Summer may be the celebrated season for getaways, but winter has a bewitching beauty all of its own. Its low-key days and cosy evenings are a perfect excuse to retreat from the world and recharge your batteries. And nothing brings out the true majesty of holiday walks like a brooding winter sky.
So why hold out till summer? Here are three brilliant reasons to embrace the winter holiday.
1. Cosy time
The Danish have a special name for it: hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’). It’s that heart-warming feeling you get when you’re in a snuggly place, enjoying life’s simple comforts. And there’s no better venue for it than a quirky, cosy cottage in the depths of winter.
Pick one of over 400 National Trust holiday cottages across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many have an open fire or wood-burner, so you can bask in the warm glow as you look out on picturesque locations. Grab yourself a cream-covered hot chocolate or gooey treacle pudding, and take hygge to a whole new level.
2. Dramatic backdrops
The drama of winter weather can create truly magnificent skies – think sunlight breaking through dark clouds or setting them ablaze at sunset. Escape to a wild place in winter and you’ll stand an excellent chance of catching vistas at their most dramatic. Choose a location with high viewpoints or a wide-open horizon for best effect. Northumberland’s vast sandy beaches or Cumbria’s rugged summits are two stunning options.
3. Perfect peace
There’s no time like winter to experience stillness and peace. It’s an ideal season for romantic breaks, or to get away from it all with one or two close friends. The raw beauty of Suffolk’s Dunwich Heath is ideal for tranquil winter walks, or why not explore the serene landscaped gardens at Killerton in Devon?
Delightful C19th Grade II listed cottage set in one of the most picturesque Lake District locations.
A first floor apartment overlooking the Minsmere Reserve and with sea views.
A former 1920's estate lodge on the edge of Killerton Parkland