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Our Favourite Woodland Stays for Autumn

9 September 2022

It’s no surprise that many childhood fairytales feature a woodland setting. 

There’s something inherently magical about a place that hums so happily with the fresh charms of nature, in surroundings that have stood the test of time, unspoilt and virtually unchanged for centuries.

From joyous morning birdsong to badgers scuttling through the undergrowth at dusk, the woodland boasts its own gentle soundtrack. Meanwhile, the sun has never looked quite as beautiful as it does when it’s sinking slowly over dense, whispering trees.

If it’s possible, these simple woodland pleasures become even lovelier during autumn. Think crunchy carpets of vibrant-hued leaves, crisp evening air, and clear, cool nights of stargazing-by-firepit, accompanied by steaming mugs of hot chocolate.

A classic time of renewal, autumn is the perfect season in which to witness everything that makes the woodland so special and unique. And when you’ve got a wondrous woodland retreat to curl up in afterwards, so much the better.

So why not cherish those special moments of reconnection – both with nature, and your loved ones – from the comfort of these incredible hideaways?  

Boasting luxury of just about every description, you’ll soon find there’s no need to compromise on style or comfort… even when you’re living in the woods!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Wrinklers Wood Glamping | Cornwall

Shank Wood Log Cabin

Longtown, Cumbria, England
Get back to nature and breathe clean air in ancient Cumbrian woodland, in a secluded eco-friendly cabin that sets your senses to ‘Do Not Disturb'.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 4
From
£230 / night

The Original Hut Company

Bodiam, East Sussex, England
Heavenly hand-built huts in magically secluded Bodiam woodland, the perfect setting for a unique and refreshingly sustainable stay on a friendly family farm.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 5 per unit
From
£99 / night (2 night stay)

Forest Holidays Blackwood Forest

Blackwood Forest, Hampshire, England
Luxury, tranquillity and woodland adventure - a break with Forest Holidays in the stunning Blackwood Forest lets you design an unforgettable escape to the heart of the Hampshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£345 (3/4nt)

Adhurst Yurts & Cabin

Petersfield, Hampshire, England
An ideal setting for relaxation and adventure, perfectly positioned within the South Downs National Park.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 4
From
£290 x2midweek

Forest Garden

East Grinstead, Sussex, England
Escape to an enchanting new way of life and learn woodland crafts, in a luxury camping & eco retreat nestled in ancient Sussex woodland.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies - 2-5
From
£240 (2 nts)

Uist Forest Retreat

North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Reconnect with nature from the comfort of a rustic treetop cabin, set on the wild and exceptionally scenic ‘edge of Britain'.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
From
£910 (7 night)

Wolf Wood Treehouses

Bratton Clovelly, Devon, England
Come and live the high life, in a luxury hand-built treehouse, beautifully nestled amongst soothing Devon woodland.
Bedrooms: 1 per treehouse
Sleeps: 2 per treehouse
From
£285 / night

Will's Tree House

Upper Tysoe, Warwickshire, England
Architect-designed luxury amongst the leaves, set on a working farm in a Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Bedrooms: Studio
Sleeps: 4
From
£255 / night

Woodland Escapes

Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Feel compelled to relax in a luxury dome, lodge or treehouse, soothingly set amongst 45 acres of magical Shropshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£100 / night midweek

The Sussex Roundhouse

Beckley, East Sussex, England
A romantic, timelessly rustic hot tub retreat, privately set amidst 40 acres of meadow, woodland and grassland.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 (+1 small child)
From
£360 (2 nights)

thecabin@greensleeves

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
A homely, handcrafted haven, surrounded by whispering trees and perfectly positioned for exploring both Devon and Dorset.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£110 / night

Woodland Chase Glamping

Felton, Northumberland, England
Escape from everyday life, with luxurious, grown-up glamping on a Northumberland family farm set close to the beautiful coast.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£200 / night

The Folly at Old Melrose

Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland
A charming retreat for two, surrounded by woodland and birdsong on a historic Scottish Borders estate by the tranquil River Tweed.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£450/week

RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

Ballachulish, The Highlands, Scotland
Luxury Wee Lodges, complete with bubbling private hot tub, nestled at the entrance to the mighty Glencoe Valley.
Bedrooms: 1 per lodge
Sleeps: 2 per lodge
From
£198 / night

Ash Woods Retreat

Dartmouth, Devon, England
A sumptuous, family-sized shepherd's lodge with hot tub in a magical woodland setting, on a historic South Devon farm that's close to the coast.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
From
£100 / night

