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New to Host Unusual: Architectural Wonders, Idyllic Hideaways, and Quirky TV-Featured Escapes

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Published 27/07/2022 New to Host Unusual: Architectural Wonders, Idyllic Hideaways, and Quirky TV-Featured Escapes


Wish you were here? Take it from us: our latest collection of retreats are each well worth writing home about!

Whether you've opted for a staycation, or you're throwing caution to the wind and travelling the world, the perfect escape is waiting right here.

If you've been longing to get far, far away from it all, a unique retreat inspired by the barns of Northern Europe, set amongst the incredible natural landscape of northwest Spain, could be just the thing.

Or how about an exclusive, architect-restored stone villa with a private Mediterranean garden, elegantly secluded on Italy's sun-drenched Ligurian coast? Here you can feast your gaze on the shimmering Bay of Poets, as well as the soaring Apuan Alps (divine creative inspiration, anyone?)

A tad closer to home lies a striking, architect-designed elliptical retreat-for-two on an enchanting Scottish woodland estate - complete with a castle - moments away from the glorious West coast.

But if you're looking for something completely different, then staying in a creatively converted, TV-featured combine harvester (yes, combine harvester!), or a grounded military plane has to top the list. Both are surrounded by soothing Lincolnshire scenery, for a rural retreat that's memorable for all the right reasons.

What else? Browse our list to discover everything from glamping havens and quirky buses, to sumptuous domes and whimsical beach houses.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Kaleb the Combine | Lincolnshire

Dippers

Dippers

A stunning eco-friendly retreat transformed from ancient ruins, dreamily set on the riverbank in the historic World Heritage site of the Luxulyan Valley, in the beating heart of Cornwall.Just 10 minutes away from Cornwall's sweeping south coast, Dippers was crafted as a renaissance of ancient granite ruins, set on the banks of the River Par in the tranquil Luxulyan Valley - a designated World…

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

A truly distinctive Yorkshire retreat that's full of surprises - it's neither a library nor open to the public! - designed by a renowned art curator, and charmingly secluded by the ‘Gateway to the Dales'. New York Public Library is not located in New York. Neither is it a library, and nor is it open to the public! In fact, its owner and creator, the renowned art collector and curator Greville…

The Coach House

The Coach House

An Insta-worthy boutique cottage for couples in search of a luxury escape, set on the scenic edge of the Yorkshire Dales with the Lake District in easy reach. Even before you've reached The Coach House, you'll be itching to update your Instagram account with idyllic scenes from the surrounding area. Perfectly positioned on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Teesdale - with Barnard Castle close…

North Thorne Cottages and Glamping

North Thorne Cottages and Glamping

A welcoming, family-run retreat featuring delightfully eclectic accommodation, in an idyllic rural setting that's close to both the North Devon coast and Exmoor National Park. Friendly owners (and seasoned campers) Sarah and Andrew spent two years searching for the perfect location to create their own glamping paradise... somewhere guests could savour idyllic rural views, whilst enjoying…

Praktyka

Praktyka

Rediscover your creative spirit in a heavenly slice of North Devon, complete with wildflower meadows, artists' workshops, and lovingly-crafted retreats. "Praktyka" isn't just the Polish word for "practice", but the inspiration for a dreamlike sanctuary in North Devon.   Here you'll find the time and encouragement you need to relax, reconnect with nature, and explore your long-lost creative…

The Old Church House

The Old Church House

A unique, folklore-steeped inn dating from the 13th century, nestled in a picturesque village between majestic Dartmoor and Devon's glorious south coast. Perfect for a special getaway with your favourite people, The Old Church House comfortably accommodates up to 24 guests, and offers a range of services tailored to your needs. The inn is centred around its incredible, atmospheric bar. Over the…

The Dunes

The Dunes

A light-filled, sociable family beach house with a relaxed open-plan style, dog-friendly and perfectly set within one minute's walk from the golden beach at Camber Sands. Laid-back and lovely, The Dunes is a contemporary beach house that's perfect for family breaks by Camber Sands' heavenly, seven-mile stretch of unspoilt golden sand. And when we say family, we mean the whole family... carefree…

Villa Ca'Damare

Villa Ca'Damare

An exclusive, architect-restored villa with a private Mediterranean garden, mesmerisingly secluded within the natural park of Cinque Terre for incredible views of the Gulf of Poets and the soaring Apuan Alps. Perfect for a romantic escape, Villa Ca' Damare is a beautiful stone villa set within the natural park of the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre; a string of historic seaside villages on…

Jetstream

Jetstream

Fasten your seatbelts for a thrilling glamping break aboard a converted military plane, grounded at RAF Wainfleet with beautiful rural scenery and family attractions in easy reach. A former weapons range that dates back to 1890, RAF Wainfleet was used by none other than the Dambusters throughout World War Two, before its closure in 2010. Beautifully situated within a registered nature reserve in…

