Robin Hood’s Hut, near Goathurst, Somerset
An elegant, petite pavilion with colossal views across the Somerset Levels, the Mendip Hills and the Bristol Channel to the mountains of South Wales.
‘Opened the great rear door and ‘wow’. The view left us standing there speechless. This is a magic place.’
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Whiteford Temple, near Callington, Cornwall
This handsome granite building is a well-designed ornament within its fine open landscape, with views stretching out over a patchwork of colourful fields towards the Tamar estuary in the distance.
‘What a room with a view...a temple worth waiting for’
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The Pigsty, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire
A classically-inspired former ‘palace’ for a pair of pampered pigs, with a view over the rolling hills and Robin Hood’s Bay that is undoubtedly more fitting for an Empress.
‘If pigs could fly, they would want to land here.’
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From this Victorian cottage guests can gaze over the beach with its inviting rock pools, ripe for exploration, and out across the enchanting bay in the direction of Arran.
‘A special place – land of rainbows – just amazing having your own beach.’
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The Tower, Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
From the 16th-century tower (part of the National Trust house) guests can observe visitors to this impeccably restored estate, and later when the grounds are closed to the public, explore them all by themselves.
‘Spent a relaxing few days at this magical spot, doing nothing, going nowhere, just soaking up the atmosphere.’
The loggia of this classically-inspired 18th-century pavilion by architect James Wyatt, provides the perfect spot from which to enjoy the Picturesque landscape and this incredibly natural setting.
‘Watching the wonderful birdlife from the loggia overlooking the tranquil ravine – magical.’
This extravagant Elizabethan folly (possibly built to coincide with Elizabeth I’s visit to Ipswich in August 1579) stands sentinel above the River Orwell. From its 26 windows guests can observe the passing traffic on the water just as those in Tudor times used it as a lookout tower for the wealthy merchant owner’s returning ships.
’With 6 storeys and 26 windows through which to enjoy the view…living the high life is given a whole new meaning.’
All the rooms in our accommodation (made up of the top two floors of this former grocer’s premises), with its unrivalled position in the town, overlook the magnificent Iron Bridge itself, and its beguiling reflection in the River Severn. Sleeps 4 from £18.81 pppn for 4 nights.
‘The views from the house are superb and because you are so far up you can people-watch all day without being seen.’
The Wardrobe, Salisbury, Wiltshire
From these lofty attic rooms which give an extraordinary view of Salisbury Cathedral built in 1220, guests can observe its visitors’ comings and goings and wonder at the fact it took only 38 years to build. At night the Cathedral is particularly awe-inspiring and seems to be floodlit expressly for our guests’ benefit.
‘Even on the short journey from bedroom to bathroom I could not resist a detour to make sure the view was still there.’