Best for: Woodland Romance
Cedar Kabin may have off-grid appeal – earthy, reclaimed wood and stunning countryside views – but it’s all served up with piping-hot water, electricity, heating and a journey of less than two hours from London. A stylish wood-burning stove and outdoor shower tickle any cabin expectations, while a magnificent outdoor bathtub surpasses them – it’s artfully carved into the deck like a hot and steamy cinema seat for the rolling Hampshire hills beyond or a star-studded night sky above. Inside this cosy retreat for two, pocket-sized ingenuity comes into play – like origami, a table folds out of the bed’s headboard for blondies at teatime (a tasty treat from the Bereleigh Estate in which Cedar Valley sits). In the kitchen and bathroom, contemporary black chrome works smoothly with the timber interiors. Built and designed by Jack Tyrwhitt-Drake (the brains behind Cedar Valley), the cabin may embody modern escapism, but it retains a gimmick-free, rustic sensibility by virtue of its back-to-basics character and secluded woodland location. As the sun dips, the barbecue comes into its own – as do the trees, sheltering the campfire from any breeze for optimum marshmallow roasting. You’ll be excused, though, for simply holing up in this seriously snug spot with a hot chocolate and a good book. Rosalyn Wikeley
Eco credentials: sustainably sourced cladding from the farm is locally milled, the cabin’s insulation is made of recyclable wood fibre and the outdoor lighting complies with Dark-Sky regulations to minimise its visual impact and protect surrounding wildlife.
How remote: Tucked into a patch of woodland on the magnificent 2,500-acre Bereleigh Estate.
Address: Woodland Kabin, Cedar Valley, Bereleigh Estate, East Meon, Near Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 1PH
Price: from £140 per night midweek