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The Black Shed, Isle of Skye
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The 12 cosiest cabins and log cabins in the UK

Want to hibernate in style? Chill out with a stay at one of the best cabins or log cabins in the UK

Written by
Ellie Walker-Arnott
Lucy Lovell
Anya Meyerowitz

Listen, we love the city. We love the hustle and bustle, the noise, the never-ending supply of things to do and see. But sometimes, you really do just need to escape for a bit. A change of scenery is good for you – especially if the scenery is as gorgeous as the settings for these cosy countryside cabins. 

And we’re not talking about that old shed in your grandparent’s back garden. We’re talking about full-on architectural wonders – ranging from luxury woodland shacks and rustic log cabins to eco-friendly huts and elegant tree houses.

If you’re looking for a scenic hangout for a group of mates, a luxe romatic retreat, a pad to get back to basics or just fancy swerving the rest of humanity for a while, plan an escape to one of these hideaways. Here’s our pick of the best cabins and log cabins to stay in across the country.

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The best cabins in the UK

The remote one

Generally, people are fine. But sometimes you want to get as far away as possible from literally all of them. If that’s the case, make the trip to The Black Shed on the bonnie Isle of Skye, where wild-haired Highland cows will be your only neighbours. Battered by the elements, this wooden box houses a surprisingly cosy open-plan living space. Read a book in front of the wood-burning stove, day trip to ancient castles, or just snooze on the king-sized bed in a cocoon of locally woven blankets.

Where is it? The Isle of Skye, Scotland.
What is it? The Black Shed. Sleeps two. From £635 a week.

The eco-friendly one

Meet Kindred – the dinky A-frame house with eco credentials that’d make Greta proud. Found on the Isle of Wight, this humble getaway is a vision in plywood with a retro edge. Up top there’s a cosy white-linen bed with triangle-shuttered windows and lush countryside views. Downstairs there’s cute vintage furniture and a cosy wood-burner. Kindred is off-grid, which means that when it’s cloudy, electricity is like gold dust. If there’s a power cut just use the lanterns provided – it’s all part of the fun.

Where is it? Isle of Wight, Hampshire
What is it? Kindred. Sleeps up to four. From £90 a night.


Hanging from a tree like an oversized apple, this quirky getaway in Dorset looks like a prop from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Inside the Floating Tree Sphere you’ll find a hob, heating, and a snug bed with views over the fields. Outside, there’s a hammock and barbecue, while hot showers and loos are just across the grass. There’s no wifi here so swap scrolling on your phone for strolling through the woodland, playing board games and spotting woodpeckers in the trees.

Where is it? Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, England. 
What is it? Floating Tree Sphere. Sleeps two. From £69 a night.

The Lake District Love Shack is a lesson in stylish seclusion, and the views aren’t too shabby either. The ground floor looks out on vistas of lush green woodland, while upstairs you can gaze at Lake Windermere. The shack serves up rural vibes without skimping on luxury (hello, Japanese-style bath), making it the perfect place to spend quality time with your plus one. What’s more, its detached garden studio comes with speakers and a vinyl collection, so you can play Lionel Richie full blast and no one will judge you. 

Where is it? Lake District, England. 
What is it? Lake District Love Shack. Sleeps two. From £760 a week.

The one for friends

Nestled in the West Sussex countryside, The Lodge at Whithurst Park is an ode to wood and concrete, which has caught the eye of numerous architecture mags. There’s space for up to ten people (though you’ll have to make do with no more than six right now), with the opportunity to stretch your legs in the nearby South Downs National Park. The design is minimal and spacious, yet the house retains a homely feel – particularly at dusk when the evening light scatters a warm glow through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Round up your crew and book in – you’ll just have to draw straws over who gets the bunk-beds.

Where is it? West Sussex, England. 
What is it? The Lodge at Whithurst Park. Sleeps ten. From £2,009 a week. 

Dig out your binoculars and get ready for some wildlife views like you’ve never seen before. The appropriately named Birdwatchers’ Cabin, nestled on the wild shores of Loch Fleet, is the perfect spot to experience spectacular views and find new feathered friends. One wall is made up of glass patio doors so you can wildlife spot from the luxury comfort of your cabin, or you can head outside to get up close and personal. From ospreys and deer to even otters, you’ll be well and truly spoiled for choice. 

Where is it? Golspie, Scotland.
What is it? The Birdwatchers’ Cabin. Sleeps four. From £160 a week.


This is probably the most boujee treehouse you will ever lay eyes on. Designed by award-winning architect Guy Mallinson and featured on Grand Designs House of the Year, the Pinwheel overlooks a bluebell wood in rural Dorset and is surrounded by elderly oak trees. For entertaining, there’s a deck with a pizza oven, BBQ, firepit, and hot tub, and inside, there’s a glass ceiling for next-level cosy star gazing. Both outside and in, the design of this place is truly spectacular – and guarnatees plenty of top-quality Insta opportunities to show off your stay.

Where is it? Dorset, England. 
What is it? Pinwheel Treehouse. Sleeps two. From £990 for two nights minimum stay.

With its wooden beams, plank-covered walls and cosy burner stove, it’s fair to say that the Halvana Forest Shed is less shed, more forest. But there’s a homeliness about the place – probably thanks to its inviting furnishings and soft lounging area. When you’ve had your share of downtime, there’s also plenty on offer to keep busy. Read a book in the outside hammock, go wildlife spotting around the local moor or stroll further afield and treat yourself to a pint and roast at the King’s Head down the road. Lush.

Where is it? Cornwall. 
What is it? Halvana Forest Shed. Sleeps two, with extra space for two children. From £135 a week.


Glamping just got seriously glam. Outdoor bubble bath, anyone? This gorgeous cabin made from recycled and sustainable materials has plenty of chill-out spots for you to put your (well-deserved) feet up. Swing from the branches in a suspended seat, keep cosy next to the log burner or gaze up into the stars in your bed from your ceiling window. Based near the town of Steyning only two hours from London, this is an ideal spot to escape the city for the weekend while avoiding any exhausting long journeys.

Where is it? Sussex
What is it? Meadow Cabin. Sleeps two. From £175 a night.

It might look small from outside – and it is – but you’d be surprised what can fit in this cleverely compact tiny house. With a super king mattress on the mezzanine, a sofa bed that rolls out to sleep another two people, there’s also a fully equipped kitchenette and a floor-to-ceiling window offering panoramic views across the estuary. Cute, contemporary and within walking distance of the Newburgh seal colony, this self-catered Scottish stay has everything you’ll need for a tranquil time.

Where is it? Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
What is it? The Shepherdess’s Bothy. Sleeps four. From 105 a week.


With its arched ceilings and bubble-shaped doors, The Orchard looks like it has stepped out of a fairy tale, or perhaps from another dimension. Set in glorious countryside views with a large decking area and hot tub, it’s the perfect base for exploring the local area and unwinding at the same time. You’re just three miles from the beaches of Broad Haven and Barafundle Bay, while the quaint town of Pembroke is just around the corner.

Where is it? Maidenwells, Wales.
What is it? The Orchard. Sleeps five. From £135 a night.

What better way to rekindle friendships than getting together a group of pals and heading to a beautiful log cabin (pardon the pun). On the Scottish-English border, this cabin was built using locally sourced trees, has a six-person hot tub as well as plenty of open-plan entertaining space. For daytime activities, the Lake District is only a 40-minute drive away while the nearby Kielder Water and Forest Park is home to England’s largest forest and man-made lake, offering activities like sailing and bike trails. 

Where is it? Penton, England. 
What is it? Minetrack Log Cabin. Sleeps ten. From around £496 a night.

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