Dreamy Welsh cabins, three new boutique London hotels and a tiny-but-stylish guesthouse in the Czech Republic. Plus, three of the best cookbooks for global fare, and the lowdown on the just-reopened Hayward Gallery
Environmentally conscious and architecturally inclined holidaymakers, rejoice. The eight portable ‘pods’ designed and built by different architectural practices last year, as part of a collaborative competition part-funded by the Welsh government, are all available to rent this summer. The quirky brief was to design a one-room cabin inspired by a Welsh myth, and the winning results are undoubtedly zany – but all are well camouflaged, fitting right into rugged Welsh countryside. Our favourite cabin? Possibly ‘Dragon’s Eye’ ( below) by carpenter Carwyn Lloyd Jones, with its stainless steel exterior made to resemble scales, full-height windows, a rotating bed and a woodburning stove. Check the website for dates, locations and how to book (from £425 for a two-night stay; epicretreats.wales).