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9 cosy UK cottages for Christmas

One of the best things about winter is cosying up in the countryside, so to help you get festive, here are the best British rural boltholes to escape to this season.

Little Duckling Cottage, Shropshire

The tiny, stone-built Little Duckling Cottage

The tiny, stone-built Little Duckling Cottage

This irresistibly-named, stone-built cottage with its pistachio-green stable door feels like a life in miniature; it’s absolutely tiny and even the wood-burning stove is compact. Relish the remote location by just curling up on the leather sofa and toasting marshmallows in front of your favourite Christmas film.

Duddon Mews, Cumbria

Duddon Mews is a remote cottage in the Lake District

Duddon Mews is a remote cottage in the Lake District

There’s a storybook quality to this little cottage with whitewashed walls and green-painted doors and window frames. Stand on the dry-stone steps curling around one side of the house and take in the wondrous isolation of the Lake District, with its umber hills, moody skies and calm, natural beauty.

The Old Post Office, Gloucestershire

The Old Post Office, in England's famously-bucolic Cotswolds region

The Old Post Office, in England's famously-bucolic Cotswolds region

Beautiful inside and out, the vine-covered, grey stone Old Post Office retains all the traditional features of an English countryside cottage; heavy wooden doors, low wood-beamed ceilings and a huge stone fireplace. It’s also in the middle of the Cotswolds, a famously-bucolic region of England.

The Snuggery, Cornwall

Cosy up by the Snuggery's stove or take a picnic to a Cornish cove

Cosy up by the Snuggery's stove or take a picnic to a Cornish cove

This aptly-named cottage is as snug as they come and when the weather is lousy, it’s just right for bubble baths and reading books by the stove. But when the weather perks up, the patio is a suntrap for lazy brunches and the cottage is well-placed to visit Cornwall’s many hidden sandy coves for a beach picnic or perhaps a swim in the sea.

Pea Cottage, Lincolnshire

Pea Cottage's roomy kitchen area

Pea Cottage's roomy kitchen area

Pea Cottage is really more of a country house than a cottage, though it has all the same enchanting features. You’ll get stone floors, wooden beams and a fireplace alongside high ceilings, big rooms, a traditional AGA cooker, freestanding bathtub and some chic, modern touches like those steampunk light bulbs that glow a copper colour. Take a tandem bike ride or go for a country walk to explore the surrounding pastures.

Witham Cottage, Lincolnshire

Pull up a deck chair by the river at Witham Cottage

Pull up a deck chair by the river at Witham Cottage

This brick cottage is set amid two acres of riverside gardens, with a vast lawn, a pergola, weeping willows and sculpted rose beds. There’s also a very special spot down by the gently-flowing river, where you can pull up a couple of deck chairs and bask in the tranquility.

Bluebell Cottage, Scotland

The pier jutting out into Loch Linnhe at Bluebell Cottage guarantees captivating views

The pier jutting out into Loch Linnhe at Bluebell Cottage guarantees captivating views

On the edge of Loch Linnhe, Bluebell Cottage is a miniature wooden chalet looks out onto the Scottish Highlands, guaranteeing captivating views at any time of year. Watch the sunset from the wooden pier jutting out into the Loch and, if you’re feeling brave, go for a wild swim.

Honeysuckle Cottage, Lincolnshire

Honeysuckle Cottage is filled with trinkets

Honeysuckle Cottage is filled with trinkets

Filled with trinkets, tiny framed paintings and floral cushions, Honeysuckle Cottage feels very homely. Especially with the owner’s welcoming baskets of local produce and bunches of fresh flowers. It’s also just opposite a llama farm; an added bonus.

Bourton Croft Cottage, Gloucestershire

The idyllic Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water

The idyllic Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water

This traditional stone-and-slate terraced cottage is located in the idyllic Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water and is constructed from the region’s iconic, honey-coloured stone. Take an afternoon stroll along the river bank, past small, historic stone bridges and willow trees, before stopping at a proper, old-fashioned pub for a local ale.