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New to Host Unusual: Twenty Refreshingly Different UK Boltholes

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Published 20/03/2020 New to Host Unusual: Twenty Refreshingly Different UK Boltholes


Firstly, we wish all our loyal Host Unusual followers lots of positive energy and, of course, good health during the current Covid-19 situation we face.

Many of us will not have seen or experienced before the current restrictions on overseas travel, and, for those who have been forced to postpone their planned holidays abroad this summer, we thought we may be able to offer some inspiration on new and exciting UK accommodation recently added to Host Unusual. 

Whether it's for a last minute staycation or planning ahead for 2021, we have everything from beachfront havens to unique glamping retreats, eco-luxe lodges and huts, converted railway carriages, sophisticated barns for group gatherings and plenty more besides. 

Author: Alex Wilson
Main Image: RiverBeds | Scottish Highlands

The Hideaway

The Hideaway

A sleek and sumptuous 19th century barn conversion, set on a private organic farm surrounded by Somerset countryside. Perfectly nestled on the private, family-owned Fords Croft Farm, you'll find The Hideaway secluded amongst acre after acre of soothing fields and enchanting woodland. Not only are you completely surrounded by gorgeous green views, but the farm is also home to ‘Castle Hill',…

Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites

Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites

Upgrade the traditional seaside break to a luxury beach hut suite-on-the-beach, perfectly set in family-friendly Bognor Regis.Forming part of Felpham Village's award-winning Beachcroft Hotel (which means all its deluxe facilities are at your disposal!), the Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites are perfect for families in search of seaside luxury. Located right on Felpham Beach, Bognor Regis, you can enjoy…

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

An impossibly charming vessel with picture-postcard sea-and-harbour views of the colourful Brixham harbour on The English Riviera.A true hidden gem in southern Torbay, Brixham is strewn with scenic activity, from stunning coastal walks, clear-water beaches, and pretty architecture in an array of fun colours.You'll find The Inspiration amidst all this bustling action, yet it is beautifully and…

The Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station

Travel back in time to the beautifully restored station house and Pullman carriages at Petworth, first class all the way! Surrounded by the soothing natural beauty of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex, the former Petworth Railway Station is an exquisite sight to behold.Originally built in 1892, the striking building has been immaculately and lovingly restored to provide sumptuous…

Hideaway Camping

Hideaway Camping

Eclectic family accommodation and soothing therapies await, on a friendly campsite secluded amongst enchanting Devon woodland.Nestled on the edge of Dartmoor, right at the end of a private track, Hideaway Camping is exactly that - a 24-acre expanse of pure Devon nature, hidden beautifully away from everyday life.Surrounded by gently babbling brooks, wide open fields, and soothing woodland, you'll…

Argoed Barns

Argoed Barns

Luxurious and eclectic accommodation for couples, families and friends, rich in detail and beautifully nestled in the Brecon Beacons.A friendly, family-run cluster of individual places where attention to detail reigns supreme, you'll receive the warmest of Welsh welcomes when you arrive at Argoed Barns.For starters, you'll feel as though the scenic best of Wales has been transported right to your…

Beach Rocks

Beach Rocks

A stylish and light-flooded South Wales haven, overlooking the surfers' paradise of Langland Bay.A mere pebble-skim from Swansea, South Wales's Gower Peninsula was designated as the UK's very first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956. Happily, not much has changed since then!So, what better place for an escape than an impossibly stylish apartment that overlooks one of Gower's prettiest and…

Stocklinch Shepherd's Hut

Stocklinch Shepherd's Hut

A double award-winning, bespoke-crafted and friendly retreat, deliciously nestled in a beautiful, ‘hidden' corner of Somerset.Ever since friendly owners Matt and Fiona opened their beautiful Somerset shepherd's hut for business, the accolades have kept on coming......some awarded from prestigious bodies such as the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards (an area in which, as you can imagine,…

Ockeridge Rural Retreats

Ockeridge Rural Retreats

An irresistibly peaceful haven, surrounded by friendly horses and far-reaching views of soothing Worcestershire countryside.You may not guess that Ockeridge Rural Retreats is located just six miles from Worcester's bustling city centre. Set within a nine-acre equestrian facility, and surrounded by fresh, rolling countryside, you'll feel blissfully secluded from civilisation.Recommended by The…

