There is nothing wrong with a hotel, motel, or tent while you’re vacationing with your family. There’s even nothing wrong with pulling a blanket into the back seat of your car and taking a nap. But what if you want to be really cosy and comfortable? Then a cabin with a difference can be the answer. Don’t go camping, go glamping, with these 12 cosy cabins below.
Agua Norte Cabin
Grand Marais, Minnesota, United States
Four miles east of Grand Marais in the direction of Canada is a beautiful timber frame cabin called Agua Norte Cabin that you can’t help but adore. From its location on a 10-acre parcel of land to the evergreen trees, nearby Lake Superior, and abundance of wildlife, this cabin has it all.
Stargaze through the skylight during the night, or enjoy the incredible views of Lake Superior during the day. This 16 x 20-foot contemporary cabin leaves no stone unturned in ensuring your comfort and peace.
There’s a cedar deck for watching the waves crash onto Five Mile Rock, and contemporary styling to make sure you don’t have to sacrifice on comfort. Two to four people can comfortably enjoy the full-size kitchen appliances, spa-like bathroom, and a washer and dryer set, as well. Learn more here
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Nature is there to be explored, so get your fill of wildlife and natural surroundings by staying in this beautiful micro timber-framed building in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.
The Brockloch Bothy is a stunning cabin presented on 190 acres of unbroken farmland. It’s accessible via a farm track and offers a sofa bed and a separate double bedroom. Visitors can enjoy the occasional visit by red kites, deer, badgers, and red squirrels, as well as being greeted by sheep on your arrival.
This contemporary cabin has an open plan layout with a gas hob and a fridge next door. A shower and toilet are also available in this off-the-grid setting. There are no power sockets, but solar panels offer 12-volt electricity for device charging. More info here
Devon, United Kingdom
Break away from the hustle and bustle of city life and bee surrounded by nature in the wilderness of Dartmoor. The Humble Bee in Devon, United Kingdom, is a relaxing retreat for couples who desire something a little bit different from a standard cabin.
From the outdoor bath and private surroundings to the brilliant indoor-outdoor flow that oozes charm, you can have it all. The Humble Bee is as unique as they come, with a woodland theme and nothing but nature and the occasional hum of life from the nearby township.
Lounge on the daybed, retire to the king bed that appears to suspend from the ceiling, or soak in the tub while you wait for dinner to cook. You can even share a hot tub with travelers staying in The Bird Box and Moonbeam Yurt nearby. More info here
Cheviot – Huts in the Hills
Northumberland, United Kingdom
A working farm in Northumberland, United Kingdom, provides the perfect environment and backdrop for a family getaway. When the time comes to experience something new and exciting, the Cheviot Hut – also known as the Hut in the Hills, is the answer.
Enjoy the king-size bed complete with a stargazing window, and a separate bunk room for the kids. Stay connected with charging sockets and 4G, and revel in the convenience of a galley kitchen and flushing toilet. On those cooler evenings, a wood burner offers both ambience and warmth. However, sunnier days provide an opportunity to head down to the Breamish River or explore the area’s famed beaches.
Prendwick Farm owners Nicola and Jamie Wood can’t wait to offer you a cabin experience with a difference. Reclaimed oak wood, hand-forged wheels, and sheep’s wool insulation all add to the appeal, not to mention uninterrupted views of semi-wilderness. More info here
Claim Jumper Creekside Cabin
Idaho Springs, Colorado, United States
Within just a few minutes of Idaho Springs in Colorado is a rustic, charming, and cute little cabin known adoringly as Claim Jumper Creekside Cabin. Within proximity to many fun activities, such as mountain biking, ATV riding, horseback riding, and zip-lining, you will never be bored during your stay here. This rustic little cabin is also fitted out with everything you need for a comfortable stay, such as a kitchenette, bathroom, and beautiful outlook.
Enjoy the modern chic and mining fusion style, the comfortable bed, and room for up to four people. As this cabin is located on a ranch, you are also in the heart of a natural area on the host’s property.
A strong wood theme is present throughout this cabin but is complemented by light hues for that contemporary appeal. You can also remain comfortable at any time of the year with the crackling wood fire. Just 20 minutes from the ski slopes, it’s an ideal place to stay at any time of the year. More info here
The Devon Den
Devon, United Kingdom
Gain a new appreciation and passion for off-the-grid living by staying at The Devon Den in Devon, United Kingdom. This natural, open-plan cabin has been lovingly crafted by your hosts, Jo and Ben, and is now available to rent as a private retreat.
Warm yourself with the wood burner, charge your devices by solar power, and dip your toes in the nearby stream. Why not enjoy the company of others around a crackling fire pit, or use local produce and supplied recipe books for cooking up a storm? There is even the option to treat yourself to time out in the wood-fired sauna.
If flexing your creative muscles is more to your liking, then The Devon Den allows that too. Strum the guitar, make use of the sketchbooks, and release your inner Picasso with paint. Nature lovers will also love being able to meander down many different lanes and paths, not to mention being proximate to beaches at Prude. This natural, eco-friendly cabin in the woods will offer a new appreciation for nature and the environment, while ultimately providing a peaceful break away.
