When the excitement of Christmas subsides, January can seem like a long and dull month. That’s where these fabulous rentals come in! Whether you want to cosy up in a chocolate-box cottage or catch some winter sun at a sprawling villa, these 10 rentals are sure to help you start 2019 on a positive note.
We’ve rounded up some cracking post-Christmas rentals, from a Victorian school house in Scotland to colourful B&B in the Caribbean. All you need to do is pick your favourite…
Home for cosy staycations
Just two and a half miles from the popular Cotswold village of Chipping Campden is a glamping experience that’s sure to brighten up your January. Potter around the pretty village of Mickleton, with its pubs and shops, before strolling back to this hand-built wooden wonder. Gaze up at the stars from the warmth of the hot tub, enjoy a meal on the decking next to the wood-burning stove and maybe pop open a bottle of bubbly. The outdoor wood-burner even has a grill so you can cook a freshly-made pizza, just the way you like it. And when it’s time for bed, sink into the comfy double in the loft where you’ll have fantastic views of the Cotswolds countryside.
With its wealth of independent shops, cosy pubs and art galleries, this elegant market town is ideal for holidays in January. Wrap up warm and take a stroll along the river to Llangattock, stopping off for a mulled wine at a 15th-century inn on the way. Caboodles Cottage, in centre of the town, sleeps three so it’s perfect for a romantic weekend or for a small family holiday. It’s a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, and other guests have picked up on how warm and welcoming this charming cottage is – just what you need for shaking off that post-Christmas feeling!
After the excess of the festive season, you might feel the urge to go walking to shed a few pounds… that’s where this scenic Scottish retreat comes in. Don your comfiest walking shoes and spend the day exploring the Neolithic monuments, serene lochs and woodland glens. The area is known for its abundance of wildlife, including beavers, ospreys, white-tailed eagles and badgers, so don’t forget your camera! At the end of an active day, relax at The Old School House in Lochgilphead, which was built in the 1880s as home for the village school teacher. The wood-burner and electric blankets will keep you feeling toasty, whatever the January weather may bring.
Just because it’s January it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beach. This gorgeous three-bedroom apartment in the County Down village of Dundrum lets you take in the seaside views, whatever the weather. Throw a blanket over your shoulders and sip your morning coffee on the balcony while admiring the Mountains of Mourne. If it’s a bit too chilly, no problem – the floor to ceiling windows give you the perfect view of the bay from the comfort of the sofa. If you can tear yourself away from those views, the village has some excellent attractions including restaurants, a nature reserve, and a castle.
Cities are great for winter vacations in the UK as there’s so much to see and do, even when it’s raining cats and dogs! York is up there with the best of them and this stunning rental couldn’t be much closer to some of the city’s finest sights. In fact, you can see York Minster from your front door. You won’t need to de-ice the car as everything is within walking distance, and the hop-on-hop-off tour bus is a great way to get your bearings. The rental itself sleeps eight and is full of luxuries, such as the sleek and modern kitchen, to make your stay feel extra special.
Away for winter sun
With average temperatures in January of around 21ºC, Fuerteventura is a great place to go for some winter sun. As many happy guests have pointed out in their reviews, Orange Light villa in Corralejo prides itself on being spotlessly clean, so you can feel right at home the minute you walk through the door. With its own own private pool and jacuzzi, you can soak up some rays whilst being thankful you’re not getting soaked in the rain back at home! The nearest supermarket is just 15 minutes away where can stock up on some food to enjoy a barbecue while the sun goes down.
If you’re looking for somewhere sunny and peaceful to escape to in January, this spacious apartment in Tenerife could be just your cup of tea. Nested on a hillside overlooking the ocean, this elegant rental offers some of the most stunning views of the whole island: the green north coast with its spectacular sunsets and the imposing Mount Teide, to the other side. The beach and town are just three minutes away so it’s a great base from which to explore Icod de los Vinos and the surrounding area. And if you want to treat yourself to some extra luxuries, private yoga classes, massages, cooking classes and much, much more are available on request.
Want to avoid a gloomy and grey January in 2019? Enjoy a bright and colourful one instead when you stay at this welcoming bed and breakfast in Guadeloupe. Surrounded by luscious tropical plants and fruit trees, you’ll feel close to nature from the minute you wake up. Your hosts provide a rousing breakfast including coffee, chai or tea, homemade bread and fresh fruit so you can feel energised for the day ahead. Visit Les Mamelles zoological and botanical park (less than 15 minutes away) where countless plant species thrive, and where around 85 animal species from the Caribbean and Guyana live, from iguanas to raccoons. Or if you just want to spend some time relaxing with your other half, maybe grab a book and head to the beach to laze in the sun.
With the sea temperature still a warm(ish) 16°C, Rhodes is a fantastic January destination if you enjoy taking a refreshing dip. This luxury beachfront villa is situated just above the sparkling Lindos Beach, under the Acropolis of Lindos village. It’s a terrific spot to soak up the local atmosphere, as it’s just a five-minute walk from the village tavernas, bars and supermarkets. The villa sleeps six, has breathtaking sea views and sophisticated interior design, combining soft Greek island colours and natural textures.
While Christmas is a time for fun and parties, it can also be a bit busy and overwhelming for some. If you want to spend some quiet time as a family, this villa in Argaka, Cyprus, is ideal for all ages. For younger children, facilities include toys, a trampoline, travel cots, a high-chair and stair-gates, while older kids can enjoy a game of table tennis and pool. The nearest beach is just a few minutes’ walk away, and there are nature reserves, play parks and restaurants nearby, too. So if it’s a peaceful family holiday you’re looking for, this villa in Cyprus is sure to keep the January blues at bay.
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