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New to Host Unusual: Architectural Wonders, Wartime Bunkers, an Award-Winning Highlands Cabin and More

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Published 22/12/2021 New to Host Unusual: Architectural Wonders, Wartime Bunkers, an Award-Winning Highlands Cabin and More


Rich in both beauty and fascination, each one of our newly-added retreats has a unique story to tell.

For example, The Captain's Cabin, is the brainchild of an architect and an interior designer; an elliptical, nautical-themed retreat that occupies the entire flat roof of an old chapel, boasting epic views over the Sound of Mull.

Meanwhile, dating back to 1943, and surrounded by thriving nature, Cocondo is a creatively restored wartime telephone bunker that forms part of a captivating Hook of Holland monument.

Add to that a sumptuous West Sussex treehouse, lovingly handcrafted around mature oak trees on a friendly farm, a gorgeous circular haven nestled in the Scottish Highlands (voted ‘Britain's Best Holiday Let' by The Times, complete with scenic wraparound deck, sunken hot tub, and a private pier!), and lots more from cosy cabins to converted churches and roomy houseboats, you won't be short of inspiration for your next getaway.

To discover these amazing newly added retreats, and lots more besides - simply read on!

Main image: The Captain's Cabin | The Highlands

The Liverpool Boat

The Liverpool Boat

A cool and contemporary nautical retreat that's dog-friendly, permanently moored in the heart of Liverpool's vibrantly historic city centre.Newly constructed in 2019, The Liverpool Boat is the ideal way for family of four or couples to experience all the delights of the city to their fullest, before retreating to a tranquil floating haven. Sleeping up to four guests (one well-behaved dog is…

Beneath the Branches

Beneath the Branches

A lovingly handcrafted dog-friendly treehouse-for-two, bespoke-designed around a whispering tree canopy in a private and peaceful West Sussex farm meadow. Exquisitely nestled in its own private meadow on Furzefield Farm, and surrounded by joyous birdsong, a stay Beneath the Branches will make you feel blissfully at one with nature. The treehouse has been beautifully handcrafted around the…

Broadskies Cabin

Broadskies Cabin

A charming, homely cabin with a private wood-fired hot tub, furnished with love and beautifully positioned for stunning sea views over the Causeway coast. Secluded in a large, private garden that soars over the bay below, Broadskies Cabin is the perfect retreat for families in need of a fresh and scenic escape. Here you can savour stunning views over Portballintrae and the Causeway coast,…

The Tack Room Ruston

The Tack Room Ruston

A boutique, design-led retreat with a vintage equestrian theme, set on a private estate in the North York Moors National Park that welcomes dog and horse owners alike. Set within the wildlife-steeped, picture-perfect rural paradise of the North York Moors National Park, Cottage Farm Stables is a sumptuous retreat for people and pets alike. You can rest your human heads in the boutique Tack Room,…

The Sheiling

The Sheiling

A luxurious, blissfully remote and award-winning retreat with a wraparound deck, a sunken hot tub and a private pier, secluded on the edge of its own shimmering loch for spellbinding Scottish Highland views. You simply couldn't imagine a more beautiful location for The Sheiling (an ancient word meaning ‘shelter on high or remote ground') than Loch Lundie. Blissfully secluded in the Scottish…

Apukka Resort Rovaniemi

Apukka Resort Rovaniemi

A glistening snow-covered resort in the capital of Lapland, surrounded by wilderness lakes and magical Arctic nature, just 10 minutes from the official home of Santa Claus! A ‘bucket-list' retreat quite unlike any other, Apukka Resort Rovaniemi is breath-takingly located in one of the most beautiful parts of the world... the glistening capital of Lapland, to be exact. Not only could you cross…

The Old Chapel Ellwood

The Old Chapel Ellwood

A divine chapel conversion that blends historic charm with contemporary style, soothingly nestled in a rural village in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Dating from 1875, The Old Chapel Ellwood is a charming retreat that's perfectly situated to explore the Forest of Dean in all its breath-taking natural glory. On the outside, the building looks every inch the peaceful Methodist country chapel,…

The Iron Chapel

The Iron Chapel

A unique and authentic retreat, lovingly restored and divinely set in a peaceful Northumberland border conservation area with a nature reserve next door. Lovingly restored to transport you back to the soothing pace of 19th century life, The Iron Chapel is a characterful conversion of a rare and much-loved locally listed building. Surrounded by wide open fields, not to mention an award-winning…

The Old Station Ticket Office

The Old Station Ticket Office

A detailed conversion of the ticket office and staff quarters at a former station on the Forge Valley Line, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Carrying passengers on the historic Forge Valley Line until 1950 (first as Wilton Station, and then as Ebberston Station), The Old Station at Allerston is home to a selection of lovingly restored, first-class retreats. Once a bustling hive…