Far Meadows Classic A-frame
Yosemite, California, United States
Don’t let the rustic wood and simple clapboard exterior of this cabin in Yosemite, California, fool you. For it might look straightforward and basic, but it’s a sophisticated and whimsical structure that will astound. The Far Meadows Classic A-Frame Cabin is a mere 14 miles above Bass Lake. It’s positioned near secret swimming holes, miles of hiking trails, and astounding meadows you can meander through for hours. What’s more, it’s just a short drive from the Yosemite National Park.
If it’s not the natural surroundings that will attract, it’s the chic cabin that will. Its décor harmonizes with nature and makes you feel right at home. The kitchen offers enough space for two, not to mention opportunities for alfresco dining. There is also a queen sofa bed and single if required.
While rustic and natural is the overall theme, you also don’t need to sacrifice your modern-day conveniences. There’s WiFi, kitchen and bath amenities, and housekeeping services. This cabin rental in Yosemite is not one to look past for your next intimate vacation. More info here
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
Getting back to nature is made effortless thanks to the Nordic style and beautiful environment in which you will find Hedgehog Hall. This curved wooden cabin in Herefordshire, United Kingdom, is all about taking you back to nature and freeing your mind and soul. Warm by the wood burner, soak in the nearby wood-fired hot tub, or relax in the outdoor area of the cabin while you listen to bird song. Within a short distance, there is also a camp kitchen and compost toilet for use as you please.
The natural décor and pale hues of the cabin are refreshing and beautiful, and a double bed at the far end converts to a table and chairs for meals with the family. There is also a bunk area for the kids. More info here
Well-appointed to villages for shopping and natural attractions for adventures, staying at Hedgehog Hall will undoubtedly be a pleasure for anyone looking to rest and relax in comfort and style. More info here
Old rustic cabin
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Nestled on 200 acres of land on a horse farm is a beautiful and old rustic cabin with a lot to offer the average traveling couple. From its exciting location near cycling, horseback riding, and hiking opportunities, to its refreshing off-the-grid style, there are plenty of reasons to book this cabin for a weekend getaway.
This rustic cabin rental is in Orillia, Ontario, and has been an outstanding farm addition for over 150 years. There is no electricity or running water, but you may make use of a generator for charging devices and running lights or light the many lamps and candles.
Make use of the composting outhouse, the gravity-fed shower, and a sink for washing up. You can then retreat into the cabin to enjoy the ambience of the crackling fire. Available for up to four people, this standout cabin is likely going to appeal for all the right reasons. More info here
Maberly, Ontario, Canada
Nestled amongst nature overlooking the Fall River in Maberly, Ontario, Canada, is a cabin that will lure you in with its charm and simple pleasures. From its off-the-grid styling to its uniquely beautiful setting and proximity to natural attractions, there’s every reason to hire this cosy cabin for yourself.
The Juniper Cabin, which sleeps two, is a four-minute drive from Silver Lake Provincial Park and the Tay-Havelock Trailhead. If these nearby activities don’t lure you in, the cabin itself will.
Entirely off the grid, couples can enjoy insulation and propane heating, a gas stovetop and bar fridge, and an indoor composting toilet. There is also a firepit, canoes and board games, and a propane BBQ for when the sunshine offers the opportunity for outdoor cooking.
The indoor shower and running drinking water is available throughout the warmer months of the year but is shut off in winter. Access to the cabin in winter is via a short hike, but parking for three cars is available in summer. More info here
Quirky and romantic cabin
Fredericksburg, Texas, United States
There’s no better example of a romantic getaway than a cabin in the woods. From the serene farm setting to the hunter cottage-style abode, what’s not to love? Any couple in need of some alone time will revel in the opportunity to stay at this quirky and romantic cabin in Fredericksburg, Texas.
At first glance, it’s hard not to fall in love with its idyllic setting. Rustic wood themes are present throughout and enhanced by the addition of cottage-style décor. There’s a queen bed in the loft that you can access by a wooden ladder, a bathroom with a jacuzzi, toilet, and sink, and an outdoor shower.
Cuddle up at night with cable programming and a DVD player, or make the most of the good weather with a private outdoor setting. There is even the option to make new friends with the host’s goats and llamas. More info here
The Salix Cabin in Rutenberg, Germany, has been a labour of love by Amsterdam-based artists Martin and Marieken. After purchasing a 19th-century vicarage north of Berlin, they set about turning the five-acre property with glacial landscapes, forestland, and orchards into a comfortable holiday paradise.
Now, travelers can enjoy a cosy modern cabin rental with a box-like clapboard design and a myriad of contemporary conveniences. There’s polished concrete floors, a sleeping cube for two, a fireside lounge and dining area, and a kitchen.
The property is also home to other cabins, a loft, and a shop where you can pick up organic garden produce, wine, cheese, and more. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub under the stars, the self-contained sauna, and the proximity to natural attractions like Uckermark Lake Nature Park and Kronsee Lake. More info here