Aldridge Road Villas II
Best for: Shopping the sales
You don’t have to escape the city to find your perfect winter retreat. It is just as easy to find your own little slice of paradise in London, and it comes with the benefit of city living. Aldridge Road Villas II is a beautiful four-bedroom, three-bathroom homestay in Westbourne Grove, perfectly situated to celebrate the holidays with a group of friends or family. Decorated in subtle colors, with beautiful original details, standout vintage pieces and various books and artworks, this home’s living areas are sophisticated, yet welcoming.
Located in one of London’s most exclusive areas, you will have a wide choice of pubs and restaurants to choose from, while the house is close to Portobello Road’s famous market. It also is within walking distance of Kensington High Street, making it a perfect base to shop London’s famous Boxing Day sales. Kensington Gardens is also ready and waiting to be wandered around on Christmas morning.
The Windmill Suffolk
Best for: A romantic hideaway
If you just want to get away from the world, there are few better places to do it than this outstanding piece of architecture. The Windmill Suffolk is an imaginative restoration of a functional windmill originally built in 1891. Unused and derelict for almost a century, the windmill was in structural decline until, in 2014, a young couple saw its potential and transformed it into a unique luxury homestay.
The adults-only bolthole is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, allowing you to escape the hustle of the city and enjoy a space that is yours and yours alone. A fourth-floor balcony provides the perfect place to star gaze with a glass of mulled wine or you may prefer to cozy up together on the oversized velvet sofas in the top floor lounge while taking in the panoramic views of the Suffolk countryside. Warm up by retreating to the first and third-floor bedrooms with bespoke handmade super king size beds furnished with sumptuous linens. No matter how cold it gets outside, you can be sure of a warm and uninterrupted night’s sleep.