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Luxury Winter Escape

With a chill in the air and the Christmas holidays coming to a close, some of us are looking for a Luxury Winter Escape.

If you want a mini break from the city to the beautiful British country side we've put together an ultimate list of luxury to help you on your way...

The Wheatsheaf Inn - Gloucestershire

A 'stay-cation' in England might not be on your list when planning your next trip, but the Cotswolds is worth the detour purely for the idyllic countryside scenery and taste of that upscale living the region is renowned for all over the country. Located just two hours west of London, the area's quintessential English villages made from local Cotswold stone nestle close to sprawling fields of grazing sheep, winding rivers and quiet countryside roads.

The Wheatsheaf Inn is officially on the map since 2011, when Kate Moss' friends all stayed there after her marriage to rocker Jamie Hince. Some might say that if it's good enough for the international supermodel's friends, it's good enough for us. A typical roadside inn that looks quaint enough, it hides an exceptional experience. A relaxed but lively atmosphere, stylish rooms and some of the best food in town are what you can expect from a stay here.

Grayshott Spa - Surrey

Sometimes you just have to get out of the city and seek tranquillity and rest. Grayshott Spa (just down the road from us) in Surrey is less than an hour away from London, among rolling greenery and rural villages. From the stunning countryside setting in a historic country house to the incredible range of treatments and unique dining experience, Grayshott is a place everyone should visit at least once in their lives.

Grayshott's philosophy focuses on health and wellbeing, rather than just relaxation, so it's the place to be if you need to reassess and improve your lifestyle - a perfect kick start to those New Years resolutions.

"I know from personal experience that Grayshott is a place, the one you dream about, but rarely find." Dame Judi Dench, Actress

Moody, mist-shrouded mountains, snow-caked moorland, rushing burns and steely grey lochs: the Scottish Highlands can be forbidding in winter. They can also be magical, a Narnia-style picture-perfect wonderland enchanting to explore, and peppered with a clutch of gourmet hotels and cabins, where you can curl up in front of a roaring fire with a warming dram.

Eagle Brae - Nr Beauly, Scotland

Eagle Brae, which opened at the end of the summer, is the real deal when it comes to luxury log cabins and picturesque isolation. Situated on a remote and tranquil hillside between Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar, this log cabin "village" - just a 30-minute drive from Inverness - gives each of it's guests the feeling of isolation that allows you to absorb and feel at one with the great outdoors. Each cabin is a unique piece of log art, featuring wild flower roofs (with their own goats to keep them well manicured!), and hand-crafted wooden engravings of Highland animals. Inside, the look is chunkily rustic: logburner, sturdy wooden beds, tartan throws and hand-carved panels of highland beasts and Celtic knotwork.

The Curved Stone House - Ullapool, Scotland

A sleek, pale-wood sauna with a sea view is just one of the highlights of this sinewy new build hunkered into the hillside above Ullapool on the wild west coast. Nestled into a hillside sits a stunning holiday retreat sculpted from stone, turf and glass. With spacious luxurious interiors and panoramic views across Loch Broom and out to the Summer Isles, this is a truly out-of-the-ordinary eco house in one of the most spectacular scenic parts of Scotland.

Spacious yet cosy, with full under floor heating and a wood burning stove in the open-plan living area, the Curved Stone House is a unique and indulgent base from which to explore the stunning local environment and the Highland life and culture.

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