There's nothing like a four poster bed to keep you snug and warm in the cold winter - that's what they were designed for, after all. So if you're looking to treat yourself with a bit of luxury, take a tip from lords, ladies and princesses long gone, and draw the curtains for an utterly relaxing break.
We've tracked down some of the best, from traditional UK hotels and a converted chapel to exotic boutique winter sun and camping the four-poster way.
The Perfect 10: Four poster beds
As well as its own sitting room and luxurious bathroom – well, if you're going to mimic royalty, why not do it properly – there's even your very own wig closet, thought to be the last in England... and surely essential for any aristocratic weekend away!
Some of the deluxe rooms and The White Room also have four poster beds. Rates start from £220 or from £340 for the Queen's suite.
With their own gas stove and woodburner, the tents are 75metres square – which puts some hotel rooms to shame – as well as wool blankets to keep you snug. Plus it's eco friendly, as there's no permanent structures. Prices start from £120 per night in December.
There's comfy sofas in the tropical gardens, looking out over mangroves to the sea, where you can dive or simply enjoy the peace. Too good to be true? It gets better, with around £6 of every night's stay going to fund local projects, such as building primary schools and adult education centres. A six-night stay costs from £1,504 per person including flights, transfers, full board in a treehouse and some activities with Expert Africa.
Or if you'd like to start smaller, many of the feature bedrooms in the Courtyard and Castle rooms have four poster beds, as well as feature baths to ensure you're as relaxed as possible. Feature double rooms start from £254.
And once you've finished exploring the stunning countryside of Snowdonia National Park all around, there's even an outdoor hot tub to soothe your muscles. Prices start from £70.
As well as marvelling at the intricately carved pillars and green Udaipur stone arches, you can explore the Mughal gardens, looking out to Nahargarh Fort and the Aravali hills. Three nights costs from £555 per person in 2011, excluding flights and transfers. Contact Elegant Resorts for more information.
Try the newest suite, the Heriot, with its black and gold hallway, oak-panelled sitting room with tapestry covered walls and the inevitably dramatic bedroom, where the four poster bed has an oak headboard set against a mirrored wall. Suites currently cost £295 per night, including a bottle of champagne and breakfast served in your suite.
Draped with Moroccan fabric, the bedrooms also have luxury rugs, huge sitting areas and lanterns to light it all – and that's just the standard rooms. A three-night stay costs from £599 per person, including flights with Travelzest's Best of Morocco.
But whoever misses out on the chance to snaffle one of these can console themselves with the antiques scattered throughout the house, which was once home to the royal architect to the court of James I, William Talman. A three night stay starts from £3,001 or around £71.50 per person per night. Book with Rural Retreats.
There's even an ornate day bed in one of the public rooms, if you get so relaxed you're practically parallel. Bed and breakfast starts from £75 per person per night, based on two sharing a four poster room. Or bed and breakfast plus a four course dinner is from £105 per person per night in a four poster room.
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