Into the Wild: Accommodations That Bring You Closer to Nature - MeanderApparel

November 10, 2023 10 min read

Get ready to swap city hustle for the quiet hum of the great outdoors. From treehouse retreats to eco-lodges off the beaten path, we're diving into accommodations that make nature your roommate. Join us as we explore spots that aren't just a place to crash but a gateway to the wild and discover stays that truly allow you to connect and feel immersed in the wilderness. From Pine Martens and Basking Sharks in Scotland, to Bears in Romania and an underwater bedroom in Tanzania, where you can literally sleep with the fishes, there really is something for everyone.

 

Scotland & the UK:

Birdwatching at The Treehouses at Leckie

 

 

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Stirling countryside, the tree houses at Leckie offer a unique and enchanting escape for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Perched high in the treetops, these rustic yet comfortable accommodations provide an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself amongst Scotland’s vast array of treetop wildlife.. Wake up to the gentle rustling of leaves, savour your morning coffee on your private balcony, and bask in the serenity of the forest. The soundtrack of birdsong will make the perfect accompaniment to your trip, especially when kicking back in the outdoor metal balcony baths. Swedish massages are also available if you're searching for a bit of relaxation after a long day of bird-spotting. With easy access to hiking trails, the historic attractions of Stirling, and the local quaint villages of Gargunnock and Kipping, a stay at the treehouses at Leckie promises an unforgettable and unique stay in the Scottish wilderness.

 

Swim with Basking Sharks on the Isle of Coll

 

 

Staying on the picturesque Isle of Coll offers a unique opportunity to witness the mesmerising basking sharks, an experience like no other in the Scottish Hebrides. The island provides a perfect base for shark enthusiasts and nature lovers. Visitors can enjoy comfortable accommodations, ranging from cosy cottages to charming B&Bs, all with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, including the Coll Bunkhouse.

The star attraction, of course, is the basking shark, the second-largest fish in the world. Between April and October, these gentle giants can be spotted gliding through the crystal-clear waters that surround Coll. Guided boat tours and wildlife excursions are readily available through Basking Shark Scotland, allowing you to get up close to these magnificent creatures. Don't forget your snorkelling gear to take a dip in the sea and witness these graceful giants from an even more intimate perspective.

 

Dolphins Spotting at Kabn Company  

 

A stay at one of the Kabn Company’s eco-cabins offers unparalleled tranquillity, designed to immerse guests in wildlife whilst maintaining privacy and seclusion at the forefront of the experience. Only a few steps from Loch Shore, you can also spend your trip making the most of unrestricted beach access where you can make outdoor fires, toast marshmallows, and take a (brave) morning or evening dip. The water makes for a beautiful view to accompany your stay, reflecting the surrounding nature and weather which seems beautiful in all seasons. One of the highlights that makes this hidden gem so special is the opportunity to spot playful dolphins frolicking in the waters, both from your abode and whilst enjoying nearby walks. Porpoises, basking sharks and minke whales also thrive in the waters surrounding loch fyne during the summer months, and even the occasional orca can be spotted!

 

The elusive Pine Marten at Ecotone Cabins

 

 

Tucked away amongst the Scottish pine forest, these cosy Ecotone cabins offer a unique opportunity to experience the country's lush wilderness while enjoying modern comforts. Wake up to the symphony of chirping birds and the rustling of leaves, as you're surrounded by the enchanting beauty of the great outdoors.

The Ecotone Pine Marten and Red Squirrel Cabins provide the perfect escape for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers where you can spend your days exploring the nearby trails and wildlife hotspots and you may encounter Scotland's iconic red squirrels and elusive pine martens. In the evening, relax on your cabin's private deck, gazing at the star-studded sky while sipping on a warm cup of hot choc (or glass of wine). A great tip for coaxing the pine marten out in the evening is to crack an egg outside nearby- make sure it’s somewhere that’s visible whilst you’re kicking back and waiting.

These cabins are designed with sustainability in mind, ensuring a minimal ecological footprint. You'll find that modern amenities, including well-equipped kitchens and comfortable beds, seamlessly blend with the rustic charm of the forest. It's the ideal place to unplug and connect with nature, whether you're a solo traveller, couple, or a family seeking a tranquil Scottish escape.

 

Hang with the Bats at The Batbox  

 

The Batbox offers a unique and immersive experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers. This cosy, eco-friendly accommodation is not your typical getaway—it's a haven for wildlife enthusiasts eager to witness the mesmerising world of nocturnal creatures.

