Why let a grey, chilly day go to waste? Huge beds, open fires, and tea, cake and toe–warming booze are staples at these hibernation destinations across the windswept British Isles.
1. Raise a glass in the Cotswolds | England
The Feathers has winding staircases, antique furniture and a collection of more than 400 gins. But be bold, and venture out to the Spectre filming location in nearby Blenheim Palace. Then toast Bond, and your own industry, with a martini in the hotel’s gin bar.
2. Hunker down for the duration in Devon | England
The Nobody Inn is set near beautiful Dartmoor National Park. If the comfy beds, magazines and welcoming decanters of spirits in the rooms aren’t enough to keep you in, the pub’s inglenook fireplace, top–notch food, and wine–tasting nights should do the trick.
3. Stay dry by wintry seas in Cornwall | England
The Nare Hotel is a pleasingly old–fashioned summer beach destination where a room with a balcony or private terrace is also a great place to watch winter storms racing across the seas below from the comfort of an armchair.
4. Hibernate in North Yorkshire | England
The Traddock, with just 12 rooms and suites, is an intimate retreat where crackling fires, board games and an award–winning restaurant will keep you happily distracted when you aren’t taking one of the area’s world–class walks.
5. Weather the winter in Yorkshire | England
Middlethorpe is the modern way to sample a Downton Abbey lifestyle. The 18th–century mansion has large, grand public rooms, checkered marble floors, antiques, fire–lit halls, and discreet staff who address you by your name.
6. Slow Down… | Scotland
The Georgian mansion that is now the Boath House hotel was once described as the most beautiful Regency house in Scotland. It’s now known for its changing exhibitions of Scottish artwork, luxurious but unpretentious style, and Michelin–starred restaurant.
7. …Or add a dash of drama | Scotland
At Ardanaiseig, a Scottish baronial mansion with turrets and crow–stepped gables, the bedrooms were each designed by a set designer for Scottish opera. Views look out over the aptly named Loch Awe.
8. Retreat to the country | Wales
Llangoed Hall is just like home, but with open fires, exquisite food, comfy chairs, claw–foot baths, sherry, and a staff who know you by name. There’s nothing like a nap in a four–poster bed following afternoon tea.