Forest Holidays: The New Eco-Travel Trend You Need to Know About

Forest Holidays: The New Eco-Travel Trend You Need to Know About

In the name of slow, sustainable travel, we’re seeking
wooded pastures and looking for places to get our fix of
countryside in the UK. These are the South West’s greatest
treehouse getaways, and what to get up to when you
visit.



Getaways
immersed in nature have become one of 2019’s biggest
travel trends, with “forest holidays” rising up Google’s ranking of
searched terms. They’re the perfect antidote to fast-paced city
life and make the call of Mother Nature never louder at a time when
our planet needs sustainable travel the most.

The UK is abundant with secluded, foliage-laden escapes and

eco-friendly retreats
that blend into their natural habitats.
With pastoral idylls and spots of rugged beauty, the South West is
a sanctuary to some of the finest treehouses. With all-year-round
appeal, these are the forest-holiday destinations you should be
booking now.


hotel

The Hygge Hideaway

Uplands Treehouse, Somerset

Just a 30-minute drive from central Bristol lies the sleepy
village of Wrington. Here, tucked at the back of owners David and
Tricia’s house, surrounded by fields filled with horses and
alpacas, is Uplands Treehouse. Stepping out of the wilderness and
into this cosy, self-catered hideaway feels like coming home.
Scandi-style floor-to-ceiling windows greet you with views of the
Mendip Hills. Curved oak beams, a wood burner and super-comfy
king-size bed imbue this place with a sense of hygge. Meanwhile a
scenic outdoor shower and spacious balcony immerse you into your
surroundings. Special touches don’t go amiss, including a photo
album detailing the treehouse’s creation, a delightful welcome
hamper and walking trails recommended by David.

What to Do: Half an hour’s walk away, situated
within beautiful walled gardens, is The
Ethicurean
, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving sustainable,
seasonal food, botanical cocktails and wonderful fermentations.
Stop by the family-run Aldwick Estate for a vineyard
tour and a sampling of its award-winning wine. Visit Tyntesfield, a National Trust-revived gothic
mansion set among gorgeous grounds or see the dramatic Cheddar Gorge, where a 9,000-year-old human skeleton
(Britains’ oldest) was found in 1903.

Address

West Hay Road
Wrington
Somerset
BS40 5NP


The Sublime Sanctuary

Treehouse On The Lake, Cornwall

Come to the Clowance Estate in Cambourne, where staff radiate
Cornish charm. Set across 97 acres and home to an 18th-century
manor house, the lush estate is home to the Treehouse on the Lake
which hangs above the forest floor. Overlooking a boathouse, its
open-plan living area soothes with curved walls, calming tones and
high ceilings with wooden beams. A well-stocked modern kitchen and
timber dining table ensure that natural touches are blended with
homely comforts. Windows provide immersive, panoramic forest views
– wake to dappled sunlight from enveloping Hypnos beds. For an
unforgettable bathing experience, sink into the balcony’s huge
outdoor copper bathtub while absorbing the lakeside scenery. With
two bedrooms this treehouse can accommodate as many as four guests,
so get deciding which people you’ll invite along.

What to Do: Row around Clowance’s picturesque
four-acre boating lake or meander through woodland trails. Clowance
Spa offers bespoke treatments while the estate also has a pool,
sauna, gym, golf course, croquet lawn and games courts to keep you
entertained. Close to Clowance, Wendron’s Slice of Cornwall is a rural garden café offering
healthy eats and sweet treats with low carbon footprints. Lap up St
Ives’ sandy beaches, surf at Perranporth Beach or visit Kynance
Cove of Poldark fame. A worthwhile hour’s drive away, you’ll find
the Eden Project, the world’s largest indoor
rainforest.

Address

Clowance Estate & Country Club
Praze-an-Beeble
Camborne
Cornwall
TR14 0PT


The Fairy-tale Getaway

Ravendere Retreats, Devon

North Devon’s Ravendere Retreats could be from a Hans Christian
Andersen fairy-tale, with its majestic, dense forest and valley
vistas. This secluded adults-only retreat is huddled by 12 acres of
ancient woodland near the pretty village of Lee. The treehouse,
built by couple Kieran and Helen, is stylishly furnished and
decorated by Wayfair, with some pieces sourced from reclamation
yards. The gorgeous decking area, complete with a pizza oven and
barbecue, immerses you in the forest. Inside, the living room’s
wood-burning stove, royal-blue soft furnishings and antique drawers
create a snug, chic stay while large windows, floral motifs,
hanging plants and botanical paintings echo the lush surrounds.
Romantic touches include the bedroom’s dressing screen and a
roll-top bath overlooking the valley.

What to Do: A 10-minute stroll takes you to
local pub, The Grampus, great for a hearty meal
with garden views while the continental-style Seventy Bistro is a short drive away. Ilfracombe’s
amazing beaches include secluded Lee Bay, surfer’s favourite Croyde
Beach, sandy Woolacombe Beach and Putsborough Sands, another
surfing hotspot. From Ilfracombe’s harbour take a boat trip to
Lundy Island, known as Britain’s Galapagos for its incredible
wildlife and marine-life including puffins, ponies, dolphins and
seals.

Address

Lee
Ilfracombe
Devon
EX34 8LW


hotel

The Out-of-this-World Escape

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Hampshire

Chewton Glen goes above and beyond, providing outstanding
hospitality over 130 acres of Hampshire woodland on the fringe of
the New Forest. Among its 72 rooms and suites are 14 eco-friendly
luxury treehouses, suspended 35ft above ground, propelling opulence
to new heights. Treehouse Studio Suites and Hideaway Suites are
designed as sumptuous lovers’ getaways. The Hideaway offers a more
deluxe experience, with a glass-covered walkway separating an airy
bedroom from an open-plan living area, immersing guests in the
canopy. The Loft Suite and The Yews accommodate larger groups. All
treehouses benefit from beautiful kitchenettes full of treats, and
receive breakfast hampers each morning. Under-floor heating and
woodburners give living areas a comforting touch, while ultra-glam
marble bathrooms feature freestanding forest-view baths,
flat-screen TVs, walk-in showers and twin vanity basins. Catch
staggering sunsets and wild scrubland from your deck’s private hot
tub or cosy day beds.

What to Do: Chewton Glen’s award-winning beauty
spa, 17m swimming pool, hydrotherapy pools, sauna, crystal steam
room, gym and sporting facilities epitomise wellness. Savour The
Dining Room’s afternoon tea or delectable fine dining, with a
sommelier advising on more than 1,900 wines. Have an aperitif at
the hotel’s gentleman’s club-style bar to a backdrop of smooth,
contemporary tunes. For casual dining, head to The Kitchen which
hosts cookery schools and serves seasonal produce from the manor’s
garden. Get lost in New Forest National Park or trace the
picturesque Solent Way, a 60-mile footpath covering the Hampshire
coastline and New Forest countryside. If you’re visiting in spring
or summer, ride a traditional steam train through the dreamy
200-acre Exbury Gardens.

Address

New Forest
Hampshire
BH25 6QS