Log Cabins – A new trend in the UK?

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A couple of Easters ago, we spent a fantastic multi-generational break in a log cabin, in Sherwood Pines. It’s easy to see why log cabins are becoming a trend in the UK.

These structures have been around the UK for centuries now, and yet they’re only recently becoming popular in outdoor holidaying. Here are some reasons why a cabin trip may be perfect for your next outing.

A Quick History

Log cabins have been around in some of the northern regions of Europe for around 5000 years, mainly in the Scandinavian countries. In medieval Britain, structures made out of timber became very popular, with that popularity continuing through into the modern UK style of living.

So why are these types of houses becoming the focus of holidays and retreats?

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Cabins are often small. You might ask why you’d want to take a holiday in confined space, but there’s intent behind the design of these little cabins.

A holiday environment of trees, meadows and clearings is a good place to reconnect with nature, and rid yourself of some of the stresses of daily life.

And being packed into the tight quarters of a cabin gives you the chance to reconnect with the important people in your life. To relax with your friends and family, while engaging in some responsible tourism that leaves a low footprint.

Proper Living

When you think of a log cabin, you may think of camping, a lack of amenities and living with the bare minimum. You are able to live as minimally as you want to, of course, but in a log cabin, you get to really deck yourself out without sacrificing the natural experience.

Many of these log cabins include multiple bedrooms, beds, kitchen, showers, bathrooms and dining areas – all set within a small space.

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Natural and Luxurious

You don’t need to sacrifice basic amenities in order to become one with nature. A log cabin is the perfect middle ground between a nice hotel and camping with a tent.

You’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors and relax with your family without feeling like you’ve gone completely off the grid. In fact, the cabins in some places even have Wi-Fi (ours did). So, you don’t need to completely disengage from technology. Although, for me, that does sound appealing….

At the same time, you’ll be able to create your own home in a log cabin, separate from your daily life.

Outdoor Activities

By choosing to stay in a log cabin, you are able to participate in tons of outdoor activities as soon as you step outside. Head over to a nearby lake to do some fishing, or relax down in the forest, away from the hustle and bustle of your regular life. At our cabin, there was archery, cycling and horseriding on the doorstep.

On a warm summer night, you could even pull out the grill and have a barbeque. Or just relax outside while you eat the food you made in your beautiful kitchen, and enjoy the scenery around you.

Not Like Home

One of the biggest reasons people have been holidaying in log cabins is precisely because these cabins aren’t like your ordinary home. Many of them are decked out with luxuries like fireplaces, hardwood floors, authentic wooden cabinets – cabin chic, if you like.

Strong and Safe

You don’t need to worry about these cabins being less structurally sound compared to your regular living arrangements. These homes are actually more stable than drywall and no longer experience problems with rotting, shrinking, or expanding wood.

Wood insulates around six times better than brick too, and can save you some money with heating and cooling.

Living Eco-Friendly

Whether you holiday in a log cabin or seek to make it your primary residence, by taking some time to relax in nature, you’re able to live in a way that’s eco-friendly.

Solar panels are an option, as are composting lavatories. There’s enormous scope for gardening. By living in a small space like a cabin, you will also save yourself some money on bills, too.

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Growing Importance in the UK

While log cabins have been much more popular in places like the USA, they’ve gone in and out of popular trends in the UK. This is partly because there’s not as much land in the UK as there is in the States, and Canada. But people haven’t allowed that fact to stop them from getting away from the city.

There are many cabins in the UK where you can spend your holidays, even just for a weekend, if you’re not looking to live in one permanently. We’re very excited about our stay at Darwin Forest, this coming autumn. Watch out for more details.


Camping might sometimes be a bit of a chore, especially with kids. But you can camp in style when you’re staying in a log cabin – it has all the benefits of the outdoors, without a lot of the hard work.

So if you’re looking to escape your daily life without sacrificing  amenities, you might want to consider spending a few days surrounded by nature in a classic log cabin. Many people have been choosing to holiday in log cabins in the UK, as this trend becomes even more popular. For more information, check out

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    • Nell
      March 29, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Yes – those log fires!!

  1. March 21, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I’d love a log cabin holiday, I know the kids would go crazy for the idea!

    • Nell
      March 29, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      The do make for nice cosy family trips.

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