New to Host Unusual: Floating Havens, Circus-Themed Retreats, Storybook Treehouses and More!

21 September 2022

Roll up, roll up!

Our latest list of retreats is filled with storytelling and showmanship – elevating your holiday to awe-inspiring levels of wonder.

For starters, how about bedding down in a cosy 19th century circus wagon nestled in the rolling Andalucian hillside? Adorned with red-and-white striped walls and vintage posters, you can enjoy all the fun of the Big Top itself.

Closer to home is a quirky tree-treat inspired by an iconic and much-loved fantasy tale, complete with an al fresco hot tub and rustic fairytale décor to make you feel like a character from the book!

You could also choose to take a gentle trip back in time, with a first-class stay on board a vintage-styled railway coach. Nestled on the platform at a North Herefordshire station originally built in the 1890s, you’ll also be surrounded by picture-perfect countryside.

But if you really want to watch your cares sail serenely away on the water, then how about spending time in a gorgeous glass-fronted pod on the shimmering Shropshire Union Canal (with the world’s largest ice-cream parlour close by)?

Other heavenly hideaways you’ll discover here include an authentic aviation-themed hotel, and an architect-designed Hebridean cottage with idyllic views out to the Minch. Maybe you’ll even spot the mythical Blue Men of the Minch floating on the water!

We know… choosing your favourite from this amazing list will be hard, but why not brew a cuppa and give it a go?

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Casa Canelo Circus Wagon | Andalucia, Spain

Ty'r Derw Treehouse

Talybont, Ceredigion
A treetop sanctuary, complete with an al fresco copper bath and an indulgent hot tub, blissfully secluded deep in the Cambrian mountains, close to the Ceredigion coast.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5
£309 / night

The Outdoor Hotel

Auldgirth, Dumfries and Galloway
Slow down and enjoy the spectacular rural scenery of Dumfries and Galloway, on an organic farm that's home to a stone-built bothy, romantic bell tents, and fresh, mouth-watering produce.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2 (bell tents) or 6 (bothy)
£80 / night

Retro Staycations

Ryde, Isle of Wight
A gleaming collection of iconic American Airstreams, each styled for nostalgic comfort and gloriously set within a 40-acre family-run farm on the Isle of Wight.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-6 guests per airstream
£97 / night

The Chapel Chichester

Chichester, West Sussex
A divine, media-featured retreat with fun and games inside and out, for whole-family stays in central Chichester, close to coast and countryside.
Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
£530 / night

Hotel Charles Lindbergh

Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia
Live your childhood dreams of flying and sleep in an aeronaut's cabin, in a unique, immersive fantasy world of historic aviation and adventure, set within one of Europe's best-loved theme parks.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per cabin
£335 / night (*inc extras)

Birdholme Glamping

Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire
Unwind in a luxury safari lodge with its very own hot tub, surrounded by 15 acres of woodland and lush wildflower meadows in rural Nottinghamshire.
Bedrooms: 3 per lodge
Sleeps: 4 (+2) per lodge
£640 (4 nights midweek)


Dunsford, Devon
Two cosy former bunk-rooms for slow, sustainable living, peacefully secluded amongst ancient, wildlife-steeped woodland on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2) per unit
£50 / night (Nest)

Bryn a Mor

Pentywyn, Carmarthenshire
Off-grid private hand-built shepherd's hut and tipi accommodation with onsite creative workshops, set on a sustainable farm, with ocean access and magnificent sea views in every direction.
Bedrooms: 1 per unit
Sleeps: 2 per unit (+ up to 3 extra tents)
£70 / night (tipi)

Rustic Hollow

Gamrie, Aberdeenshire
A stylish cabin with an enormous picture window and an al fresco copper bathtub, perfectly positioned amongst nature on the sweeping North East coast of Scotland.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£130 / night

The Little Folly

Nr Aylsham, Norfolk
An exquisite, bespoke-crafted hideaway for two, secluded on a friendly family farm in North Norfolk, with wide open rural views and close proximity to the sweeping coast.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£106 / night

Plas Robin Rural Retreats

Montgomery, Powys
Contemporary, bespoke-designed lodges with private stargazing hot tubs, blissfully secluded amongst remote, idyllic countryside in a historic Powys village.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3 per lodge
Sleeps: 4 or 6 per lodge
£350 / night

Rowden Mill Station Building and Parcel Office

Bredenbury, Herefordshire
Nostalgic, first-class couples and family accommodation at a restored 19th century railway station, set amongst timeless North Herefordshire countryside.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per property
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per property
£80 / night (Parcel Office)

West Cawthorne

Cawthorne, North Yorkshire
Lovingly hand-built cabins and a historic barn filled with luxury, all beautifully nestled on a lush, wildlife-steeped hilltop on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
Bedrooms: 1 (cabins) or 3 (barn)
Sleeps: 2 (cabins) or 6 (barn)
£120 / night (cabins)

Rowden Mill Station Saloon Coach

Bredenbury, Herefordshire
A vintage-styled retreat, secluded on a green platform at a restored 19th century railway station, amongst peaceful North Herefordshire countryside.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£160 / night

Tattenhall Marina Floating Pods

Chester, Cheshire
Watch your cares sail away from the comfort of a luxurious pod in the heart of rural Cheshire, with on-site facilities and a wealth of scenic waterways to explore.
Bedrooms: 1 per pod
Sleeps: 4 per pod
£99 / night

Brevig View Cottage

Brevig, Isle of Lewis
A breath-taking, architect-designed Hebridean cottage dreamily positioned on the ‘edge of the world', with spectacular Scottish mountain views across the water.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
£1,300 - £1,500 / week

Mid Auchengowan Glamping Dome

Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
A luxurious family-run farm retreat with a wood-burning stove and incredible views of peaceful Scottish countryside, with bustling Glasgow a mere stone's throw away.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£130 / night

Plum Tree Glamping

Pershore, Worcestershire
An award-winning haven with a whimsical selection of eco-friendly retreats, peacefully secluded amongst an ancient plum orchard in the Vale of Evesham.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2 or 2-4 per unit
£95 / night

Orchid Meadows

Tregaron, Ceredigion
A welcoming natureful paradise in West Wales that's fully-focused on life's loveliest pleasures: cosy retreats, abundant wildlife, and hearty rustic cooking!
Bedrooms: 1 per unit

Hill House at 57 Nord

Wester Ross, The Highlands
A jaw-dropping boutique hideaway that blends Scottish and Scandinavian craftsmanship to perfection, secluded high on a hillside for superlative sea-and-mountain views.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£1,650 (3 nights)

The Hobbity Treehouse

Blean, Kent
Unwind amongst the whispering leaves, in a quirky tree-treat inspired by an epic fantasy tale, complete with a stargazing hot tub and acres of Kent woodland to explore.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£271 / night

Casa Canelo Circus Wagon

Malaga, Andalucia
Roll up, roll up, for a Big Top-themed stay in a gloriously renovated 19th century wagon with an al fresco swimming pool, surrounded by the soaring mountains and abundant wildlife of rural Spain.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£75 / night

Brucefield Estate Schenbothies

Forestmill, Clackmannanshire
Sumptuous woodland hideaways, privately nestled on a magical Clackmannanshire estate that's teeming with rich heritage and diverse, protected wildlife.
Bedrooms: 1 per bothy
Sleeps: 2 per bothy
£175 / night


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