3 (all year)
Owl Lodge is a wonderful self-catering holiday rental in a superb location. If you thought that the words "luxury" and "cabin" couldn't go together, then think again. The carefully crafted timber lodge is full of extravagances that adds an extra dimension to your romantic escape. The location is as peaceful as you could wish for, being tucked away in a quiet woodland next to the Chesterfield Canal. Your stay includes fluffy robes and high-quality linens, a private hot tub and an outdoor seating area with a fire bowl, and the option to book spa treatments, delicious hampers, and a secluded wood-burning sauna. It is one of only two properties at Hawthorn Hideaway in the Nottinghamshire countryside.
Hawthorn Hideaway is in Walkeringham near Doncaster. In addition to two private acres of grounds, guests have direct access to Brickyard Lane and footpaths along the Chesterfield Canal. It's hard to imagine a more relaxed rural scene than here, surrounded by fields and farmland. The village of Misteron, with shops and a good local pub, is around a mile and a half away. There are supermarkets in Gainsborough, Bawtry and Retford, with more shops and amenities half an hour away in Doncaster.
Local attractions include the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the only place in the UK where you can see polar bears. Treat yourself to a helicopter flight or other flying experience, or try your luck with a day at Doncaster Racecourse. Gainsborough Old Hall is a highlight for many visitors to the area, who appreciate the history exuded by the 500-year-old timber manor house. If you love a building rich in historical importance then Lincoln Cathedral is a must-see, especially considering it has one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.
The central location of Owl Lodge makes it a fantastic place where you can escape from the world and spend uninterrupted time with your partner. It's only an hour from Leeds, Sheffield and Hull, and around one and a half hours from London by train and taxi. Bookings are available all year round, with short breaks (minimum of three nights) possible depending on availability. Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, escaping for a babymoon, or simply looking for a breather, the Hawthorn Hideaway experience is one you'll never forget.
Ronnie Lee joined Independent Cottages in April 2021
Owl Lodge is a picturesque timber cabin built beneath the trees. There are steps leading to the deck and the front door but, once inside, accommodation is studio-style, all on one level and open plan.
Outside: You'll spend as much time as possible reclining in the outdoor hot tub (emptied, cleaned and sanitised between guests), sunning yourself on the wooden day bed in the private garden, and tucking into tasty barbecues. Book exclusive use of the sauna and, if you're searching for somewhere unique to ask a special question, the indoor barbecue cabin. Seasonal fishing is also available. Guests have shared use of the two-acre garden that includes a duck pond and seating areas.
Additional Information: Optional extras include massage treatments in the yurt, afternoon tea, BBQ or steak hamper and celebration pack of flower and balloons (please speak to the owner for costs). There is no extra cost for use of the sauna and barbecue cabin, but slots need to be booked in advance via the owner's website. Utilities, WiFi, an initial basket of fuel for the log burner, bed linen and towels for the bathroom, hot tub and sauna are all included. The cabin is strictly no smoking. Pets and children cannot be accommodated.
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