Although some people might think of beach houses as a strictly summer affair, my beach houses are pretty well as popular in the winter as they are in the summer. I have always found the winter months by the sea inspiring and my beach houses are cosy places to huddle down after a bracing walk along the beach.

And to make them extra cosy Mitzi, my interior designer sister, and I re-style all the beach houses for the winter. And of course we dress them for the Christmas season; as you can see in this slideshow gallery on the right. These normally go up the week before Christmas but if requested I can have them up earlier.

And our sister sites - the well established and known luxurycountryrentals.com and the new luxurycotswoldrentals.co.uk - feature an inspiring townhouse, classic luxury holiday cottages, period country houses and an authentic American ski lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; all of which are exquisitely dressed for Christmas.

"Two wonderful weeks, in this glorious, amazing house. Much enjoyed and admired by everyone."

"Ted's first glance at the sea, wonderful and wild! I smell sausages."

"A really wonderful week in a stunning house. I even managed a New Year's day dip in the sea. Brr! Definately come back in the summer."

"The perfect place for a wonderful family Christmas. Glorious location loved by all, especially Rif and Raf our Labs!"

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