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Our Favourite Fantasy and Fairytale-Inspired Retreats

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Published 25/08/2022 Our Favourite Fantasy and Fairytale-Inspired Retreats


The best kind of holiday is one that transports you far, far away from everyday life.  One in which your cares feel like they've been well and truly abandoned for a while, as you immerse yourself in captivating, completely new surroundings.

But if you thought all that would mean spending your precious time in long airport check-in queues, then jetting off to the farthest corners of the Earth, think again!

You could simply choose to step inside the pages of an iconic fantasy story, or a classic children's fairytale, instead.

Think magical, out-of-this world furnishings and delightfully quirky accessories, all carefully crafted and chosen to take your senses on an enchanted journey.  

Plus... who knows, with so much incredible creativity all around you, you may well return home feeling inspired to start work on an artistic masterpiece of your very own!

Each and every one of the following retreats feels like entering a whole new world, proving that you really don't have to travel too far to indulge your imagination, or quench your thirst for a break that's truly unique.

So get ready to browse our hand-picked list, and begin your own magical holiday story.

Who knows just where it will lead?

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Craighead Round Door Howfs | Perthshire

Blackberry Wood

Blackberry Wood

You may think you know glamping, but you haven't seen anything like Blackberry Wood - the only place a helicopter, a London bus, a cabin and a caravan sit in the shadow of fairytale treehouses. Blackberry Wood is just as enchanting as the name suggests. With a range of wonderfully imaginative glamping options - all set around a red telephone box and old-fashioned lamppost - you'll feel like…

The Boot

The Boot

You've heard of the old woman who lived in a shoe, but have you ever actually imagined life in a fabulous piece of footwear? Wonder no longer at The Boot, a fairytale B&B on New Zealand's South Island! The Boot is a wonderfully imaginative, superbly crazy hideaway for two on the Tasman coast, found at the northern point of the Island. Expertly crafted with the appearance of...well, a…

The Black Castle

The Black Castle

Travel back through time with an ‘over-knight' stay for two in a majestically authentic 16th century Gaelic castle.   It may be a long way to Tipperary, but travelling back to the 16th century is a far shorter journey than you may think!   Secluded within the breathtaking natural landscape of the shimmering Lough Derg, amongst the invigorating backdrop of North Tipperary, you…

La Balade des Gnomes

La Balade des Gnomes

Enter the mystical world of La Balade des Gnomes, where imagination is converted into reality in a series of fantasy themed rooms to take your breath away. Literally meaning the 'walk of the gnomes',  La Balade des Gnomes certainly would not look out of place in a Tim Burton film. This unique hotel is situated in Durbuy, within the Luxembourg province of Belgium, nestled in the east of…

Les Ormes Domaine & Resort

Les Ormes Domaine & Resort

A welcoming family accommodation and activity centre, set on a two-hundred acre French country estate. Perfectly positioned in between the stunning Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo, Les Ormes is a former bishop's estate and the site of a 16th century château, lovingly transformed into an award-winning accommodation and activity centre with a little something for everyone! You'll be…

The Enchanted Faraway Tree

The Enchanted Faraway Tree

Spirit yourself away to The Enchanted Faraway Tree - a storybook-inspired hideaway in the form of a unique treehouse pod, cosily nestled in the Garden of England. Fans of Enid Blyton's enduring childhood classic, ‘The Magic Faraway Tree', are sure to be in seventh heaven, with a stay that recreates all the charm and enchantment of the famous storybook. Beautifully primed for a romantic…

Florence Springs Hill House

Florence Springs Hill House

A quirky, TV-featured grass-roofed storybook house with beautiful countryside views of Pembrokeshire. Featured on ITV Wales' ‘Coast and Country' and located on an award-winning glamping site, the Florence Springs Hill House is your refreshing gateway to life in the Great Outdoors.   Set in rural Pembrokeshire and just three miles from the coast, this is natural luxury at its…

Craighead Round Door Howfs

Craighead Round Door Howfs

Experience a magical stay in a quirky and authentic storybook home, built right into the windswept Scottish hillsides. Fancy living the fantasty storybook life, but without the arduous journey and heart-stopping battles encountered in such tales? Now, Craighead Howf, a traditional, welcoming Scottish stone-built farmhouse and steading in Perthshire, offers you the chance to do just…

Hobbitenango

Hobbitenango

Experience the fantasy world of storybooks, set high above the Antiguan hills with breathtaking volcano views. Hobbitenango is a blissfully remote mountainside village that combines a magical selection of solar and wind-powered eco-casitas with a farm-to-table restaurant and a family activity park.   Lovingly created in the style of treasured fantasy novels, the aim of Hobbitenango…

The Five Turrets

The Five Turrets

Make like an auld Scottish baron, in a grand 19th Century townhouse that's ideal for exploring the historic town of Selkirk. The Scottish Borders town of Selkirk boasts an impressive history.  William Wallace was proclaimed Guardian of Scotland there, and Sir Walter Scott once served as sheriff. Experience the grand uniqueness of the town for yourself, with a stay in a Grade B…

