Quirky places to stay that make the most of Britain’s great outdoors
Farm lodges, seaside pods, shepherds’ huts and large yurts (with free-standing bathtubs as well). Break the mold this summer and make the most of Britain’s great outdoors with one of these alternative boujee stays… And not a leaky tent or sleeping bag in sight.
Hidden huts at the Fish Hotel
A romantic retreat in the Cotswolds
Just when you think you can’t drive any further into the clearings of the North Cotswolds, the tree cover opens up at The Fish. Its secluded location sets the tone for a laid-back, alfresco break at a boutique hotel that feels more like a rambling country estate than anything formal or fussy. Rooms range from cozy rooms in a converted stable to luxurious treehouses, the embodiment of every child’s Robinson Crusoe dream, and the newest additions – a cluster of hidden cabins. One of them, Titania, consists of two caravans, cleverly converted into one room with a neat living room, a wood-burning stove, a freestanding bathtub and an inviting bed inside, and a hot tub outside. outdoors – a scene so serene it’s hard to leave.
Insider Tip: If the weather turns, watch the rain on the skylight above the bed in your cabana – a fire crackling in the woodstove and a cup of tea close at hand.
Out and about: The Cotswolds countryside is made for hiking. Start in the hotel cloakroom, where you can get dressed in rubber boots and pick out a map of a local walk. Walk down Fish Hill towards Broadway; an easy half hour walk – at least on the way. Feeling energetic? Take the 8.5 mile loop to Chipping Campden. In July and August, you can enjoy a fragrant walk through the flowers of the Cotswold Lavender Flower Farm before heading to Snowshill, a chocolate box village that served as the venue for Bridget Jones Diary. If after all that exertion you need a massage, book into the Dormy House Hotel (another property on the Farncombe estate) or head to the Bamford Spa in Daylesford, near Kingham.
How to do: Stays at Fish Hotel (01385 858000, thefishhotel.co.uk) from £185 per night.
By Emily Cronin
A family getaway to Ceredigion, Wales
Located just 200 meters from the shingle beach of Cwmtydu, these former shipping containers have been creatively transformed into three family-friendly seaside modules, each sleeping four people. On arrival at this secluded cove in West Wales, ring the bunks first to find out which of the bunks have the best sea views and start planning your stay – reservations are advised. advancing kayaking, paragliding and many other water activities. Prepare a home-cooked dinner in the industrial-sized communal kitchen, while kids can get back to basics with the collection of free board games (or connect their devices to wifi…). Sleek and modern shower facilities would make any glamper envious, but don’t forget your shampoo. Why not reserve all three exclusive use cabins for coastal fun with up to 12 friends or family?
Insider Tip: There is a spacious laundry room for washing and drying swimsuits.
Outside : The seaside town of New Quay is a 4 mile walk away. Its award-winning Lime Crab fish and chips are worth it. At the town’s harbor beach, you may spot bottlenose dolphins, as they follow schools of mackerel into the bay. For an unobstructed view of these beautiful creatures, stand at the end of the dock.
How to do: Cabins at Ty Cwch (07753 700712, tycwch.wales) can sleep four and cost from £120 per night (minimum stay two nights September-June; three nights July and August)
By Emily Hill