We’d all like to take a bit of time off work at this time of the year to rejuvenate, relax and sit back with a large glass of red by the fire.
But…if going abroad to spend a week at a five star timeshare resort by the sea might not be viable for many of us at this time of year, a long weekend break for a change of scenery could be just what we need to recharge those batteries before we ring in a brand new year.
Here our some of our suggestions for the cosiest quick breaks this winter that won’t break the bank.
Whether you live an hour or 8 hours away, The Highlands always make you feel like you’re somewhere quite magical.
Book into a small highland hideaway in the heart of the country with flowing streams, rolling hills and some stunningly dramatic terrain. Whether you decide to stay snuggled in your cottage by the flickering log fire with hearty suppers or get out with your boots and fleece-lined parka on, you’re sure to feel super relaxed. What could be more invigorating than a brisk trek around the beautiful scenery exploring ruins, castles and wild, totally deserted beaches before popping into a local pub for a drink or two?
The Lake District
Live your literature dreams and step into a Jane Austen book by taking a short break to the Lake District. Book into a self catering timeshare cottage for a couple of nights and get out and about and indulge yourself in the Cumbrian landscape. With over 3,500km of pathways you can stray off the beaten track and explore your own environment. Of course you can’t miss a trip to Windermere, which is home to the area’s largest lake, before finding a cosy candle-lit restaurant for dinner.
While Cornwall always seems to steal the headlines, Devon’s countryside is some of the most beautiful in the south of England with both rolling hills and take-your-breath-away coastlines. If you’re looking for lots to do outdoors, Devon is the place to head for. Here, you can find some of the best places for white water rafting, horse riding, climbing and hiking. Or if you fancy a day away from the boggy moors how about popping into town to wander around the many art galleries and quaint English tearooms?
Another UK beauty spot, the Cotswolds are full of picturesque landscapes and postcard-pretty towns and villages basking in a lost in time sense of tranquillity.
Don’t miss Chipping Campden, an old market town that still reeks of its historic past. Have a look inside the Old Silk Mill to have a look at some old, as well as new, craftsmanship. After this, go along to Snowshill Manor, a beautiful typical country house set among some beautiful scenery and placed within some amazing gardens. Whilst you’re in the area, Cheltenham is well worth a browse around, with some of the most elegant architecture in the region. Another don’t miss destination worth putting a few hours aside for is the recently reopened art gallery and museum The Wilson.