Luxury winter retreats

Posted on: 14 November 2016 by 50connect editorial

Relax, refuel and refresh this winter with a luxury cottage in the country.

Wychavon Cottage

Wychavon Cottage – Gloucestershire

Wychavon Cottage is a detached Cotswold stone holiday home, situated at the end of a quarter-mile long hard-surface drive. Located on a hillside a mile above Broadway, the setting has breathtaking views across the valley up to Broadway Tower. 

The National Trust owned Snowshill Manor is a mile away and so, too, is the nearest pub. The Barn is in the grounds of 16th-century gamekeeper's cottage which has some 50 acres including a private wood and stream. There are some fantastic walks on the doorstep, including the Cotswold Way (which runs some 500 yards from the property). There are many historical properties to see, along with pubs and restaurants to visit.

A 5-night stay in December starts from £686, view availability and prices at Snap Trip.

The view from Old Smithy

The Old Smithy – Port Appin, Scotland

With stunning views across Loch Linnhe to the Port Appin lighthouse and the Morven hills beyond, this four-bed, luxury stone cottage is spacious and has been lovingly restored. The Old Smithy is set in its own garden in the stunning village of Port Appin and is ideally located for those who want to explore the west coast of Scotland and the surrounding islands.

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery this is a popular area for walkers and cyclists. There are regular passenger ferries from the village to the Island of Lismore, Castle Stalker is nearby and the cycle track (bikes can be hired locally) from Ballachulish to Oban can be reached by crossing the Jubilee footbridge just over a mile away.

Prices range from £650 to £950, visit Airds Hotel for more information on Christmas deals.

Damsel Lodge

Damsel Lodge – Exmoor

This detached, high quality and spacious lakeside property is one of only four lodges set in 10 acres of private grounds, overlooking a large fishing lake with its own private gazebo accessed by a decked walkway across the lake. Surrounded by delightful Exmoor countryside, this single-storey lodge has been finished to exceptionally high standards in a contemporary style.

Coarse fishing is freely available from the owner's private lake, whilst the village pub serving home cooked food is just a 5-minute stroll away. Delightful walking and riding country surrounds the property whilst Dunster, with its fine Castle and reputation as being the prettiest village on Exmoor, is just a scenic 20-minute drive. The coastal town of Minehead and further beaches at Blue Anchor Bay and picturesque weir at Porlock are also easily accessible.

Damsel Lodge sleeps four and prices range from £354 to £998 for a week. Visit Marsdens for availability.

Bramley Cottage

Bramley cottage – Devon

Bramley Cottage is a delightful one-bedroom cottage attached to the main farmhouse. Downstairs, the cottage has a spacious kitchen and living/dining room, with French doors leading to a private patio. The large double bedroom also has French doors, opening up to gorgeous views over the gardens, orchard and woods.

Bramley cottage is one of six luxury cottages just outside the market town of Ottery St. Mary in East Devon, and 5 miles off the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth. East Devon is one of Britain’s most beautiful holiday spots and recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Prices for a week stay start at £375 for a week, more information can be found at Mazzard Farm.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse – Dundas Estate, Scotland

A secluded one bedroom self-catering cottage in the heart of the Dundas Estate on a private loch, near the spectacular Dundas Castle just outside Edinburgh. The Boathouse offers beautiful views in autumn and provides the perfect, tranquil and cosy retreat for older guests.

Dundas is one of Scotland’s finest castles. Secluded within 1000 acres of spectacular wood and parkland, this truly is a hidden gem. Located approximately15 minutes outside Edinburgh – this makes a perfect base for embracing both the beautiful Scottish countryside and the historic capital.

A night in the Boathouse starts at £235, visit Dundas Castle for further information.

Mill House

Mill House – Mousehole, Cornwall

This stunning, dog-friendly cottage sleeps five and is just steps away from the harbour and beach. Exposed beams, wooden flooring, Cornish stone walls, fabulous lighting, quality materials and soft furnishings are brought together to create a retreat that offers a gentle ambience - somewhere peaceful to come home to after a day on the beach or out exploring the beautiful far west of Cornwall.

Mousehole is one of the most iconic fishing villages in Cornwall. Huddling the coastline and protected by Raginnis Hill, it's also one of the oldest with parts of the harbour wall dating back to the twelfth century.

Today the village maintains its olde-worlde charm, with narrow cobbled streets, slate roofs, whitewashed cottages and brightly coloured paintwork. It's perfect for foodies, with a good selection of restaurants, cafés and delis, and is just a hop from the world-famous fishing village of Newlyn.

A week’s stay in December starts at £1188, the full price list and availability can be found at Boutique Retreats.

All prices correct on publication. 

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