The United Kingdom may be infamous for its damp and dark winters, but there are pockets that seem to shine brightest when the days are shortest. Here, Elite Traveler selects six luxury winter boltholes that are perfect for riding out the worst of the UK’s weather in comfort and style.
Best for: Stunning views
Situated in England’s Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Samling Hotel creates a winter getaway that is subtle yet luxurious. With 12 individually designed suites that look onto the hotel’s 67 acres, this five-star boutique hotel gives guests the chance to stare at snow-topped fells whilst wrapped up in 400 thread count bedding. Guests can stay warm outside in The Samling’s hot tub that has a rather special viewpoint overlooking Lake Windermere – the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of champagne. It is also located close to some of the most scenic hiking routes and driving roads in the country.
With seasonal menus created by Executive Head Chef Robby Jenks, guests can enjoy some of Cumbria’s most sought-after winter produce with festive twists and an exceptional wine list to match. As a pre-bedtime treat, guests can enjoy a warming hot toddy with one of it 30 whiskeys and bourbons from around the world, that showcase some of the best producers.
Best for: Fine festive dining
There is nothing quite as English as a countryside manor house, and few celebrate Christmas with as much aplomb as Lympstone Manor. This luxurious countryside retreat has all the charms of a Georgian estate with all of the 21st Century amenities that you would expect from a five-star hotel. Located in the heart of Devon, it boasts views over some of England’s most treasured countryside. The hotel has 21 individually designed rooms and suites as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant run by one of the country’s most famous chefs, Michael Caines. Stay over Christmas to experience the very best of Caines’s cuisine, including his signature eight-course tasting menu on Christmas Eve followed by a festive feast on Christmas Day.