Stay in a forest: cosy cottages for an autumn break
Head deep into the forest this autumn for a stay at one of these cosy cottages
Stables at The Hamlet, Gloucestershire
Nestled deep in the ancient Forest of Dean, Stables is a cosy bolthole for six in a rural 800 acre setting. There are forest walks available from the door, a secret tree viewing platform and a vineyard to explore. A secluded hot tub and a six-metre tree swing can be found in the woodlands behind the cottage.
Brokenheugh Lodge, Northumberland
Guests of Brokenheugh Lodge can enjoy rural walks and private fishing on the River South Tyne as well as nature spotting in the property’s 65 acres of idyllic woodland. The grounds are a haven for wild birds and native fauna, including roe deer and red squirrel, and once inside the lodge guests can get toasty in front of the old stone inglenook fireplace while enjoying countryside views. The lodge sleeps seven guests.
The Dick Turpin Cottage, Shropshire
The Dick Turpin Cottage sits in 20 acres of woodland wilderness on a hillside above the historic Clun Valley. A cosy retreat for two, it has enviable views of the valley, a private terrace and a real log fire. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers ample opportunity for scenic walks, and guests may even discover the hideaway cabin in the trees.
Tyn Y Coed Cottage, Powys
Exposed wooden beams, inglenook fire places and a large wood burning stove make the 300 year old Tyn Y Coed Cottage a perfect forest retreat for six. Situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the cottage sits in private grounds surrounded by mature woodland and lush green fields. Star gazing can be enjoyed from a hot tub in the private gardens.
Lemmington Lodge, Northumberland
This spectacular retreat was designed to complement the unique semi-woodland setting whilst maximising the breathtaking views over Edlingham and Whittingham Vales towards the Cheviot Hills. There’s a great variety of walks direct from Lemmington Lodge and inside the lodge offers a large open plan living area with comfortable seating around a Morso wood burning stove. The property sleeps six guests.
Built into the hillside of Stoke Gabriel, the retro-modern Dominoes features original pine ceilings and a south facing wall of glass, giving the lounge and upstairs bedrooms panoramic views of water, wildlife and the woodland beyond. The holiday house is a great base explore South Devon and has locking facilities to store kayaks and bikes. The cottage sleeps six guests.
Hengoed, North Wales
Hidden high in the trees of an ancient, undisturbed wooded valley, Hengoed, is one of six traditional treehouses on a beautiful site near Machynlleth. This floating abode gives visitors the chance to truly get off the grid, with no internet, and heating and lighting provided by wood-burning stove, cosy lanterns and candles. The house features everything one could want in a tree house including a wooden spiral staircase, rope bridges and tree hammocks.
Shire Hollow, Suffolk
Shire Hollow is a hand-crafted Hobbit house, straight from the pages of Tolkien but in human size and in Suffolk woodlands rather than Middle Earth. Surrounded by giant tangled roots and soaring pine trees, its round doors, curved walls and delicate stained glass are just right for Bilbo Baggins himself. An abundance of natural marvels are in the local area including King's Forest, Lackford Lakes, The River Lark and the woods of West Stow Country Park.
Creek Cottage, Pembrokeshire
Surrounded by ponds teeming with wildlife, a mature arboretum and bluebell walks down to the river, Creek Cottage is a nature lovers paradise. Set deep in the woodlands of Upton Castle, the eco-friendly cottage provides a cosy retreat with wood burning stove and a private half acre garden on the edge of the tidal creek on the Carew River. Guests are welcomed to help themselves to the produce grown in the castle’s 18th century walled garden.
Woodland Retreat, Pembrokeshire
Nestled in a secluded woodland glade, this romantic retreat for two comes with its own large wildlife pond and 12 acres of mature woodland to explore. Woodland Retreat has underfloor heating, a wood burning stove and also welcomes small dogs. A number of pet-friendly walks are available from the doorstep including a woodland trail which passes the gates of the cottage into the harbour village of Solva.