Forest Holidays

These ideas are for groups seeking a trip styled around unique and alternative accommodation, from countryside yurts to woodland cabins.

Dreaming of sleeping under the stars long walks through the woods? Forest Holidays is a log cabin company that offers stays in a number of England’s top forests, such as Sherwood Forest, Thorpe Forest and the Forest of Dean. Activities can be booked on site with Forest Holidays for those who fancy trying canoeing, trekking, or treetop fun. The cabins come in different sizes but groups can book out more than one cabin during their stay. Staying in a cabin is a great alternative to camping and gives you that ‘at one with nature’ feel. There are also treehouse cabins available at various sites which could add even more character and excitement to a trip.

For those who enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside and stargazing, Canopy and Stars offer large groups glamping in the countryside and can provide stays in all areas of Britain. The accommodation includes bell tents, cosy cabins and vintage vans and could be a great idea for group organisers planning a summer trip, not wanting to travel far, and looking for an alternative to a hotel stay.

Strawberry Skys Yurts is located on a ten-acre area near Welshpool in Wales, and is home to farm animals including lambs if you visit in the spring. The Mongolian yurts provide guests with a bit of glamour whilst camping and combine the wonders of the outdoors with modern life. Complete with wood burners, camp stoves and outdoors barbecues, the accommodation is a great choice for groups planning a spring or summer trip, aiming to elongate their days and make the most of the sun. Large groups are welcome, and it is recommended for groups of eight or more to book the site exclusively.

For smaller groups The Yurt Retreat in Somerset suggests booking out the whole site when visiting for a more memorable experience. Groups can now book four yurts and the treehouse. Each yurt and the treehouse can sleep two people, so it is great for groups of about ten. Activities such as archery, horse-riding, golf, paint balling and cookery classes can be arranged nearby.

Woodland Tipis and Yurts in Herefordshire is another idea and you can opt to book either half the campsite or the whole campsite, depending on your group size. Yurts can sleep up to six people and the campsite includes bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Fair Oak Farm

Fair Oak Farm, a 12-acre country estate in Tunbridge Wells, is surrounded by countryside, yet only one hour from London or Brighton. The range of luxury accommodation sleeps up to 36 guests. The accommodation comprises of the Grade II Listed farmhouse, a barn, shepherd’s huts and a games barn. Chef hire and catering can be arranged, with a variety of meal options being available. Guests can also choose to add packages to their stay such as falconry, wine tasting and onsite Pamper Treatments.

Where to look

Looking for a place to stay can be tricky, especially if you’re after somewhere more unusual and unique. There are many websites and companies which can help with your search such as Party Houses, Big House Experience, Rural Retreats, and Unique Home Stays.