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Top 10 Holiday Houses for New Year in the SW

Silvanus, Cornwall

Let's just call it the king of holiday houses, shall we, with its rather regal name and its incredible position overlooking Mevagissy harbour.

The house sleeps up to 16 in serious comfort and is the ultimate party pad with tennis court, snooker room, table tennis and even a 'disco hall' complete with turntables and DJ booth.  Let the mother of all parties commence and may we suggest you take your New Year's Day hangover to The Barley Sheath at Gorran for proper, take no hostages Bloody Marys.


Unique Home Stays Faithful, Devon 

A boat for 2 moored near Dartmouth, is it possible to get more romantic? Inside it's a stylish haven with king size bed and a fully equipped galley kitchen including utensils which once belonged to HMS Ark Royal. You're a mere stroll from Dartmouth here and are invited to use the Dart Marina Hotel's beautiful spa with steam room, pool and hot tub free of charge. Mostly though we think you'll want to be on board listening to the sea while the waves gently rock you to sleep. Bliss.


Canopy&Stars Cossington Park, Somerset

Hello party house, let the New Year festivities begin. This beautiful house sits in 22 acres right by the Somerset Levels and the Mendips for ultimate walking and bird-watching. Mostly though you'll want to enjoy your country manor which comes with a library of 5000 books and a superbly equipped kitchen with bread making oven (and locally milled flour). There's a huge red dining room (pictured) for the New Year's Eve gala dinner. Glastonbury and Wells are close by, we'd be tempted to book in for dinner at The Old Spot. Sleeps 12.


Sawday's Hendra Barn, Cornwall

And now one for a couple of families with kids who like to stay active. We love this beautiful and very contemporary barn conversion with underfloor heating and a huge logburner for cosying up through the New Year. Outside you have 2 large lakes for fishing and Perranporth and Newquay close by for winter surfing. There's a chef who can be hired to cook or provide cookery classes and if the mood takes you award-winning Viner's restaurant is close by and of course you're no distance from Fifteen Cornwall. Sleeps 10 plus 2 cots.


Classic Cottages Stargazer, Devon

There's a huge amount to love in this very stylish property - beautifully furnished bedrooms with luxurious linen and its location close to the historic town of Modbury, the moors and South Ham's golden beaches. What really clinches it though is this fabulous games room - which will take care of the kids during the day and allow us to indulge our overly competitive natures at night. We'll treat ourselves to a hamper and catering from a local chef too.



Unique Home Stays Little Sheppy, Cornwall

A perfect, bijoux pad near the North Cornwall coast which has been beautifully decorated in faded pastels. The ideal retreat for two, somewhere to hibernate and see in the New Year with good wine, great books and the logburner fired up. Stunning sea views and a brilliantly equipped kitchen make this the ultimate bolthole. On New Year's Day walk across the fields to the coastal path for spectacular views of the Atlantic.



Classic Cottages The Batman's Summerhouse, Devon

It's not just the name of this wonderful Nordic style cabin that has got us hooked. The location, just a stone's throw from the River Avon, can't be beaten. The 1930s summerhouse has been lovingly restored  and has underfloor heating to keep you warm. There's a double bed on the mezzanine floor and a bunk room for 3 downstairs - your kids are going to love it. You can order from owner Miranda's delicious supper menu if you don't fancy cooking.



Canopy & Stars Merlin's Farm, Cornwall

Eco cottages right by one of our favourite Cornish beaches, Mawgan Porth.  Uber green but also uber stylish - think top knotch bed linen, underfloor heating, indulgent bathrooms with REN products. The owners live onsite and will happily introduce your children to Horace the donkey and the hens. And the really great thing is the indulgent Scarlet Hotel is next door, book a babysitter and a spot in the clifftop hotel's hot tub? My kind of New Year.


Sawday's Waterstone Barn, Cornwall

Another mega-trendy barn here with sauna and summerhouse for those Scandi moments. Just a quick walk from the beautiful village of Marmanchurch and 2 miles from Bude (for winter surfing), children will love this gorgeous house with views of the North Cornwall coast. Fire up the woodburner, crack open the red and cook some of the owner's rare breed Oxford pig sausages for supper. When you feel like eating out Life's a Beach, an uber-cafe on Summerleaze beach is famous.



Unique Home Stays Little Barton, Devon

A traditional old farmhouse wonderfully furnished with hand-made beds, comfortable old armchairs, a piano, a woodburner and tons of books, this is a proper retreat. You're right by the Hartland Peninsula here with views stretching to Lundy Island and stunning coastal path walks. The farmhouse sleeps 10 and the cottage 6, so book in with a big group and celebrate at the 16 seater dining table. Ping pong in the barn and a friendly welcome from owner Alex with organic wine and brownies. We don't think you'll want to leave. Sawday's

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