8 Holiday Hideaway Destinations

With lockdown beginning to ease, we can start to think about a lovely break in a quiet corner of the UK!

Here are just eight of the hundreds of gorgeous Sykes Cottages available, where you can truly get away from it all…

Stellar Safari Lodge

Where: Rhayader, Powys
Sleeps: Six
Price: Seven nights from £600

Tarpaulin roofed holiday chalet with loungers and hot tub on deck, countryside behindStellar Safari Lodge is set on a family farm close to the town of Rhayader in central Wales.

Perfect for groups of friends, the lodge has a wood-burning stove, hot tub, firepit BBQ and pizza oven – all the ingredients for a relaxing break.

industrial/rustic interior with stove pipe, chunky wood, rug and child's sit-on sheepGuests can enjoy exploring the surrounding 300-acre farm, with its sheep flock and cattle herd, before spending the evenings star-gazing.

Humbleton Cottage

Haydon Bridge near Hexham, Northumberland
Sleeps: Four
Price: Seven nights from £459

Humbleton Cottage is a former shooting lodge, which perches on a hilltop which has stunning views of the surrounding Northumberland countryside.

Guests can spend time curled up in front of the wood-burning stove while free of digital distractions.

Cottage living room with chintz sofa and dresser with plates, kitchen behindThere’s also the chance to take in Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water, Northumberland National Park, Alnwick Castle and gardens, and the magnificent Heritage Coastline, which are all within driving distance.

Rock View Shepherd’s Hut

Gulworthy near Tavistock, Devon
Sleeps: Two
Price: Seven nights from £323

Converted wooden shepherd's hut on wheels in woodland clearing with fire pitRock View is a charming shepherd’s hut set amongst Devonshire woodland near Tavistock.

With no TV or WiFi, guests can switch off from everyday life within these serene surroundings.

Interior of shepherd's hut, kitchen in middle and cosy double bed pulled out over table at one end

For walking or cycling routes, the Tamar Trails activity centre is a 20-minute walk away. The National Trust’s Cotehele House, Buckland Abbey and Morwellham Quay are also close by.

Brynkir Tower

Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd, Snowdonia
Sleeps: Four
Price: Seven nights from £676

6 storey square stone tower with pointed windows among tall treesBrynkir Tower is a Grade II listed Gothic tower, situated in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, which dates back to 1821.

The property is packed with unique features, including an arched Gothic doorway and traditional windows throughout.

Pink painted bedroom, Gothic pointed window in alcove behind bed head, double bed with brass frame and white covers, small fireplace

The surrounding area has a lot to offer, including stunning mountain walks, picturesque villages such as Beddgelert and seaside towns like Criccieth.

The Log Cabin

Kilninver near Oban, Argyll and Bute
Sleeps: 2
Price: Seven nights from £347

This cosy log cabin is nestled in the Scottish countryside, just four miles from the coastal village of Kilninver and 10 miles from Oban.

Log cabin set in trees and luxuriant garden with pond

Its outside decking area overlooks a duck pond and hills and mountains beyond, providing an excellent place to relax with a morning coffee.

The nearby town of Oban has a ferry terminal where you can take boat trips to the beautiful islands of Mull and Rum.


Simonsbath, Somerset
Sleeps: Ten
Price: Seven nights from £1,008

Stone built cottage with sympathetic extension in same materials

Limecombe is a former shepherd’s cottage on a 6,000-acre country estate, near Simonsbath, tucked away down a mile-long private stone track.

Just sit back, relax and listen to the stream and waterfalls that run through the nearby combe.

Large open plan kitchen diner with black slate floor, wooden cupboards and long table with patterned cushions on benchesThough situated in the heart of Exmoor, the coast at Lynton is only an eight-mile drive away and the sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde can also be easily reached.

The Roundhouse

Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Mendip Hills, Somerset
Sleeps: Four
Price: Seven nights from £346

Set in the grounds of a 40-acre farm, The Roundhouse is the perfect place for a unique, relaxing holiday.

Circular wooden clad hut with vegetable beds and outdoor seating areaThe light and airy roundhouse sleeps up to four people and is well located for a stroll in the nearby Mendip Hills.

Bath and Wells are just a short drive away, and guests can also explore Glastonbury or the famous Cheddar Gorge.

Alder Cabin

Invertrossachs near Callander, Stirling
Sleeps: Four
Price: Seven nights from £528

A wonderful wooden cabin set on the fringes of Loch Venachar, Alder Cabin is perfect for a Scottish getaway as a small family or couple.

Modern log cabin with huge window and small woodburning stove with long pipe, red rug and tasteful sofasThe cabin is surrounded by countryside which offers an abundance of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling and fishing.

The town of Callander is nearby and has a range of local amenities, including popular eateries, an art gallery and a golf course.

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