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Two bare feet, Winch­ester, Hamp­shire

What could make the sea­sonal spir­its, and heart rate, rise more than a whizz – or a gen­tle tot­ter – around an ice rink? What Bri­tain lacks in frozen lakes, it makes up for in beau­ti­ful set­tings – such as at Winch­ester, where its an­nual ice rink is set in the grounds of the cathe­dral (on un­til 7 Jan­uary).

Oblig­a­tory après-skate hot cho­co­late or mulled wine later and it’s just a short walk to ‘Two bare feet’, via the his­toric high street ( great for Christ­mas shop­ping, if you’ve still the en­ergy). This apart­ment is across the court­yard from – and run by the same peo­ple – as Han­nah’s B&B.

The name sums up its re­laxed feel, the kind of place you’d want to gather friends for a get-to­gether and you can book the whole of the build­ing, which sleeps up to nine, or each of the three be­d­rooms. The shared area has space to collapse on the squishy sofa in front of the fire or to cook up a feast in the open kitchen, with ba­sics such as milk, but­ter and eggs pro­vided and, when comes the time to re­treat, the be­d­rooms are their own lit­tle worlds, dec­o­rated with rich ma­te­ri­als and Moroc­canin­spired colours. King-size beds, walk-in show­ers and treaty toi­letries have been slot­ted in, Tardis-style, over two lev­els. If you fancy nest­ing in for the rest of win­ter, we wouldn’t blame you…

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