UK luxury lodges: 17 cool cabins to book now

The country’s accommodation offering has come a long way since the days when a cabin stay meant roughing it in a spidery bothy or barn, or pretending someone’s garden shed was akin to a Wild West pioneer pad. Now our cabins are just as stylish as those in Scandinavia or the US, and come in a huge range of varieties and styles, with high-tech touches, luxurious interiors and indulgences such as outdoor showers, wood burners and wood-fired hot tubs. Whether you want to hide away in a remote spot in a forest, stay above a beach in Cornwall or hole up in a rural hinterland in your wooden abode, you’ll find some great options here.

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Main photo: Eagle Brae, Inverness-shire (Cool Stays)

Little Peak Cabin

1. Little Peak Cabin, Anglesey

It’s the setting that makes Little Peak Cabin so special.

From a deck overlooking fields you can study the dark hills in the distance with a glass in hand, or relax in the wood-fired hot tub for a night of stargazing. Throw in the white minimalist interiors and this cabin is on a par with any luxury cottage. It’s super family-friendly too, with a grassy playground enclosed by dry-stone walls, plus a contemporary bunk room.

Sleeps 4
Hot tub Y
Price GBP
Dog-friendly N
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UK luxury lodges: 17 cool cabins to book now

Treehouse at at Beacon Hill Hideaways

2. Treehouse, Northumberland

Architecturally impressive, raised on stilts and with a glass balcony, this black timber cabin is the latest and most luxurious addition at Beacon Hill Hideaways, which also has shepherds’ huts. Scandi-style interiors feature plump grey sofas and a huge bed that look straight through floor-to-ceiling windows onto the fields and hills of this 360-acre estate near the market town of Morpeth.

The site’s small spa and indoor swimming pool are a bonus. Sleeps 2
Hot tub Y (shared)
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly N
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White Willow Premium cabin at Delamere Forest

3. Delamere Forest, Cheshire

Forest Holidays offers woodland cabin breaks in partnership with the Forestry Commission, on Forestry Commission Estate land and in National Parks in Scotland and Wales.

Its 11th UK site opened in April in Delamere Forest, a former medieval hunting ground on the Cheshire plains. It’s a smasher, with 66 wooden cabins, all with private hot tubs, sprinkled across 2,400 acres. Choose treehouses, pads for two or first-rate White Willow Premium cabins, boasting outdoor kitchens and pizza ovens.

Sleeps 2-10
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly Y
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The Cabin on the Cliff (Matthew Heritage)

4. Cabin on the Cliff, Cornwall

For sea views it’s hard to beat the cool and romantic Cabin on the Cliff whose sundeck overlooks Whitsand Bay, one of the longest beaches in Cornwall. Luxuries include a timber kitchen, polished concrete floors and wood-burner.

E-bikes, raincoats and wellies are supplied for exploring this eastern part of the county, home to the delightful Tamar Valley and wild Rame Head peninsula. That’s if you can resist the call of the hot tub. Sleeps 2
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBPGBP
Dog-friendly Y
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The Tennis Pavilion at the Wilderness Reserve

5.

The Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk

A 5,000-acre parkland has been rewilded to create the unique Wilderness Reserve. What was once arable land was planted with thousands of trees, with luxurious holiday cottages and cabins added from which to enjoy it. Use Pashley bikes to explore, go paddleboarding on the lakes, and order in hampers or a private chef if you want a catered holiday.

Top picks are the Tabernacle, a fashionable pink nest on its own island, or the family-friendly Tennis Pavilion. Sleeps 2-4
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBPGBP
Dog-friendly Y
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Eagle Brae

6. Eagle Brae, Inverness-shire

For a taste of backwoods life without crossing oceans, Eagle Brae, with ten hand-crafted log cabins on a Highlands ridge, offers a wilderness experience akin to Canada or the Himalayas.

Striking a balance between sustainability and indulgence, these beautifully designed, dog-friendly hideouts feature wild-flower green roofs, biomass heaters, hand-woven textiles, decorative carvings and wood-burners — perfect for cosy nights after conquering Munroes. It’s available as a catered holiday, where eco-friendly activities include grouse safaris. Sleeps 2-6
Hot tub N
Price GBPGBPGBP
Dog-friendly Y
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Brompton Lakes

7.

Brompton Lakes, North Yorkshire

Utopian rural village meets posh holiday park at Brompton Lakes, where 21 luxury lodges are dotted through a preened landscape of green fields, trees and lakes. Interiors are neat and as stylish as a show home, featuring snazzy globe-shaped wood-burners, sliding glass doors and private decks overlooking the water — a great spot for a morning coffee before hitting the tennis courts. Make it a catered holiday by arranging meals from local cafes and the site’s pizza truck.

Sleeps 6
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly Y
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The Cabin at Bliss Blakeney

8. The Cabin at Bliss Blakeney, Norfolk

Is it the coral pink kitchen, the black timber exterior, wild patterned wallpapers or African textiles that make the Cabin at Bliss Blakeney look so cool? Outside, festoon lights are strung over a huge dining table and there’s a covered lounge with wood burner, making it a perfect party pad.

