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New to Host Unusual: Church Glamping, Woodland Surprises, and a Scenic World War Two Bunker

3 November 2023

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a stay-surprise! Noticeable among our newly-added retreats is the pairing of magical woodland with dwellings you just wouldn’t expect to find there.

What do we mean, exactly? Well, you could jump aboard a lovingly-restored, dog-friendly boat nestled not on shimmering water, but amongst rolling Norfolk countryside.

Or head for enchanting French Alpine woodland and savour jaw-dropping views of the Aravis mountain range… from the gleaming comfort of a mirrored retreat that resembles a carefully-landed spaceship!

But if woodland surprises aren’t for you, how about bedding down in a nice reliable building instead? Somewhere like a medieval church, nestled in an ancient Essex village and boasting fascinating historic artefacts – like a church organ said to have belonged to the ‘English Mozart’.

You could also choose to cosy up in an authentic slice of history: a restored World War Two bunker with original features and spectacular views of a designated Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Explore these unusual holiday finds – and many more besides – in our latest collection of conversation-starting retreats.

Main image: The Transmitter Bunker, Dorset
Author: Nina Jervis

The Woodland Boat

Hingham, Norfolk, England
A lovingly-restored dog-friendly vessel, complete with an al fresco hot tub and plenty of dry-land luxuries, beautifully secluded on a working stud farm in rural Norfolk.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£170 / night

Space Conker

St Gervais, Rhône-Alpes, France
A unique mirrored retreat, remotely secluded amongst French Alpine woodland with mesmerising views of the Aravis mountain range for an other-worldly escape into nature.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£130 - 300 /nt

Champing Berden

Berden, Essex, England
Sleep over in a mesmerising medieval church, soothingly set in a Domesday Book-listed Essex village with beautiful rural views.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 6
From
£49 /night

The Transmitter Bunker

Ringstead, Dorset, England
A pet-friendly, Grade II-listed hideaway from World War Two, rich in quirky character and secluded in a Dorset AONB with incredible sea views.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£733 / week

Ty Ffin

Newchurch, Powys, Wales
A slice of off-grid paradise with an irresistible feeling of home, dog-friendly and privately secluded on a family farm that showcases the lush, picture-perfect Welsh landscape to perfection.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£120 / night

Holiday Farm Bus

Darlington, County Durham, England
A vintage, dog-friendly ex-‘farmyard flyer’ with cosy onboard facilities, ample outdoor space and soothing farm views, secluded on the rural outskirts of Darlington.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£150 / night

Tree House Retreats

Midhurst, West Sussex, England
Escape the everyday in the most beautiful way, in a luxurious, dog-friendly treehouse set amongst ancient estate woodland at the heart of the South Downs National Park.
Bedrooms: 1 per treehouse
Sleeps: 4
From
£350 / night

Bowland Escapes Iron Age Roundhouse

Preston, Lancashire, England
Take a fun-filled trip back in time, with a quirky stay in an ancient retreat set in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 5
From
£60 / night

Dale Farm Holidays

Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, England
A peaceful and welcoming 18th century farmstead in the Yorkshire Wolds with a mix of glamping and self-catering accommodation for couples, friends, families… and their dogs!
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 6
From
£75 /nt -cabin

Champing Beaumaris

Beaumaris, Anglesey, Wales
Take your pew in an active hillside church that’s beloved by the welcoming local community, secluded in an Anglesey village with idyllic views to Llanddona beach
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 6
From
£49 /night

The Dune

Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
A laid-back log cabin that’s rich in cosy coastal luxury and beautifully nestled on a family-run site, in prime position for you to explore Ireland’s atmospheric North Coast.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£139 / night

Bambu Indha

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
A natural boutique escape that encapsulates the beauty and spirit of Bali to blissful perfection, with jaw-dropping eco-retreats, home-grown cuisine, and sensory experiences to rejuvenate your soul.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£256 /night

