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Check out these homey hideaways and charming cabins that are the epitome of the romantic getaway. Showcased in the new book The Hinterland, these small and humble architectural gems are designed to help us escape the chaos of our everyday lives, offering us the chance to get back in touch with nature, be playful and simply relax. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your partner in crime, and indulge in some “us time”.
This enchanting forest hideaway peppered with fairy lights could be something straight out of Peter Pan – Wendy would have certainly approved. The designer, Peter Bahouth, of this charming treehouse in Atlanta built his first one when he was just eight years old. Still indulging his inner child even now, this elaborate design spans across seven trees and is linked by rope bridges. Inside, it’s a treasure trove of salvaged artefacts, collected treasures and ephemera from yesteryear. Apparently, it was voted as Airbnb’s “most wish-listed property in the world” in 2016 – it’s not hard to see why.
There’s nothing better than sitting inside a toasty log cabin, wrapped up in blankets when it’s snowing outside. Time passes slowly in this remote part of Norway, which is perfect for simply spending time gazing out of a big window into the majestic landscape of the Femundsmarka National Park beyond.
Bookish couples will love this secret room in the forest of Upstate New York – warm red oak envelopes this tiny-yet-substantial library, which holds more than 2,500 books. Cosy-up by the wood-burning stove, pull out a treasured tome, and wile away the afternoon together in fictional lands while watching the snow quietly fall outside.
We’re guessing things would literally get pretty steamy in this stunning grotto-inspired sauna, which is perched on an island’s edge in Georgian Bay, Ontario. It’s got jaw-dropping views over Lake Huron, which has inspired the wavy wood-clad interior.
This light-filled pentagonal terrace is the perfect perch for early evening drinks and watching the setting sun as it casts a golden glow over the treetops. The humble shed was turned from a one-storey cabin into a handsome three-floor summer home in Quebec.
There’s no better place for romantic star gazing than this Dutch country home. Built atop an existing 1950s holiday property, the jewel in the crown is the rooftop extension with a huge expanse of glass – here, you can lie in bed and watch the stars above the treetops.
Among the lush Brazilian rainforests, this stand-alone weekend retreat mimics indigenous Brazilian houses hidden between the leaves. Kind of like a spaceship that’s just surreptitiously landed, this playful, corrugated man-made shelter is a great hideout for bird-watching through the massive arched window.
For those looking for a truly secluded spot for a romantic getaway, what could be better than one of these cabins in northern Norway? Each hut unveils a private panorama across the sea from a cantilevered viewing box – plus, there’s your own terrace for warmer summer evenings.
This cute mobile home is perfect for couples suffering from wanderlust – they can travel to their hearts’ desire with these custom-made micro shelters designed by Tiny Heirlooms. Stripped back to the bare essentials, these offer refuge from the constraints of conventional 21st-century living.
Literally live in your own little bubble for a weekend – this contemporary treehouse, the “Baumhauskugel”, in the medieval-themed Robins Nest retreat in Germany has room enough for two. Each treehouse is accessed by a series of hanging walkways, and there are peaceful terraces up among the branches.
To see more great projects, buy The Hinterland book here.
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