As night falls, step into a world of wonder as you settle into your rustic yet comfortable Batbox. Designed with sustainability in mind, this secluded hideaway lets you immerse yourself in the heart of nature, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With its minimal ecological footprint, it's the perfect escape for responsible travellers.

One of the most captivating aspects of the Batbox experience is the chance to observe Scotland's remarkable wildlife. As darkness blankets the forest, keep your eyes peeled for the mystical dance of bats, whooshing through the air as they hunt for insects on their nightly sky-sweep. Listen to the nightly symphony of owl hoots and the rustling of hedgehogs in the underbrush. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a red fox or a timid badger.

The Batbox is a haven for photographers and nature enthusiasts, providing the ideal setting to capture the elusive and mysterious creatures of the night. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and a notebook to document your sightings, as you'll undoubtedly encounter a host of other creatures.

 

Wild Foxes at The Truffle, Heartwood

 

 

The unique design of this accommodation in Heartwood truly makes you feel as though you are part of the natural landscape. The surrounding woodland has been planted and tended to by the property’s owners as a way of enjoying land whilst having minimal impact on it. You can wander through the forest to spot the abundance of deer and foxes that roam through the trees and attempt to find the hidden mud-covered cabins that are dotted throughout the woods. Another great time to spot the foxes is when kicking back in the evening, relaxing around the fire pit and munching on some homemade-pizza out of the pizza oven. The whole of Devon is also situated nearby for a bit of further-afield exploration, with an abundance of picturesque villages like Salcombe that boast streets of boutique shops and local pubs. 

 

Discover Badgers at The Secret Garden 

 

The abundant, well-maintained gardens make a stay at The Secret Garden feel slightly magical. Featuring an array of vibrant and fragrant blooms, charming pathways, and secluded corners where you can relax and unwind. As you meander through the garden's labyrinthine layout, you'll find yourself surrounded by a symphony of bird songs and the gentle hum of bees, making it a paradise for avid bird watchers and entomologists.

The real magic, however, lies in the garden's vibrant wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident red squirrels, who frolic among the trees, and the elusive badgers that come out at dusk. As a timid creature, remember to keep a camera handy to document your sightings (but keep the flash off!) The Secret Garden is also home to a diverse range of bird species, including the melodious nightingale and kingfisher. If you're lucky, you may even spot the occasional deer gracefully grazing in the meadows that surround the garden.

Whether you're an avid nature enthusiast or simply seeking a tranquil escape, the Secret Garden is an enchanting destination where you can connect with the beauty of the natural world and experience the UK's wildlife in all its splendour.

 

Adorable Red Squirrels at The Woodman's Treehouse 

 

This luxury treehouse, perched among the towering oak and beech trees and reached via rope bridge, offers a chance for guests to immerse themselves in the tranquil ambiance of the woodland while enjoying modern comforts and stunning architectural design.

As you wake up to the gentle rustling of leaves, you'll be greeted by a wealth of wildlife just beyond your window. The Woodman's Treehouse provides the perfect vantage point to observe the forest's inhabitants. Keep an eye out for red squirrels darting through the treetops; there’s nothing like sipping a cup of coffee as you wake up to the sight of these playful creatures darting about. The woods also hosts a variety of woodland birds singing their melodic tunes and you might even catch a glimpse of elusive deer foraging amidst the underbrush.

For a truly immersive experience, take a leisurely stroll through the nearby woods before firing up the pizza oven for some evening treats. Don't forget your binoculars and a camera to capture the diverse birdlife that calls this area home, including woodpeckers, owls, and jays.

 

Further Afield:  

Surrounded by Wolves at Parc Omega Wolf Lodge - Canada

 

 

Hidden in the heart of the Canadian wilderness, the Park Omega Wolf Lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of Canada like never before. Located within the renowned Parc Omega, this lodge provides an extraordinary, immersive experience for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers. Guests can stay in cosy cabins that are designed to harmonise with the forest surroundings, providing a rustic yet comfortable retreat, with huge glass windows that offer an unrivalled view of the wolf packs that inhabit the surrounding woodland. In addition to the wolf encounters, you can also embark on guided wildlife tours, engage with friendly deer, and enjoy a range of outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing. The lodge's location within the pristine wilderness of Canada makes it a one-of-a-kind destination for those seeking an authentic, immersive connection with nature and wildlife.

 

Whale watching in The Alzores - Portugal 

 

Set sail on an unforgettable adventure from the Azorean coastline, and you may have the chance to encounter several remarkable whale species, including the gentle giants of the sea - the majestic blue whale, the sperm whale and the humpback whale. These waters are also frequented by playful pods of bottlenose and common dolphins, leaping and frolicking in the waves, adding an extra layer of excitement to your whale-watching experience.

