The UK is full of postcard sights. From the rolling green hills of England to the peaks of Scotland, there are great natural experiences to be had.
If you want to make the most of your next mini-break, finding a quiet space to relax is your best bet. To make it easier for you, we’ve spotted seven of the UK’s most unusual holiday homes for nature lovers.
Whether you are looking for a secluded location in the Highlands, an off-grid location in Wales or a quiet retreat in the West Country, there is something for everyone at these unique venues organized by Unusual Host.
7. The Nest, Wales
If quiet seclusion is what you are looking for, then this decidedly Hobbity home in Powys, Wales is for you.
Nestled amid 300 acres of working farmland in central Wales, this vacation rental has a green roof and a wildflower garden. In reality, The nest is located in such a remote location that there are even two outdoor tubs for you to relax in, without any fear of being seen.
Along with all the usual comforts you would expect from a luxury property – king beds, rainfall showerheads – there’s also an outdoor hot tub so you can spend the evening under the stars. There is even a fire pit to cook a delicious dinner.
6. Eagle Brae Log Cabins, The Highlands
If you want to fall asleep in nature, literally, then these epic log cabins in the heart of the Highlands could be your perfect getaway. Located on the Struy Estate, owned by the Spencer-Nairn family since the 1930s, there are seven log cabins available – each handcrafted.
All log cabins are sheltered from each other, ensuring your privacy during your stay. Climate-conscious customers also don’t have to worry about their impact on the environment, as each cabin is fully sustainable, with a green roof and a micro-hydropower system (a facility that harnesses energy from the l ‘running water).
With stays ranging from Â£ 580 (â¬ 686) for two nights, this level of craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap. But with the Scottish Highlands on your doorstep, you couldn’t get close to nature if you tried.
5. The Bird Watchers Hut, Golspie, Sutherland
If feathered friends are what you are looking for then this birdwatchers hut in Sutherland is the perfect place to nest for a long weekend.
Situated on the shores of Loch Fleet in the Balblair Forest, this log cabin is a must see for nature lovers. At the gates of a nature reserve, you can step into nature whenever you want and be among rare flowers, pines and spruce trees and sparkling lochs.
If you remember to pack your binoculars, you will be rewarded with views of pine martens, ospreys, otters and frolicking deer.
The glassed-in cabin gives you plenty of opportunities to observe nature from the comfort of your armchair, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can head to nearby Dunrobin Castle and watch their regular falconry shows.
After all this birding, you might be ready for a drink, so why not visit the Carnegie whiskey cellars for a little tour?
4. The Secret Yurts, Powys Wales
Blending into the Welsh landscape, this campsite has strong ecological credentials, as well as a touch of luxury that is much more. Featuring three yurts with all mod cons, including plush beds and warm bathrobes, the site also has hot tubs and a Finnish sauna.
Once you’re done relaxing there is plenty to do in the area, including kayaking, quad biking, and a range of local pubs and wine bars.
All at the Secret yurts has been designed with sustainability in mind, from durable firewood for your wood stove to rainwater harvesting and solar panels. You can even arrange to leave the car at home, as the pick-up and drop-off at the station is provided by the owners.
This arrangement won’t limit you either, as there is more than enough to explore by bike or on foot, including a walk in the surrounding woods.
3. The stone houses, Ullapool, the Highlands
Ten minutes walk from the center of Ullapool, stone houses offers five star luxury in the heart of the Highlands. Carved from stone, turf and grass, the two houses were designed by Hebridean architect Stuart Bagshaw. Both properties offer panoramic views over Loch Broom, with the larger of the two, the Curved Stone House, accommodating four and the Treetop House accommodating three.
The Ullapool Hill Path network is right on your doorstep here, so you can explore Loch Broom and the surrounding mountains. If you want to go further afield the area is perfect for kayaking, and with the Loch below you there are plenty of fishing possibilities too.
Each house is equipped with a sauna so that you can relax at the end of a hard day of hiking and enjoy the view of the Assynt and Coigach mountains.
When you feel completely rejuvenated, head to Ullapool to try local whiskeys at the Ceilidh Square.
2. Yeworthy Eco Treehouse, Eworthy, Devon
Complete seclusion is hard to find these days, but owners of Yeworthy Eco Treehouse in Devon have managed to create it. Tucked away among the treetops above a lake, this vacation rental is truly off the grid.
So off-grid that the owners drive you there by jeep, which you keep for the rest of your stay.
The treehouse has no electricity, just a glowing wood stove to keep you warm and a gas stove so you can cook and boil your own water. There is also a sawdust toilet, but there is no shower, so keep that in mind if you plan to stay for a while.
The treehouse comes with its own summer house, so you can relax by the rippling water’s edge, and there’s even a rowing boat for you to take a stroll across the lake.
Yeworthy also accepts dogs, so be sure to bring your four-legged friend, who will love exploring the lake and surrounding woods.
1. Cabin on the lake, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
Located in the peaceful setting of Gwalia Farm, the Cabin on the lake has been in the same family since 1979. Encircled by the rolling rolling green hills of central Wales, the cabin is an eco-friendly retreat for those looking to unwind, disconnect and unwind.
Inside the cabin you’ll find a warm double bed, with alpaca blankets and a wood-burning stove for those cooler nights. Outside, there’s a decadent wood-fired hot tub for lounging while watching the lake, plus a fire pit for cooking and toasting marshmallows under the stars.
The lake is also equipped with its own canoe, and if you like hiking you can try the local Precipice promenade for a wonderful view of the surrounding hills.
If your muscles are sore after all that walking, you can even book yourself a massage at the farm, before settling down to play a board game by the fireside.