By Christine Fleming
Daydreaming of a cabin in the woods? We’ve rounded up some of the best cabin stays in the UK you can book now.
From cabins with their own woodland spa near the Devon coast, to bothies attached to a Michelin Star restaurant in the Scottish Highlands, all these boutique cabin stays are immersed in nature. Some come on land that is being rewilded by its owners, while others offer a digital detox from the pressures of everyday life.
Most are cabins for two, but some are family friendly and can sleep bigger groups and dogs are welcome at many of the below. Whether you love a wood-fired hot tub, private sauna, sunken bath tub on your private decking, stargazing roof or fire pit to cosy round at night, where will you stay next…
Best cabin stays in the UK
Wildwood Spa, Devon – The spa one
There aren’t many cabins with their own private spa in the UK, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at Wildwood Spa in Devon. As well as a seriously stylish cabin with huge glass windows that look out over lush greenery as far as the eye can see, you get your very own heated infinity pool, private cedar and glass sauna and waterfall shower. Sign up the mailing list for this one as their website says it is currently fully booked until 2025, though you might get lucky if there is a last-minute cancellation.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £540 a night | Adults only | No pets
Cove Valley, Exe Valley, Devon – The rewilding one
Set on a tranquil hillside on the edge of Exmoor National Park, these three newly-opened cabins offer a rustic, yet luxury-filled experience with bespoke interiors that will make you swoon. Think beds made for sinking into, cosy log burners, fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms, indoor-outdoor living spaces and wood-fired hot tubs on the decking, all designed to seamlessly blend into the untamed landscape beyond. Husband and wife owners, Ben and Yolanda, purchased the land the cabins are on in 2018 and along with three neighbouring landowners embarked on a rewilding project spanning 300-acres to restore numbers of red deer and longhorn cattle, plus a host of other species.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £250 per night | Children over 12 welcome | No pets
Looking Glass Lodge, Hastings – The one that’s been on TV
Located on the edge of Mallydams Wood Nature Reserve near Hastings, just an hour from London, Looking Glass Lodge is a luxury retreat that is making quite the name for itself. A hit with architecture and design lovers, it was recently featured on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. Built with nature in mind by local craftsmen, marvel at the breath-taking views in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Add a wellness package on for woodland yoga, forest bathing or massages or pre-order a delicious local deli hamper.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £590 for two nights | Adults only | No pets
In The Vale, Lake District – The celebrity-approved one
For a nature-loving break with a celebrity seal of approval, look no further than In The Vale. With five wood cabins to choose from, this glamping getaway set on a working farm in the heart of the Lake District recently hosted Romeo Beckham and his model girlfriend Mia (not a gifted stay, he booked it himself). Boasting cosy living spaces, private hot tubs and astounding views of the famous scenery, In The Vale is where nature and luxury meet. Make the most of your stay by venturing along some of the Lakes’ iconic trails, have a go at wild swimming in the two rivers on your doorstep, or time your visit to witness the magic of lambing season.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £155 a nights | No pets
Inver, Argyll and Bute – The Michelin Star restaurant one
Serving up sustainably sourced local produce on the shores of Loch Fyne, Inver is the perfect place for a foodie retreat. A Michelin Green Star restaurant, it also boasts woodland bothies and shepherd’s huts with picture-perfect loch views for guests to stay in, making it an idyllic place to indulge in some of the best Scottish fare on offer before cosying up for the night. But that’s not all. In the morning get ready to feast on an award-winning breakfast that comes delivered to your door in a picnic basket.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £175 a night | Guests must also dine in the restaurant | Dog-friendly option
Browning Bros Secret Escapes, Essex – The cabin by the lake
Nestled on the edge of a private lake in the Essex countryside less than an hour from London, Browning Bros Secret Escapes have created two tranquil spaces to escape from it all. Take your pick from the romantic Kingfishers Nest (pictured) that is just for two, or the family friendly Water Lily Lodge, which can sleep up to six. Featuring cosy log burners, outdoor hot tubs and private jetties, plus a private sauna in the Kingfisher’s, these stylish lakeside retreats will have you wanting to trade the city for the countryside in no time.
Sleeps 2-6 | Stays start from £200 a night | Family and dog friendly options available
Ecotone Cabins, Scottish Highlands – The eco one
Jaw-dropping views – tick, private outdoor decking to get you closer to nature – tick, eco-credentials – tick. The clue is in the name, but book a stay at one of Ecotone’s two bespoke cabins in the woods and you’ll not just be getting some well-earned R&R, but helping support a regenerative tourism project in the process. Set in the clearing of a 32-hectare forest that is also near the coast, each cabin has been built from locally-sourced timber, is home to a renewable heating system and generates income that goes back into the diverse woodland it sits on to and the wildlife that inhabits it.
