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The best holiday homes for winter vacations in the UK

We get it. When wintertime rolls around, the first instinct is to hop into your bed, cuddle with your furry friends and watch a good ol' classic as you sip on some hot chocolate. This winter holiday, we suggest you try something different. Have a change of scenery and visit some of the best destinations in the UK for the colder months. Plan an outing to the scenic towns of Wales, which are great bases for walking, cycling and relaxing in the great outdoors. Or, if you're up for a little more adventure this winter, take a trip down to the Zip World at Penrhyn state quarry and marvel at the breathtaking views. Don't worry — when you're done re-energizing and exploring, you can still include the cosy winter vibe and retreat to a warm, toasty bed at one of our lovely Belvilla holiday cottages nearby.

A warm winter beach day at Thurlestone

Who said beaches are off-limits during winter? Although, we do advise doing a quick weather check before heading down to the secluded and peaceful Thurlestone beach, situated just five miles from Kingsbridge alongside the coastline of South Devon. Enjoy the serenity and calm of the remote Thurlestone beach with shallow bathing waters perfect for children to splash around in. The exposed low tide contains rockpools teeming with marine life and is an exciting experience for beach explorers of all ages. Don't forget to pack a picnic and your sand buckets and shovels and enjoy simple seaside pleasures such as sunbathing, sandcastle building and picnicking! For water lovers and aquaphilics, Thurlestone beach is also the perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding, and you can rent equipment from Surfin Sam Watersports at South Milton Sands. To ensure your experience is as smooth as possible, book your stay in a nearby Belvilla holiday home. Belvilla offers a variety of accommodations — more than 40,000 holiday homes all over Europe — in ideal locations and with attractive pricing. And you'll be sure to find a luxury dream villa according to your liking and budget near Thurlestone Beach.

Holiday homes in Devon

Enjoy Burns Night in London

If you're unfamiliar with the raucous Scottish Burns Night UK celebration, you're in for a pleasant surprise. As enamoured as Shakespeare in England, the Scots have their very own bard, Robert Burns, who became a national icon and is celebrated each year on the 25th of January Burns Night suppers. The day is a perfect opportunity to entertain yourself with lots of food, partying and drinks. Here's how you can get out of those January winter blues and celebrate on a night out in London. Many restaurants and bars all over London hold festive Burn Nights events, fully equipped with haggis and tattie suppers and some fiery Scottish whiskey. Head out after the evening to one of the local bars nearby and enjoy poetry readings, toasts and traditional bagpipe music before partaking in the ceilidh dancing. And after your feet are sore from all the dancing, head home to your Belvilla abode nearby, change from your finest tartan outfit into comfortable pyjamas and nestle into a warm, comfy bed. Belvilla prides itself on providing customers with the most comfortable and luxurious stays. Browse through all our accommodations available in London.

Holiday homes in London

Visit the scenic town of Abergavenny in Wales

A town filled with locally-produced food, fantastic scenery and with a rich heritage, Abergavenny is a must-visit location for a relaxing winter holiday in the UK. Hosting one of the largest food festivals in the UK annually, the lively market town has no shortage of tasty bites, and the town centre is packed with toasty warm coffee shops and cafes. Imagine sipping on some hot chocolate or coffee with the beautiful Black Mountains as a backdrop after you've returned from a walk or cycle on one of the town's scenic trails. You can also go for some local award-winning wine tasting at the Sugar Loaf Vineyard, set on the lower slopes of the Sugar Loaf mountain, and take a tour of the golden-lit vineyards at sunset. Abergavenny also has its fair share of exciting ancient history, and you can explore the Blaenavon World Heritage, Big pit mine, medieval mansions and roman remains. And when you're done with the day's excursions, retreat to a lovely Belvilla holiday cottage nearby and warm your feet in front of a crackling fire. With over 40,000 holiday homes all over Europe, Belvilla prides itself on providing only the best stays to its customers, with attractive pricing and customizable features.

Holiday homes in Wales

Go on a ziplining adventure at Penrhyn slate quarry

If you enjoy breathtaking views, the sunny outdoors and you love a bit of adventure, head down to Penrhyn Quarry set in North Wales near magnificent Snowdonia — the perfect destination for a relaxing winter holiday in the UK, with just a hint of thrill. Penrhyn Quarry used to be the world's largest slate quarry, and now it is home to the fastest zip line in the world, Velocity 2. The views are simply remarkable as you fly 500 meters above the stunningly bright blue quarry lake. And if you're looking for a more relaxed outing, you can learn all about the quarry's history on the Penrhyn Quarry tour, try out the UK's only Quarry Karts and end your day with tasty morsels at the Blondin Restaurant. The best trips go hand in hand with the most comfortable stays. Belvilla prides itself on providing only the best experiences for its customers, and with over 40,000 holiday homes scattered all over Europe, you're bound to find your perfect choice. Browse our various holiday homes with attractive pricing and customizable features near Penrhyn Quarry.

Holiday homes in Wales

Frequently Asked Questions on winter holidays in the UK

When should I visit the UK to experience a relaxing holiday?

As with any popular travel destination, summer months are bound to attract large summer crowds. If you'd like to opt for a more relaxed and secluded experience, visiting these places in spring or late autumn to early winter would be the most ideal. And some attractions, such as Burns Night, only take place at certain times of the year. Regardless, these places are lovely year-round, and you can plan your trip whenever it suits you best.

What should I pack on a trip to the UK?

If you plan to take your trip during winter, the important thing to pack is warm clothes, layers and thermals, woollen sweaters, and a water and windproof winter coat. Don't forget warm accessories such as gloves, scarves, and beanies. However, ensure each layer is easily removable, as it can get quite hot on sunny days, even during winter. And during the warmer months, you can opt for more easy breezy clothes. Remember always to carry an umbrella and a raincoat, as rain is quite common in the UK.

What type of holiday homes does Belvilla have?

Belvilla boasts a wide selection of holiday homes, differing in facilities, locations and even heritage. You can browse through the different categories and choose your stay according to your preference and budget.

Are Belvilla's holiday home facilities and amenities customisable?

Yes, you can customise and select your holiday home requirements and the features you want to include by ticking the boxes on the left side of our website's landing page.

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