By this time of year properties with Christmas availability are as rare as hen’s teeth, but we like a challenge! So this month we bring you not one but 3 gorgeous getaways for the festive season: a cosy rural Dorset hotel offering lots of seasonal fun, a stunning 6-bedroom Cornish cottage, and a decadent Sri Lankan group getaway (with discount!).

No need to thank us; all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing.

BridgeHouse, Dorset – FROM £690 per person (3 nights, 24-27 December)

BridgeHouse bar

BridgeHouse is a cosy, cottagey country hotel in rustic Beaminster, just 6 miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, with fantastically fresh, local food, plus a warm welcome for couples and families alike.

BridgeHouse dining

BridgeHouse guest roomIt’s offering a fantastic 3-night Christmas Package (valid 24-27 December 2015) with rooms starting from £690 per person, based on 2 sharing. The rates include lots of bubbly, a 7-course Christmas Day dinner, two 5-course dinners, delicious daily breakfasts and a welcome afternoon tea. Expect carol singers at the bar, and don’t miss West Bay for a bracing Boxing Day walk.

Available rooms: Double Room, Deluxe Double Room, Family Suite

Total cost: from £690 per person.

More info: Getting to Dorset and other accommodation options

Twin Tors Cottage & Barn, Cornwall – £495 per person* (7 nights, 21-28 December)

Twin Tors dining

Twin Tors Cottage & Barn is arguably the best holiday rental in Cornwall and, miraculously, the beguiling 6-bedroom Cottage is still available for Christmas week – snap it up, quick!

Twin Tors bedroom

Twin Tors shared pool

A 7-night stay from 21-28 December costs £495 per person, based on 12 sharing (or £5,940 in total). You’ll arrive to a decorated tree and mantelpiece, along with plenty of logs for the wood-burning fire. The Cottage has various palatial living spaces (including a sun room with stunning valley views), as well as shared use of the property’s Pool House, which is home to an indoor freshwater pool, a steam room and an outdoor wood-fired hot tub. How very festive!

Total cost: £495 per person.

*Based on 12 people sharing.

More info: Getting to Cornwall and other accommodation options

The Last House, Sri Lanka – FROM £1,155.75 per person* (6 nights, 20-26 December 2015)

The Last House

The Last House is a beautiful Bawa-designed Sri Lankan rental for 12-14, with peaceful grounds, elegant interiors and a brilliant beachside location. The ideal long-haul Christmas escape.

The Last House dining

The Last House pool

Book the property on an exclusive B&B basis from 20-26 December and get a 10% discount, making 6 nights £456.75 per person, based on 12 guests sharing (or £5,481 total). It makes a great base for a group holiday, with a good amount of privacy, no need to nominate a cook (there’s a chef on hand), and plenty of opportunity for fun and frolics. Expect to find surf boards, footballs, rugby balls, cricket and badminton equipment, board games, inflatables for the pool and even a private fishing boat!

Fly: direct from London Heathrow to Colombo Bandaranaike International with SriLankan Airlines for £699, departing 19 December (overnight flight arriving 20 December) and returning 26 December.

From the airport: Staff can arrange transfers (enquire when booking; extra cost).

Total cost: from £1,155.75.

*Based on 12 people sharing.

More info: Getting to Sri Lanka and other accommodation options

*Please note that only the accommodation may be booked through The information on travel is provided as a service to you, and must be booked through other websites, as indicated. All prices and availability are correct at the time of publishing. Published on 26 November 2015.