Winter Warmers

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After the excitement of the festive period January can feel like a bit of a flat month. A guaranteed pick me up is planning a weekend away and I love the idea of hunkering down and staying in a cosy cottage with a roaring fire and a glass of red for company. When it comes to self-catering cottages the UK has a plethora to choose but here are three that have caught my eye that combine modern design elements without compromising on comfort making them perfect winter escapes.

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1. The Cuttlefish, Cornwall

Cornwall doesn’t immediately spring to mind when thinking of a cold-weather destination but there’s something charming and romantic about a trip to the coast off-season not to mention the lack of crowds, which is a definite bonus in my opinion. The Cuttlefish in Mousehole immediately caught my eye thanks to its understated decor, spectacular views of the coast and proximity to the beach, which is only a few minutes’ walk away. While sunbathing won’t be on the agenda there’s nothing like a winter walk along a deserted beach to blow away the January cobwebs with the knowledge that you’ve got somewhere warm to return to. With wood burners in the living room and the kitchen, The Cuttlefish certainly ticks the boxes when it comes to cosy interiors. Style is definitely not compromised in this two-bedroom property that has a traditional yet modern feel to it with vintage pieces, such as the gorgeous brass beds, interspersed throughout.  

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2. The Inn at John O'Groats

At the complete opposite end of the country is The Inn at John O’Groats, which has recently reopened following the dramatic restoration of the iconic John O’Groats Hotel. The two-year renovation project included the addition of a colourful Norse-style extension that makes a striking design statement on the coastal landscape. The Inn has one, two and four-bedroom self-catering apartments that combine traditional features with contemporary design to create a very modern aesthetic. The furniture champions British and Scottish designers and manufactures and many of the design details offer a subtle nod to the coastal location such as the rope lights which were knotted on site by local fisherman. The vast windows are a key feature of the apartments and offer stunning vantage points out to the wilds of the sea, which you can appreciate from the comfort of your armchair.

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3. Silverlake House, Cumbria

Whether you’re a walker or not, the Lake District is a beautiful place to visit whatever the season. With its calming white interiors Silverlake House, a short walk from the village of Coniston, makes a relaxing base from which to explore this picturesque corner of the Lakes. The 19th century former coaching house has been brought up to date with its design, which demonstrates perfectly how a predominately white scheme can still feel warm and inviting. If you decide to venture out on the fells, definitely worth it if you have the energy, you can revive tired limbs in the inviting roll top bath before settling down in front of the wood burner. 

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