Winter can often be bleak, shorter days and dark evenings. There is no better way to escape than with a cosy weekend away - whether it's a countryside cottage or a boutique hotel. Here's our top three destinations to visit this season.
The Pig Hotel, Hampshire
Tucked away in the heart of the New Forest, The Pig in Brockenhurst is the perfect escape from all the hustle and bustle.
It starts in the kitchen garden, The Pig are committed to using home-grown and local produce, what cannot be grown in the garden is sourced within a 25 mile radius. There is a combination of homely charm with a touch of luxury. Each room consists of its own unique features; including walk-in monsoon showers and log burners.
Escape through the garden to find the Potting Shed and Shepherd's Hut - both transformed into treatment rooms offering an array of spa treatments.
As well as miles of greenery, the New Forest has 26 miles of coastline. You'll find seaside towns, wild horses and sailing all within close proximity. A fresh mix of country and seaside air.
To book your stay, visit thepighotel.com.
Quintessentially British, The Beaverbrook country estate's most famous resident, Lord Beaverbrook was a great friend of Winston Churchill.
Unwind in the beautiful countryside surrounded by rich history, boasting views across 470 acres. The main house offers eclectic decor and exquisite original features whilst The Garden House offers snug cottage suites.
A choice of three restaurants; Japanese grill, Anglo-Italian inspired menu and The Coach House Deli offers something for everyone.
To book your stay, visit beaverbrook.co.uk.
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa, Bristol
The ultimate urban escape, The Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa infuses two 16th Century former banks to create a luxurious contemporary space. If the quiet life isn't for you, the up and coming city of Bristol is the ideal place to spend a long weekend.
The bedrooms host some spectacular views over St Nicholas Market and Bristol Crown Court. Quirky decor and use of the HarSpa are the essential ingredients for an unforgettable city retreat.
The hotel's multi award-winning restaurant, The Jetty, offers a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Renowned for its seafood and locally sourced ingredients.
To book your stay, visit harbourhotels.co.uk.