Where to Go When the Snow Melts
I’m staying at my parent’s house. A couple of days ago I awoke to find us shrouded in snow. As I padded along the hallway I heard a call from their room:
“Are you making coffee?”
I go in to find them both very determinedly huddled under blankets, still in bed. My Dad has his eyes closed, a smile on his face.
“He’s imagining a cooked breakfast.” Mum tells me. “But we’re staying in bed today. We’re going into hibernation.”
I don’t blame them. I’d do the same if I had the chance. There comes a point in this weather when, on re-entering your house, you relax. Only then do you realise that when you were outside, every muscle was tensed against the cold. I know people from Scandinavia and when I complain about the cold they roll their eyes. Fine. I know it could be worse but this is enough for me!
Later, my parents do manage to drag themselves from the warmth of their beds and in the afternoon we walk the dog together through a nearby forest. It’s stunning. Everywhere, stark black branches are delineated by whiteness. But there is something I find more beautiful than the glittering snow. Here and there crocuses glow gold and deep purple, their tear-drop buds sticking up through the snow. They are a promise of warmth and sunlight on the way.
Spring is coming. The days are getting longer and I, like many, am craving warmth. I’m lucky enough to have just returned from Latin America. The snow is something of a shock. But there is a nuanced beauty about the UK that will always bring me home. Uk holidays are getting more and more popular year-on-year and for March and April, many of our best homes have been booked up for months. I’ve travelled to six continents and I can honestly say that a summer in my own country is very appealing. If you know where to look, there are some incredible homes tucked away in beautiful and secretive areas. The following are a few of my favourites.
Try eco-glamping in the South-west. Get back in touch with nature in comfort. As well as your luxurious bell-tent, the site offers a number of facilities including hot showers, communal spaces, a heated pool, and activities such as archery, yoga and massages.
This on-time cows shed is now an award-winning eco-friendly place to stay. It’s cozy, quirky, and surrounded by stunning country-side. With a barbeque in the garden and space for eight, it is ideal for families and groups of friends.
Hidden away in the Welsh mountains, this is your chance to really get back in touch with nature. This is another chance to camp in comfort. Your accomodation (be it yurt or tipi) is exquisitely furnished. The retreat also offers holistic therapies and twilight meditation sessions.
Having lived there for a while, Yorkshire holds a special place in my heart. Part of its glory is the plethora of fairy-tale hideouts. From beautiful woodlands, to ruined abbeys, to botanical gardens, this part of the country is full of secrets and surprises. This cozy house and its stunning surroundings are the perfect base from which to set out on your adventures.
The more adventurous will brave the wilder parts of this country. As it turns out, the most northern point in Britain is dramatic, windswept, and beautiful. This cozy house is a warm base to return to and admire vistas of the Orkney Islands from your own window. Explore the surroundings and find yourself at the pre-historic town of Skara Brae and the mystic Standing Stones of Stenness.