It’s that time of year again, winter has arrived and as usual we British dedicate a decent portion of our day to declare that it is in fact cold. How else would anybody know!?

Whilst some might suggest we look up the definition of ‘winter’, we prefer to spend the time donning our finest Christmas onesies and eating our entire bodyweight in mince pies. Tis the season after all and it’s not like we’ll be needing our ‘bikini bodies’ under our 10 layers of clothing. Besides, everybody knows Christmas shopping is practically an Olympic sport.

This year why not take a break from the annual pre-Christmas panic buying and spend some quality time with (or without) the family in one of our cosy log cabins or cottages?

Why, I hear you ask, would I move one inch from my own bed whilst waiting for the big man in the red coat? Well did you know that November and early December are great times for getting low prices? And many of our log cabins and cottages come with log burners? In fact, if you order a supermarket delivery upon your arrival, you need never leave the property. You can plausibly forget this winter thing ever happened and relax whilst conducting a thorough tasting of your chosen festive beverages. There has never been a better excuse for staying in. If we’ve convinced you, then take a look at this fabulous collection of self-catering accommodation…

The Barn

The Barn is an amazing character property – perfect for a winter escape. There is only 1 bedroom which gives you a plausible excuse for leaving the kids at home and enjoying a romantic weekend in this cosy Cornish haven. The inside is charmingly appointed with wooden beams, a vaulted ceiling and the requisite log burner – great for cosy nights spent on the sofa watching Strictly Come Dancing. 

Outside there is a patio area where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine or two whilst enjoying the countryside views. If you bother to venture beyond your own patio you’ll find the Point at Polzeath just a short walk away. There you’ll find a pool and spa, tennis courts, a gym and an 18-hole golf course.

The Manor House

The Manor House is a lovely character property in St Isaac, Cornwall with a large sprawling farmhouse type feel. The Manor House is built for numbers so if you feel like bringing your second cousin and your great aunt once removed, then there’ll be plenty of space for you all, no need to push. The Manor House can sleep 8 and has an adjoining property called The Sail Loft, which can house a further 2 people. However, if you were hoping to stash your elderly parents in the adjoining property, it is worth considering that they may have trouble with the lovely, but steep spiral staircase.

Portnellan House

This is another one for guests with lots of extended family. Sleeping up to 10 in 5 bedrooms it is highly likely you'll lose one another in this fantastic 19th century cottage, which may in fact be a positive thing, depending on who you're staying with.

Set in Perthshire, near Crianlarch in Scotland, this cottage is great for an outdoorsy type holiday with things like fishing, kayaking and hiking activities on the 'things to do' menu. Portnellan house has many highlights, including the private ‘honesty bar’ in the dining area. There is also a piano which is great if you have musical talent, not so great if you’re bringing along young budding pianists who insist on ‘practising’.

No.2 Fish Cellars

The Fish Cellars is situated in Port Quin, a quintessential Cornish village best known as a filming location for Poldark. So, if you’re hoping to catch a glance of Poldark mowing the lawn or striding up the beach, then this property is your best bet.

 However, aside from aspirations of becoming the next Mrs Poldark, there are plenty of other reasons to visit. The village is beautiful and so is the property with a country style kitchen featuring an Aga and inbuilt wood burning stove. The property is modern, contemporary and located next to some of the most beautiful scenery in Cornwall.

Drummond Lodge 

Could there be anything more romantic than a honeymoon chalet set overlooking a Scottish loch renowned for its natural beauty? I think not.

During the winter months, there will be frost settling on the banks of lake where you can take long walks and enjoy the fabulous scenery. When you return, you can warm up in front of Drummonds open log fire or even take a dip in the hot tub! With a four-poster bed, mood lighting and luxury bathrobes this chalet is equipped for relaxation.

Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales eco-lodges are absolutely beautiful. If you’re looking for a taste of luxury, then this is the ideal accommodation for you. Set in idyllic countryside with far reaching views of the stunning natural scenery, these ultra-modern lodges are ideal for relaxation. Inside you’ll find a main living area with kitchen/living and dining facilities and fun decorative features such as hanging warehouse lights and square pouffes (who doesn’t love a pouffe?). There is also a contemporary log burning oven - perfect for keeping toasty on a winter break.