Top seven woodland stays

Sleep beneath the turning trees this autumn with one of our top seven favourite forest breaks, from mountain lodges and hidden cottages to castles and cosy pubs

 

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1. Mrs Higgs Lodge, Herefordshire
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This lodge in the woods, fit with a private hot tub, sleeps four people 

Leave modern life behind with a stay at this atmospheric cottage in Hereford. Built in 1835 as a hunting lodge, and occupied by Mrs Higgs herself until 60 years ago, this peaceful home is the perfect woodland retreat for those looking to go off-grid. Find out more at qualityunearthed.co.uk 

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2. Sky Den Treehouse, Northumberland 
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Sky Den Treehouse in Northumberland was built by William Hardie Designs

Featured on George Clark’s Amazing Spaces, this luxurious treehouse set within the Kielder Water and Forest Park is a feat of architectural design. Explore the local forest trails before returning to watch wildlife and relax by the wood burner. Find out more at canopyandstars.co.uk

3. The Rockford Inn, Devon
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The Rockford Inn sits in the forested Brendon Valley on Exmoor

Enjoy a cosy night in this secluded 17th-century country inn deep in an Exmoor Valley. It’s the perfect base for forest walks along the East Lyn River, offering simple but comfortable rooms and an excellent range of local ales and ciders. Find out more at therockfordinn.co.uk

4. Finn Lough Bubble Domes, Fermanagh
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The Forest Domes have 180<strong>°</strong> transparent walls, offering almost total woodland immersion  

Get back to nature and sleep under the stars (in a four-poster bed!) with a night in a secluded forest Bubble Dome in Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands. Get active and explore the 75-acre forest grounds with kayaking, cycling, fishing and bushcraft. Find out more at finnlough.com

5. Mountain Lodge, Conwy
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Mountain Lodge sits above the historic Gwrych Castle in Conwy

Stay on a wooded hilltop and wake to stunning views of the Carneddau mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park. The rustic Shepherd Huts are off the beaten track and offer a peaceful base for walking in the mountains and even a day trip to the beaches of Anglesey. Find out more at shepherds-hut-holidays.co.uk

6. Mill House, Powys
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This dog-friendly cottage is located on the banks of a river<br />
 

This comfortable riverside self-catering cottage sits in the hamlet of Pontfaen in pretty woodland. Amble through the trees along the riverbank, climbing the nearby hillside for spectacular views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Find out more at qualitycottages.co.uk

7. Fonab Castle Hotel, Perthshire
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Enjoy a spa day at Fonab Castle in Perthshire

For something special, head to Fonab Castle, a five-star hotel in the Scottish Highlands. Set in the beautiful Tummel Valley, the hotel has views of Ben Vrackie and Loch Faskally. Woodland rooms are available. Find out more at fonabcastlehotel.com

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