Autumn leave: 20 great places to stay in the UK’s forests

Where better than deep in the woods to enjoy beautiful autumn colours? We pick forest boltholes, from log cabins and cosy cottages to tree tents

Sheffield Park Garden, near Haywards Heath, is famous for its autumn colours – former owner Arthur Soames planted it for the season, with richly hued species such as acer, nyssa and taxodium. Formerly the gardener’s residence, Welbeck Cottage has recently opened to guests, offering out-of-hours access to the estate’s 300 acres of woods and parkland. It’s a magical spot, with winding paths that lead through woods and across bridges to cascades and lakes that reflect the gold and red of the leafy landscape. Inside, the renovated cottage is warm and comfortable, with neutral colours, wooden floors and a twin and double bedroom. Beyond the estate, beautiful Ashdown forest is 15 minutes away for more leaf peeping.
Sleeps four, from £357 for three nights, nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays

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