Cabins, treehouses and a rather stylish camping pod… there are options galore these days for anyone looking to book a wild weekend away in the British countryside, whether it’s in a Hampshire meadow or the Welsh mountains. For those seeking sanctuary from the modern world and an escape from the tech tyranny of email and social media, these luxe glamping experiences are for you.
Nr Petersfield, Hampshire
Best for… stylish glamping
In a glade overlooking a valley where rabbits, deer and pheasants pass by, is one of the prettiest retreats in southern England. There are three cabins in all. We stayed in Cedars Kabin, a handmade wooden bolthole for two, with a double bed (with superior linens) right next to a huge window, and an elegant deck outdoors, to make the most of that view over the private Bereleigh Estate. Interiors are impeccably stylish, all recycled wood and black fittings, with a small kitchen and a swish shower room (there’s also an outdoor shower). The owners thoughtfully provide all the kit you need, from toiletries and robes to spare ash logs for the wood-burner and ambient light controls. Outside is a fire pit, perfectly positioned for marshmallow-toasting, and a barbecue for more serious cookery. Best of all, thanks to clever positioning, privacy and isolation is almost guaranteed.
Stella loves: The chic outdoor bath is built into the wooden deck. Who needs a Jacuzzi?
Out and about: Walk directly off the estate around the Meon Valley on guided routes, or drive to nearby excellent village pubs, including The Thomas Lord (thethomaslord.co.uk) and riverside spot, The Shoe Inn (theshoeexton.co.uk). There’s also the market town of Petersfield, golfing at Goodwood’s two courses, and Portsmouth Harbour (which runs ferries to the Isle of Wight) is just 12 miles away.
Cabins from £150 a night (sleeps two); cedarvalley.co.uk