Forest Holidays Across The UK

Ed Maughan
Ed Maughan

What could be more magical than relaxing in a serene woodland setting, with tranquil walks, stargazing galore, and nothing to distract you from your time away. We’ve sourced 8 of our favourite forest properties to help you find your perfect forest holiday getaway.

  1. Landal Darwin Forest – Matlock
  2. Campwell Woods, Marshfield – Wiltshire
  3. The Original Hut Company, Bodiam – Sussex
  4. Jollydays Glamping – York
  5. Box Barn Gathering Camp – Raglan
  6. Felin Geri Safari Lodges, Cwm-Cou – Ceredigion
  7. Lodges at the Creek, Cardiff
  8. Lord Galloway Lodges – Dumfries

🛏 Sleeps 2+ over 134 woodland lodges

🍽 Onsite bar and restaurant

🎲 Games room & onsite indoor soft play

🛝 Play ground

🚲 Cycle hire

🎾 Tennis Court

🔥 Hot tub per lodge

Landal Darwin Forest in Matlock offers a high number of beautiful woodland lodges, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to fit the whole group in comfortably. When booking, they’ll ensure that your group stays close together, so you can easily spend plenty of time as a party. The lodges are modern, tastefully designed, and each comes with its own hot tub. Onsite, you’ll be blown away by the choice of activities, including an indoor swimming pool, spa, children’s play area, mini golf and cycle hire to make the most of the woodland trails.

🛏  Sleeps 2 – 19 over a selection of lodges, cabins and yurts

🍽 Outdoor kitchen

🔥 Woodburners & Firepits

🏊‍♀️Wild swimming

Outdoor shower

This off grid eco site offers a total digital reset in the most beautiful setting. Wake up each morning to peace and tranquillity, while you relax in your choice of glamping units including yurts, log cabins, a roundhouse or shepherd’s hut. Enjoy al fresco cooking in the well equipped outdoor kitchen, take part in a silent disco with the group, or take a dip in the local lake and river for a true wild swimming experience.

🛏  Sleeps 5 – 20 over 4 huts

🔥 Fire pits

🎣 Fishing

🌳 Onsite activities

☕️ Onsite café and shop

These fantastic huts have all been built by the owners, using as many reclaimed and recycled materials as they can, making the experience super eco-friendly. The site itself comes with plenty of covered areas to shelter you from any rainy days, as well as plenty of activities for any group size both on and off site, such as foraging, fishing, a bakery school, Go Ape and Bodiam Castle. Outside each hut you’ll find your own firepit and seating, perfect for evening get-togethers.

🛏  Sleeps 2 – 100 over 15 huts, tents and lodges

🍽 Outdoor seating with BBQs

🪵 Woodburners

🌳 Onsite activities

🔥 Communal campfire

☕️ Bookable onsite café / bar

Set within 200 acres of woodland near the walled city of York, each of the beautifully designed glamping tents comes with plenty of space, so no matter the group size you won’t feel on top of each other. You’ll have a fantastic time during communal get-togethers, with a campfire, pizza oven and even a tea tent! If you want to completely switch off and relax without a care in the world, the hosts at Jollydays are able to arrange a local caterer to supply both breakfast and supper to take the pressure off cooking for a large group. You can also enjoy meals in their woodland-themed café / bar, offering cocktails, evening meals, and breakfast for the whole group.

🛏  Sleeps 2 – 16 over 5 individual accommodations

🍕Pizza oven & outdoor kitchen

🍽 Outdoor seating & BBQ

🎶 Vintage turntables

🪵 Woodburners

🔥 Firepit

💧Hot tub

Offering total peace and tranquillity, these super stylish cottages and glamping pods offer a range of different properties to suit the group, ranging from a bunkhouse to a vintage caravan! Walkers in the group will be absolutely spoilt for choice with a range of walks on your doorstep across the Black Mountains, while those looking for a spot of relaxation can spend time relaxing in the 8 seater wood fired hot tub, and take in the stunning views. Host your own pizza party using the onside pizza oven, cook up a feast in the outdoor kitchen, or cosy up next to the firepit with a packet of marshmallows. Located close to many local market towns, you’ll find a plethora of great eateries and local shops right on your doorstep, if you can bear to leave the comfort of your accommodation!

🛏  Sleeps 5 – 31 over 3 lodges

🍽 Onsite restaurant

🛝Playfort & treehouse

🪵 Wood fired oven and fire


💧Hot tubs available to book

Discover your wild side in these luxury safari lodges, set in the beautiful county of Ceredigion. Each of the three properties available comes with a private hot tub, open plan living, and wood fired stove which doubles up as your oven. You’ll find covered al fresco dining available with each lodge having its own BBQ, or if you want a break from cooking, why not wander over to the Mill Cafe / Bar and let them do the hard work for you? You’ll find plenty of opportunity to get back to nature and have a technology detox, each lodge comes with battery powered hurricane lamps to supply your lighting, and while WiFi is available in the Mill Cafe / Bar, you won’t find much mobile signal or wifi in your lodge, so a perfect excuse to turn off those devices and relax in the hot tub!

🛏  Sleeps 2 – 18 over 3 lodges

🍽 Outdoor seating & BBQ

💧Hot tubs

🐟 Lakeside properties

These rural, wooden cabins have all been individually designed and built, using the owners own wood. With a traditional cabin design and boasting plenty of luxurious features, you’ll feel completely relaxed in this tranquil environment. Each lodge has its own outdoor seating area for some quiet time, while there are also large outdoor eating areas available for group get togethers, as well as a shared hot tub, and even an outdoor kitchen! Relax with a good book and enjoy the peaceful views of the lake, tuck into a tasty BBQ, or if you fancy a day out, hop in the car to visit Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

🛏  Sleeps 6 – 38 over 5 lodges

🌟 Dark skies region

🪵 Hot tubs

🛝 Onsite playpark

🎾 Tennis court

🔥 BBQs available

If you fancy venturing a little further afield, Lord Galloway Lodges in Dumfries certainly won’t disappoint. The 5 properties are all elegantly designed for total comfort, with open plan living on the inside, and outdoor seating and hot tub available outside on each terrace. The lodges are found in a dark skies area, so on a clear night you’ll be able to relax in your private hot tub, and take part in some stargazing. If you fancy taking in the local surroundings, the local town of Newton Stewart is only a 10 minute walk away, where you’ll find a range of shops, restaurants and bars. You’ll also find a wide range of walking and biking trails just 3 miles from your door, which are suitable for all levels.


Are dogs allowed at the property?

This is dependent on the property, and when it comes to forest locations it’s quite mixed so make sure to double check. A number of the properties are very happy for you to bring your dog along with you, however, for the properties set right in the heart of the forest, safety of the wildlife is at the top of the priority list, in which case they may be pet free.

Are BBQs allowed

Again, dependant on the property, however the majority of properties that we’ve listed above do have their own BBQ’s on site which you can take full advantage of. It’s always worth double checking with the owners before you buy the burgers en route just in case!

Do I need to pack anything special for a forest holiday?

Because of the natural rural location of these properties, we’d recommend bringing along a pair of sturdy walking boots so you can’t trip over any tree roots, something warm to pop on in the evenings while you’re enjoying some stargazing or toasting marshmallows round the fire, and a torch in case you need to pop outside after dark.

Is there any Wifi / phone signal?

This is largely dependent on how rural a location you choose. However a lot of the properties listed above aim to give you a digital detox while on holiday. This means that in the majority of cases there is wifi available in some parts of the site but not all, it also means that phone signal may be somewhat sporadic.

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