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New to Host Unusual: Shetland Lighthouses, Sea Gem, Chewton Glen Treehouses and Happy Valley

7 December 2016

We have had lots of new additions tothe portfolio recently, and all are uniquely different in both style andgeography.  Here we introduce four of our top picks, ranging fromintriguing and dramatic lighthouses in sub-arctic islands to architecturalmarvels on the south coast and hidden beauty spots in simply stunning settings. 
Shetland Lighthouses: Bressay, Sumburgh and Eshaness
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First up is a collection ofthree remarkable lighthouses in the Shetland Islands, a mystical archipelago ofpristine beaches, rugged coastline and dramatic cliffs.  We start at thesouthernmost tip of the islands at Sumburgh, the oldest of Shetland’slighthouses and strikingly visible from land and sea for miles. If it looksfamiliar, it’s because many of you will recognise the lighthouse from BBC1’s’Shetland’ series broadcast earlier this year. Next up is Bressay Lighthouse,set on a rocky headland at Lerwick Harbour. Bressay is a separate island initself and it offers an invitingly quiet and peaceful setting for aholiday.  Finally, towards the northwest of the islands you’ll reachEshaness Lighthouse which displays historic photos of its past and sitsmajestically atop a dramatic cliff for some truly incredible views out tosea. 
 
Sea Gem Camber
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Sea Gem in Camber enjoys asimilar close proximity to the water, but fronted by the wide golden sands ofthe Sussex shoreline it is in many ways worlds apart from Shetland.  Thisarchitect-designed wonder was featured in the Channel 4 programme ‘Homes by theSea’ and is a popular shoot location for its high style and unique design.Floor-to-ceiling glass maximises the light and space and, of course, those enviableviews as you move between the floors via the spiral staircase. The outdoordecked terraces that flow from the living spaces allow you to wine, dine andhost a sophisticated group holiday like no other.
 
Chewton Glen Treehouses
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The third property we showcasehere is also no stranger to style and sophistication. The Chewton Glen Treehouses are suspended 35 feet above ground level so you feel at one with thetree canopies that form part the grounds of Chewton Glen Hotel. Natural touchessuch as luxury glass-topped log tables add to the atmospherics, and the finishis truly luxurious from marble bathroom with roll-top bathtub tostate-of-the-art mood lighting. Each suite also comes with its own privatehot-tub high amongst the branches and leaves of the New Forest. And in case you were getting usedto being near the coast, you’ll find the beach just a convenient 5 minutesaway!
 
Happy Valley Glamping Retreat
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Last but by no means least,get ready to enter a world of intrigue and natural beauty sculpted by a formerglacier.  Happy Valley is set in picturesque Norfolk woodland, and is all aboutembracing the concept of ‘forest bathing’ – surrounding oneself with ancient,verdant trees, and following the Japanese belief that spending time amongst thetrees is proven to reduce your stress levels, improve sleep and enhance yourwell-being. The pictures at this perfect glamping destination speak forthemselves: glorious sunrises shining through the canopy, lofty tree trunks,and brilliantly crafted wood cabins and shepherds huts in the forest. Withplans afoot for a treehouse, roundhouse and hot tubs in early 2017, this is one easy placeto fall in love with.

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