Our wild places have a story to tell. They’re a forest hike and a mountain range away from ordinary, with personality in spades. Even among our amazing collection of cabins, there are some whose design flair makes them totally unique to look at and incredibly satisfying to stay in. Whether a local sustainable architect has been involved or the owners themselves have flexed their creative muscles, deep relaxation and playful adventure flow effortlessly in these cabins that are tributes to awesome design. Take a look at six of our most jaw-dropping cabins. This is glamping, reimagined.
The Spa in Devon will soothe your soul and blow your mind with its spectacular design. Not many cabins boast their own heated infinity pool but The Spa has one set at its heart, nestled between two cuboid living areas. Built into the valley, it’s a luxurious retreat where couples can rest and recharge in Nordic-inspired surroundings complete with stone walls, timber cladding and a living sedum roof that blends into the trees. You’ll drift languidly from one relaxing activity to the next - take a soak under the outdoor woodland shower, bathe in the freestanding stone bath and release muscle tension in the cedar sauna. The beautiful north Devon coast is on your doorstep but with a MORSO cast-iron BBQ, underfloor heating, a Nespresso machine and a cosy fire, you might find it hard to tear yourself away.
Live like royalty (without the family dramas) at Oaken Fort in Powys. Gaze down over the misty Welsh valleys from your regal vantage point high on the hill in a cabin that looks like it’s been drawn straight from a child’s imagination. Step inside and you’ll find open-plan, handcrafted luxury with a wood burner, freestanding copper bathtub, huge picture window, sheepskin rugs and cosy underfloor heating. The outdoor look-out bar is the perfect place to sip a morning coffee while you take in the views and plan a day’s walking in the hills. The highlight of your stay will undoubtedly be a soak fit for a King or Queen in the hot tub on the deckwith some of the most incredible, sweeping views we’ve ever seen. By night, it’s a stargazer’s paradise.
An eco retreat with serious style credentials, A Frame is an airy, uplifting cabin on a local wildlife reserve near Hay-on-Wye. The high, tapered ceiling creates the perfect cosy nook for a super king-sized bed on a mezzanine deck reached by ladder. The sound of the birds will wake you up in the morning, before you let the natural light flood in through Velux windows. The cabin is blissfully but luxuriously off-grid, with a compost loo, solar panels and spring water running through the taps. Start your day with an outdoor deluge shower in the fresh valley air and end it with a twilight dip in the wood fired hot tub. In your idyllic spot on the English/Welsh border you can explore the bookshops and antiques emporia of famous Hay-on-Wye or work up an appetite on exhilarating hikes in The Black Mountains.
Shed is a bit of an understatement for this contemporary bolthole on the Isle of Skye. The owners have teamed up with award-winning local architects to create a chic, uncluttered nature-lover’s paradise, complete with pine-clad walls, smooth concrete floors and huge windows. Black Shed is a tranquil place to drink in the views of the vast skies and Loch Dunvegan below, in simple comfort. Nestled at the foot of Mcleod’s Table, you’re ideally placed to explore the island. Go seal spotting, visit dramatic Dunvegan Castle and head for the nearby village when it’s time to stock up on supplies. Head home from exploring the rugged coastline and wild mountains and flop in front of the wood burning stove before whipping up a feast in the Smeg cooker. It might feel remote but with Apple TV and a plethora of books in the study space, you can relish the comforts of home after every adventure.
Choose your favourite tree at Tughall Grange Farm - Ash, Willow or Hawthorn - as your chosen cabin for an uncluttered, minimalist stay in the vast wilds of Northumberland. Every inch of space in these architect-designed cabins is meticulously considered to promote mindful, pared-back living, drawing your attention away from devices and towards the wildlife outside. It’s deeply satisfying to discover that almost every panel you push softly springs open to reveal a handy storage drawer. Hide your bags out of sight and settle in for lazy mornings on the veranda and afternoons on the sand or in the surf. When conditions are right, you’ll find some of the best swell in the country on your doorstep, with the most spectacular backdrops.
Landed from outer space in a woodland clearing in Devon, Sun Dapple is a secluded, architect-designed curved cabin with an outdoor kitchen, firepit and a private bathroom a short walk away. One of five cabins (known as ‘Truffles’) spread out over 15 acres of woodland, you might spot deer, buzzards and woodpeckers as you wander through the trees, muck about on the rope swings and explore the farmland. Totally unique and handcrafted, Sun Dapple has a cosy, earthy interior with a double bed, inviting wood burner and nap-inducing hammock. Outside you can whip up al fresco feasts in the sheltered cooking area with its bbq, pizza oven, and single gas hob. You’re spoilt for great days out too, with stunning north Devon and north Cornwall beaches within easy reach and the thriving town of Okehampton (the gateway to Dartmoor) just down the road.