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Unusual Getaways with Epic Views

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Published 03/11/2022 Unusual Getaways with Epic Views


When you look out of your windows at home, what do you see?

If you're greeted each day by an idyllic seascape and abundant wildlife, or a vista of big skies, soaring mountains, and deep, shimmering lakes, then you're truly living the dream.

But if you're not, don't worry. Simply do what we do, and choose an holiday home with epic views instead.

Waking each day to beautiful views is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Plus, there's no better way to make your friends and family jealous than updating your social media feeds with jaw-dropping holiday scenes.  

We hardly need to tell you that when those incredible photo-ops are waiting just outside the window, inspiring green-tinged envy takes far less effort! In fact, you may even find yourselves putting those jam-packed holiday itineraries on hold, as you sit back and get deliciously lost in the landscape.

Paired with great conversation and your favourite tipple, it's hard to think of anything lovelier. That's why we've packed this list with unusual holiday homes that also showcase the most beautiful backdrops imaginable.  

Each one can be savoured inside from enormous windows, or outside from furnished decks, gardens and verandas that take scenic relaxation to entire new levels of bliss.

Author: Nina Jervis

Belle Tout Lighthouse B&B

Belle Tout Lighthouse B&B

A historic Lighthouse B&B perched on the white cliffs of Beachy Head, with show-stopping panoramic views and many original features.   Picture this - a former working lighthouse, steeped in history, which has in its time been a home, a teashop and a filming location for a cult TV classic. Standing proudly atop the stunning white cliffs of Beachy Head, it's surrounded by…

Sally Port Cottage

Sally Port Cottage

Self-catering holiday cottage at St Anthony's Lighthouse, St Mawes, Cornwall - the location for Fraggle Rock! Your worry is most certainly for another day when you stay at Sally Port Cottage. This one-storey holiday home at St Anthony's Lighthouse in St Mawes (the location for iconic children's programme Fraggle Rock!) makes for a fantastic seaside retreat and a unique holiday to…

Jackdaw Quarry Lodges

Jackdaw Quarry Lodges

Two unique eco-friendly self-catering lodges built on the limestone cliff edges of Jackdaw Quarry. Five-star luxury awaits at the Jackdaw Quarry Lodges - two totally unique, self-catered, eco-friendly hideaways built on the limestone cliff edges of Lancashire's Jackdaw Quarry and clear blue water of the quarry lake.  The ideal escape for families or couples, these beautifully…

Black Moon

Black Moon

Indulge in windswept decadence and panoramic views of St Ives Bay from this richly romantic retreat by the sea. Lovers of luxury and romance will find this private retreat for two exceeds every last dream holiday expectation. Complete with opulent interiors and outstanding sea views - with the tide crashing romantically against the walls! - Black Moon is a holiday home primed for pure…

The Box House

The Box House

A stunningly secluded, contemporary Atlantic oceanfront retreat with your very own beach, privately situated in Canada's beautiful Nova Scotia. Beautifully designed to contrast with its sparkling oceanside surroundings, the dramatic, contemporary architecture of The Box House makes a breathtaking impact from the moment you arrive. Ideal for groups of up to eight people looking to relax…

Harbour Crane

Harbour Crane

Experience an out-of-this-world hideaway just moments from (and high above) the heart of historic Harlingen! Is it a spaceship? Is it a spider? Is it a sea creature emerging from the Wadden Sea? No, it's the Harbour Crane! The moment you set eyes on the Harbour Crane, you'll quickly see how it earned its many nicknames. ‘The Spider', ‘Blue Head' and ‘Long William' just about sum…

Vedetta Lodges

Vedetta Lodges

Five-star, dog-friendly glamping in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, complete with a warm Italian welcome! Perfect for those who appreciate a touch of trademark Italian style and five-star comfort, but who also want to get back to nature while they're away, a stay at Vedetta Lodges is a beautifully refreshing and indulgent glamping experience. Nestled in the unspoilt Maremman…

Glamping Corsica

Glamping Corsica

Relax in your very own eco-bubble with spectacular clifftop views from the heart of Corsica's refreshing Ospedale Forest. Just twenty minutes from the stunning hilltop town of Porto Vecchio, in the heart of Corsica's lush Ospedale Forest, you will find an eco-paradise that's quite unlike any other. Glamping Corsica consists of ‘Cocoon Village', four serene eco-bubbles for two people,…

Pohue PurePod

Pohue PurePod

Luxuriate in a uniquely secluded and immersive PurePod experience in the midst of the captivating New Zealand landscape. If you're not careful, you'll soon find that the PurePod way of life has become completely addictive. Once you've experienced total off-grid relaxation in the middle of New Zealand's breathtaking natural vista, from the comfort and blissful seclusion of your very own glass…

Canopy Lodge

Canopy Lodge

Take a refreshing tour of the natural world, from a warmly picturesque setting in the foothills of Panama's volcanic heart. El Valle de Antón is a truly unique and captivating village, found in the centre of an enormous crater from a (happily extinct!) volcano, set 60 miles from Panama City in the region's Coclé Province. Expect endlessly romantic scenes of mist-covered mountains -…

