Top 5 cottages for a cosy winter break

Photo of a rural cottage in the snow.

Winter getaways with cosy fires and frosty scenery are the perfect way to spend the colder months of the year! So whether it’s a cottage, barn or country lodge you’re looking for; here are five top rated self-catering homes to explore on Euan’s Guide:

Kernock Cottages, Saltash

Photo of Kernock Cottages sitting room.

Nestled inside a 25-acre private estate, Kernock Cottages are holiday homes with a dash of character and cosy fittings including beamed ceilings, rugs and wooden flooring. While it’s unlikely that you’ll get snowed-in this far south, you can wonder at the magnificent Cornish storms from the warmth of your king-sized room! Dog-owners can also use Central Bark, a secure dog-walking paddock with benches and solar lighting for guests.

‘The owners could not do enough to help us enjoy our two weeks in Cornwall. They provided in advance a great deal of information about accessibility in nearby resorts and places to visit. They had gone to the trouble of checking all of the local pubs and restaurants to do this. They knew which beaches were accessible (and dog friendly – important to us) and had even found a boat trip on a nearby lake which was wheelchair accessible.’ Read the full review >>

The Moat House Annan, Annan

Photo of the kitchen in the Moat House.

This bright and spacious holiday cottage is located on the edge of Annan, a bustling little town with independent shops and cafes in the Scottish Borders. With a huge kitchen and oversized dining table, you can entertain a large group of people beside a cosy fireplace! The owners have fitted a lift between the floors of the house and the kitchen has been adapted with a rise and fall sink, worktop and induction hob unit. 

‘We haven’t found anywhere else with such good disabled facilities, including commode chair, electric beds, fully accessible bathroom and wheelchair friendly terrain throughout. The great thing is that all this has been achieved at the same time as providing a holiday home feel that worked just as well for our 13 year old daughter and the dog!’ Read the full review >>

Ropers Walk Barns, Truro

Photo of the garden at Ropers Walk Barns.

Located on a small working farm, Ropers Walk Barns are an ideal place to escape the elements in Cornwall. With under floor heating, timber doors and warm towel rails; you’ll probably forget it’s winter! The Corn Store property has a lift between the floors of the former barn, and you can spot St. Agnes Beacon and Carn Brea Ancient Monument from the feature windows.

‘Very good property (upside down house), easy to move around. Wet room, kitchen kitted out for wheelchair user, lift to upstairs. Everything you need to use as a base for a relaxing holiday.’ Read the full review >>

The Hollies, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Photo of the Hollies.

The owners of this Victorian lodge have renovated the attached museum into a self-catering lodge to sleep seven. The adjoining house is a B&B where you are welcome to join the other guests for a Westmorland breakfast! The garden is a woodland environment with an abundance of birds – perfect for spotting robins on frosty mornings!

‘The lodge has been very thoughtfully designed with wheelchair users and those with mobility needs in mind. There is a downstairs bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom has low level fittings and plenty of hand rails and is a wet room. The kitchen has low level adjustable units and the doorways downstairs are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.’ Read the full review >>

The Hytte, Hexham

Photo of the sitting room in The Hytte.

Built in the style of a mountain lodge, this grass-roofed building has underfloor heating and a sauna making it an ideal place to warm up over winter. The owners even make sure you’ve got a welcome gift waiting for you when you arrive!

‘The Hytte is single story with wooden floors throughout so is ideal for people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. There are two electric profiling beds with rails and an electric recliner chair. Even the hot tub is accessible for people who need to use a hoist to access this.’ Read the full review >>

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