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Cabins

A cabin implies certain traditional, rustic, rural qualities, a house build to stand up to the elements, but also a house with character. Cabins certainly can boast all of this, but at the same time staying in one doesn't need to be a basic, primal experience (though if you're looking for something more along these lines, perhaps the Mountain Bothies of Britain's wilderness areas are the thing for you).

In fact, you won't need to sacrifice any comforts on a cabin holiday these days - whether you want the more traditional experience of a wooden cabin in the snow (from the Alps to Scandinavia) or something a bit different - by the beach perhaps, or in England's rolling countryside, we feature plenty of welcoming, cosy, eco-friendly cabins (see below). Many of these (and more besides) featured on our Green Travel List of small hotels, on Catherine Mack's recommended eco-breaks in the UK - and there are even a few options on greentraveller founder Richard Hammond's list of sustainable travel options in the Mediterranean.

The Waterhouse

Waterhouse, South West Scotland

3 gorgeous eco cabins minutes from the stunning coastline of South West Scotland and close to the artists' town and fishing port of Kirkcudbright. Relax in the hot tub on a spacious south facing sun deck overlooking a wonderful cottage garden.
From £260

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Shepherd's Hut

Mandinam, Carmarthenshire, Wales

This is a unique place to stay. A spacious Shepherd's Hut, Gypsy Van, Cabin or Bluebell Wagon in a beautiful location in a truly scenic areas of Wales, it is for the outdoor person who likes a bit of comfort. Posh camping at it's most enjoyable.
Shepherds Hut, Gypsy Van, Bluebell wagon, cabin all dbl beds

£100 per night, min 2 nights (bank hols min 3 nights); £600 per week.

Balebarn ecolodge and the wildlife pond at Wheatland Farm

Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges and Cottage, Devon, England

Unwind amidst Devon’s beautiful countryside, knowing your stay helps protect rare orchids, owls and dormice. Relax in comfortable low-impact lodges or a cottage (has woodburner). Borrow bikes, fish the pond, or explore 21 acres managed for wildlife.
4 lodges (sleep 8,6,4,4) & 1 cottage (sleeps 4)

Prices from £205 per week . Short breaks also available.

Enjoy the luxury of a Four Poster Bed in the New Room

New Room at Mandinam, Wales

Stay in a recently refurbished, traditional cookhouse (or 'cegin') on a working farm in the rolling countryside of West Wales and enjoy a warm welcome, buckets of historic character and even a four poster bed.
1 double

£80 per night (based on 2 people sharing)

The exterior of Kingfisher Lodge

Kingfisher Lodge, Somerset, England

A thoroughly 5-star luxury eco lodge in the peaceful Somerset countryside, fantastic for fishing in the private lakes. Dine alfresco on the private sun terrace and make the most of the countryside views and wildlife.
Sleeps 4/6- 2 double bedrooms 1 with ensuite

From £459, based on up to 6 people sharing for a week

Daisybank lodge in the Peak District

Hoe Grange Holidays, The Peak District, England

Four contemporary award winning log cabins on a working farm with stunning views of The Peak District's scenery – a real "home from home" with friendly hosts and everything you need for a relaxing, peaceful holiday. Excellent accessible facilities.
3 doubles, 4 double/twins, 2 twins

from £100

The picturesque Middlewick Cottages in Glastonbury

Middlewick Cottages, Glastonbury, England

A range of self-catering cottages in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor, sleeping from two to six with a total capacity of 37, with a fabulous heated indoor pool and steamroom. Enjoy peace and tranquility in an area steeped in history, myth and legend,
12 cottages,2 cabins, 2 E-dens, 46 people in total.

Cottage prices vary. Availablility by the night, week, long weekend, mid week. Please see our website for prices.

Romany caravan holiday in Wales

Romany Caravan, Monmouthshire, Wales

Enjoy peaceful escapism in lyrical Monmouthshire countryside in the foothills of the Black Mountains. This vintage Romany caravan is a perfect little Bow Top, with a pull-out double bed, and a fantastic cabin with a kitchen, shower, bath and veranda.
1 bedroom in the caravan & bathroom & living room in cabin

From £134

Attractive exterior of Woodpecker Eco Lodge

Woodpecker Lodge, Somerset, England

A tranquil, 5-star luxury eco lodge in the heart of the picturesque Somerset countryside, perfect for exploring the surrounding hillsides. Relax on the shaded balcony and enjoy a private sauna.
sleeps 4/6 - 2 double rooms, 1 ensuite

From £459, based on up to 6 people sharing for a week

Harvey - your carriage awaits!

