7 cosy spaces: Come in from the cold

Fireplaces, saunas, or hot tubs, or a combination of all three! Our ultra-cosy rental properties around Europe invite you to positively embrace the falling temperatures as a couple, with your family, or with a group of friends. Welcome the changing weather and enjoy those cooler days and chilly nights by snuggling up by the fireside in these holiday houses perfect for your romantic or convivial autumn or winter break.

Haute-Savoie, France

Cocoon yourself in the luxe interiors of this charming wooden chalet on the slopes of Mont d’Evian, with five en-suite bedrooms, rich fabrics, and squishy sofas clustered around a rustic stone hearth. An open-plan design means you can enjoy the flickering firelight as you dine, too. But the heart-stopping views will tempt you outdoors—beyond the large windows and extensive balconies lie the charming village of St Jean d’Aulps and the ski slopes of La Grande Terche and Morzine.

Cumbria, England

After an invigorating walk around Windermere, there’s no place better to warm back up than before a roaring fire at this chic slate cottage in the heart of the Lake District, sleeping up to eight in three bedrooms. Interiors blend contemporary and classic elements to stunning effect, from the moulded traditional fireplace to the vast free-standing modern bathtub in the master en-suite bathroom—perfect for soaking limbs weary from exploring the glorious surrounds.

Tirol, Austria

With a slick glass fireplace shared between the lounge and the kitchen, an outdoor hot tub, and a sauna, this peaceful lodge is the perfect place to hole up when the weather bites. Think intimate seating and dining nooks, sheepskin throws draped over easy chairs, and plump cushions. Bathrooms exude rustic luxury; one of the three bedrooms even has its own freestanding bath. But let the Alpine scenery lure you out—you’re just minutes from the pistes of Schladming Dachstein, venue for the 2013 World Ski Championships, while the slopes around the house are brilliant for tobogganing.

Dublin, Ireland

A 10-minute walk from the centre, this stately Georgian townhouse sleeping six couldn’t be better located for discovering the Irish capital. But chances are you’ll struggle to step outside—fireplaces and log-burners abound, in living and dining spaces, in the kitchen, and even in bedrooms. With its gleaming oak floorboards, the comfiest of sofas and armchairs, and marble and cast-iron hearth, the light-flooded lounge is wonderfully welcoming. Try not to squabble about who gets first dibs on the bathroom with its roll-top bath and Art Deco style fittings.

Valais, Switzerland

The living is easy at this über-comfortable five-bedroom chalet with its sauna and its vast open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area focused around a magnificent stone fireplace. Animal skin rugs, fluffy throws, woolly pouffes, and wooden floorboards bring a mellow touch to the vogueish interiors. Kids will make a beeline for the chill-out den with TV, iMac, board games, and books; they’ll also love the bunk room with its cute sleeping nooks. Handy for the La Tzoumaz cable-car but also within easy reach of Verbier, this place has a large ski and boot room that makes it practical as well as pretty.

Telemark, Norway

Hidden away amidst cranberry and blueberry bushes, this three-bedroom cabin comes with warmly decorated interiors and insanely gorgeous meadow and woodland views. After walking or cross-country skiing in this romantic wilderness with its hills and lakes, hunker down in the living room with its wood-burning stove and glowing wooden floors, or relax in the four-person sauna. For more serious skiing, you’re only a 35-minute drive from the Gautefall Skisenter.

Bolzano, Italy

Perfect for a couple’s autumn or winter retreat, these two-to-five-person meadow lodges each have their own sauna and outdoor hot tub on a private terrace, plus a vast contemporary bath in which you can soak with views of a fire flickering away in the chic modern fireplace. Just the spot for a wellness retreat, this is a property that combines glamour with a get-away-from-it-all feel amidst pristine nature. Think Dolomites views, Nordic skiing, and sledding in the Gsieser Tal valley.

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