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Martin Winter

Brits looking for a beau to snuggle up with - but only during winter months

Nearly half of Brits are looking for a beau to cosy up with this winter – but only during the colder months, research has found.

After enjoying a summer with pals, “cuffing” season is upon us, where adults look for a seasonal partner to keep them warm as the temperature drops.

Over a quarter (26%), of 2,000 single adults polled, admit they have had a seasonal partner before, with more than one in six (17%) wanting someone to act as a “hot water bottle” during the winter.

One in five want someone to watch movies with, while 25% are looking for someone to cuddle – but a third admit they agree in advance with their temporary beau when they will break up.

Other requirements for a suitor this cuffing season include someone who doesn’t snore, a partner who can make the bed to a good standard, and someone who doesn’t leave the toilet seat up.

And the average singleton will test their prospective partner out for up to 20 days before deciding whether they are a keeper or not.

One in three would rather stay in with their partner than go out during winter (Simon Jacobs/PinPep)

The research was commissioned by, which has teamed up with former Love Islanders Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott.

The duo will become “hotel matchmakers” and send five new couples off on a 24-hour relationship test-run at a romantic countryside hotel, to see if their new partnership will make it through winter.

Spokeswoman Emma Tagg said: “Cuffing season is the time where single people begin looking for short term “situationships” to pass the colder months of the year.

“It’s surprising to see so many admit to having had a seasonal partner before, and even more surprising that more than a third have agreed in advance when they would break up with their other half.

“Whether it’s fine dining in Devon or a spa in Suffolk, there are plenty of getaways ideal to help couples find their perfect somewhere to test-run their blossoming romance.”

The study also found nearly a third (31%) of singletons don’t like going out in colder months, and want a partner to encourage them to stay in.

And 27% feel after a “summer of flings”, it’s time to settle down and get serious with someone this winter.

A crafty one in five (19%) know that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner in February, and want to be in a solid relationship by then.

And another 18% enjoy cosy comfort foods even more over winter if they’ve got someone to share them with.

It also emerged nearly half (45%) consider a cosy getaway with a new partner a great time to fully suss them out and get to know the real them.

Most singletons think the first holiday together as a couple should wait until nearly six months in to the relationship (Simon Jacobs/PinPep)

But on average, singletons reckon a holiday together shouldn’t come until nearly six months into the relationship.

And 39% think a trip during autumn or winter is often more romantic and cosier than a summer getaway, with the Lake District coming out on top as the perfect location for a romantic UK trip.

Nearly half (49%) put this down to being generally less busy, so you can spend quality time together, closely followed by being able to keep each other warm (48%).

And four in ten enjoy snuggling by the fire, while 32% take advantage of frosty walks to cuddle up together.

Zara McDermott, who is one half of the match-making couple inviting others to test out their relationship by entering the competition, said: “New relationships are exciting at any time of year, but there is so much that’s great about coupling up over the winter season.

“You can snuggle on the sofa, go on romantic walks and weekends away, the list is endless.

“We love a movie night in when it’s cold outside, where you can get cosy in front of the fire – although Sam still loves an ice cream, even in winter.”

Sam Thompson added: “Surprisingly, 60% have never been on a couple’s holiday before – and what better time to try it out for the first time, than a free romantic countryside break.”


  1. It's nice to have someone to cuddle
  2. You can have more nights in e.g. takeaways, films during the colder season
  3. It feels more romantic
  4. It's likely you'll both have fewer social plans than in summer, so you will have more time for each other
  5. You don't have to wear summer clothing when you meet them – as you are not very comfortable when you start a relationship
  6. Because Valentine's Day will be coming soon, and I want to be coupled up by then
  7. You can possibly have your first Christmas together
  8. It makes it more fun to go out to eat nice comfort food
  9. People have fewer plans during the winter, so it's easier to plan dates then
  10. Because when you meet them, your make-up won't sweat off
  11. So I have someone to act like a hot water bottle in the colder weather
  12. You can attend Christmas markets together
  13. It's nice to be single during the summer, but I want a partner during the winter
  14. I can show off my partner to friends or on social media
  15. You're more likely to want to stay in and get frisky than go out

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