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5 luxurious cottages for an autumn mini-break

The summer months might be winding down but that just gives us the perfect excuse to book an autumn getaway. Whether you’re chasing the last of the summer sun or looking for a cosy retreat to sip cocoa by a roaring log fire, here are five luxury cottages to inspire you.

Widbrook Grange in Wiltshire, UK

Embrace traditional English comforts at Widbrook Grange

Embrace traditional English comforts at Widbrook Grange

Widbrook Grange combines traditional English elegance with contemporary design and a cocktail menu one would expect to find at a five-star hotel. This Georgian country house is only a 20-minute drive from Bath (the setting for many of Jane Austen’s novels) and a 3-minute drive from the Saxon-era market town of Bradford-on-Avon.

The stylish breakfast room is right next to the cottage gin bar

The stylish breakfast room is right next to the cottage gin bar

After a day sightseeing and hiking through pastoral countryside, guests can turn their attention to the cottage gin bar. With over 150 craft gins, this atmospheric lounge is warmed by an open log fire and the elaborate gin tasting (conducted by the in house gin expert) keeps the cooler autumn weather at bay.

Salvadonica in Tuscany, Italy

Views of the Chianti hills from Salvadonica in Tuscany

Views of the Chianti hills from Salvadonica in Tuscany

Salvadonica is a stone cottage that embodies the Tuscan dream of beautiful rolling vineyards, fresh, homemade pastries and seemingly-endless views of the surrounding Chianti hills. Whether you’re sipping a local wine in front of the fire or soaking up the last of the summer sun over breakfast on the terrace, this is the ideal spot for an indulgent autumn break.

Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the lush scenery

Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the lush scenery

The rustic decor at Salvadonica includes wrought-iron beds and exposed wooden beams, warmed up by luxurious soft-furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to enjoy the lush scenery as they munch on melt-in-the-mouth desserts from the cottage restaurant, all the while remaining snug and pampered.

La Casona de Torió in Asturias, Spain

Admire the verdant Asturias over breakfast

Admire the verdant Asturias over breakfast

It’s a steep climb up a winding path to La Casona de Torió, but the view from the top is more than worth it where guests are greeted with a glass of cool refreshing cider by the cottage owner. The verdant Asturias region of northern Spain is populated with medieval architecture, chartreuse fields and mountain ranges.

An atmospheric, mesmerising place to explore

An atmospheric, mesmerising place to explore

The stone walls and cherry red roof of La Casona de Torió is especially striking against such a landscape. This is an atmospheric and utterly mesmerising place to explore and recharge for a few days, especially in the autumn months when early-morning mists swirl across the landscape and the trees appear to have been dipped in gold.

The Cottages on Charleston Harbour in South Carolina, USA

Go dolphin spotting at The Cottages on Charleston Harbour

Go dolphin spotting at The Cottages on Charleston Harbour

September needn’t mean the end of the sunshine and you can prolong your summer at The Cottages on Charleston Harbour. These waterfront cottages include screened porches for watching the sunrise and set, a clubhouse and a private beach. Guests have even been able to spot dolphins from the cottage garden.

Expect endless fresh flowers and homemade English muffins

Expect endless fresh flowers and homemade English muffins

Inside, white, airy interiors and high ceilings flood the rooms with natural sunlight, while four-poster beds and a constant supply of fresh flowers lend a touch of romance. The cottages are a great base to explore Mount Pleasant and the nearby Isle of Palms, followed by a relaxing evening stroll along the harbour.

Opora Country Living in Peloponnese, Greece

Relax by the pool after a day spent helping with the harvest

Relax by the pool after a day spent helping with the harvest

Autumn is harvest season in Europe and Opora Country Living provide guests with a chance to get involved with this vital ritual, while staying in the lap of luxury. Situated outside the coastal town of Nafplio, these stone country houses are surrounded by 30 acres of farmland, including olive groves, beehives and fruit orchards.

Pick your own olives at Opora Country Living

Pick your own olives at Opora Country Living

Enjoy a wine tasting, learn how to harvest the olives, collect your own honey to drizzle on breakfast, or just sit back and bask by the seasonal pool. Looking to burn off some energy? The Palamidi Castle overlooking Nafplio, is reached by climbing 999 steps that were hand-carved into the cliff decades ago. It’s worth it for the sense of accomplishment, and the view isn’t bad, either.