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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).

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