Mrs Higgs Lodge, Herefordshire
Almost 200 years old, Mrs Higgs Lodge is an isolated two bedroom cottage in woodland on a private 3,000 acre estate in Herefordshire. Until very recently the cottage was falling into disrepair and being consumed by the woods, but it has now been painstakingly restored and given a new lease of life. Staying here is like stepping back in time, as it’s almost completely off-grid – heating is from wood burners in each room, water is pumped up from the original spring well and there’s no TV, WiFi or power sockets for charging gadgets. Any electricity is provided by solar panels and the few concessions to modernity are a gas stove, hot shower and flushing loo. This cottage is a real hideaway, surrounded only by trees and wildlife, without the distractions of modern living. There’s a wood-fired hot tub outside and plenty of invigorating woodland walks to enjoy, as well as opportunities to canoe on the nearby River Wye and sample some of the many local pubs.
Quality Unearthed offer three night stays at Mrs Higgs Lodge from £342, based on up to four sharing on self-catering basis. One dog is welcome free of charge and a healthy supply of logs is provided. Visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830922.
Deerland Safari, Dorset
Perched at the top of a gently sloping meadow on an organic farm deep in the Dorset countryside, Deerland Safari is a stylish two-bedroom safari tent that’s not only in an idyllic location but is off-grid too. There is no internet/Wi-Fi or TV, cooking is done on a small gas hob, lighting is provided via candles and torches, and there’s a charcoal brazier on the deck for chilly evenings. The safari tent has an open-plan living space that’s furnished in a country-cottage chic style, with two separate bedrooms (one double and one bunk beds), a decked terrace, well-equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities in a separate adjacent hut with an eco-loo and hot shower. The whole farm is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with some parts also 'Special Nature Conservation Interest' areas. The surroundings themselves offer a complete immersion in the natural environment, with plenty for nature lovers to spot and different environments to explore, as well as the Dorset coast nearby.
Quality Unearthed offer two night stays at Deerland Safari from £248 for up to four sharing on self-catering basis. One dog is welcome free of charge but must be kept on a lead due to wildlife and livestock nearby. Visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830922.
Jubilee Yurt, Northamptonshire
Jubilee Yurt is a new off-grid yurt sleeping up to four, set in the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside on a 300-acre farm. This yurt is an ideal glamping escape for anyone wanting a taste of the Good Life in style. Cooking is done on an outdoor BBQ and a small gas hob, heating is provided by a wood-burning stove and solar fairy lights and candles light up the yurt at night. Far from roughing it, this beautifully handcrafted glamping yurt comes with a comfy double-bed with a good quality mattress and bedding, wood-fired hot tub, huge roof light for watching the stars as you fall asleep and a separate shower hut with a smart eco-loo. The farm is home to sheep, cattle, goats and chickens and fishing permits are available for anyone who wants to cast in one of the nearby lakes.
Quality Unearthed offer two night stays at Jubilee Yurt from £200 for up to four sharing on self-catering basis. Visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830922.
Shirley and Doris Huts, Peak District
Shirley and Doris are two beautifully hand-crafted shepherds’ huts in the south west of the Peak District, close to Leek and Buxton. Each hut sleeps two, making them ideal for two couples to create a quirky base for walking and cycling in the region. The huts are both off-grid, with solar-powered lighting, log burning stoves for heating and a small oven, kitchenettes with gas hobs and en-suite eco-loos so no trips across the fields at night! There are double beds in each, with really good quality mattresses and cosy furnishings for a good night’s sleep. The two huts share a fire pit and the only neighbours are a flock of miniature sheep, with incredible views across the Manifold Valley and uninterrupted stargazing. Only the huts themselves are off-grid here and across the field is a shared utility, fully connected to the modern world, that has a hot shower, flushing loo, hot running water and power sockets. There's no WiFi or 3G coverage and mobile signal is limited on most networks, so a stay here is all about the outdoors and disconnecting from daily life.
Quality Unearthed offer two night stays in Shirley or Doris shepherd’s huts from £140 for two sharing on self-catering basis. Visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830922.
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