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The best UK lodge and chalet holidays, from luxury retreats to budget family stays

Simon Calder’s Travel

The UK has some seriously special settings to host visitors from home or away on 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 ideal 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 par with any country cottage stay.

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Herston Log Cabins, Swanage, England

Accommodation options include hot tubs, wood burners and private gardens (Herston Yards Farm)

Best for: Adventures with the family

This rustic log cabin site has a relaxed yet adventurous atmosphere ideal for a family staycation. Overlooking the rolling Purbeck Hills and 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. 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. Cancel the dog sitter and bring your pet along for £5 per night.

Log cabins from £660 for a three-night stay sleeping up to seven.

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Pantglas Hall Holiday Lodges, Camarthen, Wales

The self-catering lodges boast veranda views of the Pantglas Hall estate (Pantglass Hall)

Best for: Budget chalets

The woodlands of Carmarthenshire are a sight to behold from Pantglas Hall Holiday Lodge, where 25 self-catering log chalets…

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