If the traffic light system is leaving you frazzled yet you’re longing for a complete escape this year, Unique hideaways has just that: exclusive, quirky and utterly unique destinations across the UK.

From glamping in vintage shepherds’ huts to luxe houseboat stays on a private quay or a remote cliff-top cabin escape, its signature is always to offer subtle luxury that strikes the perfect balance between the magical escapism of nature, with a relaxing dose of indulgence so you can truly switch off.

While nights under canvas may only appeal in the summer months for fair-weather campers, Unique hideaways has consciously handpicked an edit of destinations that offer all-year-round appeal. Think cosy shepherds’ huts with wood-burning stoves and stylish converted cottages in Cornwall, for windswept winter walks once the hoards have left. You can browse the hideaway Collection here, or see our pick of five popular UK destinations below.

Glamping in Pembrokeshire

Surrounded by cliff-top walks and some of the most beautiful beaches the UK has to offer, Station A – a refurbished WWII research laboratory station – is positioned high above the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Lovingly restored with stylish interiors, bespoke furniture and private, landscaped gardens from which to enjoy the views while you dine al fresco, it’s the perfect base from which to explore by day and retreat by night. Book it here.

Glamping in Devon

With views over Hay Tor and nestled, off-grid, in a walled garden on the owner’s working farm, this cabin is a slice of Devonian paradise that would make the perfect cosy winter escape a deux. Expect rustic wood clad interiors, wood burning stoves and an outdoor firepit to snuggle up around to toast S’mores and watch the stars. Romantic, rural and oh-so unique. Book it here.

Glamping on the Isle of Wight

Whether you go for the sailing, the sandy beaches and hidden coves or just the quaint, laidback pace of life, the Isle of Wight offers a brilliant, outdoorsy destination within the UK, with the added bonus that you feel like you’re really travelling with the quick hop across the Solent on the ferry. Why not stay on the water when you arrive, courtesy of this luxury houseboat in Bembridge Harbour. The only thing that gives away that it’s not a 5-star apartment are the portholes (and the incredible view). It has four bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, spa-like bathrooms and an all-important deck from which to drink in all the harbour’s comings and goings. Book it here.

Glamping in Somerset

If you are looking for a truly Enid Blyton escape from the myriad distractions of the 21st century, this Shepherd’s Hut in Somerset feels distinctly other-worldly, yet has all the creature comforts and mod-cons you’d expect from a luxury break. Set on the edge of a spring-fed pond with a sweet wooden jetty, there are uninterrupted views over woodland; farms and hills as far as the sea; and your only neighbours are the deer, foxes, badgers and kingfishers on the ancient Hutton Estate. Expect full peace and seclusion, which you can enjoy from the hut’s own hot tub. Inside, there’s underfloor heating, a woodburner and even broadband if you need to stay connected. But why not simply switch off and discover Wells, Glastonbury and Bath, waiting on your doorstep? Book it here.

Glamping in Cornwall

See Cornwall in a new light when you go glamping. There are many cosy rentals to choose from, including a family friendly safari tent set in a meadow with plenty of space for the kids to run and play in, to a glamping holiday for two in a hideaway shepherd’s hut with glorious views. We love the Cornish Airstream for a super retro change to everyday life. There's a hot tub too so you can certainly relax in style. Book it here.

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors with luxury thrown in. It's that easy.

Looking for more holiday inspiration in the UK? Visit www.uniquehideaways.com and enjoy the great outdoors with luxury thrown in. It's that easy.

By Lydia Mansi
July 2021

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Lydia Mansi

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Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.