10 cosy cottages for a festive break

With the frost about to bite and the busiest time of year nearly upon us, we've put together a selection of our top 10 cosy cottages for a relaxing rural escape this winter.

Published: November 14th, 2016 at 12:05 pm

1. The Water Tower – Truro, Cornwall


Enjoy a festive haven in this unique country cottage, priding itself as the Trelissick estate’s iconic 1865 water tower. Sitting at four storey’s high, this quirky cottage is perfect for a romantic getaway, with a narrow spiral staircase and a shared private garden with Engine House – away from the bustle of the popular estate. nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/the-water-tower-cornwall

2. Mustard Pot Cottage – Cromer, Norfolk

Shelter from the chilly winds this Christmas in this delightful National Trust cottage on the beautiful Felbrigg Hall estate. Standing in its own large fenced garden, exuding charm and character with its octagonal shaped sitting room and bedroom above, this cosy abode is sure to feed your winter hygge cravings.

With direct access to acres of park and woodland and beaches and seaside towns just a stones throw away in the car, this quaint cottage offers an enchanting escape this Christmas. Whether your looking for a cosy get-away for two or a family adventure, please visit: www.nationaltrustholidays.org.uk/holiday-cottage/mustard-pot-cottage-cromer-norfolk

3. Mrs Higgs Lodge – Hereford

Fancy going off-grid for a few days of rural tranquillity? Take a step back, slow down and immerse yourself in the beautiful forests of Herefordshire, with birdsong and starry skies as your companions – not forgetting a private hot tub!

This gorgeous woodland treasure was built in 1835 as a hunting lodge, but was more recently occupied by a Mrs Higgs until 60 years ago. Despite modern conveniences, this magical retreat boasts heaps of traditional charm and character.

Sleeping up to four people comfortably, if a romantic break for two or a winter wildlife trip with the kids is on the cards, be sure to book a stay in this delightful cottage: www.qualityunearthed.co.uk/accommodation/cabins/mrs-higgs-lodge-herefordshire

4. The Nest Treehouse – Devon

Fancy yourself a bit of a nester? Take to the trees for an unforgettable and enchanting mini-break in a mature English oak tree in Devon. ‘The Nest’ is a luxurious tree house, sitting nine meters above ground within an ancient broadleaved wood, complete with a wood-burning stove, balcony, dining area and double bed. A fully equipped bathroom sits just off the balcony.

With the stunning Jurassic coastline nearby, this unique woodland haven makes for the perfect base to explore the beautiful Blackdown Hills and surrounding countryside. If privacy, nature and comfort are what you seek this winter, head over to: www.quirkyaccom.com/the-nest-treehouse to book your stay.

5. Hoots Treehouse - East Sussex

For those yearning for a rural retreat from the bustle of city life, tuck yourself away in this delightful treehouse in the ancient Rother Valley near Mayfield. Overlooking a dewpond on the edge of a private woodland, this romantic setting is the perfect hideaway to unwind and get back in touch with nature.

Hoots Treehouse sleeps two comfortably, but can accommodate up to three. Full modern facilities and comforts will be provided for a stress free stay. With direct access to sign posted footpaths and woodland walks - you won’t want to go home! For bookings and availability, please visit: www.quirkyaccom.com/hoots-treehouse.

6. The Beach Hut – Cornwall

Escape and go simple in this secluded self-catering Cornish beach hut for two in Millook, Widemouth Bay. Originally built in the 1920s as a genteel tearoom, The Beach Hut is the quintessential coastal getaway set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nestled in an alcove along a stunning coastal 52-acre estate overlooking the bay, this charming abode is an idyllic location to inspire writes, artists and naturalists alike. The popular harbour towns of Bude and Boscastle sit either side of the valley, not forgetting the endless coastal walks, woodland rambles and top surf spots – you will be truly spoilt for choice! Plan your winter break at this hidden coastal gem: www.uniquehomestays.com/self-catering/uk/cornwall/widemouth-bay/thebeachhut

7. Blue Point – Whitstable, Kent

Who needs the Hamptons when you can take a break in this stylish beachside hideaway overlooking the beautiful Whitstable Bay? Couples and families can chill out this season, exploring shingle beach treasures, soaking up the trendy bars and restaurants in the nearby maritime town – before winding down back at the house drinking in the tranquil sea views by the fire.

If you prefer to escape in style, please visit: www.uniquehomestays.com/self-catering/uk/kent/whitstable/blue-point for more information.

8. Ty Beic, The Barn – Snowdonia

If you’re a year-round outdoor fanatic this cosy barn conversion offers the perfect base to head out and explore the stunning Snowdonia National Park. Tucked away on a hill above the tiny hamlet of Sarnau near Bala, this one bedroomed gem has all the modern conveniences - the underfloor heating under the flagstones is an especially welcoming feature after a chilly day on the trails!

The Barn has magnificent views of the snow-capped Berwyn Mountains and direct access to high hill rambles and woodland exploration. With top mountain bike trail centres of Coed y Brenin, Llandegla, Blaenau Ffestiniog and many more just a 40 minute drive through the stunning lakes and peaks – what are you waiting for?

For warmth, comfort and an outdoor playground on your doorstep this winter, look no further than Ty Beic: www.tybeic.com

9. Beaton’s Croft – Isle of Skye

There’s something rather magical about the Isle of Skye and no better way to explore this British wonder than to base yourself in this enchanting ‘A’-listed thatched cottage – nestled amongst rolling hills and Hebridean views.

This unique haven offers the perfect getaway for two - whether you’re craving some spectacular hikes and watersports or just dreaming of dramatic views of the Cuillin Mountains. Come home to the wood-burning stove after a day outside and relish the quaint setting of a historical croft with modern comforts.

For a festive break you won’t forget, visit: www.nts.org.uk/Holidays/Accommodation/Beatons-Croft-Isle-of-Skye

10. The Chiltern Granary - Buckinghamshire

Whisk the family away this Christmas and enjoy a festive break filled with walking the rolling Chiltern Hills and enjoying the peace of the countryside. Only an hour away from London, the Granary takes advantage of beautiful country views and is set upside-down – with a sitting room and the luxury bedroom on the first floor and a modern kitchen and bathroom downstairs.

The children can enjoy meeting cows in the neighbouring fields and spying local red kites from the garden. Come home at the end of a day on the hills and enjoy a log fire or even a winter sleep-out in the Granary’s hidden gem – the arctic cabin. With the Chiltern rambling path running along the bottom of the garden towards the charming village of West Wycombe, you’ll find endless things to enjoy at the Chiltern Granary.


For a fun and festive retreat, head over to: www.mulberrycottages.com/cottage/holiday-cottages-in-buckinghamshire/378762-the-chiltern-granary


Sophie Pavelle
Sophie PavelleZoologist, science communicator and author

Sophie is a zoologist, science communicator and author.


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