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Host Unusual's Ten of the Best Hidden Holiday Gems

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11/09/2019 Host Unusual's Ten of the Best Hidden Holiday Gems


Breaking away from those deeply-trodden, tourist-strewn holiday paths doesn't just give you a welcome boost of peace and tranquility.   

It also gives you a wondrous opportunity to discover something new - a magical, well-kept secret in the form of an impossibly cosy hideaway!

We've purposefully selected these hidden gems for that delicious ‘undiscovered' feeling. You could run away with the circus, in a gorgeous vintage showman's van secluded in Sussex countryside, or take to the windswept Isle of Anglesey for a splashy stay in a converted water tower.

Whichever you choose, these relaxing retreats are sure to leave you in a quandary. Do you tell everyone about your amazing holiday, or keep the secret firmly to yourself?

Main image: The Little Sea House | Lyme Regis, Dorset

The Brewery Vaults

The Brewery Vaults

For a very special escape to stunning Somerset, the Brewery Vaults provides stylish luxury for four in the gorgeous village of Freshford. As well as offering exquisite interiors, where impressive historic features are complemented beautifully by clever contemporary design, the unique Brewery Vaults comes with a history almost as special as itself. This former brewing hall was built back…

La Maison Atypique

La Maison Atypique

Wind back time with the family in a retro-styled holiday home in the heart of picturesque Normandy, close to the beach. ‘La Maison Atypique' means ‘untypical house' - and from the moment you step inside this retro-styled wonder, you're sure to agree with the description! This unique home, sleeping up to six people, is perfectly located in the scenic French region of Normandy, found…

Reflection

Reflection

Contemplate life and love from the secluded beauty of a luxury Lake District micro-home with a uniquely mirrored façade. Privately nestled on landscaped grounds in the north-Cumbrian town of Longtown, the aptly-named Reflection is the ideal setting for a view-filled lakeside escape for two. Longtown itself is located by the rushing River Esk.  Crossing four Areas of Outstanding…

Thatch Treehouse

Thatch Treehouse

A bespoke-crafted bolthole with outdoor hot tub, peacefully secluded in picture-perfect Worcestershire countryside. Nestled within the gently rustling tree tops, Thatch Treehouse represents the ultimate in romantic countryside retreats. Lovingly hand-crafted around a mature ash tree, your treehouse is set by a shimmering lake, within acres of lush grounds - all of which are…

Beaumaris Water Tower

Beaumaris Water Tower

Take a welcome break from stressful everyday life, in a luxury holiday home on the windswept isle of Anglesey. Beautifully converted from a water tower into a stunning holiday home with two bedrooms, you'll find Beaumaris Water Tower secluded on school grounds, in a chocolate-box village on the isle of Anglesey. Think perfect woodland views and an unspoilt rural landscape, all viewed from…

69 Steps

69 Steps

Step into a lavish, award-winning South Devon coastal family retreat that leads you straight down to the beautiful beach at Slapton Sands.Equipped with five gloriously cosy bedrooms, not to mention a wood-fired hot tub that boasts panoramic sea views, 69 Steps is a grand clifftop setting that's perfect for a relaxing family retreat.And with just 69 steps that lead straight down to the three-mile,…

Castello Mortellito

Castello Mortellito

Castello Mortellito enjoys a grandly historic, family-sized dreamlike setting on a Sicilian hill, surrounded by sweet-scented olive and lemon trees.Featuring nine luxurious bedrooms, and views that stretch languorously out to the Aeolian islands, there's more than a touch of magic to a stay at Castello Mortellito. Owned for centuries by a family of aristocrats, you'll feel as though you've got…

Circus Retreat

Circus Retreat

Roll up for a refreshing romantic retreat for two, in a vintage showman's living van peacefully set in a rural Sussex village.Cheerful, quirky, and featuring grand views of Bodiam Castle, Circus Retreat is the ideal escape for a couple looking for something a bit different from the norm.A short stroll from the local farm shop and pub (that's lazy afternoons sorted!) this lovingly restored 1980's…

Blue Otter

Blue Otter

A vibrant, 50ft Skipton narrowboat for romantic breaks driven by an independent spirit...where you go is completely up to you! Relaxed, roomy, and contemporary in style, Blue Otter is the perfect choice for a romantic couple who just can't stay in one place for too long.Just imagine meandering along the Leeds and Liverpool canal, taking in all that beautiful scenery, and stopping wherever the mood…

The Little Sea House

The Little Sea House

Rest your heads right on the edge of the sea, in a cosy chalet positioned on Dorset's renowned Monmouth Beach.Set along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and recognised as one of the most beautiful parts of Dorset, Monmouth Beach affords amazing views across Lyme Bay, all the way across to Portland and Chesil Beach in the distance.Uniquely positioned for you to enjoy this amazing scenery to the…

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