Sometimes all you need is a little ‘me time’, a chance to escape daily routine or the hustle and bustle of work, even if it’s just for one night.
There are some beautiful places to stay in the UK and even though the days are short with a chill in the air, winter is still the best season to plan a cosy weekend away. Hibernate in luxury next to a warming log fire or brave the outdoors and take a walk through acres of crisp gardens and wild woodland.
Whether it’s a boutique hotel or secluded cottage in the countryside these storybook locations truly sparkle when it comes to the festive season. Below we’ve selected some of the UK’s most loved retreats, all nestled into the english countryside with their unique charm and beauty.
Image: Middleton Lodge . Photographer: Dominic Wright . middletonlodge.co.uk
Image: Middleton Lodge . Photographer: Brett Harkness . middletonlodge.co.uk
This fairytale escape in rural North Yorkshire is a impressive example of a Palladian country home. Set in 200 acres of farmland and manicured gardens, this recently restored Georgian estate boasts high ceilings, exposed beams and cosy cocoon like rooms. As to be expected with a characterful estate there are many dwellings to choose from, stay in either the grand main house, quirky converted coach lodge or charming farmhouse.
The immaculately decorated rooms leave you feeling instantly at home, making it hard to leave the next morning. Brimming with original features including roll top baths, cosy wood-burning stoves and plush bed linen it’s the perfect romantic winter retreat.
For when you eventually make it out of your room there’s a whole host of activities including:
clay shooting, cycling, weekly workshops and relaxing treatment rooms with Ren skincare.
Chewton Glen Treehouses
Tucked away in south west Hampshire are Chewton Glen’s enchanting treetop hideaways. These stunning treehouses boast incredible unique suites, spa like bathrooms, cosy fireplaces and hot tub’s on tree level balconies. What more could you want from a weekend break. To create an even more idyllic stay breakfast is delivered in a lovely hamper through a hatch to maintain unparalleled privacy. For special occasions why not indulge and hire a chef for the ultimate private dining experience.
When you’re not relaxing in the treetops throw yourself into the many pursuits on offer, take a walk around the New Forest, explore the nearby unspoiled beaches or enjoy the tranquility of the Chewton Glen award winning spa.
Artist Residence Oxfordshire
Images: Artist Residence . artistresidenceoxford.co.uk
Traveling through charming Cotswold stone villages, past steady streams and quaint romantic cottages you eventually arrive at an old English thatched pub. Feeling welcome as soon as you step through the doors, you’re met with a host of thoughtfully considered rooms, all decorated with an artistic twist. Walls adorned with quirky art, pops of neon lights and statement armchairs create cosy corners.
All of the five bedrooms are decorated in a unique eclectic style, with beautiful old-fashioned roll-top bathtubs and luxurious bed linen it’s the perfect spot to escape, kick back, relax and escape the city. You can find other Artist Residence hotels in Brighton, Cornwall and London.
Lime Wood Hotel
Image: Lime Wood Hotel . limewoodhotel.co.uk
Laid-back luxury at its best, Lime Wood is a perfect secluded getaway set in the heart of the New Forest National Park surrounded by thick forest and rural hills.
There’s a huge variety of rooms and suites to choose from including atmospheric forest suites, luxurious standalone pavilions and a stunning restored coach house, an ideal option for small groups or family.
The interiors in this grand regency house are certainly something to be awed at. In the Pavilion Suite you’re met with an extravagant four-poster bed and luxurious roll-top bath surrounded by bay windows allowing you to enjoy the lush views in privacy.
A hip destination popular with bloggers and influencers alike, Babington House is an idyllic Georgian manor nestled in the countryside of Frome, Bath.
Part of the Soho House portfolio Babington House has 32 beautifully-appointed guestrooms. As soon as you drive up to this impressive house you instantly feel at ease. Hand painted wallpapers, luxe fabrics and characterful features adorn the rooms, creating a chic london home away from home.
To enhance your stay, Babington House has an amazing Cowshed spa with stunning indoor and outdoor pools, heated all year round, perfect for taking a winter dip. Unwind in the steam and sauna room or indulge in a Cowshed spa massage or facial. Afterwards slip on your luxurious bathrobe and relax with a book overlooking the beautiful walled gardens.
This countryside classic hotel is the perfect winter getaway, for both couples and families.
Images: Harp Cottage . harpcottage.co.uk
This characterful 17th century self-catered cottage is nestled in the welsh hills, in the tranquil village of old Radnor.
Individually designed with immaculate attention to detail this quaint intimate cottage provides the perfect base to recharge and explore. With all the essentials you can sit back and relax next to the traditional log- burning stove, playing board games with the family or simply enjoying a romantic glass of wine.
Although the cottage is privately tucked away there are still a few nearby restaurants and pubs just a quick stroll away. Great for a pit stop after a cold winter walk.