Secret Cloud House Holidays, Staffordshire
Four yurts and the yearround Bilberry Lodge (an Arctic-inspired wooden cabin), sit in a field shared only by a few Hebridean sheep. Sounds rustic? Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes. Inside it’s all wooden floors, king-size beds and logburning stoves. Outside, each yurt has its own hot tub. Little touches include dressing gowns, towels, toiletries and a breakfast hamper full of locally sourced treats. Enjoy massage treatments by candlelight in the new Shepherds Rest hut or sweat it out in the barrel-shaped sauna cabin, gazing down the Manifold Valley beyond. Local walks generally start with a mile-and-a-half stroll north into the Peak District, but if you don’t make it that far there’s a good pub – The Yew Tree Inn – just half a mile away.
From £105 per night; Cauldon, Nr Stoke-on-Trent (01298 687036; secretcloudhouseholidays.co.uk)
Skye Shepherd Huts, Isle of Skye
There’s a modesty to Skye Shepherd Huts, which is a large part of the appeal. Don’t expect a flat-screen TV or hot tub here. Instead, these two traditional abodes, each in a separate part of the wildlooking grounds that surround a small cottage, have a more homely sense of comfort. Delights come in the form of a surprisingly extensive breakfast menu – the porridge with Talisker whisky is a must – and, for those with pets, free dog care while you sightsee. But the views are surely the winning feature. Breathtaking vistas of the neighbouring Isle of Rùm or across the moor to the Knoydart mountains