Nature Retreats, Yorkshire, UK

There's something Tolkien-like about this place. Perhaps it's the way the cabins are tucked away in the Yorkshire Dales countryside, or the many woodland animals (there are baby rabbits everywhere), or the secret pathways carved into dense forest. You'll have no worries at all about letting the children go feral for a few days - this is a natural playground of fairytale fun. There's nothing rustic or shabby chic about the lodges themselves - these are self-catering contemporary treats inside and out.

There are 18 two- or three-bedroom residences, all open-plan with a space-age kitchen and luxurious, minimalist furniture as standard. The real star of the show is the giant expanse of glass bolted on to the front - acting as the fourth wall, it swamps the whole area with natural light and gives 24/7 views of the magic outside.

Not forgetting a giant terrace where you could have one hell of a party. And the Natural Retreats staff are on hand in their Land Rovers to help you do just that. Looking for a barbecue for six? They'll sort it. Spa treatments in the comfort of your cabin? Done.


WOW FACTOR: The drive from the top of the hill into the valley. There's an incline so steep, it's as if you're falling off the edge of the world - or like you've tumbled into the pages of a storybook.

GO: A two-bedroom lodge costs from £110 per night (based on a three-night stay);