Eight of the UK’s cosiest countryside retreats

A weekend in the countryside just got a whole lot cosier! Check out our guide to eight of the tiniest retreats in Britain. Proof that bigger isn’t necessarily better, these stunning holiday retreats are fully kitted out so you can enjoy all the luxuries of home.

The Round House, Stanton Drew

This is a beautiful 18th-century former toll house in Somerset. Guests can cosy up indoors, pop into town for a delicious pub lunch or explore Stanton Drew Stone Circle, an English Heritage site. This tiny house sleeps two.

Kerensa, Crackington Haven

Situated close to the beach on a family-run farm in Cornwall, Kerensa is an exquisite cabin complete with a relaxing hot tub. It’s the perfect location for a romantic break away, and there are plenty of interesting places to visit nearby.

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Idlers Cottage, South Petherton

Another Somerset retreat, Idlers Cottage has a range of features, from an open fire to a library. Sit out on the patio to enjoy some alfresco dining or take a trip to some of the local historical sites. Two can stay in this adorable cottage.

The Arch, Pant Glas

This is a compact cottage with a difference. It is great for anyone who is looking to spend some time relaxing in peace and quiet, take in the meadow views or visit the Welsh border.

The Cow Byre, Barras – Kirkby Stephen

This quirky, open-planned stone cottage offers a galleried bedroom and panoramic views across the Eden Valley. It sleeps two, and the price is very reasonable.

Peat Gate Shepherd’s Hut, Haltwhistle – Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

One of a handful of shepherd huts in the UK (http://www.cotswoldshepherdshuts.co.uk/), this beautiful rural location offers easy access to fishing, walking and cycling. Close to the Heritage Coast and Hadrian’s Wall, there is plenty to get out and see.

The Coach House, Sawrey near Hawkshead

This is a stunning space in an equally stunning location. Watch a film amid the soft furnishings or visit the former home of Beatrix Potter.

Brook bank Folly, Mitcheldean – Royal Forest of Dean

Set on the edge of the Forest of Dean, this timber-built cottage looks like it came straight from a storybook. Connect with nature by taking advantage of the nearby cycling and walking routes.