10 Best Places & Cottages to Visit in Winter in the UK
The travel industry has been laser focused on Summer Holidays and for good reason! However, it is not too soon to book your Winter holiday cottage.
Winter Holiday Cottages
Winter will creep up on us and before we know it, we will be gathered around the fireplace with our loved ones, unwrapping Christmas presents and drinking mulled wine listening to Wham singing “Last Christmas” (we can dream right?).
Finding perfect Winter Holiday Cottages can become a part time job in itself, so to save you some of your very valuable time, we have found some of the dreamiest Winter Holiday Cottage destinations in the UK. We have also put together a list of things that make for the Best Winter Holiday Cottages to UK holiday homeowners.
Best Places & Cottages to Visit in Winter Holiday
1. Woodstock, The Cotswolds
Woodstock is a gorgeous Georgian town renowned for its excellent pubs, unique shops and it’s a short drive to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Christmas in Woodstock is more than idyllic: it is eventful and beautiful. The Christmas Lights at the Palace are extremely popular, the Woodstock Festive Fayre takes place at Mary Magdalene Church and offers plenty of gifts, food, drinks and a wonderfully Christmassy atmosphere. Expect to hear some music and see some entertainment when the lights are turned on.
2. Lode, Cambridgeshire
Lode is situated seven miles north east of Cambridge and contains just over three hundred dwellings and is home to nearly nine hundred people including many families whose roots in the community extend back several hundred years. This is a small and tight knit community, perfect for an intimate Christmas getaway.
3. The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined costal route in the world. A destination which is memorable and beautiful, why wouldn’t you want to spend Winter in a Holiday Cottage here? You get more for your money in this location, but be sure to wrap up warm!
4. The Lake District, Cumbria
Snow-peaked mountains, frosty-leaved woodlands, silently still lakes and glistening rolling landscapes. Winter Holiday Cottages in the Lake District are a must for any Brit looking to getaway.
Can you envisage you and your loved ones, watching the sunrise over the District, curled up together over a mug of hot mocha? A perfect way to spend a winter morning.
5. Slad, The Cotswolds
The Rolling Hills of the Cotswolds are infamous and Slad village is situated within these hills. Featuring in Laurie Lee’s novel ‘Cider With Rosie’, this small village, with a highly popular pub called The Woolpack Inn, is a very charming holiday destination.
Slad is a small village with numerous Cotswold Stone detached cottages all of which have their own stunning features and individual architectures. This is an extremely safe and quiet village, perfect for a Winter Holiday Cottage UK.
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
The Capital City of Scotland is vibrant, historic and an extremely festive Christmas destination. Visitors and residents enjoy the Christmas markets, fair rides, food, and drinks. Be sure to wrap up warm as it can get extremely cold, but all the more reason to purchase some mulled wine in the markets whilst on your Winter holiday.
7. York, Northeast England
Scents of Mulled Wine and delicious food fill the air in York at Christmas. If you are heading to York this Winter, be sure to visit the festive market for locally made produce, food and beverages.
The safety in York is quite often consideration of some holidaymakers, however the vast majority of areas within York are perfectly safe with a low crime rate. The important thing to do, is to do your research of the areas in York you are visiting before going! But do not fret! There are plenty of lovely, beautiful and safe location for you and your family to go to.
8. Thornton-le-Dale, North York Moors
Thornton Le Dale is arguably one of the most picturesque village of the Yorkshire Moors. It offers its visitors three pubs, a bistro, tea rooms and excellent independent shops. The cottages are stone, Victorian and typical of the area. The area is superb for walking, mountain hiking and forest drives. One of the most beautiful features of the village is the beck that runs through Thornton-le-Dale, and the Christmas lights are some of the best in the region. Winter Holiday Cottages UK are hard to come by in this little village, so be sure to book far in advance!
9. Bath, Somerset
This honey-coloured Georgian City is a beautiful and popular destination for visitors. There are plenty of places to eat, drink, shop and visit which makes it such a fantastic place to holiday. Winter in this City is nothing short of spectacular, with its huge Christmas Market, wonderful lightshow, and artistic displays.
10. Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Chipping Campden is quite simply one of the most elegant Cotswolds towns. It has character, history, and beauty. The main road is lined with houses and each has its own distinctive features. The High Street is described by the historian, G.M. Trevelyan, as “the most beautiful village street now left in the island” with buildings dating back to the 14th century.
If you are looking for a quintessentially English, down to earth Christmas, then Chipping Campden is the place to be. Be sure to book your Winter Holiday Cottage for the lights switch on as it’s a must attend event which is a symbolic start to the festive period.
There are so many beautiful places in the UK for a perfect winter getaway. Whether you are going away with your family, friends and / or partner, there are plenty of options for you all here in the Motherland. Winter Holiday Cottages UK DO exist! You do not need to suffer the airport, long flights and jetlag to get a good Winter holiday, we promise. In fact, we dare you to try and prove us wrong. Go on, try it… we dare you.