Back to nature in the UK

trees field table and chairs and gate Credit: The Scrumpy Shepherd

Back to nature: Cosy cabins, lush lodges and quirky shepherds huts are our top picks this issue covering Suffolk, Dorset and Norfolk – true escapism, enjoy!

blue shepherd hut surrounded by trees

The Scrumpy Shepherd, Suffolk
The Scrumpy Shepherd is totally magical for a romantic break for two. Handcrafted, the owners wanted The Scrumpy Shepherd to feel like a luxury private hotel so have gone the extra mile to include some extra treats to delight you. Everything you need for your relaxing break is provided; inside there's a small bespoke oak kitchen with Emma Bridgewater crockery and seating area with wood burning stove, a luxury double bed with storage, a fabulous en suite bathroom with copper shower-head, WC, fluffytowels, hairdryer and complimentary luxury toiletries.

The Scrumpy Shepherd is located in a private orchard and can be reached by walking over a meadow of new and ancient fruit trees. A firepit, barbecue and oak table and chairs with lighting in the orchard trees allows you to choose to cook outside, wrapped up in cosy blankets, gazing at the vast Suffolk sunsets or famous dark starry skies! The views from the orchard, over the surrounding fields and meadows banking the Deben Valley are outstanding.
Sleeps 2. From £POA for three nights travelling 2021.

cabin bed white wood interior kitchen area Credit: The Scrumpy Shepherd
blue wood bathroom sink and shower Credit: The Scrumpy Shepherd
wooden and large window chalet-style property hot tub field views
Credit: Bramble

Bramble, Dorset
Bramble is the smallest of three eco retreats constructed in 2020 and boasts a ground source heat pump, underfloor heating, bi-folding doors and cosy wood burning stove. The light and spacious, open-plan accommodation is all on the ground floor which leads out via the bi-folding doors to a sunny terrace and garden including your very own wood-fired hot tub.

Sleeping four guests in two king-size bedrooms, both have an en suite with luxury features such as a copper bath and large copper shower tray. Outside, the terrace and garden enjoy breathtaking, far-reaching rural views of Bulbarrow and The Blackmore Vale, which can be enjoyed from the warmth of the hot tub.

With the Wessex Ridgeway on your doorstep, walking opportunities are endless. If you feel inclined, wander into the village of Ansty via a quiet lane and across a bridleway, where you'll find a charming farm shop, post office and good local pub.
Sleeps 4. From £684 for four nights travelling 2021.

open plan living room blue sofa and log burner large windows with views Credit: Bramble
white and natural decor in bedroom with bed Credit: Bramble
Credit: The Railway Carriage

The Railway Carriage, Norfolk
Step back in time to the golden age of steam, dust off your carpet bag, pack an Agatha Christie or two, and let your imagination run wild as you take an adventure aboard your very own Victorian railway carriage.

Set in a large southfacing paddock backed by woodland, this sympathetically restored comfortable accommodation boasts original flooring and brass fittings, a late Victorian walnut double bed and Tiffany style lamps. Although fully authentic in nearly everyway, this railway carriage now has electric lighting and all the creature comforts you'll need. A compact fitted kitchen sits at the front end of the carriage, and the bedroom and en suite shower room are reached at the far end in the guard's van, with the living space running in between.
Sleeps 2. From £467 for three nights travelling April 2021.

wooden lodge above garage surrounded by woods
Credit: Woodland Retreat Lodge

Woodland Retreat Lodge, Suffolk
A perfect hideaway for two situated in a peaceful and picturesque part of the countryside within easy reach of both the coast and Framlingham.

Tucked away off a quiet lane, the charming Woodland Retreat Lodge is a first-floor cosy hideaway, which has been furnished for comfortable living for those wishing to escape for some peace and tranquillity. The living space is open-plan with a king-size bed in the bedroom, an en suite shower room and a small kitchen.

There is parking available, and also livery available for two horses.
Sleeps 2. From £240 for three nights travelling 2021.

wooden lodge table and chairs on terrace looking out to fields
Credit: The Lodge

The Lodge, Suffolk
This unique, Finnish log cabin has been built to the highest standard and is comfortably furnished throughout. The spacious living area has a fabulous homely feel with a contemporary wood burning stove for cosy nights.

There are two good sized bedrooms – one double and one twin – with the double having an en suite bathroom with modern shower. The family bathroom has a freestanding bath and stunning Moroccan basin.

Highly eco-friendly, the cabin is well insulated so coolin summer and warm in winter – it's heated throughout with underfloor heating.

Set in a mature garden with a terraced area for outside dining, The Lodge has wonderful views from the garden and main bedroom over rolling Suffolk farmland.
Sleeps 4. From £527 for three nights travelling 2021.

woodne chalet open plan kitchen with table Credit: The Lodge
open plan lounge with table sofa and wood burner Credit: The Lodge
open plan loung high ceiling wood burner sofas
Credit: Everdene Lodge

Everdene Lodge, Dorset
This beautiful, timber-clad property comprises of an open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area. Adjoining the open-plan living area is a bedroom with super-king size bed and en suite shower room. The light-filled, airy rooms with exposed beams are beautifully decorated throughout.

The sitting area has a stunning floor to ceiling windowoffering magnificent views of the Dorset countryside and a woodburning stove to keep you cosy on a winter's day.

Well situated for exploring towns such as Sherborne and Shaftesbury but still within reach of Dorset's magnificent Jurassic Coast, this unique property in the village of Totnell near Leigh is perfect for couples who wish to enjoy this beautiful part of Dorset.
Sleeps 2. From £564 for three nights travelling 2021.

open plan kitchen with wooden ceiling beams on view Credit: Everdene Lodge
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