Les Voltes

Barberà de la Conca, Catalonia, Spain
A magical, warmly welcoming eco-retreat with a retro rooftop chillout space, secluded in a vibrant, heritage-rich wine village for an authentic (and delicious!) taste of Spanish life.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£95 / night

Thorney Mire Woodland Retreat

Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England
Watch red squirrels play in the trees, from lovingly-created havens set amongst three magical acres of ancient woodland in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2
From
£108 /nt - hut

The Tower

Whaley, nr Bolsover, Derbyshire, England
A vibrant, stylishly converted water tower set amongst six beautiful acres of Derbyshire countryside, close to the ancient castle-town of Bolsover for a fairytale escape.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£480 (2 nts)

Two Hoots Glamping

Bighton, Hampshire, England
Cosy, adults-only retreats nestled on a Hampshire hilltop, with abundant wildlife and glorious green views towards the South Downs National Park.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2
From
£85 / night

Owley Woods Glamping

Cheddar, Somerset, England
Child-free, dog-friendly glamping on a peaceful site in the Mendip Hills (just a short walk from the infamous Cheddar Gorge), with quirky off-grid home comforts and the finest Somerset produce in easy reach!
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 3
From
£100 / night

Waveney Valley Barn

Harleston, Norfolk, England
A stylish, rustic sanctuary filled with luxurious touches and surrounded by beautiful Norfolk countryside and abundant wildlife… with friendly chickens and sheep to meet!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
From
£150 / night

Gra Houseboat

Limehouse Marina, London, England
Step aboard a luxury 70-foot vessel with high-end fixtures and fittings, moored in the beating heart of London for tranquil river views and close proximity to city hotspots.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£191 / night

Capel Cartref

Cwm-twrch Isaf, Powys, Wales
A warmly welcoming family and dog-friendly haven, filled with home comforts and peacefully positioned in a Welsh riverside village close to the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
From
£900 / week

Mayen Estate

Rothiemay, Moray, Scotland
A sumptuous collection of hot-tub retreats for couples and families, secluded on a sweeping, heritage-rich Scottish estate in the natureful Deveron Valley.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 6
From
£180 /night

Wilson Island

Wilson Island, Queensland, Australia
Get lost among pristine white sands, diamond-like seas, and incredible marine life, in a private adults-only hideaway on the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£677 /night

Champing Limpenhoe

Limpenhoe, Norfolk, England
Relax and recharge in a divine haven that dates all the way back to the 12th century, beautifully situated in a rural village within Norfolk Broads National Park.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 4
From
£49 /night

The Island Oxfordshire

Witney, Oxfordshire, England
A spectacular private island retreat with indoor games and an Arctic spa hot tub, dreamily set between Oxford and the Cotswolds in the midst of a vast, shimmering water-skiing lake.
Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: 22
From
£3,500 (4nt)

Champing Lewes

Lewes, East Sussex, England
A historic haven for non-conformist worship, close to the Norman castle and Saxon lanes of Lewes with soothing sea views and the South Downs National Park on the doorstep.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 16
From
£74 / night

Windmill On The Farm

Burscough, Lancashire, England
Discover an 18th century Lancashire retreat with original features and cosy accommodation spread across six circular floors, surrounded by picture-perfect rural views
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£809 (7 nts)

Azul Nomeolvides

Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Azul is an award-winning eco-retreat with a stylish collection of off-grid A-frame cabins, beautifully surrounded by Mayan jungle wildlife on the shores of Lake Bacalar.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£547 (2 nts)

Golden Circle Domes

Selfoss, Southern Region, Iceland
Watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky from the cosy comfort of a luxurious glamping dome, magnificently located in one of Iceland’s most naturally beautiful settings.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
From
£525 /night

Caravan Agafay

Agafay Desert, Marrakesh, Morocco
A Moroccan desert mirage made captivatingly real Caravan Agafay offers luxurious accommodation, mouthwatering cuisine, and a chance to immerse your soul in time-honoured traditions
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 3
From
£233 / night

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