Conscious Living: Happy holidays close to home
Each month, Aksara Inamdar of to Woke Souls shines a light on conscious eating, sustainable living and wellbeing. Here she looks at relaxing getaways within a 30 mile radius of Cambridge
And breathe. Whilst lockdown eases and travel bans are slowly being lifted, many of us are feeling like we can finally start to relax for the first time in a long time. Whether it's the sun, sea and open spaces, or the company of your family and friends that you yearn for, one thing is for certain: you don't have to venture out too far.
With this in mind, here's a round-up of beautiful homes within 30 miles of Cambridge. Boasting features such as barbecue areas, green spaces, hot tubs, heated pools, meadows, lakes or breath-taking landscapes, you're bound to find somewhere to rest your head and replenish your body, away from life's daily on-goings.
Quarterway House, Stretham
For up to 12, from £600 per night
En route to Ely, this modern country home ticks many boxes: multiple log-burners to keep you warm, a kitted-out kitchen, and a hot tub which lends itself to being the perfect spot for stargazing. With scenic sunsets and walking trails set amongst vast meadows, fresh eggs delivered each morning and a wood barrel sauna, you'll soon find yourself unwinding into a more rural way of living.
Beechwood House, Fulbourn
For up to 10, from £625 per night
A stone's throw away from the village centre, this beautiful family home features a large enough garden for a game of rounders, whilst also being a suntrap for al fresco dining during those long summer nights. With an open fireplace, heated indoor swimming pool, a set of additional self-contained studios and ample parking, this home makes the perfect space for a family get-together or a reunion between friends.
The Pumphouse, Hilgay
For up to 14, from £500 per night
A little further out than some of the other houses, this secluded home overlooking the River Wissey is the perfect spot for those that are looking to connect with the land. Think: nature reserve, beehives, wetlands, wildflowers and riverbanks. As a result of the symbiotic pairing between agrarian living and luxurious home comforts, you can expect to benefit from the best of both worlds.
The Secret Garden, Guilden Gate
For up to 2, from £135 per night
Just south of Cambridge, lies a calm, country oasis featuring a hot tub, fire pit, and hammock swing, with an opportunity to enjoy the fruit trees and herb garden that surround your own private meadow. This off-grid ‘earth-covered cave’ has been crafted with the intention to sustain both the land and its guests - it's a place where you are encouraged to truly disconnect and disappear.
Happenoak Treehouse, Stocking Toft
For up to 2, from £260 per night
Set on the outskirts of the city, this stunning treehouse is hidden in the woods of Cambridgeshire. Allow the trees and fields to ease away your stresses, whilst immersing yourself in the warm waters of the bubble bath out on the deck. If you're more of a city slicker, don't let the abundance of open space and birdsong put you off, Happenoak features all the modcons as well.
For more quirky, remote, or restorative stays, be sure to check out the following sites: Canopy & Stars, Cool Camping, Sawdays and Kip Hideaways
Aksara Inamdar is an advocate for the conscious living movement and founder of to Woke Souls. As a creative writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster, she is passionate about making a real difference by using her platforms to inform, inspire and motivate others to live a more enlightened and fulfilled life.
to Woke Souls is a leading resource and community for sustainability, slow living and self-love. The site features insights from our city’s most purpose-led, inspired individuals and serves an engaged readership of people seeking to better care for themselves, their communities and the planet.
Find out more about Aksara and to Woke Souls at towokesouls.com / @towokesouls
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