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They’re the hotels that make for a well-earned mid-winter break – where you can hunker down after a walk in the crisp outdoors and enjoy that Danish cosy ‘hygge’ feeling. 

Better still, rates are rock bottom for the rest of January and most of February. A warm welcome awaits…

Chalet chic in the Lake District

It feels as if you’re in a hip ski chalet at Brimstone in the Langdale Valley, which features an indoor/outdoor vitality pool (pictured)

It feels as if you’re in a hip ski chalet at Brimstone in the Langdale Valley, which features an indoor/outdoor vitality pool (pictured)

The Yan, pictured, is a bistro with beds just a stroll from Grasmere - and you can climb Helvellyn right from the door

The Yan, pictured, is a bistro with beds just a stroll from Grasmere – and you can climb Helvellyn right from the door

Pictured is The Chalet, the new slate and wood dining space at The Yan, which serves up ski classics such as cheese fondue and tartiflette

Pictured is The Chalet, the new slate and wood dining space at The Yan, which serves up ski classics such as cheese fondue and tartiflette

It feels as if you’re in a hip ski chalet at Brimstone in the Langdale Valley, with its contemporary furnishings amid acres of wood, and fires in most rooms. Borrow wellies and waterproofs from the kit room for a scenic stroll before relaxing in the spa, with its indoor/outdoor vitality pool and thermal cabins. Be sure to plunder the complimentary drinks and snacks in the reading room as well as walking to the resort’s Wainwrights’ Inn for its speciality of slow-cooked lamb with mash and veg. If you stay in a spa suite, end the evening in a huge bath in front of the fire, with your terrace doors open to the night skies. B&B doubles from £332 a night (brimstonehotel.co.uk).

Also channelling a ski chalet vibe is The Yan, a bistro with beds just a stroll from Grasmere. Chef Will Manley spent years managing chalets in France, and his new slate and wood dining space that looks on to Helm Crag is called The Chalet, with ski classics cheese fondue and tartiflette on the menu. You can climb Helvellyn right from the door, then return to sit by the wood-burner before spending the night in one of seven pared-back, affordable rooms, from £130, room-only (theyan.co.uk).

Stripped-back style in Yorkshire

Beam me down: An inviting bedroom in a wooden cabin at The Alice Hawthorn Inn

Beam me down: An inviting bedroom in a wooden cabin at The Alice Hawthorn Inn

The Coniston: Take in the magnificent views from the property's two outdoor infinity pools - one of which is pictured

The Coniston: Take in the magnificent views from the property’s two outdoor infinity pools – one of which is pictured

There’s plenty of Scandi-chic at The Alice Hawthorn Inn, with four stripped-back stylish rooms above the pub, and eight in modern timber buildings outside. Found in the village of Nun Monkton between Harrogate and York, the hotel has superb walks from the door, including an eight-mile yomp through fields that takes in the Monk’s House, where Anne Bronte and her artist brother Branwell lived. After that, you will have earned a pint and a slap-up meal featuring local game or fish in front of a roaring fire. B&B doubles from £120 a night (thealicehawthorn.com).

For more winter walking, this time in the Yorkshire Dales, head to The Coniston, which has hiking and biking on offer as well as four-wheel-drive off-roading. Take in the magnificent views from the two outdoor infinity pools at the spa, which also has an indoor pool and thermal experience, before huddling around the fire pits and covered outdoor bar. B&B doubles from £139 a night (theconistonhotel.com).

Star-gazing in the Midlands… from your bath

Pictured are the treehouse-style rooms with lakeside views and outdoor tubs big enough for the whole family at The Tawny in Staffordshire

Pictured are the treehouse-style rooms with lakeside views and outdoor tubs big enough for the whole family at The Tawny in Staffordshire

Borrow boots to explore the stunning grounds of The Tawny and take a dip in the outdoor heated pool, pictured

Borrow boots to explore the stunning grounds of The Tawny and take a dip in the outdoor heated pool, pictured

Pictured is the interior of one of The Tawny's boathouse suites. B&B huts for two cost from £230 per night

Pictured is the interior of one of The Tawny’s boathouse suites. B&B huts for two cost from £230 per night

It’s hard to choose between the cabins in the woods with star-watching skylight, sofa by the wood-burner and outdoor artisan tin bath, or the treehouse-style rooms with lakeside views and outdoor tubs big enough for the whole family at The Tawny in Staffordshire. Borrow boots to explore the stunning grounds, take a dip in the outdoor heated pool, then warm up in the Plumicorn restaurant, which has amazing food, a bar and a selection of games to play. B&B huts for two from £230 per night (thetawny.co.uk).

