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New to Host Unusual: Fairytale Glamping, Luxurious Jail Time, and a Private Greek Island!

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Published 03/11/2021 New to Host Unusual: Fairytale Glamping, Luxurious Jail Time, and a Private Greek Island!


Here's a confession... our latest selection of newly-added retreats could be our most unusual yet!

After all, how often is it that you get the chance to do (holiday) time in an iconic Cornish prison?  The Bodmin Jail Hotel even features a gourmet restaurant and Champagne bar in the original Gothic crypt.

Meanwhile, Nissos Sofiaia is a paradise-like, private Greek island for two. Not only will you'll get to sleep on a restored fishing boat, but there's a shimmering Ionian Sea-fed plunge pool to help you cool off in the heat.

Or how about glamping that's straight out of a children's fairytale, within a wild Norfolk moat surrounded by idyllic countryside, bedding down in a unique castle-hut-on-wheels?

We've got so much more to show you in our latest collection, from an authentic retro apartment in Margate, to a sun-soaked eco-farm retreat on the northern coast of Crete.

Come and take a look!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Moat Island Glamping | Norfolk

The Hoot

The Hoot

A dog-friendly, charmingly converted horse box nestled in a green paddock amongst Wiltshire's rolling hills that's ideal for off-grid relaxation. Perfect for couples and small families in serious need of rural relaxation, The Hoot is a quirky and outrageously charming horse box, cosily converted to sleep up to three adults, or two adults and two children as lucky guests... and their well-behaved…

The Bodmin Jail Hotel

The Bodmin Jail Hotel

Lock yourself up in a characterful Cornish landmark that's steeped in history and creative imagination, with elegant design features, dog-friendly rooms, and a gourmet restaurant in the gothic chapel! If you're tired of the same old Cornish beachside breaks, then how about something completely different? Built in 1779, and nestled on the edge of the famous Bodmin moor, Bodmin Jail was considered…

Dungraften House

Dungraften House

A stylish, opulent church conversion in the heart of Blackpool, complete with a hot tub, purpose-built bar, a gym, and fun games, with those famous coastal attractions in easy walking distance! Enjoy a memorable group break with your favourite people (and pets) with a stay in what must be one of the most fun and lavish churches you'll ever set eyes upon! Luxuriously converted to the highest…

Dunstan Hall

Dunstan Hall

Spirit your loved ones away to a magnificent, Grade II*-listed country retreat, rich in fascinating history and secluded in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the Northumberland coast. Ideal for large group breaks that call for something special, Dunstan Hall is a stunning, Grade II*-listed country retreat that sleeps up to 18 guests in ten elegant bedrooms. Secluded in a…

Broom Park

Broom Park

An elegant Grade II-listed country retreat steeped in historic charm and character, surrounded by two acres of gardens and close to Cornwall's picturesque south coast. Sleeping up to 10 lucky guests, a holiday at Broom Park will make you feel as though you're relaxing at your own much-loved country retreat, with your favourite people in tow. A beautiful Grade II listed building that dates all…

La Esperanza

La Esperanza

A grand, authentic hacienda with luxury suites, a swimming pool, and a designer courtyard inspired by the Alhambra, nestled amongst private flower gardens just 35 minutes from Granada. Available as a boutique hotel, or a fully serviced villa for up to 14 guests, La Esperanza is a breathtakingly beautiful, Spanish Mission-style retreat that promises to spirit you blissfully away from hectic life…

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…

Bowland Retreat Lodges

Bowland Retreat Lodges

A sumptuous collection of self-catering lodges with Jacuzzi hot tubs and scenic decking, beautifully positioned in the heart of the Ribble Valley. Uniquely mesmerising, Lancashire's Ribble Valley is steeped in heritage, magnificent scenery, and gastronomic delight. Not only did the renowned author JRR Tolkien discover a wealth of creative inspiration in Ribble Valley, but the Queen herself once…

Pinwheel Treehouse

Pinwheel Treehouse

An adults-only, master-crafted treehouse, complete with an al fresco hot tub and wood-fired pizza oven, beautifully secluded on an exclusive site in rural Dorset. Mesmerisingly designed to mimic the shape of a child's windmill, Pinwheel is a treehouse that evokes fun childhood memories... whilst also boasting the highest levels of luxury. You may also recognise the master craftsman who created…

Jess' Tree Bach

Jess' Tree Bach

A luxurious lodge, complete with a Bluetooth hot tub and a fun children's slide, nestled on a friendly, family-run farm retreat amongst idyllic Warwickshire countryside. Secluded on a private Warwickshire country estate, and surrounded by a working farm, Winchcombe Farm is a five-star, family-run glamping retreat that's home to a sumptuous collection of unique retreats. Friendly owners Jo and…

Moat Island Glamping

Moat Island Glamping

Whimsical, luxurious glamping accommodation with generous facilities and a natural swimming pond, enchantingly secluded within the moat of a rural Norfolk estate. Surrounded by idyllic Norfolk countryside, Moat Island occupies a fairytale location: within the wild moat of a former medieval hall on the Haveringland Hall Estate. Boasting eclectic, magical accommodation to suit families, friends,…

The Nest

The Nest

A sumptuous, secluded retreat with a green roof, a wildflower garden, and double al fresco bathtubs, completely surrounded by idyllic views on a working family farm in Powys. Blissfully tucked away amongst 300 picture-perfect acres of working Powys farmland, you'll feel like the only people in the world as you arrive at The Nest. The ideal setting for a dreamlike escape into the arms of nature,…

The Pump House Art Studio

The Pump House Art Studio

An historic Grade II-listed retreat, stylishly re-imagined as a creative and contemporary art studio with soothing views across the River Idle. Peacefully nestled in the Nottinghamshire village of Misterton, The Pump House Art Studio was built almost two centuries ago, as a working pump house that faithfully drained excess water into the River Idle. These days, the Grade II-listed building has…

