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New to Host Unusual: Floating Havens, Circus-Themed Retreats, Storybook Treehouses and More!

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Published 21/09/2022 New to Host Unusual: Floating Havens, Circus-Themed Retreats, Storybook Treehouses and More!


Roll up, roll up!

Our latest list of retreats is filled with storytelling and showmanship - elevating your holiday to awe-inspiring levels of wonder.

For starters, how about bedding down in a cosy 19th century circus wagon nestled in the rolling Andalucian hillside? Adorned with red-and-white striped walls and vintage posters, you can enjoy all the fun of the Big Top itself.

Closer to home is a quirky tree-treat inspired by an iconic and much-loved fantasy tale, complete with an al fresco hot tub and rustic fairytale décor to make you feel like a character from the book!

You could also choose to take a gentle trip back in time, with a first-class stay on board a vintage-styled railway coach. Nestled on the platform at a North Herefordshire station originally built in the 1890s, you'll also be surrounded by picture-perfect countryside.

But if you really want to watch your cares sail serenely away on the water, then how about spending time in a gorgeous glass-fronted pod on the shimmering Shropshire Union Canal (with the world's largest ice-cream parlour close by)?

Other heavenly hideaways you'll discover here include an authentic aviation-themed hotel, and an architect-designed Hebridean cottage with idyllic views out to the Minch. Maybe you'll even spot the mythical Blue Men of the Minch floating on the water!

We know... choosing your favourite from this amazing list will be hard, but why not brew a cuppa and give it a go?

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Casa Canelo Circus Wagon | Andalucia, Spain

Ty'r Derw Treehouse

Ty'r Derw Treehouse

A treetop sanctuary, complete with an al fresco copper bath and an indulgent hot tub, blissfully secluded deep in the Cambrian mountains, close to the Ceredigion coast. No matter how hard you tried, you simply couldn't conjure up a more magical position for Ty'r Derw Treehouse (or "the house of the oak" in English). Nestled deep in the heart of the awe-inspiring Cambrian mountains, the idyllic…

The Outdoor Hotel

The Outdoor Hotel

Slow down and enjoy the spectacular rural scenery of Dumfries and Galloway, on an organic farm that's home to a stone-built bothy, romantic bell tents, and fresh, mouth-watering produce. Living the simple life doesn't get much more beautiful than in Dumfries and Galloway, an area that's often referred to as Scotland's "best-kept secret". Characterised by remote beaches, ancient castles, and…

Retro Staycations

Retro Staycations

A gleaming collection of iconic American Airstreams, each styled for nostalgic comfort and gloriously set within a 40-acre family-run farm on the Isle of Wight. Surrounded by picture-perfect Isle of Wight countryside, Retro Staycations comprises a joyous fleet of authentic, vibrantly-furnished American Airstreams that help you turn back the clock to fun times past! Not that you'll be missing out…

The Chapel Chichester

The Chapel Chichester

A divine, media-featured retreat with fun and games inside and out, for whole-family stays in central Chichester, close to coast and countryside. Featured in ‘25 Beautiful Homes' magazine, The Chapel, Chichester is a relaxed, open plan space that combines sleek, polished style with laid-back fun. Perfectly situated just one mile from Chichester's bustling city centre, there are sandy beaches…

Hotel Charles Lindbergh

Hotel Charles Lindbergh

Live your childhood dreams of flying and sleep in an aeronaut's cabin, in a unique, immersive fantasy world of historic aviation and adventure, set within one of Europe's best-loved theme parks. Named after the famed American aviator and inventor (who in 1927 completed the first non-stop flight from New York City to Paris), the Hotel Charles Lindbergh is a unique setting, in which your dreams of…

Birdholme Glamping

Birdholme Glamping

Unwind in a luxury safari lodge with its very own hot tub, surrounded by 15 acres of woodland and lush wildflower meadows in rural Nottinghamshire. Surrounded by rich, rolling Nottinghamshire countryside, Birdholme Glamping is a welcome escape from life's everyday cares. The five luxurious safari lodges you'll discover here are perfectly positioned amongst 15 acres of wildlife-steeped woodland…

Blytheswood

Blytheswood

Two cosy former bunk-rooms for slow, sustainable living, peacefully secluded amongst ancient, wildlife-steeped woodland on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Surrounded by National Trust Woodland, Blytheswood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest that's characterised by ancient, whispering trees and abundant wildlife. Nestled on the eastern edge of the Dartmoor National Park, this is a…

Bryn a Mor

Bryn a Mor

Off-grid private hand-built shepherd's hut and tipi accommodation with onsite creative workshops, set on a sustainable farm, with ocean access and magnificent sea views in every direction. Make your beautiful retreat from life's everyday stresses and strains, by taking a track that leads past unspoilt National Trust woodland, to the edge of a Dyfed coastal heath that's part of a Site of Special…

