Though it may be chilly outside, when you've a crackling log fire right by your side, winter is a truly special, enchanting time of the year. So don't lock yourself in and pray for the first thaw to appear. Take advantage of this magical time, retire to your very own country manor and spoil yourself with luxury and pampering.
How about a stately home or even a castle? Think bubbling Jacuzzi, a hearty country meal and a fine drop of malt whisky. Set amid some of Britain's and Ireland's most stunning locations, there is also no shortage of activities in the countryside if you choose to venture out - from walks and horse rides to fly fishing and even falconry.
With St Valentine's Day just around the corner, don't forget to check our special offers for that bargain romantic getaway.
... what the press is saying about some of our Best Loved hotels
The Telegraph enthuses about the excellent value for money found at Headlam Hall near Darlington.
And where I stayed last night...The Evening Standard looks the "chic but cheap" Crash Pad rooms at The Sanctum Soho, ideally located and "perfect for short stopovers".