From a boathouse to a treetop dwelling, these refuges offer staycationers a breath of fresh air
BACKWATER, NORFOLK Both Scandi and East Anglian boathouses influenced London studio Platform 5 Architects’ design for this four-bedroom eco-house on the Norfolk Broads. The outside is clad in black-stained timber, while the interior is chic. There’s also a lakeside terrace, jetty and rowboat. From £1,900 for a three-night stay in September ( backwaternorfolk.co.uk).
CHURCH COTTAGE, COTSWOLDS Make like William Morris, who summered at nearby Kelmscott Manor (now open to the public), and hole up at the beautiful Church Cottage in the same village. The stone five-bedroom farmhouse now has a light, bright kitchen that looks straight out through its patio doors to olive trees, potted lavender and a heated pool. From £551 for three nights ( luxurycotswoldrentals.co.uk).
KUDHVA CABINS, CORNWALL At Kudhva, sustainably-built lodges on stilts offer views down to the English Channel. Designed by New British Design studio’s Ben Huggins, they have a rustic, pared-back kind of feel, with outdoor showers and no internet. Wake to the dawn chorus, cook breakfast over the fire pit and then go for a swim in the lake or surf in the sea before a soak in the hot tub. £114 per night ( kudhva.com).
Backwater eco house, Norfolk
Church Cottage, the Cotswolds
Kudhva cabins, Cornwall