Get festive by booking a city break near a spectacular Christmas market. Packed full of unique handmade gifts, light shows, ice rinks, fairgrounds and much more, Christmas markets offer plenty of festive cheer to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Cities across Europe play host to Christmas markets from November. Visit Berlin to see Charlottenburg Castle bathed in romantic lights. Or discover unique handmade gifts in between seeing the sights in Vienna, Brussels or Prague.
In the UK, some of the best Christmas markets are held in London, York and Bath. Go there for traditional German-style stalls selling handmade jewellery, crafts and toys and tasty yuletide delicacies. And there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained with street theatre, fairgrounds and, of course, Santa’s grotto.
“Beautiful!” We had an absolutely amazing stay at this beautifully located cottage just outside of bath. The owner was very helpful and also sent us clear directions to the cottage. When we arrived there was a tea pot with cups and saucers placed on t
“A beautiful home away from home in a stunning location!” Cornerstone is a comfortable, extremely well-equipped 4-bed house, particularly suitable for families with children. The Wi-Fi was a really useful recent addition! The beds were particularly com
“Very comfortable and homely house in an attractive and peaceful location”
Reviewed 18 Apr 2013
We enjoyed a very restful and relaxing week in this lovely home-from-home. The house is very warm and comfortable and the facilities on the Estate ensured that there was something for everybody to do … More
Reviewed 30 Mar 2013
Great house. Very cold outside for our weekend away but lovely to have the wood burner for a cosy atmosphere inside. Lots of little extras that the owners provided to make it feel like a real home fro… More
“Fantastic house in a beautiful setting - would definiately stay again!”
Reviewed 16 Jan 2013
We had a wonderful time at the Cornerstone property near Cirencester. We stayed for 2 nights over NYE and had such a lovely welcome (champagne, chocolates, wood for the fire!). The owners were a pleas… More
“An excellent rural location close to Bath” A very comfortable cottage in a quiet rural location with superb views over the surrounding countryside. We were made to feel very welcome and had a wonderful time visiting nearby Bath.
“Perfect placement, and ideal for family with kids” Very easy to find, and easy to access. Whole experience was so easy, clean property, great facilities, very homely and comfortable. Lots of outdoor space if the Manchester weather permits. Great park
We really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful cottage. It's beautifully furnished, spotless and really well equipped. It was a great location for visiting our friends in south manchester. The owners ar… More
“A home away from home”
Reviewed 20 Apr 2013
Being a family with young children, we had a few requirements we could not compromise on in planning our daring trip to the North West England in the middle of winter. We wanted a place to stay for tw… More
“Very homely and cosy” On our way to Cornwall we couldnt have hoped for a better place to stay in Bath. The cottage was clean and well furnished. My daughter loved the selection of books and immediately began reading!. my son was more into music!
We were very comfortable in this cottage. We found Bathford a convenient place to stay to explore Bath. We didnt use our car at all instead choosing to walk along the canal into Bath or use the bus. … More
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your time in the cottage and were able to do the lovely walk into Bath along the canal.
I understand your point about the reading lamp as the lighting is quite soft in the living room when only the two lamps are on. We felt that the directional spots overhead did the job well when required but we will certainly look at this again. We have never encountered a problem with the shower tray at the cottage but thank you for bringing this to our attention.
We hope you come back again to Bathford - we will be offering some lazy weekends in January and some of February with late Sunday departures on offer - perfect for the sales and sunday lunch.