Bull Pen

Bull Pen

A sociable, single-level Cotswolds retreat for groups of family and friends (and their dogs), soothingly set in "the most beautiful village in England".It was the great William Morris who described Bibury as "the most beautiful village in England" back in the 19th century, but the rural Cotswolds village has received plenty of similar accolades in the years since.  Not only does time barely…

Cart Shed

Cart Shed

A stylish and stunning Cotswolds conversion that's ideal for families in search of a picturesque rural retreat (you can bring the dogs, too!).Proclaimed "the most beautiful village in England" by none other than William Morris, Bibury looks as though it's been plucked fresh from the easel of a master painter.The tranquil River Coln flows through the village, with the cottages of Arlington Row…

Coastal Cabins

Coastal Cabins

A selection of luxurious hideaways for couples and families, with indulgent on-site facilities and surrounded by North Devon countryside.Coastal Cabins is far removed from your average glamping site.  First off, the site occupies a dreamlike position in North Devon, just above the windswept Hartland coastline. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, the views are truly spectacular.Then, there are…

Driftwood Beach House

Driftwood Beach House

A soothing coastal retreat with a Victorian railway carriage at its heart, perfect for families and friends and opening straight onto Pagham Beach. Light, bright and cheerful, Driftwood Beach House is an idyllic, dog-friendly retreat for up to seven lucky guests. Set directly on the beach in the historic West Sussex village of Pagham, shingle slopes will lead you straight to the shore,…

Teasel Shepherd's Hut

Teasel Shepherd's Hut

A glampers' paradise retreat, pet friendly, rich in home comforts, and secluded amongst spectacular Northumberland countryside.Perfectly placed just a few miles from the beautiful Northumberland coastline, and its invigorating National Park, Teasel Shepherd's Hut is the perfect base for explorers and free spirits alike.  (And with on-site kennels and stables available, there's no need for…

Walltown Byre

Walltown Byre

A colourful and creative country retreat, complete with hot tub and dedicated entertainment barn, beautifully secluded in rural Northumberland.Set within 700 acres of rolling Northumberland countryside, surrounded by outrageously scenic country footpaths and bridleways, and accented by a huge, ever-changing sky, Walltown Byre has a lot to offer those who love getting lost in spectacular views.That…

The Earl and Countess

The Earl and Countess

An exquisite apartment in a magnificent castle setting, standing proudly in the ancient heart of historic Scottish Borders countryside.A grandly unique family and dog-friendly retreat, The Earl and Countess is a beautiful three-bedroom apartment that was once the private quarters of the 14th Earl and Countess of Lauderdale.Accessed via the south wing of the majestic Thirlestane Castle - one of the…

The Grieve's House

The Grieve's House

A characterful, architect-designed cottage peacefully secluded amongst East Lothian countryside, close to both coast and city.‘Grieve' is an old Scottish word for ‘farm steward', so you'll discover The Grieve's House amidst a serene rural setting, in the heart of Pencaitland's Fountainhall Estate.A dream location, you'll be completely surrounded by timeless countryside, yet just 15 miles away…

RiverBeds

RiverBeds

Luxury Wee Lodges, complete with bubbling hot tub and built to resemble a ‘castle in a cabin', nestled at the entrance to the great Glencoe Valley.Discover the romantic RiverBeds nestled amongst soothing woodland in the Scottish Highlands. Ideal for couples seeking both relaxation and adventure, you'll be staying on the great Dragon's Tooth Golf Course, right at the entrance to the…

The Long View

The Long View

The beauty of Sussex nature is effortlessly brought to your door, in a relaxing retreat with endless, far-reaching green views. There's a timelessly magical feeling about Swallowtail Hill, and it's a feeling that friendly owners Sarah and Christopher have worked hard to perfect over the years.A 40-acre Sussex farm that's run purely for conservation and biodiversity, you can relax amongst a unique…

Woodcutter's Cottage

Woodcutter's Cottage

A fairytale retreat that's perfect for wildlife watching, deliciously secluded amongst unspoilt Sussex woodland.Privately nestled in a woodland dell strewn with chestnut and oak trees, and bespoke crafted from locally sourced timber, there's an enchantingly rustic feel to the Woodcutter's Cottage. In fact, the dreamlike retreat could have been plucked straight from the pages of ‘Little Red…

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