For keen travellers seeking out an alternative destination to celebrate the festivities of Christmas...
Posted by Melissa Cullen on 5 October 2023
Rural Retreats share some of its favourite mini-moon breaks in the UK that are perfect for autumn and winter.
Get back to nature in the wilds of Scotland in this cosy, modern cottage designed by award-winning architects. There's a river at the bottom of the garden, and a famous steam railway line is visible from the property too. It sleeps four people, and short breaks start at £546.
Mallow Lodge is a contemporary eco-lodge situated in a quarry with stunning views of the sheer stone walls. With a secluded, south-facing decking area outside and a cosy open-plan living space indoors, it's the perfect place to enjoy the dramatic scenery and beaches of Northumberland. It sleeps four people, and short breaks start at £800.
Aikwood Tower is a 500-year-old, grade A-listed property, restored and renovated in sumptuous contemporary style. Steeped in history and set in a stunning landscape, this picturesque property will create a warm and welcoming holiday to remember. It sleeps 10 people, and short stays start at £1,260.
Situated in the very heart of Sutherland, the most northerly county on the British mainland and a world-renowned area for its stunning scenery, wildlife, food, and drink, Am Bathach is part of a traditional working croft where Hebridean sheep can be seen grazing and running on the surrounding hills of Heather. It sleeps two people, and short stays start at £438.