Aah, Christmas… such a wonderful time of the year! When the house is looking all lovely and the tree’s even more amazing than last year, with lots of twinkly lights and glistening baubles, presents beneath it, stockings by the fireplace ready for Santa to fill on Christmas Eve. How can anyone be all bah humbug, especially when the young ‘uns are so excited?
It’s fair to say that Christmas has got, well, a bit out of hand, really. It’s become so hugely commercial with people spending so much, and the supermarkets seem to have barely put the Easter eggs away before the festive stuff comes out (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration!). With all the TV ads and the vast array of Christmas ‘things’ that apparently, we all need, we seem to have lost sight of what it’s really all about. Christmas is a celebration; firstly, it’s a Christian festival to celebrate the birth of Christ, but it’s also acclaimed as ‘yule’ time – from the Norse ‘jol’ which is the winter solstice festival that pre-dates Christian times. The best thing about it is that it’s a time to gather with friends and family, to catch up, and eat together, drink together, laugh together and that in itself is worth celebrating. That’s why our luxury large group holiday properties tend to get snapped up for Christmas months ahead, in fact, we’ve already taken several bookings for the 2019 festive season; people want to make something of it, do something special.
Getting away to a top-notch self-catering holiday house is one way to ensure a happy and relaxing Christmas, a good way to celebrate. But Group Stays isn’t just about Christmas – it’s about ALL celebrations! Whether it’s New Year’s Eve, a milestone birthday or anniversary, a graduation, engagement, or reunion, mark the occasion with a large group holiday or weekend away in one of our fabulous holiday homes.
You’ll have all you need to keep you entertained – games rooms, swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, BBQ lodges, and play equipment for the children. There’ll be plenty to see and do in the local area from walks in the countryside and family attractions to historic houses and some fantastic places to eat. If a big celebratory meal is part of your plan, book one of our tried and tested professional caterers to come in and cook for you; if you fancy something a little different check out our Extras pages and you’ll find heaps of inspiration – pampering, life drawing, pottery painting, cup cake decorating and dance classes – all in the comfort of your Group Stays large group holiday house.
Our properties sleep 8-30 people so room for all! Granny, Grandad, uncles and aunties, cousins, brothers and sisters, even the dog; it will be amazing, like a world of your own, tucked away amidst gorgeous scenery in Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the New Forest; we also have an impressive town house in Worcester and a romantic chateau in France.
Take a look and see what you fancy, there are timber clad lodges, rambling farmhouses, incredible barn conversions, an old rectory, big country cottages and imposing country houses. The good news is you can reserve your chosen property for 2 days, which gives you time to get on the blower and confirm with the rest of your group before you pay the deposit; then you can relax and look forward to a wonderful celebration with your nearest and dearest at a luxury Group Stays large holiday house. Go for it – celebrate in style! And right now? Just have yourselves a very Merry Christmas!