From seaside to ski: four stylish winter escapes

Whether you celebrate or shun the colder months, a stay in one of these boltholes is the best way to spend them

Radar house living room Dungeness
Billy Bolton

Why wait for warmer weather to make your escape? Whether the oft-promised snow turns up or not, there’s something special about the winter getaway – especially when it's spent in luxurious lodgings. Read on for our round up of the stylish digs we're hankering to hole up in this winter...

Arula Chalet living room Lech Austria
Arula Chalets

SKI | Arula Chalets, Austria

Crisp alpine air and snowy peaks are plentiful in Europe’s ski resorts, but stylish places to stay can prove more tricky to track down. Arula Chalets – the latest project from emerging British studio, 2am Design – is a modern gem in Austria’s Lech, where royals are regulars and ski passes strictly capped.

Arula Chalet terrace Lech Austria
Arula Chalets

Comprising two lodges, available to rent separately or as one vast hideout, it elevates pine panelling with mid-century furniture and graphic artworks, plus modern luxuries such as their own spa areas, sun terraces and wine cellars, too. From £7,800 per night.

COUNTRY | Lundies House, Scotland

Lundies House bedroom Tongue Scotland
Alex MacLeod

Scotland’s north coast is said to be one of Europe’s last true wildernesses, and its heritage of warm hospitality makes for a winning formula. Just a 10-minute stroll from the village of Tongue’s seafront is Lundies House, where Anne and Anders Povlsen – billionaire founders of conservation project Wildland – called on Groves-Raines Architects to transform the 17th-century clergy house.

Lundies House lounge Tongue Scotland
Alex MacLeod

Inside, the fusion of Scandi and Scottish design is sensitive, with furniture from Danish brand &Tradition alongside locally sourced materials, while preserved period features lend a sense of place. Guests seeking solitude can quietly come and go, while those looking for local guidance will be well looked after. From £450 per night with breakfast.

COAST | Radar, Kent

Radar house view Dungeness
Billy Bolton

Britain’s beaches can be unforgiving territory in the colder months, but it’s often when they’re at their bracing, brooding best. The vast expanse of Dungeness in Kent offers a dramatic winterscape devoid of the bucket-and-spade brigade; while loved by walkers – many come for late filmmaker Derek Jarman’s garden – you’re guaranteed a hefty chunk to yourself.

Radar house bedroom Dungeness
Billy Bolton

Hideaways for hire are few and far between, but a new collaboration between London studios MS-DA and Johnson Naylor has resulted in a covetable spot on the site of two ramshackle sheds: Radar, named for its past life as a1960s radar testing station, has a deceptively industrial shell, which gives way to a gentler interior of earthy tones, parquet floor and pale timber panelling. Cosy up by a window to take in the wildlife. From £637 for three nights.

ADVENTURE | Hinode Hills, Japan

Hinode Hills apartment living room Japan
Aaron Jamieson

While Japan’s main island, Honshu, might be home to the country’s tallest peak – sacred volcano Mount Fuji – skiers will tell you the snow at smaller sibling Hokkaido is far fluffier. And there’s another reason to head north this winter; at the base of Mount Niseko-Annupuri is the hotly anticipated hotel Hinode Hills. Part of the wider complex of Niseko Village (dubbed Japan’s skiing mecca), access is naturally slopeside, and hiking and mountain biking are heralded in the off-season.

Hinode Hills apartment bedroom Japan
Aaron Jamieson

Its wabi-sabi-inspired interiors are pared-back but plush, and there’s a sleek in-house onsen (a Japanese hot spring) for restful après ski. A roster of 79 rooms, studios and suites offer neat configurations for groups, and the best boast vistas of neighbouring Mount Yōtei. From £304 per night.

This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration December 2019

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