Sleeps 2-4 | Stays start from £125 a night | Family friendly | No pets
Settle, Norfolk – The slow living one
In a restful pocket of South Norfolk, you’ll find a cabin by the lake and three beautifully restored vintage railway carriages you can bed down in for a night, or three. Made for slow living but with luxury touches, this is the place to truly switch off and, as the name suggests, ‘settle’ down. In the cabin, expect a super-kingsize bed, freestanding bath, wood-fired outdoor bath and two private yoga decks. Like the artisanal decor? Shop it in the Settle Shop and pick up foodie treats in the Settle Store.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £280 a night | No children or pets allowed
Unplugged, multiple UK locations – The digital detox one
Ever wished you could switch off from everything? Head to one of Unplugged’s eleven UK-wide locations and you’ll be doing just that because the name of the game here is 3 days of digital detoxing. Each cute and cosy cabin is located in a beautiful nature spot and has panoramic windows to help you get closer to nature without giving up the comfort of being wrapped in snuggly Piglet In Bed sheets. Phone lockboxes are provided to stash devices in, and there are lots of old school activities to keep you occupied. Think shelves full of books and board games, maps of the local area to inspire exploration, and instant cameras to capture those special moments.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £390 for three nights | Dog-friendly cabins available
The Laundry Retreat, North Wales – The secret garden one
If you’re in need of a nature-filled stay with a difference, book The Laundry Retreat. These luxury log cabin roundhouses are set in the grounds of a very special secret garden you may have spotted on Instagram or a recent episode of Gardeners’ World. Owner Jenny regularly offers her 150,000 followers glimpses into her Georgian Walled Garden as it comes to life in spring, right through to snowfall in winter. Garden tours are available for green-fingered guests. The cabins also enjoy stunning views of the Clwydian Range, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is one of only five in Wales.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £145 a night | Adults only | No pets
The Hide, Glastonbury – The treetop one
Next to the world-famous Glastonbury festival site (it actually overlooks it), The Hide is not just a cabin, it’s a cabin connected to a tree tent via a suspended bridge. A true cabin in the trees, this unique forest hideaway can sleep four people in a king-size bed in the wood cabin and a further two in the tree tent. Both sleeping areas are heated with wood-burning stoves, there is a bathroom with flushing loo and private outdoor shower and a wood-fired twin bath tub on the expansive decking made for stargazing.
Sleeps 4 | Stays start from £195 a night | No pets | On-site swimming pool
The Lakes by YOO, Cotswolds – The push the boat out one
Set amongst 850 acres of lakes, meadows and woodlands in the Cotswolds countryside, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom cabins at The Lakes by YOO are super indulgent and definitely one to book for a special treat. As well as the luxury cabins, there is an on-site spa featuring exclusive treatments from Kate Moss’ new COSMOSS range and cult facials from Dr Barbara Sturm, plus a bar and restaurant hosting Supper Clubs and live music.
Sleeps 4 | Stays start from £695 a night | Dog-friendly
Kushti Camp, Berkshire – The swimming pool one
If a cabin stay with your own private swimming pool is more your vibe, grab a group of pals and head to Kushti Camp, just an hour from West London, for a fun-filled off-grid glamping experience. Set in the grounds of a private house, and backing onto an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this boutique stay is made up of four curved cabins with Mid Century modern furnishings arranged around a communal chill out space. There’s a large outdoor kitchen for cooking, fire pit for toasting marshmallows, hammocks for napping in, and the pool for cooling off in the summer months, which is heated. You’ll also see them popping up for hire in Glastonbury’s Love Fields.
Sleeps up to 8 | Stays start from £250 a night | Family-friendly | Off-grid | No pets
Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent – The wilderness one
If waking up in a nature reserve is your idea of heaven, escape into more than 3,000 acres of wilderness at this bird-filled wild landscape in a special corner of North Kent. Elmley Nature Reserve is the only family-owned reserve in the UK, and part of an ambitious project to restore biodiversity in the area. Day visits start from £8 and safari and wildlife tours are available. But for a truly unique experience, stay over in one of their custom-made cabins or shepherd’s huts. Many come with dreamy outdoor baths, while breakfast hampers and home-cooked meals from a daily menu can be added on.
