Whilst the news is plastered with happy tourists stepping off planes into sunny Portugal, a feeling many of us can barely remember, or with warnings from the government about travelling to the current ‘amber list’ countries, it’s clear, and entirely reasonable, that many in the UK feel that a domestic holiday is the slightly safer and more viable option for 2021.
And with unusual places to stay and unique accommodation either full or filling up fast for the summer, a few are casting their minds to winter breaks in the UK. And why not?
The UK in winter has its own special kind of charm. The quiet solitude of getting out into the countryside, lighting a warm fire after exploring the hills, woodlands and coasts or Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland is a satisfaction you can’t quite put your finger on, but one that you’re sure to appreciate.
So with that in mind, the team at Not In The Guidebooks have collated some of our favourite winter breaks in the UK that get you slightly further afield than England, where you can enjoy your very own winter wonderland.
The perfect place to get away from it all on a winter retreat to Wales, this eco-barn provides a cosy retreat from the chilly winter weather, all whilst generating 85% of the energy you use on-site.
After a day hiking along the rugged Pembrokeshire coast, drinking in the magnificent sea cliffs or the wild beaches, or even enjoying a day out getting hands on with the landscape on a foraging and feasting experience, you can head back to your beautifully restored barn, light up the log-burner, and put your feet up.
A glass of wine with sweeping views of the countryside and with that weary, yet satisfied, feeling of having spent a full day doing something active or different… it’s a hard one to beat.
Heading a little further north up the coast to the Isle of Anglesey, and blow away those approaching winter blues by getting yourself re-energised on this wellness and yoga retreat.
As well as guided yoga sessions in the beautiful on-site, oak-framed studio, you head out on walks around the island that get you genuinely off the beaten track to places known only by the locals.
You’ll stay in a gorgeous country house retreat, with a large wood-burning stove and an impressive upstairs dining area to meet your fellow travellers and enjoy some great food after enjoying a day in the outdoors.