The UK has some seriously special settings to host visitors from home or away for holidays and long weekends. Be it enjoying remote spots amid centuries-old woodlands or direct access to an isolated stretch of beach, there is an array of impressive escapes to experience The Great Outdoors first-hand. Think cosy chalet interiors, budget log cabins perfect for families trying to cut costs and luxury romantic retreats in home-from-home lodges.
And it isn’t just in the summer months that you can escape to the country, despite the predictably unpredictable British weather. Chalets, lodges and log cabins are often fitted with hot tubs, sun decks, wood-burning fires and BBQs to accommodate every season.
If you’re looking for a place to spend a bank holiday with friends or to celebrate a big birthday with the whole family, check out these stylish lodges, cabins and shepherds’ huts that are on a par with any country cottage stay.
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Herston Log Cabins, Swanage, England
Best for: Adventures with the family
This rustic log cabin site has a relaxed and safe yet adventurous atmosphere perfect for a UK family staycation. Overlooking the rolling Purbeck Hills of the Jurassic Coast, self-catering cabins, lodges and cottages boast modern interiors, hot tubs and sheltered outdoor spaces — and you can leave the car behind. Families staying at Herston can stroll down to the seaside town centre and blue flag Swanage beaches to enjoy water sports, restaurants and arcades.
The site’s children’s play area and proximity to the Swanage steam train to Corfe Castle are a bonus for a family day out. Cancel the dog sitter and bring your pet along for £5 per night. That’s not to say this site neglects its adults. There’s an on-site bar, The Old Mess Room, for parents to try local ales, an entertainment programme including karaoke and a restaurant that honours the age-old tradition of a Sunday roast.
Log cabins from £740 for a four-night stay sleeping up to seven
Pantglas Hall Holiday Lodges, Camarthen, Wales
Best for: Budget chalets
The woodlands of Carmarthenshire are a sight to behold from Pantglas Hall Holiday Lodge, where 25 self-catering…
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