10 Magical Woodland Getaways Less Than 90 Minutes From London

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Fancy a mini-break in a forest yurt, woodland cabin or luxury tent? Go on a glamping holiday near London with our guide to a rural weekend break from London.

When you need a break from London life — and boy, do we all need a break — what better place to venture off to than the gorgeous British countryside? These 10 places are all less than ninety minutes from the city, but you’ll feel like you’re in magical fairytale far, far away.

1. Kushti Yurt, Sussex

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Just a stone’s throw away from the actual, real life Hundred Acre Wood, this beautiful Asian-inspired yurt will make all your dreams come true. You know, those dreams of playing Pooh Sticks at Pooh Bridge and lounging around on fancy futons while staring at the stars. We know you’ve had them. Sleeps 2-4 – check availability here.

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Nearest station: East Grinstead (approx. 1 hour from Victoria station)

 

2. The Nut Plat Wagon, Kent

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It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning the ultimate romantic weekend, but this old road worker’s wagon is more charming than you may think. Believe it or not, there’s a full-sized double bed packed inside there, as well as plenty of champagne. Sleeps 2 – check availability here.

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Nearest station: Sevenoaks (approx. 25 mins from London Bridge station)

 

3. Kingfisher Yurt, Buckinghamshire

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Hidden away in a magical garden surrounded by wildlife, this beautiful yurt — decked out with antique rugs and fairylights — is the perfect place for a peaceful mini break. Spreadeagle in the comfy kingsized bed, or get steamy in the wood-fired hot tub. Despite its secluded feel, it’s actually only a short walk from the town and the station (and the pub). Sleeps 2 –  check availability here.

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Nearest station: Wendover (approx. 45 mins from Marylebone station)

 

4. Idaho Cabin, Sussex

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Escape the hustle and bustle and get cosy in a cabin made almost entirely from wood. Awaken to the sound of owls hooting and your troubles melting away. Oh yeah, just a small thing: if you’re under 25, you’ll need to be accompanied by an ‘adult.’ (Here’s us thinking we were adults). Sleeps 2 – check availability here.

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Nearest station: East Grinstead (approx. 1 hour from Victoria station)

 

5. Badger’s Bower, Buckinghamshire

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This lovely little cabin is the perfect place to relax and unwind. With an outdoor hammock and a big bathtub for horizontal de-stressing, you’ll return to London with a brand new lease of life. Sleeps 2 – check availability here.

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Nearest station: Wendover (approx. 45 mins from Marylebone station)

 

6. Cute Caravan, Kent

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Retro arcade games, tennis, a heated pool, an ‘honesty’ bar and two resident cats. If we haven’t just described your perfect weekend then who even are you? Sleeps 2-8 (with two other Airstream trailers on site) – check availability here.

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Nearest station: Marden (approx. 50 mins from London Bridge station)

 

7. Nightingale Tent, Sussex

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Nestled in the heart of Knepp Estate’s wildland, enjoy a local safari and admire the amazing wildlife before firing up the BBQ and enjoying a beer and some, erm, *very* locally sourced steak (sorry veggies). Sleeps 2-24 (there are seven other yurts, tents and huts across the site!) – check availability here.

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Nearest station: Horsham (approx. 50 mins from Victoria station)

 

8. The Raft, Chigborough

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Float away, alongside your worries, on this 2-storey floating cabin. Splash around in a rowing boat, hop into the hot tub, fish for trout or enjoy a refreshing shower with a view of the lake. Sleeps 2 – check availability here.

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Nearest station: Witham (approx. 45 mins from Liverpool Street station) 

9. The Saltbox, Kent

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Tucked away in the only nature reserve that you can legally spend the night in, The Saltbox boasts fantastic views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Wake up to spectacular sunrises, toast marshmallows, explore wildlife trails, try your hand at pond dipping or, for the ultimate relaxation, book in a massage. Sleeps 2 – check availability here.

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Nearest station: Swale (approx. 1hr from St Pancras International to Sittingbourne, then 10 mins to Swale)

 

10. de Glottyngham Geodome, Sussex

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You’ll find this geodesic dome in a sunny glade, just below the site of an ancient castle and in the very spot that the Romans first made charcoal. Bury yourself in merino wool bed covers, sheepskin rugs and quirky cushions, or venture outside to discover the surrounding wildlife or cook in your very own outdoor kitchen. Sleeps 2-4 (with room for 7 friends at nearby domes) – check availability here.

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Nearest Station: Robertsbridge (approx. 1hr 15mins from London Bridge station)

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