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The cosiest places to stay in the UK

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

Ellie Walker-Arnott
Sophie Dickinson
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Ellie Walker-Arnott
Sophie Dickinson

Oversized knits, hot chocolates by the fire, a mountain of roast potatoes drowning in gravy: at the best of times, the colder months call for a shameless injection of cosiness. But if you’re looking to really indulge yourself this year? We suggest planning a snug winter getaway with your loved ones.

To help you out, we’ve picked the best places to head on a stress-free stay across the UK. If your own home never feels quite cosy enough, however high you crank the central heating, this lot will do the trick. Just stepping into these cabins, cottages and Airbnbs will feel like a massive hug.

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Cosy stays in the UK

Expect brick floors, wonky ceilings and dark wooden beams in this characterful cottage, which is one of the oldest in atmospheric Rye. Luckily it’s been updated a fair bit since its Tudor origins. There’s central heating for starters, as well as deep roll-top baths, open fires and soft linen sofas to sink into. Let’s unwind like it’s 1556.
Tudor Cottage Rye, East Sussex. Sleeps six. From £300 a night. 

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.
Harbour Moon, Cornwall. Sleeps two. From £118 a night. 


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.
Bush Cottage, Shropshire. Sleeps four. From £227 for four nights. 

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.
Philham Water Cottage, Devon. Sleeps two. From £70 a night. 


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.
Moonshine Shack, Cornwall. Sleeps two. From £190 a night. 

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 Nook, Gloucestershire. Sleeps two. From £139 a night. 


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.
Spinks Nest, Norfolk. Sleeps two. From £310 for two nights. 

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 Hut, Dorset. Sleeps two. From £114 a night. 


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