Despite the recession and a degree of caution in the market place, Scotland's largest specialist self-catering holiday company Cottages & Castles, has experienced an increase in bookings for large houses this year with a 15% percent increase in bookings to date, against last year's figures.
Sue Bourne, Manager of Cottages & Castles believes a lot of people who may normally consider a winter break abroad are deciding to stay in the UK and choose Scotland which is renowned for New Year. The weather can be unpredictable and travel arrangements chaotic over the festive period, so holidaying at home is a preferred option.
A luxurious festive getaway is an extremely affordable option with some of the most spectacular self-catering accommodation in Scotland available from as little as 29 per head per night. Properties offer all the facilities of a first class hotel whilst also providing the freedom to have full run of the accommodation.
Sue said: "Christmas and New Year in Scotland offers an idyllic time to celebrate with loved ones. We are finding the real growth in the market is from families who want a traditional Scottish experience in a high quality property, whether with the whole family, or with a group of friends. There is also a steady influx of visitors from abroad wishing to stay in a stunning castle or country mansion and see in the bells with their very own Scottish Hogmanay and ceilidh dance."
The full range of self-catering accommodation offered by Cottages & Castles includes cosy cottages for two, traditional bothies and log cabins, city-centre apartments as well as castles and country mansions for larger parties. Visit the site to find out more.
Some of the best deals still available for large groups this festive period include:
Sleeps 14 , New Year price 2900
An impressive Georgian house with grounds running down to the shores of Loch Ness where you could enjoy your own New Year Nessy' Hunt. Elegantly decorated, the house offers an abundance of charm and character and the large dining room is perfect for a lovely Christmas family dinner whilst the log fire in the drawing room sets a tone for a spectacular New Year party.
Sleeps 20, New Year price 5500
Set within 600 acres of private ground, this exceptional modern country house has been stunningly refurbished and offers an abundance of public space, making it an ideal festive retreat. The conservatory has a delightful log burner whilst the swimming pool offers a heaven of relaxation. The outstanding sitting and dining room with large glass windows and double heighted ceilings offering fantastic views across the Lochans and provide the perfect backdrop whilst seeing in the New Year and dancing the night away.