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Sublime Springtime Stays in the UK for a Brand New Season!

22 March 2023

“Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party!’”

So said the late, great Robin Williams – and we have to agree. After another dark, drab winter, who could resist the colourful calls of nature as it finally emerges from the gloom?

Suddenly, fields and meadows are awash with sweet-scented wildflowers, as birds sing their joyful chorus in the gently-rustling trees above. Days start getting longer and lighter, and as the sun peeps shyly out from behind the clouds, it feels like everyone you meet is wearing a smile.

And when you’re so full of the joys of spring, what better way to celebrate than by booking a well-deserved break in a retreat that’s as close to nature as it’s possible to get?

That’s why our carefully-chosen list is a veritable roll-call of springtime’s Greatest Hits; whether glamping in sheep-dotted farm fields, relaxing in idyllic meadows, or bedding down somewhere that’s irresistibly close to some of the greenest, loveliest, wildlife-studded walks you could imagine.

Whichever you opt for, there will be plenty of fresh outdoor space for you to enjoy… and who knows, you might even get to say hello to a few friendly resident animals, from new lambs to inquisitive free-range hens!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Hazel Hide | Sussex

The Hazel Hide

Ashington, West Sussex, England
A sustainable, solar-powered A-frame haven, architect-designed and beautifully secluded in its very own field, amongst the peaceful green foothills of the South Downs National Park.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£110/night

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

Cromwell's Hideaway

Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales
A bespoke-crafted shepherd's hut, luxuriously nestled amongst the captivating Monmouthshire countryside.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£109 - £125 / night

Down on the Farm

Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Welcome to the unspoiled Aberdeen countryside and a family-run farm; a delightfully off-grid retreat that affords stunning views over sea and farmland from its unique accommodation options.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
From
£65 / night

Hollym Park Glamping

Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
A quirky range of accommodation, set on a family-run camping and glamping site in the heart of East Riding of Yorkshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£75 / night (pod)

Camp Katur

Bedale, North Yorkshire, England
A vast, multi-award-winning, pet-and-family-friendly North Yorkshire retreat with unique and eclectic eco-havens, al fresco activities galore, and its very own Pub!
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps:
From
£80

Pickwell Manor Tree Houses

Georgeham, Devon, England
A romantic, bespoke-crafted Devon treetop retreat, with soothing views from the comfort of your pillow.
Bedrooms: 1 per treehouse
Sleeps: 2 per treehouse
From
£190 / night

Nature's Nest Glamping

Ballingham, Herefordshire, England
A luxurious collection of family and dog-friendly canvas cottages with private hot tubs, beautifully nestled amongst rolling Herefordshire countryside with soothing views of the River Wye.
Bedrooms: 3 per tent
Sleeps:
From
£175 / night

Tinywood Homes

Southam, Warwickshire, England
A collection of individually inspirational ‘architecture in miniature' tucked away in peaceful Warwickshire farmland for luxury glamping with a quirky difference.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£100 / night

Browning Bros Teybrook Orchard

Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, England
Take your pick of unforgettable group glamping in the heavenly Teybrook Orchard, tucked away in rural North Essex.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
From
£60 /night

Hart Lake Escapes

York, North Yorkshire, England
Exquisite self-contained shepherd's huts for romantic couples, with luxurious detail and individual wood-fired hot tubs, secluded around a shimmering private lake on the edge of York.
Bedrooms: 1 per hut
Sleeps: 2 per hut
From
£141 / night

Comrie Croft Nordic Kata Tents

Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland
Enjoy a wee slice of gloriously green relaxation and fresh adventure in an authentic Scottish heartland home-from-home.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: Up to 6 per tent
From
£99 / night (Sun-Thurs)

The Keep

Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
An impeccably styled, architect-designed ‘castle'-inspired retreat set close to Loch Awe, with expansive views of the surrounding woodland.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 2-6
From
£570 (7 nights)

The Pink Cottage

Weston-under-Lizard, Shropshire, England
An idyllic country retreat, magically secluded amongst 1,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland in the heart of a private Shropshire estate.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£445 (3 nts)

