Yearning for fresh air, country walks, stargazing and rejuvenation? You’ve come to the right place. With many of us choosing not to book a foreign holiday this year, it’s the ideal time to explore the UK’s green and pleasant land, whilst making the experience a little a bit different. From jaw-dropping picturesque views to cosy romantic retreats, these are some of the dreamiest UK cabins to rent for 2021 and beyond. Image above by Settle.
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Architect designed cabin
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Black Shed is an award-winning architect designed cabin which overlooks Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. The contemporary living space is bright and spacious with big windows that look out onto the working croft.
The cabin has a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning stove, king size bed and walk in shower. It’s available for weekly rental all year round and is suitable for two guests. Price per week £765-1,055 depending on the time of year. Book directly via The Black Shed.
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This self-catering accommodation is much more than just a room with a view. The decor, described as ‘rough luxe and oh-so-feminine’ pairs reclaimed materials with moody floral furnishings and vintage details.
Local larch has been used to clad the wooden frame and much of the material used in the interior has had a previous life. Eco friendly features of the build include sheep’s wool insulation and solar thermal energy to heat the water.
The cabin is situated in an idyllic rural location, two miles from the sandy beaches of Holywell Bay. £950 per week. Book via Unique Homestays / +44(0)1637 881183.
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Cosy treehouse retreat
This cosy treehouse retreat made from reclaimed timbers is built around three sturdy oak trees with views of the North Downs. Suited to solo travellers or a couple, amenities include a BBQ, cool box, kettle, downstairs chemical loo and a shower available in the owner’s house nearby. It also has a heater and double glazing, making it suitable for winter stays. The treehouse is priced at £99 a night + cleaning and service fee. Book via Airbnb.
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Log cabins in the Highlands
Eagle Brae is a set of cabins to rent with stunning views of the Highlands and 8000 acres of rugged Scottish wilderness on your doorstep. Suitable for a family getaway (cabins are suitable for 2-6 people), there are plenty of outdoor activities on offer from canoeing to dog sledding, depending on the time of year.
The handcrafted cedar log cabins are self sufficient in terms of energy and utilities. All the cabins feature underfloor heating powered by biomass wood-pellet burners. £1366 – £2454 per week / minimum 2 night stay. Book via Coolstays
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Contemporary coastal cabins
Tahuna Bothies are three small but perfectly formed contemporary cabins by the sea in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire. Each bothy can accommodate 2-4 guests, has a kitchenette, bathroom, mezzanine king size bed, sofa bed, outdoor seating and huge windows for admiring the sea views.
In addition to the beautiful sandy beaches, there’s plenty to see in the area. The Newburgh seal colony based at the mouth of the Ythan River is just 4 minutes walk. You can also visit the Forvie Natural Nature Reserve, Slains Castle ruins – which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Fyvie Castle and the cliff top fortress of Dunnottar Castle. Book via Coolstays.
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Modern rustic cabins
Breckland, south Norfolk
Settle is a collection of beautifully styled boutique cabins with a slow living ethos. Nestled in 30 acres of parkland, the accommodation comprises a handcrafted lakeside cabin, three cabins built from restored vintage railway carriages and luxury canvas camping. An idyllic spot to enjoy country walks and lakeside tranquility.
The thoughtfully designed rustic interiors are the brainchild of Jo and John. Jo is an interior stylist and floral designer. John is the owner of a large reclamation yard in Norfolk and has an eye for restoring heritage materials. The cabins start at £200 per night + cleaning and service fee. Book via Airbnb.
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Luxury cliffside cabin with sea views
Atlanta is a charming restored cabin that is believed to have been located here for 100 years. Wrapped in floor to ceiling glazing, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of north Cornwall’s Whitsand Bay.
Offering all the home comforts, inside is a fully equipped kitchen, bedroom and bathroom with bath tub. Outside, the terrace has a heated outdoor shower and hot tub. It sleeps two guests and is dog-friendly. £1095 for 4 nights. Find Atlanta and lots of idyllic UK cabins to rent at Unique Homestays / +44(0)1637 881183
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The Old Oak at Colemans Farm offers a magical treehouse experience, just an hour from London. Built around a huge oak tree, key features include a bath that sits adjacent to a large window and offers views of green fields and grazing sheep. Hammocks on the terrace provide the perfect place for star spotting.
The flat landscape of the area makes it great for exploring rural Essex and the nearby villages by bike. £250-300 per night. Book via Coolstays.
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The Parlour is a pretty Shepherd’s Hut situated by a lake and organic farmland in the Somerset countryside. The cabin is also a short drive from the coast where you can explore the beautiful Lyme Regis area.
The well presented cabin sleeps two and is mainly solar-powered. With an outdoor lounge, pizza oven, wood-fired hot tub and sauna you’ll get the full glamping experience. £220-240 per night. Book via Coolstays
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Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Inverlonan Bothies are so remote you can only reach them through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park by foot, boat or buggy. The two bothies, Uisige – pronounced ‘Oosh-Ka’ and Beatha or ‘Bay-Ay’ are named after the Gaelic for ‘Water of Life’.
The minimalist, architect-designed cabins overlook Loch Nell and each offers space for two guests. A ‘farm to bothy’ breakfast made from locally sourced ingredients can be found in the larder. Cook over an open fire pit, swim in the loch and wake up to an outdoor shower for a taste of simple living as you soak up the stunning natural surroundings. Book via Coolstays.
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Family friendly cabin
Hergest Lee in Burlingjobb, Powys is a modern curvaceous cabin with space for five. Built from local cedar wood, it has fully equipped kitchen, shower room and alfresco area. The master bedroom features a freestanding bath and large window overlooking Hergest Ridge and Offa’s Dyke Path. There is also a mezzanine upstairs with sleeping space for three.
Hiking boots are a must as there are numerous walking routes to embark on. An award-winning pub called The Harp is just 15 minutes away on foot. £130-165 per night (minimum 3 nights in high season). Book via Coolstays
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Repurposed rustic hideaway
This handcrafted upcycled wooden abode is a timber shack built alongside renovated stables in the hamlet of Trebudannon, a short drive from the surfing beaches of Newquay and Mawgan Porth.
The walls, floors and ceiling are all made from repurposed materials. Features include an open fires, Aga, spacious veranda, outdoor fire, hot tub and wildlife ponds. The property accommodates two guests and is dog-friendly. £1,350 per week. Book via Unique Homestays / +44(0)1637 881183
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Looking for cabin holidays further afield? Take a look at our post on the Cabanas no Rio coastal cabins in Portugal.