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Host Unusual's Most Architecturally Stunning Stays Around the World

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Published 18/08/2021 Host Unusual's Most Architecturally Stunning Stays Around the World


Fine architectural gems aren't just jaw-droppingly beautiful to look at (though that's a huge plus if you're an Instagram fan!)

Designed with imagination and crafted with care, these mesmerising retreats also breathe in harmony with their surroundings, for a sumptuous stay that's completely unique to its location.

Come and see exactly what we mean, by browsing our list of the most architecturally stunning stays the world has to offer.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Futuro House at Marston Park | Somerset

Kaywana Hall Luxury B&B

Kaywana Hall Luxury B&B

Hidden in 12 acres of private Devon woodland, this striking 1960s architect-designed butterfly roof house has been modernised as a luxury B&B. Kaywana Hall is an architectural masterpiece offering a luxury bed-and-breakfast experience.  Set in its own 12 acres of woodland in Kingswear, South Devon, guests have described Kaywana Hall as a ‘hidden oasis' - a stunning retreat where…

The Stonehouses

The Stonehouses

Modern luxury, exceptional design and views to die for await at The Stonehouses - two truly unique holiday homes in the magnificent North West Highlands of Scotland. The Stonehouses - otherwise known as Curved Stone House and Treetop House - are a pair of 5-star holiday retreats just ten minutes walk from the centre of Ullapool.  Sculpted from stone, turf and grass, each…

Kudhva

Kudhva

For a true escape to pure wilderness, come to Kudhva - an incredible wild camping experience in stunning Tintagel, Cornwall.   Named after the Cornish word for ‘hideout', Kudhva offers exactly that. In a world away from the madness of modern life, learn what it is to become one with nature as you unwind in a totally unique Kudhva, a tensile Tree Tent, or a Shanti Tipi with coastal views.…

The Box House

The Box House

A stunningly secluded, contemporary Atlantic oceanfront retreat with your very own beach, privately situated in Canada's beautiful Nova Scotia. Beautifully designed to contrast with its sparkling oceanside surroundings, the dramatic, contemporary architecture of The Box House makes a breathtaking impact from the moment you arrive. Ideal for groups of up to eight people looking to relax…

Ješted

Ješted

Live amongst the clouds in the unique and award-winning Liberec Hotel Ješted, set at an arresting altitude of over 3,000 feet. Awarded the prestigious Perret Prize for its innovative architecture, and a proud symbol of the Czech Republic's Liberec region, Hotel Ješted is no ordinary place to rest your head. For starters, with an altitude of over 3,000 feet you'll be resting your head…

Five Acre Barn

Five Acre Barn

Shake off any preconceptions of old-fashioned holiday rentals - at Five Acre Barn, you'll enjoy modern accommodation, peaceful surroundings and exceptional hosting just a mile from Suffolk's sensational coast. Five Acre Barn is found in the small village of Aldringham, just one mile from Thorpeness and two miles from Aldeburgh. Centred around a 19th century barn, this gorgeous property has…

Art Hangar

Art Hangar

Stray from the beaten Tuscan track at Art Hangar, in an industrial hangar transformed into a unique loft space that's perfect for creative dreamers. Described as Italy's "happy valley" by The Independent, Val d'Orcia is one of the most beautiful settings Tuscany has to offer. Full of wide open space, visually imposing vistas and ever-changing landscapes, there is always something new to feast…

The Mirror Houses

The Mirror Houses

The Mirror Houses are a contemporary duo of master-designed holiday homes that reflect the breathtaking natural beauty of Northern Italy. You surely couldn't wish for a more beautiful holiday setting than Northern Italy's South Tyrol, which occupies a special position in the heart of Europe.  Spectacular natural landscapes are assured here, with the Dolomites mountain range providing a…

SWEETS hotel

SWEETS hotel

Take your pick from one of the unique bridge house suites, beautifully scattered along the canals of Amsterdam.   Featured in the New York Times Magazine and Monocle Magazine, Amsterdam's SWEETS hotel is an innovative collection of 28 bridge houses scattered throughout the city, all accommodating a maximum of two guests.   Former bridge keeper's houses are set along the city's famous…

Backwater

Backwater

A timber framed, architect-designed scenic haven that provides total immersion in the serene beauty of the Norfolk Broads. Backwater's peaceful and exceptionally scenic position in Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads, means the first thing you can expect from your stay is outstanding views from just about every angle. Beautifully located on a private lagoon and gently raised…

The Onion House

The Onion House

A breathtaking work of art in natural architecture, perfectly positioned on Hawaii's awe-inspiring Kona coast. Not only does The Onion House have its very own Wikipedia page, but the spectacular home has also been featured in the global media on numerous occasions - including MTV's ‘Extreme Cribs'. A true testament to innovation and determination, The Onion House was designed by the…

Minimal Blue

Minimal Blue

An architect-designed villa infused with style and sophistication, overlooking the tranquil shores of Greece's East Attica. A two-level house that sleeps up to nine guests in exceptional style and comfort, Minimal Blue is a far cry from the traditional Greek beachside break. Perfectly located in Chamolia, a friendly and peaceful setting that overlooks the stunning East Attica shores,…

