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Warm winter welcomes - owner tips

What can you do to give your guests that warm, fuzzy feeling when they arrive in the winter months? From welcome baskets to decorations, there’s plenty of things you can do to make your guests Christmas break one to remember.

We asked owners to share their top tips…and we've got some of our own too!

“We decorate the cottage for Christmas with a tree, wreath, garlands, presents, chocolates and crackers” Jane and Simon, ‘Updown Cottage’ – Home 211395

“We always decorate the gite and put in a lovely fresh Christmas tree, leaving it with a box of decorations for the guests to decorate, if they want to. We leave French festive specialities in the fridge too. And a discount always helps!" Amanda, ‘L’Ecurie Gite’ – Home 153363

“Christmas at Clovelly, Gorran Haven. Includes decorations, tree, and homemade mince pies with clotted cream for your arrival." Richard and Jayne, Clovelly Holiday Bungalow – Home 174377

Ideas for welcome hampers

Something warming

  • A bottle of wine with spices for them to create their own mulled delight

  • Logs and coal included in the price, with a roaring fire awaiting their arrival

  • Blankets on each of the beds tied up with ribbon and parcel tag with the name of each guest

Something sparkly

  • A bottle of Champagne or other fizzy variety (especially for festive guests)

  • Christmas crackers

  • Sparklers for October half term and early November guests

Something outdoorsy

  • A sledge or two (just in case it snows!)

  • Disposable hand warmers (encourage them to get out into the fresh air)

  • Details of nearby Christmas markets, particularly wintery walks

Something yummy

  • Homemade Christmas cake or Panettone (or individual ones)

  • Bag of seasonal vegetables (enough to feed entire group at least once)

  • A selection of local cheeses with some crackers (include a small bottle of Port for extra special hampers)

Something festive

  • Christmas decorations, a tree and lights

  • A small, wrapped token gift for each member of the group (kids and pets included)

  • Stockings or even a post box for Santa lists

You don’t have to be extravagant, simply do something that your guests will appreciate and be least expecting!