What do we look for from an autumn wellness break in Britain? Crisp countryside, roaring fires, invigorating spas, and long, bracing walks. And let’s not forget the healthy comfort food sourced from local, seasonal ingredients. Luckily, these four cosy UK wellness breaks tick all those boxes.
The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
Why we love it: With vast windows and an enviable cliff-top position, the Scarlet Hotel offers unmatched sea views. Perfect for watching the ocean on a wild winter’s day. It also has an eco-friendly spa boasting Ayurvedic-inspired treatments, tented relaxation rooms and cocoon-like hanging pods for the cosiest of naps.
The cosy factor: Autumnal produce, open fires and cliff top hot tubs go hand-in-hand with minimalist design to make the Scarlet Hotel irresistibly cosy, without a hint of stuffiness.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Rooms from £240 per night
Another Place, The Lake District
Why we love it: Wild weather, mossy woodland walks and snug pubs make the Lake District the perfect winter getaway. And Another Place – a hotel with a focus on rugged adventure, relaxation and good food, is the perfect place to enjoy it from.
The cosy factor: Set in 18 acres of National Park, Another Place offers the opportunity to try out a load of outdoor activities including sailing, kayaking and wild swimming. But it also offers just as many ways to get warm again, with a cosy library, open fires, a lake view spa and unlimited coffee.
Ullswater, the Lake District
Rooms from £160 per night
Green Farm Fitness, Kent
Why we love it: Located just an hour’s drive from London, Green Farm Fitness is the ideal spot for a cosy wellness weekend. With 12,500 acres of woodland to explore, this eco-friendly retreat promises yoga sessions in the woods, spa treatments aplenty, and healthy locally sourced food.
The cosy factor: With original beams, open fires and a topsy turvy layout, this 600-year-old house is packed with character. If you’d like a break from more of the more intense exercise options, a gentle walk around the farm followed by a few hours spent reading in the snug makes for the ultimate cosy afternoon.
Weekend wellness packages from £595
Sharpham House, Devon
Why we love it: From conscious cooking weekends to singing retreats, Sharpham House offers a huge range of mindfulness courses during the winter months. As well as learning mindfulness techniques, guests are invited to explore the gorgeous 550 acre estate and rambling Georgian mansion.
The cosy factor: Sharpham House offers 18th century glamour by the bucketload. Wrought iron beds, a well-stocked library, and beautiful views across the estate make it the perfect winter getaway destination.
From £295 full board for three nights