Ty Cwch

Ty Cwch

A unique, award-winning architect designed ‘boat house' that's ideal for an adventure-packed beach break, next to the invigorating Welsh Coast Path. Ty Cwch (that's Welsh for ‘boat house') is a seriously innovative, eco-friendly glamping-style holiday home for up to twelve guests, and, indeed, has even been awarded a Tourism Innovation Award by Mid Wales Tourism and Cardiff Project of the…

Balancing Barn

Balancing Barn

A Dutch architect-created rural haven, rich in design-led originality and poised dramatically over calming Suffolk countryside. Thirty metres long, immaculately clad in reflective steel tiles, and ‘balanced' over the Suffolk landscape for the most breathtaking views of the surrounding woodland, Balancing Barn makes a striking first impression. Designed by a renowned team of Dutch architects,…

Huxham View Annexe

Huxham View Annexe

Drink in the soothing Devon countryside, from the calm comfort of a spectacular architect-designed retreat. Sleeping up to four guests, Huxham View Annexe is the perfect retreat for families who enjoy the finer things in life. Sleek and contemporary, the architect-designed haven boasts glorious, uninterrupted views over Devon countryside from the glass-fronted roof terrace. Complete with cosy…

Culture Campsite

Culture Campsite

An ingenious collection of upcycled, ‘tiny house'-style sleeping pods, on a creative campsite in the heart of Rotterdam. Fresh, innovative and sustainable, Rotterdam's Culture Campsite is strewn with creative architectural delights - in the form of a range of completely unique sleeping pods. Each pod is a characterful creation from a different designer, artist or architect, all using upcycled…

Quetzalcoatl's Nest

Quetzalcoatl's Nest

A fantastical, fairytale stay in an architect-created sculpture garden, amidst the rugged landscape of the Valley of Mexico. Inspired by an Aztec serpent god, Quetzalcoatl's Nest is an awe-inspiring sculpture garden, created by the acclaimed Mexican architect, Javier Senosiain. With the aim of creating an organic space that would respect the rugged natural environment of Naucalpan de Juárez,…

The Houseboat

The Houseboat

An awe-inspiring, award-winning architectural masterpiece, featuring spectacular beachfront views out to Lake Pier and Poole Harbour. The winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects' coveted Stephen Lawrence Prize in 2017, The Houseboat boasts the ‘wow factor' in buckets-and-spades. Cleverly constructed to resemble two upturned boat hulls, the house is flooded with natural light from…

The Sea House

The Sea House

An award-winning, architect-designed haven, expertly crafted from natural materials and set right on the magnificent beach at Camber Sands. The proud winner of a Sunday Times British Homes Award, and a 2019 design award from the Sussex Heritage Trust, The Sea House cuts an incredibly striking dash along the iconic Camber Sands coastline. Inspiration for the four-bedroom, cedar-clad haven came…

The Osprey

The Osprey

An architect designed, off-grid Scottish family retreat with a private hot tub and kayaks, surrounded by wildlife and fresh-air activity. Expertly designed to make the most of their pure wilderness surroundings (but without unnecessary negative impact) you'll discover Loch Ken Eco Bothies in the unspoilt heart of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere.A spectacular architect…

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…

De Bossche Kraan

De Bossche Kraan

An architect-designed ‘luxury hotel room' in a crane nestled above the water, with rotational Old Town and city views from the south of the Netherlands. The Tramkade is a former industrial area in the southern Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (known locally as Den Bosch.)   Once home to a procession of factories, over time the district has transformed into a buzzing, culture-rich hub,…

Villa Domus

Villa Domus

A jaw-dropping retreat with an infinity pool and panoramic nature reserve views, architect-designed for a sumptuous, tranquil holiday in unspoilt south-east Sicily. Secluded from Sicily's bustling tourist traps, Villa Domus occupies prime position for exploring the ancient, baroque cities in the triangle of the south east of Sicily. Sleeping up to 10 guests, the heavenly hideaway was…

Rink Hill

Rink Hill

A glorious, architect-designed bolthole for two, gently nestled into the magnificent Scottish Borders landscape with views that stretch out for miles. Looking out over the shimmering River Tweed, Rink Hill is a soothing and luxurious Scottish Borders hideaway, for two weary souls in need of escape from hectic everyday life. Surrounded by wistful meadow, native grasses and wildflowers on the…

The Pole House

The Pole House

A wow-factor Australian icon, architecturally renovated and suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach for a view-filled holiday quite unlike any other.Originally built by Frank Dixon back in 1978, The Pole House is one of the most photographed places on Australia's Great Ocean Road - and with good reason!Dramatically suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach, and newly renovated by a master…

Casa Eterea

Casa Eterea

An off-grid, art-inspired ‘theatre to nature' hideaway, camouflaged on the wildlife-steeped slopes of an extinct volcano by the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Miguel de Allende. Camouflaged on the rugged slopes of the extinct Mexican volcano Palo Huérfano, Casa Etérea is a true ‘bucket-list' retreat for two dreaming souls who adore nature in all its mesmerising forms. The tiny…

Futuro at Marston Park

Futuro at Marston Park

A rare, out-of-this-world escape aboard a fascinating piece of history, lovingly restored by its artist owner and secluded in a Somerset glade with idyllic lake views. There’s nothing run-of-the-mill about Marston Park, a “playground for creativity” beautifully located between Frome and Bruton in Somerset. Here, guests can create their own masterpieces in furnished canvas studio-suites set…

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