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Still not made any plans for New Year’s Eve? Don’t worry, there’s time enough to organise something fun and just a little bit different. Personally, I think there’s a lot to be said for hiring a holiday cottage; you can find out why, as well as get tips for your own celebrations, below.

Why hire a holiday cottage?

At first glance, the idea of hiring a holiday cottage for new year might sound a bit odd – after all, it’s not the average way to celebrate. But who wants average on New Year’s Eve?

A holiday cottage appeals to me for lots of reasons. I mean, firstly it gives you a chance to feel like you’re having a bit of a holiday – something I think we all need after the Christmas rush! Secondly, you can rent absolutely huge cottages that sleep up to 20 people, meaning you can celebrate with masses of friends and family without wondering how on earth you’re going to squeeze them all into your home.

It also gives you a private space that everyone can enjoy without having to battle the massive crowds you get in towns and city centres on New Year’s Eve – which means even people who usually avoid new year’s events like the plague can get involved and enjoy themselves.

These are just a few of the advantages – others include affordability and versatility – and you can check out some examples of properties at  Sykes Cottages. But now, let’s move on to how you can make your trip one to remember.

Things to consider

There are several things you need to consider when organising a New Year’s Eve jaunt like this, with the ones that stand out most for me being the following:

Food and drink

No new year celebration is complete without some decent food and drink. So, on the drive to your holiday cottage stock up on the essentials, like party nibbles and a few bottles of bubbly.

Remember to think beyond the night itself, too. For instance, you’ll need to buy plenty of ingredients for a hearty breakfast – in my household, we always start January 1st with a pile of pancakes, but a traditional fry up or something a little more continental are great options too.

Also buy plenty of snacks for the rest of the day (or for nibbling in the car, if you’re planning on heading home straight away) and ingredients for a celebratory evening meal to welcome in 2014.

Entertainment

You also need to give some thought to how you’re actually going to celebrate New Year’s Eve – unless you’re content to just sit with a glass of vino of watch Jools Holland’s annual hootenanny on TV (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).

It’s a good idea to bring along some party games or even a games console (a Wii is perfect, provided you have a few spare controllers, since there are so many fun group games you can play on it) to get everyone in a suitably festive mood. Alternatively, if you fancy something more sophisticated, you could have a dinner party instead.

Extend your celebrations

While you could just hire a cottage for one night, I think it’s well worth making a mini break of it and staying for several days. That way, you can all arrive in plenty of time and feel refreshed and relaxed for the new year’s celebrations – as well as have ample time to recover once they’re over!

Plus, this will also give you a chance to explore the local area, not to mention spend a bit more time with everyone. Indeed, if you’re planning on celebrating with a large group of people, you’ll often find a single night just isn’t enough time to catch up with everybody properly, so it definitely pays to stay for longer.

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