10 snug spots for a special winter staycation
Curled up by the welcoming fireplace, mug of hot wine in hand, watching the world go by outside through a frosted window pane - there’s nothing quite like a snug winter break. Some precious time after the business of Christmas and New Year to sit back and relax, without having to worry about wrapping towers of presents or burning the turkey.
With this in mind, we’ve picked ten of our favourite cosy homes - heavenly hideaways where you can rejuvenate after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and focus on the one person you always seem to forget about: yourself. From decadent freestanding bathtubs to glorious sun-kissed patios, these snug spots are sumptuous sanctuaries, perfectly designed for the sacred art of relaxation and recalibration.
Nestled at the edge of an area of ancient woodland, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re in London during your stay at Highgate Woods. Inside this former coach house, rustic wooden furnishings, crisp, neutral hues and vaulted panelled wood ceilings evoke a warm and cosy atmosphere. Ascend to the upper floor and you’ll find a wall clad almost entirely in books and a chair perfectly positioned next to a wood-burning stove - your invitation into the magical world of Highgate Woods awaits.
Elegant exposed brick walls, artfully-appointed furnishings, a dream-worthy kitchen and sumptuous rolltop tub: Neilson Way is equal parts stylish and welcoming. Just 30 seconds away from the beach and a stroll away from Santa Monica Pier, you’ll be able to soak up Los Angeles’ celebrated sunshine (minus the crowds) from the gorgeous suntrap patio or secret rooftop terrace, complete with a firepit and sauna respectively.
Noho Loft II
Plush sheepskin throws, vast floor-to-ceiling windows and a chic monochrome colour palette characterise this sleek Manhattan apartment. Kick back on the comfy sofa, cook up a storm in the exquisite kitchen or rock yourself into the realms of relaxation on the swing seat. Exquisitely balancing elegance with playfulness, Noho Loft II is a jewel of the rarest kind.
Abounding in warm wood hues and with countless windows, skylights and glass doors, through which the verdant greenery of the garden peeps inside, the light-flooded Indiana Court seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living. The home’s affinity with nature doesn’t stop here: boasting all the eco-credentials imaginable, a stay here is every bit as good for the planet as it is for the soul.
St Katharine's Houseboat
Drift away to a world of relaxation aboard the heavenly St Katharine’s Houseboat. Moored in Tower Hill, you’ll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds of central London in your own beautiful bubble, bobbing up and down on the River Thames. Featuring crisp, clutter-free white interiors, cosy furnishings and a suspended wood-burning stove, ‘endless relaxation’ is the captain’s order on this five-bedroom, five-bathroom behemoth.
West 17th Townhouse
Stretching out across five levels, there’s space for all the family at West 17th Townhouse. Accessed via the internal elevator, each level is lovelier than the last in this magnificent Manhattan mansion. Enjoy sundowners on the hidden rooftop terrace, savouring the feeling of being amidst yet apart from the flow of the city. Back inside, the warm wooden furnishings, exposed brick walls and rich gold hues provide the perfect setting for an extra special sojourn this winter season.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a snugglier spot in Venice Beach than the gorgeous Virginia Court. Here, the natural stone walls and warm wooden floors are complemented perfectly by gentle splashes of ochre, apricot, saffron and gold, evoking a sense of autumn in all its glory. Settle down on one of the two plush velvet armchairs right next to the fireplace and let the flickering flames lull you into a delicious state of tranquillity and contentment.
Silver Lake Cottage III
Charming wooden ceilings, intricately carved lounge chairs and an exquisite collection of artwork are just a few of the elements which make Silver Lake Cottage III exceptional. Catch up on some much-needed zzz’s in the plush four-poster bed, before waking up and slipping straight into the freestanding copper tub, just a couple of steps away.
West Village Loft
Prepare to be blown away by this gorgeous West Village hideaway. Once the home of Thomas Merton, a celebrated Trappist monk, West Village Loft is a special spot indeed. Inside you’ll find plenty of exquisite original details, such as the exposed wooden beams, steel accents and a delicate herringbone-patterned caisson ceiling, married effortlessly with splashes of contemporary colour.
Hyde Park Gate II
Treat yourself to a Great British Weekender with a stay at the magnificent Hyde Park Gate II. Packed to the rafters with artistic masterpieces, carefully-collected antiques and gilded furnishings, this is a regal residence indeed. Situated on a characteristic leaf-clad terraced South Kensington street, step inside to a majestic oasis of gold and red hues, complete with plenty of comfy armchairs to cosy up on with a good book.