For a traditional pub with views over Dovedale in Derbyshire, look no further than The Duncombe Arms.

With candles and cushions, sheepskins and solid wood tables, it’s the perfect pitstop for exploring the Peak Disrict. As well as low ceilings and open fires, it offers smart dining and country-chic bedrooms. B&B doubles from £195 a night (duncombearms.co.uk).

A place to warm your soul in Wales

Brown’s Hotel in Laugharne features Welsh wool beds and chic rooms with exposed brickwork

Brown’s Hotel in Laugharne features Welsh wool beds and chic rooms with exposed brickwork

Pictured is the bar at Brown's Hotel, which was once frequented by the poet Dylan Thomas

Pictured is the bar at Brown’s Hotel, which was once frequented by the poet Dylan Thomas

The Welsh answer to hygge is cwtch (pronounced ‘kutch’), whose meaning roughly translates as a warming hug for the soul. A special guide entitled Cwtch Up In Carmarthenshire (discovercarmarthenshire.com) features warming winter breaks, including one at Brown’s Hotel in Laugharne, with its Welsh wool beds, chic rooms beneath beams with exposed brickwork, and a bar once frequented by Dylan Thomas. 

While staying there, take a coastal foraging course with Craig Evans and hunt for clams, cockles and sea vegetables, then head for a cave where Craig will cook up your finds over a hand-made candle stove. B&B doubles from £130 a night (browns.wales), foraging courses from £80pp (coastalforaging.co.uk). If you prefer to try your hand at fly-fishing in winter, The Bear Hotel at Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons has a resident ghillie. Join him or the resident walking guide to explore the hills before returning to the old coaching inn with roaring fire and local ales. B&B doubles cost from £130 a night (bearhotel.co.uk).

Shelter from the storm in Cornwall

Darkly delicious: A cosy snug with wood-burner at the atmospheric Pig at Harlyn Bay

Darkly delicious: A cosy snug with wood-burner at the atmospheric Pig at Harlyn Bay

Storm-watching doesn’t get much better than in Cornwall, and one of the best places to gaze at 30ft breakers gusting in from the Atlantic is the Headland Hotel in Newquay. As well as its Victorian main building above Fistral Beach, the hotel has clapperboard Storm Watching Cottages with sea views, double-ended baths, and some with wood-burning stoves or four-posters. The Headland also has six indoor and outdoor pools as part of its spa, along with a hot tub with ocean views. Cottages cost from £200 a night for two (headlandhotel.co.uk).

Further along the coast, just minutes from the South West Coast Path, The Pig at Harlyn Bay is a top bolthole for winter thanks to its deliciously dark interiors. The moody magic grabs you as you walk through the door into an inky-blue room with a wood-burner. The rest of the mansion is just as atmospheric, with some rooms looking out to sea, a characterful bar and meals specialising in seasonal produce from a 25-mile radius. Doubles from £155 a night, room only (thepighotel.com/at-harlyn-bay).

Hot chocolate or herbal soaks in the Cotswolds

Grand: Pictured is the Manor House at Castle Combe, where guests can enjoy Michelin-starred dining

Grand: Pictured is the Manor House at Castle Combe, where guests can enjoy Michelin-starred dining

The rooms in the Manor House have four-posters and fireplaces. B&B doubles cost from £190 a night

The rooms in the Manor House have four-posters and fireplaces. B&B doubles cost from £190 a night

Garden rooms at Thyme in Southrop, Gloucestershire, come with an outdoors fire pit, perfect for toasting marshmallows while you sip a hot chocolate before wallowing in the roll-top bath within. Or book into the new Botanical Bothy in the grounds, with two outdoor baths for herbal soaks by a roaring fireplace. Spend the day at the cookery school learning how to make pasta, rustic French food or tapas, or browse the photographic exhibition of winter gardens in Tithe Barn. End the day with warming food such as confit guinea fowl in the enormous Ox Barn. B&B doubles from £320 a night, garden rooms from £600 (thyme.co.uk).

