These cabins look like heaven on earth!
Who knows what the travel restrictions will look like in the coming weeks but in light of recent announcements, it seems as though the responsible (and patriotic) thing to do this summer is to holiday in Ireland. Don't cry!
Sure, we might not have the temperatures to rival Tenerife or the tans that come as a result of the mercury skyrocketing, but are so many great Irish staycation options available here on our doorstep that negate risk and deliver experiences like no other.
One such destination is the brand new Cabü By The Lakes, which will be opening to guests later this month!
Cabü By The Lakes
Set deep within the woods of Killykeen Forest Park and, as the name might suggest, sitting directly on the lakes of Lough Oughter, County Cavan, this series of twenty-eight cosy log cabins and lake houses are a new breed of hideaway in Ireland.
Offering woodland walks, forest bathing, bike rides, boating opportunities and fishing from the private jetty on the 100-acre private site, there's plenty to keep busy with if the weather's kind.
Although, we wouldn't judge if you did spend your time snuggled up inside the beautifully crafted cabins regardless, as the open-plan layout would work as a family favourite or a couple's retreat (the largest cabin sleeps six.)
Complete with log-burning fires and the sort of sofa that invites sprawling, the self-catering cabins are made for hunkering down in and let's be honest, that's a likely scenario with Irish summers.
Dining + Leisure Options
Once you've waited out the rain with board games and books, there''s the option of popping up to The Cabin Club, located at the heart of the property, for dinner, served up in a traditional gaucho-style grill or some artisanal pizza.
Then grab a post-dinner drink in the Explorer's Bar and, weather-permitting, enjoy a sundowner or two out on The Sitooterie (the jetty) or gather around the great fire for s'more making.
For provisions, there's the Cabü Corners shop which is stocked with all the treats you might need for your time in the woods. Plus some of the items found in the cabin can be purchased here for bringing home as souvenirs.
For the grown-ups, you'll be glad to read that there's a natural spa on site too, offering a relaxing outdoor hot tub and sauna experience, as forest bathing sessions. Based on ancient Japanese traditions, this natural practice has proved beneficial for body, mind and soul and is the perfect ritual prior to a relaxing treatment at The Retreat.
If you haven't quite tired yourself out booking fishing lessons, renting paddleboards, canoes and kayaks or hiring bikes, day of adventuring can be spent exploring the uninhabited Inch island or venturing over to Clogh Oughter Castle.
Those still craving more excitement can head for the Marble Arch Caves, which boast a global geopark status and are less than an hours drive away. Or, if you've packed your hiking boots, follow the Cuilcagh Board Walk Trail, also named the 'Stairway to Heaven, in the neighbouring Co. Fermanagh.
Booking Your Stay
Cabü By The Lakes opens for guests on 20 July 2020 and prices start at €175 per night. Follow the link to check availability. https://holidays.cabu.co.uk/cabu-by-the-lakes