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New to Host Unusual: Sugar-Sweet Retreats, Glass-Fronted Treetop Lodges, a Vintage School Bus… and More!

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Published 26/04/2022 New to Host Unusual: Sugar-Sweet Retreats, Glass-Fronted Treetop Lodges, a Vintage School Bus… and More!


There's so much variety in our latest collection of retreats, that whatever your holiday taste, we're confident you'll discover a brand-new favourite right here.

If you've got a group of friends and family in tow, how about a sugar-sweet retreat with its very own kitchen disco, set within the walls of a 13th century castle in the Quantock Hills?

Meanwhile, Ireland's sweeping north coast is the perfect place to relax with your loved one, especially when you can admire the scenery from a glass-fronted treetop lodge with an al fresco whirlpool bath.

You could also spend quality family time together in ancient Essex woodland, courtesy of a vintage American bus that's perfect for off-grid reconnection in nature.

But if you'd rather escape the UK altogether, simply head for the sun-soaked Algarve and a spacious, laid-back safari tent with a shimmering pool, and a lounging terrace with views of the surrounding natural park.

If none of this has whetted your holiday appetite, rest assured there's plenty more in store!  Read on to browse stargazing cabins, gorgeous glamping havens, idyllic beach houses, and Scandi-style sanctuaries.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Burrenmore Nest | Northern Ireland

The Tree House

The Tree House

A luxurious tree-treat for two, expertly handcrafted and sumptuously nestled in the vast, leafy grounds of a historic manor house in the rolling Cotswold hills. When you arrive at The Tree House, the first thing you're likely to notice is the luxurious attention to detail that makes a romantic break in the Cotswolds so special. Beautifully crafted from oak and cedar by artisan carpenters, you'll…

The Coach House

The Coach House

A sumptuous couples' hideaway, complete with a games room and a huge freestanding bath, privately nestled amongst 25 picture-perfect acres of Cotswold countryside. Blissfully secluded on the estate of a 17th century manor house in the Cotswolds, close to the historic wool town of Tetbury, The Coach House is an idyllic retreat for two dreamy souls. Everything about the super-stylish interiors…

Toadlands Shepherd's Huts

Toadlands Shepherd's Huts

A sumptuous, romantic hideaway with hotel-suite facilities plus your own stargazing wood-fired hot tub, nestled in one of Northern England's most beautiful ‘secret' settings. Further off the beaten tourist track than its neighbours Northumberland and the Yorkshire Dales, Teesdale is a chocolate-box valley that forms part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Described in…

Burrenmore Nest

Burrenmore Nest

Gleaming glass-fronted treetop lodges with al fresco whirlpool baths, sumptuously nestled amongst scenic forestland on Ireland's sweeping north coast. Part of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Burrenmore Nest sits within 82 heavenly hectares of a forest estate that's mere moments from Benone Strand. Fans of Game of Thrones will recognise this pristine seven-mile stretch of sandy…

Milovaig House

Milovaig House

A cosily restored 19th century crofter's house with a wood-burning hot tub, remotely nestled on the atmospheric, windswept cliffs of the Isle of Skye. If you're serious about getting away from it all, Milovaig is your dream destination. A small, scenic hamlet on the Isle of Skye, here you'll discover soothing, sheep-dotted rural landscapes, and soaring clifftops that showcase incredible sea loch…

Tara's Tent

Tara's Tent

A large, laid-back safari tent with private facilities, a sun-soaked lounging terrace and a pool, superbly nestled in the Algarve with views of Ria Formosa Natural Park. Privately secluded on a friendly family site in the Algarve, the dreamlike Tara's Tent is surrounded by sweet-scented orange groves, with enthralling views of Ria Formosa Natural Park. As if that wasn't enough, you'll enjoy…

Nordisk Village Puglia

Nordisk Village Puglia

Sleep under the stars, in a hygge-infused cotton tent secluded on the mesmerising grounds of an ancient wine estate in the heel of Italy's ‘boot', with dreamy white-sand beaches practically on the doorstep. With its global catalogue of specially-selected, picture-perfect locations, Nordisk Village has taken the well-known Danish buzzword ‘hygge' (meaning "comfortable and cosy") to sumptuous…