Harvey, Cornwall, England

The golden age of steam travel is revived in Lizzy and Dave's sensitively converted '50s railway coach, now a wonderful place to stay with all mod cons, outside St Ives and close to Cornwall's miles of sandy beaches.
2 doubles, 1 quad, two living/sleeping rooms

From £295

Tree house terrace, La Renardière, Normandy

Perché dans le Perche, Normandy, France

Retreat to the branches of a sublime treehouse at the top of an immense chestnut tree overlooking the valleys of Le Perche Natural Park, Normandy. Breakfast delivered in a picnic basket to your balcony. You won't want to come back down to earth.
A treehouse for 5 (1 dbl, bunks for 3), shower room, kitchen

2 pers/1 night including breakfast 160€. 2 pers./2nights including breakfst 290€. 10€ per child extra per night, 25€ p/extra adult per night. 7nights self catering with welcome basket for whole treehouse: 850€ low season, 950€ July & August

the shack beach house

'The Shack' - Vintage Vacations, Isle of Wight

Located in a dingly dell on the Isle of Wight (in a secret location near Cowes) "the shack", bijoux but perfectly formed, has two bedrooms, a kitchette and is peaceful and within reach of the beach, with a bbq, swing and hammock in a private garden.
1 double bedroom and 1 twin - sleeps 4

Weekend breaks from 185, midweek breaks from £160, weekly stays from £475

Cabane de Jeanne

Cabane de Jeanne, Normandy, France

This wooden fisherman’s cabin overlooking a serene lake is charmingly simple, a single white-panelled bedroom with embroidered white linen, and stairs up to a light-filled lounge. But it’s all about the lake: the views, the boat bobbing on the jetty.
Cabin for 2

€180, two-night minimum stay

Beautiful timber cabin with hot outdoor shower - sleeps 4

Devon Dens, Devon, England

A unique, solid cabin made by the owners from sustainable, local wood in a pretty & private off-grid site, amidst glorious countryside. Walks, wood burner, jigsaws, guitar, books, fire pit, hot outdoor shower, peace, quiet & starry skies. Bliss.
1 cabin with 1 double bed + 1 double sofa bed

£80 / 1 night, £140 / 2 nights, £200 / 3 nights, £420 / weekly

Iona Hostel in a fantastic natural setting in Scotland

Iona Hostel and Bothy, Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland

An independent hostel with a strong ethos of sustainability, on a traditional working croft in an extraordinary and elemental landscape. Kick off your shoes and watch the light sing on the sea. Comes highly recommended by visitors.
Five mixed rooms, sleeping 2, 4 (x2) and 6 (x2)

£19.50 per bed night / £16.50 for under 10's.

Natural Retreats Eco Build Cottages

Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales, England

Secluded self-catering eco cabins close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a short wonderful stroll to the coast to coast path.
3 double bed rooms one of which can be made into a twin.

Minimum 2 night stay prices start from £420 per residence for a weekend in Low season to £1395 for a 1 week stay in high season, this is based on 6 people sharing a 3 bed residence. 

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Warren Farm, Feather Down Farm, Somerset, England

Sitting atop the Mendips in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Warren Farm offers up some truly stunning views of Cheddar Gorge. As well as numerous walking, biking and fishing opportunities, there's a great trail leading down into Cheddar.
Tents and log cabins sleep up to 6

Prices from £295

The quirky Meadow Keeper's Cottage in Sussex

Meadow Keeper's Cottage, Sussex, England

A higgledy-piggledy cottage on wheels offering a roomy four person stay. Pitch in with the animal feeding on the farm, explore the diverse range of habitats, visit the beach and try the various courses, including bush craft, on offer.
Roomy four person space.

£107 per night

Bucklegrove Caravan and Camping Park, Mendip Hills

Bucklegrove Caravan and Camping Park started as a tearooms in the 1940s, but these days, tables and chairs have made way for beautifully-manicured camping pitches with mature trees and shrubs, but you can still grab drinks and snacks.

