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New to Host Unusual: Architectural Wonders, Idyllic Hideaways, and Quirky TV-Featured Escapes

27 July 2022

Wish you were here? Take it from us: our latest collection of retreats are each well worth writing home about!

Whether you’ve opted for a staycation, or you’re throwing caution to the wind and travelling the world, the perfect escape is waiting right here.

If you’ve been longing to get far, far away from it all, a unique retreat inspired by the barns of Northern Europe, set amongst the incredible natural landscape of northwest Spain, could be just the thing.

Or how about an exclusive, architect-restored stone villa with a private Mediterranean garden, elegantly secluded on Italy’s sun-drenched Ligurian coast? Here you can feast your gaze on the shimmering Bay of Poets, as well as the soaring Apuan Alps (divine creative inspiration, anyone?)

A tad closer to home lies a striking, architect-designed elliptical retreat-for-two on an enchanting Scottish woodland estate – complete with a castle – moments away from the glorious West coast.

But if you’re looking for something completely different, then staying in a creatively converted, TV-featured combine harvester (yes, combine harvester!), or a grounded military plane has to top the list. Both are surrounded by soothing Lincolnshire scenery, for a rural retreat that’s memorable for all the right reasons.

What else? Browse our list to discover everything from glamping havens and quirky buses, to sumptuous domes and whimsical beach houses.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Kaleb the Combine | Lincolnshire

The Coach House

Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England
A sumptuous couples' hideaway, complete with a games room and a huge freestanding bath, privately nestled amongst 25 picture-perfect acres of Cotswold countryside.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£175 / night

North Thorne Cottages and Glamping

Bratton Fleming, Devon, England
A welcoming, family-run retreat featuring delightfully eclectic accommodation, in an idyllic rural setting that's close to both the North Devon coast and Exmoor National Park.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£195 (3 nts)

Praktyka

Bideford, Devon, England
Rediscover your creative spirit in a heavenly slice of North Devon, complete with wildflower meadows, artists' workshops, and lovingly-crafted retreats.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per unit
Sleeps: 2-4 guests per unit
From
£120 / night

The Dunes

Camber, Sussex, England
A light-filled, sociable family beach house with a relaxed open-plan style, dog-friendly and perfectly set within one minute's walk from the golden beach at Camber Sands.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£728 (2 nts)

Villa Ca'Damare

Porto Venere, Liguria
An exclusive, architect-restored villa with a private Mediterranean garden, mesmerisingly secluded within the natural park of Cinque Terre for incredible views of the Gulf of Poets and the soaring Apuan Alps.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£300 / night

Jetstream

Friskney, near Skegness, Lincolnshire, England
Fasten your seatbelts for a thrilling glamping break aboard a converted military plane, grounded at RAF Wainfleet with beautiful rural scenery and family attractions in easy reach.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 4 (+1)
From
£100 / night

Redwood Retreat

Rhayader, Powys, Wales
Two luxurious, off-grid geodesic domes with private wood-fired hot tubs, beautifully nestled on an unspoilt, wildlife-steeped hillside just a mile away from Wales's "outdoor capital" of Rhayader.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£165 / night

The Yurt Hideaway

Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
The ultimate romantic retreat, pet-friendly and secluded in an idyllic corner of a Welsh farm, complete with an oak-crafted bed and an al fresco hot tub.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2
From
£95 / night

Chestnut Cabin

Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
A whimsical free-range hideaway with an al fresco hot tub and pizza oven, secluded on a family farm in the heart of a glorious green valley in West Wales.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5
From
£95 / night

Calma Nordica

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
A sanctuary of calm inspired by the rural barns of northern Europe, rich in luxurious simplicity and secluded among the picture-perfect landscape of northwest Spain.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6 (+1)
From
£215 / night

Joseph the Multicolour Dream Coach

Hartland, Devon, England
A vibrant and cheerful single-decker retreat for romantic couples, with self-contained facilities, friendly on-site animals, and rolling Devon countryside on the doorstep.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£100 / night

Caban Silo

New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales
A quirky converted silo with modern facilities and fresh sea views, dog-friendly and soothingly set on a working farm between New Quay and Aberaeron.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£570 (7 nts)

Slate Cabin - Caban Llechi

Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
An idyllic, award-winning hideaway for two, secluded on a working farm with panoramic views over the Dyfi Valley, out towards the soaring Snowdonia mountains.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£529 (7 nts)

Kosel Treehouses

Helston, Cornwall, England
Two distinctive and lovingly hand-crafted retreats, one dog-friendly and one boasting a sumptuous log-fired hot tub, both gloriously secluded in a picture-perfect Cornish waterside village.
Bedrooms: 1 per treehouse
Sleeps: 2 per treehouse
From
£198/ night

The Big Hoot Caravan

Cullompton, Devon, England
A retro, TV-featured showman's living van, vibrantly restored with authentic 1970s style, and secluded on peaceful a Devon farm that's surrounded by wildflower meadows.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 4
From
£95 / night

Kaleb the Combine

Friskney, near Skegness, Lincolnshire, England
A former combine harvester expertly transformed into a unique and quirky pet-friendly retreat, peacefully set by a scenic lake on a Lincolnshire family farm.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
From
£120 / night

River House

Rye, East Sussex, England
A vibrant, design-led 70's-inspired retreat that offers direct access to the shimmering River Rother, with medieval Rye and Camber Sands in easy reach.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£200 / night

Xanadu

Beaworthy, Devon, England
An idyllic, TV-featured geodesic retreat with bespoke hand-made elements, secluded on its own lake-island within a 20-acre site in rural Devon, complete with a fully-licensed pub.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£150 / night

Ecotone Cabins

Ullapool, The Highlands, Scotland
Two lovingly-crafted eco-cabins, peacefully secluded among unspoilt coastal woodland in the Scottish Highlands, on a family-run site that's dedicated to sustainability.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per cabin
Sleeps:
From
£495/ 4 nts

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