With temperatures getting colder and the scent of Pumpkin Spice Latte on the breeze, now is the perfect time to plan a chill-busting winter break. To help you, we’ve pulled together a list of hotels that travellers like you have endorsed for their warm atmosphere, welcoming fireplaces and high-quality cocoa. *
Schoone Oordt Country House in Swellendam, South Africa
Schoone Oordt Country House in Swellendam
Set among rolling fields and overlooked by the Langeberg Mountain range, Schoone Oordt Country House is idyllic at any time of the year. But during the colder months you can take wintry walks through the rose gardens and miles of woodland, warming up by the antique fireplaces in every bedroom when you return.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in Tasmania, Australia
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in Tasmania
The wooden cabins at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge are surrounded by Tazmanian forest and over 20 walking trails, including routes along Cradle Mountain Lake and through St. Clair National Park. After a long day of exploring, guests can treat themselves in the Lodge’s luxury spa and then curl up in front of the fire.
B&B Le Foulage in Bruges, Belgium
B&B Le Foulage in Bruges
B&B Le Foulage has wood-burning fires in every bedroom and a snug seating area, full of giant armchairs. On the chilliest mornings you can have breakfast served in your bedroom, in front of the glowing hearth.
The Bergson in Napa Valley Wine Country, USA
The Bergson in Napa Valley Wine Country
The Bergson’s location in Napa Valley Wine Country makes it very tempting for guests to grab a glass of the local vintage and spend the evening daydreaming in front of the fire. For those wanting to explore the area, however, the hotel’s concierge service regularly organises wine tours for guests and on warmer days the sunny courtyard is a great spot to relax.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Mayo, Ireland
The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Mayo
A contemporary country house in idyllic 18th-century surroundings, The Lodge at Ashford Castle overlooks the Lough Corrib lake (ideal for when Mr Darcy pops by for a quick swim). The Lodge is, understandably, a favourite for weddings but guests looking for a more low-key romantic evening will love the luxuriously-decorated suites, complete with their own private fireplace.
Salish Lodge & Spa in Washington State, USA
Salish Lodge & Spa in Washington State
David Lynch’s surreal TV series Twin Peaks may not be the obvious inspiration for a comfy winter weekend, but a visit to the Salish Lodge & Spa (where most of the show was filmed) will change your mind. Decorated with natural materials, warm colours and a wood-burning fireplace in every bedroom, the Salish Lodge has created an inviting atmosphere for long winter nights.
Dimora Antonella in Valle d’Itria, Italy
Dimora Antonella in Valle d’Itria
Dimora Antonella is a villa in one of Italy’s hottest regions and yet it still manages to provide guests with a snug atmosphere during the colder months. Temperatures in the Valle d’Itria rarely dip below double-digits but when they do the bedroom fireplaces in this beautifully-restored villa are wonderfully warming and immediately create a festive atmosphere.
** All the hotels featured have been positively reviewed by travellers with Booking.com for their commitment to cosiness.