Magpies and Butterflies

Cookham, Berkshire, England
A cosy and whimsical Dutch barge that's styled as a floating ‘country cottage', peacefully moored in a historic Thames village.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£150 / night

Salmestone Dutch Barge

Sandwich, Kent, England
A floating home-from-home filled with quirky comfort, peacefully moored in medieval Sandwich.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
From
£200 / night

Lower Keats Glamping

Axminster, Devon, England
Things to note
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6 per lodge
From
£685 (3 nights)

West Lexham Treehouses and Glamping

Nr. Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
Discover the natural magic of West Lexham, an enchanting holistic eco-retreat venue rich in nature, offering fairytale treehouses, bell tents, wild swimming, and a range of wellness workshops.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-6 per unit
From
£100 / night

Craigduckie Shepherd's Huts

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Get up close and personal with life on a friendly farm, in a handcrafted hut beautifully set amongst rolling Scottish countryside.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 (+2) per hut
From
£120 / night

Holly Water Holidays

Crediton, Devon, England
A glorious, off-grid glamping escape with a Gold Award for Green Tourism, for grown-up holidays on a farm in the rural heart of Devon.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per unit
Sleeps: 2 (huts) 4 (treehouse)
From
£90 / night (Shepherd Hut)

Bob's Lodge

Upper Tysoe, Warwickshire, England
A sumptuous and spacious wood-crafted holiday home with a geodome & hot tub, nestled on a working farm in the scenic Cotswolds.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£335 / night

Redwood Retreat

Rhayader, Powys, Wales
Two luxurious, off-grid geodesic domes with private wood-fired hot tubs, beautifully nestled on an unspoilt, wildlife-steeped hillside just a mile away from Wales's "outdoor capital" of Rhayader.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£165 / night

Erwain Escapes

Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales
A cwtch-infused cabin with an indulgent bathtub, nestled in its very own five-acre, river-fronted wildflower meadow and beautifully secluded in the “garden of Wales”.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£120/nt

Birdholme Glamping

Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire, England
Unwind in a luxury safari lodge with its very own hot tub, surrounded by 15 acres of woodland and lush wildflower meadows in rural Nottinghamshire.
Bedrooms: 3 per lodge
Sleeps: 4 (+2) per lodge
From
£640 (4 nights midweek)

Beneath the Branches

Ashurst, West Sussex, England
A lovingly handcrafted treehouse and luxurious meadow cabin for romantic couples, dog-friendly and blissfully secluded in a private and peaceful West Sussex farm meadow.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£175 / night

The Big Hoot Caravan

Cullompton, Devon, England
A retro, TV-featured showman's living van, vibrantly restored with authentic 1970s style, and secluded on peaceful a Devon farm that's surrounded by wildflower meadows.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 4
From
£86 / night

Xanadu

Beaworthy, Devon, England
An idyllic, TV-featured geodesic retreat with bespoke hand-made elements, secluded on its own lake-island within a 20-acre site in rural Devon, complete with a fully-licensed pub.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£150 / night

Mallory Meadows

Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England
A welcoming, family-owned glamping haven in rural Leicestershire, with dog-friendly cabins and romantic roundhouses that each feature a private, scenery-showcasing hot tub.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2) per unit
From
£299 (4 nights

Den by the Stream

Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
A charmingly hand-built cabin that's dog-friendly, off-grid, and set in an idyllic Welsh meadow corner, achingly close to historic Cardigan.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£100 / night

Sunridge Cubes

Yealmpton, Devon, England
High-end, futuristic retreats with private hot tubs, blissfully secluded amongst four acres of idyllic, wildlife-steeped Devon countryside.
Bedrooms: 1 per cube
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
From
£250 / night

Betty the Boutique Bedford Bus

Washaway, Cornwall, England
A lovingly renovated dog-friendly retreat, secluded on a private site in North Cornwall's idyllic Camel Valley: a designated AONB just 10 minutes away from the golden-sand coast.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£80 / night

Top of the Woods

Boncath, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Warmth, wildlife and a friendly sense of community await, at an eco award-winning Pembrokeshire camp-and-glamp site.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps:
From
£70 / night

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