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Rustic Retreats: 5 inspiring escapes

If constant phone alerts have got you feeling anxious, or you’re just in need of some good old-fashioned cobweb clearing, what you need is a trip to a rustic retreat. In our increasingly technological world, us here at Wanderlist are quick to prioritise getting back to nature and enjoying the benefits that peace, quiet and plenty of outdoor time have on our mental and physical health. From rustic retreats to staycations of solitude, we’ve taken a look at 5 of our favourite places where you can escape the hustle and bustle. 

Spinks nest

1. Escape to the wilds of North Norfolk at Spinks Nest Cottage

We’ve spent many an hour lusting over the impressive interiors of Spinks Nest Cottage. Think Victorian charm meets gardeners cottage but with lovely luxuries such as a deliciously deep wool mattress, a wonderful woodburner and even a Nespresso machine. Oh, and there’s a Japanese-inspired sunken bath for two to enjoy. Just because. 

A wonderfully wild, rustic retreat made for lovers, this characterful cottage makes for the perfect staycation spot thanks to its placement in the ancient hamlet of Hunworth. Surrounded by beautiful buildings of the traditional flint style, you can enjoy bracing jaunts across the North Norfolk Coast AONB before settling down in front of the fire with a riveting read and a hot chocolate. 

Spinks Nest Cottage is also dog-friendly, which is wonderful news for those with furry friends in tow. 

2. Hide away between the branches at the Tree Tent in Somerset 

An enchanting escape for those based in and around the West Country, this hidden gem sits on a working sheep farm meaning that no neighbours threaten to slice into your solitude. Wake from your deliciously deep sleep and enjoy an open air shower to the chorus of birdsong, before cooking up a hearty breakfast in the kitchen area. Fully self-contained and yet suspended in the trees, this blissful bolthole really is a bucket list stay. 

A rustic retreat with buckets of charm, the Tree Tent also enjoys a private platform with cushioned seats and a firepit, just perfect for toasting marshmallows beneath the stars or setting the stage for the big question. 

cowboys hut

3. Lie low in the calming countryside of Cowboy’s Hut 

You can’t get much closer to nature than sleeping in a nature retreat itself, and that’s exactly what you can enjoy at Cowboy’s Hut. A carefully converted shepherd’s hut, this sublime stay features a cosy, cabin-inspired interior of rustic wood and accents of copper, with it’s very own kitchen and bathroom equipped with an irresistible tub. 

From here you can enjoy wonderful walks of the Llethrau Nature Retreat or venture out into the magical lands of Mid Wales, seeking out acclaimed-attractions such as the Elan Dam or even embarking on refreshing rambles through the Cambrian Mountains. 

4. Admire the sweeping scenery at Hare’s Form Glamping 

A handsome hut with an amazing exterior, Hare’s Form has stunning scenery and homely comforts to boot. Situated high up in the Radnorshire Hills of Mid Wales, the hut is surrounded by endless acres home to a friendly flock of alpacas. Yes, you read that right. Nicely nestled within the grounds of an alpaca farm, the hut features scandi-chic interiors for two to enjoy. 

Perfect for switching off, Hare’s Form also features a delightful deck area immediately outside where you can enjoy lazing about during the daytime hours and stargazing long into the evenings. 

5. Enjoy an invigorating escape at Hergest Lee 

If the words quirky, cool and cabin sound like music to your ears, you’ll definitely want to read on. Hergest Lee is a truly beautiful bolthole that has been lovingly handcrafted using solid timber and beautiful birch ply. There’s a bathtub in the bedroom with a beautiful large window so that you can take in the scenery as you soak, as well as a well-equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge. 

The cabin itself is within walking distance of the Harp Inn at Radnor, which recently won Country Pub of the Year 2020, and serves up delicious fare perfect for fuelling outdoors adventures (or fireside reading, we don’t judge.) The owners are also on hand should you need them to recommend some secret wild swimming spots or wonderful local walks.