Rustic Hollow

Rustic Hollow

A stylish cabin with an enormous picture window and an al fresco copper bathtub, perfectly positioned amongst nature on the sweeping North East coast of Scotland. Beautifully located just outside the quaint Aberdeenshire harbour town of Macduff, Rustic Hollow is surrounded by Scottish nature at its most beautiful. Fans of romantic getaways themselves, friendly owners Holly and Stuart had a dream…

The Little Folly

The Little Folly

An exquisite, bespoke-crafted hideaway for two, secluded on a friendly family farm in North Norfolk, with wide open rural views and close proximity to the sweeping coast. Completed in 2018, The Little Folly is a lovingly-crafted, completely bespoke hideaway for two adults, privately secluded on a North Norfolk family farm. Resembling an ornate and historic pavilion, the circular retreat features…

Plas Robin Rural Retreats

Plas Robin Rural Retreats

Contemporary, bespoke-designed lodges with private stargazing hot tubs, blissfully secluded amongst remote, idyllic countryside in a historic Powys village. Gloriously secluded by a quiet country lane in Llandyssil, a quaint village close to the Shropshire border, Plas Robin Rural Retreats comprise three stunning, contemporary lodges that each sleep 4 or 6 guests in rural comfort. Set amongst 35…

Rowden Mill Station Building and Parcel Office

Rowden Mill Station Building and Parcel Office

Nostalgic, first-class couples and family accommodation at a restored 19th century railway station, set amongst timeless North Herefordshire countryside. Originally built in the 1890s, Rowden Mill Station is beautifully positioned on a tranquil North Herefordshire country lane, with both the Malvern Hills and the Wye River valley in easy reach. Here, you can take a soothing step back in time,…

West Cawthorne

West Cawthorne

Lovingly hand-built cabins and a historic barn filled with luxury, all beautifully nestled on a lush, wildlife-steeped hilltop on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Boasting incredible, far-reaching views across the Vale of Pickering, West Cawthorne is perfectly located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Positioned on a lush hilltop and teeming with diverse wildlife,…

Rowden Mill Station Saloon Coach

Rowden Mill Station Saloon Coach

A vintage-styled retreat, secluded on a green platform at a restored 19th century railway station, amongst peaceful North Herefordshire countryside. You'll discover Rowden Mill Station amongst idyllic North Herefordshire countryside, perfectly positioned to explore both the Malvern Hills and the Wye River valley. Originally built in the 1890s, there are plenty of original features, including a…

Tattenhall Marina Floating Pods

Tattenhall Marina Floating Pods

Watch your cares sail away from the comfort of a luxurious pod in the heart of rural Cheshire, with on-site facilities and a wealth of scenic waterways to explore. Perfectly positioned amongst idyllic Cheshire countryside, Tattenhall Marina is a peaceful, 300-berth haven on the sparkling Shropshire Union Canal. With generous on-site facilities and boat hire available, this is the ideal base from…

Brevig View Cottage

Brevig View Cottage

A breath-taking, architect-designed Hebridean cottage dreamily positioned on the ‘edge of the world', with spectacular Scottish mountain views across the water. A quaint village on the northern coast of the Isle of Lewis, Brevig (or Breibhig in Scottish Gaelic) is rich in the idyllic natural scenery that characterises the remote, untamed Outer Hebrides.   Think rolling, wildlife-steeped…

Mid Auchengowan Glamping Dome

Mid Auchengowan Glamping Dome

A luxurious family-run farm retreat with a wood-burning stove and incredible views of peaceful Scottish countryside, with bustling Glasgow a mere stone's throw away. Boasting soothing scenery that takes in a shimmering loch and lush, wildlife-steeped Scottish countryside, it's hard to believe that Mid Auchengowan is so conveniently close to Glasgow Airport. Taking ownership of their…

Plum Tree Glamping

Plum Tree Glamping

An award-winning haven with a whimsical selection of eco-friendly retreats, peacefully secluded amongst an ancient plum orchard in the Vale of Evesham. Surrounded by magical woodland and pastel-hued blossoms in the fruitful Vale of Evesham, Plum Tree Glamping is an award-winning, picture-perfect retreat for those seeking a fresh escape from everyday life. Occupying seven glorious acres of an…

New Forest Cabin

New Forest Cabin

A fairytale woodland-themed cabin with a sunken ‘all-weather' hot tub and a wraparound deck, beautifully elevated on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Gently elevated to showcase the finest woodland views, New Forest Cabin has the magical feel of a rustic fairytale hideaway. You'll find the stylish wooden retreat privately nestled on the leafy edge of the New Forest National Park,…

