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New to Host Unusual: Dreamy Floating Havens, Unique Vineyard Escapes, Storybook Greek Island Retreats, and More!

27 February 2023

As March arrives, our latest collection of unusual retreats are all but guaranteed to put a well-deserved spring in your step.

Let’s begin with a duo of luxurious, architect-designed hideaways set on the Greek island of Kefalonia… made famous by the popular novel and film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Here you can gaze across the turquoise, sparkling Ionian Sea in stylish, peaceful comfort – with traditional cobbled streets and welcoming tavernas just around the corner.

Or how about bedding down under the stars at Serbia’s very first glamping retreat? A soothing vineyard steeped in fascinating history, there’s a heated saltwater pool to unwind in, and of course a ready supply of amazing local wine!

You’ll also find an on-site vineyard – and a hammock suspended over the shimmering farm lake – at an absurdly romantic, floating Devon eco-retreat that’ll feel as though you’ve left ‘normal’ civilisation far behind.

Glamping comes into its own during spring, as the natural world begins its beautiful rebirth. To witness this transformation up-close, choose from handcrafted hot-tub retreats set below Devon’s Hartland Peninsula, or individually-styled retreats on an ancient 4,000-acre estate in Northumberland National Park.

Looking for something a little more adventurous? Simply hop aboard a quirky double-decker bus, parked amongst sheep-dotted rural heaven in South Somerset, for an fun-filled family stay.

Explore these incredible retreats – and many more – right now!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Lilypod | Devon

The Quist

Brinsop, Herefordshire, England
A luxurious, off-grid tree-scape with designer interiors and a Swedish wood-fired hot tub, secluded on a scenic hilltop amidst a private, 800-acre estate in rural Herefordshire.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£350 / night

Kabn Company

Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Two architecturally-designed, off-grid havens with floor-to-ceiling glass and minimalist Scandi-inspired interiors, dreamily nestled on the shores of Loch Fyne.
Bedrooms: 1 per Kabn
Sleeps: 2 per Kabn
From
£220 /night

Prairie Skies

Norwich, Norfolk, England
A soothing selection of individually bespoke hand-crafted off-grid wagons, peacefully secluded amongst four acres of idyllic North Norfolk countryside.
Bedrooms: 1 per wagon
Sleeps: 2 per wagon
From
£95 / night

Alpnhaus

Newcastleton, Scottish Borders, Scotland
An award-winning, architect-designed Alpine chalet with a stargazing hot tub, refreshingly off-grid and beautifully nestled 350 metres above sea level in the scenic Scottish Borders.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£235 / night

Bodiam Glamping Coach

Bodiam, Sussex, England
A time-capsule railway carriage from the 1960s, beautifully styled and perfectly positioned in the unspoilt Rother Valley, with outstanding 14th century castle views.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5
From
£135 inclusive

Lilypod

Lewdown, Devon, England
A romantic and restorative eco-retreat, lovingly hand-crafted and nestled on a shimmering Devon farm lake, with an on-site vineyard and a hammock suspended over the water for ultimate luxury.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£220/night

Cotswold Cabin Fever

Badsey, Worcestershire, England
Relax and recharge in a cosily converted, pet-friendly shipping container with a private garden and friendly neighbouring animals, gloriously secluded in the idyllic North Cotswolds.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2
From
£95 /night

Oakwood West Holidays

Chichester, West Sussex, England
Ultra-luxurious, dog-friendly hot-tub retreats, beautifully secluded by a wildlife meadow in the picture-perfect South Downs National Park.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3 per unit
Sleeps: 4 or 6 per unit
From
£650 (3 nt)

Ursabear Cabin

Morebath, Devon, England
A sumptuous, hand-built Amazing Space that takes inspiration from the stars, filled with bespoke elements and mesmerisingly nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£220 / night

Little Poro

Bishops Nympton, Devon, England
A dreamy Scandinavian-inspired retreat, complete with a cider house, a firepit shelter, and a stargazing hot tub, all beautifully secluded in a Devon apple orchard close to Exmoor.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£159 / night

The Coach House at Norton Priory

Church Norton, West Sussex, England
A historic countryside retreat for large group breaks on the mesmerising West Sussex coastal peninsula, just 400 yards from a deserted beach.
Bedrooms: 7
Sleeps: 19
From
£2,100 / week

Dalnaglar Castle

Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
A grand 19th century retreat, spectacularly set within a 200-acre estate in the heart of Glenshee, on the southern fringe of the Cairngorms National Park.
Bedrooms: 10
Sleeps: Up to 20
From
£3,999 (3 nights)

Owl Valley Glamping

Bideford, Devon, England
A fun family eco-glamping retreat with hand-made beds and wood-fired hot tubs, blissfully secluded within a private nature reserve surrounded by soothing North Devon woodland.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 4-6 per unit
From
£80 /night

Cabin at Croft 10

Shulishader, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
A sumptuously furnished space surrounded by big skies, sea views and spectacular sunsets, on a working Hebridean sheep croft just outside of Stornoway.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£120 / night

The Temple

Euston, Suffolk, England
A domed 18th century retreat with a mesmerising blend of historic features and sumptuous modern luxuries, secluded in the picture-perfect heart of a vast Suffolk estate.
Bedrooms: 2-4
Sleeps: 8
From
£300 / night

The Lodge in the Loch

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Savour perfect, breath-taking views of the iconic Old Man of Storr from a historic Isle of Skye fishing lodge, as shimmering loch-water laps gently against the walls.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£450 / night

Hesleyside Huts

Hexham, Northumberland, England
An outrageously luxurious glamping retreat with individually-styled huts and cabins, nestled within an ancient 4,000-acre estate in the heart of Northumberland National Park.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 1-4 per unit
From
£125 / night

Daisy Chain Cabin

Ticehurst, East Sussex, England
Relax and unwind amongst the blissful simplicity of nature, in a grown-ups only log cabin privately set within an East Sussex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£170 / night

Bethnal & Bec

Cottered, Hertfordshire, England
Sustainable, adults-only Hertfordshire hideaways with al fresco baths, where city style and indulgent sensory treats meet pure countryside tranquillity.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£180 / night

Thirlestane Castle

Lauder, Scottish Borders, Scotland
An exquisite 16th century castle nestled in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Thirlestane is the ultimate castle experience.
Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: 2-16
From
£230 /night

Rotherwood

Gurnard Beach, Isle of Wight, Isle Of Wight, England
A light, bright and beautiful Isle of Wight retreat with two scenic balconies and a relaxing infrared sauna, just a pebble-skim away from Gurnard Beach.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£400 / night

The Tiny Chapel

Hexham, Northumberland, England
A lovingly converted 19th century chapel with a private garden and a stargazing hot tub, set within Northumberland countryside close to Hadrian's Wall.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£223 /night

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