With a multitude of whale-watching tour operators across the islands, you can embark on excursions led by knowledgeable guides who are passionate about marine conservation and respect for these magnificent creatures. Staying in the Azores offer an unparalleled opportunity to witness these aweing  animals in their natural habitat, making it essential to opt for a coastline view when picking accommodation, like these Lava homesstylish stays on Pico Island.

 

Sleep with the Fishes in the Underwater Room - Tanzania 

 

Located on the pristine Pemba Island, this unique resort offers an unparalleled experience in its underwater room, floating in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. As you settle into your submerged sanctuary, be prepared to be mesmerised by the vibrant marine life that surrounds you, as well as the shifting of the tide and kaleidoscope of light that beams through the water as the day progresses. With panoramic windows providing uninterrupted views of the coral reef and its inhabitants, every moment becomes a surreal encounter with the underwater world, making it more than just any regular resort. The swedish-designed floating structure boasts three layers that also include a stargazing, sun-tanning bed for some above-water relaxation too.

 

Meander with the Moose in Ood and Rooslepa - Estonia 

 

Staying at the Ood and Rooslepain Estonia is a truly unique experience, with its distinctive mirrored structure perched on the edge of the Baltic Sea. The design of the accommodations seamlessly blends with the natural surroundings, reflecting the sea and the lush greenery. This architectural masterpiece not only provides breathtaking views from within but also allows guests to feel as though they are part of the landscape.

Situated on the western coast of Estonia, this hidden gem offers an escape and provides access to the nearby Rooslepa Peninsula boasts pristine sandy beaches and rugged coastal cliffs, inviting you to explore the tranquil shoreline and watch the sun dip below the horizon.

With its mirrored structure and secluded location, Ood and Rooslepa serves as a tranquil retreat, a perfect backdrop for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Whether you're observing the graceful seabirds soaring over the Baltic Sea or venturing into the surrounding forests in search of local wildlife, the combination of cutting-edge architecture and the unspoiled beauty of the region makes this destination an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

 

Beware of the Bears at Raven's Nest - Romania 

 

Nestled in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, The Raven's Nest in Romania is a unique and enchanting destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. This charming eco-lodge offers a one-of-a-kind experience, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the pristine wilderness of Romania.

The Raven's Nest is not just a place to stay; it's an opportunity to connect with the rich wildlife of the region. Surrounded by dense forests and meandering rivers, guests can witness the diverse fauna that calls this area home. Keep an eye out for brown bears- a sighting of these incredible creatures from a safe view seems 10/10 to me (but I’d maybe still pack bear spray just in case). You can also spot lynx, and wild boar, as they roam the nearby forests. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the chance to spot majestic eagles and elusive owls in their natural habitat.

After a day of wildlife exploration, guests can unwind in the cosy, rustic cabins that are thoughtfully designed to blend seamlessly with the environment. The lodge also offers a range of outdoor activities, from guided nature hikes to wildlife photography tours, ensuring that every visitor can make the most of their Romanian wilderness adventure.

 

Spot the Jaguars at Le Carbé Bakov’ - French Guinea 

 

French Guiana, located on the northeastern coast of South America, is a wildlife enthusiast's paradise, offering a rich tapestry of unique and diverse ecosystems. When staying in this tropical haven, you'll have the opportunity to spot an incredible array of wildlife.

Venture into the lush rainforests to witness the majestic jaguar, tapirs, and capybaras in their natural habitat. Along the waterways, keep an eye out for the remarkable spectacled caimans and giant river otters gliding through the winding rivers and oxbow lakes.

Birdwatching enthusiasts will be delighted by the colourful residents of the canopy, including the dazzling Guiana toucan, harpy eagles, and vibrantly plumaged parrots. The forest floor is equally captivating, with a diversity of frogs, insects, and reptiles awaiting discovery.

French Guiana's coastal areas provide an opportunity to observe marine life, from nesting sea turtles on the pristine beaches to dolphins and manatees frolicking in the offshore waters. This unique region's extraordinary biodiversity promises a memorable wildlife experience for any traveller seeking a close encounter with nature, making accommodation like this treetop stay perfect, amongst the many other hotels and air BnBs on the Island.

 

As we wrap up our wild ride through accommodations that bring you closer to nature, remember this: It's not just about where you sleep; it's about where you wake up, and about creating memorable experiences. From treehouse escapades to starlit nights, these stays are more than a pit stop—here’s to making your next getaway a wild tale to tell.


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