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The Best Stays for Nature-Infused Holidays in the Great Outdoors

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Published 22/03/2021 The Best Stays for Nature-Infused Holidays in the Great Outdoors


Spending time in nature helps to reconnect your soul with life's simplest pleasures.  

There's nothing like taking a tranquil stroll through winding country lanes, enjoying a scenic picnic to a soundtrack of birdsong, or enjoying a giggle-fuelled conversation with your loved one, under a twinkling blanket of stars.

That's why we've chosen these worldwide retreats especially for their close proximity to nature, and all the wonders to be discovered in life's Great Outdoors.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Campwell | Gloucestershire

Wild Meadow

Wild Meadow

Welcome to Wild Meadow - a heavenly spot of orchards and meadows on the English-Welsh border, home to the eco-friendly Meadow Cottage and Shepherd's Hut. Set amongst the stunning countryside of Radnorshire, Wild Meadow is the perfect place to escape and unwind, surrounded by nature. Having been featured in The Telegraph's list of places to stay 'for a taste of horticultural heaven',…

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm

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. Set atop the hilly coastline of North East Aberdeenshire, Down on the Farm is one of those rare spots that allows you to be both enviably removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday…

The Dandelion Hideaway

The Dandelion Hideaway

The Dandelion Hideaway - gorgeously green vintage-style farmside glamping complete with unique luxury ensuites, delightfully hidden away in rural Leicestershire. For a holiday haven with a beautiful rural setting, vintage-style luxury and a friendly welcoming committee consisting of rare-breed hens, ducks, ponies and goats, head for The Dandelion Hideaway! You're guaranteed a…

In the Stix

In the Stix

Four unique and ultra-modern geodesic domes, each with their own private kitchens, bathrooms and blissful wood-fired hot tubs in rural Rutland. When the urge strikes to get away from it all, where better place to go than In The Stix? Promising the chance to reconnect with the great outdoors while staying in a totally unique geodesic dome, you're sure to find the natural refuge you crave in…

One Cat Farm

One Cat Farm

One Cat Farm is simple rural luxury in a delightfully secluded Welsh valley...the Great Outdoors at its absolute greatest. Three miles from the sandy beaches of Cardigan Bay, you will find an enchanting eco-glamping site that's family-run, exceptionally friendly and quite literally down-to-Earth. One Cat Farm (home to one cat, as you might expect, along with a few chickens these days…

Brook House Woods

Brook House Woods

Experience open-air creativity and imaginative accommodation in the form of three tree cabins, a tree tent and hobbit house, blissfully nestled below the soothing Malvern Hills. With acres of wondrous woodland, not to mention a lush green meadow that looks out over the Frome Valley and the Malvern Hills, your dreamlike holiday scene at Brook House Woods is set. This, however, is no…

Chateau Ramsak

Chateau Ramsak

Idyllic Slovenian vineyard glamping in the refreshing midst of natural and unspoilt luxury, with plenty of good wine! Nestled within over thirty-five acres of rolling green hillsides and exquisite vineyards, in the heart of the scenic wine region of Styria, is a true paradise for lovers of nature, luxury...and wine itself! Styria, just moments away from the bustling city of Maribor, is…

Glamping Corsica

Glamping Corsica

Relax in your very own eco-bubble with spectacular clifftop views from the heart of Corsica's refreshing Ospedale Forest. Just twenty minutes from the stunning hilltop town of Porto Vecchio, in the heart of Corsica's lush Ospedale Forest, you will find an eco-paradise that's quite unlike any other. Glamping Corsica consists of ‘Cocoon Village', four serene eco-bubbles for two people,…

Alexander House Glamping

Alexander House Glamping

Luxuriate in the beauty of the great outdoors, in welcoming en-suite yurts with hot tub or cosy horseboxes secluded in the lush grounds of a Scottish country house. If you've always wanted to experience the very best of rural Scotland, Alexander House couldn't be better located. Just 2.5 miles from the famed Gleneagles and less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, you'll find this…

Canopy Lodge

Canopy Lodge

Take a refreshing tour of the natural world, from a warmly picturesque setting in the foothills of Panama's volcanic heart. El Valle de Antón is a truly unique and captivating village, found in the centre of an enormous crater from a (happily extinct!) volcano, set 60 miles from Panama City in the region's Coclé Province. Expect endlessly romantic scenes of mist-covered mountains -…

The Arctic Hideaway

The Arctic Hideaway

Recharge your batteries and find your muse at the Arctic Hideaway, an exquisite cluster of houses on the remote Norwegian island of Fleinvær. Fordypningsrommet, the architect-designed brainchild of a Norwegian composer and musician, means "room for deeper studies", and in this cluster of raised single-function houses - one of which is dedicated solely to contemplation - you can detox from…

