This time of year, I like to turn winter blues into harmony. At least that’s how I see it. In this blog, I’m sharing a handful of exquisitely exclusive places that double as an unforgettable winter retreat. Complete with relaxing, sophisticated interiors and remarkable dining options, each place offers up its own unique version of wintery charm and timeless elegance.
Le Manoir, Belmond Hotel, Oxfordshire
A cherished manor house hotel located in Oxfordshire, Le Manoir is a luxury country-side retreat that has it all. From a renowned culinary school offering half-day introductions to expansive gardens and in-room spas. Each of the 32 individually-designed rooms is equally as charming. The Garden One Bedroom Suites are presented in a variety of different styles, including the Blanc de Blanc, an instantly calming, cream suite room with a four poster bed and access to a private terrace. It’s hard to pass up on the interior features: organic limited oak, rich white textures, elegant charm and spacious living space.
Watch the winter blues melt away on a luxurious mini-escape at Gitcombe Retreat near the bustling market town of Totnes. Located in south Devon, and sleeping up to 8 people, this superb property comes beautifully designed with touches of modern luxury and plenty of light-filled rooms. Picture waking up to oak-frames and oak-beams, in an open concept dwelling that boasts high ceilings. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s easy to lounge by the fireplace and forget about the weather outside.
In the heart of the Cotswolds, you’ll find unique luxury apartments and cottages designed and furnished with love. Interestingly, what started as a family-owned interior design store has morphed into this inspiring collection of retreats. What I love most about this stay, aside from its location, comforting charm and elevated interiors, is the finishing touches, like the welcome hamper that features local treats. Each suite is uniquely decorated, with an eye for comfort and style. It’s worth a quick browse.
Got a serious case of winter blues? Then consider jetting off to a remote island. Stay at this spectacular Barbados villa with views over a golf course. Outside, you’re surrounded by immaculate palm trees. The interiors are elegant and reminiscent of a luxurious beach holiday. White textures and neutral colours are met with a pop of colour or vibrant pattern, to keep things lively. Fully staffed, with access to the golf course and private gym, there’s no shortage of things to do if you prefer to keep active.
Take time to enjoy any of these luxurious, exclusive retreats this winter. With spectacular interiors and always something on the menu for everyone, getting away is the ultimate cure to beating the winter blues. If I’ve inspired you, why not take a look at our recent projects and give April Hamilton a call to discuss your interior design project.