Whether you are someone who likes adventure, sun or relaxation a winter getaway is always a great idea to get away from the day to day life and notoriously busy run-up to Christmas. We have asked around the office to see what the Woodhouse team would recommend as a perfect winter getaway and why they would recommend it.
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A place home to the Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon and plenty of geysers and volcanoes, Iceland was chosen by Mark, part of our finance team. Iceland has been a growing destination for tourists in both summer and winter due to the unique experiences you get. The capital Reykjavik, is the most northern capital city in Europe, meaning that it gets cold in the winter but can also experience 22 hours of daylight in the summer.
Whilst called Iceland, the country is actually pretty green. Yes there is plenty of ice but there is also a number of Fjords that are surrounded by huge swathes of pine trees and with the crystal clear waters they are truly a sight to behold. You can also catch a glimpse of some spectacular wildlife, they boast one of the largest colonies of puffins and you can also enjoy some whale watching, often described as the best place in Europe to do this.
All in all we think that Iceland should be on your list of places to go and whilst it may not be very warm it will definitely leave an impression!
The Highlands, Scotland
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If you are wanting to escape for a bit then there are few places better than the Scottish highlands. Much like Iceland, you aren’t going to get a tan and be bathed in warm rays but you will be able to relax and experience some breath taking views.
Picked by our Lead Designer, Joe who went to Eagle Brae in Beauly, The Highlands, Scotland with it’s snowy and beautiful landscapes! Lots of beautiful walks in the forests, mountains and valleys. The Cairngorms and Aviemore are about an hour’s drive away for skiing, photography or more mountainous walks! Cabins are perfect cosy winter retreats – log fire included. Plodda falls is a popular walk, golden eagles live in the valley so if you’re lucky you may see one, there is canoeing, fishing, deer stalking, clay pigeon shooting and sled dog rides available on site.
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A city filled with a rich history and is one of the cultural hot spots of Europe. Our Merchandiser, Sophie recommended the German city, saying, I would recommend Berlin! I went in the spring but I am sure it is just as nice in the winter! We went to the Dali Berlin which is an art gallery all about Salvador Dali and his work. We also walked around the Grosser Tiergarten which is like Berlins version of central park and I bet that would be just as beautiful wrapped up in a big scarf with a hot chocolate. There are also all the general touristy things like the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall. There is also the Winterwelt at Postdamer Platz which started this week and is a Christmas market with a ice skating rink amongst other things.
There is also plenty to do sporting wise with the Olympic stadium, two football teams, ice hockey and loads more. There is something for everyone in the Germany city so it makes our list and should be on yours.
Another city break but maybe one not on many peoples radar. It is a city that has a really thriving cultural diversity due to the history of the city. Now currently the capital city of Slovakia on the banks of the Danube and Morava, it has been picked out by our Head of Finance, Jo. She says, Probably the most beautiful city I have visited and 50p a pint (at currency conversion) so total winner. Extremely cheap with fantastic food and drink. Bratislavia and Vienna are the two closest capital cities in the world so we got two countries for the price of one. A two hour boat trip down the River Danube lands you in Austria where it is significantly more than 50p a pint!
An amalgamation of the medieval city and modern landscape makes the city a truly breathtaking place. The castle is one of the most standout pieces of architecture, with it’s whitewashed walls and red slated roof over looking the city. This is somewhere now think I will be putting on my list of places to visit and not just for a few 50p pints!
Cape Town, South Africa
Not everyone wants a winter getaway that is cold, some of us want some winter sunshine! Cape Town offers that plus so much more. This one has been picked by myself and whilst seems a long way to travel, it is definitely worth it! A real cultural hub in southern Africa there is plenty to do in the city ranging from days at the beach round Camps Bay to travelling over to Robben Island, where the prison that house Nelson Mandela for 18 years. A trip up Table Mountain will give you breathtaking views of the Western Cape and there is also the option of catching an evening concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, whilst enjoying some of the wonderful local wines. The food is brilliant and very very good value for money with a thriving seafood trade and steaks to die for.
For those of you looking to enjoy some sporting activities there are a number of brilliant golf courses around the city. You can also watch the rugby and football at the Cape Town Stadium or head over to Newlands to enjoy the cricket. For those of you who want a little more thrill seeking activities you can go whale watching or head out to Gansbaai for some cage diving with the apex predator of the sea the Great White Shark.