We've all seen the pictures of happy families, groups of friends and couples enjoying the delights of a cabin or cottage in the middle of nowhere. Usually atop a mountain or in an idyllic forest glade. But if you want to add a little indulgence to your no-frills, credit-crunch break, you'll be very glad to know that you can do just that.
Introducing the self-catering spa experience.
Enjoy the pampering of a spa treatment and a break from the real world, without the formality or cost of a hotel break. Feel free to bring the whole family.They will find myriad things to occupy themselves with whilst you catch up on some me-time. Alternatively, get back-to-basics with the one you love, combining rural romance with relaxation and rejuvenation.
Find your inner country nymph at Good Spa Guide 4-bubble spas such as The Cornwall, St Austell, which has 22 self-catering "woodland homes". Perthshire resort Crieff Hydro, has activities for all ages and a variety of self-catering accommodation to choose from. Langdale Hotel and Spa in Cumbria offers Scandinavian-style lodges, stone cottages and traditional barns, all in a beautiful Lake District setting.