Here is a selection of lodges that tick more boxes than you thought needed ticking for the ultimate in lodge getaways.

Gone are the days of ramshackle dwellings without running water or electricity, you know the ones…think Little House on the Prairie meets Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman.

In recent years the humble lodge has been given a makeover ‘extraordinaire’ to rival even the most decadent of modern homes; and nobody loves a lodge break more than the team at Luxury Coastal.

From the sea air swathed Newport Beach styling of Great Field Lodges, to the ultra-cool circular space inside the roundhouses at East Thorne, Luxury Coastal has searched for a collection of lodges that tick more than the boxes you thought needed ticking for the ultimate lodge getaway.

So, if you’re on the hunt for a lodge break that delivers more than the obligatory hot tub (and don’t get us wrong we love hot tubs), we think these gems will have you falling for them.

In the detail

Let’s cut to the chase. The Roundhouses at East Thorne near Bude are gorgeous; and we mean gorgeous! First off there’s the incredible skylight that not only looks sensational but also floods the entire space with natural light and makes for a pretty incredible way to watch the stars at night. Add to that the beautifully sourced soft furnishings and bespoke touches of rustic-chic; and you have a lodge home you’ll want to while weeks away in, never mind days.

Fireside bliss

These lodges come into their own when the nights draw in and the days are chilly. Tucked away in forested seclusion, South View Lodges near Exeter offer luxurious interiors full of cosy decadence and feature massive hot tubs for sinking into, as well as spectacular log burners to lounge in front of.

Fresh air feasting

Not all lodges are created equal when it comes to outdoor entertaining, but Haldon Forest Lodge near Exeter manages to deliver on this front exquisitely. Picture chilling out on the wraparound deck to Café Del Mar while your hand-stretched creations crisp in the pizza oven, before popping open a chilled bottle of fizz and watching the sun set between the trees.

Beside the water

Can’t choose between sleek boutique hotel styling and the peace and quiet of moorland life? At Kentisbury Grange near Barnstaple in Devon you get the best of both. Watch a movie from the bathtub of your fabulous en suite or rustle up a G&T in the glossy kitchen before stepping out on to the patio to soak up the silence. The countryside views are gorgeous and you’ll be able to watch ducks glide by from the privacy of your very own hot tub.

Perfect for two

From languid long stays to magical weekends away there’s nothing better than whisking yourselves away for a bit of romantic R&R. From the starlight courtyards at Strawberryfield Park in Cheddar to the private hot tubs tucked away under the eaves at March End Lodges in Georgeham, these lodges know what it takes to create the perfect pad for spending time together in.

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