Be the Prince or Princess of your very own fairytale with these incredible new Host Unusual places to stay. We start with a dreamlike lodge in New Zealand with a distinctive range of contemporary treehouses, overlooking dramatic mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Next we head to the mystical trulli-lined landscape of Puglia in Italy and traditional conical-roofed accommodation at Trullo Genna. We end our journey in a palatial castle dating back to the 1870s in Western Poland, the childhood home of an acclaimed author no less! Your storybook adventure starts here…
Join us on an antipodean eco adventure to New Zealand’s South Island as we say a big ‘Kia Ora’ to the exceptional Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses (above and main picture). Dreamlike comfort and outstanding views await you in this eco-friendly Kiwi paradise, featuring a lodge and treehouses set on the dramatic coastline of Kaikoura. Lovingly created by a family of dedicated builders and architects, it’s fair to say that a visit to Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses will be imbued with some of the most spectacular scenery you can see – both in and out of your stunning accommodation! Steeped in childhood fantasy – along with plenty of added comfort and luxury – the Lodge’s five unique and expertly designed treehouses are discovered among the leaves, ten metres above ground in a sweet-scented Kanuka grove. Comfortable and stylish lodge rooms and an Olive House for larger groups are also offered, and once you have chosen your base, you’ll soon discover a vibrant wealth of ways to spend your time, from guided ocean fishing trips to watching baby seals play in the waterfalls.
Perfectly nestled within the sweet-scented fruit and olive trees of Italy’s Valle D’Itria, Trullo Genna was originally constructed in the 19th century (you’ll see the year 1828 inscribed in the entranceway) and this circular stone building with iconic conical roof is delightfully authentic both outside and in. Now lovingly reconstructed to provide luxurious accommodation for up to nine people and finished to an exceptional standard, you’ll find the trullo set over two cottages, nestled amongst four beautiful acres of fruit, nut and olive trees. Trullo Grande is the main cottage, housing three spacious bedrooms, whilst Trullo Piccolo features a cosy double bedroom in the trullo cone, along with a smaller bedroom for children and combined these create a unique fairytale Italian retreat. Take a refreshing dip in the delightful outdoor pool, or perhaps enjoy a short drive into Alberobello if you’re in the mood to immerse yourselves in cultural Italy. View historic trulli in all directions as you wander the narrow streets – this is Italy as its most achingly beautiful; the epitome of a fairytale setting.
No fairytale would be complete without a palatial castle retreat, and we have just the location for budding Royalty! Set amongst pastureland in rural Western Poland and dating back to the 1870s, there is plenty of cultural heritage nestling within the walls of this beautiful estate. The childhood home of acclaimed author Leonie Ossowski, each of the eight (and soon to be ten) indulgent suites you’ll find here have been individually inspired by her books, many of which brought the magic of Osowa Sien so wonderfully to life. Learn more about the fascinating history of the castle and its former residents throughout your stay, with friendly owners who are always happy to help their guests immerse themselves in the local culture – with plenty of mouthwatering foodie suggestions to indulge in, too! So become part of an ongoing fairytale with a soul-refreshing stay at this incredible palace.