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New to Host Unusual: Helicopter Glamping, a Vintage Dutch Barge, Scenic Sea Stays, and More!

27 July 2023

Do you prefer bedding down on land, or at sea? No matter, because our latest collection of unusual retreats caters to both holiday preferences!

And although each one boasts charm and personality that’s completely unique, there’s one thing they all have in common… a warmly welcoming sense of home.

Let’s say you opt for helicopter glamping in Cornwall. Not only will you savour panoramic sea views from an ex-Royal Navy craft – its cockpit fully intact – but you’ll also be served a hearty, home-cooked farmhouse breakfast each morning, complete with oven-fresh bread.

Or how about relaxing on a vintage Dutch barge, moored in a soothing Suffolk coastal hamlet, boasting a plant-festooned jetty for morning coffee, and beautifully furnished by its expert art-and-design-curator owner?

Oh, and then there’s the sumptuous ‘tiny house’ sea-sanctuary on Brighton Marina. Cocooned in high-end luxury and supreme attention to detail, you can watch the visiting sunset and sailboats feeling at one with life, yet the bright lights of the city centre are just a half-hour stroll away.

Each one of these retreats is all but guaranteed to delight your senses and challenge your expectations of what a dream holiday looks and feels like – and we can’t wait to introduce you to each one!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Adrianto | Suffolk

Tiny Box Brighton

Brighton, East Sussex, England
A unique and special sea-sanctuary with bespoke furniture, stylish décor, and a private balcony to watch the sunset and sailboats on Brighton Marina.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£100 / night

The Adrianto

Pin Mill, Suffolk, England
A vintage Dutch barge, elegantly styled with authentic mid-century pieces and moored in a beautiful Suffolk coastal hamlet, with soothing views over the River Orwell.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£110 /night

Haelarcher Helicopter Glamping

The Lizard, Cornwall, England
A welcoming ‘home-from-home’ Cornish stay with a delicious farmhouse breakfast, beautiful sea views, and a comfy bed in an ex-Royal Navy helicopter!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£99/night

HappenOak Treehouse

Balsham, Cambridgeshire, England
A hand-built oak haven with an elevated Finnish-style sauna and indulgent al fresco bathtub, beautifully secluded in peaceful Cambridgeshire countryside.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£270 /night

Sunray Riverside Lodge

Potter Heigham, Norfolk, England
A luxurious, family-sized Norfolk Broads retreat, peacefully set on the banks of the River Thurne with spectacular views across the water.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
From
£350 /3-4 nts

Creag na h-Iolaire

Strathcarron, The Highlands, Scotland
A uniquely magical, award-winning architect-designed sanctuary elevated over the shimmering Loch Shieldaig in Scotland’s unspoilt, dramatic, and breathtakingly beautiful West Highlands.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£1,900 /week

Skuyö

Duisdealmor, Isle of Skye, Scotland
A sumptuous, architect-designed haven that’s rich in clean-lined Scandinavian design and sensory treats that include an al fresco hot tub, mesmerisingly secluded on the scenic southern peninsula of Skye.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£250 /night

Arnie the Army Truck

Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset, England
An exquisite, pet-friendly tiny home-for-two, imaginatively crafted from a vintage bomb-disposal truck and blissfully secluded in the rural heart of Somerset.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£99/night

The Hay Trailer

St Catherine, Somerset, England
A lovingly handcrafted hideaway with a wood-fired hot tub, secluded amongst woodland and big skies in a designated AONB that’s close to the city of Bath.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 3
From
£98-150/night

The Loft

St Catherine, Somerset, England
A romantic and super-stylish retreat with a wood-fired hot tub for stargazing, privately secluded in a hillside garden on the edge of the Cotswolds, just 20 minutes away from the city of Bath.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2
From
£98-150/night

Wild Meadow Huts

Doolin, County Clare, Ireland
Sumptuous adults-only shepherd’s huts with Japanese soaking tubs, peacefully secluded amongst a wildflower meadow in Ireland’s traditional music capital.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 per hut
From
£130 /night

