Pre­fer a hands-on hol­i­day to five-star pam­per­ing? Take your pick from th­ese four cool new self-cater­ing bolt­holes in the UK’S most pic­turesque spots

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THE SOUPED-UP SHED The Pig ho­tels are bou­tique venues loved by city and coun­try dwellers alike for their sim­ple-but-stylish ‘restau­rant with rooms’ phi­los­o­phy. At the orig­i­nal out­post in the New For­est, tile supremo Bert & May has cre­ated a new type of self-cater­ing room: a sin­gle-storey wooden cabin called ‘Bert’s Box’, nes­tled in the ho­tel’s idyl­lic grounds. The bi­jou homestead has its own kitchen, a log-burn­ing stove and, of course, strik­ing chevron floor­ing that lends a mod­ern edge to the in­te­rior. From £360 per night (thep­igho­ THE TREE­TOP PENT­HOUSE Guests break­fast­ing on the bal­conies of the new tree­houses at Kent’s Port Lympne na­ture re­serve (founded in 1976 by John Aspinall) can ex­pect to spot crea­tures great and small, from swoop­ing ea­gles to gi­raffes pok­ing their heads above the canopy. You can stay in the Ed­war­dian manor house ho­tel, a cot­tage or wooden lodges, but the ten new ar­bo­real cab­ins cre­ated by in­te­rior de­signer Tara Bern­erd have an ex­tra-spe­cial charm. From £300 per night for a four-per­son tree­house and en­try to the re­serve (as­pinall­foun­da­

THE GOOD LIFE GET­AWAY Sur­rounded by the ma­jes­tic Shrop­shire Hills, West Red­ford Farm Barns was derelict un­til it was bought by hus­band-and-wife in­te­rior de­sign duo Ru­pert and Jude Hunt. Both ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions – Lud­low Barn, which sleeps eight, and...

THE SPA STOPOVER The Dayles­ford brand’s supremely so­phis­ti­cated take on ru­ral life, which in­cludes an or­ganic farm shop, cloth­ing and beauty lines, trans­lates per­fectly to a chic Glouces­ter­shire well­ness re­treat, the Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa. Now, the...

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