As the trees shed their leaves and the days grow darker, is there anything more comforting than snuggling up in a warm and cosy cottage?
If you're looking to treat yourself to a winter break this season, you certainly won't have to venture too far afield in order to find your perfect cottage retreat.
Here are five of our favourites:
1. Portland Cottage – Helhoughton, near Fakenham
The perfect blend of quaint Victorian charm and contemporary style, Portland Cottage is a chic dream of light, calming colours and wonderfully bespoke touches.
Situated in the picturesque hamlet of Helhoughton with its enchanting 14th century church, you'll be ideally located to explore the countryside on foot or bicycle, visit the beautiful beaches and coastal towns of the region, and fully immerse yourself in village life.
After a hard day's sight-seeing, curl up by the crackling flames of the log-burning stove with a hot cup of tea or glass of wine. You'll never want to leave.
2. Beach Bay Cottage – Carnish, Uig, Isle of Lewis
This unique cottage will appeal to those who enjoy a stroll on the quirkier side of life. Perched on the sweeping white sands of Uig Bay, one of the most scenic beaches on Scotland's Atlantic Coast, this natural stone and turf-roofed abode looks like something straight out of a J. R. R. Tolkien novel.
Here you can hide away from the world in romantic isolation where under-floor heating and a two-person sauna will help you forget all about the wintry world outside.
3. Redbridge Stable Cottage – Lytchett Matravers, near Poole
Set on a shared yet gloriously spacious site of 40 acres, Redbridge Stable is a cottage which offers the epitome of contemporary country living. The large, open-plan living and dining area is topped with traditional beams and features an impressive, circular fireplace that's perfect for warming your cockles on a chilly winter night.
Pack your woollies if you fancy a walk along the UNESCO-recognised Jurassic Coast or if that sounds like too much effort, simply head the half mile down the road to the local pub.
4. Avilion – Trearddur Bay, Anglesey
With its romantic turrets and shabby chic interior, Avilion looks just like a fairy-tale French chateau. Set in two acres of beautiful, terraced gardens that glitter in the morning frost, the property is ideal for larger groups or special family occasions as it comfortably sleeps 12 in its tastefully designed rooms.
An open fire, panoramic sea views and a relaxing sauna are just a few of the attractions of this idyllic and luxurious retreat.
5. Snuggle Cottage - Dolgoy Farm, Llangrannog
Nestled in the grounds of the small yet perfectly formed Dolgoy Farm, the aptly named Snuggle Cottage makes an excellent bolthole for two. Curl up in front of a wood-burning stove, beneath the beams of this attractive stone cottage, or explore the seaside village of Llangrannog with its winding streets, beachfront cafes and tempting pubs.
Dog lovers will be happy to know they can bring their furry friend along free of charge, as long as its kept on a lead.
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