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10 cosy cottages for a winter break

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Weekend ideas
November 15 2016

Unique Home Stays round up some of the cosiest homestays tucked away in absurdly beautiful locations across the country. Think crackling fires, squishy sofas and cupboards chock-full of goodies including well-thumbed reads and old fashioned board games.

These wow-factor holiday homes are perfect for gathering with loved ones to wrap up the year in style.

1) Guinevere, Shamley Green, Surrey

Guinevere, Shamley Green, Surrey

Set within 38 acres of private stately grounds, Guinevere is a 16th century country manor where you can unwind in style. Throw into the mix an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, gym, grand piano, tennis court and projector cinema screen, and just about anything is possible at this voguish family home.

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2) Siren, Coverack, Cornwall

Siren, Coverack, Cornwall

Let Siren take you on a bohemian journey to Cornwall’s wild Lizard Peninsula. Coral pink sofas and a gold palm tree lamp give the sitting room a Club Tropicana vibe no matter how stormy the seas are outside. The deep window seat is the best spot to sit and gaze at the waves as the log burner cracks in the background.

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3) The Spyglass, Gorran Haven, Cornwall

The Spyglass, Gorran Haven, Cornwall

Surrender to the call of the sea as The Spyglass seduces you into the captivating world of maritime Cornwall. Just a stone’s throw from the sea with private steps to the beach and interiors to die for, this luxury self-catering cottage is one of Gorran Haven’s best kept secrets and a great place for embracing your adventurous side.

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4) Filly Island, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Filly Island, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

An island escape in the middle of the countryside may sound fictitious but the only thing that’s unbelievable about Filly Island are the waterside views from the garden. This kooky cottage in the Cotswolds is a beguiling mix of the industrial and the romantic, all sat upon a tiny island accessed solely by a humpback bridge.

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5) The Secret Holt, Haytor, Devon

The Secret Holt, Haytor, Devon

Off the beaten track and swathed in mystery, The Secret Holt makes the most of Dartmoor’s rugged romance. JRR Tolkien's family lived at the owner's main house back along the lane. Let your imagination conjure up hobbits, elves and other enchanting creatures whilst staying at this magical dog-friendly cabin plucked straight from a fairy tale.

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6) Bartholomew, Tresham, Gloucestershire

Bartholomew, Tresham, Gloucestershire

Enjoy long weekends or a celebratory gathering with all the family at this luxury homestay set deep within the southern Cotswolds hills near the charming town of Tetbury. Bartholomew is as grand as it is cosy, with four-poster beds, slipper baths and beautifully-restored original features hidden behind a honey-hued farmhouse facade.

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7) The Stack, Trelion, Cornwall

The Stack, Trelion, Cornwall

The Stack lies within a secluded scene of rural bliss, overlooking the upper reaches of the Fal Valley in mid-Cornwall. This 19th century engine house is sure to inspire those with a love for unique architecture, having been stripped back to its brick bones to reveal a glimpse into its mining heritage.

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8) Twelve Penny Barn, Lewdown, Devon

Twelve Penny Barn, Lewdown, Devon

Set in the heart of the rolling Devonshire countryside, Twelve Penny Barn will whisk you away from the humdrum of everyday life to a rural haven on the edge of Dartmoor. From the moment you arrive at this romantic barn conversion, with its log burner crackling away, you will feel all your worries melt away.

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9) Seaglass, Tregonhawke, Cornwall

Seaglass, Tregonhawke, Cornwall

Seaglass is a supremely stylish beach hut in South East Cornwall with awe-inspiring views. Perched on the cliff top and surrounded by spacious gardens, this eco-friendly cabin – complete with outdoor hot tub – is the perfect hideaway for lovebirds looking for romance-on-sea. 

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10) Winterfell, Ulverston, The Lake District

Winterfell, Ulverston, The Lake District

With only singing birds and friendly deer for neighbours, Winterfell is a magical retreat bordering Windermere's southern shoreline. This ivy clad homestay is the epitome of country house chic, with roll-top bathtubs, leather armchairs and ornate fireplaces all illuminated by the warm glow of chandeliers.

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Melissa Brobby

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