“First class access to everywhere” Cottage was spotless and fully equiped and I was provided on arrival with milk,coffee, bread, biscuits, eggs and a bottle of wine ! The public transport links are amazing,two railway stations,trams and buses all withi
“Comfortable Stay in Conveniently Located Tackley” The lodge is a short congestion-free drive off the A4260. Accommodations are recently renewed, comfortably furnished and fully equipped. The owner who resides just across the lane is readily availabl
We stayed here for 4 days and loved it. The cottage is modern, clean and brilliantly equipped. The owner Keith was really nice. He kept in contact and would nip round to see if we were ok and if we ne… More
“A peaceful and friendly stay with great facilities”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2012
We had an excellent stay at Buffs Lodge. Keith the owner was very friendly and helped out with any questions we had. The cottage was spacious and clean and was decked out with some great facilities. W… More
“Lovely house and friendly atmosphere” Was lovely stay my husband and I stayed with our 2 very young boys and it was a lovely stay. We were free to please ourselves however they were also there for any assistance in directions, places to visit, use of
“Great family get together” Ten of our family, all ages got together for the February break, and it was fabulous. The house was so welcoming and warm. The home made cake was a lovely touch. A couple of mile walk along the river took us into York and be
“Great city centre break” Miller's Cottage was an enjoyable 2 night stay. Located only a few minutes from the Minster, the location is perfect. It is located in it's own 'cul-de-sac' style yard/parking which gives it a private contained atmosphere - so
Just got home after a weekend stay in Millers Cottage, York. Arrived Friday afternoon and left Sunday morning. There were four of us - My wife & I, our 19 month old daughter and my mother-in-law. We w… More
Lovely to receive your positive feedback, thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you. Pleased everything was to your liking and hope to see you again sometime soon. Best wishes
“Excellent cottage in the heart of York”
Reviewed 28 Jul 2014
The cottage is excellent - fully equipped and right in the centre of York so everything is just a short walk away. The manager, Dylan, was very friendly and helpful and gave us useful advice on places… More
Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you with us and glad everything was to your liking. Hope to see you again sometime.
“Oh my gosh! So sad to leave...!” Lovely, reliable, kind, helpful owners.
Lovely home - beautifully appointed.
Worried about recommending this place because it will become too popular!!
David and Leah.
From the moment I went to the website and viewed the accommodations, I was looking for to having a relaxing experience.When we had arrived, it simply was fabulous!
I would rate a "10" and would be a… More
It was a pleasure to have you and your friends to stay and thank you for your kind words. The cottage is a new project and we welcome your feedback and support, many thanks again.
“Lovely house with everything you need”
Reviewed 8 Jun 2015
Lovely location in Hampton. Allison met us upon arrival and showed us around. The Old Coach House is lovely and has been beautifully updated and decorated. It is comfortable, has amenities for youn… More
Thank you for your lovely review and we are very happy that you enjoyed the cottage, please do come and see us again soon. Alison and Tim.
“An excellent venue for a group of 6. So, clean! The Old Coach House I an excellent place to stay, amenities all great!”
Reviewed 11 Jul 2016
Tremendous stay at The Old Coach House! The house is really clean with lots of amenities.
The garden is beautiful.
The bedrooms are 2 Double and 1 twin.
The kitchen is well stocked, with all the … More
Thanks for the great review, it was a real pleasure to meet you all, Alison.
“Warm, inviting, quaint, charming, should I say more?” We had the most remarkable time in Dublin and after a long day of exploring it was nice to come home to the cottage. This is how we felt staying at the cottage, coming home! The atmosphere was wa
“Lovely cottage” Lovely cottage in a great location, very convenient for York centre, we used the park and ride at monks cross shopping centre which is only a 10 minute drive away. Very spacious well equipped cottage. Thank you Suzanne.
The accomodation was well maintained and in very good order.
The large kitchen/dining area is very usefull and has plenty of
cupboard space and is also weel stocked with plates/bowls and glasware.
“Lovely Cottage In Great Countryside Location”
Reviewed 7 Jul 2016
Just realised it's been a year since we were at this beautiful cottage and suddenly went OMG don't think I left a review - apologies. Truly is a great place to stay whilst visiting York and surroundin… More
“Location, location, location!”
Reviewed 14 May 2015
This is a lovely cottage located off the main road in countryside, it is a great distance for day trips in to York by car or bus, also for outlet centres for retail therapy!
Well decorated and very c… More
“Christmas 2016” We arrived on a cold, dark winters night to find the house already warm and cosy. Everything for a comfortable stay was there, and the owner only a phone call away if any problems arose.
Close to Altrincham, Hale, shops and the train
“Cute little 2 bedroom house in nice location with all the comforts of home.”
