With sunlight hours more and more limited in the run up to Christmas and winter, it’s tempting to stay at home and hibernate for a few months. However, the cosy country getaways we’ve seen recently have made us more tempted to embrace nature instead of hiding from it. Here are some places where you can take shelter from the weather (if needed) while also breathing in the crisp, country air.
First up is a Christmassy break in the Lake District. The Ellerthwaite Lodge in Windermere is offering stays in its 19th-century property for £89 per room, per night, for a minimum of two nights. This break starts off with mulled wine and mince pies to warm you up and put you in the festive spirit on arrival. The town of Windermere is full of Victorian and Georgian buildings, and the centre is decked out in lights. There’s a Christmas cruise and parade on 24 November.
Londoners don’t need to travel far for a historic stay of their own. The Bull Inn Hotel in Wrotham, Kent, is just 45 minutes by train from the capital and retains lots of period features, including oak floors, ancient ceiling timbers and an Inglenook fireplace -- perfect for resting weary bodies next to after a day of exploring. The Pilgrims' Way, a popular route for walkers, is on the hotel’s doorstep, as are two National Trust properties. Overnight stays are £99 per room, per night, and include a 3-course dinner in the hotel’s AA Rosette-awarded restaurant.
You don't need us to convince you that the Polurrian Bay Hotel in Cornwall is a cosy retreat. It has received glowing praise from many sources including The Independent, which described the property as, well, "cosy". Situated on the Land's End peninsula, this seaside property has "wonderful sunsets" according to The Daily Telegraph. Opt for either an overnight stay for £99 in an Inland Room including a 3-course dinner, or get a 2-night stay for £195 with an upgrade to a Seaview Room. After dinner, retreat to the large lounge with comfy sofas or a separate, smaller "snug".
Finally, if you can't feel cosy without a pet by your side, then the dog-friendly Dumbleton Hall is for you*. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, this huge manor house has 19 acres of grounds, including woodland and a lake -- easily enough room to walk even the biggest dog! For £89 per room, per night, you get a full-English breakfast, a 3-course dinner and a bottle of wine. All bedrooms have great views of the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds. You’ll need to be quick; some dates have already sold out for this offer.
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*There is a £10 fee per dog, per night. Dogs are not allowed in public rooms at Dumbleton Hall.