Desperate to get away from it all, but don’t feel like spending a night in a flimsy yurt? A short stay in a rural (not so) rustic cabin could be the perfect solution.
Enjoy the best of UK natural beauty without giving up any of those Christmas “necessities”: the hot tub, wood burning stove, high-end kitchen or all-important wine cooler. Here’s our pick of five spectacular lakeside log cabins.
Room to Roam – Eagle Brae’s Loxia Lodge is camouflaged with a grass roof and sits on an 8,000-acre farm in Inverness-shire
Loxia in Inverness-shire, Scotland, overlooks a large pond and is camouflaged with a grass roof. Sleeps six, it’s everything a log cabin should be: handcrafted and outfitted with cedar wood, thick rugs, and a wood stove.
On the ground floor you will find one of the two double bedrooms, along with an open-plan kitchen and dining room. There is also a large double bed on the first floor, along with a mezzanine with two single beds.
DO NOT MISS: Take a guided kayak or canoe trip between 100-foot cliffs along the Beauly River (two to three hours, £ 210 for two).
DETAILS: Seven nights from £ 1,804 (eaglebrae.co.uk, 01463 761301).
Sunny Beck by Lake District’s Esthwaite Water, pictured, offers seclusion and uninterrupted views
For seclusion and uninterrupted views in the Lake District, book a night or two at Sunny Beck, a two-bedroom log retreat ideal for small families from Esthwaite Water.
Highlights include a beautiful open-plan living and dining room with a wood burning stove and a technology-filled kitchen with a wine refrigerator. The huge deck has a hot tub and expansive lake views.
DO NOT MISS: Try the 3.5-mile Carron Crag loop in Grizedale, with views of Coniston Water.
DETAILS: From £ 495 for a three night stay (Lakeslodges.com, 01539 436544).
SAUNA IN SURREY
Falkner Watersedge Lodge (pictured) is one of several pet-friendly log cabins at the Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat
The one bedroom lodge is located in the idyllic Surrey Hills area of exceptional natural beauty
Inside the lodge, there is a huge canopy bed to help alleviate post-trek aches and pains.
Prices at the lodge, which is a great base for hikers, start from £ 475 for a seven-night stay
The one-bedroom Falkner Watersedge Lodge is one of several pet-friendly log cabins at the Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat, in the idyllic Surrey Hills area of exceptional natural beauty. It’s a great base for hikers – take a stroll through nearby Bourne Wood.
In addition, there is a sauna and a huge four-poster bed to help ease post-hike aches and pains.
DO NOT MISS: The 12th-century ruins of Waverley Abbey are a ten-minute drive away (english-heritage.org.uk).
DETAILS: From £ 475 for a seven night stay (hoseasons.co.uk).
The cabin on the lake, pictured, is a cozy haven in the middle of a willow-lined clearing.
Cabin on the Lake in Machynlleth, Wales is an off-grid property and an ideal base for exploring Snowdonia. This cozy one-bedroom retreat has a wood-burning hot tub, compost toilet, and pump shower set in the middle of a clearing surrounded by willows.
The front terrace is the perfect place for a sunset and there is also a small jetty.
DO NOT MISS: Visit the mythical underground world of dragons and giants at King Arthur’s Labyrinth in Corris, half an hour away (kingarthurslabyrinth.co.uk).
DETAILS: From £ 124 per night (coolstays.com, 01273 692300).
RETREAT TO NORFOLK
The Lakeside Lodge, pictured, sits on the shores of a lake dotted with water lilies. Prices start from £ 335 for seven nights
You will find the wonderfully compact Lakeside Lodge in East Harling, Norfolk, on the shores of a water lily dotted lake that can best be admired from the large patio or, if required, from the living room, thanks to the folding doors. Located on the owners’ estate, you can have a picnic under the thatched-roof gazebo by the river.
DO NOT MISS: Have a drink on one of three whiskey tours and tastings at St George’s Distillery in nearby Roudham (from £ 20, englishwhisky.co.uk).
DETAILS: From £ 335 for seven nights (sykescottages.co.uk, 01244 356666).