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Secluded destinations for a wintry weekend away

The lead up to Christmas is always exciting but instead of winding down it’s easy to get caught up in the chaotic rush. With your phone abuzz with festive well wishers, a constant stream of work emails and the pressure of Christmas shopping, it can be overwhelming.

To ensure you switch off and find time away from the madness December brings, has pulled together a list of the UK’s most stylish wintry retreats. From gorgeous mountainous walks by the sea to peaceful woodland valleys, there’s something that’s sure to help you relax. So turn off all your mobile devices, put the out of office on and embrace the season in the comfort of one of these cosy boltholes.

The Tywi Valley
Tucked away in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountain, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places Wales has to offer. Immerse yourself in the enchanting history that bestows the valley and work up an appetite with a walk around the tumbledown relic of the thirteenth-century Dinefwr castle, once home to the princes of Deheubarth. has hotel rooms starting from £50.

With truly magnificent scenery, you can really get back to nature in Hereford. With the option of walks and fishing by the River Wye, through to the ancient castles and museums the town boasts, you’re spoilt for choice with activities to help you unwind. Why not immerse yourself in culture and a little history by heading to the Hereford Museum and Art gallery during your stay? has hotel rooms starting from £50.

The Cotswolds
A mecca for those wanting to escape the stress of city life, the rolling hills and medieval thatched houses of the Cotswolds exude serenity. If you’re looking to indulge in a little retail therapy with a mulled wine in hand, head to the Christmas markets in Cirencester, a quaint little chocolate box village. Swap the chaotic streets of the capital for the “charming capital of the Cotswolds” and enjoy ice-skating inside the Abbey and grounds of the parish church. has hotel rooms starting from £39.

Where the mountains meet the sea, miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this dramatic landscape is a serene safe haven. Whether you want to head down to one of the secluded beaches or overlook them on one of the many coastal walks, this remote location will give you acres of space and plenty of peace and quiet. If it’s a more exerting excursion you’re after, head to Mount Snowdon itself. With more than six different routes, there’s something for people of all abilities. has hotel rooms starting from £54.

Cairngorms (pictured above)
High up in the majestic Scottish peaks, you can distance yourself from the hubbub that comes with a high-speed internet connection. This awe-inspiring landscape really is a breath of fresh air. Home to the UK’s highest funicular railway, CairnGorm Mountain is one of three places in which you can don your ski boots. If skiing isn’t your thing, take advantage of the wealth of glens and lochs, or marvel at the sheer beauty of the ancient Caledonian forest. Alternatively, sail, cycle or be amazed by some of the UK’s most endangered species in the conservation area. has hotel rooms starting from £45.

Whichever cosy destination you choose, make sure you switch off, sign out and embrace the deactivation of life in the fast lane on your escape this winter.