What better way to celebrate winter than with a cosy getaway with friends and family? From drifting snowflakes to twinkling Christmas markets, winter can be a magical time of the year. Whether you live in the city and are dreaming of an escape to the countryside, or you’re already based in a small town or village but looking for a change of scene, winter village cottages provide the perfect base.
When browsing properties, there are certain features that can take your experience to the next level. At kate & tom’s, we cherry-pick the best luxury holiday rentals in the UK, and we know exactly what makes a winter village cottage truly exceptional. Looking for inspiration? Read on for our guide to the top 10 must-haves for a winter village cottage.
1. The perfect location
Location is everything when it comes to choosing the perfect winter village cottage. While some destinations like the Cornish coast shine in the summer, places like the Cotswolds are just as enchanting in the winter months. The region is dotted with chocolate-box villages that provide a dreamy backdrop for your winter holiday. Whether it’s a beautifully restored Georgian manor in Oxfordshire or a stylish barn conversion in in Somerset, you’ll find properties for every occasion in the Cotswolds.
As well as invigorating winter walks, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you entertained in the Cotswolds. Visit heritage properties like Snowshill Manor, hunt for treasures at antique shops in towns like Witney and treat yourself to lavish afternoon teas. Remember, it’s not a proper Cotswolds afternoon tea without freshly baked scones, homemade preserves and lashings of clotted cream.
2. Proximity to a local pub
What’s a country getaway without a pint or two at a cosy local pub? Being able to stroll along a snow-dusted lane to an inviting pub is one of the joys of staying in a small village. While you’re probably want to cook at least few meals in your chef’s kitchen, nothing compares to a piping hot Sunday roast complete with Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes and a glass of Bordeaux to really set off the rich flavours.
You’ll find some beautiful cottages within walking distance of local pubs in the Lake District, given that Cumbria has more microbreweries than any other UK county. The region also happens to be the birthplace of beloved British dessert, sticky toffee pudding – bonus!
3. Indoor pool
British winters can be icy but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a splash on your country getaway. Book a cottage with a heated indoor pool and you can take the plunge in rain, shine, snow and whatever else the weather throws at you. Imagine starting your day with a leisurely swim while watching snowflakes drift down outside. Absolute bliss.
4. Log fire
Nothing says “winter getaway” like a crackling log fire. When temperatures plummet and wild weather rolls in, a log fire ensures your village cottage feels warm and welcoming. There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book, a mug of Belgian hot chocolate and a cosy cashmere blanket in the morning. After dinner, retreat to the fireside to enjoy a glass of wine and good conversation.
5. Outdoor hot tub
After a breath-taking walk in the countryside there’s no better way to warm up than with a soak in a private outdoor hot tub. No need to bundle up in your warmest winter clothes and wool blankets to enjoy the fresh air and wintry landscapes. Simply strip off and plunge into a steaming hot tub. Don’t forget a bottle of fizz!
6. A well-equipped kitchen
Whether you’re into Jamie, Nigella or Ottolenghi, winter is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen. Book a winter village cottage with a well-equipped kitchen and you can whip up hearty, homemade meals at your leisure. From Middle Eastern inspired brunches to classic winter warmers like shepherd’s pie and beef stew, you’ll love how easy it is to cook up delicious feasts in a chef’s kitchen.
7. Games room
A games room is a terrific addition to any winter cottage, especially if you’re traveling with family or friends. Challenge each other to a game of pool, get competitive with a table tennis tournament and wind up a family-style meal with a game of darts and whisky on the rocks.
8. Underfloor heating
Say goodbye to cold feet and book a winter village cottage with underfloor heating. No need to stoke the fireplace first thing in the morning. Instead, simply roll out of bed and onto toasty warm floors. Underfloor heating is a small luxury but can make a big difference when it comes to winter escapes in the UK.
9. Stunning views
From frost-covered fields to snow-dusted forests, winter landscapes in the UK can be beautiful. Choose a country cottage with stunning views and you won’t even need to venture outside to enjoy the winter wonderland.
10. Luxury touches
Don’t underestimate the importance of luxury touches when booking a winter village cottage. Unlike summer escapes, you’ll probably be spending a lot more time indoors. This means luxuries like plush sofas, feather-soft throws, down duvets and tasteful décor can make all the difference in creating a cosy setting for your winter getaway.
11. Book your cosy winter village cottage getaway today
Keep these must-haves in mind and you’re ten steps closer to finding the perfect winter village cottage. From the best location in a charming village to luxury amenities like indoor pools and hot tubs, these features will ensure your winter escape lives up to all your expectations, and more.
Need more assistance finding the winter village cottage you’ve been dreaming of? Email [email protected] and we’ll help you book a property that ticks all your boxes.