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Beat the Summer Surge and Book a Unique Retreat for 2022

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Published 11/01/2022 Beat the Summer Surge and Book a Unique Retreat for 2022


Summer! It may feel like an other-wordly concept, or a lifetime away as we navigate the chills of a UK winter, but before you know it, all the quirkiest gems are booked up faster than you can say "Mine's a Cornetto"

It's for precisely this reason that we've highlighted a range of excellent and tantalisingly unusual UK summer retreats, all with good availability remaining for the flip flop and swimsuit days that we're all yearning for as we wait patiently in our slippers and wooly jumpers.

OK, so it may be too early to get the suitcase out and start packing, but it's definitely not too soon to start booking! Browse our top picks below...

Image: Nink's Wagon | Shropshire

The Nest Treehouse

The Nest Treehouse

A genuine treehouse, up a tree; unique, idyllic and perfectly luxurious treehouse hideaway in Devon's beautiful Blackdown Hills. The Nest offers the chance for a lucky pair of lovebirds to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an ancient broadleaved wood, fully suspended nine metres high in a mature English oak tree. After a short meander through the surrounding woodland, you'll find yourself…

The Windmill

The Windmill

Nestled in the heart of Anglesey is The Windmill - this truly unique holiday home for four boasts unique features, spectacular countryside views, and even a spot of TV fame. The Windmill at Melin Newydd cottages (Welsh for ‘New Mill') was built in 1833, and is found in peaceful Tynlon, near Rhosneigr.  However, after a ferocious storm in the 1920s, it was so damaged that it…

Upper Lodge

Upper Lodge

Open-plan, contemporary luxury by expert architect design, set on the stunning Shotley Peninsula...spectacular views are guaranteed both inside and out. Sleeping up to 6 people, the spacious, open-plan Upper Lodge is the ideal location for a group holiday with a sparklingly scenic difference. Perfectly situated on a quiet lane close to the tip of the Shotley Peninsula,…

Loose Reins

Loose Reins

Mosey on down to the Wessex Ridgeway, where a luxurious pioneer's paradise awaits. Time for a ranch-inspired family escape complete with cedar cabins that chart the history of the Wild West... When the demands of a stressful daily life start to get you down, there's no better time to pack up the family (including the dog) and head to Loose Reins, where you'll find time has slowed down especially…

Champing™ Booton

Champing™ Booton

Experience a unique Champing™ break at St Michael the Archangel in Booton, an impressive listed church in the peaceful Norfolk countryside. First there was camping, then there was glamping, and now, there's ChampingTM. Church camping is revolutionising the traditional camping break, giving you exclusive use of some of the UK's greatest listed buildings for the most unforgettable…

Ketch

Ketch

Make memories on the wild shores of the Irish Sea at Ketch, tucked away in the shadow of Ireland's tallest onshore lighthouse. This truly delightful lighthouse keeper's cottage is the perfect escape for a family of four, who can live the life of a lighthouse keeper in some of Northern Ireland's most dramatic surroundings. Set on the coast of County Down, Ketch is found at St…

Greystead Old Church

Greystead Old Church

A celestial church conversion in the heavenly heart of the North Tyne Valley, infused with authentic Georgian style and contemporary luxury for a break that's worthy of a blessing. If you're in need of divine reconnection with your loved ones - including the dogs - Greystead Old Church is the perfect setting.  Once an exquisite Georgian church, this remarkable Grade II listed building…

High Trodigal

High Trodigal

A luxurious earth-sheltered cottage built to blend with the ancient hills of Kintyre, for a romantic five-star retreat to remember. Blazing golden sunsets become even more beautiful when viewed from the magnificent elevated platform offered by High Trodigal, a natural stone cottage built into the hillside itself. Stunningly surrounded by the ancient hills of Kintyre, discover High Trodigal in…

Dolly the Circus Wagon

Dolly the Circus Wagon

Step right up for a unique stay in a welcoming Welsh wagon for two, filled with romance, fun and creativity. If you've always dreamed of running away and joining the circus, a stay in Dolly the Circus Wagon will provide the perfect head start! A self-contained former circus living wagon, built in 1947 and now secluded in lush green grounds near Cardigan Bay, Dolly has been lovingly…

