Winter weekends away: 10 of the best country house hotels

Now’s the time to hunker down in a cosy but luxurious room. From castles to a smuggler’s inn, here’s our pick of the best winter boltholes

This exuberant family-run boutique hotel in a Palladian-style villa hides down a side street in the market town of Swaffham. Following afternoon tea sitting in plum velvet chairs by the fire, hole up in the Red Room, the most decadent of the hotel’s 14 eclectic bedrooms whose features include chandeliers, Venetian mirrors and free-standing baths. A study in crimson, this ground-floor suite situated in the Victorian wing has its own open fire, a king-size Jacobean carved four-poster bed, red walls, swag curtains and a tented bathroom with separate bath and walk-in shower. It is accessed from a courtyard by its own private front door.
Doubles from £99 a night B&B, strattonshotel.com

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