Further south, Castle Combe is home to the 14th Century Manor House, where the rooms have four-posters and fireplaces. Walk down the driveway to the Castle Inn for traditional pub food, or enjoy Michelin-starred dining in the main hotel. B&B doubles from £190 a night (exclusive.co.uk/the-manor-house/).

Chill out under big skies (or windmill sails) of Norfolk

You can bathe under the stars on the private patios of the new Orchard Cabins at Congham Hall near King’s Lynn

You can bathe under the stars on the private patios of the new Orchard Cabins at Congham Hall near King’s Lynn 

Stay toasty in the Orchard Cabins - each of which comes equipped with underfloor heating and a king-size bed

Stay toasty in the Orchard Cabins – each of which comes equipped with underfloor heating and a king-size bed

The wall of windows in each of the five new Orchard Cabins at Congham Hall near King’s Lynn is designed to bring the outside in, while you stay toasty in a room with underfloor heating, king-size bed and a rolltop bath. You can bathe, too, outside on the private patio, enjoying a soak beneath the stars (binoculars are provided). In the main Georgian mansion, relax on the sofa before one of the open fires or head to the Secret Garden Spa to warm up in the indoor pool and outdoor hot tub overlooking the parkland. A night’s dinner with B&B in a cabin from £399 (conghamhallhotel.co.uk).

If you’d rather cuddle up on the coast, the Wheel Room in Cley Windmill is the place to do it. First you need to sign a waiver form to get to the room, which involves climbing up a steep carpeted ladder. Upstairs lies not only a four-poster but four windows, through which you gaze over reed beds out to sea. B&B doubles from £179 a night (cleywindmill.co.uk).

Candlelit nooks and cask ales down south

Lime Wood, pictured, makes a superb base for exploring the New Forest, which surrounds it

Lime Wood, pictured, makes a superb base for exploring the New Forest, which surrounds it

Half of the country-style rooms at Lime Wood have open fires or wood-burners. The Forest Cottage master bedroom is pictured above

Half of the country-style rooms at Lime Wood have open fires or wood-burners. The Forest Cottage master bedroom is pictured above 

Pictured is a bunk bed in the Forest Cabin at Lime Wood. Doubles cost from £405 a night

Pictured is a bunk bed in the Forest Cabin at Lime Wood. Doubles cost from £405 a night

The brick and flint Ram Inn in the South Downs National Park has an open fire in each of its main rooms, where you can wine and dine amid the candlelit nooks. 

Try the local cask ale and eat game from the Firle Estate or meat from nearby farms. 

The cosiest of the pub’s six rustic-chic bedrooms are under the eaves. B&B doubles from £130 a night (raminn.co.uk).

For those with deeper pockets, Lime Wood, with its open fires and snug library, makes a superb base for exploring the surrounding New Forest. 

Cycle to The Pig in the Forest for lunch and return with a glow in your cheeks for a session in the lovely spa. 

In the evening, sample some of Angela Hartnett’s renowned truffle dishes before retiring to the country-style rooms, from eaves rooms to forest lodges and cabins, half of which have open fires or wood-burners. Doubles from £405 a night, room only (limewoodhotel.co.uk).

Highland hospitality and Irish wildlife

Foraging and fishing can both be arranged at Kinloch Lodge, pictured, which is set on the Isle of Skye

Foraging and fishing can both be arranged at Kinloch Lodge, pictured, which is set on the Isle of Skye

With a firepit outside and roaring fires inside, Kinloch Lodge - the family home of the Macdonalds of Skye - is big on Highlands hospitality

With a firepit outside and roaring fires inside, Kinloch Lodge – the family home of the Macdonalds of Skye – is big on Highlands hospitality

In March, the Relaxation Burrow in Antrim's Rabbit Hotel is due to open as a spa with an impressive Roman bath (pictured)

In March, the Relaxation Burrow in Antrim’s Rabbit Hotel is due to open as a spa with an impressive Roman bath (pictured)

Foraging and fishing can both be arranged at Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye, though you may prefer just to take in the glorious views of Loch Na Dal at the bottom of the garden instead. 

With a firepit outside and roaring fires inside, the family home of the Macdonalds of Skye is big on Highlands hospitality. Book a room with a loch view and a romantic roll-top bath, where you can snuggle beneath goose feather duvets. B&B with dinner from £160pp per night (kinloch-lodge.co.uk).

