Seven perfect hideouts & retreats
January is the time of year most of us press pause on the rat race as we plan our goals and targets for the year ahead.
But every good planner needs an equally productive space in which to plan. So, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite properties with invitingly snug retreats, sanctuaries and places to relax.
Here are seven of Rightmove’s best January hideouts…
This stunning nine-bedroom Cumbrian mansion is the most perfectly peaceful place to contemplate potential achievements for the year ahead.
Set along 500 metres of shoreline, this magnificent property boasts a rustic, stone boathouse offering incredible views across Lake Windermere.
With an elevated position and luscious, green grounds, this contemporary Lakeland retreat could also be transformed into a boutique hotel or other leisure enterprise (subject to the usual consents).
This beautiful Georgian country house, complete with all the trimmings, has pretty much everything a buyer could ask for – including a separate pool house, cottages and a converted barn.
A grade II listed property boasting seven bedrooms, the jewel in this property’s crown is the pool house. What better way to wash away life’s stresses than with a paddle in this enormous indoor swimming pool.
The magnificent oak-framed building has a pavilion overlooking the pool inside and the tennis court outside, while an adjoining cottage offers vaulted ceilings and a private suite.
This 16th century six-bedroom cottage is the ideal for a weekend getaway as it is set in 3.4 acres of grounds, featuring paddocks, stabling and an orchard.
But outside in the converted barn is where those new year resolutions can really be thrashed out.
In 2009, the current owners converted a detached barn to create a superb annexe space with a wealth of character including vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and a brick fireplace with an open fire and accommodation including an open plan sitting room and kitchen, and en-suite bedroom.
This sympathetically restored six-bedroom country pile is the quintessential English country retreat.
Having been completely reconverted 20 years ago, this farmhouse retains its historic authenticity with the use of reclaimed materials to create a charming country residence with truly outstanding 360-degree views over the open countryside.
The most striking feature of this home includes a first-floor hideout above the garages, fit with a private cinema room, a corner bar and plenty of space to unwind in privacy away from the hustle and bustle.
This beautifully restored grade II listed farmhouse is the perfect family home – light, spacious and elegantly proportioned.
Prospect House offers tranquility, charm and style from a peaceful position overlooking the village duck pond in the much sought after and delightful village of Askham Richard.
The charming property is believed to date back to 1834, and retains Edwardian original features, including the original gallery staircase with stained glass window. But its cosy loft conversion and home gym are the perfect spots to start work on the year’s goals.
Uphempston Farm is a fantastic example of a renovated and modernised 1920’s farmhouse nestled in a peaceful hamlet, which blends old and modern in lavish fashion.
For extra privacy and peacefulness this property offers a gorgeous studio annexe, complete with en-suite and kitchen with stunning views and ample space for working on all those projects you never started in 2019.
As well as all this, the famous Dartmoor National Park is just eight miles away for horse riders looking to hack out on the Moor.
This charming, five-bedroom country home is bursting with character yet blended with contemporary style – and even boasts its own ‘man cave’.
The separately accessed brick-built office building is ideal for home working and a timber chalet with power and light enjoys views over the gardens which extend to approximately half an acre.
Set in a semi-rural location, Cherry Trees is nestled amongst open countryside and farmland, with several golf courses, health spas and countryside walks on the doorstep.