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Festive charm: from historic homes to rural retreats

‘Tis the season to hunker down and enjoy your own space. We scour the UK to find properties with a Christmas connection

When winter closes in and the days grow shorter, the best place to be is at home. If you’re looking for a new property that will fit the seasonal bill, now’s the time to make your Christmas list. Here are some great properties with a festive twist.

Dyrham, Gloucestershire £795,000

Merry Bristmas, says the city of Bristol, which pulls out all the stops for the Yuletide season. It has a German Christmas market full of twinkling chalets selling festive food and glittering gifts. Bath has a similarly seasonal offering along its Regency streets and you can relax afterwards at the steaming spa. Close to both Bristol and Bath, this fairytale cottage is just the place to decorate your tree. The dining room is double height and there’s a one-bedroom annex for visitors.

Call Winkworth Bath office on 01225 829000 www.winkworth.co.uk/bath

Wylye, Wiltshire £695,000

Salisbury encourages community involvement at its Christmas market and the bandstand is well used by school choirs and musicians. There’s a lantern parade and ice carving, as well as the chance to pet a reindeer. Nearby Longleat holds its own Chinese lantern festival with spectacular displays of lights until January 3. In the small village of Wylye, this classic cottage has four bedrooms and a pretty garden. 

Call Winkworth Salisbury office on 01722 443000 www.winkworth.co.uk/salisbury

Covent Garden, London WC2H £1.5m

The familiar tune of The Holly and The Ivy soothes our ears and the thought of roast turkey and all the trimmings tickles our tastebuds. The Ivy restaurant has created its own signature Christmas Carol cocktail and the Christmas menu will set you back £75 per person in a private room. Close by, this two-bedroom apartment has been newly refurbished and its location on Shaftesbury Avenue is ideal for the theatre and associated delights of London’s West End.

Call Winkworth West End office on 020 7240 3322 www.winkworth.co.uk/west-end

Holborn, London EC4A £2.395m
Dickens and Christmas go together like granny and egg-nog. This fabulous three-bedroom house is just off Fleet Street, in Red Lion Court. You can almost see Scrooge disappear round the corner clutching his moneybags and Bob Cratchit scurrying past the grand door on his way home through the snow. An elegant town house in such a central location is a very rare find and it could certainly give you a glimpse of Christmas Past.
Call Winkworth Clerkenwell office on 020 7405 1288 www.winkworth.co.uk/clerkenwell
London Bridge, SE1 £1.8m

The modern Christmas pudding, bears little resemblance to its origins. In the 14th century a porridge called frumenty was made of beef or mutton with dried fruits, wine and spices. By 1600 it was being thickened with breadcrumbs and by the time Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol it was like the “speckled cannon ball” that we know today. Pudding Lane, near Monument, was where the Great Fire of London started and within sparking distance is this spacious two-bed flat overlooking the Thames.

Call Winkworth Kennington office on 020 7587 0600 www.winkworth.co.uk/kennington

Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire £1.999m

It’s not quite Rudolf but you might find Bambi in your garden if you buy this house. The gardens drift off into wooded glades where Muntjac deer can be seen grazing. The property is a rambling Arts and Crafts style building, divided into two. There are six bedrooms and four reception rooms full of period features. Plus there are good-sized chimneys with plenty of room for Santa, and if you need to escape the relatives, there’s a WW2 bunker in the garden.

Call Winkworth Beaconsfield office on 01494 677978 www.winkworth.co.uk/beaconsfield

Bleasby, Nottinghamshire £599,000

Sherwood Forest was the stomping ground of Robin Hood and it can now be yours. Special walks are held on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day to shake off the Christmas torpor, you can buy your Christmas tree here, and as well as Santa’s Grotto for humans, there’s a Santa Paw experience to save your four-legged friend feeling left out. This three-bedroom farmhouse sits in about six acres just outside the lovely town of Southwell, where there will be plenty going on at the Minster over the festive period.

Call Winkworth Newark office on 01636 611666 www.winkworth.co.uk/newark

Hove, East Sussex £1.65m

If you think Christmas is the season of eating and drinking and slumping by the fire, think again. The hardy souls of Brighton turn out on Christmas Day for a refrrrreshing dip in the sea! If you prefer your water solid, there’s also a skating rink at the Brighton Pavilion and the Santa Dash is for those who just want to run. Back on the seafront, the beach huts twinkle as a life-size Advent calendar and citizens take to the streets on the winter solstice to burn paper clocks and lanterns in an annual ritual. If you buy this six-bedroom Victorian property, you can join in, too.

Call Winkworth Brighton and Hove office on 01273 772175 www.winkworth.co.uk/brighton-hove

London E2 £575,000

Did you know there was a place called Bethlehem in the middle of London? Simon FitzMary, who was Sheriff of London twice in the 13th century, donated a piece of land in Bishopsgate for a charitable hospital – Bethlehem Hospital. Londoners soon shortened this to Bedlam. Liverpool Street Station now stands on the site and nearby is this two-bedroom flat in Chapter House, just off Cheshire Street. It has a balcony and a communal roof garden with great views over the City.

Call Winkworth Shoreditch office on 020 7749 7650 www.winkworth.co.uk/shoreditch

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