Along with the wonderful winter holidays coming up, there’s always the chance of coming down with the winter ‘blahs’ as well. That time of year when the rain and sleet and lack of sunshine dulls the mind and slows down the body. When life doesn’t seem that much fun anymore. The best way to cure the winter ‘blahs’ is to take a weekend vacation away from home, but still in the country:

Try a B&B in New Forest

There are several historic country inns in New Forest, like the Bell Inn; some dating back to the early 1700s. Feel like a guest at an authentic country manor, along with locally sourced gourmet meals for lunch and dinner.

The poetry of Penzance

On the Cornwall coast, Penzance is about as far away from the hurly-burly of modern life as you can get. The shingle beaches and boutique shopping in town act like poetry on the soul, and pocketbook. Try the Artist Residence Hotel for special weekday rates.

Try the Isle of Mull

One of the gems of the Hebrides Islands, Mull offers several quiet B&Bs where an evening spent in front of the log fire seems like a piece of heaven. And for the more active sort, they have a challenging golf course and hiking trails that circumvent the entire island.

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