Searching for the perfect place to spend New Year? We round up some of the most luxurious, stylishly decorated properties in the UK, from Irish castles to Cornish boltholes.
Spring Cottage, Berkshire
Situated within the prestigious Cliveden Estate, Spring Cottage was a favourite of Queen Victoria who used to enjoy its picturesque spot on the River Thames. The three-bedroom property boasts a small lake, a traditional country kitchen with an AGA, two open fireplaces and a private boat launch mooring for any hypothetical New Year’s Day sailing trips.
Rates from £2,055, sleeps six
Barlby Road III, London
This onefinestay home is a light-filled stylish enclave in Ladbroke Grove, characterised by exposed brick walls, art, spacious rooms and pristine garden. Spread over three floors, Barlby Road III is a short stroll to the much-loved local pub, The Paradise, perfect for a New Year’s Day roast dinner.
Rates from £567, sleeps six
Stockton House, Wiltshire
For those seeking to impress this New Year, Stockton House is a nine-bedroom period mansion, complete with tennis courts, a swimming pool and plenty of log fires. Its Elizabethan rooms all retain the same character, yet a recent renovation means you and your guests will be supplied with all the luxuries you’d expect.
Rates from 2,500, sleeps 18
Old Cheese Factory, Derbyshire
This Grade II listed building is situated in the tranquil folds of the Derbyshire countryside in the rural village of Windley. Its original oak beams and lime ash floor offer a sense of history, while its woodburner, roll tub baths and floor-to-ceiling living room windows create the perfect setting to while away chilly winter days.
Rates from £865, sleeps eight
Lismore Castle, Lismore
Start 2020 off in grand style at Lismore Castle – a privately-owned castle dating back to 1170. Situated in the Irish countryside, its lavish bedrooms have hosted luminaries such as Cecil Beaton, John F Kennedy and Lucian Freud. Spend the days in the idyllic grounds, either kayaking, fishing or horse riding, then by night head to the opulent Pugin Banqueting Hall – the perfect place to celebrate.
Rates from €14,650, sleeps 27
Alma Grange, Wales
Alma Grange on the border of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire is the perfect blend of old-meets-new. In 2014, this Victorian property was painstakingly renovated by award-winning architects with highlights including a state-of-the-art modern pavilion with an expansive kitchen and living area. The country house has panoramic views of the Preseli Hills, the River Teifi and Cardigan Bay – there really isn’t a bad vista in sight.
From £2,000, sleeps 10
Dower House, Coworth Park
Based within the grounds of Coworth Park sits Dower House, a Georgian listed property set in private gardens with three ensuite bedrooms, copper roll tub baths and a fully equipped kitchen with private chef on request. Teaming traditional beauty with modernity, this is a tranquil spacious rental that you won’t want to leave.
Brick Street Residents, London
Brick Street Residences offer all the luxuries and convenience of a hotel, but with more space and freedom. Como Metropolitan London launched its hugely popular apartments this summer, providing five-star accommodation with the hotel’s signature amenities, including the spa, restaurants and concierge services. A private entrance to the residences ensures added exclusivity.
Rates from £995, sleeps four
Coxswain Cottage, St Ives
If you’re searching for the perfect coastal bolthole, Coxswain Cottage is a strong choice. A secret tunnel from the garden takes guests onto Porthmeor Beach – one of the UK’s most beautiful seaside spots. Inside the cottage, stone walls, oak doors and neutral tones offer a calming, cosy environment. The thoughtfully chosen six-person sofa is ideal for a family or friends film night.
Rates from £164, sleeps six
Pentire Penthouse, Fistral Beach
Spend New Year’s Eve with your loved ones in a eight-person, rooftop hot tub overlooking the Cornish coastline. Pentire Penthouse on Fistral Beach is a truly special find – its round, open-plan living-dining area lends itself well for an evening of celebrating and dancing, but its real pièce de résistance is its rooftop terrace and warming hot tub where you can watch the sun set on 2020.
Rates start at £500, sleeps eight