Editor’s Choice

Instagram-friendly holidays / Our top picks to get your Instagram gallery noticed!

28 September 2016

With over 500 million active monthly usersworldwide, Instagram is now one of the most popular social media appsworldwide. Whether you use it to document your travels, share your memories orjust have a bit of a boast about your latest holiday, there’s always a littlebuzz from seeing those likes pile up!Here at Host Unusual we have picked out someof our most Instagram-friendly properties which take a perfect photo; book upa break, get snapping and don’t forget to #HostUnusual!
Sound of Harris; Isle of Harris, Scotland
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Why it’s Instagram-friendly:
You won’t be able to put the camera downwhen you arrive at this truly spectacular place. Having recently been awardedthe 2016 Outer Hebrides Design Award for the best self-design new build,architecture fans will appreciate Sound of Harris’ unique take on the classiccroft house, updated for sustainability. Vintage enthusiasts will love themid-century furniture. And the remote location means an abundance of wildlife,awe-inspiring views and a clear, crisp night sky with more stars than you couldimagine. Your Instagram gallery will be filling up fast!
 
Gainsborough Wharf Boatels; Hackney, London
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Why it’s Instagram-friendly:
Well, for a start, it’s in London so wedefy you not to find a thousand Instagram-worthy things in just one day. Mooredin Regent’s Canal in the vibrant and buzzing East End, a stay at GainsboroughWharf Boatels is certainly a city break with a difference. Stylishly decoratedwith appropriate nautical vibes, your photos of al-fresco breakfast on thedeck, a crackling fire in the log-burner and lazy days afloat will be muchadmired.
 
Rest on the Hill; Oswestry, Shropshire
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Why it’s Instagram-friendly:
This luxury self-catering holiday home is amodern architecture fan’s dream with its spectacular angled roof andfloor-to-ceiling windows which flood the open-plan living area with light. Setin an enviable location to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the magnificentWelsh mountains, there are also plenty of opportunities to capture the serene beautyof the area from all angles, sunrise to sunset, via the series of decks leadingdown towards the valley below.
 
Number One Carbost; Carbost, Isle of Skye
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Why it’s Instagram-friendly:
Emma Whyte, the owner of this beautifullittle holiday cottage on the Isle of Skye, is an interior designer and herfirm belief in sustainable living and her talent for quirky and creativeupcycling is evident in every tiny detail. White walls (an Instagramfavourite!) and white floorboards throughout create the perfect backdrop to thecolourful vintage-inspired décor with ingenious ideas everywhere you turn. Fromthe dining table adorned with pages from classic Ladybird books to the handmadewallpaper made from the leaves of old encyclopaedias, you’ll be snap-happyhere.
 
Kaywana Hall; Kingswear, South Devon
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Why it’s Instagram-friendly:
One of a series of only four ‘ButterflyRoof’ houses by Devon architect Mervyn Seal, this show-stopping 1960s home hasbeen updated into a contemporary modern luxury B&B. Having stayed hereourselves we can vouch for the fact that this romantic oasishidden in the tall trees at the edge of Kingswear is a must-see for any buddingamateur or professional photographer – you can’t fail to take a good photohere. There are countless angles to explore for the perfect shot; the whitewashedwalls, extensive use of glass, slate walkways and ambient night lightingcombine to create an Instagram gallery to be proud of.
 
Pobble House; Dungeness, Kent
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Why it’s Instagram-friendly:
This award-winning architect-designed houseis full of photo opportunities inside and out. Situated in remote Dungeness on one of the largest expanses of shingle in Europe, the otherworldly -and some say post-apocalyptic – vibe of the area with its power station, desolatebeach and marshes, wooden dwellings and remarkable wildlife provide more thanenough chances to take a winning shot. Pobble House itself, with its minimalistinterior and inspired design featuring three adjoining cabins finished withrusty steel mesh, cement fibreboard and silver larch makes an fascinating and unusualsubject.
 
Happy Days Retro Vacations; Saxmundham, Suffolk

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Why it’s Instagram-friendly:
A riot of colour and nostalgic kitsch awaitsyou at Happy Days Retro Vacations, where you can snap away capturing thedelights of a stay in an authentic vintage airstream caravan. The gleamingchrome homes are a joy to photograph, with unique retro interiors ranging fromblack and white checkerboard floors to flamingo curtains ensuring that yourphotos will be anything but dull! Don’t forget to pack your Hawaiian shirts,cashmere twinsets and full circle skirts for an authentic 1950s photoshoot sureto earn you Instagram brownie points!
 
A Little Bit of Rough; nr Uppingham, Rutland
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Why it’s Instagram-friendly:
Set in 20 acres of private woodland in asecret location, these luxury canvas lodges provide an eco-friendly campingexperience like no other. With views across the beautiful valley below, you canwhile away your days taking shots of the kids bug-hunting (kits are supplied!),spotting wildlife and exploring the beautiful woodlands and rolling Rutlandcountryside. Night-time campfires provide another great photo opportunity, asdo the luxurious interiors of each canvas lodge; kingsize beds, bathrooms withroll-top baths and large elevated decks with glass balustrades. No-one willbelieve you are in a tent!
 
Don’t forget to follow the Host Unusual Instagram gallery and share your holiday shots with us! #HostUnusual

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