If sun, sea and sand isn’t your cup of tea, or you’ve missed out on this year’s summer getaway, a luxury short winter hotel break might be just what you need.

After what has been a whirlwind year for many, a trip to a hotel nestled within easy reach of stunning woodlands and crisp country walks will soothe the soul. You and your family can enjoy quality time together outdoors, even with tighter restrictions being put in place across the country.

Whether you’re seeking a rural retreat where you can curl up by the log fire or winter weekend hotel breaks that let you enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll discover the perfect hotel at Hand Picked Hotels. All our properties are following strict Covid-secure guidelines, so you can relax comfortably during your stay. Here are just a handful of the safe and luxurious UK short winter hotel breaks to choose from.

Short winter hotel breaks in England

Searching for the best hotels in winter for northern England? Crathorne Hall is a striking option, set in 15 acres of manicured private grounds and overlooking the peaceful River Leven. Venture inside the grand facade and you’ll discover its three dining spaces and 37 upmarket bedrooms bursting with Edwardian charm.

The nearby village of Crathorne boasts a quaint country pub that’s perfect for post-ramble refreshments. The larger towns of Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough are also within 25 minutes’ drive, as is seaside town Redcar, giving you plenty of options when it comes to dining, shopping and exploring.

But perhaps the most exciting external aspect of Crathorne Hall is its close proximity to the wild North York Moors National Park. From the idyllic Sutton Bank to the natural cauldron Hole of Horcum and Roseberry Topping, there are so many gorgeous places to embrace the great outdoors here. And the best part? You’ll be staying within a 45-minute drive of them all.

Getaways to help you unwind

If a regal UK winter break sounds like your thing, New Hall Hotel & Spa in the Midlands’ Sutton Coldfield is a great choice. Thought to be the oldest moated house in England that’s still occupied, this grand property has stood since the 13th century, when it began life as the Earl of Warwick’s hunting lodge. Extensive expansion between the 15th and 19th centuries helped New Hall grow to its impressive current state.

Inside, New Hall’s rooms and dining spaces have retained an opulent Tudor feel while still offering all the mod cons. On crisp winter mornings, take your coffee or tea out to the terrace and admire the stunning views of the grounds and gardens as you sip. There’s plenty to explore in Sutton Coldfield, including the lakes, marshes and ancient woodlands of Sutton Park. And if you’re craving retail therapy or looking to visit the best contemporary restaurants, bustling city Birmingham is within 25 minutes’ drive too.

And for holidaymakers in southern England, Woodlands Park Hotel in Surrey is full of character and class. It’s had cutting-edge facilities since the beginning, as it was one of the first country houses to boast electric lights, alongside characterful touches like the Grand Hall’s impressive marble fireplace.

While the nearby towns of Leatherhead and Cobham offer plenty of amenities, the real beauty of this location is its close proximity to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wrap up warm and scale Box Hill to take in the breath taking views towards the South Downs or visit the Devil’s Punch Bowl for spectacular scenery, intrigue and legend. Both are less than a 40-minute drive away.

Short winter hotel breaks in Scotland

If you’re looking for a getaway in Scotland, Norton House Hotel & Spa will make the ideal setting. You’ll feel relaxed as soon as you travel down the tree-lined drive and look out over the green fields that stretch out around the property. It’s just a five-minute drive from Edinburgh Airport and 20 minutes from the city’s historic centre, meaning it’s within easy reach of Edinburgh Castle, shopper’s paradise George Street and Princes Street and endless dining options.

Norton House has stood since 1840 and was bought in 1883 by John Usher, head of the family behind the Ushers Brewery and Glenlivet Whisky. And just like a fine malt, this property has only improved over the years. Historic features like the Renaissance porch and original en suite chimneypiece sit alongside modern menus and contemporary rooms, offering you the best of both worlds.

Though this historic property is usually a sought-after wedding venue, you’ll get the chance to enjoy it at its tranquil best this year. Take a stroll and admire the grounds or pick up the nature trail at the River Almond Walkway for a taste of the beautiful Scottish countryside. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, sample classic Scottish fayre at The Brasserie, winner of ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at 2019’s Food Awards Scotland.

Winter hotel packages

Found the perfect UK location? You can get even more out of your stay with our Break Free Getaway offer, which includes early check-in, a £100 allowance to spend on hotel experiences, full traditional breakfast and plenty of other delicious perks to make your winter break special. Or, browse our list of 19 hotels to find the ideal setting for your winter escape.