Travel challenge A new year get-together in England

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a self-catering break over the new year. Prices are for seven nights' rental (commencing 28 December) for properties that sleep at least 10 guests.

Coast & Country Cottages: £1,900: Little Cotton Farmhouse, Dartmouth, Devon; sleeps eight adults and two children. Space for two cots.

"This rurally situated, newly renovated farmhouse, close to historic Dartmouth, boasts a modern kitchen with range cooker, American-style fridge/freezer and large dining table. It also offers baby-friendly facilities and a children's play area – perfect for a new year family break," says Karen Jones of Coast & Country Cottages. (01803 839499;

The Big Domain: £3,500: Irtside, Holmbrook, Cumbria; sleeps 12.

"Irtside is the perfect Big Domain for seeing in the new year, with its log fire ablaze and a jazz duo accompanying your celebratory feast. Blow away the cobwebs on New Year's Day with a walk down the Wasdale Valley, voted the most beautiful in Britain or head to the coast for a blast of sea air," says Lucy Thorp of The Big Domain. (01326 240028;

Toad Hall Cottages: £1,488: Tara, Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon; sleeps 10.

"Tara is a colonial-style detached house boasting fabulous views over the sandy beach to Burgh Island. Its attractive, spacious rooms come fully decorated for the festive season. Ideal for families, it has a playroom with table tennis and pool table, and is only a few minutes' walk to a shop and the beach. It is a great family house in a terrific location and even has a discount for new year," says Toad Hall's David Hanmer. (01548 853089;