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As Seen on TV: Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig

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Published 17/02/2022 As Seen on TV: Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig


A warm-hearted joy to watch, Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig features the eponymous writer and comedian touring the nation, with a selection of wonderful, witty women in tow.

Their mission? To explore the delights of some of the UK's wildest, remotest, most breath-taking, and most beautifully designed holiday hideaways.

To celebrate a new series starting on Thursday 17th February 2022 at 9pm on Channel 4, here's a selection of Host Unusual-listed Extraordinary Escapes, that have appeared on previous episodes - and brand new ones coming up! 

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Wildwood Spa at Ravendale Retreats | Devon

Ty Hedfan

Ty Hedfan

Stunning award-winning architect-designed house in the wooded hills of PontFaen. Hidden away in the Welsh hills, five miles from the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park, is Ty Hedfan - a stunning family home surrounded by beautiful woodland. Its award-winning design uses contemporary architecture to complement this age-old setting, creating a heavenly retreat from modern…

Elmley Nature Reserve Shepherds Huts

Elmley Nature Reserve Shepherds Huts

Six luxurious shepherd's huts on a National Nature Reserve in Kent, with an abundance of wildlife right on your doorstep. For nature lovers, a visit to Elmley offers something nowhere else can: the chance to stay in an amazing National Nature Reserve.  As the only reserve in the UK that allows guests to extend their visits to overnight stays, Elmley gives you the chance to wake up to…

The Pumphouse

The Pumphouse

Refurbished former pump house in Hilgay, Norfolk, offering luxurious self-catering accommodation over three floors. For a unique stay that blends historical significance with modern design and comfort, The Pumphouse should be at the top of your list.  Surrounded by fields, marshes and farmland, this beautiful home is set amongst its own haven of tranquillity in the Norfolk parish…

Old Smock Mill

Old Smock Mill

A romantic escape to the Garden of England calls for a truly memorable place to stay, and that's exactly what lies in store at the Old Smock Mill, feature on the TV series Extraordinary Escapes. This beautifully restored mill in Benenden, Kent, has it all - sensational views, gorgeous décor, and history in spades.  Built in the early 1800s, the Old Smock Mill operated as a…

Sea Gem Camber

Sea Gem Camber

A magnificent award-winning architect-designed beach house with panaromic sea views and private boardwalk to the sands. Live a life of luxury at the glorious Sea Gem - a treasure to be discovered at popular Camber Sands.  This magnificent, architect-designed beach house was recently featured on Channel 4's Extraordinary Escapes and combines exquisite design with unbeatable…

Knoydart Hide

Knoydart Hide

Take romantic luxury to new heights with an award-winning hideaway for two with hot tub and sauna, built for indulgence and blissfully secluded in the Scottish Highlands. If you want to give your romantic getaway the upgrade it deserves, arranging a stay at the winner of Lux Magazine's ‘Best Honeymoon and Romantic Getaways 2017' may well be a good place to start! Knoydart Hide,…

Little Cottage

Little Cottage

Little Cottage is a stunning (and not-so-little) design-led Cornish paradise for group holidays and stylish celebrations alike. Blissfully set within Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Praa Sands is a true surfer's and sunbather's paradise, with its long, south-facing white sandy beach and fresh, rolling waves. Complete this heavenly picture with a group break spent in the…

Moat Cottage

Moat Cottage

Gather your loved ones for a group break in a storybook Suffolk cabin, surrounded by a sparkling moat! Nestled between two picturesque Suffolk villages, and with the spectacular Heritage Coast within easy reach, dog-friendly Moat Cottage is the ideal setting for group holidays with something to celebrate - even if only for a celebration of life and love!  Recently featured on…

Hunsett Mill

Hunsett Mill

A unique blend of contemporary design and traditional Norfolk architecture awaits in a uniquely renovated mill keeper's cottage. The innovative renovation and extension of this former mill keeper's cottage was shortlisted for 2009's Structural Awards, as well as gaining notable recognition as a sustainable building project.  So it goes to follow that a stay in this extraordinary…

Glen Dye Cabins & Cottages

Glen Dye Cabins & Cottages

Outdoor paradise abounds on a Scottish estate, complete with luxurious havens dotted on the banks of the River Dye. If you're in the mood for celebrating with your favourite people in tow (and the dogs, of course!), Glen Dye Cabins and Cottages -   recently featured on Channel 4's Extraordinary Escapes - offers a scenic and refreshing antidote to all those soulless hotels. Nestled in…

The Hudnalls Hideout

The Hudnalls Hideout

An ultra-luxurious, design-led and TV-featured treehouse-for-two, deliciously secluded amongst private woodland in the beautiful Wye Valley. If you had to imagine the perfect setting for a romantic treehouse, you'd be hard pressed to come up with anything quite as idyllic as the Wye Valley (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, no less). Surrounded by ancient, wildlife-steeped…

Eilean Sionnach

Eilean Sionnach

Rest your weary heads in a dreamy lighthouse cottage, blissfully cast away on a soul-soothing private island off the rugged Isle of Skye. There's a distinctly magical ‘time travelling' feel about the journey to Eilean Sionnach (Gaelic for ‘Island of the Fox'), which was  featured on Channel 4's series on Extraordinary Escapes in the UK. You'll want to savour every windswept second…

Pilot House

Pilot House

A unique aluminium cabin for two, architect designed and perfectly set in the remote Scottish Highlands, for spectacular views over the Sound of Mull. Occupying a remote, magical position on the north-eastern shore of the Sound of Mull, Drimnin could be described as one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. In other words, it's the perfect setting for an undisturbed, unbelievably scenic getaway. Rich…

Wildwood Spa

Wildwood Spa

A Zen-inspired TV-featured nature escape with a cedar sauna and heated infinity pool, nestled amongst 12 blissful acres of woodland in a North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An immersive ‘back to nature' escape, no attention to detail has been spared at Wildwood Spa, which has been featured on Channel 4's series on Extraordinary Escapes in the UK. First, the modern Zen-like retreat…

Thursford Castle

Thursford Castle

An ultra-luxurious, deliciously ‘secret' North Norfolk hideaway, created from the restored ruins of a romantic Gothic chapel just fifteen minutes from the coast.Unique and mesmerising, Thursford Castle is the very definition of a hideaway. You'd simply never know it was there at all, unless you've been let in on the ‘secret'.If you have, you'll discover the castle in a triangular landscaped…

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