Reviewed 2 Oct 2013
We are a family of 4 (2 teenage children) and were visiting family in Manchester and this house was very close to them, and suited us perfectly for a short stay. The house is cosy and well furnished w… More
“Home away from home”
Reviewed 22 Jan 2013
A very practical well equipped house with easy access to shops,cafes and excellent restaurants in Hale. Easy access to Altrincham with traditional market, ice rink and leisure centre. Used tram syste… More
Reviewed 20 Jan 2013
Had the pleasure of finding this little gem as a last minute crisis. We were let down by our booked accomodation and the owner was really obliging and helpfull in assisting us and getting us settled i… More
“Cosy and peaceful” We were looking for a quiet and remote place to spend the New Years weekend and this place ticked the box! The underfloor heating and log fire kept us cozy, and the well equipped kitched meant we had no problems cooking. The welcome
“Warm and cosy” Had a lovely few days at the cottage. nice, warm and clean. some thoughtful touches, like the cold prosecco in the fridge.
a perfect few days away with my wife for her birthday
Stayed here as part of our minimoon in August. Peaceful, beautiful scenery and well kept cottage. We went for some lovely walks and enjoyed relaxing in the garden area. Far enough away to relax and es… More
Glad you had a great stay. Look forward to seeing you again! Martin & Julie
Reviewed 26 Oct 2016
comfortable warm and cosy ideal for an autumn getaway ideally situated for
exploring the Cotswolds for an evening meal try the Bell at Saberton.
Loved every minute we were there… More
Pleased that you enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again. Martin & Julie
“Delightful snug period property”
Reviewed 14 Jan 2017
Had a wonderful stay here, beautifully furnished, very snug and warm even when snowing outside. Would fully recommend to anyone. If you fancy finding the source of the Thames it's just a few fields … More
“Forget Oxford B&B and go for the short term lets” If you are going to Oxford forget the expensive B&B, short term lets are the way to go.
We were lucky to get this great 2 bedroom home for a week with a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, and included
“Superbly equipped and well located” Five state property in my opinion- very well equipped and located close to Levi's centre. Very cosy property and very well designed. Very responsive owner/agents. We enjoyed a wonderful week in TaLevi
“Comfortable base from which to explore.” Instructions received pre-stay were very informative, clear about arrival and departure and regarding facilities to expect on arrival. Safe, onsite parking. Quiet even though only just off a main road. Property
We had a great time when we stayed at the old workshop. The caretaker could not have been friendlier and the welcome bottle of wine was very nice. Would definitely recommend and we would love to visit… More
Glad you enjoyed it and found us friendly. We try to be! :-) Hope to see you again soon. John and Jane
“Excellent rental house”
Reviewed 23 Sep 2014
Very comfortable, well equipped property in a quiet village just outside Bath. Ideally situated for travel into Bath (bus stop just outside house) and also for touring around the countryside.
Glad you enjoyed the property and thanks for the review!
“Really Good, Perfect Retreat After Hectic Shopping Trip”
Reviewed 29 Jan 2014
Group of 4 Stayed, Both rooms were set out as double's, Good to have seperate bathrooms for both rooms to use.
Lovely finish to the whole place, welcome pack was.. Welcome, loved the views from mai… More
Nice to hear you enjoyed the Old Workshop and the Xmas market. It was really great this year - even better than before, we thought. We think it's nice to retreat to a quiet spot after the hectic bustle of Bath, so we are glad you found the same :-) Same time next year? :-)
“An unforgettable (wonderful) experience thanks to the house, and its owner” We have spent almost 3 weeks, travelling with 3 small children. The beautiful house was perfectly equipped for our circumstances. The area and neibourhood are fantastic. Ther
“Beautiful cottage, great location and wonderful owners!”
Reviewed 8 Jun 2013
We booked Cute Cottage in Bath for our daughter's sixth birthday, as a place to stay during a visit to Longleat Safari Park. There is really nothing negative at all we could say about this beautiful p… More
“Cute, warm and cozy cottage”
Reviewed 1 Jun 2013
Experience was overall great. We loved everything about the cute cottage. Martin and Jenny are excellent hosts and made us feel welcomed into Martin's former home. Amenities are great too, we got our … More
“Beautiful cottage, really friendly and helpful owner.”
Reviewed 8 Apr 2013
The house was newly refurbished. Really comfortable and immaculately laid out. Great beds, great shower, well-equipped, modern kitchen. And we were welcomed by a bottle of wine in the fridge!
