in a spectacular coastal home with a twinkling tree and the halls already decked in holly. Not only will you save time and money by leaving the Christmas twinkle to the pros, you can guarantee that you’ll arrive to a magical ambience without having to dive in the loft or find a bulk load of batteries. What with the addition of hampers of festive food delivered to your door, creature comforts on tap and coastal scenery through the snow-dusted windows, all you need to do is wrap the presents, light the fire and bring along your Yuletide joy for a luxury Christmas by the beach.
6. Numbers don’t Matter
When you organise a festive gathering by the beach, your guest list isn’t limited to how many people you can fit around your dining table. We still have coastal properties available for Christmas that sleep over 20 people. This means the pack of grandchildren, Aunty Mildred and Great Uncle Fred are all welcome.
7. Dogs Can Come Too
Our furry friends aren’t always welcome at the homes of family and friends, especially with sandy paws and bundles of energy to add to the chaos of Christmas. Not only is the beach one of the best places to bound around with Fido during the festive break, we’ve got a range of pet-friendly coastal cottages, so there’s no need to leave your canine companions at home.
Book A Coastal Holiday Property This Christmas
Fancy less stress and more festive fun by the beach this Christmas? See our pick of Christmas cottages by the sea or search for properties available for a sparkling festive break with friends and family.