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Top 5 Cosy Cabin Retreats in the UK

14 September 2017 | Kate Plummer

To quote House Stark, Winter is Coming. Well, perhaps this is a little premature a statement for the middle of September, but there’s no denying that the mornings are becoming crisper, the leaves are turning golden and we’ll soon start craving cosy layers and comforting autumnal food. With this change in seasons also comes the sensation that we’re sprinting towards the end of the year and all the to-dos on the list we’ve yet, well, to-do. With that in mind, it’s the perfect time to take a break from the daily grind and hole up hygge-style with nature, knits…and ideally no Wi-Fi! Luckily, these cosy cabins provide the ideal escape.

Shepherd’s Huts - Godwick Hall, Norfolk
 

You’ll have no need to count sheep to get a good night’s sleep in Godwick Hall’s stunning Shepherd’s Huts. The perfect blend of rustic luxury, the three huts boast all the creature comforts with a built-in bathroom, cosy wood burner and mini-fridge, whilst still retaining that back to nature appeal thanks to some unspoilt views of the gorgeous Norfolk countryside right outside your door. Although not equipped for cooking up a seasonal stew, the Hall provides various delicious breakfast options to start off a day of exploring. With the stunning Norfolk coastline nearby for a healthy dose of sea air and the local towns Fakenham and Holt ideally located for some East Anglian culture, there’s always something to do. Then again, there’s always the option of just holing up with someone special in this wonderfully romantic setting.


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Stay at the Shepherd’s Huts at Godwick Hall with prices starting from £69 per night. Find out more here.

 
Hobbit House - Pengenffordd, Powys, Wales
 

If you’re feeling the need to throw your phone into the fires of Mount Doom, why not adventure to the Brecon Beacons to your very own Hobbit House. Wake up in your comfy double sofa bed to a view that would rival the best in Middle Earth whilst warmed by the wood-burning oven nestled inside your own cosy retreat. If you don’t feel like cooking for yourselves, hearty dinners and breakfasts (but not second breakfast, greedy hobbitses) including the rave-reviewed pancakes can be pre-ordered. You won’t need to venture all the way to Rivendell for a spot of culture thanks to only being 15 minutes away from “town of books’ Hay-on-Wye, home to the famous Hay Literary Festival. If town doesn’t appeal, soak up the best of the Brecon Beacons with a local walk and a pint over the road at the rural weekend pub. Sounds precccioussss to us.


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Stay at the Hobbit House with prices starting from £50 per night. Find out more here
 
Shepherd’s Cabin - The Camp, Cotswolds
 

Always fancied getting back to nature with a simpler weekend away, but really don’t fancy the idea of two nights in a tent? This romantically rustic cabin is just the answer. From the free-standing bath tub, the unspoilt surroundings, the cosiest looking bed and the more than welcome advice to leave your phones in the car, a weekend in this Cotswolds cabin is the step back in time we could all benefit from to thoroughly unplug. The real highlight here is (brace yourselves) no electricity! That’s right; bring your books, board games and romantic sensibilities for a weekend without any appliance reliance. With hot running water, gas to cook on and candles for that gorgeous glow come evening, completely get away from it all whilst only being a couple of hours from London and Bristol. Also, if back to basics cooking isn’t your forte, your hosts also run a superb local takeaway service every other Friday which can feature anything from pork belly to lamb curry – because a weekend here is all about insta-lamb not Instagram.


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Stay at the Shepherd’s Cabin with prices starting from £60 per night and be sure to check out The Camp Kitchen takeaway service. Find out more here
 
Bluebell & Primrose Glamping Pods - Padstow, Cornwall
 

If you’re looking for somewhere snug but the idea of spending a whole weekend cocooned in comfort makes you itch for something a little more lively, then a stay at these Cornish Glamping Pods gives you the best of both worlds. With the seaside town of Padstow practically on your doorstep, you can soak up some of the best of Cornwall’s hospitality with its plethora of exceptional restaurants, cream teas galore and, of course, breathtaking sandy beaches and coastal footpaths. If travelling by car you also have the luck of being easily connected to some of Cornwall’s top cultural attractions including The Eden Project and the Tate St Ives. Once you’ve exhausted your taste for adventure (or just eaten too much clotted cream and need to lie down), the pods themselves are ideal for little rest & relaxation with their own outdoor fire pits to warm up those chillier evenings after a little stargazing, before a warming meal, a hot built-in shower and curling up in this little slice of cosiness like peas in, well, a pod!


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Stay at the Glamping Pods with prices starting from £65 per night. Find out more here

Urban Retreat Eco Cabin - Forres, Moray, Scotland

Feeling a little frazzled by the pressures of the daily grind? A trip to the north coast of Scotland will really recharge your batteries. Perfect for those wanting an escape without being miles away from civilisation, the joyful-looking traditional red caravan is hidden away at the bottom of your host’s garden, but you still get to enjoy being in the centre of the small but vibrant town of Forres. The beautifully decorated cabin features a wood burning stove to keep things cosy on those dark nights and a gas burner for that first cup of tea in the morning whilst you take in the view of the lovely garden. Despite being in town, those wanting to step away from mode cons for the weekend can enjoy a hot outdoor bush shower as an invigorating way to start the day. Only five miles away is the coastal village of Findhorn if you fancy a walk along the beach and maybe even a chance encounter with one of the local seals. Unwinding with the wildlife in a whimsical setting? It gets our seal of approval for sure!


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Stay at the Urban Retreat Eco Cabin with prices starting from £66 per night. Find out more here
The hosts will also be offering fantastic creative micro residencies at the cabin under a separate booking system – the perfect place for a shot of inspiration.
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