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Need to banish the winter blues? Look no further, beyond’s seasoned travel experts have tracked down the best getaways home and abroad.


The Pheasant Hotel, Harome

Overlooking a duck pond, this beautiful hotel has an equally lovely setting. Converted from what had been a blacksmith’s shop, village shop and barns,
The Pheasant has 16 rooms, set around a courtyard, and the hotel also has an
award-winning restaurant and an indoor heated swimming pool.

t: 01439 771241

Eighteen97, North York Moors

This has to be one of the prettiest cottages in Goathland, one of the prettiest corners of Yorkshire.  It’s the only five-star luxury boutique bed and breakfast in the area, so expect to be spoilt. The perfect location for a relaxing break and if you keep your fingers crossed you might just get snowed in.

01947 896317

Cobble House, Whitby

This recently refurbished traditional fisherman’s cottage is quiet simply to die for. Located just yards from the 199 steps, the beach and Whitby’s Old Town, this romantic retreat has charm in abundance.

01947 820949


Sextantio, Italy

Just an hour from Rome, this place has to be seen to be believed. While many Italian hill villages have fallen into decline, Santo Stefano di Sessanio was bought a few years ago by maverick millionaire Daniele Kihlgren  who set about restoring it. Now, the various 16th century buildings act as one dispersed hotel and when the day trippers disappear you’ll likely have the place pretty much to yourself.

Hotel Lutetia, Paris

One of the best-known hotels on Paris’ Left Bank. Once frequented by creative types like James Joyce and Serge Gainsbourg, Lutetia reopened last year after a multi-million pound face lift. The results, which include
a dreamy new spa, are impressive, as are
the views across to the Eiffel Tower.

SB Glow Hotel, Barcelona

Gorgeously chic and modern, this four-star hotel is just a short walk from the beach, but the truth is you might never want to leave your room. As well as all mod cons, the guest rooms feature colourful murals, Mediterranean tiles, terraces, romantic four poster beds and whirlpool tubs. Opt for an upgrade and you’ll get your own porch swing.

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