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Our top five cabins for a weekend in the Cotswolds

Spanning 112km of West Country, the Cotswolds borders four major cities, more than a few smaller ones, plenty of towns and untold villages. At its lowest border it curls round the city of Bath, where natural springs push up through modern spas, and the iconic Bath stone clads grand Georgian buildings. At the most Northern boundary, the AONB peters out just below Stratford-Upon-Avon where Tudor houses still terrace ancient streets. In between, you’ll find those 112km laden with wild spaces, beautiful scenery, wildlife aplenty and every inch – worth exploring.

The Fuselage

Fittingly for its aviation-inspired design, The Fuselage seems to float above the hills, looking out on miles of the Cotswolds from its lofty perch. You wake up in the curved bedroom space with the fields stretched out in front of you, then wander over to the kitchen to get the coffee going. In the evening, you can light the fire bowl and huddle round, or take a dip in the hot tub. The sunsets are spectacular and when it finally gets dark, the night sky takes over. The Laurie Lee Way and the Cotswold Way run nearby, there’s a local vineyard that makes for a delicious visit, and any one of a number of beautiful houses, gardens and historic sites.

Big Box

The huge glass frontage of Big Box lets the light pour in and the doors all open wide to let you bring nature right inside. Between a few examples of owner Peter Lavery’s world-renowned photography and Kimberly’s flair from her former trade as a costume designer, it feels like a funky New York loft has retired to the country.

You could venture out and explore the beauty of the Cotswolds, or if you are feeling sporty then Cotswold Water Park is just five minutes up the road where you can swim, sail, canoe or water ski. When you return, fling the curtains back and stretch out next to the wood burner whiling away the afternoon, or spend the evening cooking al fresco on the barbecue and fire pit.

Hairy Cabin

A cosy space where you can curl up in the double bed under the slope of the roof, fire up the wood burner and enjoy the peace of the countryside. First there’s the lake, which you’ll find down a track through woods filled with the scent of wild garlic. It’s the remnants of an old Victorian pleasure garden, surrounded by rhododendrons and bamboo, where you can paddle board, canoe and swim in what feels like a lost world. Elsewhere in the village, there are retreats, courses and classes on offer, from yoga, qi gong, archery and woodworking to foraging and campfire cookery.

St Catherine Tea Pavilion

Entering the cabin, you’ll soon realise that there’s everything you need for your retreat. The kitchen is fully equipped; you can eat in the open-plan living space or out on the covered veranda no matter what the weather. Outside, there’s a BBQ for those wanting to dine al fresco and a firepit to gather round for evening drinks. Back inside the cabin, there’s a super king-size bed, a single for additional guests in the living area and a spacious wet room, although using it would mean missing out on the refreshing experience of the hot outdoor shower.

Explore the many trails that lace the valley or pick some ripe fruit from the orchard. Bath is only a 15-minute journey and, once there, you can wander through the Georgian buildings and quirky independent outlets.

The Straw Bale Lodge

The cob fronted lodge is discreet, accessible and beautiful in all seasons... from sitting by the wood burner in winter right through to midsummer picnics, watching the larks rise. Take a walk in Bath's scenic countryside or, if you're feeling less active, enjoy the same views from the comfort of your private hot tub. Once a space for holistic therapies, this beautiful old lodge retains its positive vibes and healing energies.

Solsbury Hill, made famous by Peter Gabriel's eponymous song, is set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can walk straight out onto the hill, where the flat top circuit walk gives panoramic views of Bath, then take your pick of the many walks leading off the hill in all directions. Sadly, there are no eagles to come and take you home.