I am the first to admit I often shy away from holidaying in the UK, I have never been a big explorer of my own country, fast opting for a city break in Europe or somewhere much further afield. But when the opportunity arose to spend a weekend in a luxury log cabin in The Cotswolds I was not going to turn it down.
Based just south of Cirencester, Log House Holidays offers a glimpse of Scandinavia in the heart of the English countryside. Set across 130 acres of land, eight luxury cabins are nestled between a serene lake and natural woodlands, as soon as we arrived I quickly realised this would not be an ordinary British log cabin holiday.
The eight cabins, ranging from the cosy four-bed cabin to the humongous eleven people Mayo landing cabin, are made from Baltic pine logs from Finland and are nothing short of the highest luxury, even boasting their own personal hot tubs. My favourite thing about the Nordic-inspired cabins though was the layout, each cabin is carefully positioned to give complete privacy and seclusion during your stay. So much so, we didn’t actually see or hear anyone else during our weekend visit.
Environmentally, this family run site has thought of everything to create the smallest impact possible too. All electricity is sourced from their solar panels, while heating and hot water come from the lake heat pumps. Nature of all kind thrives on this site and what better place to watch it then from your own private patio or by taking one of the rowboats or canoes out on to the lake just a few metres from your cabin door.
During our visit, we were treated to stay in Kaiser cabin, perfect for the five of us with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The downstairs open plan kitchen/ living area was a dream with a log burning fire, underfloor heating and the perfect sofa area to chill out and watch films in. Upstairs consisted of the bedrooms, one of which had a balcony overlooking the lake and a bathroom with a stunning free standing bath and skylight directly above.
As our visit was planned as a catch up as well as a rest we did not plan many activities, instead opting to relax over our usual exploring tendencies. On Friday we were even treated to an incredible eight course Vegan meal by a talented chef called Jamie Raferty from La Belle Assiette (full review coming soon)! The Saturday mainly consisted of chilling in the hot tub, a refreshing stroll around the site and boating on the lake before heading for dinner at a local village pub called The Potting Shed.
Despite battling the snow on the drive home, I came home feeling completely refreshed and with a new admiration for the English countryside. The Edmondson family who created and run Log House Holidays have truly created a piece of magic in The Cotswolds, in colder months it is a winter wonderland and I imagine it is every bit a paradise during the summer. The fact the local wildlife and environment are at the centre of what they have created just makes it so much more special.
I enjoyed a complimentary stay at Log House Holidays but as always all opinions are my own.