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Our Favourite Woodland Stays for Autumn

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Published 09/09/2022 Our Favourite Woodland Stays for Autumn


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

Jollydays Glamping

Jollydays Glamping

Enchanting natural woodland living with lashings of style in Ryedale on the edge of the undiscovered Yorkshire Wolds. If you're looking for a nature-inspired family or group escape full of fun, creativity and indulgence all rolled into one, look no further than Jollydays Glamping - your 200-acre North Yorkshire home-from-home that promises to transform your expectations of the Great Outdoors!…

Shank Wood Log Cabin

Shank Wood Log Cabin

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'. At Shank Wood Log Cabin the beautiful bounty of nature provides your accommodation, dining and entertainment...all in one breathtakingly natural setting where traffic sounds are replaced with leaves rusting on trees, joyous birdsong and…

The Original Hut Company

The Original Hut Company

Heavenly hand-built huts in magically secluded Bodiam woodland, the perfect setting for a unique and refreshingly sustainable stay on a friendly family farm. The Original Huts are very aptly named, with each one providing an enchanting setting for a delightfully unusual glamping experience in the heart of East Sussex.  Your lovingly hand-built hut is surrounded by…

Forest Holidays Blackwood Forest

Forest Holidays Blackwood Forest

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. From romance to family fun, blissful spa treatments to guided tours with your own Forest Ranger, tailor your perfect holiday exactly to your liking. Beneath the towering beech trees of Blackwood…

Brookbank Folly

Brookbank Folly

Step into another world at Brookbank Folly - a wonderfully secluded, utterly charming, hand-built hideaway for two, nestled on the edge of the stunning Royal Forest of Dean. When you first arrive at Brookbank Folly, you could be forgiven for thinking this gorgeous cabin has been here for centuries. From the crooked garden fence to the remarkable timber-framed structure, Brookbank Folly bursts…

Adhurst Yurts & Cabin

Adhurst Yurts & Cabin

An ideal setting for relaxation and adventure, perfectly positioned within the South Downs National Park. Adhurst Yurts & Cabin is no ordinary outdoor hideaway!  Recommended by The Sunday Times, you'll find a a gorgeous selection of yurts. Further into the ancient woodland you happen upon the blissfully private and stylish canvas-roofed Coppicer's Cabin. From the moment you arrive on…

Forest Garden

Forest Garden

Escape to an enchanting new way of life and learn woodland crafts, in a luxury camping & eco retreat nestled in ancient Sussex woodland.A perfect place to unwind and immerse yourself in nature, this is far more than a traditional camping holiday. You're sure to feel inspired by your stay at Forest Garden, six beautiful acres of woodland and gardens set close to the ancient Ashdown Forest (the…

Uist Forest Retreat

Uist Forest Retreat

Reconnect with nature from the comfort of a rustic treetop cabin, set on the wild and exceptionally scenic ‘edge of Britain'. There are fewer British locations more visually mesmerising than North Uist, part of the unspoilt and sparsely-populated Outer Hebrides. The simple life reigns supreme on this windswept edge of Britain, and you'll find plenty of natural wonders to tempt you with a…

Wolf Wood Treehouses

Wolf Wood Treehouses

Come and live the high life, in a luxury hand-built treehouse, beautifully nestled amongst soothing Devon woodland. Friendly, family-run, sustainable and scenic, there's a great deal to love about Wolf Wood, a glorious 13-acre stretch of deciduous woodland secluded amongst Devon's rolling countryside. Owners Sam and Rachel care deeply about their local environment, and it shows. Teeming…

Will's Tree House

Will's Tree House

Architect-designed luxury amongst the leaves, set on a working farm in a Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you've always thought living in a treehouse would mean taking your chances in the temperamental Great Outdoors, a sumptuous stay at Will's Tree House is sure to convert you for life. Nestled on a hillside in the north east Cotswolds, Will's Tree House is situated on a…

Templar Treehouse

Templar Treehouse

Experience a creative Pembrokeshire escape that promises luxury, imagination, and adventure... all rolled into one.Melin Mabes is a soothing, four-acre Pembrokeshire space that's rich in rural heaven - along with a healthy dose of creativity!Already home to an Amazing Spaces-featured UFO, a 150 year-old gypsy caravan and generous camping pitches, Templar Treehouse is the latest exciting addition…

Woodland Escapes

Woodland Escapes

Feel compelled to relax in a luxury dome, lodge or treehouse, soothingly set amongst 45 acres of magical Shropshire countryside. There's a certain kind of pedigree to Woodland Escapes. Featured in the Daily Mirror's Top Ten Glamping Sites, and included on the BBC show Escape to the Country, you can be sure that this is far from an everyday countryside retreat. Set amongst 45…