From £14.30

Fernhill Farms

Fernhill Farm, Mendip Hills

Fernhill Farm, a herd of cowsheds on a 160-acre working farm in the Mendips, converted into an alternative, relaxed accommodation for up to 55 people in eco-camping barns and Ramshackle Arcs. Super green & earnest, groups from 10-200 catered for.
40 bunk beds, cottages sleeping 8-10, camping

Camping £7 pppn; self-catering £24 pppn; B&B £30 pppn.

Gypsy caravan

The Old Forge, Dorset, England

Rosie the gypsy caravan and Mabel and Sam the shepherd's huts have been immaculately restored to provide absolute comfort in this timeless corner of Dorset. Views across the meadows and award winning cooking to be savoured.
1 double, extra space for two children

From £95 per night. Three spaces can be booked together at a discount.

These western tipis are a quirky place to stay in England

Pinewood Holiday Park, Yorkshire, England

The UK's only Wild West themed holiday park with Indian tipis, cowboy camping shacks and Western wagons plus a seperate camping field and caravanning area. A family run eco site and a unique and memorable holiday destination.
Various accommodation sizes

Camping peak season from £14 per night for 2 people. Themed accommodation in peak season £70 for up to a family of 4

Cleveley Mere Boutique Lodges, Lancashire, England

These five state-of-the-art retreats are all set on the edge of a vast lake within a glorious 34 acre nature reserve. You could choose to stay in the UK’s first ‘Huf House’ holiday let, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs!
7 lodges sleeping between 2-8

From £125 per night per lodge

Shepherd's hut at Scales Plantation

Scales Plantation Shepherd's Huts, Cumbria, England

Sheltered and peaceful, the shepherd's hut, cabin & safari tents sit by the edge of the forest with views over the North Lake fells. Completely fitted in wood with handcrafted furniture and fittings, in a clearing that feels traditional and rustic.
huts, cabin and tents 1 double, 1 twins/double.

From £70 per night

Stay in a fabulous renovated 1964 Leyland Titan Double Decker Bus

Ceridwen Centre, Carmarthenshire, Wales

A welcoming family business on a small organic farm in North Carmarthenshire with a strong green ethos, a huge amount of lush, green space, glorious sunsets, clear night skies, offering accommodation to suit all - self-catering, catered and glamping.
5 yurts, 2 dbls-B&B, 2 houses (10 rms), pod, caravan, cabin

From £54/£82 per night (B&B/yurts). From £235/£350 weekend in cottage, sleeps 6/7. From £895/£1598 in house, sleeps 19.

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Zmar Eco Experience, Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal

Indulge in the Zmar experience: choose between comfortable wooden bungalows or cosy mobile homes overlooking the endless landscape of the Alentejo, and near the ocean. Relish the sense of freedom and total relaxation at Zmar, a truly unique Resort
200 accommodations, with capacity from 2 to 8 people

Prices from 123€

Bell tents at Cliff House, Suffolk, England

This fabulous collection of luxury bell tents are a new offering from the five star Cliff House Holiday site, set in a beautiful cliff top location with its own private beach access. The tents themselves are raised up on their own individual decks.
Safari tent for 4, cottage for 6, lodge for 4, camping

Safari tent and cottage from £334 per wk; lodge from £354; camping from £14.50

Waddow Hall, Lancashire, England

A 17th century Manor House overlooking the River Ribble, with five fully equipped campsites, each with their own unique landscaping. Waddow is within easy reach of some beautiful trails within the Lancashire countryside.
Hall for 60; house for 30; lodge for 16; 4 cottages; camping

Full board from £70 pppn; camping from £4.50;

Berwick Holiday Park, Northumberland

Berwick Holiday Park, Northumberland, England

This caravan park overlooks the North Sea on the highest cliffs in Northumberland; follow steep steps down to two white sand beaches and seek out sea creatures in the rock pools at low tide. Onsite, there’s a bowling green and sports court.
2-bed caravans sleep up to 6 people, 3-bed sleep up to 8.

Standard 2-bed caravan for 3 nights from £230.

