The perfect romantic countryside break for two
We're very partial to a log cabin at Cool Places, but we're fussy. It has to be in a great location; we prefer it if it's well-equipped and cosy, and well-heated enough to be occupied throughout the year; and it's so much better if the owner has built it with his (or her) bare hands! Luckily for us, all these boxes are very much ticked by this warm and welcoming log cabin in a tranquil location on the Somerset-Dorset border, which really is a one-in-a-million place for a romantic countryside break for two.
Owned – and built – by Jim Hawkins, and set within 3 acres of its own grounds, it has a style all of its own, with the sort of rustic features you would expect of a wooden cabin combined with exposed steel, cool lighting and other contemporary touches and funky furnishings. The cabin has its own open-plan living room, with a well-specced-up kitchen equipped with cooker, fridge and microwave, even a dishwasher; there's a comfy sofa and TV (hidden away until you need to use it), a wood-burning stove – and plentiful logs – for cosy nights (or days) in, and a separate bedroom with an ensuite shower room – all of this contained within the confines within the cosy wooden cocoon of your very own log cabin.
Outside you can sit out on the decked terrace and enjoy the country views while sipping a glass of wine or cooking on dinner on the barbecue provided – and if you get a yearning to want to get out into the surrounding countryside (and why wouldn't you?) there are two bicycles for guests' use to make it that much easier. There's even a nice pub within easy walking distance across the fields, so you can pop out for a leisurely stroll and a couple of pints and still be back in time for tea. Plus there is lots to do in the surrounding area if you want to explore properly – including the beautiful Renaissance attraction of Montacute House, now owned by the National Trust, and the nearby village of East Coker, one of the Somerset villages of TS Eliot's poem 'The Four Quartets' – it's home to the poet's ashes in its twelfth-century parish church and is quite a shrine for literary pilgrims.