New to Host Unusual: a coastal cabin, Norfolk glamping, shepherd’s hut getaways and a historic folly

14 May 2017

With the late Spring days getting longer and longer, there are more opportunities to get out and take advantage of the extra daylight – so now is the perfect time to book a break and get outside to explore! The following four new Host Unusual places to stay may well be your idea of the perfect getaway. They include a charming Lincolnshire cabin with vast swathes of coastline to explore, a rural family retreat on a working farm in Norfolk, an off-grid shepherd’s hut oasis in Sussex woodlands and a historic, fairytale folly set in acres of pristine grounds near Newcastle.

Twentysix Anderby Creek


If it’s a peaceful coastal retreat that you are yearning for, far from the madding crowds and smog, then you are unlikely to find anything more suitable than this delightfully serene and charming Lincolnshire cabin – a true getaway from it all.  Set in Anderby Creek, the owners of this gorgeous Modernist classic built in 1959 were actually guests themselves and fell in love with the mid-century charm of Twentysix – so much so that they decided to buy it themselves!  Nestled behind dunes and in a quiet crescent, it is easy to understand why they did.  The cabin sleeps up to 5 and at just £70 a night or £490 per week whatever the season, it is terrific value to boot.

Riddlesworth Park


Tried and tested by our very own Sarah, as you approach this farm surrounded by woodland and lush green fields, you can see the bell tents emerging – like an oasis of tranquility near the Suffolk/Norfolk border.  Designed by SoulPad, the tents here at Riddlesworth Park each have their own animal name using the local  Norfolk dialect.  Choose from Bishy-barney-bee (ladybird), Pollywiggle (tadpole), Jill-Hooter (owl), Hod-medod (snail), or Harnser (heron)!  With doubles and bunks, sleeping up to 6 in total, they make the perfect family glamping getaway and each comes with its own BBQ, fire pit and decking to ensure a perfect summer night relaxing in the countryside.

The Original Hut Company


Welcome to a secluded and magical spot in Bodiam – the heart of East Sussex and the base of The Original Hut Company.  These charming off-grid huts have all been lovingly reclaimed, recycled and crafted individually to an excellent standard, accredited by Quality in Tourism and with solar power and wood burners they are perfect for a digital detox.  Covering 200 acres, the site is a true rural gem where fresh air, wild flowers and birdsong are the order of the day throughout your stay.  The Hub, located onsite, is a great place for activities; pottery lessons, bushcraft or even a therapeutic massage, in conjunction with The Natural Spa Company.  

Middleton Hall Folly

We are pleased to introduce this unique dwelling set within the historic estate of Middleton Hall which has a long history, starting life as a lavish home in 1871. With its own Italian-style garden and accommodation over three floors, the stone Victorian tower has a sloping slate roof that has been extended to one side, giving it its almost impossible-looking appearance. Inside, the bedrooms boast French-inspired decor, with plenty of character to be spotted throughout the folly – from wooden beams to arched windows.  The grounds of the estate are equally beguiling, with lakes, woodland and resident otters to spot if you are lucky.  After all this, you’ll be left wondering if this is really just 45 minutes from bustling Newcastle!


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