Keldy Log Cabins (Forest Holidays), Yorkshire, England

Perfectly located for walking and cycling, as well as being close to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway up to Whitby, Keldy Log Cabins are a relaxing place where you can feel at one with nature and getaway from the stresses of everyday life.
Various cabins, different sizes

From £388 per cabin per week

Brockloch bothy exterior view

Brockloch Bothy, Dumfries & Galloway

The Bothy, a luxury boutique cottage, complete with sincere eco-credentials including sheep wool insulation, earthborn paint, solar panels, is made entirely with sustainable timber, and recently featured on George Clarke's amazing spaces on Channel 4
1 double

from £350 for a Monday to Friday stay or £350 Friday to Monday stay

Artist's Cabin

Artist's Cabin, Pembrokeshire, Wales

This lovely little cabin was designed for artists to capture the stunning surrounding nature in the best lights, and so it is no wonder it enjoys beautiful views from all angles. Sleeping two, this unique cabin is near both beaches and mountains.
Sleeps 2: 1 master double

From: £367.00 to: £766.00 (based on two staying)

Inside yurt with wooden floors, seating and chest

Anglesey Outdoors Centre, Anglesey, Wales

An outdoor activity centre with a collection of comfortably furnished yurts and cabins, with woodburners, shelves packed with games for rainy days, driftwood mirrors and rugs and lanterns. Try sea kayaking, coasteering or windsurfing at the centre.
3 yurts: 1 for 2, 2 for 4; 2 cabans for 4

From £75 for 2

Yurt with eco wood burner hot tub

Florence Springs Glamping Village, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Florence Springs, a luxury Eco Glamping village, offers a mixture of quality Yurts, Hobbit Houses and glamping, a lake and hot tubs. In beautiful Pembrokeshire, with excellent access to beaches, perfect for walkers and culture vultures alike.
5 Yurts, 4 Hobbit Houses, 5 Premium Camping Pitches

Yurt Week from £693, Hobbit House week £847, Camping week £280

Springhill Farm, Northumberland, England

Ten cottages in converted farm buildings, a clutch of wooden wigwams, a bunkhouse sleeping 32 for family reunions or groups of friends, and a beautiful campsite. The coast is within touching distance, as are the area's historic sights. Fabulous.
Camping & caravan site, cottages, bunkhouse, wigwams, hides

Pitches from £14; wigwams & hides £19.50 pppn; bunkhouse £15 pppn; cottages from £185 for 2 nights.

Exterior view of Castellmarch

Castellmarch, Pwllheli, Wales

From a converted 18th century stable to 'log pod', these five farm properties are only a 10 minute walk from the stunning, wide sandy beaches of Abersoch.
5 properties, sleeps 2 - 6

From £450 for a week

Beautiful lake beside the secluded cabin

The Lodge, Penrith, Cumbria, England

An expertly crafted wooden lodge on the banks of the River Eamont at the edge of the Lake District. The master bedroom surveys sublime isolation and there's private fishing on the river. Hot tub and 2 bed gypsy caravan available for your use.
2 king size doubles, 1 double

Cabin for 6 from £252

Tipi in a field

Anglesey Tipi & Yurt Holidays, Anglesey, Wales

A cluster of off-grid tipis and yurts in a secluded woodland setting just a mile from the coast. Beautifully furnished with beds or futons, sheepskins and lanterns, and stoves to keep you cosy. Pick-your-own veggies and eggs available on site.
2 tipis: 1 for 2, 1 for 4; 3 yurts: 1 for 4, 2 for 5

From £55 for two

Riverside Caravan Park, Lancashire, England

Owned and managed by the Marshall family since the 1960s, this unspoilt campsite is perched on the banks of the River Wenning, within walking distance of the traditional market town of High Bentham, screened by trees and natural hillsides.
Pitches for 61 caravans; 2 cottages (1 for 8 + cot, 1 for 6)

Caravan pitches from £21.75 per night; cottages from £320 per week

Stunning views

Churchwood Valley Holiday Park, South Devon, England

Enjoy peace and tranquillity in a secluded cabin in South Devon, in a beautiful wooded valley. Explore the stunning coastal and countryside walks and take in the abundance of wildlife from your doorstep- from birds and badgers to squirrels.
55 one bedroom & two bedroom cabins.

Self-catering per week ranges from £265 to £400 for 2 people (1-bedroom cabin) & from £345 to £895 for 4-6 people (2-bedroom cabin). Short Breaks also available.