Hideaway Heath Hollow

Colchester, Essex, England
A unique, quirky cabin-for-two with an al fresco hot tub, rich in luxurious detail and beautifully secluded on the edge of ancient Essex woodland.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£225 /night

Seaview Cottage

Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
A charming, warmly-welcoming family and dog-friendly haven that’s mere moments from the beach on Scotland’s breath-taking Isle of Bute.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£995 / week

The Long Barn

Pembrokeshire, Wales
The Long Barn is divided in to two stylish and sustainably-crafted retreats for fun family escapes, dog-friendly and perfectly positioned on a ten-acre smallholding that’s a perfect base for exploring Pembrokeshire.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£420 /3 nts

Salvation House

Bradninch, Devon, England
A vintage, architect-designed Salvation Army hall, breath-takingly restored as an ultra-luxurious retreat with a rooftop terrace and geodesic dome with spectacular Devon views.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£300 /night

The Old Signal Box Wellow

Wellow, Somerset, England
A heritage-rich, pet-friendly artist’s retreat with a relaxing sauna, beautifully secluded amongst chocolate-box countryside in a Somerset village that’s close to the iconic city of Bath.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£100 /night

Fishing Hut at Dod Mill

Lauder, Scottish Borders, Scotland
A quirky, artist-created haven that’s half-log-cabin and half-vintage caravan, gloriously off-grid and beautifully secluded on the bank of the Boondreigh river in the Scottish Borders.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
From
£70 /night

Long Beach School Bus

Cheddar, Somerset, England
Have yourselves a big ol’ slice of Americana, lovingly created for memory-making and primed for fresh-air fun in the beautiful Somerset countryside.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 6
From
£195 /night

Airhouses

Lauder, Scottish Borders, Scotland
An award-winning selection of five-star retreats with hot tubs, enticingly set amongst acres of scenic, wildlife-steeped farmland in the big-sky Scottish Borders.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-10 per unit
From
£350 /2 nts

Mango Lodge

La Villiaze, Guernsey, Channel Islands
A vintage goat-shed, lovingly transformed into a luxurious wood-crafted apartment-for-two with a private deck, secluded in the heart of Guernsey.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£450 /3 nts

Station Cottage Bucknell

Bucknell, Shropshire, England
Chug gently back in time with a historic stay in a Grade II-listed, architecturally celebrated railway retreat in rural South Shropshire.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£95 /night

Wilderhus Glamping

Ashburton, Devon, England
A selection of creative eco-retreats with Scandi-style wood-fired hot tubs for stargazing, beautifully secluded on the edge of a traditional working South Devon farm.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 6
From
£69 / night

Carry Farm Lodges

Tighnabruaich, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
A sumptuous trio of architect-designed rural retreats, breathtakingly secluded between sea and ancient woodland on Scotland’s unspoilt west coast.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3 per lodge
Sleeps: 6
From
£405 /3 nights

Lulubelle

Limehouse Basin, London, England
A stylish, sumptuous wide-beam houseboat with a furnished al fresco deck, perfectly located on the historic Limehouse Basin for an activity-packed, adults-only stay in London.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£185 /night

Glamp and Tipple

Attleborough, Norfolk, England
An award-winning, family-run retreat in rural Norfolk with luxury dog-friendly yurts, private facilities, and wood-fired hot tubs… ideal for first-time glampers!
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 8
From
£162 / night

The Whale House

Mission Canyon, California, USA
A mesmerisingly unique fantasy-style haven, with curved walls and a 75ft lap pool that flows into the guest house, architect-crafted and perfectly located for Santa Barbara’s best attractions.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£885 / night

Poyntzfield House

Near Jemimaville, The Highlands, Scotland
A grand Georgian mansion with its own indoor/outdoor swimming pool, set amongst vast, immaculate garden grounds on Scotland’s atmospheric Black Isle, for unforgettable large-group escapes.
Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: 18
From
£2995/ 3nts

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