There’s a lot to be said for wrapping up warm and snuggling by the fire, but when it’s wet and windy outside, I often find myself dreaming of wonderful places to spend late summer and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.
A VILLA IN TUSCANY The luminescent glow of the autumn sun, vines heavy with grapes ready for harvest, medieval villages where the smell of baking bread wafts from open windows… take me to Tuscany, now! Choose a farmhouse, villa or apartment and live like a local while the rain rages at home.
VIVE LA FRANCE! Fairytale chateaux surrounded by immaculate gardens, forests, vineyards and gentle meandering waterways, Palaeolithic caves bursting with 15,000-year-old paintings, divine food and wine… surely even dreaming of an autumn visit to the Dordogne, Loire or Burgundy is enough to banish winter blues. MONASTIC LIVING IN LUXURY What a contradiction! But the beautiful 15th-century San Francisco convent in the grounds of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, offers exactly that. Satiate your hunger for glorious, centuries-old living with the soft stone arches, tiled courtyard and antique furnishings of this delightful little hotel.
World Journeys travel expert Kate Gohar suggests some enticing winter escapes.