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Beat the Summer Surge and Book a Unique Retreat for 2022

11 January 2022

Summer! It may feel like an other-wordly concept, or a lifetime away as we navigate the chills of a UK winter, but before you know it, all the quirkiest gems are booked up faster than you can say “Mine’s a Cornetto”

It’s for precisely this reason that we’ve highlighted a range of excellent and tantalisingly unusual UK summer retreats, all with good availability remaining for the flip flop and swimsuit days that we’re all yearning for as we wait patiently in our slippers and wooly jumpers.

OK, so it may be too early to get the suitcase out and start packing, but it’s definitely not too soon to start booking! Browse our top picks below…
Image: Nink’s Wagon | Shropshire

Upper Lodge

Shotley, Suffolk, England
Open-plan, contemporary luxury by expert architect design, set on the stunning Shotley Peninsula...spectacular views are guaranteed both inside and out.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£560 / week

Loose Reins

Shillingstone, Dorset, England
Mosey on down to the Wessex Ridgeway, where a luxurious pioneer's paradise awaits. Time for a ranch-inspired family escape complete with cedar cabins (wood-fired hot tubs included) that chart the history of the Wild West...
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4-6
From
£125 /night

Ketch

Killough, County Down, Northern Ireland
Make memories on the wild shores of the Irish Sea at Ketch, tucked away in the shadow of Ireland's tallest onshore lighthouse.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£318 (2 nights)

Melin Mabes

Templeton, Pembrokeshire, Wales
A Pembrokeshire Amazing Space that combines timeless home comfort with interstellar accommodation that's out of this world!
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 (Mabel) 4 (Spodnic)
From
£100 / night (Mabel)

Pheasant's Roost Shepherd's Hut

Malton, North Yorkshire, England
A rustic and romantic retreat set within North Yorkshire farmland, ideal for first-time glampers and Wolds Way walkers.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£80 / night offpeak

Orchardleigh Castle

Frome, Somerset, England
Give your break a touch of regal polish, in a private dog-friendly castle with a scenic outdoor hot tub, set on an historic, 500-acre Somerset estate.
Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: Up to 24
From
£600 / night

The Beekeeper's Bothy

Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
A relaxing retreat on the windswept, nature-infused Aberdeenshire coast, with sweeping panoramic views of the Ythan Estuary.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£85 / night

Meadow View Hill House

Newcastle, Shropshire, England
A magical and gloriously romantic storybook retreat, gently nestled on an organic farm in Shropshire surrounded by rolling hills.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£120 / night

Bancran School

Draperstown, County Derry, Northern Ireland
Unique Tiny House, loft and pod retreats with hot tubs and a communal bbq area, set on a friendly family-run site in the Sperrin Mountains, perfectly positioned for exploring the very best of Northern Ireland.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2) per unit
From
£90 / night

The Captain's Cabin

Drimnin, The Highlands, Scotland
An elliptical, architect-designed retreat, rich in nautical style and elevated on the entire flat roof of an old chapel to showcase magnificent views over the Sound of Mull.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£160 / night

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