Haggerston Castle Holiday Park, Northumberland

Haggerston Castle Holiday Park, Northumberland, England

This pretty woodland caravan park occupies an old castle estate. A pool, ropes course, pedalos in the lake and pony riding will keep the kids entertained and outside the park there are woodland trails, unspoilt beaches and ruined castles to explore.
2-bed caravans sleep up to 6 people, 3-bed sleep up to 8.

Standard 2-bed caravan for 3 nights from £246

Eagle Brae

Eagle Brae, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Located amongst pristine Scottish Highlands wilderness, Eagle Brae is a luxury self-catering eco-resort entirely powered by renewables. Genuine hand-crafted log cabins with wild-flower green roofs grazed by goats. Each cabin is a work of log art.
4 cabins sleep 2 persons, 3 cabins sleep up to 6 persons

£629

Luxury accommodation in England

Midgham Farm, Feather Down Farm, New Forest, England

Midgham Farm is located in a wonderful bluebell wood just outside the village of Fordingbridge, near the New Forest National Park. Build dens in the wood, discover the Moors Valley National Park or walk down to the banks of the tranquil River Avon.
Tents and log cabins sleep up to 6

Prices from £319.

Brambling Cross, Monmouthshire, Wales

The cabin forms part of a wonderful woody enclave of two bell tents and a shepherd's hut in the Monmouthshire countryside. Lovely young hosts who also run a microbrewery. Photo: Gemma Wood
1 cabin for 2

From £330 per week

vintage fabric sofa

The Bungalow, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

A traditional 1960's holiday chalet. Located on a small site by the seaside at Bonchurch, near to the town of Ventnor. Self-catering and perfect for a quiet family break, close to the beach and the wonders of the Isle of Wight. Kitschy-Kitschy Coo!
1 double room, 1 single/twin room, one 2 x bunk room

Weekends from £160, midweek breaks from £145 and weekly bookings from £375- £765

Great Glen Holidays, Chalet

Great Glen Holidays, Highlands, Scotland

Situated on Torlundy Farm in the footthills of Ben Nevis these 8 timber chalets and 2 lodges have spectacular mountain views from a quiet wooded site. An ideal base for a family activity holiday with walks, mountain biking, fly fishing & riding.
8, 2 bedroom chalets; 2 lodges sleeping 6-8

£320 - £1500 per week (Chalets, Lodges)

Exterior of Gårdshotellet Påarps Gård

Gårdshotellet Påarps Gård, Västergötland, Sweden

This fabulous conference centre is hidden in the middle of a forest – a great away-from-it-all venue for a business meetings or family gatherings. Choose from double rooms, cabins in the woods or camping. There's a great restaurant onsite, too.
12 rooms (hotel), plus 5 cabins, a barn for 12, and camping

From 595 Kr per double room

Nou camping signage

Nou Camping, Lleida Pyrenees, Catalonia, Spain

Located by the National Park of Aigüestortes, this family-friendly campsite offers 150 pitches, some with pre-assembled tents, as well as cosy wooden cabins. Includes an on-site shop, delicious restaurant, heated swimming pools, games room, and more.
150 tent pitches, 3 bungalows

Prices vary. Tent plots from €11.50 per night during low season

The inside of the Travelling Post Office

The Travelling Post Office, Cornwall, England

The Travelling Post Office is a piece of history now converted into a beautiful and unique place to stay: this historic railway coach broke the 100mph barrier in 1904 and now boasts stunning views of the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
1 double, 1 twin, 1 lounge/diner/2 extra beds, bathroom

from £295 for a winter short break, to £789 for a week in high season

Acacia Farm

Acacia Farm Camping and Touring, Mendip Hills

The Robinson family runs this five-acre campsite and caravan park with cabins, which overlooks the gorgeous Mendip countryside, surrounded on all sides by rolling countryside; bring the dog. Guests arriving on 2 wheels or feet get a discount.

Pitches from £13.50

La Barraca de Salvador

La Barraca de Salvador, Terres de l'Ebre, Spain

Self-catering accommodation nestled between lush rice fields and a glistening lake, catering for groups from six to twelve.
2 barracas (huts) sleeping 6 or 9; 2 houses sleeping 7 or 12

Prices vary - contact the accommodation for more details

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