The best way to tackle winter and January is to accept the fact that it’s cold and makes plans for a romantic weekend escape to somewhere cosy with giant duvet’s, sumptuous sofa’s, and the essential component of a roaring fire. Some time in the bracing air is the perfect reason to drink a glass of Cabernet or a dram of whiskey before snuggling up to listen to the crackle and watch the flames dance around the logs.
Contemporary design chic abounds at Brimstone Hotel in the Lake District. Think stone, wood, and luxurious attention to detail and you’ve got the picture. Not only are you on the doorstep of some of the best scenery in the UK, you’re at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Imagine cascading streams and rocky outcrops, and if you don’t want to venture outside, you’ll find it all at the hotel. Swim in the heated indoor/outdoor pool where you will find one of many roaring fires. If you book one of the hotel’s suites, you will be able to cuddle up in bed to the flicker of your own fireplace, or luxuriate in the bathtub also with a view of the fire.
The Little Bear in West Sussex is the perfect way to surprise your partner with the ultimate romantic escape. Perfectly formed just for two people, your log burner will keep you both toasty warm as you cosy up in this woodland hideaway. While it’s self-catering, which provides the opportunity for you to bring your favourite foodie and wine delights with you, there is also the option of catering from the nearby inn. To top it off you can make the chilly dash to the outside cedar hot tub and float about in the warm water under a starry sky.
Rock Hall in Colebrook Connecticut is an elegant and perfectly formed four guest rooms all with fireplaces. Designed by architect Addison Mizner of Palm Beach fame, it dates from 1912 but is quietly winter tight 2019 standards behind the scenes. It’s oozes with romance of the rom com variety, and when you’ve had a stroll crunching through the snow, you can retreat to the warmth of the billiard room, library or movie theatre all on site. Best of all is the flicker of the fire in the dark of your bedroom as you snuggle up with the snow falling outside.
Just as lovely is the larger property also in Connecticut, The Inn at Stonington. With its Colonial façade, the 18 rooms all feature fireplaces. Located right on the Connecticut shoreline, you’ll love getting involved in the complimentary wine and cheese served each evening in the water view parlour. You’re on the water so make reservations at the Breakwater for amazing seafood, and for local flavour you mustn’t miss Noah’s Fine Food.
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