Winter in Britain is the ideal time to escape to a cottage in the country for a cosy break, complete with roaring open fires, traditional wood burning stoves and outdoor hot tubs.
A self-catering winter getaway could help you forget the stresses of work, while spending time with loved ones and enjoying the simple pleasures, such as winter walks in the countryside or on the beach.
Whether you're looking for a holiday around Christmas and New Year, or later into the season when it is more likely to snow, a few nights in a rural rental is just what you need to chase away the winter blues while embracing the best of the cold season.
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The Cotswolds, Cumbria and Cornwall offer cottages with chocolate box views and and nostalgic features including exposed beams and inglenook fireplaces.
For a super snug, rustic winter in Wales, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Snowdonia are idyllic settings for a traditional escape, while boasting jarringly beautiful coastal and countryside views. If you fancy something quirkier, the cottages in Scotland include converted towers with plenty of room for large families, historic studies to curl up with a book and sitting rooms for watching movies.
While the thought of de-teching for a few days might be heavenly for some, others who can't live without technology will find hi-tech facilities in many cottages, such as iPod docks, state-of-the-art surround sound systems and WiFi.
Browse our pick of the cosiest cottages for a winter break in the UK.