Rufus's Roost

Rufus's Roost

A luxurious family treehouse, privately secluded in medieval woodland with incredible views of the North Yorkshire Moors. Privately secluded on the site of The Hideaway - a relaxed, family-run farm campsite in North Yorkshire - Rufus's Roost is a childhood-fantasy, double-turreted treehouse with five gleaming stars for comfort and luxury, and was featured on This Morning's 'Staycation…

Hideaway Under the Stars

Hideaway Under the Stars

A unique eco home-from-home, crafted naturally with love, and peacefully nestled at the foot of a striking Speyside mountain. Combining the ‘wow-factor' elements of an architect-designed masterpiece with the breathable beauty of nature, Hideaway Under the Stars is the perfect escape from everyday life. You need not take our word for it, as it has also been awarded Best Green Home in the…

Melin Mabes

Melin Mabes

A Pembrokeshire Amazing Space that combines timeless home comfort with interstellar accommodation that's out of this world! Discover Melin Mabes in the soothing midst of rural Pembrokeshire, on the four-acre site of a 16th century watermill.   The brainchild of your friendly and imaginative hosts, Martin and Carol-Anne, you can be sure of a surprisingly unique, life-loving and detail-rich…

Dragon's Eye

Dragon's Eye

A wonderfully creative, TV-featured glamping pod with glass panels and a rotating bed to showcase the lush Welsh landscape. Dragon's Eye (or Llygad y Ddraig, if you've got an ear for the Welsh language!) is an awe-inspiring, award-winning glamping pod-for-two that's perfectly positioned for exploring West Wales in all its rural and coastal glory. The winner of Netflix's ‘Cabins in the Wild' TV…

Quetzalcoatl's Nest

Quetzalcoatl's Nest

A fantastical, fairytale stay in an architect-created sculpture garden, amidst the rugged landscape of the Valley of Mexico. Inspired by an Aztec serpent god, Quetzalcoatl's Nest is an awe-inspiring sculpture garden, created by the acclaimed Mexican architect, Javier Senosiain. With the aim of creating an organic space that would respect the rugged natural environment of Naucalpan de Juárez,…

Woodland Chase Glamping

Woodland Chase Glamping

Escape from everyday life, with luxurious, grown-up glamping on a Northumberland family farm set close to the beautiful coast. Old Felton Farm, beautifully positioned in the heart of Northumberland, is home to Woodland Chase Glamping, a sumptuous, adults-only country escape that feels like a well-kept secret. It's here, nestled amongst soothing woodland, that you'll discover a selection of…

Clarens Castle

Clarens Castle

A luxurious fairytale tower, filled with classic storybook detailing and nestled in the heart of South Africa's picturesque Maluti Mountains.If you've ever fantasised about stepping into the pages of a magical fairy story, an exclusive stay at Clarens Castle promises to make your dreams come true.Beautifully themed and styled as Rapunzel's iconic tower, the castle-for-four is filled with intricate…

Eaton House Studio

Eaton House Studio

An outrageously creative, completely unique ‘pink paradise' to live out those fairytale dreams, for quirky large group stays in Essex. Known for its world-famous preserves, and its close proximity to London (you can drive there in under 90 minutes), Tiptree is a quiet, rural Essex village that's also home to a uniquely magical seven-bedroom mansion. Affectionately known as ‘The Pink House' -…

Meadow View Hill House

Meadow View Hill House

A magical and gloriously romantic storybook retreat, gently nestled on an organic farm in Shropshire surrounded by rolling hills. If you love the idea of stepping into the pages of an epic and magically enchanting tale, Meadow View Hill House is the cosy hideaway of your dreams. Beautifully positioned on an organic farm next to the village of Clun, you'll be achingly close to both the Shropshire…

The Magic Rat

The Magic Rat

A dreamy vintage narrowboat, rich in rural romance and gently nestled on a peaceful glamping site in Hampshire. Boasting two mesmerising acres of idyllic Hampshire countryside, The Meadow is an idyllic glamping site that features a selection of lovingly restored retreats to help immerse your souls in nature. Their latest addition is The Magic Rat, a glorious 23ft Springer narrowboat that once…

The Turret Rooms

The Turret Rooms

A romantic, fairytale-like retreat set within a walled garden by an ancient Scottish village that's ideally positioned to explore the Angus Glens and the Cairngorms.Secluded on a vast estate with resident deer, you'll discover The Turret Rooms by the ancient village of Fettercairn, an ideal base from which to explore the nearby Cairngorms, the Angus Glens, and many gorgeously unspoilt coastal…

