With the shorter days and cooler temperatures, winter is the ideal time to hole up somewhere warm and cosy - but why not do it in style at a luxury hotel on a chic winter break in the UK?
There’s nothing more inviting than sitting in front of a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night, so we've selected the very best places where you can snuggle up in cosy surroundings on a winter break in the UK.
Perfect for a relaxing seasonal escape, these hotels from Oxfordshire to Pembrokeshire know how to do winter right.
So, go on. Get cosy in your winter woollies and head to these magical spots with family and friends or whisk a loved one away for some fireside romance while the snow (hopefully) falls outside. Or, thinking of travelling solo? You'll love the nearby walks and curling up with a good book at these locations, too.
This charming hotel, surrounded by farmland in the Oxfordshire countryside, features rooms with a rustic and colourful décor, alongside a traditional rural pub, dining room and large terrace garden. The design also includes high beamed ceilings and freestanding bath tubs, and its various inglenook fireplaces are perfect for keeping your toes and hands toasty. Stylish log burners are available in the Stable Suite and Barn Suite, too.
The 16th-century thatched inn has three bedrooms in some of the farm’s former outbuildings, and you can also book the shepherd’s hut at the bottom of the garden.
Overlooking four acres of idyllic grounds, this impressive Georgian country house consists of rooms with period features, a three AA Rosette restaurant and a lavish spa by Provençal brand L’Occitane (the only one in the UK, no less). If you're feeling the chills, you can warm up in the indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam pod or make yourself comfortable in front of the homely fireplace in your junior suite.
When you’re ready to venture out, the centre of Bath is just a short stroll away and if you’re still nippy, simply detour to the city’s famous Roman baths to take the healing waters.
This grand mansion has been home to dukes, earls, viscounts and even a prince, with each of its rooms named after a figure from the house’s past and the room furnishings tailored to their characters. If that’s not enough to entice you, Meghan Markle spent the night before she married Prince Harry here.
Treat yourself to a cosy evening in and lounge about by the fireplace in your room, or sizzle in the sauna and hot tub in Cliveden's elegant spa. It's also a paradise for winter walks, thanks to its impressive National Trust location, giving you acres of gardens and woodlands to explore.
This tranquil Georgian rectory, situated on the Shropshire and Welsh border hills, makes for an unforgettable winter break in the UK. The family-owned hotel has an acclaimed restaurant and some of the rooms have private hot tubs.
Nearby towns include Shrewsbury and Chester, or you can visit Powis Castle or Attingham Hall. Also within a short drive is Bodnant Gardens, which has 80 acres of formal gardens and woodland to explore. After a day out discovering the scenic surroundings, revel in the glowing embers of a log fire at the hotel, curled up with a book or a board game from its collection.
Nestled among the hills of Dorset, this unique inn has a rustic decor, with wooden beams, oak-panelling and flagstone floors. In the lounge, there’s a calming fireplace, along with rows of books to enjoy in front of the entrancing flames. It's also perfectly located for embarking on a wintry walk, with the impossibly idyllic village of Evershot nearby.
The 16th-century inn is an ideal choice for literary pilgrims, since it featured in Thomas Hardy’s novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Just down the road, sister property Summer Lodge has more dining options and a spa.
This delightful country house in one of the finest hotels in Wales, with the Preseli Hills on its Pembrokeshire doorstep. The manor has spacious rooms in the main house, historic cottages set throughout in the grounds, beautiful gardens and both a brasserie and a fine-dining restaurant, where guests can dine on local produce (including some that’s travelled as far as the garden).
It’s pet-friendly too, so it’s the perfect winter break for taking your dog along, with plenty of glorious countryside rambles you’ll all enjoy.
This honey-hued crescent house is a special treat for a winter escape, where you’ll enjoy modern luxury in a historic building. Buxton Crescent is a smart boutique hotel with a multi-level spa and wellness centre, which makes full use of the natural hot spring waters nearby.
A stay at the Buxton Crescent is the perfect opportunity to sleep in a magnificent heritage building, with superior service and amenities. You’ll also be perfectly located to explore the beauty of the nearby Peak District National Park.
With views over the romantically peaceful Loch Lomond, bespoke tartan weaved into the interior design, and various restaurants and bars to choose from, Cameron House is an enchanting Scottish getaway. It’s perfect for the colder months, when the surrounding mountains (which include Ben Lomond, visible from the spa’s outdoor hot tub) sparkle with frost.
You might choose to take an invigorating winter walk, after which you can warm up in the exceptional spa, or perhaps curl up with a wee dram in the red velvet chairs of the hotel’s own cinema.
Surrounded by 300 acres of pristinely landscaped gardens and leafy woodland, Rudding Park is a gorgeous location for a wintry getaway. This luxury hotel is close to the upmarket Victorian spa town of Harrogate, so you can soak in some arts and culture or indulge in a little retail therapy.
At Rudding Park you can enjoy its destination spa, two restaurants, a kitchen garden, and a private cinema. Request a woodland-facing room for a truly private feel and tranquil views.
This exceptionally pretty hotel offers a quintessential Cotswold stay. You’ll find Buckland Manor in Broadway, one of the most charming villages in the region, with spectacular walks from the doorstep to help you work up an appetite for the hearty English dishes that await in the hotel restaurant.
In the evenings, keep warm and snug in one of the hotel’s lounges, where fine antiques and rich fabrics contribute to the relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere.
If you’re not one to shy away from the bracing cold come winter, head to Gleneagles in Perthshire, where you can try your hand at outdoorsy pursuits such as falconry, off-roading and zip-lining, before retreating inside in search of a cosy fireplace or a warming wee dram in the cosy Century Bar. Also on hand to ensure peak cosiness are the spa, which has a heated pool, full thermal suite and treatments by Tata Harper and Dr Barbara Sturm.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite in the fresh air, dine at Scotland’s only restaurant to hold two Michelin stars, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, or enjoy hearty British fare at the Strathearn.
You might not fancy scaling Snowdonia, but you can admire its snow-tipped summit from afar with a stay at Palé Hall, one of the grandest country piles in Wales. The Victorian mansion has turrets and towers, and period details such as antiques, wood-panelling and domed ceilings. Along with the grand rooms in the main house, the estate has four secluded suites in the grounds.
The national park is on your doorstep, or you can ride the mountain railway if a hike sounds like too much effort. It’s in the peaceful Dee Valley, with lawns and woods that lead down to a river.
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