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New to Host Unusual: Historic Retreats, Gorgeous Glamping, Beachside Boltholes and More

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Published 23/02/2022 New to Host Unusual: Historic Retreats, Gorgeous Glamping, Beachside Boltholes and More


With springtime on the horizon, we can't wait to celebrate everything that makes the Great Outdoors so very great!

That means you'll find plenty of fresh-air-filled escapes in our latest collection.  

These range from the amazingly unique retreats at Westley Farm Glamping - each one nestled in its very own dell - to The Bolthole, a super-cool Victorian railway carriage secluded on the beach at Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve.

The Bide, an expertly styled contemporary cabin in Dorset, offers two lucky guests a rural retreat with cutting edge facilities, new sustainable technologies and a wood-fired hot tub for stargazing.

Last but by no means least, if you enjoy a side helping of history with your holiday, The Tower at Dollarbeg Castle dates all the way back to the 13th century. You'll feel like a character in a fairytale, yet with modern delights that include a bespoke cinema room, there's no need to miss out on 21st century comfort.

We've got so much more to show you - including an award-winning architect-designed haven on Cornwall's Camel Estuary, and a glass-and-steel lodge with designer furniture and exceptional Cotswolds views.

Come and see!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Bide | Dorset, Jake Balston

English Garden

English Garden

A jaw-dropping retreat, created by award-winning architects to showcase the dramatic natural beauty of Cornwall's Camel Estuary. Magnificently located on the old industrial landscape of Camel Quarry, on the striking shores of Cornwall's Camel Estuary, English Garden represents wild, scenic luxury at its finest. Created from earthy, natural materials by award-winning architects, with a…

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

An outrageously romantic tree-treat for two, packed with luxuries and surrounded by idyllic green fields in an ancient Somerset village.Boasting an award-winning pub and a plethora of historic buildings, the Domesday Book-listed village of Mells seems to have been almost untouched by time.  Surrounded by idyllic Somerset countryside, you'll feel as though you've been spirited far away…

Cabin X GPF

Cabin X GPF

Make your escape to a blissfully soothing farm retreat, gently secluded in an ancient East Sussex village where the pace is slow, and the woodland scenery is magical. Wondrous and welcoming, Cabin X GPF is a country escape designed by a small team of architects; an ideal retreat for two romantic souls who have grown weary of hectic life back home. The romantic wooden cabin is blissfully secluded…

Mor y More Beach House

Mor y More Beach House

A family-sized beachside retreat on the Pembrokeshire coast, with private gardens and breath-taking panoramic sea views that lead all the way to Devon. Occupying one of the most idyllic locations on the Pembrokeshire coast, Mor Y More Beach House is the perfect retreat for families and groups who want to get away from it all... in the most scenic way possible! "Mor" is the Welsh word for sea,…

The Bolthole

The Bolthole

A super-cool, first-class retreat that's rich in home comforts, expertly crafted around a Victorian railway carriage that's right on the beach at Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. Filled with both heart and style, The Bolthole is a unique retreat that's been beautifully constructed around a Victorian railway carriage, and superbly positioned in the heart of Pagham Harbour RSPB Nature Reserve.…

The Camber Beach House

The Camber Beach House

A sociable, architect-designed retreat for large group breaks - dogs included - mere moments away from the atmospheric dunes and idyllic beach at Camber Sands. Boasting the only sand dune system in East Sussex, Camber Sands is also home to a stunning, three-mile stretch of unspoilt sandy beach that's worthy of the finest picture postcard. Just moments away from this coastal idyll lies The Camber…

Westley Farm Stone Cottages

Westley Farm Stone Cottages

Quintessential English countryside retreats, each set in its own meadow, rich in home comforts and traditional style for a soothing escape amongst glorious Cotswold countryside. Boasting 70 "sublimely beautiful", wildlife-steeped acres of Cotswold countryside, Westley Farm has featured in many a prominent publication, including The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. This is hardly…

Westley Wood Glamping

Westley Wood Glamping

Self-contained, uniquely characterful retreats, each nestled in its own secluded dell amongst ancient Cotswold woodland, with friendly pubs in walking distance. Featured in a wealth of publications, including the Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Observer, Westley Farm is a "perfect pastoral idyll" comprising 70 sublime acres of Cotswold countryside. Beautifully nestled amongst the farm's…

