There are dozens of good reasons for taking UK weekend breaks. They are shorter (and cheaper!) than a longer holiday yet pack in a huge number of benefits. Holidays, even short ones, are known to be good for your health, reducing stress and increasing that bubbly feeling of well-being. Weekend getaways are good for relationships too, as you enjoy quality time with partners, family and friends.
More comfortable than glamping (and more spacious than caravans!), log cabins provide a warm and spacious home-from-home in all seasons. Look forward to romantic evenings in front of the log burner (or a push-button equivalent!). Relax on full-size sofas and armchairs, cook up a storm in the fully-equipped kitchen and sleep well in comfy beds. There’s ample space for families to spread out in a log cabin whatever the weather. Even teenagers will secretly love the freedom and new experiences of a weekend getaway.
Summer Lodge is a fabulous, luxury lodge situated at the end of a private drive, looking out over the stunning Shropshire countryside.
“Beautiful property in its own private secure garden . Quite location with a good pub within a mile .. comfy super-king bed , well equipped property , everything you need .. Hot tub a bonus to relax with a nice glass of wine overlooking the stunning countryside”
Many log cabins are in stunning beauty spots with lake, forest and rural views right outside the door. With an on-site swimming pool, children’s play area, fire pit and perhaps even a private hot tub, it beats a weekend in the back garden, for sure!
So now you’re sold on the benefits of “extra” holidays, where will you choose to go on UK weekend breaks?
It makes sense to stay within 2 hours of home so you don’t lose precious time driving to and from your chosen weekend destination. We often overlook beauty spots that are on our doorstep in favour of “getting away”, but wherever you live there are some top attractions within easy reach. You just need to get out there and discover them.
The Little Trees Cabin is situated in a lovely, secluded spot at the end of a single track lane, nestles this beautiful holiday retreat that sleeps two people
“It’s a lovely cabin and in a perfect spot for a romantic break for couples or a single person wanting to get away from the crowds. It is extremely peaceful and was just right for a relaxing, safe holiday during these covid times”
If you live in the South of England, lucky you! You’re probably within easy reach of popular seaside resorts from Brighton to Bournemouth, and beyond. Stroll along the esplanade and check out the amusements on the pier. Feast on fish and chips and enjoy sporting beach activities, even when it’s too chilly for a swim.
Boasting many top travel awards, the Westcountry offers sheltered coves, pretty villages and coastal walks in all seasons. Explore gardens, castles, historic attractions, wild ponies and scenic natural beauty on Dartmoor and Exmoor. The Southwest of England is a haven for foodies with clotted cream teas, tasty farm produce, seafood and mouthwatering pasties. It has some surprisingly good sparkling wines too. Take a tour of one of the boutique wineries during your weekend break and enjoy a few wine tasting samples.
Marwell Lodges are a selection of deluxe holiday cabins situated on the edge of the South Downs National Park. Nestled within the superb Marwell Outdoor Activity Centre, the lodges provide tranquility and seclusion, as well as plenty of opportunities for adventure. A perfect destination for a retreat for the whole family.
“Stayed in the Marwell lodges recently. I can thoroughly recommend them. Well appointed ledges with dishwasher and washing machine, also a Bluetooth speaker. Didn’t have a feel of a caravan with a wooden wrap, a real home from home.”
Blackwood Forest Lodges are a selection of spacious luxury timber lodges nestled in 270 hectares of towering beech trees. Well-appointed and luxurious, they combine the rustic romance of a log cabin retreat with state of the art amenities.
“Lovely walks for dogs! Nice little park for kids! Food was lovely in the resturant! Staff very helpful. We visited peppa pig world and the deer farm! Very close by so ideal.”
Set in lovely, private gardens, the lodge has been designed with the utmost luxury in mind. The bedrooms are sumptuous and spacious, and there are lots of fabulous amenities, such as a heated outdoor pool, a steam shower room, sauna and a fully equipped gym for guests to enjoy.
“Needed somewhere close to stay near London for the weekend but a place that would keep 7 adults happy. What a wonderful place. Every single one of us left satisfied. Very clean and has more than all the basics. The 65inch TV, pool table and both sauna’s went down very well.”