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge

Welcome to "Sweden's most primitive hotel" - Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, a peaceful gathering of charcoal huts surrounded by lush spruce forest. With no electricity or running water, you're blissfully free at Kolarbyn Eco Lodge to luxuriate in life's natural delights, surrounded by morning birdsong and the soothing sound of crackling fire by evening. Located within beautiful spruce forest…

Novanta

Novanta

It's probably easier to think of your stay at Novanta as a relaxed gathering amongst friends, rather than a traditional Tuscan holiday - yet even this description doesn't go quite far enough!   Waiting for you at Novanta is an experience of Tuscan village life as it's so peacefully lived every day by the locals, immersed in nature and nestled high in the Casentino Hills. Think…

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…

Korimako PurePod

Korimako PurePod

Disconnect from life's trials and troubles, in a secluded glass pod surrounded by native New Zealand bushland. Beautifully nestled within wildlife-steeped native bush along the Greta Valley coastline, you'd never guess that Korimako PurePod is a mere 90-minute drive from Christchurch. Your picturesque journey begins with a soothing drive through forest and farmland...perhaps with a…

Kagga Kamma

Kagga Kamma

Escape the din of city life, in a culture-rich South African nature reserve and spa surrounded by vast, unspoilt wilderness. Kagga Kamma is an award-winning nature reserve, magnificently located within acres of pure wilderness in South Africa's Cederberg Mountains. Just three hours from Cape Town, you'll feel as though you've been spirited to a whole other world - one filled with…

Sky Hut

Sky Hut

Open the roof of your romantic cabin to greet the star-studded canvas above, from your secluded position on a West Wales family farm. Sky Hut (or Caban y Nen in Welsh)- is imbued with a serious ‘wow factor' design element. Namely, its wondrous opening roof, all ready for you to bask in the glory of that amazing night sky, from the comfort of your cosy bed. (You couldn't be in a better…

Dragon's Eye

Dragon's Eye

A wonderfully creative, TV-featured glamping pod with glass panels and a rotating bed to showcase the lush Welsh landscape. Dragon's Eye (or Llygad y Ddraig, if you've got an ear for the Welsh language!) is an awe-inspiring, award-winning glamping pod-for-two that's perfectly positioned for exploring West Wales in all its rural and coastal glory. The winner of Channel 4's ‘Cabins in the Wild'…

Lloyds Meadow Glamping

Lloyds Meadow Glamping

Simple, grown-ups-only luxury in a naturally beautiful setting, surrounded by the rippling lakes of rural Cheshire. Exclusively for adults, a stay at Lloyds Meadow Glamping represents nature at its most peacefully beautiful. Each traditional, five-metre bell tent-for-two is set within its own private area of the ten-acre site, achingly close to one of its four shimmering fishing lakes. Near to…

Coucoo Grands Lacs

Coucoo Grands Lacs

A lush eco-friendly retreat, set amongst acres of magical forest land and sparkling lakes in dreamlike Franche-Comté. As one of France's very first eco-resorts, Coucoo Grands Lacs (that's "Great Lakes" in English) is sure to re-awaken your love for the natural world in all its timeless glory. Spread across over 200 acres of forest land and shimmering lakes in the glorious Franche-Comté region,…

Campwell

Campwell

An off-grid, eco-friendly village inspired and powered by nature, with eclectic accommodation hidden in woodland near Bath. Campwell at Cherry Wood promises a holiday life that's filled with natural simplicity and fresh-air adventure. In other words, it's the perfect antidote to our hectic, digital-infused lives! An off-grid, low-impact village mostly created by green woodworker Tim Gatfield,…

Den by the Stream

Den by the Stream

A charmingly hand-built cabin that's dog-friendly, off-grid, and set in an idyllic Welsh meadow corner, achingly close to historic Cardigan. It's easy to feel that you've entered your own private paradise, as you make your way to the soothing meadow corner that's home to Den by the Stream. Impossibly calm and outrageously lovely, the off-grid cabin-for-two is beautifully positioned by a rippling…

iCamp

iCamp

A range of paradise-like tents, equipped with five-star facilities, and secluded on a private stretch of one of Halkidiki's most beautiful beaches. You'll discover iCamp on a private, tourist-free stretch of Paliouri Beach, which is widely considered to be the loveliest beach on Halkidiki's popular Kassandra Peninsula. It's not hard to see why. With its crystal-clear waters, soft sands, and…

The Boathouse at Sheepdrove

The Boathouse at Sheepdrove

An idyllic retreat for two, gorgeously secluded on an organic farm in the Lambourn Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located between Bristol and London, in the heart of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, picturesque Sheepdrove feels like a blissful new world... one in which time has stood perfectly still.Make the most of the idyllic, oil-painting-worthy backdrop with a…

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…

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