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17 cosy holiday cottages and hotels with roaring fireplaces for the perfect staycation

Cuddle up by a warm fire this autumn

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Megan Bull
TV Writer
Updated: 29 October 2020
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Planning a staycation? Winter is right around the corner and as temperatures begin to drop, there's nothing cosier than cuddling up by a fire. Whether you're planning a romantic weekend away with your special one or a country escape with the family, we've found a number of UK destinations complete with stunning fireplaces for you and yours. Get those pyjamas on, heat up the kettle and channel Cameron Diaz in The Holiday this side of Christmas – Jude Law not included.

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The Cotswolds

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Thyme & Sage

If this quintessentially Cotswold home from home isn't enough to whet your appetite just by looking at it, wait until you see what it has to offer behind the heavy oak door - a cosy house set in beautiful grounds with a tennis court, zip wire ( how amazing!) and your very own swimming pool. With six bedrooms (sleeps up to 16), four bathrooms, plenty of original features, a wood burning stove and a double aga, it's the stuff staycation dreams are made of.

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To book your stay, visit Plum Guide

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Buckland Manor

Described as 'one of the most elegant country house hotels in the Cotswolds', Buckland Manor's 15 rooms are individually furnished with antiques and fine fabrics. We're obsessed with the Superior Four Poster Room, which features an original fireplace – think oak-panelled decor, a Vispring bed and opulent oil portraits on the walls. 

To book your stay visit

fell tree cottage

Felltree Cottage 

This period home has been thoughtfully modernised into a holiday cottage for two. You'll fall in love with the flagstone floors, exposed beams and inglenook fireplace. Stay here from £538 for 3 nights in October. 

To book your stay visit

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foxtail cottage

Foxtail Cottage 

Elegant and charming, this fairytale cottage comes with a Cotswold stone fireplace, open fire, Aga and a gorgeous garden with a sun terrace. Originally built for the workers of the many silk mills operating in the village during the mid 19th century, Foxtail Cottage sleeps two guests from £445. 

To book your stay visit


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Skylight Barn

Aptly named Skylight Barn, this modern glass conversion looks onto the fishing village of Coverack and Perprean Bay. A hidden gem nestled amidst the Cornish hilltops, guests will have to walk up the coastal path from the village with a trolley to transport luggage, but it's certainly worth the journey! Indulge in a morning cup of joe on the balcony before grabbing a blanket and wrapping up warm beside the contemporary wood burner. 

To book your stay, visit

lavethan cottage

Lavethan Mill Cottage

Located in the north of Cornwall, this Grade II Listed cottage is the spit of Kate Winslet's home in The Holiday.  Surrounded by lush English gardens, it retains many original features with slate floors, timber-clad walls and low ceilings – just mind your head! Grab yourself a hot chocolate and cosy up by the open fire in the living room. 

To book your stay visit


Millstone Cottage

A gorgeous Grade II Listed cottage complete with a thatched roof and surrounding woodlands, spend a weekend away with two of your closest friends. You'll be able to indulge in some much-needed comfort food and a bottle of wine beside the cottage's charming wood-burner in the kitchen/diner. 

To book your stay visit

rose cottage

Rose Cottage

Worthy of a postcard, this bijou terraced cottage is located within the north coastal village of St Agnes and is just a short stroll from the sandy beach at Trevaunance Cove. Having retained a number of original features, you'll find a big inglenook fireplace – with a fabulous contemporary wood-burner – and low lintels, ceilings and beams. 

To book your stay visit


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The Balmoral

A love letter to Scotland, The Balmoral's 167 rooms nod to the Scottish landscape, with a colour palette of blues and greys reminiscent of the country's woodlands, heather-covered hills and lochs. Adorned with elegant furnishings, many of the suites are equipped with a working fireplace, perfect for curling up with a good book. 

To book your stay visit


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Babington House 

Built in 1705, Babington House is a grade II listed manor surrounded by 18 acres of Somerset's beautiful countryside. Stay in the main house for extensive views of the grounds, separate bathrooms and lounge areas. Some even have a freestanding bath in the living space and an open fireplace.

To book your stay visit


cliveden house

Cliveden House

This five-star country-house-hotel welcomed Meghan Markle the night before her dreamy wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. Spanning across 376 verdant acres, the 17th-century property has played host to Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, and Charlie Chaplin. Check into one of the hotel's many period-inspired rooms, most of which feature ornate fireplaces. 

To book your stay visit


bath priory

The Bath Priory 

This honey-coloured haven is high up on our list. A Georgian house set within four acres of mature award-winning gardens and spacious terraces, guests can also enjoy the hotel's Garden Spa by L'OCCITANE. Several of the junior suites feature breathtaking garden views, spacious marble bathrooms, and homely gas fireplaces. 

To book your stay visit

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grove farm house

Grove Farm House 

Luxurious and accommodating, Grove Farm House is a major find. Incredibly spacious with a number of different sitting rooms, a large kitchen/dining space and a games room, several wood burning stoves add to the house's cosy feel. Grab nine of your closest friends and book your stay from £1,578 for 3 nights in October.

To book your stay visit

church cottage

Church Cottage 

Enjoy a weekend away at this country cottage which boasts exposed beams, wooden and stone floors and a large inglenook fireplace. Perfect for families and groups, it sleeps five across three bedrooms with prices starting at £505 for three nights in October. 

To book your stay visit

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Hotel Endsleigh

Step into the storybook world of Hotel Endsleigh. Situated on the border between Devon and Cornwall, this eclectic cottage orné boasts two homely drawing rooms with roaring fires, ottomans, botanical paintings and plump sofas. Each of the hotel's 19 rooms have been individually designed, blending old and new design concepts, and there's even a library fully stocked with everything from Zadie Smith to PG Wodehouse. 

To book your stay visit

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Hearthstone East Cottage

This 16th-century chocolate-box cottage is nestled in the harbour town of Brixham, Devon. Perfect for the whole family, it sleeps up to eight guests, and it's dog friendly, so you can bring up to two pets with you. 

To book your stay visit


acorn cottage

Acorn Cottage 

Available for Christmas, this dog-friendly cottage is the ultimate rural retreat. Similar to Kate Winslet’s home in The Holiday, with its matching gate and long cobbled pathway leading to the front door, Acorn Cottage boasts a cosy living area with wooden beams and an inglenook fireplace. 

To book your stay visit

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