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Where better to celebrate Christmas or New Year than a Scottish castle or English country house? For centuries families have been families have been gathering to have fun together over special vacations in them.

The size of these homes is perfect for multi-generational groups and with lots of space for guests to relax and enjoy different pursuits, they allow guests to come together under one roof. LTR offers wonderful, luxurious large houses to rent for Christmas & New Year, all are fully staffed and we lay on a full concierge service so all the stress is removed from the host and hostess. The only thing families need to do is show up, LTR will do the rest! We have some inspirational luxury ideas for New Year’s Eve here.

We are closely following the UK Government guidelines with regard to COVID-19 and working with all our property owners to ensure the safety of our guests, house staff and the local community is a priority.  Please do get in touch if you would like further information and for peace of mind do read our Covid Code of Practice.

We have put together a list of houses with availability for Christmas & New Year 2021.  The list is not exhaustive and we do have other country houses and castles with availability so please do email on or call us on + 44 (0) 1835 824642 for other suggestions as we would be delighted to help.

Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire, England

Queen Victoria was a regular visitor for tea at Hedsor House.

  • Accommodation for up 26 guests in 13 double en-suite bedrooms and suites.
  • Drawing room, dining room, ballroom and grand central hall.
  • In-house chef and staff.
  • A host of activities can be arranged onsite including clay pigeon shooting, 4 x 4 driving and exploring the park.
  • 100 acres of historic parkland
  • 45 minutes drive from London.
Hedsor House
Brownber Hall

Brownber Hall, Yorkshire Dales, England

A glorious Victorian family home situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

  • Sleeps 15 in 8 bedrooms.
  • Cosy, vintage decor with a family and sociable feel.
  • Private gardens.
  • Lots of activities and places to explore locally including:  fishing, horse riding, wild swimming, hill walking and bird watching.
  • Under 1 hour to Carlisle by car.

Cowdray House, West Sussex, England

Built in around 1874, and set in 110 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and parkland.

  • Accommodation for 46 guests in 22 double ensuite bedrooms (2 with own dressing rooms) and 2 single bedrooms with shared bathroom.
  • Bowling Alley and Billiards Room.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
  • Tennis court.
  • A host of activities available.
  • 90 minutes drive from central London.
Cowdray House staff

Kinross House, Kinross-shire, Scotland

Described as Scotland’s ‘noblest classical country house’ this Grade A listed mansion is also a stunning home.

  • Accommodation for 28 in 14 exceptional restored and decorated en-suite rooms.
  • Further accommodation in 10 double bedrooms in adjacent coach house.
  • Formal dining for up to 32 guests under a stunning painted ceiling.
  • Library, gentlemen’s sitting room and ladies’ sitting rooms, drawing room.
  • Home to an important collection of Scottish art.
  • Access to a variety of country pursuits including loch fishing, deer stalking, and salmon fishing.
  • Cycling, archery, falconry and driven bird shooting.
  • Golf at the championship courses of Gleneagles and St Andrews and on two courses two minutes walk from the house.
  • Helipad.
  • 25 minutes drive from Edinburgh airport.

Ashby Manor House, Northamptonshire, England

Guy Fawkes planned his infamous Gun Powder Plot at Ashby Manor House in 1605.

Ashby Manor has a tapestry of British history under its vaulted roof – Guy Fawkes, royalty and Edwin Lutyens all have connections to this striking manor house.  Available to hire for exclusive use over New Year, this family home of the aristocratic and colourful Guest family has a striking mix of period and contemporary styles with every detail of the highest quality and comfort. Children will love the former medieval kitchen-turned-play area complete with pirate’s shack as well as the games in Viscount Wimborne’s study while adults will fall for the panelled dining room and south-facing Lutyens Hall, with its stunning views and feather-soft Rose Uniacke seating.  Ashby Manor, always welcoming, can accommodate up to 23 people and has everything needed for a magical festive houseparty in the most stylish of surroundings.

  • Sleeps up to 23 people in 10 bedrooms (but in spite of the size it is very comfortable and cosy for one family).
  • Outdoor heated pool.
  • Tennis court.
  • A lake for boating on.
  • Fabulous tree house for children.
  • 1 hour 50 minutes from London by car.
  • Beautiful grounds and gardens.
Ashby Manor - great hall
Birkhill sunny exterior

Birkhill Castle, Fife, Scotland

Nestled in a 2,000 acre estate on the shores of the Tay Estuary, the castle is steeped in history and also has great charm and style.

  • Sleeps 22 guests in 10 double or twin & 2 single bedrooms.
  • Billiards room.
  • Tennis Court.
  • Both game and clay pigeon shooting can be arranged on the estate.
  • Private beach, boat trips to view puffins.
  • Local Attractions include the many local golf courses.
  • 60 minutes from Edinburgh & 20 minutes from St Andrews.

Gilmerton House, East Lothian, Scotland

Designed by Robert Adam this magnificent Grade A listed house has been the home to the same Scottish family for 12 generations.

  • Sleeps 20 guests in 10 luxurious bedrooms and suites.
  • GilmertonLodge, a 3 bedroom detached period property just outside the gates to the main house provides further luxury accommodation for up to 6 guests.
  • Helicopter landing area.
  • A golfer’s dream location with many courses nearby such as Gullane, Muirfield & North Berwick, 1 3/4 hours by car to St Andrews.
  • The East Lothian coastline is very attractive with boat trips out to the Bass Rock to see the magnificent birdlife, also at the Scottish Seabird Centre.
  • 40 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport.
Gilmerton House in the snow
Candacraig from a drone

Candacraig, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire

Candacraig is an immaculately presented Scottish mansion situated within the breath taking scenery of the Cairngorms National Park.