Redwood Retreat

Redwood Retreat

Two luxurious, off-grid geodesic domes with private wood-fired hot tubs, beautifully nestled on an unspoilt, wildlife-steeped hillside just a mile away from Wales's "outdoor capital" of Rhayader. A blissful rural idyll, Redwood Retreat represents everything that's so wondrous and magical about life lived in the Great Welsh Outdoors. Completely off-grid, the adults-only site offers pure off-grid…

The Country Yurt

The Country Yurt

A deliciously private hideaway with an al fresco hot tub, secluded in a dreamy corner of a working farm that's perfectly located to explore the sweeping coasts of South West Wales. Blissfully secluded amongst a quarter-acre of rolling Welsh farmland, The Country Yurt has no neighbours to speak of (unless, perhaps, you count the resident chickens and abundant wildlife!) So, whether you're…

The Yurt Hideaway

The Yurt Hideaway

The ultimate romantic retreat, pet-friendly and secluded in an idyllic corner of a Welsh farm, complete with an oak-crafted bed and an al fresco hot tub. You'll feel blissfully far from the rush of civilisation at The Yurt Hideaway...which is exactly as it should be. Privately secluded in a magical corner of a Welsh farm, your only neighbours are peacefully grazing cows.   Meanwhile, inside…

Chestnut Cabin

Chestnut Cabin

A whimsical free-range hideaway with an al fresco hot tub and pizza oven, secluded on a family farm in the heart of a glorious green valley in West Wales. Staying at Chestnut Cabin means breathing out and relaxing in the warm, welcoming arms of Welsh nature. Peacefully secluded in an idyllic corner of a family-run farm in West Wales, there's no end of fresh-air-filled fun and adventure right on…

Calma Nordica

Calma Nordica

A sanctuary of calm inspired by the rural barns of northern Europe, rich in luxurious simplicity and secluded among the picture-perfect landscape of northwest Spain. Bordered by Portugal to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Galicia is an untamed region of northwest Spain that's characterised by soaring mountains and shimmering coastal rias. You'll find Calma Nórdica privately and…

The Drum

The Drum

An architect-designed, locally-crafted elliptical retreat-for-two, beautifully secluded on an enchanting Scottish woodland estate - complete with a castle - mere moments from the sweeping West Coast. Designed by award-winning architects Roderick James, and expertly crafted by a local team of builders, The Drum is a picture-perfect woodland bolthole for two. A striking, elliptical retreat with a…

Joseph the Multicolour Dream Coach

Joseph the Multicolour Dream Coach

A vibrant and cheerful single-decker retreat for romantic couples, with self-contained facilities, friendly on-site animals, and rolling Devon countryside on the doorstep. Ideal for a fun-loving couple in need of a laid-back country escape, Joseph the Multi-Colour Dream Coach is a cheerful single-decker coach, perfectly parked in a Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that's close to the…

The Bloomhouse by Lodgewell

The Bloomhouse by Lodgewell

Experience a unique celebration of creativity and magic, secluded in the tranquil hills of Austin for a holiday that lives in true harmony with nature.The brainchild of two architecture students back in the 1970s, The Bloomhouse was intended to be an escape from society; a home that allowed its residents to live in harmony with the awe-inspiring natural environment of Austin, Texas.Meticulously…

Casa Acantilado

Casa Acantilado

An innovative, architect-designed retreat with an infinity pool and far-reaching Mediterranean sea views, set within the clifftops on Spain's breath-taking Costa Granadina.Designed to resemble the face of a dragon, Casa Acantilado (or "house on a cliff" in Spanish) features scale-like zinc cladding that make for an arresting vision on the cliffs of Salobreña, a historic town on the Costa…

Caban Silo

Caban Silo

A quirky converted silo with modern facilities and fresh sea views, dog-friendly and soothingly set on a working farm between New Quay and Aberaeron. Looking for something a little different from your well-deserved break in rural Wales? Beautifully positioned between New Quay and Aberaeron on the stunning Ceredigion coast, you'll discover Caban Silo nestled on a peaceful working farm that boasts…

Slate Cabin - Caban Llechi

Slate Cabin - Caban Llechi

An idyllic, award-winning hideaway for two, secluded on a working farm with panoramic views over the Dyfi Valley, out towards the soaring Snowdonia mountains. Purposely positioned on a peaceful working farm, Slate Cabin showcases the Welsh landscape at its most incredible. An award-winning hideaway featured on the Netflix documentary ‘Cabins in the Wild', the adults-only retreat looks out over…