The Heart of England provides a welcome escape from city bustle. Picture yourself visiting pretty Cotswolds villages, majestic castles (think Warwick and Kenilworth), thatched cottages and iconic churches. Culture lovers can enjoy the highlights of Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon while history lovers can soak up the past at Ironbridge Gorge and Blenheim Palace. Calm mornings are the perfect time for a hot air balloon ride if you dare! Look down at rolling countryside and landmarks laid out in miniature far below. Families will have a whale of a time at Alton Towers and Drayton Manor, so buckle up and hold on tight!
East Anglia and Lincolnshire in Eastern England offer beautiful beaches, farm attractions and magnificent cathedral cities at Norwich, Lincoln and Ely. It’s home to some of the UK’s best stately homes including the royal estate at Sandringham. The peaceful Norfolk Broads are a must for walkers, boaters and nature lovers. The endless flat countryside is just perfect for cycling and walking.
Botloes Cottage is set out over the ground floor of a stunning barn conversion, set in seven acres of beautiful grounds. Shared with the separate upstairs accommodation, guests have access to picturesque woodland, an orchard and two ponds
“The cottage was very comfortable and warm. We very much welcomed the welcome hamper, especially the wine. The aga was much easier to use than anticipated and made for a novel cooking experience.”
Set in a stunning location, right on the edge of Duck Lake, in Tattershall Lakes Country Park, Woodpecker Lodge overlooks the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
“Everything was great from start to finish. First holiday after lock-down so it was lovely to get away to such a nice place.”
The Belfry log cabin is situated next to a lovely fishing lake, in tranquil, landscaped gardens just outside Thorpe-on-the-Hill. Two of the lodges have private verandas, while all three boast their own private hot tub.
“Very pleased indeed. Was wondering if I could fit the hot tub in the boot to take home with me.”
Sweffling Hall is a camping holiday with a luxurious twist. Well-equipped, with plenty of state of the art amenities, the tent is a cosy, comfortable base for a country break.
Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family holiday spent discovering the delights of rural Suffolk, Sweffling Hall is furnished with a large sofa and chairs arranged around the traditional wood burner, great for curling up in.
Exton Park is a camping holiday with a luxurious twist. The lodge like tent has been beautifully finished to provide a cosy, comfortable rural base for a country break.
The Forest of Bowland is a stunning area of the country. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers an abundance of sights and activities to see and explore, all within easy reach of Exton Park.
Within easy reach of central England, log cabins in Wales are a top choice for weekend breaks. South Wales centres on the historic capital, Cardiff. It’s crammed with activities including a city centre castle, Victorian shopping arcades and Cardiff Bay attractions. Further west, the coastal towns of Mumbles, Fishguard and St David’s are a delight. Some of the UK’s best sandy beaches can be found along the Pembrokeshire Coast and in the shoulder seasons you’ll have them all to yourself!
The Brecon Beacons National Park extends into Mid Wales for hiking, climbing and scenic drives. If castles are your thing, North Wales has more than its fair share. It has several well-preserved mediaeval castles from Conwy and Caernarfon to Harlech. However, the real gem has to be Snowdonia National Park. It packs in 250 lakes and nine mountain ranges including Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. The craggy peaks, stunning waterfalls and forested valleys will take your breathe away!
Penvale Lakes Lodges is a collection of exceptional log cabins nestled in a secluded valley just outside picturesque Llangollen. Surrounded on all sides by stunning scenery and panoramic views, they provide an ideal base for a rural escape.
All the lodges are incredibly comfortable, and really make the most of the breathtaking setting.
The Maples lodge offers views of its typically Welsh surroundings from all sides. On one side of the lodge, the land drops sharply away into a valley, overlooking the nearby lake and adjacent Golf Course.
On the opposite side there is a large shared area of lawns and woodland to explore, where local flora and fauna is in abundance.
The wonderful Belan Bach lodges are located in Llangadfan, Welshpool within the Banwy Valley. With balconies that overlook lawned areas, they provide the ideal getaway for those looking to spend some time in the peace and quiet of the countryside.
“We stayed at Belan bachllodges for a few days to celebrate a birthday and anniversary! It was absolutely lovely.
Lower Fishpools Lodges enjoy the most idyllic of settings. A haven for lovers of the great outdoors, they nestle at the edge of Radnor Forest, surrounded by nothing but beautiful, rural views.
“A beautiful, peaceful location right next to the forest. An ideal place to bring your pet as the lodges are fenced all the way round.”
