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Embrace The Great Outdoors With A UK Nature Reserve Break

11 August 2023

If you had to guess how many National Nature Reserves (NNR) there are in the UK, what number would you come up with?

We’ll wait…

We were amazed when we discovered that England alone is home to over 220 NNRs, covering almost 260,000 acres of the country. We don’t know about you, but our own guess didn’t come close!

(In case you were wondering, the largest NNR is The Wash, and the smallest is Horn Park Quarry in Dorset. You’re welcome).

Booking a nature reserve stay is a uniquely special experience, because NNRs are dedicated to helping visitors reconnect with the natural world, feeling revived and inspired by protected wildlife and the most incredible landscapes.

Some of the accommodation you’ll discover will be eco-friendly or completely off-grid, meaning you can minimise your carbon footprint as well as potentially sampling new and refreshing ways of life.

And of course, you’ll be in prime position to appreciate everything that these wild and beautiful surroundings have to offer!

Each of these stays is perfectly set within, or directly next to, a designated nature reserve – so you can escape into the Great Outdoors with confidence that your surroundings will be rich in diverse, cared-for natural beauty.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Saltbox at Elmley Nature Reserve Shepherds Huts, Kent

Elmley Nature Reserve Shepherds Huts

Sheerness, Kent, England
Eclectic accommodation and seasonally-inspired dining on a National Nature Reserve in Kent, with an abundance of wildlife right on your doorstep.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£120 / night

The Wild Duck

Heacham, Norfolk, England
The Wild Duck is a former 19th century boat, uniquely transformed into a luxurious Heacham haven ideal for seaside family holidays.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£562 (3 nights)

Secret Meadows

Hasketon, Suffolk, England
Unwind amongst wondrous wildlife and amazing accommodation luxuriously inspired by the Great Outdoors, with unspoilt Suffolk countryside as far as your eye can see.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 8
From
£332 / 2 nts

Channel View

Dungeness, Kent, England
A unique designer Dungeness beach house that showcases Kent at its wild and natural best.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
From
£578 (2 nights)

Rowena Lighthouse Cottage

Swanage, Dorset, England
Stay in a dog-friendly Dorset lighthouse cottage for a relaxing family break by the sea, nestled within the picturesque grounds of Durlston Country Park.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 5
From
£664 (4 nts)

Hideaway Heath Hollow

Colchester, Essex, England
A unique, quirky cabin-for-two with an al fresco hot tub, rich in luxurious detail and beautifully secluded on the edge of ancient Essex woodland.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£225 /night

The Iron Chapel

Ryton, Tyne and Wear, England
A unique and authentic retreat, lovingly restored and divinely set in a peaceful Northumberland border conservation area with a nature reserve next door.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£149 / night

Owl Valley Glamping

Bideford, Devon, England
A fun family eco-glamping retreat with hand-made beds and wood-fired hot tubs, blissfully secluded within a private nature reserve surrounded by soothing North Devon woodland.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 4-6 per unit
From
£80 /night

Praktyka

Bideford, Devon, England
Rediscover your creative spirit in a heavenly slice of North Devon, complete with wildflower meadows, artists' workshops, and lovingly-crafted retreats.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per unit
Sleeps: 2-4 guests per unit
From
£120 / night

Blytheswood

Dunsford, Devon, England
Two cosy former bunk-rooms for slow, sustainable living, peacefully secluded amongst ancient, wildlife-steeped woodland on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2) per unit
From
£50 / night (Nest)

The Bolthole

Pagham Beach, West Sussex, England
A super-cool, first-class retreat that's rich in home comforts, expertly crafted around a Victorian railway carriage that's right on the beach at Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£295 / night

North Vat

Dungeness, Kent, England
A former Dungeness fisherman's cottage, architecturally re-imagined as an award-winning, light-filled black timber retreat with 360-degree views of the nature-steeped shingle beach.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£780 (2 nts)

Lushna Suites at Lee Wick Farm

St Osyth, Essex, England
Eco-friendly glamping on a working potato farm... complete with spectacular sea views.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2 or 2(+2) per Suite
From
£80 / night

Still Southwold

Southwold, Suffolk, England
Lovingly custom-created havens, rich in holiday luxuries and peacefully secluded on a private estate just minutes away from the beach.
Bedrooms: 1, 2 or 4
Sleeps:
From
£826/week

The Perch

Southwold, Suffolk, England
An award-winning, architect-designed hideaway for relaxing holidays by the sea, with glorious Southwold views from all directions.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£1,100 (7nts)

The Lighthouse Hide

Walney, Cumbria, England
A stylish and cheerful cottage that's rich in nautical romance, beautifully positioned in the heart of the rugged, windswept South Walney Nature Reserve.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£420 (3 nts)

The Birdwatchers' Cabin

Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland
Take in the vast natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands, from a luxury cabin with wildlife, lake, and mountain views.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps:
From
£220 /night

The Pump House Art Studio

Misterton, Nottinghamshire, England
An historic Grade II-listed retreat, stylishly re-imagined as a creative and contemporary art studio with soothing views across the River Idle.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£621 / week

Driftwood Beach House

Pagham, West Sussex, England
A soothing coastal retreat with a Victorian railway carriage at its heart, perfect for families and friends and opening straight onto Pagham Beach.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 7
From
£200 / night

Lee Wick Farm Cottages and Glamping

St Osyth, Essex, England
A petite and pretty glamping site featuring Megapods, a CargoPod, Armadillas and two farm cottages with glorious countryside and estuary views.
Bedrooms: varies
Sleeps: varies
From
£80 / night

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