Record number of Brits are ditching an at-home Christmas for a festive break in the country, says Dorset Cottage

Record number of Brits are ditching an at-home Christmas for a festive break in the country, says Dorset Cottage Holidays

Christmas may be the time of year where people want to relax and spend time with their families, but this doesn’t mean the festive period has to be spent at home. According to one provider of holiday rentals, the number of Brits booking festive staycations in 2024 is rising by staggering rates year-on-year.

Dorset Cottage Holidays is the UK’s leading provider of idyllic and picturesque holiday rentals across Dorset. In the lead up to this year’s Christmas break, the company has seen an unprecedented surge in demand for festive bookings from families who want to spend their Christmas in the countryside and ring in the New Year with style. Compared to last year’s figures, Dorset Cottage Holidays has seen five times the number of bookings in 2024.

With two months to go until the break, Dorset Cottage Holidays is currently preparing to welcome holidaymakers to their festive retreats. This Christmas, they are planning to pull out all the stops for guests by offering a range of festive surprises to make each stay memorable. Guests can expect a warm welcome with seasonally decorated cottages with all the sparkling lights and décor needed to put even the biggest Scrooge into the holiday spirit. In these beautifully appointed cottages, customers are guaranteed an unforgettable festive experience.

One of the highlights of this year’s festivities is the return of Santa Claus to Dorset Cottage Holidays after having a brief hiatus during Covid. With all the safety measures in place to keep guests safe, Santa will personally deliver gifts to every child at the cottages. With plenty of other activities planned, Dorset Cottage Holidays are helping families to create treasured memories and bring some Christmas magic to every staycation.

Dorset Cottage Holidays MD Leanne Hemmingway said, “This year has involved a lot of ups and downs, so we’re seeing a huge increase in families who are willing to spend that little bit extra to enjoy the festive season in luxury. I was shocked when I saw that our bookings were up five times compared to last year, but it really does show that a beautiful cottage in Dorset really is the perfect place to spend your holidays!”

Dorset has long been a popular holiday spot, with stunning natural beauty, quaint villages, and welcoming community feel. When guests stay at the Dorset Cottage Holidays, they’ll be able to soak up the wonders of the Jurassic coast themselves, within walking distance to many of the region’s most breath-taking spots.

To find out more about Dorset Cottage Holidays and the range of cottages available to rent over the Christmas period, visit