Our favourite hideaways for cooking in nature

Penned on the 28th June 2023

Our favourite hideaways for cooking in nature

The smell of barbecued goodness sizzles through the warm summer breeze and setting the table outdoors instead of in has become the new norm. Alfresco season is here and we couldn't be more delighted. Spending time in nature from dawn til dusk has to be one of the greatest simple pleasures that summer brings. Here’s a selection of our favourite hideaways with incredible outdoor cooking facilities. We’ve also included a few delicious seasonal salads to serve up alongside your outdoor feast as an extra treat! 

Little Oak Treehouse | Treehouse | Sussex | Sleeps 2

Alfresco dining at Little Oak Treehouse

This utterly lovely treehouse in West Sussex is the perfect hideaway for embracing life outdoors. From the multitude of places to sit and enjoy your morning cuppa to the quirky open-air kitchen and wonderful wood-fired pizza oven, the hideaway has been designed with nature in mind. Embrace a taste of Italy during your stay and give pizza making a go. Once the cheese has bubbled, take a seat on the decking, pour a glass of Italian fizz and soak up the peaceful ambience surrounding your hidden haven. 


Hayley’s Hut | Shepherd’s Hut | Devon | Sleeps 2 

The wood fired barbecue at Hayley's Hut

Golden hour is made even more dreamy while staying at the heavenly Hayley’s Hut. On a balmy summer's eve light the fire pit, prep delicious local produce and enjoy sizzling something sumptuous over the flickering flames. There’s also a rustic outdoor kitchen with a wood-fired range, perfect for lighting on cooler evenings when you still wish to be outdoors. Four-legged friends will love this sweet shepherd’s hut just as much as you, with room to roam and space to play as you relax and unwind after a day of adventures. 


The Crook | Shepherd’s Hut | Somerset | Sleeps 2

The wood-fired pizza oven and hot tub at The Crook in Somerset

This large and luxurious hut is a rural idyll for those seeking a retreat with all the added extras! From the wood-fired hot tub to the DeliVita pizza oven, time spent outdoors is made all the more special at this dream-worthy getaway. Plan the perfect date night with the one you love most, making pizzas in the wood-fired oven. Why not pick up your toppings from a local farm shop to make them all the more delicious? By prior arrangement (and at an additional cost) the owners are happy to provide pizza dough or local barbecue packs during your stay (please note, 48 hours' notice is needed).

You'll also find The Whistle onsite. Both hideaways have the same outstanding facilities and promise plenty of privacy from one another. 


Beavers Lodge | Safari Tent | Devon | Sleeps 4

Outdoor dining at Beaver's Lodge Safari Tent in Devon

For the perfect family staycation, Beaver’s Lodge is a wholesome hideaway designed with families in mind. After a day out exploring the delights of Devon, you will love retreating back to your luxury glamping getaway. Whether you choose to cook a wood-fired chilli over the fire pit or decide it’s pizzas on the menu, your hideaway is fully equipped for cooking and dining alfresco. Once the sun has set, little ones will love toasting marshmallows and making smores over the flickering flames. 

There are two other hideaways onsite; Otter’s Holt and Rancher’s Hut that also accommodate families and share the wood-fired pizza oven with this special hideaway. 


Shepherd’s Rest | Shepherd’s Hut | Cornwall | Sleeps 2

The barbecue hut at Shepherd's Rest in Cornwall

The barbecue hut at Shepherd’s Rest is the perfect spot to sit back with a glass of your favourite and admire the sun as it disappears over the horizon. Just by the lake is where you will find this tranquil space. Light the fire and get ready to prepare the most delicious wood-fired feast. A truly dreamy hideaway for those seeking a dog-friendly retreat that’s idyllic for practising mindfulness in nature. 


Tresahor Lodge | Cabin | Cornwall | Sleeps 4

The barbecue hut at Tesahor Lodge in Cornwall

The lovely barbecue hut at this enchanting retreat creates scenes out of a fairytale. Nestled within an ancient quarry, this bespoke hideaway is where dreams come true. After a day of exploring Cornwall's famous array of sandy beaches, why not return to cook a seafood feast over the fire? Or if a sweet treat is more your style, bubble up some indulgent hot chocolate and top with toasted marshmallows! 


Posy | Shepherd’s Hut | Somerset | Sleeps 2

The outdoor kitchen and fire pit at Posy in Somerset

What makes Posy extra special is the quirky outdoor kitchen, cleverly designed to be practical for every season. The kitchen has a camping stove with two burners and a grill, perfect for prepping a scrumptious weekend brunch. There is also a fire pit barbecue with an oven compartment which can be used for cooking hearty jacket potatoes. Load them up with your favourite filling and hunker down around the dancing flames.


River Safari | Safari Tent | Herefordshire | Sleeps 4

Dining by the river at River Safari in Herefordshire

Perfectly designed with families in mind, this rustic riverside safari tent is just the spot to immerse yourself in nature. Once the sun has risen, enjoy slow mornings with a coffee in hand while you tuck into breakfast at the picnic bench beside the hideaway. And, as dusk settles why not head down with a basket full of local delights to the riverside dining table and cook up a storm over the fire pit? Just peachy...

There are three other hideaways on site, all offering a different glamping experience. Head to The Hideout for a military-style getaway in the wilderness, retreat to Mrs Higgs for the ultimate forest escape or embrace peace and tranquillity at The Cider Camp.


Swallows Nest | Quirky House | Devon | Sleeps 2

The beautifully rustic outdoor kitchen at Swallow's Nest in Devon

Swallows Nest is our rustic quirky house nestled in the Devonshire countryside. This earthy retreat has a spectacular set-up for outdoor cooking. Not only is there a barbecue and ceramic smoker, but there is also a woodfired pizza oven. Delicious decisions are to be made every evening during your stay. This property truly transports you to a Mediterranean dreamland.  


Flora | Shepherd's Hut | Staffordshire | Sleeps 2

The wood-fired pizza oven at Secret Garden Escape in Staffordshire

This hidden gem is situated on a farm in the Peak District National Park. The outside space is a complete dream as the hut sits within its own private walled garden. Evenings here are simply magical. As golden hues fill the sky and dusk settles, sizzle dinner over the fire pit barbecue or light the pizza oven and enjoy a taste of Italy. Once the sun has dipped beyond the horizon, the firepit is sure to keep you toasty. The lovely owners even supply a bag of marshmallows for making s’mores under the moonlight. 


 Our favourite side salads for alfresco dining

 1. Peach and Mozzarella

Ingredients: ripe peaches, mozzarella, prosciutto ham, rocket, mint, toasted pine nuts, balsamic vinegar, honey and olive oil.

Cut the peaches, rip up the mozzarella and prosciutto, throw in the rocket, sprinkle on the mint and top with toasted pine nuts. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. 


2. Pomegranate and Feta 

Ingredients: pomegranate, feta, avocado, celery, cucumber, rocket, watercress, baby gem, toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, pomegranate molasses, olive oil.

Add the rocket, watercress, sliced baby gem, chopped avocado, celery and cucumber into a large salad bowl. Top with crumbled feta, toasted seeds, sea salt and black pepper. Pour over the pomegranate molasses and olive oil and finally sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top, for a lovely pop of colour! 


3. Tomato and mozzarella

Ingredients: High-quality buffalo mozzarella, large vine tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic glaze.

Slice the mozzarella and tomatoes and alternate on a decorative plate. Chop the basil and sprinkle on top. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic glaze, sea salt and crushed black pepper. So simple, but so timelessly tasty!


Take a look at our full collection of heavenly hideaways here and start planning your escape to nature.


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