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The 14 cosiest places to stay in the UK

Pack blankets, hot water bottles and your best PJs: winter getaway season is here

Written by
Ellie Walker-Arnott
Contributors
Sophie Dickinson
,
Ella Doyle
&
Alex Floyd-Douglass
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Yeah, summer’s great and all, but really you can’t beat winter. Warm mugs of hot choccy, snuggling up in blankets on the sofa, endless glasses of red wine and slices of cheese. Sound blissful? We couldn’t agree more. So don’t let the post-summer blues stop you from embracing the chilly season. In fact, we think you should celebrate it. And the best way to do it? Booking a holiday, of course. 

You heard us. Holidays aren’t all cocktail sippin’ and poolside livin’. Lace up those boots and get involved with a wintery staycation, in one of the fantastic cabins, cottages and Airbnbs on offer in the UK. And the best part? We’ve made it easy for you. Here are the best stays to cosy up in this winter. 

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Cosy stays in the UK

The log cabin one in Marhamchurch
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The log cabin one in Marhamchurch

Shit weather? No problem. You are near the coast here, but if you need to spend the day feeding the wood burner or topping up the hot water in the roll-top bath, go ahead and stay indoors. There’s a hot tub on the deck if you can be persuaded to go outside ever again. No pressure.

The straight-out-of-a-movie one in Bewerley
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The straight-out-of-a-movie one in Bewerley

If you're looking for a truly memorable stay out in the English countryside, this The-Holiday-looking cottage is the perfect weekend escape with your loved one. From the open plan kitchen and living space – complete with a wood-burning stove – to the glass wall looking out onto the stunning wilderness, this UK Airbnb is truly special. It's time to light the fire, cook up some fresh eggs for brunch and enjoy a cosy winter getaway in the comfort of your gorgeous little cottage. 

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The one with the outside bath in Gloucestershire
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The one with the outside bath in Gloucestershire

There’s a trio of ways to warm your bones in this cedar cabin: a log burner inside, and outside, a steaming bath big enough for two plus a firepit. Fresh carbs on arrival (scones with jam) and pet-friendly credentials add to this place’s snug, smug feel.

The really tiny one in Hunworth
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The really tiny one in Hunworth

This dinky cottage offers a really stylish alternative to wearing thermal underwear, with underfloor heating, a sunken bath and a toasty log burner. Stock up on local comfort food from the nearby town of Holt and you’re set.

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The romantic one in the woods of Diggle
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The romantic one in the woods of Diggle

If you’re looking to treat your other half to a romantic couples’ weekend, this is the place. Cosy up in this winter-appropriate tiny home, completely isolated amongst Woodland, high up in the Saddleworth hills in Greater Manchester. When you fancy venturing out, you can also walk down to both Uppermill and Diggle village, both complete with picturesque cobbled streets and cute indie shops. Blissful. 

The treehouse one in the woods of Mayfield
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The treehouse one in the woods of Mayfield

Yep, that’s right. Treehouses weren’t just for childhood. It turns out there are a whole host of adult ones about, and they can actually be really luxurious. This one is found deep in the woods in Mayfair and is the perfect woodland retreat. You may never want to leave, but if you do, there are a ton of great walks around, as well as a tennis court you can use. 

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The farm cottage one in Cumbria
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The farm cottage one in Cumbria

Fancy staying in the middle of a farm, with sheep and cows grazing outside? This is the place. Here, you’re at the top of a quiet hill and surrounded by moorland, woods, waterfalls and riverbanks. But you’re not only in the middle of 80 acres of private farmland, but the interiors are also insanely cute too, with exposed brick and ceiling beams and extremely comfy-looking beds. 

The remote farmstead one on the coast in Cornwall
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The remote farmstead one on the coast in Cornwall

This cottage-for-two in Cornwall is the perfect place to get cosy this winter. With a log burning fire, cute kitchen and vaulted ceiling, this fourteenth-century traditional working farmstead (named ‘Rumps Ahead’ feels totally isolated while still minutes from the Cornish sea. Outside there’s a table for al fresco dining, a barbecue and a pond, but you might just want to cosy up on the sofa for the whole weekend. Your choice. 

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The bluestone cottage one in rural Wales
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The bluestone cottage one in rural Wales

Escape to Pembrokeshire, Wales, in this incredibly cute cottage, with gorgeous exposed wooden beams and an outdoor shower. If you’re coming from a busy city, you will likely feel just like that lady in The Holiday, as here you’ll find actual peace and quiet by a wood-burning stove. The cottage is surrounded by rolling hills, stunning beaches and cliff walks. All you need for a winter weekend away. 

The plush one with the views in Mousehole
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The plush one with the views in Mousehole

An easy shortcut to feeling all warm and fuzzy inside? Watching other people deal with miserable weather when you don’t have to. This plush cottage sits right on the edge of Mousehole harbour. It’s a great vantage point from which to see the waves whip the sea walls (along with any unlucky walkers) while you enjoy the underfloor heating, the log burner and a big, warming glass of red. 

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The rustic retreat one in Shropshire
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The rustic retreat one in Shropshire

It’s a no to whitewashed walls and artistically placed scented candles here: Bush Cottage is all chunky beams, dark wood panelling and a huge open fire. It’s in a pretty isolated position too, surrounded by hills and ancient woodland. This is cosiness in the style of a Tudor king.

The fairytale one in Devon
Photograph: Sawday's

The fairytale one in Devon

A ‘Hansel and Gretel’-esque thatched cottage beside a stream, this place has been perfecting its vibe since the fifteenth century. The inside is suitably quaint, and there’s a worn velvet armchair beside the ancient fireplace for sitting and defrosting your toes after walks along the nearby coastal path.

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The secluded one in a Dorest forest
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The secluded one in a Dorest forest

A stay here has the potential to be as cosy as wearing a sleeping bag as a coat or a woolly hat in bed. Neither of which will be necessary. Surrounded by woodland and looking out over meadows, The Hut has an Aga (basically a cooker-cum-enormous radiator) and a wood burner with a plentiful supply of logs.

The beachfront one in Lulworth Cove
Photograph: Lulworth Estate

The beachfront one in Lulworth Cove

Every room of this bougie cottage on the edge of Lulworth Cove is a balm. It would be a sweet spot in summer, but don’t underestimate its wintry appeal thanks to its fireplaces and squishy sofas. Settle in and close those original shutters on the rest of humanity.

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