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Cosy cabins, campsites and tree houses to get outdoors in the British autumn


If we wrote a goodbye letter to summer, we'd say we miss dining alfresco, sleeping on the beach and throwing our windows wide open to let the warm air in.

However, the cooler temperatures of autumn doesn't mean we have to shut ourselves from the great outdoors. The UK is full of cosy and breathtaking retreats set in magical woodlands and rolling hills. We round-up 10 of the loveliest (and warmest) cabins, huts, campsites and treehouses to book for a weekend winter escape.

The woodland cabin

In various locations around the UK

In nine idyllic forests across the UK sits a number of these luxurious yet wholesome woodland cabins. Some are specially built with couples in mind, complete with a hot tub, romantic wood burning stove and a huge sunken bath with panoramic views of the forest. Others are perfect for group getaways, with large four bedroom cabins, sleeping up to eight people. Plus there's everything in-between, with outdoor hot tubs to soak in the fresh air.

Prices from £467 for 3 nights, 2 bedrooms, forestholidays.co.uk

The garden dome

In Gloucestershire

They could look like alien droppings in a sci-fi film, but the Dome Garden is a cosy eco camp site set in the heart of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Each dome is insulated, but the interior can vary from basic campsite (with zips in the doors, simple design and an immediacy to nature outside) to luxury hotel level (with luxurious linen and furniture).

From £345 for 4 nights, sleeps 4; domegarden.co.uk

The glamping site

In West Dorset

Crafty Camping is a high quality, adult-only luxury glamping site located in West Dorset. It's proven to be a popular weekend retreat for city dwellers looking to unwind from the rat race. All accommodations feature a king-sized bed with an oak head board, linen, a down duvet and pillows, a dressing table and sofa. There are both electric and candle lights, electricity sockets and an electric blanket, plus a log burner that quickly heats the whole tent.

From £252 for a three night weekend stay; mallinson.co.uk

The beach hut

In North Devon

The Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is a new boutique resort with 26 ‘beach hut’ style lodges. Located on the sea front of North Devon, it promises stunning views overlooking Hele Bay near Illfracombe. Each self-catering hut sleeps two persons and some offer hot tubs. Dramatic cliffs, humble fishing villages and sandy beaches are on the doorstep of these cosy cabins.

From £215 per week; beachcoveretreat.co.uk

The outdoor hottub

In the Lake District

The Gilpin Hotel boasts a stunning spa set on a four-acre private lake. Named The Jetty, the treatment retreat has been built to blend with the environment, with floor-to-ceiling windows, large patio doors opening onto the lawn, and an outdoor cedar wood hot tub under a beautiful Acer tree.

From £295 per night at the Lake House, including a full English breakfast, five course dinner and complimentary use of the spa; thegilpin.co.uk

The gypsy wagon

In Melrose, Scottish Borders

History has always associated roulottes with freedom, romance and adventure. Nestled in a three acre meadow below the Eildon Hills are eight of them , each one decorated with ornate Moroccan, Asian and Celtic touches. Known as Roulotte Retreat, it's the perfect concept for holidaymakers looking for something a bit different or a romantic weekend getaway. Need one more reason to go? At night the jet black Scottish skies reveal a universe of spectacular stars.

From £100 per night, roulotteretreat.com

The shepherd’s huts

In Snowdonia

Lambs wool mattress, feather duvet, traditional Welsh blankets and a wood burning stove to cuddle up in front of. These delightful huts parked in a secluded spot in Snowdonia National Park have been lovingly designed and built by owners Richard and Hazel. Guests are given two cabins: "the living one" and "the washing one" which includes a fantastic wood-burning sauna. For food, the owners arrange hampers of the finest Welsh produce and there's a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen cart with a gas burner or a fire pit to slow-cook your dinner.

£75 per night, snowdoniashepherdshuts.co.uk

The Mongolian Yurt

In the Lake District

Hand-crafted in Mongolia and imported to the Lake District, the Full Circle Yurts are authentic in the style that has been crafted in Asia for thousands of years. They are decorated in traditional Mongolian symbols and colours and come stocked with a wood-burning stove, large supply of candles, tea-lights and a selection of board games and books.

£365 for 4 nights; lake-district-yurts.co.uk

The safari lodge

In the Port Lympne Reserve, Kent

The Livingstone Lodge is the UK's only overnight safari lodge. The 10 canvas huts - a replica of the tented camps of Africa - overlook a watering hole so you can sit on your veranda and watch zebras munch the lawn and herds of wildebeest gallop across the Kent plains. Inside, the heated space is kitted out with a bed, sumptuous feather duvet and fluffy white gown.

From £140-£240 per person; aspinallfoundation.org

The luxury treehouse

In Hampshire

This isn't child play. Each Treehouse in the grounds of the The treehouses at Chewton Glen hotel aren't child's play. Perched on stilts and secluded from the main hotel building, the impressive wooden houses seamlessly blend into the valley and trees. Each treehouse has two suites, so you can book individual suites (choose from three categories: Studio Suite, Loft Suite or Hideaway Suite) or a whole Treehouse. We hear the morning sun beams right through the floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the suits with glorious light.

From £750-850; chewtonglen.com



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