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Top Ten Winter Retreats

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Posted by Tobias Chapple at 02:22 on Monday 13 December 2010

With winter nearer everyday, and every day that much shorter, hibernation becomes all the more tempting: just to snuggle away under a nice warm duvet and forget about the world. Unfortunately the world can be tenatious and doesn't take well to being ignored but fear not! Here are our hand-picked getaways that will not only protect you from the cold and hide you and your loved ones away in stunning landscapes but also fill your stomach with delicious, heart-warming food. 

The bright sun streams through the winter into this idyllic accommodationThe bright sun streams through the winter into this idyllic accommodationCosy Cabin Holiday and Northern Lights, Norway 

Expect all the comfort a log cabin can offer and more. Unwind in the sauna and hot tub, get comfy in the warm Swedish interior, and enjoy the winter sun in all its glory. Go skiing or snow-shoeing in this expansive landscape. And then there's always the possibility to see the northern lights... 

Price: The price starts ar £250 per person (excluding flights) for a short break. The trip will be bespoke to you and your group and can include a variety of winter activities.

For full itinerary and booking details, see: Cosy Cabin Holiday and Northern Lights, North Norway
 

Haus Sterr-Peter-Martin Self Catering, Bavarian Forest, Germany 

Tucked away within one of Europe's largest wooded mountains, these luxury apartments are spacious and cosy, with some great facilities including a sauna, gym, massage parlor, table tennis tables and a children's play area. Other delights are Schnaps tasting evenings to fully introduce visitors to the region.

Price: €60-€150 per night, each additional person €5 per night. €35 cleaning charge for bookings of less than 4 nights.

For full itinerary and booking details, see:
Haus Sterr-Peter-Martin, Bavarian Forest, German

Curious and creative, these pods will leave a lasting impressionCurious and creative, these pods will leave a lasting impressionWhitepod, Swiss Alps

Imagine yourself on a artic planet that's far far away as you snuggle up under the 14-tog duvet , next to the log fire. While you are in the pod with zip up walls, you'll feel cosy like never before yet still as close as possible to the snowy landscape. Tuck into the home cooked meals that include local specialties such as vegetarian lasagna and cheese fondue .

Price: Pods from €234. Refuge from €47 Euros pp for double, €20 pp for dorm.

For full itinerary and booking details, see: Whitepod, Swiss Alps

Hotel 'Ferme de Candeloup', Aquitaine, France 

Farms and yoga may seem like a strange combination, but in this quaint 'petit hotel', they're the perfect antidote to the winter harshness. Not only is the whole farm thoroughly insulated to keep guests' toes warm, but there is a Lindt chocolate factory not 20 minutes away, meaning making soul-warming hot chocolate is that much easier, that much more tempting.

Price: Double rooms are €60 per night (July/August) - min 2 nights - €50 per night (Sep-Jun). Singles €40 per night all year. 4-person apartment €110 per night (Jul/Aug) min 3 nights - €100 (Sep-Jun)

For full itinerary and booking details, see:
Hotel 'Ferme de Candeloup', Aquitaine, France 


Family and friends will have a wonderfully relaxing time in this cosy chaletFamily and friends will have a wonderfully relaxing time in this cosy chaletLa Source Eco Chalet, Samoens, French Alps 

A home away from home? That doesn't even begin to describe this snug chalet, if only because most homes don't have a wood-fired mountain source water hot tub or a mini climbing wall. What's great about staying here is that you can be as active or as adventurously lazy as you want and still be assured of a warm bed and good food to come back to (or that you've never moved too far away from).

Price: From £2100 for a week's rental (for 12 people)

For full itinerary and booking details, see:
La Source Eco Chalet, Samoens, French Alps

Asheston Eco Barns, Pembrokeshire, Wales  

Perfect for evenings spent as a family reading each other stories by the fire, these converted stone farm buildings have geo-thermal underfloor heating (you can be barefoot in winter!), antique furniture and each their own character. In the morning mist you can explore the 22 acres of open fields and woodland and return in the evening to your own private landscaped area for hot toddy.

Price: The eco barns each sleep a maximum of 4-7 people, and cost between £365 and £1365 per week. Short breaks for up to 4 nights stay are also available, costing from £300.

For full itinerary and booking details, see: Asheston Eco Barns, Pembrokeshire, Wales


Homely and inviting, Beudy Banc is a perfect winter retreatHomely and inviting, Beudy Banc is a perfect winter retreatBeudy Banc Cottage in Dyfi Valley, Wales 

Make your winter escape an excuse to get back to nature in this rustic and romantic converted barn. See the gorgeous Welsh landscape from your window in this naturally warm home, both in atmosphere and because of a lovely log-burning stove, and enjoy the incredible views of the Dyfi Valley.

Price: From £392 for 7 nights; £199 for 2 night midweek (based on 2 people sharing

For full itinerary and booking details, see: Beudy Banc self catering in Dyfi Valley, Wales

Snuggling up by the fire at Gregans Castle Drawing RoomSnuggling up by the fire at Gregans Castle Drawing RoomGregans Ireland Castle Hotel, The Burren, Ireland

For an individual yet majestic time out in the country, stay at this family run country hotel with views over the awe-inspiring Burren. With the colours outside echoed in the colouring of the rooms, welcoming turf fires, jugs of garden flowers and a peaceful atmosphere, this retreat caters to the most demanding of tastes.

Price: 235€

For full itinerary and booking details, see: Gregans Castle Hotel, The Burren, Ireland

Mungo's Den Self Catering, Isle of Skye, Scotland 

There's getting away from it all, then there's going to one of the world's most remote areas to get away from it all. With a hamper full of organic goodness waiting for you on your arrival, and a wood burning stove waiting to be lit and curled up in front of, this traditional, styish and luxurious den is perfect to forget about the world and the winter.

Price: Weekly price between £525 - £725. Short breaks offered in low season at 70% of weekly rate.

 For full itinerary and booking details, see: Mungo's Den, Isle of Skye, Scotland 

Nestled within the Highlands lies EvergreenNestled within the Highlands lies EvergreenEvergreen Bed & Breakfast, Loch Ness, Highlands, Scotland

Peak out from under the warm fluffy blankets and you might be lucky enough to see a sika deer, peering out of the woods. Then feel all the warmer for not having to go outside at all. This cosy getaway overlooks the misty Loch Ness and offers filling three course evening meals and an even more filling Scottish breakfast. Also enjoy a story teller, bagpipe player and acupuncturist at this unique accommodation.

Price: Double bedroom with king size bed and en suite double shower - £80 per night. Master bedroom with large king size bed and en suite bath and separate shower - £90 per night.

For full itinerary and booking details, see
Evergreen, Loch Ness, Highlands, Scotland 

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