For Soho Farmhouse vibes without the price tag, Outbuildings is a family-run hotel in the west Dorset countryside. Perfect for a winter staycation, there are seven (soon to be nine) outbuildings which are rustic and chic. Each one is built from reclaimed wood and sleeps between two and six guests with a cosy double room with handmade beds, log burners and spacious bathrooms – some have freestanding baths while others have stylishly designed shower rooms. Guest can order in-room dining, visit The Cart Shed for elegant plates in the rustic barn, and make use of the ‘butler bar’ service. You can also order breakfast hampers, enjoy champagne in the woods, book a session in The Hay Barn Cinema, and visit animals on the farm.
From £190 per night.
With some of the best interiors and design on this list, Blackwood is a seriously chic woodland home on the north Norfolk coast, with Wells and Holkham just a short distance away. The contemporary property has three bedrooms: a super king with woodland views and a freestanding bath on the ground floor, plus another super king and twin bedroom on the first floor, both of have en-suites. There’s also a spacious and modern kitchen which flows into an open plan lounge/dining area filled with bespoke handmade furniture, as well as unique artwork, ceramics and carved wood pieces throughout the house. Guests can also relax outdoors by the fire pit and on cook meals on the barbecue.
From £960 for a four-night stay.
Little Doe Bank Cabin
This new holiday cabin from Hill Farm Glamping sits in its own field in rural Warwickshire. Made for off-grid weekends, it uses solar power to run the cabin and the festoon lights outside, perfect for late-night dips in the copper bath on the deck or to guide you back after relaxing in the sauna. Inside, the interiors are modern and chic across the kitchenette and living area, which has an indoor wood burner, and en-suite bedroom. Enjoy bubble baths on the deck, light the firepit, and walk to the pond for wild swimming. There’s plenty to do nearby and on site, like farm tours and trips to the local pub. Don’t forget to pre-order lamb from the owners to cook on the Big Green Egg on the deck.
From £138 per night.
If you like the idea of a creative retreat, Ivy House in the South Downs offers a range of workshops – including festive activities like wreath making, and Christmas bauble workshops. You can also hire the entire property which has six double bedrooms. The cottage also has two reception rooms, with original features and a cosy hearth, and an open-plan kitchen/diner with an aga and plenty of space for group meals. Upstairs, en-suite bedrooms are light and bright, with a further double room downstairs. Guests can play table tennis and boardgames and explore the spacious garden which leads out onto the converted workshop.
From £1,000 for two nights.
Sleeps: 8 plus 2 kids
This historical property is set at the footsteps of the Landgate Arch in the pretty, quaint town of Rye in East Sussex, just an hour from London by train. Landgate House is a 700-year-old five-bedroom Grade II listed property that has been carefully restored by the owners with thoughtful touches and some of the best interiors on this list – think antique furniture, Soho Home accessories and bespoke decorative accents. Numerous original features have been restored, including flagstone floors and wonky doors. You’ll find modern touches, too, like Bluetooth speakers, and toys, games and a bar in the cosy living room. Families or groups can cook meals on the new range cooker, eat in the spacious dining room, and relax in the garden. Bedrooms are spacious and thoughtfully designed, with all the luxury extras you’d expect at a hotel. During a trip to Rye, explore the many independent shop and boutiques, and visit The Fig for brunch.
From £1,050 for two nights.
This cosy family cottage is a self-catered home by The Millbrook Inn, a lovely country pub in the south Devonshire town of Kingsbridge. With chic and minimalist interiors, there’s one double bedroom and a twin, plus a bright open-plan living room/kitchen/diner. The cottage has huge cosy sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and luxury extras like fluffy bathrobes and Bramley toiletries. If you can’t be bothered to cook, walk to the inn for chef Iain’s cooking over fire – think steak, fish tacos, and Sunday lunches with all the trimmings.
From £275 per night.
For a romantic staycation or small family getaway in south Devon, this new cabin oozes charm. Set in a nine-acre field amongst 5,000 acres of The Flete Estate (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the cabin has two cosy queen-sized beds, one of which sits on a mezzanine level. Guests can sit in the living area beside the indoor wood burner and cook meals in the compact kitchenette. French doors lead out on a picnic table outside where you’ll also find an outdoor shower, wood-fired bath – and if you venture down towards the trees – shaded hammocks. Treat yourself to a wine and cheese, or breakfast, hamper from the estate.
From £159 per night.
Sleeps: Up to 4
Welcome Beyond has an excellent selection of handpicked hotels, villas, beach houses and holiday home across the world, and new to the collection is this cosy cabin in Presteigne, Wales. Surrounded by beautiful scenery with forests, hills and trails right outside, the cabin was restored by the owner who was inspired by Edwardian drawing rooms. Inside, you’ll find Persian silk tapestries and 1960s. There’s a kitchenette and diner, a spacious double bedroom with a freestanding bath that overlooks the scenery, and two single beds – perfect for small families. A 15-minute walk from the cabin will take you to The Harp, which recently won Pub of the Year.
From £160 per night.
Kingshill Farmhouse at Elmley Nature Reserve
Isle of Sheppey
Elmley Nature Reserve on the picturesque Isle of Sheppey is home to more than 3,000 acres of wilderness. For the first time, the characterful Kingshill Farmhouse on the estate is now available for exclusive hire, either on a self-catering basis, or with full service. Ideal for a special group trip, there’s a beautiful open-plan kitchen/diner with a cool skylight that leads out onto a large garden with great views. Guests can enjoy meals in the more formal dining room, cosy up in the living room next, and relax in the snug or library. Upstairs, six double rooms have country chic interiors and pretty accents – think pink headboards, velvets and freestanding baths. The team can help organise special touches, from unpacking your food delivery to serving breakfast and arranging bespoke activities.
From £700 per night.
This traditional stone cottage is set on the grounds of Beverston Castle, just a few miles from the quaint village of Tetbury. With panelled walls, carefully curated antiques and a spacious roll-top bath, it has everything couples need for a cosy stay. There’s an elegant king-size bedroom (don’t forget to order a breakfast box filled with local food), a light and bright bathroom, and a cosy lounge with an indoor wood burner. Guests can explore the surrounding Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the property’s adjoining flower garden.
From £125 per night.
Cornwall isn’t just for summer – the coastal county is equally beautiful during the colder months. Book a stay in this Regency home which has been beautifully renovated and full of original features. Just a short walk from the waterfront, Packet House is set over four floors with three en-suite bedrooms, two living rooms and a spacious, modern kitchen/diner. Perfect for special staycations and families, little ones can use the boardgames, read books and even play with the antique rocking horse. Guests will also find a small utility room in the basement, along with plenty of space to store surfboards and beach equipment. The property is also dog friendly.
From £1,357 for long weekends or midweek breaks.