Doxie, Wilderness, Suffolk
A picture-perfect refuge located on the edge of a wood, Doxie is a charming thatched, two-storey, one-bedroom cottage. The perfect place for a restorative and regenerating couples’ escape, Doxie has everything you need covered, with its own sauna and steam rooms for private relaxing spa treatments, an outside dining and fireplace area to snuggle down in after a day of bracing fresh air, a private natural swimming lake with its own jetty, and a row boat for messing around on the water.
Sleepy Owl, Devon
This handcrafted treehouse is larger than average with a private courtyard, a wooden hot tub, a BBQ, and two baths – indoors and out (one of which is gold no less!) - a movie projector, and a hammock on the terrace. Every luxurious touch has been considered, including underfloor heating and a super-king size bed. You’ll find it hard to leave but nearby there is incredible stretches of the Devon and Cornish coastline to explore.
The Shooting Lodge, Warwickshire
This barn conversion combines sophisticated rural charm with refined luxury. Beyond the open-plan living space – with sink-into sofas and exposed original beams – there’s a midnight-blue kitchen with generous Belfast sink, ideal to prepare cosy meals in for two. The bathroom has been designed for ultimate guest relaxation, with a stunning traditional-style cast iron slipper bath, and for those looking to enjoy the countryside at their own pace, there are two traditional Pashley bicycles provided for use during your stay, so pack a picnic for the front basket, and get out on those country lanes!
FOR GROUPS OF FOUR TO SIX
3 The Square, Cotswolds
Nestled in Upper Slaughter, one of the prettiest Cotswold villages, this cottage is originally thought to have housed local farm workers but has now been lovingly redesigned by its owners and dressed with stylish and snug interiors. With two cosy and inviting bedrooms, it’s perfect for families of four or two couples – one of the doubles can be made up as a twin – and a small terrace lends itself to al fresco meals on warmer days. Dogs are welcome and country walks are on your doorstep.
Secret Treehouse, Herefordshire
Concealed amid ancient oaks and firs lies the Secret Treehouse, straight from the pages of a children’s book. The property has two bedrooms and three bathing areas, two of which are alfresco to max out the forest views. Exceptionally crafted by its owners (a carpenter and creative), it’s too cool to be twee, and full of quirky contrasts. Perfectly positioned for those looking to explore Hay-on-Wye or go hiking in the Black Mountains.
On an isolated clifftop close to the Cornish fishing village of Coverack, this mid-century home is a modern-day celebration of art, nature, and a man’s first love – sculpture. The surrounding meadows are the Terence Coventry Sculpture Park and this is the former home of the artists himself. With its outdoor pool and sweeping glass walls that connect those inside to nature, this coastal retreat oozes retro allure.
FOR GROUPS OF EIGHT OR MORE
Hidden within Devon’s Chevithorne Barton estate, Verte fans out in an angular display of larch cladding from the hill on which it sits, blending into its setting with simple modern elegance. Filled with light, the open-plan living space is the hub of this dwelling and the modern circular fireplace is perfect to cosy around, whatever the weather.
Evolving from humble pig shelter, to 32-acre farm, to luxury self-catering homestay, Gaia Farmhouse has weathered the Lake District’s four dramatic seasons for the past 400 years and has now been lovingly restored by an architect using minimalist Scandinavian design. Warmth exudes from every nook, mountain views peek through windows that frame deerskin-covered armchairs and two enormous bathtubs hidden on the first-floor promise to soothe tired legs after long hikes around nearby Ullswater.
Sugar pink sunsets, croissants on the beach and morning swims in the ocean off Gwithian’s blue shores – the life offered at Senara is an idyllic one. The pool is the centrepiece from May to September, while the hot tub, fire pit and sauna give the gardens year-round appeal. Even in winter, this luxury self-catering home offers warmth, a place to come together and the promise of adventure.
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