New to Host Unusual: off-grid glamping, a Somerset castle and a Dorset beach house.
Now the eggs have transformed into empty wrappers, the bunnies have gone back into hiding and it's back to normality after the long Easter weekend, it's the perfect time to consider an early summer mini-break. We have four new options for you to consider, ranging from a group 'medieval' style celebration in a fairytale castle to eco-friendly and off-grid glamping experiences and a stunningly-set beach house in Dorset.
Live a real-life fairytale when you discover the sheer uniqueness of a stay at Walton Castle. Dating back to the 17th Century, this incredible castle has all the charm and character you'd expect - turrets, a keep, hot tub, pool, acres of grounds - and it can accommodate a group of up to 16 guests. The activities you can experience here are just as unique - maybe arrange a Medieval Day with jousting, archery, falconry, sword fighting and a murder mystery experience followed by a medieval banquet! Walton Castle offers a once-in-a-lifetime castle adventure and celebration that you won't forget in a hurry.
Set foot on this car-free Greener Camping Club and wonderfully off-grid rural retreat in Wales and you will find yourself instantly dropping the pace as you take in the peace and serenity of the countryside. A working farm in Carmarthernshire, Henfryn Farm offers homely and spacious bell tents and a brand new shepherd's hut for 2017, set in a tranquil hay meadow and with a private deck to enjoy the sunset - along with the obligatory fire pit to toast some marshmallows on well into the evening. Nearby you'll find the majestic Preseli Mountain range and stunning West Wales coast to explore.
An adult-only 'grownups glamping' sanctuary in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside, if you are looking for a romantic retreat to a more natural way of life then look no further than Acorn Glade. Another off-grid escape from busy life, you have a range of accommodation options to choose from here, from spacious canvas yurts to an insulated timber cabin overlooking a picturesque lake and a 100-year old bow-top gypsy wagon with solar lights and stained-glass window. The tranquil lake is a perfect fishing spot, and the historic city of York is just over 30 minutes away.
Our final destination is the World Heritage Jurassic Coast of Dorset and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Short House is a chic beach house and converted barn as part of a country estate, enviably located just 400 metres from the sands of Chesil Beach. Breath-taking ocean views, distinctive bright and contemporary decor and use of the on-site tennis courts are just some of the attractions of this wonderful pet-friendly beach retreat. Not to mention the glorious beaches, coves and perfect coastal walks in both directions that all beg to be explored.