Stargazing Cabins

Stargazing Cabins

Lovingly hand-built, off-grid retreats with vintage open-air baths, perfectly secluded amongst nature under the vast, starry skies of Devon's Blackdown Hills. Purposefully designed to help romantic couples re-connect with the natural world - and each-other - the three unique Stargazing Cabins you'll discover at Royal Oak Farm were hand-built with love. Located in the Blackdown Hills, a…

Tiny Home Borders

Tiny Home Borders

A cosy, off-grid hillside retreat with magnificent views of the Border Hills, complete with a wood-fired hot tub, neighbouring red deer, and your very own lochan. Outrageously scenic and sumptuously secluded, you'll discover Tiny Home Borders nestled on the southern slopes of ancient Ruberslaw, a conical hill on the banks of the River Teviot. Part of a friendly family farm, you'll be surrounded…

Hope Farm Retreats

Hope Farm Retreats

A warm, welcoming haven on a 13-acre family farm in the heart of the Wye Valley, with cosy glamping accommodation, fun activities, and craft workshops galore. Nestled on a friendly family farm that's beautifully positioned between the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, Hope Farm Retreats is teeming with all things nice... cosy accommodation, fresh-air activity, craft workshops, and an abundance…

Lazybed & Batbox

Lazybed & Batbox

Two unique, eco-friendly retreats, blissfully secluded on a three-acre croft in the North West Highlands, with jaw-dropping mountain-and-sea-loch views, and white-sand beaches close by. Tucked away in the far north-western corner of the Scottish Highlands, Assynt is rich in natural wonder of just about every description. Characterised by soaring mountains, soft white-sand beaches, shimmering…

HARTA Retreat

HARTA Retreat

A sustainable sanctuary nestled amongst woodland and meadow on the scenic edge of Exmoor National Park, with the sweeping North Devon coast practically on the doorstep. Bespoke-designed to soothe frazzled souls grown weary of hectic urban life, you'll find HARTA Retreat perfectly positioned on the edge of Exmoor National Park, amongst 46 idyllic acres of woodland and meadow. Not only can you…

Nature's Nest Glamping

Nature's Nest Glamping

A luxurious collection of family and dog-friendly canvas cottages with private hot tubs, beautifully nestled amongst rolling Herefordshire countryside with soothing views of the River Wye. Set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Nature's Nest Glamping is exactly that: a cosy and luxurious hideaway amidst rolling, wildlife-steeped Herefordshire countryside. Here you'll…

Halula Gem

Halula Gem

A seriously Instagrammable large group retreat with an epic kitchen disco and sugar-sweet interiors, set within the walls of a 13th century castle on the edge of the Quantock Hills. We're willing to bet you've never stayed anywhere like Halula Gem before. After all, how many retreats a) are set within ancient castle walls on the edge of the Quantock Hills, and b) boast the funkiest, most…

Halula Beach House

Halula Beach House

A vibrant, exotic large-group retreat with Cornish-themed bedrooms and a heated outdoor swimming pool, perfectly secluded by the surfer's paradise that is Fistral Beach. Boasting 10 bedrooms that sleep up to 24 guests, and with well-behaved dogs welcome, nobody has to be left off the holiday list for the ultimate in Cornish coastal retreats! Perfectly located right by chic, sweeping Fistral…

Chalybeate Yurt

Chalybeate Yurt

A romantic, lovingly hand-crafted yurt for two, mesmerisingly secluded on the edge of a magical Scottish Borders forest, with spectacular views of the Pentland Hills from the wood-fired hot tub. Blissfully far from the beaten tourist track, you'll discover the cosy, secluded Chalybeate Yurt on a small and sustainable Scottish Borders farm that's teeming with nature, run by friendly owners Amy and…

