A Winter Retreat
As February rolls around, we're feeling an undeniable yearning for a winter retreat, a desire to escape the routine and embrace the season's charms with a weekend getaway. The allure of cosy accommodation, crackling fires and serene landscapes beckons us to retreat and relax. With this in mind, we've curated a selection of our favourite destinations across the UK, each offering a unique blend of relaxation and luxury. From decadent countryside retreats to enchanting shepherd's huts and tree houses, nestled amidst nature reserves and woodlands, often complete with log burners and outside baths. These idyllic retreats promise a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life - the chance to indulge - in spa treatments, savouring farm-to-table cuisine or simply basking in the beauty of winter's embrace.
A Winter Retreat, The Coco & Wolf Way
The Newt, Somerset
We couldn’t talk about a winter retreat without mentioning our neighbours, The Newt. In the heart of the picturesque Somerset countryside, The Newt is not just a hotel but an enchanting retreat that immerses guests in the area’s rich history, natural beauty and culinary delights. Formerly known as Hadspen House, this Georgian country estate has been meticulously restored and transformed into a luxurious destination. With sprawling gardens, orchards, and woodlands, The Newt offers a reposeful countryside retreat where guests can unwind and reconnect with nature. The hotel boasts some of the country’s most beautiful accommodation, ranging from stylish rooms in the main house to cosy cottages scattered across the estate. Guests can indulge in farm-to-table dining experiences at the hotel's restaurants, where seasonal ingredients are sourced from the estate's productive gardens and local suppliers. With a spa, cider press, and immersive experiences showcasing Somerset's heritage, The Newt offers a truly unforgettable winter escape for those seeking luxury, tranquillity and authentic countryside charm.
Another Place, Cumbria
In the heart of the breathtaking Lake District, Another Place offers an idyllic and rustic winter retreat amidst the stunning natural beauty of Cumbria. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and soothing waters, the exceptionally appointed shepherd's huts provide cosy and intimate accommodation, perfect for snuggling up during the colder months. Immerse yourself in outdoor winter activities such as hiking and kayaking and enjoy evenings by the fire pit, stargazing under the clear, Cumbrian winter skies. With its peaceful ambience, breathtaking scenery, and endless rustic charm, this is the perfect spot to retreat, disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with the beauty of the great outdoors.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
Heckfield Place is a luxurious country estate surrounded by acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows. Its idyllic location in the Hampshire countryside, makes it perfectly located for those escaping London’s embrace and the historic Georgian mansion exudes a warmth and elegance you'll never want to leave. The stunning bedrooms offer a cosy sanctuary while the various spots across the estate to enjoy lunch or dinner are all an idyllic oasis. We love Heckfield Place’s focus on sustainability and wellness and if you’re looking for an unforgettable winter retreat which balances luxury and natural beauty, this is the place to go. Here you are guaranteed to feel a million miles from everyday life.
Aller Dorset, Dorset
Aller Dorset offers a charming and picturesque winter break in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Nestled in a peaceful village setting, the incredibly stylish shepherd huts provide intimate and welcoming accommodation, perfect for a romantic retreat or a restful getaway. Enjoy the serene beauty of the winter Dorset landscape and as the sun sets a magical ambience falls across the whole place. We’re obsessed with the interiors and know you will appreciate the stylish touches on everything from the splatter-design crockery to luxuriously upholstered headboards in conversational prints. Aller Dorset offers an enchanting winter retreat that you won’t regret.
Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire
Middleton Lodge is a luxurious country estate located in the picturesque countryside of North Yorkshire. This elegant Georgian mansion offers guests a refined and tranquil retreat surrounded by 200 acres of stunning parkland and gardens. With beautifully appointed accommodation, including rooms in the main house and stylish cottages, Middleton Lodge provides a perfect blend of historic charm and modern comfort. Indulge in fine dining at the estate's restaurant, explore the nearby Yorkshire Dales, or simply relax and unwind in the serene ambience of this idyllic countryside estate.
Rewild Things, Gloucestershire
Rewild Things’ treehouses at Elmore Court offer a unique and enchanting winter escape within the picturesque Gloucestershire countryside. Perched among towering trees, these cosy treehouses provide a secluded and intimate retreat, perfect for embracing the beauty of winter. We love the idea of leaving the technology behind and embracing the breathtaking views of frost-covered landscapes, opportunities to snuggle up with a book or enjoy starry nights from the comfort of their treehouse. With plenty of rustic charm, luxurious amenities (hello amazing outdoor kitchen and decadent outdoor baths) and calm surroundings this is a perfect winter wonderland experience.
The Scottish Highlands with its breathtaking landscapes feels like the epitome of a winter retreat and Gleneagles Hotel, stands as a premier getaway location, renowned for its luxury and charm. Offering a plethora of winter activities, from exhilarating skiing and snowboarding on nearby slopes to undisturbed walks through snow-covered woodlands, Gleneagles provides the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. After a day of outdoor pursuits, unwind in the hotel's lavish spa, complete with indoor pools and soothing treatments designed to rejuvenate body and mind. With warm hospitality, world-class amenities, and stunning surroundings, Gleneagles Hotel offers a truly unforgettable winter retreat.
Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent
In the winter months, Elmley Nature Reserve becomes the ultimate restful sanctuary, offering a peaceful retreat for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers or those looking for total relaxation. With vast expanses of marshland, meadows, and wetlands, Elmley provides stunning scenery for leisurely walks and birdwatching opportunities. Additionally, the luxurious and cosy shepherd's huts allow you to immerse yourself fully in the beauty of the reserve. With floor-to-ceiling windows, what could be better than snuggling up in a comfortable bed with a warm cup of coffee and watching the sun come up across the nature reserve? We’re hot-footing it here for solace in nature’s embrace.
As you envision your perfect winter retreat, have you found inspiration in our curated list of cosy getaways? From luxurious historic estates to charming shepherd’s huts in serene landscapes, each destination offers a unique escape. If you do getaway, we would love to hear all about it and, of course, if you think we’ve missed somewhere which offers the perfect winter retreat, tell us and we’ll make sure to include it next time.