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Quirky places to stay that make the most of Britain’s great outdoors

Farm lodges, seaside pods, shepherds’ huts and grand yurts (with roll-top baths to boot). Break the mold this summer and make the most of the great British outdoors with one of these boujee alternative stays… And not a leaky tent or sleeping bag in sight.

Hideaway Huts at The Fish Hotel

A romantic retreat in The Cotswolds

Just when you think you couldn’t drive any further into the North Cotswolds glades, the tree cover opens onto The Fish. Its secluded location sets the tone for a relaxed, outdoorsy break in a boutique hotel that feels more like a rambling country estate than anything formal or fussy. Rooms range from comfortable chambers in a converted stable block to luxe treehouses, the embodiment of every child’s Robinson Crusoe dream, and the newest additions – a group of Hideaway Huts. One of them, Titania, consists of two caravans, cleverly converted into a room with a neat lounge, woodburner, freestanding tub and inviting bed inside, and a hot tub outside – so serene a scene, it’s hard to leave.

Insider type: If the weather turns, watch the rain on the above-bed skylight in your hut-a fire crackling in the woodburner and a cup of tea to hand.

Out and about: The Cotswolds countryside is made for rambling. Start in the hotel’s boot room, where you can kit yourself out in wellies and choose a map of a local walk. Head down Fish Hill toward Broadway; an easy half-hour stroll-at least on the way there. Feeling energetic? Opt for the 8.5-mile loop to Chipping Campden. In July and August, you can enjoy a fragrant walk through the blooms at Cotswold Lavender flower farm before heading to Snowshill, a chocolate-box village that served as a location in Bridget Jones’s Diary. If after all that exertion you feel in need of a massage, book in at Dormy House Hotel (another property on the Farncombe Estate) or drive to the Bamford Spa at Daylesford, near Kingham.

How to do it: Stays at The Fish Hotel (01385 858000, thefishhotel.co.uk) start at £ 185 per night.

By Emily Cronin


Ty Cwch

A family escape in Ceredigion, Wales

Plonked only 200 yards from Cwmtydu pebble beach, these former shipping containers have been creatively transformed into three family-friendly seaside pods, each sleeping four. On arrival at this secluded West Wales cove, call first dibs on which of the bunk beds has the best sea view, and start organizing your stay-advance booking kayaking, paragliding and many more water-based activities is advised. Rustle up a homemade supper in the shared industrial-sized kitchen, while children can go back to basics with the complimentary board games collection, (or hook their devices to the wifi…). The smart, modern shower facilities would make any glamper envious but just don’t forget your shampoo. Why not book all three cabins for exclusive use for coastal fun with up to 12 friends or family?

Insider tip: There’s a spacious laundry room to wash and dry swimming cossies.

Out and about: The seaside town of New Quay is a 4 mile walk away-its award-winning fish and chips at The Lime Crab makes trekking through the hilly terrain worth it. At the town’s Harbor Beach you may spot bottlenose dolphins, as they follow the shoals of mackerel into the bay. For a great view of these beautiful creatures, stand at the end of the quay.

How to do it: Cabins at Ty Cwch (07753 700712, tycwch.wales) sleep four people and are priced from £ 120 per night (two nights minimum stay from September to June; three nights in July and August)

By Emilie Hill

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