While it’s often thought cottages with warm hearth fires offer unrivalled levels of comfort and cosiness, the humble log cabin has emerged in recent years as a contender for this mantle. There’s nothing quite like firing up an old wood-burning stove in your well-insulated rental cabin, the perfect base for exploring your surroundings whether you’re in the Lake District or the Highlands.

Typically situated in woodland environments, log cabins in the UK offer you the chance to explore landscapes often overlooked: fells and braes, forests replete with busy woodpeckers and croaking frogs, streams and waterfalls. How can you not unwind amid such pastoral environs?

There’s no shortage of log cabins, chalets and lodges in the UK. Occupying the shores of Loch Linnhe, buried in the heart of Cornwall – and popping up in many a locale in between – these private cabins give you the opportunity to discover just why Britain is prefixed with the word ‘Great’. Take advantage of a huge range of leisure pursuits, from cycling around Derwentwater to climbing Ben Nevis in Fort William. Your warm log cabin will be waiting to welcome you at the end of the day.

Log cabin holidays in Scotland

2 bedroom holiday cabin in Oban, Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute

Edinburgh, Argyll and Stirling, and the Scottish Highlands are just a few of the locations in which you'll find log cabins in Scotland. But what are you going to get up to when you’re not relaxing in your rustic cedar cabin? Bag yourself one of our Loch Lomond cabins and you’ll be spoiled for choice. The Bird of Prey Centre is a good place to start, housing as it does 40 birds of prey and over 20 owls. Afterwards, get the adrenaline pumping on a zip wire ride at Go Ape in Aberfoyle!

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Log cabin holidays in the West Country

3 bedroom holiday cabin in Padstow

With cabins spread evenly between Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, you can enjoy a varied mix of West Country attractions. In Somerset, try going subterranean by exploring the spectacular caves of the infamous Witch of Wookey. There’s a fascinating old paper mill to explore, too. Devon and Cornwall are similarly packed with attractions: Cornwall’s gardens and beaches are among the best in the UK, while a visit to Castle Drogo in Devon – the last castle ever to be built in England – is a fun day out for the whole family.

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Log cabin holidays in the Lake District and Cumbria

England’s largest lake, Windermere, is the location for several first-class log cabins in the Lake District. While you’ll want to take advantage of the lake views offered by several of them, there’s plenty to get up to that’ll set the heart racing. Try a spot of abseiling, rock climbing or archery, or take in the view from a hot-air balloon floating over the waters. For some, the Lake District is all about exercise, so if you want to work up a sweat by hiking the hills or canoeing, you’ll find ample opportunity.

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Log cabin holidays in Wales

Holiday cabin in Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire

From your log cabin in Wales, you’re sure to be comfortable; but with so much to see and do beyond your homely abode, you may only retire when the sun dwindles in the sky. Many cabins can be found in Snowdonia, Wales’s premier activity capital, so be sure to pack some heavy-duty hiking boots and, should you be inclined, your fishing rod or golf clubs! Well-preserved historical sites also abound, from World Heritage battlements to slate quarries.

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Log cabin holidays in South East England

2 bedroom holiday cabin in Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Forget a cottage in the Cotswolds; a pine cabin in the New Forest is about as good as it gets. Stay in one of these rentals and you can look forward to plenty of New Forest attractions, from horse riding through the beautiful landscape to wakeboarding at the New Forest Water Park. A visit to the world-famous Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is well worth the price of admission, as: it contains over 500 Champion trees and 42,000 plants from around the globe. If Hampshire doesn’t float your boat, perhaps aour cabins in Sussex or Kent will pique your interest.

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