There is something a little magical about staying in a log cabin in the woods.
It is a way to get closer to nature and to get away from the rhythm and noise of your daily life.
And there is something pleasantly primitive about sitting in a cozy little lodge in front of a log fire, surrounded by trees with squirrels and badgers for neighbors.
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You can, of course, have a similar camping experience, but let’s face it, you will be tough. That’s unless you’re glamping, which isn’t really camping anyway.
With a lodge, you get the best of all worlds; you are close to nature but you don’t sleep on the floor in a sweaty (or icy) tent.
Here is a selection of recommended * log cabins and lodges in Yorkshire, perfect for a cozy winter getaway.
* These are recommended by Yorkshire.com, the official Yorkshire tourism agency, or have the highest ratings on Tripadvisor.
Surrounded by two lakes near Richmond are these 21 independent five-star lodges that can accommodate between three and six people.
The stylish lodges are fitted with modern luxuries including a private hot tub, while the 26-acre private estate on which they are located includes facilities for tennis, lake and river fishing as well as swimming. Mountain bike.
Craven Shepherd’s Huts
Next to the famous Craven Arms pub in Appletreewick, Yorkshire Dales, are these traditional shepherd’s shelters.
Shepherds traditionally rolled these log cabins onto the pasture where their sheep grazed. Obviously, these shelters are smarter and a bit more comfortable with electricity, a wood stove, and adequate toilet and shower.
Dalby Forest Lodges
These three cozy little lodges are probably the most natural on our list. There are breathtaking views of Yorkshire’s most famous forest, but also all the modern comforts you will need.
According to its website, there is no cell phone signal, which means it’s a place where you can truly escape the sensory overload of modern life.
This site with excellent views of Scarborough and Oliver’s Mount, has four modern and luxurious lodges, each with a hot tub.
It’s a half hour walk to Scarborough’s South Bay, but rural enough to be blessed with visits from the local badger population!
Flowery Dell, near Richmond, offers a variety of lodges ranging from small American pioneer-style cabins to large Alpine-style lodges that can accommodate six people.
It is ideal for a romantic getaway or a family holiday.
Griffon Forest Lodges
These functional rather than flash lodges in Flaxton, near York, are nonetheless comfortable, well-equipped and stylish. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by tall trees for a real cabin experience in the woods.
By the River Wharfe in the upscale village of Addingham is this site with real log cabins except on a large scale.
Imagine a modern detached house full of luxury, except log – and with better views.
Set in five acres of gardens and pine trees, these 16 lodges, 14 of which have hot tubs.
The site, near Pickering, has a strict policy on large group bookings, so you’re pretty much guaranteed a quiet and relaxing break.
Luxury lodges in Studford
As the name suggests, this site near Ampleforth has luxurious wooden lodges on stilts surrounded by pine trees. You could almost be in the Black Forest.
From moderately chic to seriously luxurious, these seven Scandinavian lodges each come with a whirlpool tub, modern comforts and plenty of style.
If you fancy being a little more social, there is a bistro and bar on this site, in Great Ayton, on the northern edge of the North York Moors.
Edge of the world
Tucked away in the trees on the edge of the village of Bishop Wilton, near York, is this collection of lodges comprising a large treehouse, cozy huts, family lodges, and romantic lodges with hot tubs.
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