Mill Lodge Retreat

Mill Lodge Retreat

An enchanting treehouse and a selection of luxurious glamping pods with hot tubs and creature comforts, perfectly positioned by a shimmering lake in the heart of rural Essex. Located in Ingatestone village, at the heart of rural Essex, Mill Lodge Retreat provides a soothing escape from everyday life. Simply choose your accommodation from a childhood-fantasy treehouse - complete with a hot tub…

Cornwell House

Cornwell House

A master architect-designed gem with a lava-rock hot tub, gently elevated over the Waiaka Stream for idyllic Hawaiian ocean and volcano views. Gently elevated over the Waiaka Stream, Cornwell House (also known as Sandy Simms House) is the only house in Hawaii to have been crafted by the pioneering 20th century master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Designed to work in harmony with both humanity…

Invisible House

Invisible House

A vast, eco-luxe mirrored skyscraper with a spectacular 100ft indoor swimming pool (and its very own 4000ft mountain!) that showcases incredible Joshua Tree desert views from every room. Sharing a border with the Joshua Tree National Park, Invisible House is superbly nestled at the foot of a hill, amongst 90 private acres of impossibly scenic Californian High Desert land. It's only fitting,…

Enchanted Glade Retreats

Enchanted Glade Retreats

An off-grid West Sussex sanctuary inspired by community and transformation, with soothing eco-retreats, a wild spa, and activities designed to put you back in touch with nature... and yourself. Beautifully tucked away on a private estate, in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you'll find it hard to believe that Enchanted Glade Retreats is just 35 miles away from the hustle and…

East Church House

East Church House

An elegant church conversion with soothing green views, peacefully located in the historic Scottish market town of Strathaven for divine group breaks. Sleeping up to 19 guests, East Church House provides a truly breath-taking setting for groups of family and friends to congregate in style. Overlooking Allison Green in the historic market town of Strathaven - a burgh of barony, no less - the…

Cocondo

Cocondo

A historic World War Two telephone bunker, transformed into a sustainable and design-led family retreat with captivating stories to tell, secluded beneath the coastal dunes in Hook of Holland. Brimming with fascinating tales, the Vinetaduin is a Hook of Holland monument featuring a vast network of bunkers that depict four layers of military history. Secluded beneath the wild dunes that line the…

Frances' Sketch Pad

Frances' Sketch Pad

An ultra-romantic ‘zen den' retreat, complete with an al fresco hot tub, magically secluded on a historic West Highlands estate with artist-worthy views of Ben Nevis. Boasting a magnificent location in the heart of the West Highlands, Inverskilavulin Estate is home to a luxurious selection of lodges, for discerning travellers who want to experience Scotland at its naturally beautiful best.…

Wilderkin

Wilderkin

Start a magical off-grid adventure in a romantic, dog-friendly hideaway nestled in a private tree-strewn glade, set within the wild and wonderful Scottish Borders countryside. You'd never guess that Wilderkin is only 30 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh. Nestled amongst the wildly beautiful Scottish Borders countryside, tucked away along a gorgeous grass path, is a welcoming,…

Kingfisher Narrowboat

Kingfisher Narrowboat

A romantic narrowboat bobbing on the Chesterfield canal, with its own garden, a private hot tub, and access to a wood-fired sauna, nestled amongst peaceful Nottinghamshire woodland. Beautifully set amongst two acres of Nottinghamshire woodland that borders Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, adjacent to the Chesterfield canal, Hawthorn Hideaway is an idyllic escape for weary souls. And when you add…

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…

Hartington Treehouse

Hartington Treehouse

A stylish and luxurious couples' retreat with an al fresco hot tub, secluded on a friendly countryside resort in the heart of the rolling Peak District. Nestled on a friendly countryside resort in the heart of the Peak District, Hartington Treehouse is a sumptuous retreat for romantic couples in dire need of a rural escape. You'll find the octagonal treehouse in a secluded and tranquil part of…

Kelker Well Roundhouse

Kelker Well Roundhouse

A soothing off-grid haven with a wood-fired hot tub for sunset-watching, peacefully secluded on a friendly, family-run Lakeland farm that's a stone's throw from the Yorkshire Dales & Lake District. Straying away from the beaten holiday track doesn't get much more beautiful than a stay at Kelker Well Roundhouse. Nestled within a tranquil field on a family-run Lakeland farm, you'll be…

Palacio de Sal

Palacio de Sal

This magnificent ‘salt palace' was created from the world's largest salt flat, complete with an Andean spa and traditional cuisine, for a memorable stay in southern Bolivia.Palacio de Sal - "the salt palace" - was lovingly crafted from over one million blocks of salt from Bolivia's vast, mirror-like Salar de Uyuni, otherwise known as the largest salt flat in the world.Stepping inside this true…

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Gleaming glass igloos and traditional wooden chalets (plus the world's largest smoke sauna!) nestle amongst unspoilt nature in magical Finnish Lapland.Taken straight from the pages of a glistening Nordic fairytale, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is surrounded by mesmerising nature in the Saariselkä region of Finnish Lapland.Well-known as the gateway to the ski slopes of Urho Kekkonen National Park,…

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