From a boathouse to a treetop dwelling, these refuges of­fer stay­ca­tion­ers a breath of fresh air

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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

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