The Sussex Roundhouse

The Sussex Roundhouse

A romantic, timelessly rustic hot tub retreat, privately set amidst 40 acres of meadow, woodland and grassland. Swallowtail Hill is a soothing 40-acre Sussex farm, run by friendly owners Sarah and Christopher purely for conservation and biodiversity.   The result is that most of the adorable farm animals you'll meet here are much-loved members of the family (each one has a name, from the…

thecabin@greensleeves

thecabin@greensleeves

A homely, handcrafted haven, surrounded by whispering trees and perfectly positioned for exploring both Devon and Dorset. You'll find the bespoke-crafted cabin@greensleeves dreamily positioned at the end of a farm track in Harcombe Valley - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - surrounded by mature trees, open green fields, and a sparkling stream. Though you'll feel miles away from…

Woodland Chase Glamping

Woodland Chase Glamping

Escape from everyday life, with luxurious, grown-up glamping on a Northumberland family farm set close to the beautiful coast. Old Felton Farm, beautifully positioned in the heart of Northumberland, is home to Woodland Chase Glamping, a sumptuous, adults-only country escape that feels like a well-kept secret. It's here, nestled amongst soothing woodland, that you'll discover a selection of…

The Folly at Old Melrose

The Folly at Old Melrose

A charming retreat for two, surrounded by woodland and birdsong on a historic Scottish Borders estate by the tranquil River Tweed. Peaceful and secluded, it's hard to imagine that The Old Melrose Estate has changed much over time.   Situated within a meander of the River Tweed, and perfectly positioned in the heart of the Scottish Borders, you'll feel delightfully cut off from the rest of…

RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

Luxury Wee Lodges, complete with bubbling private hot tub, nestled at the entrance to the mighty Glencoe Valley. Discover the romantic RiverBeds nestled amongst soothing woodland in the Scottish Highlands. Ideal for couples seeking both relaxation and adventure, you'll be staying on the beautiful Woodlands Glencoe Estate, right at the entrance to the spectacular Glencoe Valley...otherwise known…

Ash Woods Retreat

Ash Woods Retreat

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. Peacefully and privately nestled amongst five acres of ancient woodland, Ash Woods Retreat feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of life back home. Part of a working dairy farm that's achingly close to the charming town of Dartmouth, and a mere…

Pennard Hill Tree Tent

Pennard Hill Tree Tent

A spherical haven for two, elevated amongst the trees on a family-run farm in Somerset, with outstanding views over the Mendip Hills. A mere stone's throw from the iconic town of Glastonbury, Pennard Hill Farm is a friendly, family-run working farm in the heart of the rolling Mendip Hills.   But Pennard Hill is no ordinary farm! Not only can you expect vast expanses of soothing, unspoilt…

The Treehouses at Lanrick

The Treehouses at Lanrick

Five sumptuous, eco-friendly tree-treats with idyllic riverside views, magically nestled on the borders of the Trossachs National Park. You'll find The Treehouses at Lanrick in a fairytale setting; amongst private woodland on the banks of the shimmering River Teith, with the Trossachs National Park a mere five-minute drive away. Designer-owners Simon and Louisa felt so passionate about sharing…

The Secret Cabin

The Secret Cabin

A lovingly crafted, dog-friendly woodland retreat, deliciously secluded in a hidden corner of Scotland with a sandy beach just minutes away. Although Secret Cabin can be reached from Edinburgh in under an hour, its peaceful location feels as though it's worlds away from bustling city life. That location is Seacliff, a relatively undiscovered corner of East Lothian that boasts some of the finest,…

Resilient Woodlands Retreat

Resilient Woodlands Retreat

Two naturally luxurious eco-glamping cabins, stunningly located between the rivers Wye and Severn in the enchanting Forest of Dean. Specifically created to help stressed-out souls enjoy tranquil woodland beauty in a natural and sustainable way, Resilient Woodland Retreat occupies a truly sublime position in the ancient, magical Forest of Dean. The two eco-friendly, bespoke-crafted cabins you'll…

Cabin X GPF

Cabin X GPF

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. Wondrous and welcoming, Cabin X GPF is a country escape designed by a small team of architects; an ideal retreat for two romantic souls who have grown weary of hectic life back home. The romantic wooden cabin is blissfully secluded…

Hawthorn Hideaway

Hawthorn Hideaway

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. As featured on Channel 4's "Four in a Bed" Hawthorn Hideaway occupies an idyllic position, amongst two acres of Nottinghamshire woodland that borders Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and adjacent to the…

Dazzle Treehouse

Dazzle Treehouse

A distinctive, design-led treehouse - complete with hot tub - inspired by warship camouflage, expertly crafted and blissfully secluded on an adults-only site in rural Dorset. If the name Guy Mallinson seems familiar, it could be that you've heard it before.   The former ‘wood mentor' on BBC2's popular Mastercrafts series, Guy was also the winner of the RIBA South West award for his…

Blyth Rise Stays

Blyth Rise Stays

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. A country paradise in rural Suffolk, Blyth Rise Stays is the perfect passion project of friendly owners Pam & Mark, managed by their daughter Katie. With help from their hard-working family, Pam and Mark have…