Sleeps 2-4 | Stays start from £120 a night | Family-friendly options
The Dragon’s Gate, Welsh Border – The Game of Thrones-inspired one
These quirky glamping cabins with spellbinding views across Wales’ Monnow Valley give us Game of Thrones vibes. Perfectly located for hikes in Brecon Beacons National Park, and just a mile from a magical wild swimming spot next to a castle, as well as being within walking distance of charming country pubs, this is the place to live your outdoorsy dreams. Returning to your cabin you’ll find luxurious king-size beds, decadent sheepskin adorned chaises, and depending on which of the three cabins you choose, there’s a wood-fired hot tub, outdoor bath big enough for two – and even a swing.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £95 a night | No pets
Hidey-Hole Cabin, East Sussex – The cinema one
The charmingly named Hidey-Hole is a cabin with a very special surprise – it transforms into your very own mini cinema. Perfect for cinephiles, the bedroom of this unique hideaway turns into a cinema at the push of a button. With a projector screen that seemingly appears from nowhere and a popcorn machine close to hand, it takes movie night to a whole new level. When you are ready to emerge into the world again, the cabin is also perfectly located for exploring both the Kent and Sussex coast.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £139 per night | No pets
Woodcutter’s Cottage, near Rye, Sussex – The fairytale one
Giving off serious fairytale vibes, Woodcutter’s Cottage is a delightful woodland hideaway that looks like it came straight out of the pages of a story book. Find it on the charmingly named Swallowtail Hill farm, which comprises 50 acres of enchanting woodland and wildflower meadows to explore near the medieval coastal town of Rye. Its one of six cabins you can stay in on site and some of the others come with wood-fired hot tubs. While all are unique, Woodcutter’s Cottage is our favourite and can sleep two adults, or two adults and two children. Breakfast and campfire suppers are available as add-ons, or cook up a storm on the BBQ/fire pit.
Sleeps 2-4 | Stays start from £200 a night | Family-friendly | Off-grid | No pets
Unyoked, various locations – The back-to-nature one
Immerse yourself in nature at one of Unyoked’s bespoke cabins dotted across the UK, that all claim to be in ‘Attenborough-level locations’. True cabins in the woods, all are handcrafted using locally sourced and sustainable materials and run off solar power. Out in the middle of nowhere, it is the perfect place to recharge and reset with only rolling hills, clear night skies and a few birds for company. Don’t worry if you don’t have a car, as Unyoked helpfully lists train and taxi options so you can be a greener traveller too.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £154 per night | Eco | Dog-friendly cabins available
Apex Cabins, Yorkshire – The sunken bath one
Not all abodes are created equal, as proven by these rather special Apex cabins with alfresco baths and endless views of the North Yorkshire countryside. Once a derelict farm, these two cabins within their own wildflower meadow offer views of rolling hillsides that can be enjoyed from the comfort of the luxurious king size mezzanine bed or your very own outside sunken bath. The perfect place to sip bubbles from as you watch the sun go down.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £130 per night
Rest + Wild, Shropshire Hills – The destination to watch one
Rest + Wild have boutique cabins in Devon’s Exmoor, but it’s their Shropshire Hills cabins we wanted to highlight, after travel association ABTA named Shropshire as a global destination to watch in 2024. With cabins hidden in some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes, and outdoor baths with views for days, these are small spaces designed for you to completely switch off. Dogs are welcome at all Rest + Wild cabins too.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £175 per night | Dog-friendly
Druid’s Barrel, Wiltshire – The huge fire pit one
Magic and mystery have always surrounded the world-famous Stonehenge site, so expect some of that to be in the air when you stay at neighbouring Druid’s Barrel. A cute and compact cabin with a full glass frontage, there is no escaping the beauty of your lush green surrounds. Lie back and relax in a double hammock, curl up with a book in the enticing leather armchair, take a dip in the outdoor bath or toast marshmallows around the huge sunken fire pit, which is one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £108 per night | Adults only | Dog-friendly
Coast Cabins at Fforest, West Wales – The family-friendly one
Cabin stays aren’t just for couples, which is why we love the offerings at Fforest on the West Wales coast. Each sleeps from four to six guests and families and dogs are welcome. Light, warm and comfortable, all are stylishly decorated with open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas with wall heaters for colder months. Bathrooms have had a recent upgrade to include lovely showers. There is no TV or WiFi here, so holidays are all about getting back to nature and reconnecting as a family.
Sleeps 4-6 | Stays start from £460 per 3 nights | Family and Dog-Friendly
Little Doe Bank Cabin, Warwickshire – The wild swimming one
If you are fan of wild swimming, this is the cabin for you. Set on a working farm in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, this glamping stay aims to offer the same comforts as a boutique hotel. While it might be off-grid and boast eco credentials such as solar power, late-night dips can be had in the copper bath on the decking. A few minutes’ walk away you’ll find a spring-fed wild swimming lake and wood-fired sauna and an outdoor heated shower set amongst the trees with a selection of Bramley products to use. Breakfast hampers full of local produce can be delivered to the cabin each morning, as well as their own lamb for the BBQ.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £160 per night | Eco | Off-grid
Sun-Dapple, Devon – The architect-designed one
Some say cabin, some say giant wooden egg. Locals use the affectionate term ‘Truffle’. Check in to Sun-Dapple and decide for yourself what name fits this unique cabin best. An architectural delight, this handcrafted domed structure is one of five spaced out across 15 acres of oak woodland in the Devon countryside, where you can often spot deer. Wildly spacious inside, quirky features include an indoor hammock, nifty Aquaforno cooking system that includes a BBQ, pizza oven and single gas hob and a wood-burning stove that keeps everything super toasty. At night gaze at the stars through the tree canopy above.
Sleeps 2 | Stays start from £130 per night | Family-friendly
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