Alum House, Littlebeck

Alum House, Littlebeck

A dreamy glamping haven with hot tubs and a tranquil river, beautifully set within the North York Moors National Park, close to the seaside town of Whitby. A charming rural hamlet in the North York Moors National Park, Littlebeck is characterised by timeless green views and the shimmering Little Beck itself, a tranquil waterway that flows into the River Esk. Here, you'll discover a small…

Kosel Treehouses

Kosel Treehouses

Two distinctive and lovingly hand-crafted retreats, one dog-friendly and one boasting a sumptuous hot tub, both gloriously secluded in a picture-perfect Cornish waterside village. Beautifully positioned between Falmouth Bay and the Lizard Peninsula, the shimmering Helford River is one of Cornwall's most treasured and unspoilt locations. At the river's head lies the enchanting village of Gweek,…

The Big Hoot Caravan

The Big Hoot Caravan

A retro, TV-featured showman's living van, vibrantly restored with authentic 1970s style, and secluded on peaceful a Devon farm that's surrounded by wildflower meadows. Surrounded by big skies, wide open countryside, and sweet-scented wildflower meadows on an ancient Devon farm, a stay at The Big Hoot Caravan feels like stepping gloriously back in time. The retreat comprises two caravans, which…

Kaleb the Combine

Kaleb the Combine

A former combine harvester expertly transformed into a unique and quirky pet-friendly retreat, peacefully set by a scenic lake on a Lincolnshire family farm. In a former life, Kaleb the Combine was a hard-working Massey Ferguson 860, harvesting 20 tonnes of wheat per hour on a friendly family farm in Lincolnshire. Now, the combine harvester is a completely unique farm retreat, filled with…

River House

River House

A vibrant, design-led 70's-inspired retreat that offers direct access to the shimmering River Rother, with medieval Rye and Camber Sands in easy reach. River House was named because of its direct access to - and wonderful views of - the River Rother, with meandering, scenic walks that lead to medieval Rye and the beautiful beach at Camber Sands, home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex.…

Xanadu

Xanadu

An idyllic, TV-featured geodesic retreat with bespoke hand-made elements, secluded on its own lake-island within a 20-acre site in rural Devon, complete with a fully-licensed pub. Featured on the popular BBC TV show, My Unique B&B, Xanadu is a mesmerising geodesic hideaway with an enormous sunrise-facing deck, and beautiful hand-made elements throughout. Secluded on its own sparkling…

Le Colombier

Le Colombier

A charming 16th century dovecote, beautifully restored and perfectly secluded amongst peaceful farm gardens by Normandy's idyllic Alabaster Coast.Secluded in lush Normandy farm gardens, Le Colombier is a 16th century dovecote, elegantly restored as a luxurious gîte for up to six guests in need of a unique, fresh-air-filled escape.A perfect bolthole for families who love the sea, the breath-taking…

Ecotone Cabins

Ecotone Cabins

Two lovingly-crafted eco-cabins, peacefully secluded among unspoilt coastal woodland in the Scottish Highlands, on a family-run site that's dedicated to sustainability. Situated in one of the most breath-taking natural environments in the UK, Leckmelm Wood is achingly close to Ullapool, a scenic fishing town that's otherwise known as the "gateway to the Northern Highlands". Home to a wealth of…

Dracup's Railway Cottage

Dracup's Railway Cottage

Step into a unique fantasy-world retreat, lovingly created by a visionary artist and filled with quirky surprises, secluded in the scenic Shropshire town of Bridgnorth. A visionary artist and inventor, Antony Dracup lived in the historic Shropshire town of Bridgnorth - known as "the cradle of the Industrial Revolution" - for over 20 years. During this time, he transformed his beloved home from a…

The Leaping Trout

The Leaping Trout

A sumptuously converted, thatched-roof riverside inn with a vintage-style cinema and an al fresco hot tub, for large, laughter-fuelled group breaks in the Devon countryside - dogs included! Once a bustling public house in the sleepy riverside village of Bickleigh, The Leaping Trout is now a boutique, thatched-roof holiday home that's surrounded by magnificent Devon countryside. Featured on the…

Trulli Oleandro

Trulli Oleandro

Authentic, luxurious trulli accommodation with a private swimming pool, surrounded by paradise-like Mediterranean gardens in stunning Puglia countryside Specific to Puglia, trulli are a collection of traditional dry-stoned huts with conical roofs. And enticingly true to form, you'll discover Trulli Oleandro in Ceglie Messapica, one of Puglia's oldest towns.  Dating all the way back to…

Hocus Pocus Tiny Hotel

Hocus Pocus Tiny Hotel

Escape into an immersive world of wonder, in the form of a boutique hotel with authentic magic-themed rooms, deliciously secluded in the heart of York.Occupying an ornate building that dates all the way back to the 1600s, you'll discover Hocus Pocus along one of York's smallest streets, right next to the famous Shambles Market.Passionate about creating a boutique hotel with an immersive feel, the…

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