The o… More
“It exceeded my expectations!” The Cottage is a comfortable, exceedingly well-equipped accommodation in a quiet area, but close to local supermarkets and shops. It is also very close to the rail link to London, both Victoria and Charing Cross, and to
My wife and I stayed in this beautiful Coach House with our teenagers for one week. Finding this place was no problem. The house is actually close to Central London (about 8 miles) and it is accessibl… More
“Best accommodation in delightful Oxford” This house is fabulous, spacious and has a sun-filled back garden for barbecues, reading, pottering with lovely plants and fruit trees, or just plain relaxing. The amenities are all new, the place freshly paint
“Perfect Honeymoon Location” My husband and I arrived Sunday 3rd April, to find The Saltings was everything that we had hoped it would be and more. It is an immaculate cosy cottage, which was an absolute pleasure to return to, after spending our days e
Lovely cottage that suited our needs very well for a week (2 adults and a toddler). We thought it was a pretty cottage, decorated in a lovely style and had all the amenities we needed, for our first w… More
Thanks Lynley. Pleased you enjoyed the Saltings and made the most of the area, including Badminton! Regards, John and Jane
“Excellent cottage - a real home from home”
Reviewed 19 Oct 2015
The cottage was excellent, everything you could ask for to make your stay comfortable & relaxing. The welcome pack was a very nice touch & the comprehensive "making the most of your stay" information… More
Thanks for the review Duncan. We are pleased you found our guide useful. We have stayed in many other properties where they are out of date, so we make sure ours is updated regularly so it is useful. It's also a good excuse for us to try out many of the delights of Bath to make sure they come up to our standards :-) Hope you are able to visit us again sometime. Regards
John and Jane
“Beautiful cottage in a great location!”
Reviewed 23 Mar 2015
The Saltings cottage is a wonderful place to stay! The decor & feel is great, so peaceful. You are welcomed with fresh bread and stocked up with eggs, butter, drinks & milk too. Just down the road is … More
Thank you very much for the review - we really appreciate it! Glad you like the location - we are lucky to have the Bathampton Mill so close - it's even better in summer, so come and see us again :-)
“Wonderful 10/10” A lovely cottage in an amazing location. If you’re looking for an escape and a bit of peace and relaxation, Charity Cottage is a great choice! The house is very well-equipped and has a lot to offer; it also feels like a much-loved fam
“A very nice modern converted barn in a nice country setting.” We really enjoyed our stay at the property it is a nicely converted barn with specious living area and well appointed.There are good walks from the door including the disused railway line
We stayed in Acacia cottage and loved it. Everyone at La Place were great and we would love to visit again.… More
This is a confusing post as La Place Cottages, including Acacia, are not the same property as the delightful King's Cottage - but we are very pleased that you had a lovely stay at Acacia!
“So good i had to return”
Reviewed 12 Nov 2015
Stayed at this property in Sept 15 and enjoyed it so much I had to return in Nov 15. Even in Autumn Jersey is a beautiful place to visit, very quiet and this property has everything you could want for… More
Thank you for your review and we are very pleased that you enjoyed both of your stays so much - hopefully you may become a regular visitor!
“A perfect holiday cottage in beautiful North Yorkshire” Yew Tree Cottage really is a home from home. We travelled with two young children and we couldn't have asked for anything more: everything was provided that made our stay luxuriously comfortable
“A beautiful home from home in rural North Yorkshire”
Reviewed 20 Jan 2015
A stunning cottage beautifully decorated and designed with everything you could need and want in a gorgeous rural village with a fabulous pub a few doors away. Proximity to York is also a big bonus. W… More
“Beautiful, well equipped cottage”
Reviewed 22 Jul 2014
My husband and I and our 3 and 6 year old boys stayed for a week in July and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, helped by a week of glorious weather. The cottage is immaculately presented. We made use of… More
“Wonderful Cottage - Wish it was mine!”
Reviewed 20 May 2014
Our second stay at Yew Tree Cottage and just as great as the first.
The owners really have an eye for decoration, it feels so cosy and homely.
Great Location, near to York but still in a lovely sma… More