There’s slow blogging and then there’s waiting nearly a year to post. Unfortunately, this post falls into the later. Back in February we packed up the car and headed into the Scottish highlands for a cosy winter break. I had every intention of posting about it at the time but life got the better of me and before I knew it, it was spring. But now the temperatures have started to drop again and my mind is on planning another cosy winter break. So why not share the details of last winter’s trip. Better late than never. And if you’re anything like me, the colder weather makes you crave a slow, cosy break in the countryside.
Around this time of year, I start to crave some peace and quiet and the chance to get cosy by a fire. I don’t have the luxury of a fire at home so one is always top of my list when we travel. Alongside a real fire, I wanted the luxury of a private hot tub. Wherever we stayed also had to be dog-friendly so Charlie could come along too. We ended up booking a luxury log cabin with Forest Holidays because a log cabin in the woods sounds like heaven. I was really impressed with some of the sustainability practices at Forest Holidays (you can read their Green Policy here). They have even won Green Tourism awards. For me, this meant I could relax and enjoy our break in the forest without any worry about the impact my trip is having on the local environment.
Alongside the luxury of a private hot tub and wood burning stove the cabin contained everything you might need. There was a full kitchen with plenty of plates and utensils and a large table to eat at. Our cabin was one of the larger ones and had two bedrooms (one with an ensuite) plus a large living area. There was also plenty of space for coats and boots by the main door. There was a small patio area with a table and BBQ which led to the hot tub.
The site had a small shop (stocked with local produce) and there was a cafe too. The shop proved valuable a couple of times during the trip. I loved that we could order fresh rolls and pastries for the morning. Despite the site being full it never felt busy and you really did feel like you were in the middle of nowhere. It was reassuring to see staff going about during the day and knowing there was someone to call in case something went wrong. We also had our hot tub checked and cleaned every morning.
For me, a trip like this is all about switching off and going back to basics for a few days. It’s about fully embracing that slower pace of life and forgetting you ever had a to-do list. Despite only being a couple of hours drive from home we felt like we were in an entirely different world. There was no rushing around, no to-do list and no emails (heavenly). We spent our days out and about with the dog. Exploring the Scottish countryside and soaking up all that beautiful scenery and fresh air. There was plenty of cosy pub lunches and lots of muddy walks keeping everyone happy.
We returned to our cabin with rosy cheeks ready to get cosy. The evenings started with a relaxing dip in the hot tub. Enjoying magnificent views across the loch to the snow-capped mountains beyond with a glass of prosecco in hand. As the sun went down with our eyes headed up to the star-filled sky. There is something magical about sitting in a cosy hot tub on a (very) cold clear night looking up at the stars. This was the perfect way to relax and soothe aching muscles after a long day exploring.
After we’d had our fill of the hot tub it was time to head inside and light the fire. Spending the rest of the night cosy and warm in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and toasting a marshmallow (or two). The dog was also a big fan of the fire. Finding the cosiest spot in front of the fire to sleep.
If you’re thinking of booking a cosy winter break this year I’d highly recommend Forest Holidays. The cabins provide a little luxury to help you relax and embrace that slower pace of life. Even if that slow lifestyle only lasts a week. We stayed in a Golden Oak Lodge (cabin one to be exact) at The Ardgartan Argyll site in Scotland. You can book your stay here.