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Eating and drinking

Some of the finest things in life are the simplest. Good food, good things to drink are worth their weight in gold. Here are the spaces where the dinner table is the centrepiece – where food comes field to fork, or you can find foodie magic nearby.

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Yggdrasil Treehouse, Devon

61. Sumptuous sundowners

As if immaculate, luxurious design wasn’t enough, as if you weren’t thrilled with the rainfall shower in the wetroom, or the hot tub next to the BBQ and hammock – there’s more. Watch sunset with a G&T, from the well-stocked gin lounge. You heard us. Gin Lounge.

Fishing boat on water
The Douglas Boathouse, Argyll & Bute

62. OG Oysters

Looking out over Loch Fyne, The Douglas Boathouse is just a short wander down the road to the original Loch Fyne oyster bar. Back at your boathouse, sit round the firebowl and sip scotch as the day passes.

Halvana Forest Shed, Cornwall

63. Fireside fancies

There’s a fantastic kitchen, that is, if you’re not too busy cooking over the firebowl outside. You’ll find your fireside fancies box ready to craft smoky delights from marshmallows and popcorn to something a little more substantial – you might wonder if it’s time to move to the forest.

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Penhein Glamping, Monmouthshire

64. Feast and forage

Whichever yurt you end up choosing at Penhein, you won’t be disappointed. Go on foraging days, take campfire cookery classes, do wine tastings. Eating and drinking well is at the top of the agenda, so head to the tuck shop, raid the drinks cabinet, and order yourself a little celebration cake.

Breakfast outside with fresh flowers
La Cabane des Figuiers, Dordogne

65. Breakfast delivery

It’s tremendously hard to eat badly in France at the best of times. It’s even harder at La Caban Des Figuiers. Breakfast's delivered in a basket on a rope to the high terrace, and excellent 3-course dinner hampers can be hauled up on the pulley too. We know what you’re thinking, pull the other one.

Two people walking through vineyard
The Poppy Treehouse, Hampshire

66. Truffles & wine

Set in the woods overlooking the vines of the Black Chalk vineyard, visiting Poppy Treehouse offers the chance to wander the vineyard as the grapes slowly ripen and hang in the warmer months, and in the cooler climes, go truffle hunting! After, of course, you take a wild swim in the private lake.

Cider tasting and tour
Oriana, Herefordshire

67. A very short cider tour

The only trouble with cider tours, is the tour part. It gets increasingly harder to make it to the next port of call. The benefit here, is that you’re on the site of a cidery – Little Pomona’s Cider House. Enjoy a glass of cider overlooking the orchard, and look forward to the easy stumble home.

Two deck chairs overlooking the river
The Raft at Chigborough, Essex

68. Fish for your supper

The best spot imaginable for a fisherman – The Raft at Chigborough, is a two-storey cabin afloat a small lake, where dinner’s just a cast away. Lie out on deck and bob gently in the breeze, take in the sunshine, and the sound of wildlife, and when you’re ready for dinner – the trout are waiting.

BBQ glamping hut
Squirrel's Nest Treehouse, Forest of Dean

69. The island BBQ hut

The title of grill master is a touchy one. Whomever holds the tongs wields the power. But this is no mere BBQ, no, this is an entire island dedicated to a BBQ hut. The apex of smoky cooking. You’ll be crossing a tiny bridge to rake those coals, and reap its rustic delights.

Hill's Cross Hide, Devon

70. The perfect local

You can often pick up a recommendation for a restaurant from one of our owners when you visit a space, but this will be one of the few, if not the only one where they might suggest their own restaurant and smokehouse. Head over for classic English cuisine, with a refreshing twist.

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