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Top tips for a stress free Christmas away from home

If you want to spend Christmas away from home, but aren’t sure where to start, follow our quick five-point guide to planning a festive stay:


1. Where to stay? Hotel, B&B, self-catering?

Such a personal choice and each have their benefits.

A hotel, which can be the most expensive of the three, does mean that everything is laid on. However, your timetable will be somewhat dictated by the hotel and it can seem a little impersonal. Many bed & breakfasts shut for the Christmas period, and again, you may not feel at ease following your usual Christmas traditions in someone else’s property. Breakfast in bed with the children at 6am might not be to the liking of your host!

A self-catering holiday cottage allows you to spend the festive period as you choose. You can pick a property that suits the make-up of your party, and it works out much cheaper than a hotel.


2. But what about the food?

If you are booking for a group, the prospect of catering for a large party in a property that isn’t your own can feel a little daunting at first glance.

Firstly, divide & conquer!! Split the meals between each guest/couple so that everyone has an evening off. Perhaps put the early-riser in the group in charge of breakfast. Even better why not order a home-made meal & dessert to be delivered direct to your door? With a Cottage Food service all you have to do is pop it in the oven. Get in touch with the guys over at The Outbuildings to find out more information about this fantastic service.

Each of our properties has a well-stocked kitchen, including everything that you need to prepare a meal for the number of guests the cottage is able to sleep. If there is a slightly unusual kitchen gadget, or a particular platter you always like to serve your Christmas pudding on, then, of course, pop it in the car boot as you are leaving!

If you need details of a local butcher where you can order your Christmas turkey, or rib of beef from, or a local farm shop for your vegetable order, give us a ring and we can point you in the right direction.

3. Cheers!

We all enjoy a festive tipple, and if you are filling your car with presents you may find it a little tricky to get the case of wine and bottles of beer fitted in too.  It’s just as well we are blessed with a number of great wine merchants here in North Wales!

When you book with Menai Holiday Cottages, you can enjoy a discount at both Blas ar Fwyd in Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley and at Gwin Llyn in Pwllheli on the Llŷn Peninsula. Delivery can be arranged to your holiday cottage.

4. Deck the Halls

Spending Christmas away from home doesn’t mean that you need to pack your car full of tinsel and fairy lights. The majority of our owners’ will see that your holiday cottage is decorated ahead of your arrival. Please do ask at the time of booking and we can confirm what you can expect at your chosen property. So no need for a roof rack for that tree…

5. Getting out

As much as we love our families, it’s always good to get out! It might be a bracing beach walk on Christmas day afternoon, a mountain bike ride on Boxing Day, or a pre-Christmas treat for the children – a steam train ride with Santa on the Welsh Highland Railway comes highly recommended!


Find a Christmas Cottage

Whether you want to gather together with the rest of your clan, or escape the festivities and find a bolthole for two, we have Christmas cottages of all shapes and sizes. Click here to see our full selection or telephone us on 01248 430258 and we can provide you with a short list.

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