We’re currently at arguably the most exciting time of the year! That is unless you have a strong inner Grinch BUT you can’t deny there is a certain buzz at Christmas that’s just unbeatable. The shops, restaurants and bars are laden with decorations and the streets lit up with beautiful festive lighting. Our favourite Christmas songs are blasting out from every speaker imaginable, and yes it is slightly painful hearing ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’ for the 10,000th time, you have to embrace the season.

Whilst Christmas is a real mood booster, the January comedown can hit you like no other. As you delve in for the last handful of twiglets, and polish off the after eight’s over an episode of The Royle Family it can be over before you know it. Suddenly the Christmas TV has disappeared, and it’s time to set the dreaded alarm and say hello to the real world again. The festive bubble has burst, and it can be quite an upsetting time. Can’t we just re-live it all over again? In order to save yourself from post-Christmas blues and sobbing over reduced mince pies, why not book in a getaway for January to ease yourself back into that pesky thing called adult life. You’ll have something to look forward to and January will *hopefully* not feel so blue.

A countryside retreat is the perfect option for putting your feet up (yes, again) and enjoying a little pampering to get you raring for the new year ahead. So for the perfect pick-me-up and to get 2017 off to the best start, check out these relaxing UK based retreats for the relaxing break you’ll definitely deserve…

The Treehouse, Somerset


Why WOULDN’T you want to stay in a tree house?! Unleash your inner 7 year old and create your own exciting adult adventure. The perfect place to cosy up and gaze at the stars with a glass of vino in hand, ahh bliss. The Treehouse itself is pure luxury, offering a fully equipped kitchen, king-size bed (hello!), a beautiful copper bath tub and cosy log burner for those Hygge nights. This definitely takes the term ‘glamping’ to new levels, and you can feel at one with nature but from the luxury of a rather posh treehouse. Perfect for escaping city life and the hustle and bustle for ultimate peace and tranquillity.

The Bedford Lodge Hotel, Suffolk


Head to the charming Suffolk countryside for a relaxing break at the ultimate foodie destination. The Bedford Lodge Hotel offers a delightful selection of culinary options. Sourcing local ingredients, the menus offer an eclectic array of dishes reflecting the current season. The 2 AA Rosette Squires restaurant offers options such as sweet potatoes tortellini’s, courgette flower, cod and a delicious selection of indulgent desserts. It doesn’t just end at tempting desserts, the luxury hotel is also home to an adjacent 5 bubble rated spa! Enjoy packages such as the ‘Recovery Break’ which involves a hot stone massage, 3 course dinner and use of the hydrotherapy experiences. Say hello to ultimate relaxation.

Hummingbird, St Ives


Based just 1.2 miles from the gorgeous St Ives, this property offers breath-taking views towards Cabris Bay and a hot tub among the tree tops. The Swiss style chalet features huge vaulted ceilings, two king size bedrooms, a hot tub and wet room. The perfect size for a family or two couples, you can enjoy this beautiful setting as a group! If you can drag yourself away from the hot tub you’ll also notice that the area is just as beautiful, nestled in the Cornwall coast and benefiting plenty of tasty food, stunning beaches and interesting walks. The ideal destination to bring your four legged friends along to, just make sure the property owners are ok with you bringing a pooch!

Lodore Falls, The Lake District


Why not book an escape to the Lake District? The view don’t get much better than this! Surrounded by lakes and mountains, the Lodore Falls hotel is immersed in natural beauty and offers a peaceful retreat. If you enjoy your hiking then you’re in luck! Grab your boots and head off on one of the many impressive walks that will be right on your doorstep. With a luxurious selection of rooms and suites with all the amenities you could wish for, you may never want to leave. Enjoy pub lunches, activities and be sure to bring your camera to capture some breath-taking shots!

Fox Cottage, Cotswolds


Cosy up by the fire and pretend you’re in ‘The Holiday’ in this cute Cotswold based cottage. Situated in the peaceful village of Oaksey, you can snuggle up by the open fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a good read. Offering the ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds, you can stay at the Fox cottage with up to 5 other guests. A contemporary décor, yet with a classic undertone it offers a comfortable and warm environment. For quintessentially English villages, it doesn’t get more authentic than this. Breathe in that fresh countryside air, and head out for a long walk around the beautiful Cotswolds.

The only issue now is, which destination to choose!? Beat the January blues and get 2017 off with a bang and book a countryside break with your loved ones. Escape the city life, pollution and crowds, the countryside is calling your name!

Featured image by: Tejvan Pettinger

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