As the leaves shift from green to gold, embrace snuggly blankets, crackling fireplaces, and cosy cabins beneath starlit skies with our pick of enchanting boltholes…
Autumn Boltholes Close To Home
Wagtail, Greenhead, Northumberland
Grab your other half for a well-deserved weekend away and unwind at this rural getaway, located on a sustainability-focused farm close to Hadrian’s Wall.
The two charmingly conjoined autumn boltholes are ideal for a few nights away with your nearest and dearest, and host top quality amenities like the freestanding copper roll-top bathtub, which sits idyllically under the glass ceiling, the only thing in between you and the star-scattered inky night sky.
If it’s an unclouded night, you could behold a sight of the Milky Way or even glimpse a rare shooting star. To ensure optimum comfort during your stay, Wagtail cabin features gas central heating and is insulated with sheep’s wool.
Moreover, the hypoallergenic pillows are stuffed with fine, loose sheep’s wool for added snugness. Outside, amidst fragrant lavender plants, a chiminea is at your disposal, extending the cosy ambiance to the outdoor space. So, grab a warm pumpkin spiced latte and snuggle up in front of the fire whilst taking in the unparalleled Northumberland views.
A star-studded evening…
The Sky Den, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Experience a night like no other at the Sky Den in Kielder Water and Forest Park, a unique creation by architects George Clarke and William Hardie, fulfilling every astronomer’s fantasy. Marvel at the wonder of the Northumberland sky from the comfort of your cosy treehouse.
Comprising three distinctive shapes, the square is your main living space with glass doors opening to
a balcony with captivating river views. George’s small space expertise is apparent here with a functional kitchen containing fold-away furniture and a wet room on the deck.
The circle, made of corrugated iron, is a simple viewpoint for dining with a view or enjoying a cuppa by the wood-burning stove. The triangle hosts the loft, where you’re treated to an unobstructed view of Northumberland Dark Skies.
If you’re lucky enough to stay on a dry night, take advantage of the fully opening roof for an unparalleled view of the stars. Nestled in Kielder Water and Forest Park and close to the activity centre, it’s a paradise for wildlife lovers and adventure-seeking families.
A whimsical escape…
Autumn boltholes at Wynyard Hall
Perfect for couples seeking an exquisite sanctuary, groups in search of a fun-filled weekend, or a family yearning for a serene escape, the collection comprises four unique self-catering autumn boltholes nestled within the enchanting grounds of Wynyard Hall.
With the capacity to accommodate up to twelve individuals, they offer an idyllic family escape and a serene retreat to the embrace of the countryside. Enveloped by secluded parklands, these autumn boltholes offer an opportunity to reconnect with nature as you reside within the Wynyard estate.
Each cottage is pet-friendly, meaning that you can snuggle up with your four-legged friends beside the fireplace, and watch the leaves fall from the trees outside your window. What better way to spend a few cosy autumn evenings?
A quirky retreat…
The Tempus Charlton Hall
Offering an assortment of unique and fanciful accommodations, the esteemed Charlton Hall Estate unveils a new addition for 2023. Enter the brand new Tempus Hotel, Restaurant, and Bar – a delectable realm which radiates alpine charm.
Within, an opulent bar, captivating restaurant, and an ensemble of 15 boutique bedrooms await your discovery. Against a backdrop of a 150-acre countryside, the interiors draw inspiration from the whimsy of Alice in Wonderland, the perfect backdrop for a quirky autumn getaway.
Embracing an all-encompassing food and beverage experience which is available 24/7, the Tempus guarantees an extensive selection of culinary delights. From hearty Northumbrian breakfasts and mid-morning coffee indulgences to light lunch options and innovative twists on dinner classics, this Northumberland retreat promises an extraordinary journey from check-in to check-out.
West Wood Yurts, Gibside
Step away from the relentless pace of everyday life and surrender to the tranquil embrace of Gibside. The combination of a rustic setting and expertly crafted contemporary yurts, create an ideal ambience for your autumn retreat.
