As the nights draw in and temperatures drop, many singletons get the urge to couple up for the chillier months. A winter romance conjures up tantalising images of cosy evenings in front of roaring fires, woodland walks and festive, fairy-lit fun, possibly in matching knitwear. This phenomenon even has an official title, yes ‘cuffing season’ is upon us. For the freshly paired-up, our remote, cosy cabins are the perfect place for your first romantic break. Trade movie night for starring in your own movie montage as you toast marshmallows around the fire pit, snuggle up in the hot tub and go on tranquil nature walks together. Here are six romantic cabins getaways perfect for cuffing season.
A Cornish love nest off the beaten track, Wrinkler’s Wood is a cosy treetop cabin where you can shut the rest of the world out. With limited phone signal, you can ditch the digital distractions and lavish undivided attention on each other, so make sure you’ve got a few sweet nothings at the ready. If you can tear yourselves apart for an hour or two, host Alex and her team of therapists offer spa treatments at the cabin, including couples’ massages, facials, reflexology and Reiki. Float onto the deck as the light fades, crack open the wine, listen out for owls and gaze up at a blanket of stars. Head out for a romantic meals in nearby St. Agnes, Perranporth or Porthowan if you’re not ready to show off your culinary skills on the BBQ.
If the daily grind is a romance killer, total Devon escapism has the opposite effect. This fairy tale (love)bird box for two will transport you to an alternate reality where your only decision is whether to take a leisurely soak in the outdoor hot tub or stroll hand-in-hand through the beautiful woodland on your doorstep. The upper floor of The Bird Box is a cosy, tactile love nest with a king-sized bed, fur deer skins, plump cushions and French door windows. It puts the glam in glamping. Stroll around the farmer’s market and independent shops in Okehampton to pick up treats for dinner, or make memories discovering a shared love of adrenaline sports at Adventure Okehampton.
When it comes to romance – and cabin holidays – it’s the thoughtful details that count. A cosy cabin getaway at Vilberie in Somerset includes some seriously luxurious indulgences for a holiday to remember. Offer your beau a frothy Nespresso when they wake up, then run a bath in the spectacular granite tub in the round house. If you’re really out to impress, pre-order the Celebration Package that contains hand-tied flowers, chocolates and fizz. If it’s a little early in the relationship for celebrations, you could book a relaxing ‘Massage by Jo’ in the cabin. Head out for a walk in the Mendip Hills, visit the local goat farm (nothing says romance like petting a goat) or channel some mystic energy at Glastonbury Tor.
Start your romantic cabin break as you mean to go on by stepping out onto the balcony with a “welcome gin”, exhaling and gazing out over the peaceful water. Unpacking can wait. It might be too chilly to go barefoot outdoors in the winter months but you’ll instantly feel completely at ease in the idyllic surroundings of Bowcombe Boathouse in Devon. This cosy, atmospheric cabin has been restored in dark teal and aged brass and decorated with found and foraged artefacts. Borrow kayaks and set out from the jetty to explore the Kingsbridge estuary, or paddle to a nearby restaurant in Salcombe. Then return home, fire up the wood burner and snuggle up together in the window seat to watch the movement of the tide in the low winter sun. Making sure you reacquaint yourself with that impressive gin collection in time for sundowners….
Meander through the owner’s walled vegetable garden to discover the good life at cute Pond Cabin with the buzz of Regency Cheltenham only 20 minutes away. Take a dip in the wood-fired hot tub and rustle up a feast for two in the outdoor kitchen. You’ll find local ingredients for a hearty full English breakfast for the first morning of your stay and you’re allowed to help yourself to veg from the garden. Mr McGregor’s not watching. With very little light pollution, Pond Cabin is a stargazer’s paradise, so brush up on your constellations before you arrive and make sure you know your Ursa Major from your Big Dipper (no euphemisms intended). This cosy cabin is the ideal getaway for twosomes who like to embrace outdoor living. If the couple who glamps together, stays together, then a romance sparked in the Gloucestershire countryside might last long beyond cuffing season.