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New to Host Unusual: Retro Retreats, Coastal Lookouts, Stone-Age Roundhouses, and Many More!

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Published 15/09/2021 New to Host Unusual: Retro Retreats, Coastal Lookouts, Stone-Age Roundhouses, and Many More!


Quirky holidays are all about experiencing something so fabulously unique, that you can't stop talking about it to anyone who'll listen!

Happily, our newest retreats have the "just won't shut up" factor in spades.  

They include a former coastguard tower where Ian Fleming is claimed to have written some of his James Bond books, and an immersive overnight stay in an ancient Celtic roundhouse... complete with ‘mammoth-hunting' and fresh croissants for breakfast!

We've got plenty more to show you too, from luxury treehouses that soar over the Scottish Highlands, to a vintage bus in rural Portugal, complete with its own private pool.

Come and dive in!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Little Lookout | West Sussex



Magpies and Butterflies

Magpies and Butterflies

A cosy and whimsical Dutch barge that's styled as a floating ‘country cottage', peacefully moored in a historic Thames village. Surrounded by sparkling water, peaceful nature, and creativity-stirring views, a stay aboard Magpies and Butterflies is all but guaranteed to refresh your soul. You'll find the vintage classic Dutch barge moored in the historic Thames village of Cookham, in the…

The Beekeeper's Bothy

The Beekeeper's Bothy

A relaxing retreat on the windswept, nature-infused Aberdeenshire coast, with sweeping panoramic views of the Ythan Estuary. You'll discover the bespoke, larch-clad Beekeeper's Bothy - one of three - perfectly positioned in the village of Newburgh, on the atmospheric Aberdeenshire coast. Surrounded by wild, unspoilt nature, and sleeping up to four guests, you can gaze at  the Ythan Estuary…

The Lowe Comotion

The Lowe Comotion

A charmingly restored vintage train carriage with first class family accommodation, stopped in its very own ‘station' amongst picture-perfect West Sussex countryside. Hop aboard Lowe Comotion to experience all the thrill and excitement of a railway journey in a first-class carriage, as you savour exquisite country scenery that doesn't whizz by in a blur! Nestled in the peaceful Chichester…

Shell Seekers

Shell Seekers

A uniquely magnificent beachfront retreat that features a private indoor pool and a dedicated children's playroom, with direct access to the spectacular pebble beach at Bracklesham Bay. A Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Geological Conservation Review site, Bracklesham Bay looks mesmerisingly out to the English Channel, with views all the way to the Isle of Wight on a clear day. You'll…

Celtic Harmony Roundhouses

Celtic Harmony Roundhouses

Take a fascinating step back in time, with an overnight family stay in an ancient dwelling, complete with a bat walk and campfire storytelling, soothingly nestled in rural East Hertfordshire. Based in the ancient, rural East Hertfordshire village of Brickendon, Celtic Harmony is an award-winning charity that aims to spirit guests magically back in time, by offering immersive cultural experiences…

Thatched Hat

Thatched Hat

An idyllic family cottage with a thatched roof (and a pet guinea fowl) nestled on the edge of coastal farmland in a quaint New Forest hamlet that's strewn with free-roaming ponies. At first glance, a family break spent at Thatched Hat could seem like a traditional country cottage holiday in the New Forest.   Yet once you've looked a little closer, you'll soon notice plenty of glorious…

Blyth Rise Stays

Blyth Rise Stays

Savour rural Suffolk at its most beautiful, from the comfort of a nature-steeped, adults-only retreat that's home to lakeside lodges, cosy Igluhuts, and two luxurious woodland saunas. A country paradise in rural Suffolk, Blyth Rise Stays is the perfect passion project of friendly owners Pam & Mark, managed by their daughter Katie. With help from their hard-working family, Pam and Mark have…

Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping

Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping

Luscious, off-grid lakeside retreats and a strawbale lodge, mesmerisingly secluded amongst 90 acres of diverse, wild, and unspoilt landscapes on the Wild Atlantic Way. Just 20 minutes from Donegal Town, yet with the soul-soothing feeling of another world entirely, Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping offers the ultimate in natural, off-the-beaten-track escapes. Comprising 90 acres of vast, sweeping…

Dinobus Glamping Cotswolds

Dinobus Glamping Cotswolds

Indulge in roarsome family fun and adventure in summer 2021, aboard a quirky ‘school bus' staycation set within the vast, picture-perfect grounds of a luxury hotel and spa. Ideal for a unique, laid-back family staycation that's packed with fresh-air adventure, Dinobus Glamping is rolling into the Cotswolds for an epic summer of 2021! Set amongst 220 incredible acres of scenic countryside, not…

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

A sleek, stylish, and scenic Suffolk boatyard pod for fun family escapes, complete with seafaring experiences on the edge of the Broads National Park. Nestled on the bank of the River Waveney, on the edge of the shimmering Broads National Park, the Suffolk town of Beccles is the ideal setting for water-based relaxation and adventure. A long-established local icon, Hippersons Boatyard is a…

