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Messing about by the River – Host Unusual’s Top Ten Waterside Stays

11 September 2017

With Host Unusual HQ based in sunny (most of the time!) Leigh-on-Sea, weunderstand the tranquil power of being close to water. There’s just something so calming about watching and listening to rushing rivers, babbling streams and luscious lakes, isn’t there?

For a whole new world of views and activities that can be enjoyed and explored by couples and families alike, we think a waterside stay simplycan’t be beaten.

So prepare to drift blissfully away, with the very best of Host Unusual’s hand-picked wondrous waterside stays.


For a taste of the Great Outdoors at its absolute greatest, come and get back to nature at One Cat Farm, situated near heavenly Cardigan Bay. This welcoming Welsh wonder is a family-run haven of eco-friendly luxury, featuring four hand-crafted camping dens set within three acres of hidden wooded valley.

Say hello to the famous One Cat as you explore your lush meadow surroundings, and then sit back and watch translucent dragonflies skim over the sparkling ponds. Or why not head out for a boat tour to meet Cardigan Bay’s resident bottlenose dolphins?


Meanwhile, over at the scenic Peak District you’ll find Mulino Pods, three cosy, privately-situated glamping pods nestled within fresh Derbyshire farmland and overlooking the stunning Carsington Water reservoir.

Get ready to be greeted by a welcoming committee of friendly neighbourhood sheep as you watch the world go by from your private decking area. By day, discover a new life as a water baby, as you enjoy all the activities that the sparkling Carsington Water has to offer – from windsurfing to canoeing to sailing.


In the mood for a holiday with an added hot tub? Then head for Hidden River Cabins, found on a private estate in the Cumbrian countryside and along the bank of the River Lyne. Each spacious cabinis family and dog friendly, and each comes complete with its very own hot tub… ideal for stargazing after a hard day of exploring!

Achingly close to the beautiful Lake District, you can enjoy truly spectacular riverside views. The Otterstone Cabin in particular is perfect for anglers, with fish a-plenty on the weir!


With a name like The Lakeside Hut, you can probably guess the position of our next heavenly holiday home!  

Found in Gillingham, Dorset – otherwise known as the ‘Gateway to the South West’ – this idyllic shepherd’s hutfor two is perfectly placed on the edge of a thriving carp lake in the stunning Blackmore Vale. Featuring plenty of feathered visitors, we suggest you pack your fishing rod and your birdwatching binoculars… and prepare yourselves for endless afternoons of picnicking and pottering!


Unforgettable times are ahead with a stay at Fforest Farm,five different incredible glamping options refreshingly situated between the River Teifi Gorge and the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, Pembrokeshire. Each luxury glamping space includes bespoke furnishings, awood burner and a spacious outdoor deck.

Take the short, birdsong-strewn coastal walk to a hidden ‘secret beach’, or maybe an invigorating waterfall walk instead?

From Pembrokeshire to the Scottish Highlands, how about a well-earned break in a master-crafted luxury Red Cedar log cabin… all seven beautifully set on the 8,000 acre Struy Estate in Inverness-shire?

Eagle Brae Log Cabins is the ultimate Highlands holiday experience,proudly sustainable, steeped in wildlife and heavy on outdoor luxury! 3,000 feet munros (Scots for ‘mountains’) await intrepid adventurers, not to mention rippling lochs packed with salmon and trout.

Grown-up glamping is taken to a new level with Acorn Glade,a log cabin, two yurts and a 100 year-old gypsy wagon, found in three acres of Yorkshire Wolds meadowland and nestled by a luscious lake.

Gloriously off-grid,eco-friendly and WiFi free, it’s time to leave the kids and pets at home and luxuriate in pure, unadulterated nature, surrounded by birdsongand gently rustling trees. Why not indulge in a spot of fishing, or head to charming Pocklington Canal for a New Horizons narrow boat ride on a lazy Sunday?


Hidden away in the glorious Colne Valley, Essex, you’ll discover Browning Bros’ Water Lily Lodge safely nestled at the end of a country track, ready and waiting for you to unwind!

Browning Bros. specialise in creating seriously sensational farmland dwellings that ooze style and luxury, carrying you completely away from life back home as you relax by the peaceful Teybrook Farm lake in this charming, secluded log cabincomplete with decking that extends over the water. Can you imagine a more idyllic setting for a glass of sparkling wine over sparkling conversation, with swans gliding gracefully past?


If you’ve decided that only the very best will do for that romantic break for two, head straight for Leannan Boathouse, found in Kingennie, Dundee.

As its name suggests, your accommodation is a beautifully converted former boathouse(originally dating back to 1855), set on the shores of a secluded fishing pond with glorious, panoramic woodland views. Enjoy plenty of fishing and toe-dipping in the lake, before splurging on a romantic feast at the nearby Waterside restaurant.

Kudhva, an exhilarating wilderness campingexperience in Cornwall’s stunning Tintagel, is a true escape with its very own reservoir on site – perfect for wild swimming. Surfers will also enjoy heading down to the nearby beach and enjoying all those rolling waves that the Cornish coast is justly famous for.

‘Kudhva’ is Cornish for ‘hideout’, and in a world full of daily stressesand obligations, what could possibly be better? Choose from a unique, two-person Kudhva, or a tensile Tree Tent – suspended wherever you like – for those who want to live amongst the leaves.

So… now that we’ve converted you to a life aquatic, why not come and see what more we have in store for you, with our brand-new ‘Lakes, Lochs and Rivers‘ category? Simply sit back, browse our unique accommodation and feel all your cares float away! 


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