If you’re looking for UK weekend breaks with plenty of outdoor activities, the North of England has a head start. The Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and North York Moors National Parks provide huge tracts of unspoilt countryside. It’s a mecca for hiking, biking, orienteering, sailing, kayaking, fishing and mountain climbing.
On clear nights, discover the delights of stargazing in the unpolluted skies of Northumberland National Park. You’ll be amazed at the number of stars you can see in this Dark Sky Park. You may even spot a shooting star while toasting marshmallows around the fire pit.
The historic cities of York and Lancaster offer a change of pace, packed with history, fascinating castles and museums. Why not attend a sports match or tour a stadium as part of your weekend break? Liverpool and Manchester are home to some of the world’s most iconic football teams, based at Anfield and Old Trafford respectively.
North Lakes Lodges are a collection of exceptional log cabins nestled in the Brayton Park Estate close to the Lake District National Park. Surrounded on all sides by the spectacular Cumbrian countryside, the lodges have views stretching over the Uldale Fells, Skiddaw, Whinlatter Forest and the Scottish Hills.
“Fabulous overall holiday experience with a luxury feel, I couldn’t imagine what else you could ask for. Wonderful!”
The Bluebell lodge is set in a stunning location. This is really what makes this lodge so special. Situated in an elevated position, it is surrounded by lush green woodland and benefits from a large decked area; a truly tranquil place to stay.
“We had a lovely stay here at bluebell lodge was so spacious and in an ideal location, we would definitely stay here again”
The Lodge On The Lake log cabin is located in the Fallbarrow Holiday Park in Windermere and rests directly on the shore on Lake Windermere.
Outside you’ll find a large decked area which gives you direct access to the Lodges private beach area coupled with it’s stunning open views across Lake Windermere.
“Fantastic location with wonderful views over the lake.”
St Hildas log cabin is situated on a livestock farm in the picturesque village of Hinderwell, St Hilda’s Log cabin is a bright, spacious cabin, with impressive decking that runs all the way around it so guests can make the very most of the lovely surroundings.
“We all had a great holiday. The lodge was comfortable and clean with everything you could need.”
For UK weekend breaks with a difference, hop over the border to Scotland. You’ll find a fascinating culture, unique history and jaw-dropping scenery in this sparsely populated kingdom. It’s hard to beat waking up in a cosy log cabin overlooking a loch or seeing deer grazing just beyond your private deck. Rent a kayak, cast a line for salmon, tour a whisky distillery and tuck into tasty haggis and neeps as part of your Scottish Highlands experience. As well as boasting the highest mountains in the UK, Scotland is the birthplace of golf. Its famous fairways and challenging courses will thrill the heart of any keen golfer. When it comes to UK weekend breaks, this beautiful area has something for everyone.
Located in the Scottish Borders, Glasgow and Edinburgh have plenty of world-class shops, museums, architecture and unique activities. Discover your clan tartan while strolling Edinburgh’s Royal Mile or dancers performing the Highland Fling. Enjoy sea views from Edinburgh Castle, listen to bagpipes or explore the narrow passageways of Mary King’s Close beneath the city streets.
If you really want to get away from it all, Southwest Scotland is a great choice for romantic weekend getaways. The islands of West Scotland have plenty of cosy log cabins to use as a base. Look forward to exploring Scotland’s scenic coastline with hundreds of remote offshore islands. Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull for the day or drive across the 1.5 mile-long bridge to the Isle of Skye. It’s best known as the home of the Fairies and the hideout of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Rascarrel Bay Lodge 2 is one of four spectacular lodges that are set in an elevated position and look out over truly wonderful panoramic views.
“Its our 4th visit and still as fantastic as the first time. We just live the place and always sad to leave . Would be nice just to have one lodge with twin beds so I could come with a friend.”
The West Loch Shores lodges cater for everyone. It is the perfect location for couples, but also a fabulous base for families. From here you can indulge in island hopping, exploring, kayaking and canoeing right on our doorstep.
West Loch Shores Lodges are situated two miles south of Tarbert, here you will find a range of excellent restaurants, hotels and cafes.
So now you have your shortlist of stunning log cabin UK weekend breaks, and we bet there’s quite a few. Why not browse our affordable log cabins and start planning some fun weekend breaks in the UK without delay!