Hill Farm Tintern

Hill Farm Tintern

A low-impact, paradise-like retreat that overlooks the Wye Valley, complete with cosy accommodation, an eco-spa, and a programme of magical sensory experiences in nature. Recently featured in The Guardian's ‘10 of the best UK spas and wellbeing holidays', Hill Farm comprises 15 glorious acres of enchanting woodland, paddocks and streams that overlook the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding…

Beaconside Cabins

Beaconside Cabins

A sumptuous collection of individually styled glamping havens, magically secluded amongst ancient fairytale woodland on a 25-acre North Devon estate. Set amongst 25 tranquil acres of picture-perfect countryside, Beaconside is a magnificent country estate nestled on the edge of the historic town of Bideford. Just five minutes from the sweeping North Devon coast, there's plenty of scope to explore…

Hoppickers Rural Retreats

Hoppickers Rural Retreats

An award-winning escape with luxurious dog-and-family-friendly havens, on-site activities, and private hot tubs, beautifully located in rural Worcestershire. A former cherry and hop farm, Hoppickers Rural Retreats occupies a dreamlike location in rural Worcestershire. Achingly close to both the river Teme, and the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this idyllic part of the world…

Harbour House Stromness

Harbour House Stromness

An enchanting Orkney retreat steeped in maritime heritage, with sea views, a private pier, and a quirky boathouse for feasts and games alike. Boasting a rich maritime heritage, a dramatic coastline, and fascinating sea-stories that travel all the way back to Viking times, Stromness is every water baby's dream destination.   Characterised by stone houses nestled around a sheltered harbour,…

Pod Central

Pod Central

A eco and budget-friendly capsule ‘hotel', for travellers who want to immerse themselves in everything cool and creative St. Leonards-on-Sea has to offer. Pod Central is the brainchild of entrepreneur Mia, who felt inspired by the eco-friendly capsule hotels in Japan. With the aim of providing inexpensive, ‘no frills' accommodation in St. Leonards-on-Sea, an old grocery store was transformed…

The Little Lookout

The Little Lookout

A former coastguard tower, stylishly transformed into a cool, contemporary retreat with spectacular views from Littlehampton's iconic seafront. Perfectly situated directly on the promenade at Littlehampton, The Little Lookout is a stunning retreat for up to four guests in dire need of some Vitamin Sea! A former coastguard tower constructed in 1931, the four-storey building was once used as a…

Malting Farm

Malting Farm

A small and idyllic escape, secluded on a 300-acre family-run farm in North Essex, with a luxurious combination of treehouse, cabin, and bell tent retreats with private hot tubs, that offer a little something for everyone. Friendly and family-run, Malting Farm offers a range of individually designed and lovingly furnished holiday retreats, all beautifully positioned in a secluded North Essex…

To the Shore

To the Shore

A luxurious Cornish coastal retreat with an après-surf shower and a show-stopping, south-facing balcony, mere moments from Mawgan Porth Beach. To the Shore is perfect in just about every way. Not only does the luxurious retreat boast the ultimate in contemporary design, it's also beautifully located just moments away from the Sunday Times award-winning beach at Mawgan Porth, on a new, exclusive…

Studio Hoose & Tree Hoose

Studio Hoose & Tree Hoose

Two unique retreats, gently elevated on a private hillside croft over the wildlife-steeped Loch Broom, for sweeping and spectacular Scottish Highland views. Studio Hoose and Tree Hoose are two distinct, self-contained havens that boast magnificent North Highland views towards the towering Beinn Dearg, from their elevated position on a private hillside croft overlooking Loch Broom. Friendly…

Retro Camping Bus

Retro Camping Bus

A beautifully restored vintage bus with a private pool, parked on a welcoming family farm, and surrounded by fruit and olive trees in the heart of rural Portugal. From the moment you step aboard Retro Camping Bus, you'll forget all about life's hustle and bustle back home. Blissfully secluded on a family farm in the central Portuguese village of Arrabal, surrounded by colourful plants and…

The Water Tower at Long Meadow Farm

The Water Tower at Long Meadow Farm

A unique, award-winning water tower conversion nestled on the edge of a tranquil Warwickshire orchard with spectacular countryside views. Nestled at the edge of an orchard, on a Warwickshire farm surrounded by serene countryside and grazing horses, The Water Tower is the perfect place to spend some much-needed downtime. Friendly owners Peter and Janet have lived on Long Meadow Farm for over 30…

The Carriage at High Barn Heritage

The Carriage at High Barn Heritage

A lovingly restored vintage train carriage, calmly secluded in a green North Essex village with scenic riverside walks almost on the doorstep. High Barn Heritage is dedicated to restoring unloved railway carriages, helping to breathe new life into them. You'll find their first project, The Carriage, nestled on the tranquil outskirts of Greenstead Green, a sleepy North Essex village close to the…

The Piglet Pod

The Piglet Pod

This luxurious, bespoke-crafted glamping retreat comes with a private hot tub, nestled between New Quay and Aberaeron on the sweeping west coast of Wales.The Piglet Pod is perfectly nestled on the magnificent west coast of Wales, primed for you to experience everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer... from soaring mountains to rolling waves.Bespoke crafted with high-end fixtures…

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