Wonderland House

Wonderland House

A movie-themed, award-winning vintage haven by Brighton seafront, complete with teacup chairs and whimsical décor for a large group break that inspires the playful children in you! With every room so magically infused with storybook enchantment, you could well spend your entire time at Wonderland House wandering around in open-mouthed awe! A grand Regency house that's perfectly positioned by…

The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery by the Castle

A spellbinding retreat that boasts fine Scottish dining, and baroque, individually styled suites that look out over Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile.Described by The Times as "a pure, unmitigated pleasure palace", The Witchery by the Castle is one of Edinburgh's best-loved retreats.Owned by James Thomson OBE - Scotland's premier restauranteur and hotelier, no less! - the atmosphere is one of ultimate…

Wareham Thatched Cottage

Wareham Thatched Cottage

Rest your head in a historic, whimsical retreat plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale, set within acres of peaceful Dorset woodland close to the Jurassic Coast.Perfect for a fresh country escape, or to rediscover that long-lost creative spirit, Wareham Thatched Cottage is a charming, chocolate-box retreat set amongst 2.5 acres of picturesque Dorset woodland.A 250-year-old former gate…

Pirate Ship Adventure

Pirate Ship Adventure

Unleash your inner buccaneer, on board a rustic movie-themed vessel that's ideal for family escapades in theme-park-filled Wisconsin Dells.Ahoy me hearties!  Step aboard the ‘Passing Wind', a movie-themed vessel styled for memorable family adventures, moored in Wisconsin Dells - a US city famed for its abundance of theme parks.Sleeping up to six guests, the ship is perfect for…

Jurassic Retreat

Jurassic Retreat

Take an authentic trip back to prehistoric times, in a unique movie-themed retreat that features life-sized dinosaurs and a private hot tub, secluded in rural Washington.Secluded in Washougal, a rural city in Washington, Jurassic Retreat features an animatronic, life-size T-Rex, velociraptor, and triceratops... for the most unusual welcoming committee you're ever likely to encounter!The uniqueness…

Fairytale Glamping

Fairytale Glamping

Let your imagination run wild and free, in a lovingly hand-made ‘castle' with off-grid facilities and child-friendly adventures galore, royally secluded in rural Lincolnshire. Fairytale Glamping is the brainchild of friendly owners Chris and Libby, who dreamed of creating a beautiful place in which whole families could relax, disconnect, and make magical memories in nature. Then, on one…

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…

Dracup's Railway Cottage

Dracup's Railway Cottage

Step into a unique fantasy-world retreat, lovingly created by a visionary artist and filled with quirky surprises, secluded in the scenic Shropshire town of Bridgnorth. A visionary artist and inventor, Antony Dracup lived in the historic Shropshire town of Bridgnorth - known as "the cradle of the Industrial Revolution" - for over 20 years. During this time, he transformed his beloved home from a…

Hocus Pocus Tiny Hotel

Hocus Pocus Tiny Hotel

Escape into an immersive world of wonder, in the form of a boutique hotel with authentic magic-themed rooms, deliciously secluded in the heart of York.Occupying an ornate building that dates all the way back to the 1600s, you'll discover Hocus Pocus along one of York's smallest streets, right next to the famous Shambles Market.Passionate about creating a boutique hotel with an immersive feel, the…

Arkansas Fantasy Earth Ship

Arkansas Fantasy Earth Ship

A handcrafted, eco-friendly haven for unique large-group stays, complete with an outdoor pool and hot tub, just five minutes away from Beaver Lake.Jaw-droppingly unique, Arkansas Fantasy Earth Ship is sustainable, spacious - and quirky, as you'd expect from a retreat inspired by an iconic fantasy tale.Sleeping up to 16 lucky guests in six bedrooms, you'll be blissfully secluded just five minutes…

Belle View Farm Shire

Belle View Farm Shire

Lovingly hand-crafted homes taken from the pages of an epic fantasy tale, complete with bespoke ‘water well' hot tubs, secluded in a tranquil meadow that overlooks the Wiltshire hills. Pioneers of luxury organic glamping, the friendly owners at Mill Farm have been welcoming guests to their range of eclectic accommodation, set in the mesmerising Wiltshire countryside, since 2007. Their latest…

Nant y Garnedd

Nant y Garnedd

A quirky storybook retreat with round windows and a luxury oak-barrel hot tub, peacefully secluded with spectacular views of Snowdonia National Park. From the moment you arrive at Nant y Garnedd, you'll feel as though you've been written into an iconic fantasy tale. Perfect for epic breaks in North Wales with friends or family, the wonderfully quirky retreat is built into a hillside near Dinas…

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…

Ursabear Cabin

Ursabear Cabin

A sumptuous, hand-built Amazing Space that takes inspiration from the stars, filled with bespoke elements and mesmerisingly nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park. A stellar break is all but guaranteed at Ursabear Cabin, a lovingly hand-crafted retreat named after the Ursa Major constellation in the northern sky, symbolising the Great Bear. Featured on the popular Channel Four TV show,…

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