Marianna Hunt

Britain’s best boltholes for under £50 a night

Spring breaks that won’t break the bank

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Tahuna Bothies on the Aberdeenshire coast sleep up to four in architect-designed cabins with sea views [Lee Fowlies]

Whether it’s train fares, energy bills or the supermarket shop, prices are rising and belts are tightening. But if you’re desperate to get away from it all, it’s still possible to have a break on a budget – however many people you’re taking with you.

From cosy couples’ cabins to beach houses big enough for two families, and from Scotland to Sussex, these seven boltholes offer spring getaways with plenty of wow factor – and all cost no more than £50 per person per night.

For couples 

Tahuna Bothies, Aberdeenshire

Sleeps: 2-4
Price: From £100 a night (£50 each for two people) 

[Lee Fowlies]

These wooden huts on a corner of Scottish coast are a stargazer’s dream. By day, the floor-to-ceiling windows flood them with light and views of seals lounging on Newburgh Beach (a five-minute walk away). By night, you catch wisps of the Milky Way and, if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights. The local area is a dedicated ‘dark skies’ site, so there’ll be no disruption from street lights. 

A romantic option for couples, the bothies have a double bed on a mezzanine level. Each comes equipped with a kitchen, TV and board games. There is a sofa bed in the main lounge area as well, so it’s also workable for a family of four. Some welcome dogs. 

The bothies are run by friendly twin sisters and sheep farmers Gail and Tanya Davidson and were designed by their architect brother. Crumbling Slains Castle – thought to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula – and buzzy Aberdeen are within 20 minutes’ drive. 

[Lee Fowlies]
Scilly Stack, Cornwall 

Sleeps: 2
Price: From £82 a night (£41 each for two people) 

[James Ram]

Starting life as a cow shed, this stone building has been turned into a petite but chic hideaway. Stylish furnishings and fittings, including a walk-in rain shower, have hidden any trace of its past function – but the farmyard charm remains.

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