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Luxurious yurts

by Zoe Bishop |

Luxurious yurts

Redwood Valley Woodland Cabins and Yurts, Wales, is a glamping site amid 25 acres of forest and wildflower meadows. Sitting near Presteigne on the border of Wales and England, it’s home to a diverse array of trees, making for a rainbow of colours in the autumn. Each yurt and cabin has been given its own secluded spot with lots of space for rural relaxing – you can gaze up at the dark sky while sitting by a campfire or barbecue in the evening. Enjoy the rope swings, nature trails and a brook for paddling. Compost toilets and gas-powered showers – with eco-friendly toiletries provided – are a short stroll away, along with a hand-crafted wooden kitchen building that’s been kitted out with fridges, hobs and utensils. You can also pop in here for complimentary tea and coffee whenever you like.

· Prices start from £100 for one night for up to five people. To book, visit Pitchup.com

Stay in a retro truck

Stay in a retro truck

Famous for its spectacular Jurassic coast and rolling countryside, Dorset is the perfect choice for a few days away. If you fancy a break with a difference, how about staying in a vintage army lorry at Brig’s Farm? Enjoy stunning valley views out to the Jurassic Coast from this retro Bedford MJ Truck located at the top of a 12-acre West Dorset farm. The ex-military truck has been quirkily converted into a cosy hideaway for two with solar powered lighting, and is completely insulated with local sheep’s wool and a wood-burning stove. Wood-fired pizzas are available on site most Friday nights, along with BBQs and hog roasts. If you prefer to eat out, then there are lots of lovely pubs nearby.

· The truck is available from £50 per night midweek or £65 per night at the weekend, based on two people sharing on an accommodation only basis (two-night minimum stay). To book, visit** Glampingly.co.uk**

Somerset meets Scandinavia

Somerset meets Scandinavia

Tucked away in the rural Somerset village of Horsington, Cheriton Treehouse is a great place to enjoy the countryside without sacrificing comfort. Explore the local offerings, such as Stourhead House and Gardens, the beautiful Palladian house and world-famous landscape gardens, or the traditional market town of Castle Cary. It’s also close to a number of walking routes at Stourhead and Shaftesbury. Afterwards, unwind in the unique circular treehouse that is inspired by Scandinavian architecture. The large windows and skylight have been designed to give amazing views of the area. The treehouse boasts luxury amenities, such as a copper-plated bathtub, a bespoke kitchen, heated floors and two elevated viewing terraces. Neighboured only by a large pond, wild birds and the main house further up the hill, the treehouse makes a perfect peaceful retreat.

· Prices start from £270 per night based on two people sharing. Book direct at Cheritontreehouse.co.uk

A shepherd’s hut in Cornwall

A shepherd’s hut in Cornwall

Offering peace and tranquility in its private grounds, and situated close to many spectacular locations on the Land’s End peninsula, is the beautiful Shepherd’s Hut. It’s been carefully positioned to make the most of both the afternoon and evening sunshine, so you can really enjoy the surroundings. Guests staying here can get close to nature without giving up life’s luxuries, as it’s equipped with a king-size bed, log-burning stove, underfloor heating, fully integrated bathroom, including a large drench shower, plus a full-sized cooker, fridge and television. Discover St Loy’s Cove, which is just a short walk away through an enchanting wooded valley, and explore the South West Coast footpath or the rugged moorland of West Penwith in Cornwall with all its myths and legends.

· A week’s stay at The Shepherd’s Hut Cornwall costs from £500, and a three-night weekend break from £275. To book, visit Premiercottages.co.uk

Picturesque Rutland
©Picturesque Rutland

Picturesque Rutland

Rutland may be the smallest historic county in England, but it certainly fits a lot in! Within easy reach of Stamford, Leicester, Peterborough and Nottingham, it’s easily accessible. Exton Park, where this picture-perfect glamping site is situated, is made up of 500 acres and has existed since the 12th century. As well as acres of parkland and miles of footpaths, it also has a beautiful walled garden. The site itself offers three-bedroom tents, so it’s ideal for larger families. The old potting shed has been transformed into an honesty shop where you can buy essentials and local produce, which is super-handy. If you want to explore, there is plenty to do in the nearby area, including cycling, fishing and watersports.

· A three-night weekend stay at Glamping Hideaways Exton Park, Rutland, starts from £440. To book, visit Glampinghideaways.co.uk

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