When the Weather Outside is Frightful ... Spend Winter in a Cottage with an Open Fire
Published: Monday 22nd Dec 2014
Written by: Sally Sims
What could be better than to get family and friends together for a winter break in a wonderful holiday cottage with an open fire? From coastal lookouts and rural retreats to mountainside lodges and quaint village cottages, there is a wide range of properties where you will be toasty and warm during your break. Here’s a selection to help you start your search...
Standing in some typically stunning Cornish countryside, this cottage with an open fire is surrounded by a lovely white picket fence and well tended gardens. Traditional thick stone walls keep in the heat, meaning you’re able to enjoy this wonderfully cosy cottage as the colder weather draws in.
Its lovely décor and wonderful seafront setting make Napier Cottage a delightful place for you to enjoy a winter break. With painted floorboards in the bedrooms and a window seat offering stunning views of the sea, this beautiful property sleeps four and has an original open fireplace in the lounge. Close to the local pub and the beach at Kingsgate, the cottage is also near the coastal town of Broadstairs.
Situated at the foot of Cadair Idris, a mountain at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park, Beudy Uchaf is wonderful place to enjoy a winter break. With a large central wood burner in the open plan living area to keep you warm, this secluded stone cottage sleeps four and is a top location for walkers, photographers and lovers of the great outdoors.
An attractive terraced cottage located in the centre of the medieval village of Lavenham, Red Brick Cottage is a great base for you to explore this fascinating part of the world. An open fire gives the property a homely feel in the winter months, and means it is a great place to come back to after taking in the 300-plus listed buildings found here. Lavenham has a host of shops, restaurants, galleries and pubs while other destinations like Bury St Edmunds and Long Melford are nearby.
With an impressive vaulted ceiling and an abundance of exposed timbers, The Hay Barn is a perfect property for a winter getaway for a large group of friends or family. With a warming wood burner in the sitting room, the house sleeps eight people and enjoys a secluded setting in the Norfolk countryside. It’s within walking distance of the local pub, Ely and Cambridge are nearby, while the North Norfolk coast is a 30 minute drive.
Guests return year on year to wonderful April Cottage, situated in the peaceful village of Aislaby near Whitby. With a wood burner in the lounge to keep you toasty during the winter months, this is a comfortable getaway for up to six people. Bright and airy, April Cottage offers enchanting views across the moors and is ideal for walkers keen to get out and explore the area.
Converted from two old barns, this wonderful cottage sleeps four and is situated on a working farm. Visitors choosing Coachmans Cottage for a winter break will enjoy a bright and comfortable property enhanced by the warmth from the feature stone fireplace and log burning stove in the lounge. With interesting places like Lancaster, the Forest of Bowland and Lytham St Annes easily accessible, Coachmans is an ideal base for exploring the area.
North Devon Countryside
Set among the hills and valleys of Exmoor, The Hayloft at Kemps Farm sleeps four and is a wonderful spot to escape to in winter. Its large sitting room gives you fabulous country views and there is a log burning stove to keep guests warm whatever the weather. With country walks and welcoming village pubs close by, this is just the place to have a winter break to remember.