In County Antrim, the Rabbit Hotel is close to Lough Neagh, one of the most important bird habitats in Western Europe. Inside, it’s all Scandi-inspired style, from small attic rooms to larger ones with outdoor bath tubs and wood-burners. In March, the Relaxation Burrow is due to open as a spa with an impressive Roman bath. B&B doubles from £175 a night (rabbithotel.com). 

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The mane attraction: Majestic white lion with immaculate head of hair is a hit at South African wildlife sanctuary

  • A white lion with an impressive mane of hair is proving a hit at a wildlife sanctuary in Harrismith, South Africa
  • Simon Needham snapped a series of photos of the striking animal at the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation
  • The lion’s white appearance is caused by a condition known as leucism – causing a partial loss of pigmentation

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A stunning white-haired lion sporting an immaculate mane of hair has proven to be a leading attraction at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.

The well-coiffured lion was photographed by director and photographer Simon Needham, 55, at the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation in Harrismith, South Africa.

The stunning photos captured the male white lion in all his glory as he wandered around the conservation.

This stunning white lion showed off its impressive mane as it wandered around the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation

This stunning white lion showed off its impressive mane as it wandered around the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation

As if knowing that it had a camera pointed in its direction, the white-haired lion seemed to lie down and pose

As if knowing that it had a camera pointed in its direction, the white-haired lion seemed to lie down and pose

One image shows the lion lying down with its impressive mane on the ground, while another catches the animal mid-roar. 

Speaking about the stunning white lion, Simon said: ‘I captured these images to help promote @GGConseervation on social media,’ he says. ‘When I capture images that I know will help support the charity I am shooting for is always a great feeling.

‘Bringing attention to a worthy cause is difficult but strong visual images can really draw people in.

‘All endangered species of animals need our help if we are to expect them to be around for our children and grandchildren.

The lion's unusual white appearance is caused by a condition known as leucism - which causes a partial loss of pigmentation in animals

The lion’s unusual white appearance is caused by a condition known as leucism – which causes a partial loss of pigmentation in animals

The lions razor sharp teeth could be seen in all their glory in this photo, which was taken as the animal began to roar

The lions razor sharp teeth could be seen in all their glory in this photo, which was taken as the animal began to roar

‘It is only with continued support that we can hope to save these species from extinction.’

Although appearing to be albino, white lions are in fact the product of a rare colour mutation known as leucism.

This condition causes a partial loss of pigmentation in animals, resulting in the distinctive white appearance.

Leucism is commonly caused by a recessive gene, known as a colour inhibitor.  

The first lion was introduced to the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation in 2002 and now, the organisation has more than 70 lions under its care.

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We’re ahead by a neck! Pulse-pounding moment giraffe chases tourists’ safari vehicle through South Africa reserve

  •  Young male giraffe runs after a vehicle with tourist enthusiasts in South Africa
  •  The giraffe was abandoned as a youngster, but released back in the wild
  •  The youngster was simply investigating, and did not behave aggressively  










This is the breathtaking moment a juvenile giraffe runs after a vehicle full of safari enthusiasts in South Africa.  

The young male giraffe lives in the wild on the Game Reserve in Northern Kwazulu Natal. 

The moment has been captured by wildlife photographer and safari guide Matt Yardley. He and his team made their getaway in the best interest of the guests – and the giraffe.

The youngster was simply investigating, and did not behave aggressively

The giraffe was abandoned as a youngster, but released back in the wild

Young male giraffe runs after a truck with tourist enthusiasts in South Africa

Matt, 35, from Salt Rock, South Africa, said: “The giraffe was abandoned as a youngster, but released back in the wild, so he still has a lot of wild in him.

“But there is also a certain tameness about him as well.”

Although the size and speed of the giraffe at first might look frightening, the youngster was simply investigating, and did not behave aggressively in any manner.

Matt added: “He was curious about the vehicle and trying to suss it out and that resulted in the chase.

The giraffe manages to get very close to the vehicle

The tourist on the rear seat leaned forward for a better look...and for safety!

The giraffe manages to get very close to the vehicle

“He associated the vehicle with his upbringing, but at the same time he’s a wild giraffe, so there was a confusion which I thought was quite interesting.

“My thoughts while filming were the safety not only for my guests but also the giraffe. I was making sure that the driver was driving at a good speed so to keep the giraffe at a safe distance and we didn’t drive too fast and hurt ourselves.

“Our driver handled the situation extremely well.

