9 gorgeous places to stay in the UK if you want to embrace the great outdoors

Whether you’re kicking back in a hot tub on the lakes or hiding away in a chapel in the hills, these are the best places to stay in the great British countryside.

The Chapel on the Hill

Forest-in-Teesdale

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life at The Chapel on the Hills, a beautifully converted property in the heart of the Northern Pennines that sleeps up to seven guests for a countryside retreat like no other. This spacious award-winning holiday home comes with a stunning kitchen and dining area, comfortable bedrooms and cosy interior touches on both floors, making it a gorgeous place to stay all year round. Surrounded entirely by luscious green fields, you’ll feel completely detached from the stresses of everyday life.

Contemporary Lake District Lodge

Hutton Roof, Cumbria

A great spot for a long romantic weekend away, this contemporary lodge in the Lake District is clean, cosy and comfortable all in one. Budget-friendly without compromising on style, the wooden lodge sleeps up to four with plenty of wildlife walks to discover in the surrounding areas. Everything you need is provided, so you don’t have to worry about a thing – simply make your way there, kick back and chill.

Hampton Lodge

Ellesmere, Shropshire

For those who prefer something a little closer to home, look no further than Hampton Loft in Shropshire, a luxury two-storey chalet just a few miles from the market town of Ellesmere. Take in the idyllic views on your doorstep by enjoying breakfast on the patio before spending a day exploring the great outdoors or relxing your muscles in your very own hot tub.

Shepherd’s View

Naunton, Gloucestershire 

On the smaller end of the accommodation scale (but by no means any less enjoyable) is Shepherd’s View in Gloucestershire, a compact weekend home to consider if you’re looking for something a little more low key. Come rain or shine, resting your head in this well-equipped cabin will allow you to feel truly immersed in your natural surroundings, as you’ll wake up each morning surrounded by a field of friendly horses.

Trevail House

Fowey

Located on the southern Cornish coast is Fowey, a small town full of Medieval and Georgian buildings alongside a cute harbour. If you’re chasing the sun without leaving the country, Trevail House is a wonderful hotspot for all the family. This former bank has been transformed into a home away from home where you’ll have access to three floors of gorgeous interiors and an al fresco dining area overlooking the boats on the river – all in a prime location.

Calcot & Spa 

Tetbury

If it’s a luxury getaway you’re after, Calcot & Spa should be on your list of places to visit. Set in over 200 gorgeous acres of land to roam at your leisure, alongside a luxurious spa with an outdoor hot tub and log fire, you’ll get the best of both worlds. There are 35 individually-designed rooms for you to choose from, and if you’re really treating yourself, we’d recommend indulging in a spa treatment whilst you’re there.

Lodge on a lake 

Cardiff

Take it back to basics in this simple lodge which is tucked away in the Welsh countryside. If you’re taking some time out to recharge and slow down the pace in peaceful surroundings, this is the retreat for you. Check out the local walking trails, ease yourself into the hot tub or recline on the lake decking, however you choose to spend your time at the Lodge on the Lake, you’re sure to leave feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.

Mount Hooley Lodge

Northumbria

This rustic log cabin is the epitome of cosy. Sleeping eight people (making it ideal if you’re planning a weekend away with a group of friends) this spacious lodge with stunning views combines soft leather interiors with modern elements to offer a chilled haven in the hills.

The Cottage in the Wood

Malvern


Located on the Malvern Hills and offering exceptional views of The Cotswolds, The Cottage in the Wood is an elegant and charming place to spend a quiet weekend. Made up of three buildings, The Main House, The Beech Cottage and The Coach House, the venue has 30 individual rooms for you to choose from – however you spend your time here, you’re sure to be impressed by the breathtaking location.  During your stay, book in at the award-winning restaurant 1919 where you can enjoy everything from a hearty pie to afternoon tea, and make sure to take advantage of the walking routes right on your doorstep. 

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