Winter is nature’s way of telling us to snuggle up inside and treat ourselves. Roaring log burners, sumptuous beds, comfy sofas…what’s not to love?
With this in mind, look to Britain’s cosiest hotels and B&Bs and bring a little of their rustic charm home.
Here are our favourite cosy hotel schemes – we’d be more than happy to hibernate if it means staying here every night.
1. Killiehuntly, The Highlands
The journey through the Scottish landscape, passing from loch to loch to Killiehuntly is more than worth it to reach this warm and inviting hideaway surrounded by 4,000 acres of parkland. It’s an estate dating back to 1603 that has recently been refurbished by Danish designers and local Scottish craftsmen – so, not your usual Scottish farmhouse. Sit back next to the roaring fire after a brisk hike in the hills and recharge in your cosy sanctuary.
Get the look
Get this stylish Scandi-Scot look at home using Colour of the Year 2017, Denim Drift on your walls. Denim Drift is a soft, soothing shade that changes throughout the day depending on the light hitting it. Pair with pale, pastel pinks such as Blossom White or Sorbet for the contemporary, calm aesthetic. Danish design is known for its cosy simplicity, so keep your bed linens a pared-back white or grey. Embrace ‘hygge’ (the Danish art of keeping cosy) like Killiehuntly by peppering lots of natural materials like wood and woollen rugs, faux fur and knitted cushions throughout.
killiehuntly.scot. Rooms start from £240 per night.
2. Shepherd House, Faversham
This stunning Georgian townhouse nestled by Kent’s cool coast proves that cosy can also be chic. The large open plan rooms at Shepherd House all provide luxurious bedding, fresh flowers, and underfloor heating. And if the rolltop bath isn’t inviting enough, the two rain showers may just be to keep you hibernating here. On top of that, you can call reception to arrange a therapeutic massage in your room. Don’t mind us, we’re just moving in.
Get the look
Replicate the warm, toasty colour scheme using Copper Blush and Apricot Crush on your walls. Complement the bronzed hues with plush red upholstery, or a soft throw or cushion. And make sure the luxurious hotel atmosphere is translated at home by using crisp white bed sheets. Masseuse not included we’re afraid.
shepherdhouse-faversham.com. Rooms start from £140 per night.
3. Milk House, Kent
Milk House is a 16-century village pub nestled in one of the most picturesque corners of Kent. What’s more cosy than timber beams and a crackling Tudor fireplace to sip some warm mulled wine beside (or wine from the area’s own vineyards)? The Milk House’s four relaxing rooms all have scenic views of the village and surrounding orchards and include a hearty breakfast.
Get the look
It’s possible to recreate this look without an orchard view, promise. Channel the calming magic of the shore by adorning Coastal Grey on your living room walls. Bring in darker blues and mustard yellows to your scheme to keep things fresh and contemporary. Scatter ikat patterned cushions and some traditional wooden logs, whether you have a working fireplace or not to complete the scheme’s nod to nature. Bliss.
innplaces.co.uk. Rooms start from £80 per night.
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