Red Alert Fire Truck

Red Alert Fire Truck

Rescue your holiday at the Red Alert Fire Truck - a sizzling escape in an outstandingly picturesque farmland location, set within the Lake District National Park. Ever wondered what it's like to be a firefighter, but didn't fancy risking your life to find out? Well, now's your chance to indulge! Red Alert is a quirky former fire truck that's uniquely equipped for a truly memorable family…

The Red Bus

The Red Bus

A quirky and imaginative hideaway, with all the delights of the Gloucestershire countryside literally on the doorstep! Sleeping up to six people in perfect rural comfort, The Red Bus is a joyfully idyllic haven for families looking to reconnect in nature (whilst having plenty of fun into the bargain). A cosy, colourful and creative conversion of an Eighties' double-decker Metro bus, this…

Longships

Longships

A sumptuous, white-walled lighthouse cottage, featuring dramatic Cornish clifftop views and endless coastal walks. Lizard Lighthouse, lit for the first time in 1751, is still a working lighthouse today, complete with two distinctive towers that have helped make it a much-loved Cornish landmark. Located within the Lizard Peninsula, and on the southern-most tip of mainland Britain, the…

Melin Mabes

Melin Mabes

A Pembrokeshire Amazing Space that combines timeless home comfort with interstellar accommodation that's out of this world! Discover Melin Mabes in the soothing midst of rural Pembrokeshire, on the four-acre site of a 16th century watermill.   The brainchild of your friendly and imaginative hosts, Martin and Carol-Anne, you can be sure of a surprisingly unique, life-loving and detail-rich…

Nink's Wagon

Nink's Wagon

Run away with the circus, in an authentic showman's carriage that's perfect for two, secluded on a rural Shropshire estate. Now owned by former circus performer Nink (hence the name), Nink's Wagon is a genuine showman's carriage that dates all the way back to the 1920s. Once the travelling home of the circus ringmaster himself, you can expect a unique retreat for two that would once have been…

Pheasant's Roost Shepherd's Hut

Pheasant's Roost Shepherd's Hut

A rustic and romantic retreat set within North Yorkshire farmland, ideal for first-time glampers and Wolds Way walkers. Pheasant's Roost is a cosy shepherd's hut for two (plus two small dogs, if you're bringing extra company along!), gloriously surrounded by North Yorkshire countryside. Perfect for first-time glampers who don't want to ‘rough it' in the Great Outdoors, you'll find Pheasant's…

Orchardleigh Castle

Orchardleigh Castle

Give your break a touch of regal polish, in a private dog-friendly castle with a scenic outdoor hot tub, set on an historic, 500-acre Somerset estate.   Spanning 500 exquisite acres, and dating back over three centuries, Somerset's Orchardleigh Estate is a location worthy of the grandest celebrations.   In fact, if you think the estate seems familiar, it could be because you've already…

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

A luxurious, couples-only geodome, with bespoke furniture and a huge picture window to showcase the peaceful rolling hills of mid-Wales.The perfect excuse to hire a babysitter, Norwegian Wood is an adults-only, pet-free retreat amongst the scenic mid-Welsh hills, close to the beautiful Elan Valley.The spacious geodome enjoys a low carbon footprint, with home-produced electricity and wind turbine…

Stoke Ferry Windmill

Stoke Ferry Windmill

A super-stylish, seven-storey Grade II listed windmill complete with heated outdoor pool, gently nestled in a historic Norfolk village. Standing proudly in its own expansive green garden, the seven-storey Stoke Ferry Windmill is an idyllic Norfolk village retreat for large group breaks, surrounded by your favourite people. (With space for up to 15 guests, and boasting not only a packed games…

Spiers Lodge

Spiers Lodge

An artisan, eco-friendly couple's retreat in the magical heart of Scottish forestland, complete with hot tub and mesmerising Highlands views. Surrounded by enchanting forestland that's teeming with wildlife, Spiers Lodge is nestled in the grounds of the expansive Culdees Castle Estate, for a memorable and authentic Scottish break that's also packed with artisan luxury. The eco-friendly cabin for…

The Beekeeper's Bothy

The Beekeeper's Bothy

A relaxing retreat on the windswept, nature-infused Aberdeenshire coast, with sweeping panoramic views of the Ythan Estuary. You'll discover the bespoke, larch-clad Beekeeper's Bothy - one of three - perfectly positioned in the village of Newburgh, on the atmospheric Aberdeenshire coast. Surrounded by wild, unspoilt nature, and sleeping up to four guests, you can gaze at  the Ythan Estuary…

