Winning Tip: Glamping at a dairy farm in West Devon
Find yourself in one of the two cozy, wooden ones glamping pods, on Alistair’s beef and mutton farm in the peaceful Devon countryside, not far from Launceston, Cornwall. Despite a relentless downpour at the end of October, we stayed warm, toasty and smug inside the pod thanks to clever heating and insulation. Having an en-suite shower room saved us the usual torch run through a field, and the heated towel rail was forgiving. The home was a success on the dry nights as we enjoyed the heat as well as visiting Alistair’s herd of rare breed sheep.
From £ 65 a night for a maximum of four
Cozy cabins, Whitstable, Kent
These converts fishermen’s huts on Whitstable’s waterfront were once inhabited by hull growers, but now serve as cozy cabins for tourists looking for a bit of fresh sea air all year round. A few meters from the beach and the famous Whitstable Oyster Company restaurant, these cabins overlooking the sea are the ideal starting point to explore the England Coast Path or ride a bike Way of the crab and periwinkles.
Cabins from £ 85 per night
Cabins in the woods near Shrewsbury
My husband, my two sons and I loved it Cabins by the river just outside of Shrewsbury for its peaceful location and wooded surroundings. There are only a few cabins and lodges and our cabin deck (and hot tub) overlooked the river which was the perfect place to relax and watch for wildlife. The interior of our stylish cabin was finished to a very high standard and was beautifully comfortable and well equipped. We all loved the huge sandstone quarry home (toasted marshmallow under the stars!). It was an ideal base for exploring areas of Shropshire of outstanding natural beauty.
Cabins from £ 90 per night
American School Bus, Beachy Head, East Sussex
There’s no better place to clear the winter haze than atop the White Cliffs of Beachy Head. As the wind blows across a choppy sea, tearing pieces off the crumbling cliff, I feel wild and free, in tune with the elements. Inside, red cheeks, I am protected by the safe and reliable walls of another icon. a American yellow school bus, converted into an original little house that gently sway in the wind. It’s as if he wanted to remind me that he too came to shake up previous lives, to feel alive.
Price from £ 155 a night based on two shares
A hut high up, Lake District
Dubs cabin is slate with a stone floor and a slate roof. Accommodation is free. Start at the top of Honister Pass (Network Ref: NY 225 135) where there is a National Trust paid parking lot. From there, follow the road, passing the slate factory on your left. Enter the courtyard of the quarry, climb a few steps and take a path marked “Large gable and haystacks”, which immediately begins to climb, leading you to the old tram of the abandoned quarry. It’s Moses Rigg. There is a 150 meter climb before descending, to the Dubs quarry. As you approach the cabin, you have a panorama of Haystacks and the entire High Stile chain.
No charge, but you it is advisable to take a tent in popular areas, in case both are already busy when you arrive. It is crucial to check the weather forecast for adverse conditions before attempting to reach one distance at a time
Bikepacking at a time, Cairngorms
Recently renovated with a compost toilet and two wood stoves, Ruigh Aiteachain both, at Glen Feshie in the Cairngorms, offers a perfect overnight stay between Blair Atholl and Aviemore for a two day cycling trip. The first day through Glen Tilt and Glen Feshie offers beautiful Scots pine forests and deer bellows reverberating through the valleys. Day two reveals another magical journey as you continue north along the Feshie and Spey rivers, to Aviemore for a well-deserved refreshment. When fording two rivers you will have to check first if they are flooding, but if not, it only adds to the adventure.
No charge, but you it is advisable to take a tent if you intend to use a Bothy in a popular area. It is crucial to check the weather forecast for adverse conditions before attempting to reach one distance at a time
One room cottage, Isle of Skye
Cottage Struanlea in Lower Breakish, on the south-east of the Isle of Skye, is a secret hideaway, perfect for two. Just off the main road to Kyle of Lochalsh, it has everything you need for a break from everyday life, yet it’s easily accessible, just a short walk to the beach, and minutes to local community facilities. It’s cozy and welcoming, and you can imagine you’re in a secluded corner of Skye.
From £ 230 per week
Caravans and views over Morecambe Bay, Cumbria
We stayed at a lovely caravan site named The meat fell, with our mini-caravan and massive awning. It is a very quiet location close to the Lake District at Grange-over-Sands, in Morecambe Bay. Our awning was flooded, but we made a cup of tea and survived! The site is open all year round. You don’t need to be a member of the Caravan Club to enjoy this lovely place.
Tourist pitch from £ 11.15
Fit for a Hobbit, Ceredigion
Ty barcud The Devil’s Bridge luxury glamping in Ceredigion (near Aberystwyth in central Wales) is in an amazing location. It sits in two hectares of meadow and woodland. The pod is a curved, cedar clad, fully insulated cabin with a round front door that feels like waiting for two Hobbits to arrive! It has a private bathroom, Wi-Fi access and a beautiful terrace.
£ 255 for a Friday-Monday winter stay for two
Shepherd’s hut, Berkshire
Small Fleece at Folly Farm in West Ilsley is a cozy shepherd’s hut in beautiful countryside near the Ridgeway in Berkshire. The wood-burning stove, electric central heating and fireplace make it cozy in winter, and it has an electric shower and a wood-fired outdoor bath for romantic evenings under the stars. Sheep and pheasants make good company on the frigid walks through the farmland. I can not wait to return to.
Of £ 3ten for two nights for up to two people