By the time winter comes around, if we haven't already had a well-deserved break, we'll be desperate by December. A great way to spend time with loved ones is a weeks break in a luxury holiday cottage - here are five of the best across the UK...
The Black Swan Manor, Kendal
(sleeps 16 people / 7 nights from £205pp)
Yes, this looks like a pub because it is one - it used to be anyway. Now you can stay in it, and it has a basement cinema, games room with snooker table, a cave bar and a hot tub!
Idlewild, St Agnes in Cornwall
(sleeps 6 people / 7 nights from £92pp)
This architectural gem is set a short walk from the Cornwall coast and is perfect for a group looking to explore the countryside wonders of the region.
Bryn Derwen Lodge, North Wales
(sleeps 6 people / 7 nights from £80pp)
This lodge in Bethesda oozes winter comfort. Surrounded by beautiful woodland, the property has a hot tub, an open fire and it is pet-friendly too!
Gatesgarth, Coniston in the Lake District
(sleeps 8 people / 7 nights from £236pp)
This property in Coniston looks like something from Grand Designs (it was designed by an award-winning architect) and boasts incredible views, a hot tub and a games room.
Baggergate House in York
(sleeps 6 people / 7 nights from £127pp)
This period-property is situated in the heart of York and is the perfect base to explore the medieval city and - hopefully - the Christmas markets. Other features include its short proximity to the River Ouse, a nearby pub and a hot tub.
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