Warm fires, silent nights and an unbeatable sense of adventure, we love snug winter retreats in the great outdoors.
When it comes to winter glamping, it’s hard to beat a cosy cabin getaway. And there’s plenty to choose from, whether you fancy an off-grid stay where board games and the glow of candlelight remind you of the simpler things in life, or a luxurious log cabin with its own hot tub. There are lakeside lodges, fairy-tale cabins in the woods and huts with views of stunning countryside dotted all over the UK. So, there's no need to give up on Great British holidays as winter draws near, instead, embrace the colder months with an outdoor retreat in one of these truly cosy cabin getaways...
Ockeridge's Luxury Log Cabin, Worcestershire
It’s easy to keep snug and warm during a spot of winter glamping at Ockeridge’s Luxury Log Cabin. The gas-fired central heating will keep you toasty while you enjoy views out through the double doors towards Martley Hillside and, at night, you can wrap yourself up in the cabin’s luxurious goose-down duvets. Set on a nine-acre equestrian facility, this well-equipped rural idyll is the perfect place to return after a day of pony rides at the nearby stables or a bracing walk up the Malvern Hills, just a ten-minute drive away.
Owlet Cabin, Devon
With candlelit evenings, the warmth from a crackling fire in the log burner and the sound of owls calling to each other, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time during a stay at Owlet Cabin. This snug and romantic insulated cabin is the latest addition to Owl Valley Glamping, where nature is the star attraction. With just three bell tents for glampers in the summer, it’s never exactly crowded at Owl Valley but the best bit of a winter stay is that you get this idyllic Devon valley all to yourself – unless you count the owls of course.
Osprey by the Lake, Cardiff
There’s nothing like a hot bath on a cold day – so how about your own private hot tub to soak in? Each of the three small-but-perfectly-formed cabins at Cefn Mably Lakes has its own cedar wood hot tub with a view of Spring Pond, one of the most tranquil of the eight lakes at this fishing centre in South Wales. Whether you come for the fishing or not, you’ll appreciate the location of these cosy modern cabins right on the lakeside with views of countryside and easy access to winter walks in the wonderful Welsh surroundings.
Norwegians know a thing or two about log cabins but you don’t need to go to Scandinavia to find their particular brand of snugness, or hygge. Head for Devon instead and book yourself in at the pleasingly-named Wrinkleberry. This cute Norwegian log cabin on the well-established Koa Tree Camp has a wood-burning stove and turf-roof insulation to keep you cosy. It’s a great location from which to discover the North Devon and Cornwall coast and, after a day out exploring, the Koa communal kitchen provides a great space to cook up a warming stew with organic veggies grown on site.
The Curvy Cabin, Sussex
After a warming hot chocolate by the campfire, you can tuck yourself up in The Curvy Cabin at Blackberry Wood which has heating and a wood-burning stove for extra cosiness. It’s a great spot for a winter glamping break, whatever the weather, as it has its own kitchenette and dining area in addition to the fire pit and barbecue space outside. There’ll be no chilly runs to the toilet in the middle of the night either as this snug glamping getaway near the South Downs has its own bathroom too.
The Wooden Roundhouse, Shropshire
The rural location of this cosy wooden roundhouse close to the Welsh border is perfect for stargazing and the ingenious design of the roundhouse, one of two on the site, means you don’t even have to step outside to do it. A one-and-a-half-metre sky light in the centre of the cabin brings the starry night sky inside once you’re tucked up by the log burner. But, with the glorious scenery of the Shropshire Hills on your doorstep and Offa’s Dyke National Trail passing close by the site, the great outdoors beckons providing all the ingredients for winter glamping bliss.
The Tiny Home Experience, Pembrokeshire
Between the mountains and the sea is a little wooden hut, designed and built by campsite owners and conservationists, Andy and Kate. They know it’s a great place to live because they made it their home for three years before moving out and letting other people experience its magic. Set in a secluded 22-acre nature reserve on their smallholding, it’s a great spot to retreat after exploring the beautiful beaches of the Pembrokeshire coast and offers a great example of off-grid living in harmony with its surroundings. Power comes from solar energy and cosiness from a woodburner and sheep's wool insulation.
The Deckhouse, Somerset
Get a taste of life on the farm with a stay at The Deckhouse. Available to book throughout the year and set on a 30-acre farm on the edge of Exmoor, you only need step outside your whitewashed cabin to meet goats, alpacas, sheep and geese. It’s perfect for a winter glamping break as a wood-burner and log supply keep it cosy – though you may want to keep some of those logs to heat the outdoor hot tub! Perfect for couples and young families, this well-sized cabin has a double bedroom and a small bunkroom that’s just right for younger children.
By Amy Woodland, December 2017