Pennard Hill Tree Tents

Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England
Joyful spherical havens for two, elevated amongst the trees on a family-run farm in Somerset, with outstanding views over the Mendip Hills.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£115 / night

The Treehouses at Lanrick

Doune, Perthshire, Scotland
Five sumptuous, eco-friendly tree-treats with idyllic riverside views and a woodland sauna, magically nestled on the borders of the Trossachs National Park.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 (+2) per treehouse
From
£240 / night

The Secret Cabin

North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
A lovingly crafted, dog-friendly woodland retreat, deliciously secluded in a hidden corner of Scotland with a sandy beach just minutes away.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£105 / night

Cabin X GPF

Catsfield, East Sussex, England
Make your escape to a blissfully soothing farm retreat, gently secluded in an ancient East Sussex village where the pace is slow, and the woodland scenery is magical.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£150 / night

Hawthorn Hideaway

Doncaster, Nottinghamshire, England
Two stylish and romantic couples' cabins, each with their own private hot tub, soothingly secluded on a magical Nottinghamshire woodland site that features a wood-burning sauna and a barbecue cabin.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
From
£199 / night

Dazzle Treehouse

Holditch, Dorset, England
A distinctive, design-led RIBA award-winning treehouse - complete with hot tub - inspired by warship camouflage, expertly crafted and blissfully secluded on an adults-only site in rural Dorset.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£395 /night

Blyth Rise Stays

Laxfield, Suffolk, England
Savour rural Suffolk at its most beautiful, from the comfort of a nature-steeped, adults-only retreat that's home to lakeside lodges, cosy Igluhuts, and two luxurious woodland saunas.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per unit
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per unit
From
£100 / night

Hafod Hideaways

Ystwyth Valley, Ceredigion, Wales
A lovingly hand-crafted, off-grid tree cabin with a wood-fired hot tub and a suspended stargazing net, peacefully secluded in the picturesque Cambrian Mountains of mid-Wales.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£490/3nts

The Forest House

Turners Hill, Sussex, England
A 17th century fairytale retreat with a thatched roof, secluded in the woods on one of the highest points of the Sussex Weald, for spectacular views of the North and South Downs.
Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 8-10
From
£375 / night

Westley Farm Stone Cottages

Frampton Mansell, Gloucestershire, England
Quintessential English countryside retreats, each set in its own meadow, rich in home comforts and traditional style for a soothing escape amongst glorious Cotswold countryside.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3
Sleeps: 4 or 7 per cottage
From
£225 / night

The Cabin by the Castle

Elgin, Moray, Scotland
A sumptuous, "coorie"-infused eco-cabin powered by nature, secluded on a historic Moray estate and boasting magnificent views of Duffus Castle.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£140 / night

Burrenmore Nest

Castlerock, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Gleaming glass-fronted treetop lodges with al fresco whirlpool baths, sumptuously nestled amongst scenic forestland on Ireland's sweeping north coast.
Bedrooms: 1 per lodge
Sleeps: 2-3
From
£255 /night

Wildwood Spa

Ifracombe, Devon, England
A Zen-inspired TV-featured nature escape with a cedar sauna and heated infinity pool, nestled amongst 12 blissful acres of woodland in a North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£375 / night

Dittisham Hideaway

Dittisham, Devon, England
An exquisite collection of luxury treehouses, a gleaming American airstream, and artisan shepherd's lodges, all with al fresco hot tubs and beautifully nestled in the scenic heart of Devonshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 1-5
From
£195/night

Wrinklers Wood Glamping

St Agnes, Cornwall, England
A back-to-nature retreat with luxury safari tents, treetop havens, wellness activities and al fresco hot tubs, secluded off the beaten Cornish track with the spectacular coast in easy reach.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£85 / night

Chestnut Cabin

Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
A whimsical free-range hideaway with an al fresco hot tub and pizza oven, secluded on a family farm in the heart of a glorious green valley in West Wales.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5
From
£95 / night

Ecotone Cabins

Ullapool, The Highlands, Scotland
Two lovingly-crafted eco-cabins, peacefully secluded among unspoilt coastal woodland in the Scottish Highlands, on a family-run site that's dedicated to sustainability.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per cabin
Sleeps:
From
£495/ 4 nts

Brucefield Estate Schenbothies

Forestmill, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Sumptuous woodland hideaways, privately nestled on a magical Clackmannanshire estate that's teeming with rich heritage and diverse, protected wildlife.
Bedrooms: 1 per bothy
Sleeps: 2 per bothy
From
£132 / night

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