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The Most Idyllic Wee Cabins in the UK to Rent

United Kingdom Epic Stays
by Katie Scott Aiton Sep 15, 2020

Cabins are a growing trend in vacation rentals for 2020. They are often secluded, compact, affordable, better for the environment, and, of course, pretty darn cute.

Classically, the main structure of a cabin is constructed from wood, but as you’ll see from the range of rentals listed below, the architectural style varies quite a bit across the UK. Having a small space challenges designers to get creative with optimizing storage space and, in many instances, integrating the outside environment. Although there are a few options across Britain for cabins that cater to over four guests, the smaller builds have a smidge more charm. From a grass-roofed hideaway in the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland to a handcrafted cedar cabin in Northern Ireland, here are some of the most idyllic wee cabins you can rent in the UK on Airbnb.

1. The Roundhouse, East Thorne, Cornwall, England

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The Roundhouse cabin is located in the countryside outside Bude, a seaside resort town in the stunning northeast of Cornwall. Sleeping two comfortably, this compact modern cabin draws on Scandinavian design aesthetics inside and out. It boasts a handmade king-sized bed, an ensuite bathroom, and even a peephole in the roof, so you can gaze at the stars while snuggled by the wood-burning stove. Or if you’d rather be outside you can roast some marshmallows by the second open fire, which is located next to the hot tub. This locale has everything you’d expect in Cornwall — wild beaches, excellent nearby surf spots, and a top-notch food scene. It truly is one of the prettiest coastal spots in the UK, and this cabin would make a great base from which to explore the region.

Average cost: $220 per night

2. Scotsview at Glenbeag Mountain Lodges, Perthshire, Scotland

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Scotsview cabin was built in Cairngorm National Park in Perthshire, which is the largest park in the UK. This quirky rental is a great base to explore the region, which is a playground for any outdoor sports enthusiast and anyone keen on wildlife and bird spotting. Hidden in an idyllic glen 1,100 feet above sea level, Scotsview sleeps two, but it has space for a third if infant-sized. Other amenities include a sauna, outdoor BBQ area, and WIFI — but let’s be honest, we doubt you’ll need it. There’s world-class skiing and snowboarding close by at Glenshee, and it’s walking distance from more than one Munro, for those who are serious about walking.

Average cost: $170 per night

3. Alder Lodge, Five Roads, Wales

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This is a slightly larger rental option, sleeping up to four adults in Five Roads, a hamlet in Carmarthenshire, Wales. The cabin has views over the nearby four-acre private lake, and like all cabins on this list, it has an outdoor hot tub. Although we’re sure you would be more than happy to spend your vacation here relaxing on the deck, the Gwendraeth Valley region has many local attractions. Pembrey Country Park is close by and is one of the top tourist spots in Wales. The park has 500 acres of woodland and eight miles of beach, and there’s a ton of planned activities and sports you can arrange making this a great vacation spot for families.

Average cost: $277 per night

4. Chic Cabin in the New Forest, Bransgore, England

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This slightly more modern little house again sleeps two and sits on the edge of New Forest in the south of England. The cabin was built by hand and offers guests views of the surrounding countryside of forest and fields. The village of Bransgore is a five-minute stroll. There you’ll find award-winning pubs, but if you’d rather stay in and cook, the rental is fitted with top-notch modern amenities.

Average cost: $192 per night

5. Aurora – Salix, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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The Aurora – Salix cabin was handcrafted from Canadian Western Red Cedar and is somewhat of a unique build on the North Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. Airbnb users have rated this cabin five stars, and it’s not surprising why.

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Guests here can enjoy supersized beds, wood burners, a private outdoor hot tub, and all the amenities you’d dream of needing during a short trip away in the countryside. The verandas treat you stunning views over the Atlantic ocean out towards Rathlin Island.

Average cost: $322 per night

6. The Retreat, Warwickshire, England

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This cute wee cabin, called The Retreat, in Warwickshire in England’s West Midlands indeed looks like a perfect place to get away from it all. Its newly refurbished stylish interior has everything you need from a hideaway with a fully equipped kitchenette, a king-sized bed, and a compact shower room.

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The property is enclosed in private gardens behind electric gates — so no one will disturb you unless you want company. The region is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare and has many picturesque medieval villages, castles, and stately homes to explore.

Average cost: $110 per night

7. Number 25, Feorag Ruadh, Dalavich, Scotland

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The listing for Feorag Ruadh cottage states that it offers an authentic log cabin experience, and from the reviews, it lives up to its reputation. Hidden away in the forest on the western bank of Loch Awe, the property is about 30 miles from Oban, making it a great option if you want to explore this part of the West Coast of Scotland. It comes with its very own jacuzzi hot tub and sauna and its french windows gift guests with epic views over the loch.

Average cost: $161 per night

8. Three Moors View Luxury Log Cabin, Devon, England

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Although, in my opinion, the photos do not do this listing justice, it is hard to pass by this one-bed cabin located in a secluded meadow in North Devon. With unspoiled views of the idyllic Devonshire countryside and luxury details such as underfloor heating, and Egyptian cotton bed linens, this property ticks all the wish-list boxes.

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This location is also within Exmoor National Park, so you can sit outside in the hot tub and enjoy some of the best views of the Milkyway in the UK.

Average cost: $167 per night

9. The Love Shack, Fife, Scotland

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The Love Shack cabin in Fife in central Scotland is beyond charming. The property is located around seven miles from the famed university town of St. Andrews and only three miles to the sea. It sleeps three, offering guests one double room and a single loft bunk, perfectly sized for a child. The listing boasts the openness of the surrounding countryside, and guests are free to roam the local fields and the garden. If you are interested in this rental, it would be a perfect spot to bring along your dog for some lovely countryside or coastal walks.

Average cost: $122 per night

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