At Christmas time there’s nothing better to make spirits bright than being snug and warm in front of a roaring fire. We discover period properties that still have huge chimney stacks and Inglenook fireplaces and newer homes with traditional influences. Not only can they keep the house warm, but they will also be Santa-friendly on Christmas Eve when he comes to deliver presents to the youngest members of the family.
We reveal the top Christmas homes with chimneys and fireplaces for when Santa Claus comes to town.
Situated near excellent schooling and set within 1.5 acres of beautiful parkland-style gardens with a one-bedroom self-contained annexe, this charming cottage is the perfect home to host a family Christmas. This well-appointed home has been renovated extensively by the current owners to blend character features and modern convenience to include exposed timber beams, a vaulted ceiling, contemporary kitchens and luxurious bath and shower rooms.
In the lounge, roast chestnuts on an open fire within the impressive Inglenook fireplace or simply cosy up as a family, watching a classic Christmas film.
This characterful country residence is set within 4.5 acres of grounds made up of formal gardens and paddocks offering outstanding equestrian facilities rarely found within a village location. There is also a heated swimming pool, potential for an integral annexe, and a recently upgraded, contemporary vaulted kitchen and breakfast room.
Fireplaces in the welcoming entrance hall, spacious sitting room and in the family room will provide Father Christmas with excellent access around the home to fill up on mince pies and leave presents for everyone on the nice list.
Rutlands is an attractive Grade II Listed red-brick farmhouse and detached one-bedroom annexe set within a private 0.75-acre plot, accessible to the city of Chelmsford. Hosting Christmas would be no problem here as the property boats four double bedrooms, a country kitchen with a feature AGA stove and French doors, a delightful conservatory and two sitting rooms.
An open-plan sitting room and dining room boasts an open red-brick fireplace and log burner, while a secondary reception room also benefits from a log burner to keep the whole home toasty and warm. Original fireplaces remain in two of the bedrooms, making it easy for Santa to fill Christmas stockings at the foot of the bed.
Formally known as Preston Farm and part of Princess Helena College, Dower House is a beautiful chequered red brick pattern property which has been cleverly converted into six luxury residences. Surrounded by countryside views, the Grade II Listed seventeenth century farmhouse comprises a beautiful lounge, separate dining room, study, downstairs cloakroom and a neutral contemporary kitchen and utility room.
Stylish modernised fireplaces in the living room, dining rooms and bedrooms offer Father Christmas plenty of avenues to visit this home.
This stunning family home, set in a picturesque village setting, combines stylish design with character features to create a light and spacious interior. In addition to four bedrooms, there is a sleek contemporary family kitchen, a snug, and a bright hall and dining area.
Meadow Barn further benefits from a beautiful sitting-room with an exposed brick Inglenook fireplace and wood burner, offering an ideal place for leaving festive treats and tipples for Santa’s visit.
Holyoakes Barn is an individual red brick barn full of character and unique features. With four reception areas, a farmhouse kitchen-breakfast room, a private courtyard and a rural location, residents can invite guests or enjoy quiet solitude.
This home is full of warmth in the colder months with two original fireplaces. The present owners say: “The cosy sitting room with a fire lit in the Inglenook is very warm and welcoming in winter.”
Ghyll House Farm is a unique development of just six oak-framed properties built by Wavensmere Homes, situated in the heart of the West Sussex countryside. The character of an oak-framed home combines superbly with the benefits of a new build property, filled with light from windows providing panoramic views. The family will always be together in the open-plan ground floor layout with a cosy living area on one side benefitting from an exposed brick open fireplace to welcome Father Christmas.
This meticulously upgraded two-storey detached Victorian property occupies a semi-rural village setting standing within a third of an acre with west-facing gardens. This four-bedroom home is perfect for families as there is an abundance of good schools in the area and it is served with excellent transport links, allowing quick access to London.
Inside, the property benefits from a spacious sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and attractive brick-lined fireplace with a wood-burning stove as the main feature.
Tucked away in a peaceful and very picturesque location on the edge of the well-served village of Sible Hedingham is Rookwoods Cottage, an extremely attractive Grade II Listed period home that boasts a large and attractive garden with wonderful countryside views.
A large living room acts as the hub of the house, with a cosy seating area, which showcases the original timber frame and is centralised around an ornate fireplace.
Peacock Cottage is an outstanding four-bedroom detached family home, built in the style of a seventeenth-century cottage, with a Russian reed thatched roof, walled garden and garage. Santa can climb down the stylish copper hood within a grand Inglenook fireplace to fill stockings hanging on the mantle.
The kitchen-dining room, complete with hand-made, bespoke pine kitchen cabinetry and exposed bricks and beams, resembles a Christmas cabin, while the generous living room has enough space for everyone to relax after enjoying a festive feast.
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