With the leaves falling from the trees and the nights drawing in, winter is definitely upon us. The long summer days are gone, but ahead are cozy nights to light a fire, wrap up warm and snuggle up under a blanket and share an experience with a loved one.
What I Really Wanted has got winter all wrapped up with a selection of gift voucher experiences from luxury hotels and resorts from as north as the Hilton Coylumbridge in Aviemore in the Scottish countryside to as south as Ashdown Park in East Sussex and The Runnymede on Thames in Surrey. Either take a trip to unknown territory with a visit to pastures new or look at somewhere closer to home – wherever you fancy What I Really Wanted will have it covered with a variety of gift voucher experiences from luxury hotels and spa resorts to choose from across the country.
What better way to enjoy the chilly days and long dark nights ahead than treating yourself to a weekend away where you can don woolly hats and scarfs and take afternoon strolls in the beautiful countryside. How about a walk on the North Moors National Park close to the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in Helmsley, North Yorkshire? If you are more likely to tee up and indulge in a round or two – be it golf or the hot beverage kind – plump for the 550 acres of rolling countryside that The Belfry Luxury Spa and Health Club, West Midlands is set in.
All that exercise will justify stopping for an afternoon tea for two. If you want to stay south, maybe indulge in a visit to the luxury former home of the Earls of Clarendon, The Grove, situated in London’s Country Estate in Hertfordshire where you can feast on towering silver tiers of neat finger sandwiches or traditional British tea cakes served in their historic Mansion Lounges. Curl up, take your shoes off, read the papers or just watch the flicker of the log fire. Or perhaps treat yourself to afternoon tea with a twist with a cheeky glass of Prosecco in the beautiful countryside of Donnington Valley Hotel, or The Vineyard, both in Newbury, an hour from central London, Bath and The Cotswolds.
If winter is more about pampering and detoxing before the Christmas festivities ahead, relax and unwind and ease away the stresses of the everyday with a spa day. Why not try the 37 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens amidst a striking cliff top at Seaham Hall in Durham or the picturesque Rockliffe Hall located on the banks of the River Tees outside of the beautiful village of Hurworth-on-Tees near Darlington? Or head south to indulge in the magnificent Mansion House of the Luton Hoo or take a meander along the tree lined avenue of the Victorian era mansion house at Tylney Hall in Reading.
However you relax, what a better way to mark the beginning of winter by indulging in an experience with a loved one with What I Really Wanted.
What I Really Wanted‘s Guide to Wonderful Winter Warmers Hotels and Spas
1. The Grove, Hertfordshire
2. Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore
3. Ashdown Park, East Sussex
4. Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, Yorkshire
5. Seaham Hall, Durham
6. The Belfry, Birmingham
7. Tylney Hall, Reading
8. Rockliffe Hall, Durham
9. Donnington Valley, Reading
10. Hilton Dunkeld, Perthshire