Over the past few years we have been fortunate to holiday in some incredible places in the UK. Treehouses, log cabins, pretty Welsh cottages and shepherds huts. If you haven’t booked your summer getaway yet (we certainly haven’t), then take a look at these beautiful few places.
These ‘staycation’ holidays have been some of our favourite places to stay, as each and every one is unique and has been lovingly looked after and built by their owners… come check them out.
Award winning, Dimpsey Glamping is not just any old shepherds hut on a working farm, no, it is a shepherds with added extras. Beautiful interior with charming pictures of the local area, mix matched vintage crockery and thick blankets and sheepskins to snuggle up with. It is also the first shepherds hut I’ve stayed in to have a kitchenette, and wait for it – an en-suite!
Yep – The Dimpsey has it all; beautiful quirky vintage interior, with an en-suite shower room and FLUSHING LOO! Not only that it has enough room for a family of four, with the bench turning into bunk beds.
Outside, with a view of the sheep grazing in the field, there is a pizza oven, AND a wood fired hot tub. So perhaps you should think twice about taking the kids, and go as a couple.
With the Blackdown Hills to explore, plus the farm and fields surrounding, pub round the corner, what more do you need?
Read our full review here: The Dimpsey
Website: The Dimpsey
Hand built by Jonathan and Andrea, the cabin is a testament to their love of this part of the world. Beautifully crafted from wood, and sympathetically built with an emphasis on living lightly on the land the cabin has eco creditials and then some! Wood clad on the outside and white washed lime rendered interior walls the cabin is a triumph.
Inside the space is comfortably furnished with a open plan downstairs. Two large sofas sit around a log burner with views through the windows of the meadow and the hills in the distance. The kitchen has all you need, perfect for self catering. I cooked a beef casserole in the oven and we also had pizza, but if you fancy eating out, Andrea will have some suggestions on where is good locally.
In the surrounding area is the pretty village of Presteign, with it’s vibrant art scene. Also plenty of wild walks in the nearby forests and hikes to waterfalls. Wild Meadow is a great base to explore the Welsh borders.
Read our full review here: Wild Meadow.
Website: Wild Meadow
Harp Cottage has been lovingly decorated by owner, Justine, with gorgeous tones of Farrow & Ball whites, vintage finds and French brocante. It is utterly beautiful, in a pared back, France meets Wales kind of way. And that kitchen, is an instagrammers dream – hello!
In the dining room you will find a cupboard which houses items to purchase, the majority of which Justine sources from her many trips to France. I bought a beautiful white ceramic bowl and spoon set from Beanpole Ceramics. But to be honest, I could have bought everything!
The cottage sleeps five in 3 bedrooms, and each and every room has gorgeous french linen, and vintage lamps and furniture.
Harp Cottage is a gentle, beautiful cottage to retreat to and immerse yourself in Welsh rural life.
Read our review here: Harp Cottage.
Website: Harp Cottage
This place is unlike any treehouse I’ve ever climbed in as a child. Oh no, far from it. The Treehouse at Harptree Court is a thing of beauty, with every effort to make the space as comfortable and luxurious as possible.
Harptree Court is owned by the very charming and lovely Charles and Linda, who’s family have owned the Court for decades. As Charles led us across the lawn to the treehouse, he pointed out where The Great British Bake Off was filmed a few years ago and across to the walled garden, in which we could explore later.
And there we were, under a huge Oak tree, looking up at the stunning wooden treehouse. Climbing up the steps, and into the tree canopy it was wonderful. Inside, was nothing like a Tarzan treehouse or a kids adventure playground – oh no, inside was the height of luxury glamping.
This place is strictly couples only, and why would you want to take your kids with you eh? Bird song, complete escapism – oh and COPPER BATH!
Read our full review here: The Treehouse
Website (via Canopy & Stars): The Treehouse
The Chicken Shed, Monmouthshire
Just a short 45 minute drive from home, we were stood outside the cedar clad building staring across the valley in front. Heaven. Sue, the owner, showed us round and we could tell that this build was a labour of love for her. Two years in the making this beautiful space was once a rusted out, run down chicken coop. After a long building ‘journey’, the space now looks like this, above. Amazing right?
I think we all sighed and skipped around the place, even the boys! We had mentally moved in, within minutes of walking into the door. Sue shared with us how everything worked, like the space aged cooker and state of the art dishwasher, right down to how to use the fire pit outside.
Read our full review here: The Chicken Shed
The Chicken Shed
Website: The Chicken Shed
We have loved staying in each and every one of these brilliant places. Each one has a personal touch, and lovingly looked after by their owners. So why not stay in the UK this summer, even go for a long weekend. Say hi from us!