It’s family-friendly, too, thanks to the big lawn and children’s camp beds. The North Norfolk coast’s sweeping natural beauty, beaches and seal-spotting trips are close by. Sleeps 10
Hot tub N
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly Y
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UK luxury lodges: 17 cool cabins to book now

Offa’s Dyke Escape

9.

Offa’s Dyke Escape, North Wales

If Hobbits had been more concerned with fashionable tiles and tropical foliage than second breakfasts and rings, their homes might have looked like this. Cute and curvaceous, the cosy woodland cabin Offa’s Dyke Escape is a far cry from the average self-catering cottage, and featured on the George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces TV show. St Asaph and the mountains of Snowdonia are nearby, but a hike is probably just a formality before hitting the hot tub.

Sleeps 2
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly N
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UK luxury lodges: 17 cool cabins to book now

Tiger Lodge (Expedia)

10. Tiger Lodge, Kent

Of all the cabin and glamping options at Port Lympne Safari Park, many of which offer superb views of the animals, Tiger Lodge is top dog. Huge windows look directly into the tiger enclosure.

You might wake to lock eyes with a big cat gnawing a bone on the other side of the glass, or watch one prowling while you soak in the wood-fired hot tub in your private garden. Guests get a golf buggy for touring the park too. Sleeps 4
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBPGBP
Dog-friendly N
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11.

Bracken, Dorset

After a day out in Dorchester or tramping the pathways of the Wessex Ridgeway, it’s a joy to return to the airy, open-plan space of Bracken, one of three smart holiday lodges on a working farm called Dorset Eco Retreats. Enjoy the sleek family-friendly space — with bright white rooms, floor-to-ceiling glass and wood-fired hot tub — with your clan, or rent them all for the ultimate UK holiday with friends. Sleeps 6
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly N
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12.

North Lakes Lodges, Cumbria

The northern part of the Lake District National Park is arguably the best bit, with fewer crowds but some of the most epic mountains. Instead of booking a standard cottage holiday in the area, try one of the luxury lodges at North Lakes Lodges for a back-to-nature vibe. Private and peaceful, they have tons of outdoor space and hot tubs, but with holiday park extras: massages and golf on demand, and meals delivered to your door.

Sleeps 2-6
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly N
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The Nature Cabin

13. The Nature Cabin, Moray

Inspired by the lodges of Namibia and Botswana, the owners of The Nature Cabin wanted to create somewhere connected to the wilderness. Watch the pine martens and roe deer over breakfast on the wooden deck, head out for hikes and a lobster roll by the sea, then return for fireside drinks watching the sun set over the wildlife pond and a star-gazing dip in the hot tub before snuggling up under textiles from the local wool mill.

Sleeps 2
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly N
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UK luxury lodges: 17 cool cabins to book now

The Old Dairy

14. The Old Dairy at Bumbledown, Cornwall

At the end of a country lane, charming Bumbledown is a collection of luxury lodges, the newest of which is The Old Dairy. Neat and well thought out — down to the bench on the porch for kicking off your wellies and a private hot tub — it’s a great option for those not keen on a fully self-catered holiday, as nearby St Agnes has great places to eat, and there’s cider and ice-cream for sale at nearby farms.

Sleeps 5
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly N
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Kingfisher cabin at Hidden River Cabins

15. Hidden River Cabins, Cumbria

There can be few better places to watch autumn unfold than from this collection of five riverside luxury log cabins, built in Scandinavian style from thick round logs, each dog-friendly and with private hot tubs. This northern part of Cumbria is handy for visiting Hadrian’s Wall, venturing into Scotland or heading south into the Lake District National Park.

For a wilder alternative to a church or register office, you can even get married here, in the barn. Sleeps 6-10
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly Y
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Lympstone Manor Hotel

16. Lympstone Manor Hotel, Devon

Luxurious holiday cottages are all very well but sometimes you want a quirkier stay.

In the gardens of the Lympstone Manor Hotel, near Exmouth, are some of the most luxurious shepherd’s huts going. Overlooking the hotel’s vineyard and connected in pairs, they have glossy patterned wallpapers, fire pits and a wood-fired hot tub or outdoor bath. Yummy hotel breakfasts are delivered each day, and chef Michael Caines heads up the Michelin-starred restaurant, so book in for dinner.

Sleeps 4/5
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBPGBP
Dog-friendly Y
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17. Kuki Lodge, North Yorkshire

Between the North York Moors National Park and the ravishing coastline of the northeast, the underrated Cleveland Hills are gorgeous for walking, with pretty villages such as Great Ayrton. It’s here you’ll find Kuki Lodge, a pine cabin with an homestead-style veranda for evening drinks with private hot tub for after-dark dips.

Quirky wall art and graphic wallpaper add a sense of fun, and the site has a bistro and spa. Sleeps 4
Hot tub Y
Price GBPGBP
Dog-friendly N
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