8 unusual getaways for the summer

Find a hideout this summer with these treehouses, castles and cabins

The Timberdoodle pod, Gloucester

This unique pod is a stone’s throw away from the famous Cotswold Way walking trail, making it an ideal launchpad for exploring Gloucestershire. Set in the grounds of a 36-acre farm that is also home to an ancient hill fort, the pod is wonderfully secluded with a view that stretches for miles. Featuring a fire pit and an outdoor oven, there are plenty of opportunities to dine and drink under the stars before lighting the woodburner and cosying up inside the pod.

St Anthony’s Lighthouse, St Mawes, Cornwall

A 300-metre steep path takes you down to the very tip of the Roseland Peninsula where you’ll find Sally Port cottage and its spectacular lighthouse. Sit in the observation room and watch the weather change out at sea. With a view like this, you’ll almost be hoping for a storm.

The Danish Cabin, Cornwall

Fold back the walls of this wooden cabin and you’ll find your living space transformed into a open air terrace. A short walk from the cabin is a hot tub with sea views. The set-up is blissfully rugged with a compost loo and and an outdoor grill for cooking. One thing’s for certain – the office desk will feel very far away.

Faraway Treehouse, Cumbria

Enid Blighton adventures will abound in this aptly named Cumbrian treehouse. Featuring a rolltop bath, a woodburner and a chandelier, it combines the luxurious with the rustic, all within the unspoilt surrounds of private woodland.

The Ruin, Yorkshire

With its decadent sitting room and precarious position perched on the edge of a wooden gorge, this little pavilion has more than a touch of the gothic about it. The restored living space is artfully intertwined with the remaining ruins and lies within the remnants of an outstanding 18th-century garden at Hackfall. Outside the door, the rolling Yorkshire countryside awaits.

Tree Glamping in La Coué, Switzerland

Close to the crystal clear waters of Lake Neuchâtel in the French speaking part of Switzerland, this suspended glamping pod is the closest you can get to sleeping on a cloud. Equipped with a double bed, sun deck and a rope ladder, tents don’t come quirkier than this.

Danescombe Mine, Cornwall

This former engine room of a disused mine has undergone a creative conversion into a bright and airy living space. Enjoy the glorious sound of silence, interrupted only by the sound of the stream which runs past the back door.

Stogursey Castle, Devon

Play at being barons for a week by manning your very own Motte-and-Bailey castle. Complete with a moat, bridge and palisade, you are royally spoilt for medieval charm here. The Quantock Hills and Exmoor are only a short drive away, making it the perfect base for exploring Devon.


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