Don’t panic! These cottages are still available for stays over the Christmas season, whether you’re a couple, a family or group of friends
The Welsh Gatehouse, Monmouthshire
Built by the memorably monikered Sir Bogo de Knovil in the 13th century, this gatehouse near Chepstow (on the Welsh side of the border) isn’t short on romance if you’re looking for somewhere to hole up with your other half. It looks every inch the miniature castle from the outside; inside it’s surprisingly modern and light thanks to white-painted walls and high ceilings. It’s cosy, too, with a galleried bedroom (access is via ladder-like steps) and a wood-burning stove.
• Sleeps 2, £675 for five nights over Christmas, welshgatehouse.co.uk