ICI Salt Van

ICI Salt Van

A cheerfully restored vintage wagon with a private garden, beautifully secluded within a working railway station on the scenic Kent and East Sussex border.Dating back to the 1940s and restored in bright, cheerful red, ICI Salt Van cuts a striking dash at Northiam Steam Railway Station.A working station on the Kent and East Sussex line, you can indulge in views of the Rother Valley, as well as…

Kempt Tower

Kempt Tower

Indulge in a laughter-fuelled ‘sleepover' with your favourite people (and dogs) in an elegantly converted Martello tower that boasts magnificent 360-degree views of Jersey's longest beach. Built in 1834, Kempt Tower was originally intended as a defensive stronghold against possible French invasion.   Named after Sir James Kempt, one of Wellington's Generals at the Battle of Waterloo, no…

Fort Leicester

Fort Leicester

A historic military stronghold that's rich in comfort and historic drama, expertly transformed into a dog-friendly, distraction-free retreat elevated above Jersey's atmospheric coastline. Dating all the way back to the late 16th century, Jersey's imposing Fort Leicester was named after the Earl of Leicester, a stalwart favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. Built into the rock face above Bouley Bay's…

Nyth Robin

Nyth Robin

A welcoming, eco-friendly glamping site with eclectic accommodation, peacefully secluded amongst private woodland in Snowdonia National Park. Nestled amongst seven glorious acres of private woodland, lakes, and streams, Nyth Robin is a refreshing slice of unspoilt rural paradise on the west coast of Wales.   Perfectly located for explorers and fresh-air adventurers alike, you can immerse…

Saveriako

Saveriako

A relaxed eco-farm retreat with traditionally styled, homely apartments and a vegetable garden, nestled amongst olive groves on the scenic, sun-dappled north coast of Crete. Nestled on the northern coast of Crete, the fishing village of Agia Pelagia is quaint and scenic, surrounded by rolling hills, sheltered bays, and idyllic golden-sand beaches. Agia Pelagia is such a special place that…

Snooze

Snooze

An award-winning, super-funky guesthouse that zings with retro character and quirky attention to detail, just a short stroll away from Brighton's iconic seafront. When a guesthouse is awarded the accolades of ‘Funkiest B&B of the Year' (AA) and ‘Quirkiest Place to Stay' (Eviivo), you know it'll be anything but dull! Also the proud recipient of an AA 4-star Gold award, Snooze is alive…

The BOX BNB

The BOX BNB

Shipping containers creatively transformed into stylish cabins nestled on the scenic edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, close to the ‘foodie capital' town of Malton. If the daily grind is getting you down, find your soothing sanctuary at the BOX BNB. Peacefully nestled on a working farm on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, are three sumptuous, high-end cabins that boast luxury facilities…

Nissos Sofiaia

Nissos Sofiaia

Spirit yourselves away to a private, protected Greek island that's teeming with diverse nature, a plunge pool fed by the Ionian Sea, and a restored fishing boat to rest your heads. If you thought taking a romantic break on a private Greek island was the sole province of jet-setting millionaires, it's time to think again. Characterful and mesmerising, Nissos Sofiaia is an unspoilt 43-acre island…

Hafod Hideaways

Hafod Hideaways

A lovingly hand-crafted, off-grid tree cabin with a wood-fired hot tub and a suspended stargazing net, peacefully secluded in the picturesque Cambrian Mountains of mid-Wales. Vast and mesmerising, the Hafod Estate thrives with nature's abundant beauty, from gushing waterfalls, shimmering streams and meandering forest footpaths, to swooping red kites, otters, and playful hares.   Set in the…

Nori's Nest

Nori's Nest

A charming shepherd's hut for two with a private hot tub, nestled amongst soothing countryside in a picturesque Cornish village that's close to the coast.Superbly positioned in a field overlooking St Michael's Mount, Nori's Nest is an idyllic retreat for a romantic couple looking to escape into nature... without compromising on luxury.Boasting a private hot tub for epic sunset watching, there's…

HT Houseboats

HT Houseboats

Discover luxurious retreats on Poland's shimmering Lake Jamno, complete with a floating sauna, a seasonal pool, and a motorboat for exploring.Just 350 yards from the Baltic Sea, HT Houseboats are a luxurious collection of floating retreats on the picturesque Lake Jamno, in northern Poland.Choose from a houseboat to suit couples, families, or groups of friends, each one equipped with a panoramic…

LoftCube

LoftCube

Stay inside a sci-fi-style designer glass cube with luxury interiors and panoramic views of Graz, from the top of a quirky hotel that's close to the city centre.The highest room at The Daniel, a quirky hotel in the southern Austrian city of Graz, LoftCube is an Instagrammer's dream!Positioned on the hotel's roof, you'll feel as though you're sleeping amongst the stars in your gorgeous glass cube,…

Seventies Studio Margate

Seventies Studio Margate

A self-contained ‘time capsule' apartment covering the entire top floor of a townhouse in the heart of Margate, with fabulous views of Dreamland and the beach. A retro-styled penthouse apartment, Seventies Studio Margate looks as though it's been plucked straight from the set of ‘Abigail's Party'.   A riot of classic brown, cream, and orange tones, funky prints adorn the walls and…

Joan, Lady of Wales

Joan, Lady of Wales

This stylish and elegant shepherd's hut is not only rich in regal romance, but is also dog-friendly and beautifully positioned for you to explore the Welsh coastline in all its magnificent glory.Joan, Lady of Wales is as luxurious as you might expect a shepherd's hut named after the wife of Llywelyn the Great (once the effective ruler of all of Wales) to be!Superbly positioned for windswept…

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