Everyone relishes New Year and yet, by late December, it’s impossible to shake off that exhausted feeling of having been there, done that and bought the shot glass to prove it. So this December, mix things up: plan a party to remember in a holiday cottage. In a new setting, surrounded by your closest friends or family, you’ll be poised to get the New Year off to the best possible start.

Spend New Year in a holiday cottage

Forget queuing around the block to squeeze into overpriced nightclubs. If you prepare in advance, you won’t even need to step outside your holiday home to celebrate New Year. Should you get the urge to mingle with the masses, however, no problem — just book a city retreat that’s close to the nightlife. After partying, there’ll be ample time for unwinding in the comfort of your cosy cottage. You can find everything from spacious apartments to 18th-century thatched cottages scattered across the UK — just pick your favourite, and let the party planning begin!

London cottages for rent for New Year's Eve

From top-floor apartments to swish townhouses, the capital is hardly short of places to stay. Affordable properties are available in the suburbs of London, with the twinkling lights of Soho and the thronged crowds of Leicester Square just a Tube ride away. If clubbing isn’t your thing, there’s nothing to stop you making it a mellow New Year, garnished with good food and the tipple of your choice. On New Year’s Day, take a walk along the Thames or pay a visit to the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Cumbria & Lake District cottages for rent for New Year's Eve

Whether you’re planning a romantic break for 2 or a family holiday — with pets in tow — Cumbria offers a wealth of options. Savour the serenity in Dentdale, a green valley where visitors are extended a warm welcome. Wander the cobbled streets of Dent, where you’ll find Britain’s highest railway station, situated 600 feet above the village. Alternately, book a Lake District cottage that grants unrivalled views across the water and the warmth of a real log fire.

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Perthshire cottages for rent for New Year's Eve

Scotland’s heartland is a mass of woodland, streams, waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. Book a holiday cottage out here and make New Year as raucous or as civilised as you like. Whatever your decision, don’t worry about the neighbours — they’re 2 miles away across the fields. Stock up on essentials in Perth or Pitlochry before retreating to your holiday cottage and preparing to see in the New Year in style.

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Cotswolds cottages for rent for New Year's Eve

The Cotswolds’ distinctive limestone villages would make an unforgettable New Year backdrop. Cosy pubs, friendly locals, a strong culinary scene and lively towns are all part of the package. Cheltenham is the epitome of style, perfect for all your shopping needs, while medieval Tewkesbury supplies the history and architectural beauty. Stock up on goodies at Stroud’s acclaimed Farmers Market before returning to your cottage. Even if it’s just the pair of you seeing in New Year, you’ll still want to dress up.

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Somerset cottages for rent for New Year's Eve

For a cosmopolitan New Year, look no further than the spa town of Bath. Bijou boutiques, department stores, Christmas stalls and pop-up markets — when it comes to shopping, Bath’s got it locked down. As a World Heritage Site, Bath’s historic credentials are impeccable; take a stroll along townhouse-lined Royal Crescent before unwinding with a dip in the spa. Follow the River Avon, attend a rugby match, sip a local ale and stock up on champagne. You’ll be grateful for it when the bells start to chime.

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