Beaconside Cabins

Beaconside Cabins

A sumptuous collection of individually styled glamping havens, magically secluded amongst ancient fairytale woodland on a 25-acre North Devon estate. Set amongst 25 tranquil acres of picture-perfect countryside, Beaconside is a magnificent country estate nestled on the edge of the historic town of Bideford. Just five minutes from the sweeping North Devon coast, there's plenty of scope to explore…

Studio Hoose & Tree Hoose

Studio Hoose & Tree Hoose

Two unique retreats, gently elevated on a private hillside croft over the wildlife-steeped Loch Broom, for sweeping and spectacular Scottish Highland views. Studio Hoose and Tree Hoose are two distinct, self-contained havens that boast magnificent North Highland views towards the towering Beinn Dearg, from their elevated position on a private hillside croft overlooking Loch Broom. Friendly…

Hafod Hideaways

Hafod Hideaways

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. Vast and mesmerising, the Hafod Estate thrives with nature's abundant beauty, from gushing waterfalls, shimmering streams and meandering forest footpaths, to swooping red kites, otters, and playful hares.   Set in the…

The Forest House

The Forest House

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. A visit to The Forest House is not unlike stepping right into the pages of a children's fairytale. Even your approach will feel deliciously magical, since the listed, thatched-roof retreat is accessed through…

Westley Farm Stone Cottages

Westley Farm Stone Cottages

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. Boasting 70 "sublimely beautiful", wildlife-steeped acres of Cotswold countryside, Westley Farm has featured in many a prominent publication, including The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. This is hardly…

The Cabin by the Castle

The Cabin by the Castle

A sumptuous, "coorie"-infused eco-cabin powered by nature, secluded on a historic Moray estate and boasting magnificent views of Duffus Castle. Comprising four scenic working farms, and a cosy selection of properties, the charming Duffus Estate has been in the Dunbar family since the late 1600s. The newest retreat on the welcoming estate, evocatively named Cabin by the Castle, is a heavenly…

Burrenmore Nest

Burrenmore Nest

Gleaming glass-fronted treetop lodges with al fresco whirlpool baths, sumptuously nestled amongst scenic forestland on Ireland's sweeping north coast. Part of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Burrenmore Nest sits within 82 heavenly hectares of a forest estate that's mere moments from Benone Strand. Fans of Game of Thrones will recognise this pristine seven-mile stretch of sandy…

Wildwood Spa

Wildwood Spa

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. An immersive ‘back to nature' escape, no attention to detail has been spared at Wildwood Spa, which has been featured on Channel 4's series on Extraordinary Escapes in the UK. First, the modern Zen-like retreat…

Dittisham Hideaway

Dittisham Hideaway

An exquisite collection of luxury treehouses, a gleaming American airstream, and artisan shepherd's huts, all with al fresco hot tubs and beautifully nestled in the scenic heart of Devonshire countryside. If you were to close your eyes and imagine the perfect countryside idyll, it's likely you'll picture Dittisham Hideaway. Overlooking a sun-dappled woodland valley just a mile from the…

Wrinklers Wood Glamping

Wrinklers Wood Glamping

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. Combining luxury glamping accommodation with wellness in nature, Wrinklers Wood Glamping is the perfect retreat for couples and groups of friends looking for a fresh Cornish escape. Although you'll be…

Chestnut Cabin

Chestnut Cabin

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. Staying at Chestnut Cabin means breathing out and relaxing in the warm, welcoming arms of Welsh nature. Peacefully secluded in an idyllic corner of a family-run farm in West Wales, there's no end of fresh-air-filled fun and adventure right on…

The Drum

The Drum

An architect-designed, locally-crafted elliptical retreat-for-two, beautifully secluded on an enchanting Scottish woodland estate - complete with a castle - mere moments from the sweeping West Coast. Designed by award-winning architects Roderick James, and expertly crafted by a local team of builders, The Drum is a picture-perfect woodland bolthole for two. A striking, elliptical retreat with a…

Ecotone Cabins

Ecotone Cabins

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. Situated in one of the most breath-taking natural environments in the UK, Leckmelm Wood is achingly close to Ullapool, a scenic fishing town that's otherwise known as the "gateway to the Northern Highlands". Home to a wealth of…

New Forest Cabin

New Forest Cabin

A fairytale woodland-themed cabin with a sunken ‘all-weather' hot tub and a wraparound deck, beautifully elevated on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Gently elevated to showcase the finest woodland views, New Forest Cabin has the magical feel of a rustic fairytale hideaway. You'll find the stylish wooden retreat privately nestled on the leafy edge of the New Forest National Park,…

Brucefield Estate Schenbothies

Brucefield Estate Schenbothies

Sumptuous woodland hideaways, privately nestled on a magical Clackmannanshire estate that's teeming with rich heritage and diverse, protected wildlife. Dating back over 700 years, Brucefield Estate is a vast, cherished ‘hidden gem' that boasts a unique blend of enthralling history and Scottish nature at its purest. Not only have these exquisite grounds been trodden by ancient barons, lords and…

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