These towns, gardens and manors don’t do festive celebrations by halves. Here’s where to go for candle-lit trails, impressive art installations, illuminated waterfalls and countless decorated trees
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In December 1963, artist Joan Gillchrest decided to brighten up Mousehole, the fishing village on the western tip of Cornwall where she lived and painted, by hanging up a couple of strings of coloured lights outside her home.
From a snug log cabin to a converted castle, here are 10 new places to stay for a wintry break in Scotland’s Highlands
Moody, mist-shrouded mountains, snow-caked moorland, rushing burns and steely grey lochs: the Scottish Highlands can be forbidding in winter. They can also be magical, a Narnia-style wonderland enchanting to explore on foot, skis or snowshoes, and peppered with a clutch of new boltholes, gourmet hotels and log cabins, where you can defrost in front of a roaring fire with a warming dram.