26 Jan 7 incredible winter escapes in the UK
As January draws to a close and Christmas starts to feel like a distant memory, the cold weather and lack of excuses to eat chocolate cake regularly might be starting to get you a bit down. If you do have a case of the January blues – don’t worry, you’re not alone! January seems to bring out the negative side in a lot of us, and it’s even host to Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the calendar year. But there is one sure fire way to kick start your year and get you feeling like yourself again: a beautiful winter break for you and your partner, right here in the UK.
We’ve found 7 of the most incredible locations for you to consider for your winter escape, from the Scottish Highlands all the way down to the Dorset coast. We’ve looked at city breaks, country retreats, and luxury hideaways to collate the very best that the UK has to offer in 2017.
Chewton Glen’s Private Tree House, Dorset
Does two outdoor hot tubs, an indoor wood burner and underfloor heating sound cosy enough for you? Your private treehouse, suspended 35 feet above the ground, is the perfect winter hideaway for the whole family. You can enjoy the breathtaking forest views from the tree canopy, whilst enjoying the modern luxuries of a walk-in shower, flat-screen TV, and mood lighting. Chewton Glen have a reputation for high quality and everything luxury, so the Private Tree House has to be at the top of our wish list for a winter escape.
Oughtershaw Hall, Yorkshire Dales
Oughtershaw Hall is an exquisite detached country house that will allow you to really get out into the countryside this winter. This beautiful property features a heated swimming pool that you’ll absolutely love, a sauna, an open plan kitchen with breakfast bar, and a little library to snuggle up with a book in. Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, you get views of stunning countryside, sweeping valleys, and incredible open moorland. Take me there now please!
Little Otterling, Cornwall
Little Otterling is a self catering, small luxury cottage in the Tamar Valley, in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This quaint property is absolutely gorgeous and is a completely ideal location for you to get away and forget the world. You’ve got great countryside views, you’re surrounded by beautiful lakes, and you’ve got a little den to snuggle up in with your partner. You also get all the amenities you could possibly want, including a fire pit, king-sized bed, cooking facilities, and even a barbeque if you fancy it.
The Vermont ApartHotel, Luxury City Break, Newcastle
The Vermont ApartHotel features luxury apartments and two penthouse suites on the Cosmopolitan Newcastle Quayside. After all, you’re going to need somewhere a bit special to wind down in after exploring some of the finest restaurants, pubs, bars and attractions that Newcastle has to offer. If kicking back and relaxing isn’t your cup of tea, then a city break full of discovery and activities may be a cool alternative, and Newcastle is beautiful city full of history, culture, and things to do.
Luxury woodland lodge, Dorset
Back down to Dorset again, with a luxury woodland lodge, no less. Located on the edge of the lovely Poole Harbour, why not treat yourself to a two or three bedroom lodge in the tranquil Dorset woodlands. Your luxury lodge is purpose built for a winter escape and features wood burning stoves and a hot tub! There are plenty of wintery activities for you to get stuck into as well, including forest hikes, guided walks, wildlife watches, high ropes courses and even kayaking.
Glencoe House, Scottish Highlands
Located in 10 acres or private gardens in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, this gorgeous scenery hosts an incredible mansion house that would be perfect for a luxurious winter retreat. When you visit you are left to come and go as you please with no disturbances from staff or other guests – visitors often comment that it’s the perfect romantic getaway, and feel like they are being given the keys to the house for a few days. Enjoy activities in the tranquil setting such as walking, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and even skiing or snowboarding. Or if you’d prefer, just chill out and take in the view of the Pap of Glencoe mountain or Loch Leven from inside the house next to a roaring fire.
The Pig at Combe, Devon
Set amongst 3,500 acres of lush Devonshire countryside, The Pig at Combe is a refreshingly modern take on a country escape that we really fancy spending a long weekend at this winter. The on-site restaurant is designed to let informality rule, where all you need to think about is enjoying some of the incredible winter warmers they’ll be serving up. The former dining rooms are now sung sitting rooms that lead off from the grand bar, where you can relax by the open fires. There is even access to two potting sheds that have been transformed into treatment rooms. Yes please!
Which of our breathtaking, luxury winter escapes takes your fancy? Or do you have somewhere even better in mind? Let us know on social media, we’d love to hear from you!