With frosty walks through country estates, roaring log fires and thermal spa experiences, winter is the perfect time of year to take a staycation in one of Britain’s beauty spots.
Whether you want to get cosy in the Cotswolds or take a break somewhere further afield, SoGlos has chosen 7 hotels for a wonderfully luxurious winter staycation.
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Make the most of chilly mornings at Cowley Manor, borrowing a pair of Hunter wellies from reception and exploring all the 55-acre grounds have to offer – from contemporary sculptures by emerging artists and picturesque fountains to secret woodland pathways.
Warm up at the onsite C-Side spa, which offers heated in- and outdoor swimming pools, sauna and steam rooms and luxurious spa treatments, using Cowley’s own body and skincare range. Meanwhile, the restaurant serves up fantastic seasonal fayre, with special Sunday lunch and afternoon tea menus, as well as all-day dining.
A luxury Cotswolds retreat spread across 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse near Chipping Norton is perfect for a romantic weekend break or fun with friends this winter.
Cosy up in one of Soho Farmhouse’s lakeside cabins, tuck in to something spicy from the Japanese grill or brave the cold with activities on the farm including clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and boating. There’s also a heated indoor-outdoor pool too.
3. Winter staycations at Brimstone Hotel in the Lake District
For a staycation in the north of the UK, witness the dramatic winter landscape of the Lake District with a trip to Brimstone Hotel, offering luxury rooms and amenities near the popular village of Ambleside.
A hiker’s haven, the hotel can recommend local walking routes, with guests welcome to borrow waterproof gear from its boot room. If walking isn’t your thing, take advantage of access to its spa and leisure facilities. There’s even a traditional pub on-site, serving up local ales and hearty winter warmer grub.
4. Winter staycations at The Pig at Combe
With the fires roaring and mulled wine on tap, winter is a fantastic time to visit The Pig at Combe, just a stone’s throw from both Devon’s coast and the vibrant city of Exeter.
Snuggle up in one of the hotel’s homely rooms, treat yourself to a pamper at the cosy Potting Shed spa, or enjoy fresh flavours from the restaurant’s ’25-mile menu’ – with all ingredients sourced from local suppliers or harvested from the kitchen gardens.
5. Winter staycations at Chewton Glen in the New Forest
Experience the heart of winter in the New Forest with a stay in one of Chewton Glen’s luxury treehouse hideaways. From frosted leaves to dramatic sunsets, soak up the season from the comfort of your suite, or wrap up warm and head out into the wilderness.
Chewton Glen also offers luxury accommodation at ground level, with plenty of fun on-site activities that guests of all ages will enjoy, from archery and axe-throwing to cookery classes for budding chefs.
6. Winter staycations at The Newt in Somerset
Surrounded by woodlands and gardens that are stunning in the frost or snow, The Newt in Somerset offers 13 guest rooms in a lovingly-restored Georgian country house.
All guests benefit from access to the grounds and gardens, as well as a complimentary cyder tasting tour. A great choice for families, little holidaymakers are invited to wrap up warm and help collect eggs or harvest vegetables for the kitchen to cook up into something tasty.
Ideal for back-to-nature staycations, The Fish Hotel in Broadway offers magical treehouses with heated outdoor baths, cosy dog-friendly rooms and rustic woodland huts, complete with log burners to snuggle up next to – all nestled in 400-acres of Cotswold countryside.
The Fish Hotel’s guests can take a winter stroll to the iconic Broadway Tower, kick back and relax with popcorn and a movie at the screening room, or tuck in to one of the hotel’s famous beef sliders at the bar.