Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families


Swallowtail Hill, East Sussex

Go off grid in one of two tent-shaped wooden eco-cabins on a conservation farm in the Weald AONB. Each single-room hut, lit by rechargeable lanterns, has a hand-built double bed and two single sofabeds, plus an indoor gas burner and outside fire pit. The shared composting loos and wood-fired showers reflect the low-carbon ethic of the small site, which also has two one-room cottages-on-wheels. Children can help feed farm animals, and Bodiam Castle and Camber Sands are nearby.
From £190 for two nights, reopens Easter, 01797 260890,

Cloud Cuckoo Lodge, Dumfries and Galloway

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families

Some of the best stargazing in Britain can be enjoyed in Galloway Forest Park (Britain’s first Dark Sky Park), and this three-bedroom log cabin for six is on the eastern edge of it. By day you can sit on the veranda and train your binoculars on the rich bird- and wildlife – red squirrels are frequent visitors – or take advantage of mountain bike tracks and walking trails: the lodge sits beside the Southern Upland Way.
From £207 for three nights, 01644 430375,

Cwt Crannog, Ceredigion

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families

Two shepherd’s huts sit in a one-acre meadow with views over Cardigan Bay. The sleeping hut is warmed by a woodburner, its double bed and bunks decked out in Egyptian cotton and Welsh blankets; the facilities hut has a cute bathroom and kitchen. It’s a couple of miles from two great beaches: wild, National-Trust-owned Penbryn, and Llangrannog, with its cafes and ice-cream parlour.
From £232 for three nights, 0844 5005 101,

The Hobbit Box, Secret Meadows, Suffolk

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families

Grown-ups might wish they were the size of Bilbo Baggins when they huddle into one of the double bunkbeds. But little visitors will go giddy over this converted wooden horsebox on a small glampsite near Woodbridge. Its miniature living space/kitchen is warmed by a woodburner and lit by candle lanterns (with electric light for back-up), and there’s a loo and shower next door. You can even hire a hen coop so hungry hobbits can collect eggs for breakfast.
From £476 for three nights, 01394 382992,

Mount Hooley Lodge, North Pennines

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families

The views from this isolated four-bedroom log cabin are eye-popping day or night: it perches above an expanse of hills and dales in an area renowned for its starry night skies (stargaze from the hot tub on the terrace). You’re on the edge of Hadrian’s Wall country, near Alston, Cumbria, and can take the narrow-gauge South Tynedale Railway to Haltwhistle and walk back along the South Tyne Trail.
From £583 for three nights, 016977 46777,

Mulino Pods, Peak District

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families

These smart, heated huts on a working farm near Ashbourne come with mini fridge, toaster, kettle and made-up double bed (plus futon for two children). Each of the two pods has a decked seating area with views of miles of hilly Derbyshire. Bathrooms are in a shared eco building, along with a kitchen and Wi-Fi lounge. A new, larger pod for two adults and four children will be available from June. Book the whole site and you can put up tents too (£10pp).
From £230 for three nights, 01335 216220,

Shamrock Cabin, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families

This airy one-bedroom cabin, one of a handful on Tregonhawke Cliff, can sleep a family of four: there’s a sofabed in the living room and space for a cot or camp bed in the double bedroom (your dog is welcome, too). It’s a 170-step descent to the three-mile sandy beach. If it’s not beach weather you can light the woodburner and gaze through the french windows across the sea. There’s also a cafe within strolling distance.
From £325 for three nights, 07719 332287,

Shepherd’s Huts Cheddar, Somerset

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families

Large familes are often sized out of glamping options such as pods and wigwams. But a second wooden hut will be added to this laid-back campsite near Cheddar Gorge from Easter (with a possible third by summer). They all sleep eight in four double bunks. Mattresses are provided, with heating, lighting and electricity, and the dog-friendly cabins are insulated with sheep’s wool. Cheddar Gorge is within walking distance.
From £260 for two nights based on eight sharing, 07813 320870,

Watendlath Bothy, Lake District

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families
Photograph: Paul Harris

The hamlet of Watendlath is one of the prettiest spots in Borrowdale. Stay in the National Trust’s waterside bothy and enjoy it before walkers, fell runners, anglers and photographers turn up: sip tea on the ancient packhorse bridge and look out for otters while the kids take a morning paddle. The Trust describes this as a stone tent, but with its loo, shower, bunks (bring your own blow-up mattresses), wood-burner and kitchen, it’s more like a spartan mini hostel. Sleeps six.
From £100 for two nights, reopens 11 March, 015394 32733,

Whitewave, Isle of Skye

Top 10 UK cabins and lodges for families

You need to bring sleeping bags to the wooden wigwams at this family-run watersports centre, but you’re not exactly roughing it: two of the three wigwams have a shower and loo, as well as a mini kitchen, electric lights and heating. Activities such as kayaking and archery are available on site (book in advance), and you’re well placed for the hills and beaches of the Trotternish peninsula.
From £40 a night, sleeps 4, 01470 542414,