Autumn is here, and there are plenty of ways to soak up those seasonal vibes. For some people, that means jumping through piles of golden leaves in pretty parks, cosying up by an open fireplace in the pub, or just a walk on a crisp day.
But to really embrace the season, head into the UK countryside, where you’ll find plenty of cosy cabins, perfect for autumnal breaks. The architectural wonders range from rustic log cabins and luxury woodland shacks to a eco-friendly huts. Whether you're looking for a luxe retreat or want to get back to basics, escape to one of these hideaways.
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The best cosy cabins
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. The Black Shed sleeps two, from £635 a week.
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. 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. 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. Lake District Love Shack sleeps two, from £760 a week.
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, 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. The Lodge at Whithurst Park sleeps ten, from £2,009 a week.
These towering structures loom over visitors like escapees from ‘War of the Worlds’, but inside it’s all peace and stillness. Fill a hot water bottle in the communal kitchen, clamber up to the Kudhva’s mezzanine bed and watch gulls flying out to sea. There’s a buzzy community feel here, with popular Cornish surfing spots close by and DJs, food traders and a pop-up bar on the first Sunday of the month. Don’t expect a plug socket for yer charger, though – those Instagram updates will have to wait. Kudhva sleeps two, from £90 a night.