West Coast Rentals for a Festive House Party

The recent increase in airport departure tax has stimulated more interest in spending holidays in the UK - with large families and groups making great savings by renting properties.

Here we look at a small selection of coastal rentals - ideal for celebrating the festive period and seeing in the New Year

Trefebus, Constantine Bay, Cornwall (sleeps 12)

This five-bedroom house with fabulous sea views is one of the few holiday homes in which pets can stay. Up to 12 people can hang their stockings over the two open fires in the upstairs sitting rooms. www.cornishhorizons.co.uk
Nethercote, Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire (sleeps ten)

There’s a large open living space with leather sofas, a wood-burning stove and a hot tub at this popular hideaway. www.coastalcottages.co.uk

Cliff Top House, Helston, Cornwall (sleeps ten)

Cliff Top House would not be out of place in a Daphne du Maurier novel — it looks down from a grassy bluff on to the craggy Lizard Peninsula. Inside there are the usual mod cons. Many of the bedrooms have views of the Atlantic. www.cvtravel.co.uk
The Barn, Lundy Island, Devon (sleeps 14)
A three-mile-long granite outcrop with tall cliffs to the west and hanging valleys facing the mainland, Lundy Island is home to 23 holiday cottages, including a castle and a lighthouse. The Barn is hostel-style accommodation for those looking for a cheaper festive option. www.landmarktrust.org.uk

Sweets Cottage, Croyde, North Devon (sleeps 12)

While Sweets Cottage lies just outside the village of Croyde, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’d taken a wrong turn into Switzerland. This chocolate-box cottage with its white exterior walls and thatched roof is more than 300 years old. There are exposed beams, inglenook fireplaces and antique furniture, but a modern kitchen and comfy lounge in which to relax. www.marsdens.co.uk

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