20 of the Best Coolstays for Stargazing

20 of the Best Coolstays for Stargazing

2nd February 2022

Swap streetlight for starlight at these 20 holiday properties located in one of the UK's dark sky reserves. The low levels of light pollution in these wild and isolated spots mean the night sky shines bright with thousands of stars. Wrap up warm and head outside, or just turn off the lights and stargaze from the comfort of your own sofa at one of these remote and magical hideaways.

MidPark A-Frame

Huntly - Aberdeenshire

Sleeps 2

Take in the stars from the wood fired hot tub at this designer larch A-frame on a contemporary Scottish estate, under the dark skies of Aberdeenshire, possibly the best spot in the UK for catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Tower O'Ess

Glen Tanar Estate - Aberdeenshire

Sleeps 2

A proud and luxurious gatehouse conversion guarding the Glen Tanar Estate and nestled within the bewitching Scots Pine of Aberdeenshire.

The Queens Hut

Aboyne - Aberdeenshire

Sleeps 4

A luxury log cabin fit for royalty. Built originally for Queen Mary as a tea house, it sits on the banks of an Aberdeenshire loch surrounded by enchanting pine woods.

The Wee Beehive

Strathdon - Aberdeenshire

Sleeps 2

Charming cabin with a wood-fired hot tub in the Cairngorms National Park, the darkest skies in the UK and also the northernmost Dark Sky Park in the world, perfect for romantic escapes amongst spectacular scenery.

The Lazy Duck - The Homestead

Nethybridge - Highlands

Sleeps 2

Enjoy off-grid living at this eco-friendly lodge, set in its own private woodland in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park.

The Cairngorms Yurt

The Cairngorms - Scottish Highlands

Sleeps 2

A romantic getaway for couples in Chapeltown of Glenlivet - an ideal base for stargazing and exploring the National Park and the Malt Whisky Trail.

Tarset Tor

Hexham - Northumberland

Sleeps 16

Soak up picturesque views at Tarset Tor, a collection of cosy eco-friendly holiday homes nestled in the heart of the Northumberland National Park, one of England’s first and one of Europe’s largest International Dark Sky Parks and now home to its very own Dark Skies Festival.

The Hemmel

Kidlandlee - Northumberland

Sleeps 2

Romantic cottage surrounded by pine forests and deep valleys in the heart of Northumberland.

Huts in the Hills

Alnwick - Northumberland

Sleeps 5

A choice of five beautifully built artisan shepherd's huts in the Northumberland hills, each with their own outdoor bathtub.

Walltown Byre

Brampton - Northumberland

Sleeps 6

Walltown Byre is a Northumberland cottage that combines contemporary style with the tradition and history of a building dating back to 1876.

Cheviot Holiday Cottages

Alnwick - Northumberland

Sleeps 2 per cottage

Two award winning, five star luxury cottages in the serenity of the Northumberland National Park

The Little Barn

Richmond - North Yorkshire

Sleeps 2

A rural and romantic escape - this quaint, charming stone barn is set in some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside within the North York Moors’ Dark Skies, the latest National Park to become an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Folly Gill

Scarborough - North Yorkshire

Sleeps 2

Romantic, contemporary cottage for two in North Yorkshire with giant bedroom and luxurious, marble bathroom.

Ty Cipar

Betws-y-coed - Gwynedd

Sleeps 4

A remote spot within one of the best stargazing sites in Snowdonia, designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2015, Ty Cipar cottage is a true escape from urban life.

Dolydd Cottage

Maentwrog - Snowdonia

Sleeps 2

A fairytale cottage, perfect for two, set in the heart of Snowdonia

Llanfendigaid House

Tywyn - Gwynedd

Sleeps 17

This Grade II* listed building is set in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, with a history dating back to the 13th century.

Cynefin Retreats

Hay-on-Wye - Hereford

Sleeps 2 (+1 child)

Luxury romantic pods in Herefordshire with sweeping views and private hot tubs in the Brecon Beacons, one of only five ‘Dark Sky’ protected status regions - you’re bound to see some of the clearest and brightest stars of your life!


Brecon - Powys

Sleeps 2

A bijoux horse truck in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with romantic studio interiors and a hot tub beneath the stars…

The Farmhouse

Crickhowell - Powys

Sleeps 8

A stunning converted farmhouse nestled in the wild beauty of the Brecon Beacons offering modern rustic charm, a luxurious hot tub and breathtaking views


Llangadog - Carmarthenshire

Sleeps 16

An idyllic wild reunion spot, with cosy lodges under stunning starlit skies, lakes, forests and a beautiful part of the Beacons all to yourself

Coppicer's Lodge

Petersfield - Hampshire

Sleeps 6

A romantic, off-grid lodge in the magical Hampshire woods complete with private glamping facilities and spellbinding vistas on the South Downs, an International Dark Skies Reserve and one of the clearest places to stargaze in the south of England.


Minehead - Somerset

Sleeps 10

Get to know the Exmoor National Park, home to Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, at this detached and spacious converted railway cottage in Somerset.

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