Acorn Glade

Acorn Glade

Reconnect and get back to nature with quirky, eco-friendly grown-up's glamping with resident wallabies, set in tranquil lakeside woodlands by the Yorkshire Wolds. With eco-friendly accommodation set in three acres of meadowland, Acorn Glade is a gorgeous glamping haven that's strictly for grown-ups only, set in a designated Local Wildlife Site with its own private lake, on the outskirts of the…

The Bide

The Bide

A sustainable, architect-designed retreat with stylish interiors, curated entertainment, and a wood-fired hot tub, lovingly hand-built on a friendly working farm in a Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The result of a lockdown-inspired labour of love, The Bide was designed, styled, and hand-built by its friendly owners, Scott and Caroline. This was no amateur project, however, as Scott…

Brackenhill Glamping

Brackenhill Glamping

Cosily furnished, family-sized safari tents, dog-friendly and secluded amongst 1,5 acres of Devon nature that's close to both Dartmoor National Park and unspoilt South Hams beaches. Friendly and family-run, you'll find Brackenhill Glamping nestled amongst 1.5 peaceful acres of an idyllic farm field in the ancient South Devon village of Ugborough. Not only is Dartmoor National Park in easy reach,…

Phoebus Glamping

Phoebus Glamping

A cheerfully converted vintage American school bus, solar-powered and beautifully nestled amongst ancient Essex woodland for fun-filled family adventures. Cleverly named after the Greek God of the sun, Phoebus is a beautifully converted, vintage American school bus that's solar-powered for joyful, off-grid family escapes. Nestled amongst ancient Essex woodland on a vast private site comprising…

Long Valley Yurts Windermere

Long Valley Yurts Windermere

Moroccan-inspired, family-sized yurts with Scandinavian wood-fired hot tubs, nestled on a charming farm site just a pebble skim away from England's largest and most spectacular natural lake. Showcasing the Lake District at its most enchanting, you'll discover Long Valley Yurts' Windermere location just a short distance from the vast natural lake itself, on a friendly farm site at the foot of the…

Blossom Orchard

Blossom Orchard

An enchanting orchard retreat with thoughtfully-furnished yurts, luxury facilities and friendly alpacas, surrounded by wildflower meadows in the magical heart of Somerset. An instantly welcoming family-run retreat, you'll find Blossom Orchard dreamily positioned amongst 10 private acres, in the sleepy Somerset village of Wearne. There's a distinct feeling of rural paradise here, as you unwind…

Dittisham Hideaway

Dittisham Hideaway

An exquisite collection of luxury treehouses, a gleaming American airstream, and artisan shepherd's huts, all with al fresco hot tubs and beautifully nestled in the scenic heart of Devonshire countryside. If you were to close your eyes and imagine the perfect countryside idyll, it's likely you'll picture Dittisham Hideaway. Overlooking a sun-dappled woodland valley just a mile from the…

Nymetwood Treehouses

Nymetwood Treehouses

Sumptuous Scandi-inspired hideaways with al fresco copper bathtubs, secluded amongst acres of Devon woodland, meadow, and apple orchard, with idyllic views over Dartmoor. It's hard to imagine a more magical place to escape into nature than Nymetwood Treehouses. Set amongst 20 blissful, wildlife-steeped acres of Devon meadow and woodland, with babbling streams, lush meadows, and whispering apple…

The Burrow

The Burrow

A lovingly hand-built hideaway, with a stargazing hot tub and a green roof that blends beautifully into the hillside on a tranquil Powys family farm. Secluded on a peaceful and picturesque family farm in Powys, The Burrow is a luxurious hideaway that's perfect for small families in need of a fresh and reviving escape. Friendly owners Tom and Amy designed and built the retreat themselves, with…

Ty'r Derw Treehouse

Ty'r Derw Treehouse

A treetop sanctuary, complete with an al fresco copper bath and an indulgent hot tub, blissfully secluded deep in the Cambrian mountains, close to the Ceredigion coast. No matter how hard you tried, you simply couldn't conjure up a more magical position for Ty'r Derw Treehouse (or "the house of the oak" in English). Nestled deep in the heart of the awe-inspiring Cambrian mountains, the idyllic…

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