Craigmaddie Muir Roundhouse

Craigmaddie Muir Roundhouse

A romantic Scottish hillside eco-retreat with a floor-to-ceiling glass front and hot tub, nestled in magical silver birch woodland. Lovingly handcrafted, and privately nestled on a vast, 400-acre farm that's just ten miles from Glasgow's bustling city centre, Craigmaddie Muir Roundhouse is the ultimate romantic hideaway. Gently elevated over stunning silver birch woodland, you can marvel at…

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

A luxurious and imaginative family beach retreat with a hot tub and sauna, dog-friendly and located moments away from Gwithian Towans. Dreamily set amongst the wild dunes of Gwithian Towans, Yellow Submarine is the newest addition to a small, exclusive resort-style development that's perfectly positioned along three miles of golden sand. Not only will you enjoy close proximity to those epic…

Brynkir Tower

Brynkir Tower

A gorgeous five-storey Gothic folly to make you feel like kings and queens of the castle, nestled in the rural heart of Snowdonia National Park. Slow-melting golden sunsets and soothing, sheep-dotted rural views are a given at Brynkir Tower, a five-storey Gothic haven stunningly located in the tranquil heart of Snowdonia National Park. Sleeping up to four guests and their two well-behaved dogs,…

Meadow View Hobbit House

Meadow View Hobbit House

A magical and gloriously romantic storybook retreat, gently nestled on an organic farm in Shropshire surrounded by rolling hills. If you love the idea of stepping into the pages of an epic and magically enchanting tale, Meadow View Hobbit House is the cosy hideaway of your dreams. Beautifully positioned on an organic farm next to the village of Clun, you'll be achingly close to both the…

Blue Dominator Bus

Blue Dominator Bus

A vintage Canadian school bus, beautifully restored with plenty of off-grid retro style, pet-friendly, and peacefully secluded on a family-run Devon farm with a vineyard on the doorstep! Faithfully transporting children to and from school in 1970s Canada, Blue Dominator Bus has since retired to live on a family-run farm in Devon. An idyllic rural setting that's close to the Somerset and Dorset…

Robin's Nest

Robin's Nest

The ultimate couple's tree-scape, complete with an outdoor bathtub, luxuriously secluded around a shimmering lake on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.Sumptuously furnished, and perfectly positioned amongst magical lake-and-woodland in the Lincolnshire village of Woodhall Spa, Robin's Nest is an idyllic retreat for a romantic couple.Boasting a stunning combination of rustic and contemporary…

Hill Farm Tintern

Hill Farm Tintern

A low-impact, paradise-like retreat that overlooks the Wye Valley, complete with cosy accommodation, an eco-spa, and a programme of magical sensory experiences in nature. Recently featured in The Guardian's ‘10 of the best UK spas and wellbeing holidays', Hill Farm comprises 15 glorious acres of enchanting woodland, paddocks and streams that overlook the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding…

Bancran School

Bancran School

Unique Tiny House, loft and pod retreats with hot tubs and a communal bbq area, set on a friendly family-run site in the Sperrin Mountains, perfectly positioned for exploring the very best of Northern Ireland. Beautifully located along a tranquil road in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains, a stay at Bancran School sets the many delights of Northern Ireland right at your feet. Not only is Derry a…

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

This stylish studio pod - complete with private stargazing hot tub - is superbly positioned on a working family farm with spectacular views towards Brown Clee Hill.Sleeping up to four guests, Cherry Blossom is stylish studio pod that boasts luxury facilities and spectacular Shropshire views.Nestled on a friendly working farm, you can unwind on the patio and savour that soothing landscape all the…

The Captain's Cabin

The Captain's Cabin

An elliptical, architect-designed retreat, rich in nautical style and elevated on the entire flat roof of an old chapel to showcase magnificent views over the Sound of Mull. One of Scotland's most blissfully remote locations, Drimnin lies on the north-eastern shore of the Sound of Mull, opposite the Isle of Mull's quaint capital, Tobermory. A pure Highlands setting that thrives with nature, it's…

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