Seven cosy holiday cottages for a winter weekend break in England

But this does not necessarily mean hibernating in your own home.

Cosying up in a beautiful bolthole where you can indulge in open fires and walks across winter wonderlands is just the ticket.

We round up a few of our favourite cosy holiday cottages for winter weekend escapes.

THE READING ROOM, Broughton Gifford, near Melksham, Wilts

A converted chapel in the quintessentially British village in Wiltshire.

Sleeping two, there's a log fire and beautiful balcony overlooking the open-plan living area.

Enjoy countryside walks from the doorstep and a pub just two minutes away.

Nearby Melksham is an historic market town situated on the west bank of the River Avon.

Its ancient bridge is a delight, which dates to the 13th Century.

Three nights costs from £32. For details and booking, see or call 01244 617683.

PENRHYN, Strumble Head, Pembrokes

Penrhyn may not have electricity but this gorgeous three bed cottage sleeping six is as cosy as can be.

With characterful whitewashed walls and gas-fired heating, fridge and Rayburn stove, there's oil lamps and candles to light up dark evenings.

There's also an open-fire and log-burning stove as well as books, games and even a piano for nights in.

Seven nights, arriving November 17, 24 and December 1, 8, from £448. See for details or call 01437 772760.

THE LOOKOUT, Addingham, Yorkshire Dales

This impeccably designed wood cabin in the Yorkshire Dales village of Addingham could come straight out of a Nordic or Alaskan wilderness.

There's huge log beams throughout, as well as a log-burning stove and decent-sized hot-tub outside.

Sleeping four, across two floors, it is ideal for groups of friends or families looking for a rural retreat this winter, and comes complete with central heating and contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.

The cabin overlooks a waterfall on the River Wharfe, and guests can enjoy crisp morning strolls along the river.

Three nights from £819. See or call 01244 617683.


One for the family that will keep everyone happy.

This two-bed cottage, sleeping five, comes complete with a games room that includes table-football, table-tennis, darts and even a Wendy house.

Even better, up to two pets are welcome to join the party.

While in the area, be sure to visit Moors Valley before returning home to warm up in the hot tub.

Seven nights, arriving December 14, costs from £456. See or call 0345 498 6900.

TAN Y GARTH COTTAGE, Glyndyfrdwy, near Llangollen, North Wales

Tan Y Garth is a cosy cottage, sleeping four, set in glorious countryside.

You get wooden beams, extensive lawns and an open fire to relax in front of after a day exploring.

Cook up a storm on the Rayburn stove before cosying up on the rug-covered sofas with a good book. Nearby is medieval fortification Castell Dinas Bran.

Three nights costs from £339. See or call 01244 617683.

FIELD VIEW, Wainfleet St. Mary, near Skegness, Lincs

This stunning barn conversion offers all the mod cons for a family of up to five, with gorgeous Shaker-style kitchen and living room complete with log burner and flat-screen TV.

There's oversize velvet sofas to cosy up on and a hot tub on the terrace.

The seaside resort of Skegness is also only a short drive away, with its beach offering a great setting for a winter walk and plenty of activities to keep the family entertained.

Seven nights, arriving December 7, costs from £443. Visit or call 0345 498 6900.

SWALLOWS NEST, Bibury, Gloucs

Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, this is a private, spacious and romantic bolthole for two.

Just a short drive away from Cirencester, guests can visit the Christmas markets and retreat back to Swallows Nest for a cosy evening in front of the fire to get into the festive spirit.

Three nights from £488 in total. See or phone 01227 464958.

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