Each yurt’s strategic placement ensures an uninterrupted view of the picturesque gardens, lush woodlands, and sprawling countryside. These yurts stand as spacious havens, with snug beds, inviting seating, and thoughtfully designed storage, they effortlessly merge unique luxury with the ease of modern amenities.
A particularly remarkable feature is the open-air bath, a jewel of relaxation placed in the heart of nature. This not only transforms the camping experience into a luxurious escapade but also creates the perfect cosy evening, with the warmth of your tub fighting the chill of that autumn breeze.
Autumn Boltholes Further Afield
A boutique break…
Pulitzer, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Open all year-round, this boutique hotel features 25 meticulously restored 17th and 18th century canal-front townhouses. The interior decor hosts a blend of modern and traditional design with quirky furnishings and an impressive private art collection.
Nestled between historic canals Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, it’s in Amsterdam’s trendy Negen Straatjes shopping district and close to nearby museums. The hotel also offers its own salon boat for city sightseeing and a unique way to get from A to B.
The rooms and suites, with their rich fabrics and mix of antique and modern furniture, showcase remarkable attention to detail. Many rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with canal or garden views, so you can make the most of the serene Amsterdam setting without leaving your room! Sit under a blanket of crispy golden trees and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Pulitzer Garden – a tranquil spot to start or end the day.
Hotel Clark Budapest, Hungary
Spend a few days away in the warm embrace of Budapest. Hotel Clark is situated in a prime location in downtown Budapest, gazing upon the iconic Chain Bridge, one of the city’s most
emblematic historic landmarks.
The hotel boasts a close proximity to several World Heritage Sites, including Buda Castle, which is conveniently situated just across the street – perfect if you enjoy a cultural excursion or two.
It’s clear to see why this establishment has a five-star rating, with a choice of 79 bedrooms across six different categories, you’re guaranteed to have a luxurious night’s sleep. During your stay, get lost
in the mouth-watering selection of eateries, namely Leo Bistro.
This à la carte restaurant offers a sumptuous breakfast assortment to energise your day of exploration, along with an extensive array of authentic Hungarian dishes and delightful cocktails to relish upon your return in the evening.
If that wasn’t enough, be sure to check out the Leo rooftop bar, where you’re treated to tasty signature cocktails and an unbeatable view over the city.
Villa Castagnola, Lugano, Switzerland
Don’t say Ciao to the sun just yet; treat yourself to an unforgettable trip to Lugano, Switzerland. Nestled within its own private subtropical park and positioned along the shores of Lake Lugano, just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, this remarkable five-star resort possesses immense beauty.
Once the residence of a noble Russian family, this grand mansion underwent a transformation into a hotel in 1885. Bask in the warm Swiss sunshine with south-facing rooms and suites that guarantee all-day rays.
Visit one of their three exquisite restaurants and delve into the delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes, made with only the freshest seasonal ingredients. It will be a unique culinary experience. Reach ultimate levels of relaxation at the private beach with a lakefront terrace, or if you want to get your blood pumping, have a match on the clay tennis court.
The Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola is celebrated for its serene ambiance, sophistication, and welcoming hospitality. A captivating sanctuary, offering respite from the demands of modern life and an ideal haven for leisure, throughout every season.
See you on the slopes…
L’Armancette Chalets, Chamonix, France
If you’re dreaming of a post-summer break, look no further than a luxury getaway to the French Alps. Overlooking Chamonix and offering a sweeping panorama extending to the Mer de Glace, the Armancette chalets are in an enviable location.
Nestled into the lower slopes, within easy reach of the Le Brévent and La Flégère lifts, they epitomise contemporary Alpine architecture. Crafted from traditional rustic stone and wood, these chalets boast open-plan living spaces and panoramic windows, capturing the breathtaking snowy mountains.
The lavish furnishings include cosy throws, plush rugs, an abundance of comfortable seating areas, and the added comfort of underfloor heating, culminating in an experience of mountain luxury. Whether rented individually or as a collective, these chalets are perfect for comfortable and effortless family gatherings.