  • Sleeps a total of 24 guests in 12 sumptuous bedrooms with their own bathrooms.
  • Fabulous dining room that seats up to 24 guests.
  • Large elegant drawing room and adjacent panelled whisky library with a selection of Scottish whiskies and gins.
  • Within easy reach of several golf courses including Balmoral, Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay, Moray, Stonehaven and Trump International.
  • 1 hour to Aberdeen Airport.

Borthwick Castle, Midlothian, Scotland

Borthwick Castle is one of the finest 15th Century keeps in Scotland.

  • Sleeps 24 people in 12 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms.
  • 3 recreational rooms including the State Room.
  • Various outdoor pursuits including hiking, archery, shooting, golf and fishing.
  • The golf courses of East Lothian are also within easy reach.
  • Edinburgh Airport 45 minutes drive.
Borthwick Castle
Silverholme Manor

Silverholme Manor, The Lake District, England

The only carbon-neutral Georgian manor house in the country.

Sleeping up to 18, we love that Silverholme Manor, perched on the shores of Lake Windermere, is the UK’s only totally carbon neutral Georgian manor house. Set in the Lake District, there is a good chance of snow over the festive season – and what better sight to wake up to than that! We cannot promise a white Christmas but we can promise unparalleled views, private access to an iconic lake and a picture-postcard-perfect holiday. The 18th-century house has long windows to take in the surrounding scenery, cosy interiors (we love the library filled with board games and walking maps) and a sweeping staircase. Enjoy grand meals in the red dining room before boating and exploring then come home to informal kitchen suppers in front of panoramic glass French doors. Silverholme Manor is a feast for all the senses! 

  • Sleeps 18 in luxury ensuite bedrooms with fabulous views.
  • 5,000 acres of private woodland, forest and lake to enjoy.
  • A host of activities can be arranged on the estate for guests.
  • 1 1/2 hours drive from Carlisle.

Auchterarder House, Perthshire, Scotland

One of the most impressive family homes in Scotland.

  • Sleeps 20 people in 10 double ensuite bedrooms including one ground floor bedroom with fully disabled bathroom.
  • Cinema room, gym, sauna, shoot room, conservatory & billiard room.
  • 20 acres of stunning grounds and gardens with a small lochan.
  • 1 hours drive to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Auchterarder House
Leuchie Walled Garden

Leuchie Walled Garden, East Lothian, Scotland

Leuchie Walled Garden is an outstanding example of a stylish Mid-Century modern house.

  • Sleeps up to 12 people in 6 double ensuite bedrooms.
  • Drawing room with open fire and grand piano, dining room seating 12, billiard room and open plan kitchen.
  • 12 fabulous golf courses within 20 minutes drive.
  • Close to the seaside town of North Berwick.
  • 50 minutes drive to Edinburgh.


“The Hall was absolutely captivating – the best Christmas party ever. Toby and Jennie were so lovely and so accommodating too! My Chairman and Creative Director have said it was one of their favourite venues for a Xmas party and haven’t stopped saying “thank you” since they got back! That has certainly earned me a bank of brownie points. You have also been a marvel and really saved the day!”

The vacations can be a complicated time for families coming together from all over the world and fraught with potential emotional pitfalls for larger families with many different egos involved. The joy of neutral ground is that generally everyone is on their best behavior and hopefully out for a good time. LTR is meticulous about selecting the estates we work with and share with our clients, all of them offer a truly warm welcome and a very friendly atmosphere carefully nurtured by the owners over many generations. Roaring log fires, cozy four poster beds, large comfortable sitting rooms and attractive dining rooms make for a special few days as families relax and unwind in the most lovely of settings. For younger guests many houses and castles offer games rooms, large dens with televisions and nearly always a billiard table, enjoyed by guests of all ages.

Outside there is often thousands of acres of private land owned by the estate to explore. Although Christmas and New Year is not suited to swimming, tennis and some other outside pursuits, wonderful walks across windswept countryside blow away the cobwebs after a large lunch and prepares guests for an even more sumptuous dinner, after they have recovered from full afternoon tea of course. We ensure that all the homes are all fully decorated for the festivities with Christmas trees, holly and other baubles to make sure guests can truly get into the Christmas spirit. Our chefs can prepare the full yuletide menu and any other seasonal favorites which guests might enjoy from their homeland. Some local attractions may be closed over the festivities but we find families like to make their own fun and take great pleasure in just being together.

New Year or Hogmanay as we call it in Scotland is a major celebration and one for which the scots are famous, taking great pleasure in entertaining their friends with huge dinners, a lot of dancing and usually a few drams of Scottish water (whiskey). A popular tradition is the ceilidh band which plays reeling music which guests can dance to. Reels like the Duke of Perth and the Dashing White Sergeant are a great way of bringing together guests of all ages and create a very joyful atmosphere. Many a romance has started on New Year’s Eve and Hogmanay heralds a new start as guests raise their glasses when the clock chimes midnight and we slip into a new year. There is nowhere more fun than a Scottish castle to bring in the New Year and LTR arranges for many families and groups of friends to experience this.

We can offer you, an unparallelled opportunity to spend Christmas or New Year in the very castle where the filming for Downton Abbey’s Christmas Special in 2012 took place!

Calling all Downton Abbey fans, if you would like to spend Christmas in the magnificent Scottish Castle that played it’s part in a Christmas episode, call Jonathan on + 44 (0) 1835 824 642 or email now. Don’t miss this ‘one off’ opportunity.