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New to Host Unusual: Retro Retreats, Coastal Lookouts, Stone-Age Roundhouses, and Many More!

15 September 2021

Quirky holidays are all about experiencing something so fabulously unique, that you can’t stop talking about it to anyone who’ll listen!

Happily, our newest retreats have the “just won’t shut up” factor in spades.  

They include a former coastguard tower where Ian Fleming is claimed to have written some of his James Bond books, and an immersive overnight stay in an ancient Celtic roundhouse… complete with ‘mammoth-hunting’ and fresh croissants for breakfast!

We’ve got plenty more to show you too, from luxury treehouses that soar over the Scottish Highlands, to a vintage bus in rural Portugal, complete with its own private pool.

Come and dive in!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Little Lookout | West Sussex

Magpies and Butterflies

Cookham, Berkshire
A cosy and whimsical Dutch barge that's styled as a floating ‘country cottage', peacefully moored in a historic Thames village.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£150 / night

The Beekeeper's Bothy

Newburgh, Aberdeenshire
A relaxing retreat on the windswept, nature-infused Aberdeenshire coast, with sweeping panoramic views of the Ythan Estuary.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£85 / night

The Lowe Comotion

Batchmere, West Sussex
A charmingly restored vintage train carriage with first class family accommodation, stopped in its very own ‘station' amongst picture-perfect West Sussex countryside.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
£150 / night

Blyth Rise Stays

Laxfield, Suffolk
Savour rural Suffolk at its most beautiful, from the comfort of a nature-steeped, adults-only retreat that's home to lakeside lodges, cosy Igluhuts, and two luxurious woodland saunas.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per unit
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per unit
£425 (4 nights, Igluhut)

Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping

Ballintra, County Donegal
Luscious, off-grid lakeside retreats and a strawbale lodge, mesmerisingly secluded amongst 90 acres of diverse, wild, and unspoilt landscapes on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
£100 / night

Secret Garden

Beccles, Suffolk
A sleek, stylish, and scenic Suffolk boatyard pod for fun family escapes, complete with seafaring experiences on the edge of the Broads National Park.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 2-4
£165 / night

Hill Farm Tintern

Tintern, Monmouthshire
A low-impact, paradise-like retreat that overlooks the Wye Valley, complete with cosy accommodation, an eco-spa, and a programme of magical sensory experiences in nature.
Bedrooms: 2 yurts, 1 room
Sleeps: Up to 2 (+3)
£95 / night (room with a view)

Hoppickers Rural Retreats

Brockamin, Worcestershire
An award-winning escape with luxurious dog-and-family-friendly havens, on-site activities, and private hot tubs, beautifully located in rural Worcestershire.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per unit
Sleeps: 2 4 or 5 per unit
£250 (2 nights)

Harbour House Stromness

Stromness, Orkney
An enchanting Orkney retreat steeped in maritime heritage, with sea views, a private pier, and a quirky boathouse for feasts and games alike.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
£280 / night

The Little Lookout

Littlehampton, West Sussex
A former coastguard tower, stylishly transformed into a cool, contemporary retreat with spectacular views from Littlehampton's iconic seafront.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
£150 / night

Malting Farm

Little Bentley, Essex
A small and idyllic escape, secluded on a 300-acre family-run farm in North Essex, you will find three oak-framed cabin retreats with private hot tubs, that offer a little something for everyone.
Bedrooms: Varies
£70 / nt

To the Shore

Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
A luxurious Cornish coastal retreat with an après-surf shower and a show-stopping, south-facing balcony, mere moments from Mawgan Porth Beach.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: up to 8
£2,025 (7 nights)

Studio Hoose & Tree Hoose

Garve, Ross-shire
Two unique retreats, gently elevated on a private hillside croft over the wildlife-steeped Loch Broom, for sweeping and spectacular Scottish Highland views.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 3 or 4 per unit
£600 (3 nights)

Retro Camping Bus

Arrabal, Leiria
A beautifully restored vintage bus with a private pool, parked on a welcoming family farm, and surrounded by fruit and olive trees in the heart of rural Portugal.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
£90 / night


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