“All’s is well that ends well, the animal was safe and no one was hurt. It was a great experience and a good laugh afterwards so it’s just one of those feel-good moments.”

The footage was filmed in early 2021.

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Renderings have been released of an incredible new ’10-minute city’, where ‘all the conveniences of the city’ will be within a 10-minute stroll from residents’ homes.

Titled ‘Project H1’, the 504,000-square-metre (5.4million square ft) development will be based near the mountains in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, and will be completely car-free.

The miniature metropolis – with ‘spacious streets and nature at your doorstep’ – will encompass residential towers, parks, a hotel, a cinema, a library and co-working offices. Wellness facilities such as a running track, climbing walls and swimming pools and health services will also be within walking distance.

A rendering of the new '10-minute city', where 'all the conveniences of the city' will be within a 10-minute stroll from residents' homes

A rendering of the new ’10-minute city’, where ‘all the conveniences of the city’ will be within a 10-minute stroll from residents’ homes

This ‘smart city’ will include a mall, which will be complete with a community centre and a kindergarten.

There will also be communal spaces for discussion ‘salons’ and spaces for pop-up events dotted throughout.

The lower levels of the neighbourhood’s eight residential towers will be designated for commercial, educational and cultural activities.

Prospective residents will get the chance to live in ‘flexible, compact’ apartments of different sizes and price ranges.

Each apartment will have a balcony with space for pots and planters, and residents will be encouraged to grow their own herbs and plants.

Titled 'Project H1', the 504,000-square-metre (5.4million square ft) development will be based near the mountains in South Korea 's capital, Seoul

Titled ‘Project H1’, the 504,000-square-metre (5.4million square ft) development will be based near the mountains in South Korea ‘s capital, Seoul 

The above rendering shows a jogger hitting an indoor running track that has been built on a mezzanine overlooking a pool

The above rendering shows a jogger hitting an indoor running track that has been built on a mezzanine overlooking a pool

The layout aims to combat loneliness by incorporating ‘shared spaces and joint facilities’ on each floor. Roof gardens have been worked into the design at the summit of these towers.

Many of the Project H1 office spaces will be housed in the Town Plaza, which will feature a ‘sky balcony’ and roof terraces.

Workers can also toil away in an ‘officetel’ – a concept that combines the design features of ‘a house, a hotel and an office’.

A bird's-eye view of the city, with trees and green spaces bordering the walkways between buildings

A bird’s-eye view of the city, with trees and green spaces bordering the walkways between buildings

Hyundai Development Company and Dutch architectural practice Unstudio are behind the development, which will be built on an old industrial site.

One rendering shows a jogger hitting an indoor running track that has been built on a mezzanine overlooking a pool.

Another looks down on the compact city, with trees and green spaces bordering the walkways between buildings.

People are scattered throughout the drawings, eating at outdoor tables and strolling between residential and commercial buildings.

The miniature metropolis will encompass residential towers, parks, a hotel, a cinema, a library and co-working offices

The miniature metropolis will encompass residential towers, parks, a hotel, a cinema, a library and co-working offices

The development will be connected to Seoul via an underground station, and residents will be encouraged to walk and cycle in the pedestrian-friendly city.

Though it’s car-free, residents will be able to park their vehicles in underground car parks.

Elsewhere in the development, there will be facilities for hydroponics – which involves growing plants without soil – and urban farming.

Sustainability will play a big role in the development’s layout – a water filtration system will be used to store rainwater and the area’s waste will be used to develop compost for the urban farms.

Hyundai Development Company and Dutch architectural practice Unstudio are behind the development

Hyundai Development Company and Dutch architectural practice Unstudio are behind the development

A representative for Unstudio told MailOnline that the project is currently going through planning procedures, with no date set for breaking ground.

In a statement, Unstudio’s co-founder, Ben van Berkel, says: ‘For the H1 masterplan we have aimed to create the ultimate contemporary 10-minute city, where the daily life experience of the residents is the top priority.

‘We do this through the inclusion of a rich density of uplifting, curated on-site experiences that provide an extensive range of options for how they can spend their living, working and leisure time, thereby also saving them the time needed to travel elsewhere in the city – because, with time that is saved, more time is created.’

It’s not an entirely new concept – French-Colombian scientist Carlos Moreno came up with the idea for a ’15-Minute City’ in 2016.

For more information visit unstudio.com/en.

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