Orchid Meadows

Orchid Meadows

A welcoming natureful paradise in West Wales that's fully-focused on life's loveliest pleasures: cosy retreats, abundant wildlife, and hearty rustic cooking! A 25-acre nature-enhancement retreat in West Wales, Orchid Meadows is beautifully nestled between the Cambrian mountains and Cardigan Bay, close to the ancient market town of Tregaron. Here you'll discover an exhilarating wealth of diverse…

Alnwick Tower

Alnwick Tower

A romantic retreat nestled on the edge of Northumberland's medieval county town, with beautiful castle gardens and the sweeping coastline in easy reach. Overlooking the iconic castle and medieval county town, Alnwick Tower is a historic, Grade II-listed hideaway for romantic souls. Boasting unique original features and sumptuous, state-of-the-art furnishings throughout, you'll want to have your…

Cwmhir Court Silos

Cwmhir Court Silos

Three cosily converted farm silos for romantic getaways and family breaks, privately nestled on ancient rural grounds in walking distance of the River Wye and Hay-on-Wye. Peacefully nestled on the outskirts of the sleepy Welsh village of Clyro, Cwmhir Court is achingly close to some of the area's finest attractions: namely the shimmering River Wye, and the cultural haven that is Hay-on-Wye. And…

Tarka Ticket Room

Tarka Ticket Room

A magical retreat that's steeped in history and beautifully nestled on a working passenger station, set between the national parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor for scenic journeys into Devon.Forming part of a historic station conversion, you'll discover the Tarka Ticket Room along the scenic Tarka Line... a glistening gem for railway enthusiasts and lovers of idyllic scenery alike.Running from Exeter to…

Ironbridge Tree Retreat

Ironbridge Tree Retreat

A magical Shropshire hideaway with a soft-glowing wood-burner and al fresco spaces galore, close to the famous World Heritage site of Ironbridge.Ideal for a romantic getaway steeped in both nature and history, Ironbridge Tree Retreat is gently elevated amongst the whispering leaves on a working Shropshire farm.Here you'll discover an open-plan living, kitchen and dining space, thoughtfully…

Keswick Cabin

Keswick Cabin

Experience a sublime bespoke-crafted couples' hideaway, complete with a wood-fired stargazing hot tub and jaw-dropping Lake District mountain views.Overlooking the magnificent Blencathra, an iconic Lake District mountain affectionately known as ‘Saddleback', you can expect awe-inspiring views from a break spent at Keswick Cabin.Happily, you can also expect a wealth of romantic luxury from the…

Hill House at 57 Nord

Hill House at 57 Nord

A jaw-dropping boutique hideaway that blends Scottish and Scandinavian craftsmanship to perfection, secluded high on a hillside for superlative sea-and-mountain views. Sublimely located on the sweeping coast of Wester Ross, at the point where three ancient sea lochs meet, there's a blissful, other-worldly feel to time spent at 57 Nord. Not only is the area one of the least-populated in Europe,…

The Hobbity Treehouse

The Hobbity Treehouse

Unwind amongst the whispering leaves, in a quirky tree-treat inspired by an epic fantasy tale, complete with a stargazing hot tub and acres of Kent woodland to explore. A uniquely bespoke retreat inspired by an iconic and much-loved book, you'll discover The Hobbity Treehouse along a tranquil, softly-lit woodland path, for the ultimate romantic break into Kent nature. Furnished to make you feel…

Casa Canelo Circus Wagon

Casa Canelo Circus Wagon

Roll up, roll up, for a Big Top-themed stay in a gloriously renovated 19th century wagon with an al fresco swimming pool, surrounded by the soaring mountains and abundant wildlife of rural Spain. Superbly positioned on mesmerising acres of natural Andalucian hillside, Casa Canelo Circus Wagon is a restored 19th century showman's wagon that recreates the magical wonder of the Big Top itself.…

Brucefield Estate Schenbothies

Brucefield Estate Schenbothies

Sumptuous woodland hideaways, privately nestled on a magical Clackmannanshire estate that's teeming with rich heritage and diverse, protected wildlife. Dating back over 700 years, Brucefield Estate is a vast, cherished ‘hidden gem' that boasts a unique blend of enthralling history and Scottish nature at its purest. Not only have these exquisite grounds been trodden by ancient barons, lords and…

HMS Bond

HMS Bond

Relax with a Vesper Martini aboard the jaw-dropping submarine replica HMS Bond that once starred in a Bond film, now nestled on a quirky Isle of Wight campsite that's full of surprises!Friendly and family-run, Windmill Campersite is also refreshingly small, exclusive, and completely unique, for an Isle of Wight break that's memorable for all the best reasons!For example, where else could you and…

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