14 Dreamlike, Snug, And Romantic Winter Hideaways In Scotland
Winter is coming, so why not hibernate in a snug AF log cabin with a hot tub, sauna, and all the whisky you can drink until spring?
This heavenly wee stone cottage used to be home to hundreds of pigeons (the owners have cleaned it since then, thankfully). The Dovecot is hidden at the end of a rose garden, and the bedroom is filled with glowing lights, which sit in the stone recesses above the bed – originally nesting boxes for the birds.
You'd be forgiven for thinking this snowy log cabin is in the wilds of Alaska, but it's actually nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cairngorm mountains, a popular destination for skiers. After a long day on the slopes, you can retire to your lavish lodge and wallow in the outdoor hot tub until it's time to do it all again.
These stunning, turf-roofed eco-cottages are hidden away near the remote village of Scarista. They blend perfectly into the landscape and they each have their own sauna and jacuzzi, as well as wood-burning stoves to keep you perfectly warm.
Roulotte Retreat is a unique campsite near the pretty town of Melrose. It's home to seven roulottes: dainty French gypsy caravans that each have their own theme. This wagon is called Karlotta, and her colours are Moroccan-influenced with purples, reds, and golds.
Or, if you want to treat yo' self, you could stay in this large loch-side lodge on the Knoydart Peninsula, a remote part of Scotland that's accessible only by boat. You can warm yourself in the hot tub, or snuggle up in one of the four-poster king-size beds. Bliss.
These colourful lodges in the northernmost town in the mainland British isles are a reminder that modern buildings can be cosy too. They each have a wood-burning stove, incredible sea views (you can often spot killer whales from your window), and underfloor heating to keep you nice and snug.
The most stressful decision you'll have to make if you stay in this awesome, modern eco-hideout in the far north of Scotland is whether to take a hot bath inside...or outside. Both baths have a view of the serene waters of Loch Eriboll, which sounds like something out of The Lord of the Rings, frankly.
If you're looking for a cosy retreat that won't break the bank, how about this adorable AF little cottage in the Scottish Borders, which sits in a tranquil, picturesque valley in the Cheviot Hills? It's the perfect base for a spot of hiking (if you can manage to tear yourself away from the cheerful stove, hot tea, and thick wool blankets).
Brochs are ancient, stone-walled hollow towers that were originally built in the Iron Age, and possibly used for defensive purposes. In contrast, this modern broch was purpose-built as a snug luxury retreat, with a vast oval bath, several wood-burning stoves, and views across the sylvan, tree-covered Borve Valley.
For a dose of extremely traditional Scottish charm, you can't beat these lovingly restored blackhouses on the Isle of Skye. Each one has different features (and cute names like Màiri, Seonag, and Padraig), but they're all cosy as hell and have thick stone walls and staggering views across to the majestic Black Cuillin hills.
Stucktaymore is a stunning Victorian hunting lodge in Killin, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. It's stylish and opulent, and has more open fireplaces than you can shake a stick at, not to mention thick rugs, exposed beams and stonework, views across Loch Tay, and a huge Aga in the kitchen. Mmm, toasty.
Everyone knows that small buildings are easy to keep warm, and that's doubly true of this sauna-like grillikota, which means "barbecue hut" in Finnish, as they're built around an open fire. You can cook yourself delicious food on the open grill, wrap yourself up in furs, then gaze out across the turbulent Hebridean sea while eating a kebab.
These two lovely cottages are the best possible places to hide from the fierce winter winds. The beds are topped with thick throws and handcrafted woollen cushions. Their huge, modern windows are double glazed, too, so you can enjoy dramatic views of the Munro fells and pretty Glen Lichd without feeling the slightest chill (unless you put ice in your whisky, of course).
Last but not least, we have the truly fantastical Eagle Brae, a collection of handmade wooden cabins beside the fairytale-like Glen Strathfarrar. Each cabin has a roof made with wildflowers, and they're filled with hand-carved wooden panels featuring stags, Celtic knotwork, and Pictish motifs. It's like being in Narnia, basically.
Can you think of anywhere better to celebrate 2016 finally coming to an end?