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A cabin in the woods

You can picture it in your mind – a perfect log cabin, tucked away in the forest, with you chopping wood, lighting your stove and then whipping up a hearty meal. But does this actually exist? Well, yes, yes it does. But they tend not to be too tucked away – we don’t want you walking too far to the slopes, do we?

Families love cabins, especially big families – it sometimes seems that no hotel on earth has ever contemplated the idea of families larger than 4 people, so these cabins come as a welcome relief to parents who don’t think 3’s a crowd.

But they’re not just about families – couples can enjoy the romantic idea of these cabins too. There’s nothing quite like snuggling up in front of the fire in your lounge, popping open a bottle of wine and, if you’re feeling adventurous, maybe getting under the blanket and doing a fiendish Sudoku.

So what do we recommend if you’re after some of the above? Below is our pick of our favourite cabins across the globe.

Forest Cabins – Geilo, Norway

These are very popular cabins in one of Norway’s best ski resorts. Tucked in between the pines, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the middle of nowhere. The good news is you’re not – the ski lifts, childcare, ski school and civilisation are just steps away. These are big, standalone log cabins – you get a bag of wood to start fires with, private saunas in each, and you’ve got full kitchens too. They’ll even give you a Christmas tree if you’re staying over Christmas. They are so economical we have couples booking the smaller cabins and the larger ones sleep up to 12 people, although if you’re upstairs then watch your head!

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – Jasper, Canada

While you might expect Canada to have loads of cabins, they don’t actually have many in the ski resorts but the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge does. It’s in a spot on its own, outside of Jasper town, set around a lake with cabins dotted along the side. Deer roam around the property and on the frozen lake (yep, you can ice skate on it), so don’t be surprised to find them grazing outside your window (deer that is, not ice skaters). If you know the Fairmont brand (they own the Savoy) then you’ll be thinking that this’ll be a 5* hotel too – and you’d be right, the Queen has even stayed in one of the larger cabins here.

Ruka Log Cabins – Ruka, Finland

When it comes to log cabins you don’t get loggier than this. It looks as if a burly Fin just pulled down some trees with his bare hands and stuck them together to create these cabins. Ruka is the perfect resort if you’re after the “winter wonderland” holiday. First of all it’s where Santa lives, and second of all there’s amazing winter excursions – the snowmobiling or dog sledding won’t be around a track but into the wilderness. You can also try ice-fishing, ice-karting, ice-bungee – ok, the last one’s made up but you get the idea. Plus, in the evening, if you can drag yourself out of your cabins private sauna, go outside and you’ve a chance of spotting the Northern Lights.


Alpin Villas – Borovets, Bulgaria

These cabins are absolutely great if you or your kids are learning to ski. Right next to the slopes and ski school means you’re just steps away from home if the kids get tired, cold or throw a strop. The larger, two storey cabins have their own private saunas and you don’t even need to worry about cooking, because you get breakfast and dinner included daily at the Alpin Hotel, which is right next to the cabins. If you want to pop out for a drink then there are bars a short walk away, or you can just put your feet up in the lounge and open a bottle of Bulgarian wine – it’s actually pretty good.

Hovi Cabins – Beitostolen, Norway

If you can go to Beitostolen and not fall in love with this incredibly friendly, chocolate box Norwegian village then I think you’re dead inside. It’s one of those special little resorts that you can’t describe, but when you’re there you’ll get it. The resort is so small and compact you’re never far from anything. I personally love the Hovi Cabins – partly because they are cheap as chips, and partly because they have a great set up for families with up to 4 kids. One of the bedrooms is for mum and dad, the second has 2 bunk beds, so you’re not messing around with the sofa bed in the lounge.

That’s just a taster of our range of cabins. Let us know if you have any questions about which one’s best for you or anything else on Facebook.


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