TOP SEVEN WOOD­LAND STAYS

Sleep be­neath the turn­ing trees this au­tumn with one of Carys Matthews’ top seven favourite for­est breaks

Countryfile Magazine - - Great Days Out - Our dig­i­tal ed­i­tor Carys Matthews loves the calm­ing ef­fect of spend­ing time in the woods.

1 MRS HIGGS LODGE Here­ford­shire

Leave mod­ern life be­hind with a stay at this at­mo­spheric cot­tage in Here­ford. Built in 1835 as a hunt­ing lodge, and oc­cu­pied by Mrs Higgs her­self un­til 60 years ago, this peace­ful home is the per­fect wood­land re­treat for those look­ing to go off-grid. qual­i­tyun­earthed.co.uk

2 SKY DEN TREE­HOUSE Northum­ber­land

Fea­tured on Ge­orge Clark’s Amaz­ing Spa­ces, this lux­u­ri­ous tree­house set within the Kielder Wa­ter and For­est Park is a feat of ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign. Ex­plore the lo­cal for­est trails be­fore re­turn­ing to watch wildlife and re­lax by the wood burner. canopy­and­stars.co.uk

3 THE ROCK­FORD INN Devon

En­joy a cosy night in this se­cluded 17th-cen­tury coun­try inn deep in an Ex­moor Val­ley. It’s the per­fect base for for­est walks along the East Lyn River, of­fer­ing sim­ple but com­fort­able rooms and an ex­cel­lent range of lo­cal ales and ciders. the­rock­fordinn.co.uk

4 FINN LOUGH BUB­BLE DOMES Fer­managh

Get back to na­ture and sleep un­der the stars (in a four-poster bed!) with a night in a se­cluded for­est Bub­ble Dome in North­ern Ire­land’s Fer­managh Lake­lands. Get ac­tive and ex­plore the 75-acre for­est grounds with kayak­ing, cy­cling, fish­ing and bushcraft. finnlough.com

5 MOUN­TAIN LODGE Conwy

Stay on a wooded hill­top and wake to stun­ning views of the Carned­dau moun­tain range in the Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park. The rus­tic Shep­herd Huts are off the beaten track and of­fer a peace­ful base for walk­ing in the moun­tains and even a day trip to the beaches of An­gle­sey. shep­herds-hut-hol­i­days.co.uk

6 MILL HOUSE Powys

This com­fort­able river­side self-cater­ing cot­tage sits in the ham­let of Pont­faen in pretty wood­land. Am­ble through the trees along the river­bank, climb­ing the nearby hill­side for spec­tac­u­lar views of the Black Moun­tains and Bre­con Bea­cons. qual­i­ty­cottages.co.uk

7 FONAB CAS­TLE HO­TEL Perthshire

For some­thing spe­cial, head to Fonab Cas­tle, a five-star ho­tel in the Scot­tish High­lands. Set in the beau­ti­ful Tum­mel Val­ley, the ho­tel has views of Ben Vrackie and Loch Faskally. Wood­land rooms are avail­able. fon­ab­castle­ho­tel.com

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