By Katie Wilson
If you’re wanderlusting about where to escape the crowds we’ve rounded up the best remote staycations in the UK, all of which are self-catering.
From secret lakeside glamping spots to private beach escapes, here are some of the places we long to be.
Best remote staycations in the UK
North Lodge and River Cabin, Aberdeenshire
If a cabin in the woods is your idea of heaven, check out the North Lodge at Glen Dye Cabins and Cottages in Aberdeenshire. A paradise for those who love the great outdoors, there are miles of tracks on your doorstep for walking or cycling. You can even take a run through one of Britain’s finest private forests, truly making it one of the best remote staycations in the UK. The North Lodge property is a Georgian House on the banks of the River Dye, which also includes a summerhouse and River Cabin you can use throughout your stay. Other highlights include the Swedish wood-fired hot tub, the Big Green Egg BBQ and The Glen Dye Arms, a BYOB pub complete with roaring log fire and record player.
Sleeps 6 | Dog friendly
Price from £1,055 for a four-night stay
Harptree Treehouse, Somerset
If a treetop escape is all you can think about, Harptree Treehouse on a woodland estate near Bath is one of our favourites. It’s got best remote staycation in the UK written all over it. With its luxe furnishings, massive double bed – and did we mention there is a giant copper bath tub in the bedroom? Unwind with a glass of wine and spot the surrounding wildlife on the terrace. Or venture to the glorious Mendip Hills, which are a hikers’ paradise.
Sleeps 2 | No children or pets | Limited phone signal and WiFi
Price from £200 a night
Belle Tout Lighthouse, East Sussex
Did you know you can stay in Britain’s most famous lighthouse, which once appeared in a Bond film? Belle Tout Lighthouse stands beautifully remote atop the white cliffs of Beachy Head, and has had many functions over the years, including as a BBC filming location and a family home. Now this six-bedroom property with panoramic views is available to book as a unique B&B.
Sleeps 6 | No children under 15 | Stay includes breakfast
Price from £155 a night, with a minimum two night stay
Sunrise Cabin, Isle of Skye
For the ultimate in remote staycations in the UK, there are few spots in the world quite like this. This standalone cabin sits on the edge of a loch on the Isle of Skye, and the light here is truly magical. Watch moody views from the king-size bed. Or catch the morning sun or sunset from the two outdoor decks. Hike along cliffs, spot dolphins, or forage amongst the craggy landscapes. More adventurous travellers can try rock climbing or fly fishing. While those wanting fine dining can book a table at Michelin star restaurant Loch Bay in the fishing village of Stein when it reopens.
Sleeps 2, plus 1 small child | No dogs allowed | Car required
Price from £250 a night, with a minimum three night stay
Carnish Cabins, Isle of Harris
One of Scotland’s best kept secrets, Uig Bay, where you’ll find this secluded beach cabin, has been proudly designated one of 40 National Scenic Areas in the country. Vast white sands, which seem virtually untouched, are framed by green rolling hills, providing the perfect setting to watch the sun go down. The area is also home to a range of diverse wildlife, including golden eagles, deer and otters, so nature lovers will be in their element.
Sleeps 2 | No children or pets allowed
Price from £248 a night, with a minimum two night stay
Meadow Head Orchard Hut, Lancashire
You won’t be disturbed at this shepherds hut on a farm in rural Lancashire, which comes with a luxury outdoor tub that’s big enough for two. There is also a fire pit for toasting marshmallows while you gaze up at the stars. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot deers nibbling from the nearby alder hedges in the mornings.
Sleeps 2 | No children or pets allowed
Price from £150 a night, minimum two night stay
Aquila, Lake District
Live like a movie star in this stunning house set on the edge of the Lake District where privacy is key. Enjoy a spot of wild swimming, motorboat across Lake Ullswater, take a 4×4 over Gatescarth’s rocky hairpins or climb Cumbria’s dramatic eastern fells. If being pampered is more your style, book a spa treatment at the house or hire a private chef to do all the cooking for you.
Sleeps up to 6 | Family friendly | No pets
Price from £1,650 per week, £1,250 per short break
Plas Robin Retreats, Mid Wales
Feel at home as soon as you walk through the door at a lodge at Plas Robin Rural Retreats. These high end modern lodges are beautifully remote and boast stunning views of the rolling Welsh countryside. The cosy log burner and underfloor heating keeps guests toasty in the colder months. Or sit back and enjoy the spectacular views as you enjoy alfresco evenings on the private patio or a spot of stargazing from the hot tub.
Each lodge sleeps 4 | Dog friendly
Price from £250 a night, minimum three night stay
The Beach Hut, South Devon
You couldn’t get closer to the sea if you tried at this adults-only beach hut on the South Devon coast. Enjoy the most breathtaking sea views from what is effectively your own private beach in a secluded cove. Watch the sunset with a glass of something lovely from the outdoor hot tub. There is also a glowing wood-burner inside if the evenings turn chilly.
Sleeps 2 | No children or pets | Steep hill down to hut | No internet or phone signal
Price from £202 a night, minimum two night stay
Arcadia Glamping, Loch Lomond, Scotland
Feel completely at one with nature during a stay at Arcadia Glamping Cabins, set within 21 acres of serene woodland of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. These unique cabins are hand sculpted, with the pièce de résistance being the outdoor sunken bath surrounded by fairy lights. Enjoy al fresco dining or sit beside the roaring fire from the chiminea, snuggled under cosy blankets reminiscing on the day’s adventures.
Sleeps 2 | No children or pets allowed | No WiFi, limited phone signal
Price from £170 a night, minimum two night stay
The Looking Glass, North Cornwall
If you’re looking for a luxury beach house property with plenty of space for the whole family, you don’t get better than this. The Looking Glass is a private house just a short walk from the golden sands of Mawgan Porth beach in North Cornwall. Stay in and soak up those intoxicating sea views, or visit the adults-only spa at The Scarlet Hotel just along the cliff when it reopens. For more adventurous travellers, or those with children, there is a local surf school nearby.
Sleeps up to 6 | Family friendly | No pets allowed
Price £3,250 per week or £2,450 per short break
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