We are a few weeks into the new year, and I don’t know about you, but I am already dreaming of where I might escape to over the next 12 months. With hopes of no more Covid-related restrictions to scupper our plans, it feels good to be able to book something in advance without too much worry.
I’m still slightly apprehensive about travelling abroad, plus I am trying to minimise my air travel these days to reduce my carbon footprint, so UK getaways are my current go-to. And why not?! Our little island is a haven of beauty with many hidden gems to explore.
We’ve teamed up with Unique hideaways to share nine of their most gorgeous shepherds huts, cabins, cottages and safari tents, perfect for exploring the beautiful south west while making precious memories with your loved ones….
Posy – near Ilminster, Somerset
This cosy little hut with a bright and airy interior sleeps two, and includes a small but perfectly formed shower room within the hut. Cooking outside here is a must, with its cleverly designed outdoor kitchen as well as a fire pit barbecue. Once you’ve eaten alfresco, you can enjoy the outdoor wood-fired bath – a glass of bubbles in hand, while you gaze up at the stars – Bliss!
Thimble Lodge – near Tavistock, Cornwall
Not far from the Devon/Cornwall border, this rustic cabin overlooks the Tamar valley, making it a top pick for those who enjoy a breath-taking view. The structure was handcrafted by the owners and glows with twinkling fairy lights at night. Inside there is a cosy double bed and a log burner for chilly nights – a perfect romantic spot for two which might just make you feel like you are living in a fairy tale!
Bower Barn – close to St Agnes, Cornwall
A more modern style cottage can be found not far from St Agnes, where you can explore the beach, a great range of eateries and lots of independent shops. This quirky cottage is split over two levels, with a wood burner in the corner and an abundance of houseplants dotted around the airy space. The private garden is perfect for relaxing in the late afternoon, the hammock and twinkly lights adding to the dreamy ambience.
Clover Cabin – near Perranporth, Cornwall
This modern rustic cabin comes with everything you need for a relaxing, romantic few nights away – a super king bed, a hot tub and a fire pit to sit around in the evening. The fun part is the outdoor (weatherproof!) kitchen which comes kitted out with a gas hob, microwave, fridge, kettle and lots of lovely interior details.
Mistery 2 – River Kennall, Cornwall
Is there anything more fun than staying on a houseboat?! This one is nestled in a beautiful, private setting, boasting a stunning outside space complete with an impressive fire pit, wooden benches and even an outdoor sound system. Inside, the boat is spacious, sleeping four in the two bedrooms, as well as two bathrooms and a kitchen. A really unusual and beautiful space for something just a little bit different.
Rosie’s Hut, near Totnes, Devon
Getting back to nature is easy with a stay at Rosie’s Hut. This sweet little shepherd’s hut is set in an idyllic spot, amongst woodland and farmland, where you can spend your time spying the local flora and fauna. When the sun goes down, you can enjoy a view of the night’s sky from the hot tub, too. Plus, after a cosy night’s sleep in the king size bed, you will wake up to a framed view of the fields and sky outside – switch off your phone and soak it up!
Hayley’s Hut – near Bideford, Devon
This cuter than cute shepherds hut is set on a working dairy farm and has its very own fishing lake and a hot tub! As if that wasn’t enough, our favourite part of this accommodation is the outdoor kitchen. We love it’s rustic, yet modern feel – with its reclaimed wood sofa with colourful textiles, Rayburn stove and Belfast sink – it’s an ideal spot for enjoying a glass of wine while you cook up a storm!
Shepherd’s Rest, near Fowey, Cornwall
Another gorgeous hut nestles here in its own meadow, overlooking a picturesque pond. Inside, the space feels warm and inviting, with lots of wood and cosy textiles, not to mention the wood burner for chilly evenings. Its location is perfect for exploring the Cornish sights, with the villages of Lerryn, Fowey and Lostwithiel not far away, or why not spend a day at the Eden Project or the Lost Gardens of Heligan?
Barefoot Woody, near Mullion, Cornwall
Last but not least, is this unusual Scandi-rustic meets industrial-chic safari tent. It’s the perfect place for a fun family getaway as it sleeps six and has an abundance of space outside for the kids to run free. It is equipped with a wood-fired range for both heating and cooking and a good-sized dining table for all the family. There is even a cute honesty shop in site.
To view all holiday accommodation available through Unique hideaways, head to their website to explore all the options: Unique hideaways