Tales from the fireside – 15 great places with an open fire
If it’s a little chilly out there so we suggest heading off for a stay at one of our Top Picks of places with a fireplace just for you. Stoke it up. Put your feet up. And relax.
Godney Arts House, Somerset
We simply love this house. It’s quirky, individual but above all incredibly comfortable. Big beds. Stylish bathrooms. Great kitchen. And to top it off a sitting room with views across the garden and a super little wood burner.
4reasons, Nr Bodrum, Turkey
Brand new to the collection is this privately owned boutique hotel on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Only 20 rooms and no under 12s means it’s intimate and quiet, and the aptly named “Passionate room” has an open fireplace to add to the mood. The views out to sea from its private terrace are pretty special too.
Oh lovely Nantwen. Run by the equally lovely Daniel and Jemma, this beautifully designed cottage for two has a huge amount of space. In the main open plan space there’s a wood burner for which logs are provided. For warmer months there’s also a fire pit in the stunning cottage gardens.
Artist Residence, Cornwall
The Artist Residence group of hotels are individual and full of character. Head to Penzance where both the Lookout room and the cottage (which sleeps up to six) have open fires. Imagine the romance of soaking in the copper bath before drying off in front of the fire. Check out the Christmas offers too.
Le Mas, Dordogne, France
Sleeping up to 12, Le Mas is a stylish and thoroughly French retreat in wonderful countryside. The cozy sitting room is a perfect setting for a get together.
Sea Sunset Cottage, Kent
There are very few places to stay which can rival the sea views from this modern and beautiful beach house in Whitstable. The interiors are worth checking out too though, including the stunning sitting room (with that view..) and the unusual fireplace recessed into the wall. An oasis of calm.
The Coach House at Inverdruie, Highlands
So, this one’s a bit different. There is a wood burner in the sitting room of the coach house itself, but there’s also this wonderful Scandinavian BBQ in the garden. BBQ or simply chill out (or warm up) in there with its comfy seating and a vibe ideal for bringing the clan together whatever the weather.
Molino Rio Alajar, Huelva, Spain
In the heart of a sprawling cork forest is this collection of charming stone cottages. Designed to cater for different group sizes they all have a relaxed and homely feel and some have open fires for the chillier Spanish nights.
The Artist’s Cottage, Herefordshire
Connected to Blackbird Barn is this picture perfect cottage for up to six of you. Both houses have super sitting rooms with wood burners so if you have the whole place you can pick where you’ll spend each evening after a day exploring this wonderful region.
14 Wolfe Tone Sq, Ireland
In West Cork is the historic and lovely harbour town of Bantry and 14 Wolfe Tone Square is in the heart of the town. Stylish and relaxed it’s an ideal house for group get togethers – sleeping up to 12 in 5 bedrooms. The huge sitting room has a wood burner to encourage a group night in.
Old Barn Tregonetha, Cornwall
This eco-friendly barn conversion in rural Cornwall has all the components required for a perfect cottage holiday. Beautiful gardens. Tick. Great cooks’ kitchen. Tick. Lovely bedrooms and enough bathrooms. Tick. Stunning sitting room with wood burner. Tick and tick.
The Cottage at The Grange, Gloucestershire
Staying with Roseanne in her 17th century house, with beautiful interiors and indoor pool, is always a treat. Stay in the cottage (sleeping up to four) or in The Finch room as part of the B&B and you can fall asleep to the flickering light from your wood burner. Beyond cozy.
The Yurt at Botelet, Cornwall
Staying in the Yurt on the Tamblyn family’s farm in Cornwall offers a return to nature. It’s fully equipped with a great little kitchen and bathroom close by, but even more fab is it comes with a sky full of stars on a clear night. Take them in and then stoke up the wood burner and switch off.
Fiskavaig Studio, Skye
An architect designed cabin on the wonderful island of Skye, Fiskavaig Studio has impressive sustainability credentials as well as beautifully designed interiors. The open plan living space is warmed by a wood burner with its eye catching stainless steel flue.
Hop Picker’s House, Worcestershire
Your canine friends would, we’re convinced, love you even more after a stay at this dog friendly cottage for two. Stretched out in front of the wood burner after a day of long walks sounds like doggy heaven.