Dartmoor Domes

Dartmoor Domes

Luxurious eco-havens with private facilities, secluded in a sheltered valley with a stream running through it, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. If you close your eyes and imagine a heavenly rural idyll, it's likely you'll picture the peaceful surrounds of Dartmoor Domes. Comprising just four self-contained geodomes, the friendly family-run site couldn't be more beautifully positioned; in a…

The Tower at Dollarbeg Castle

The Tower at Dollarbeg Castle

A royally luxurious apartment in an ancient fairytale castle, complete with a cinema room and a panoramic rooftop tower, peacefully secluded in Scotland's smallest county. Dating all the way back to the 13th century, Dollarbeg Castle boasts the soaring turrets and intricate crenellations of fabled fairytale fortresses. Secluded in its own grounds in rural Clackmannanshire (affectionately known…

Medley Meadow

Medley Meadow

An eco-friendly, family-run glamping site, soothingly nestled amongst nine unspoilt acres of Monmouthshire meadow and woodland that's teeming with nature. Medley Meadow's friendly family owners had one specific goal in mind: to create a natural conservation area in which both guests and wildlife could live in harmony. With the resulting site positioned among nine magnificent acres of natural…

The Cabin by the Castle

The Cabin by the Castle

A sumptuous, "coorie"-infused eco-cabin powered by nature, secluded on a historic Moray estate and boasting magnificent views of Duffus Castle. Comprising four scenic working farms, and a cosy selection of properties, the charming Duffus Estate has been in the Dunbar family since the late 1600s. The newest retreat on the welcoming estate, evocatively named Cabin by the Castle, is a heavenly…

Rusty Lane Safari Lodge

Rusty Lane Safari Lodge

A luxuriously rustic retreat with home-style comforts and an al fresco hot tub, beautifully secluded in the tranquil heart of the Wiltshire countryside. If you love all the fresh-air adventure and exploration of a safari, but don't fancy the closeness of man-eating lions, a trip to Rusty Lane Safari Lodge (complete with hot tub for laid-back stargazing evenings) could be just the holiday you're…

Hill Cabin

Hill Cabin

A warmly welcoming Scandi-style cabin for two, complete with an al fresco hot tub, bespoke-designed to showcase the incredible East Sussex countryside to perfection. Overlooking a magnificent valley in a designated East Sussex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hill Cabin appears as though it was purpose-built to showcase the rolling country scenery. That's because it was! Boasting a huge…

The Blue Chapel

The Blue Chapel

A fascinating conversion with intricate Gothic styles and modern home comforts alike, soothingly set in the heart of a scenic Snowdonia village with dreamlike views over Cardigan Bay. The showpiece of a charming Snowdonia village, The Blue Chapel is perfectly nestled between the quaint harbour resort of Aberdyfi, and bustling Barmouth, a picturesque seaside town teeming with traditional stone…

The Hyde Dovecote

The Hyde Dovecote

Experience a characterful Grade II listed retreat, restored with modern features and peacefully nestled on the rural outskirts of an ancient Staffordshire village.Filled with charm and character, The Hyde Dovecote is a Grade II listed retreat that blends original features with contemporary comfort for a romantic couple.Dovecotes are historic buildings that were once used to house nesting doves, so…

The Spring

The Spring

This gorgeous glass-and-steel lodge for two is filled with sleek designer style and boasts exceptional rural views from the beautiful heart of the Cotswolds.Nestled just outside Slad, a charming Cotswolds village, The Spring showcases magnificent rural views inside and out.Ideal for a romantic couple in need of a fresh country escape, the stylish Ralph Lauren-material sofa bed faces huge bi-fold…

Little Mornington

Little Mornington

A uniquely charming glass-fronted cottage with a combination of Victorian and contemporary architecture, nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Beautifully located in Great Malvern, part of the glorious spa town at the foot of the Malvern Hills AONB, Little Mornington is an idyllic escape for a romantic couple, or a weary single soul in need of natural…

The Old Cider Barn

The Old Cider Barn

A delightful chocolate-box thatched cottage, dog-friendly and soothingly set in a sleepy South Devon village that's an ideal base for coast-and-country rambles.Bordered to the south and west by a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Devon village of Galmpton is also a mere stone's throw from the coast.This makes The Old Cider Barn, a traditional thatched Galmpton cottage,…

The Bide

The Bide

A sustainable, architect-designed retreat with stylish interiors, curated entertainment, and a wood-fired hot tub, lovingly hand-built on a friendly working farm in a Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The result of a lockdown-inspired labour of love, The Bide was designed, styled, and hand-built by its friendly owners, Scott and Caroline. This was no amateur project, however, as Scott…

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