Star Arctic Hotel

Star Arctic Hotel

View the magical Northern Lights from the top of Finland's Kaunispää Mountain, in a uniquely awe-inspiring hotel. Perfectly located at the top of Kaunispää mountain (otherwise known as ‘Beauty Hill'), you can enjoy spectacular views over Saariselkä, renowned as "the Lapland of your dreams", from the Star Arctic Hotel. Surrounded by nature in its purest and most beautiful form,…

Suffolk Skytower

Suffolk Skytower

An awe-inspiring 80ft landmark tower ideal for large group celebrations, with panoramic rural views of the Shotley Peninsula. Let's face it: if you're gathering a group together to celebrate something special, you'll have to find a place that's worthy of the effort! Sleeping up to 18 people, and beautifully positioned between the rivers Orwell and Stour on the Shotley Peninsula, The…

Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge

Discover Namibia's raw and rugged Skeleton Coast, from a unique ‘shipwreck' cabin set amongst remote desert dunes. Located 45 kilometres from Möwe Bay, between two winding rivers in Namibia's famous Skeleton Coast National Park, there is absolutely nowhere in the world quite like Shipwreck Lodge. Created by an ambitious local architect, the Lodge comprises ten individual eco-cabins,…

Sacromonte Landscape Hotel

Sacromonte Landscape Hotel

An architect-designed hotel and winery sustainably blended within a vast stretch of valley grassland in Uruguay. Designed by renowned South American architects MAPA, Sacromonte Landscape Hotel is a haven for lovers of exceptional wine, exceptional comfort, and exceptional scenery alike. Beautifully secluded within a 250-acre stretch of vineyard-dotted valley and wild mountain range in…

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…

Nebesa

Nebesa

Peaceful, scenery-showcasing chalets set far from the beaten tourist track, on the unspoilt slopes of Slovenia's remote Kuk Mountain. Featuring just four immaculate, minimalist chalets-for-two that overlook the breathtaking Soca Valley, Nebesa feels like a wonderfully well-kept secret. Nebesa translates as "heaven", a description which simply couldn't be more apt. Once you've completed…

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage

Steal away from civilisation, to an historic haven with dramatic sea views out towards the Pentland Firth. Perched on top of a 115-foot cliff, on the red sandstone Scottish island of South Walls, Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage is remote enough to make you feel as though you've been magically spirited away from everyday life. Adjacent to the historic lighthouse tower itself, the cosy cottage…

The Hillside Hideaway

The Hillside Hideaway

View the Isle of Skye at its most dramatic and beautiful, from the chic comfort of a private, scenery-showcasing retreat for two. Secluded directly in the hillside, and looking out over the tranquil, shimmering Loch Harport, The Hillside Hideaway promises to take your breath away. Ideal for a couple in need of a break from hectic everyday life, you'll feel as though you've cast yourselves away…

The Island Cornwall

The Island Cornwall

Gaze dreamily out at the Atlantic Ocean, from the sumptuous comfort of your very own private, palm-fringed paradise. Perched proudly on top of a 70ft rock stack that soars high above Newquay's famed Towan Beach, The Island promises to cast you blissfully adrift from the rest of the world.   Completely surrounded by sparkling water at high tide, you can only access it by crossing an elegant…

Pilot House

Pilot House

A unique aluminium cabin for two, architect designed and perfectly set in the remote Scottish Highlands, for spectacular views over the Sound of Mull. Occupying a remote, magical position on the north-eastern shore of the Sound of Mull, Drimnin could be described as one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. In other words, it's the perfect setting for an undisturbed, unbelievably scenic getaway. Rich…

Demeter Cave House

Demeter Cave House

A dreamily luxurious cave house with a romantic roof terrace and hot tub, blissfully secluded in a beautiful, unspoilt Santorini village. One of the most beautiful and visually iconic Greek islands, Santorini is a picture-perfect dream for travellers all over the world. Yet a mere five-minute drive from Santorini's famous, bustling caldera lies the charming village of Pyrgos. Relatively…

Devonshire Folly

Devonshire Folly

A historic 18th century folly, re-imagined as a thoroughly modern retreat with spectacular, 360-degree Devon countryside views.Perfect for a dreamy romantic getaway, Devonshire Folly is completely surrounded by acres of soothing countryside that sits between the North Devon coast and Dartmoor National Park.The folly dates back to the 18th century, yet its contemporary conversion is simple and…

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…

La Esperanza

La Esperanza

A grand, authentic hacienda with luxury suites, a swimming pool, and a designer courtyard inspired by the Alhambra, nestled amongst private flower gardens just 35 minutes from Granada. Available as a boutique hotel, or a fully serviced villa for up to 14 guests, La Esperanza is a breathtakingly beautiful, Spanish Mission-style retreat that promises to spirit you blissfully away from hectic life…

The Nest

The Nest

A sumptuous, secluded retreat with a green roof, a wildflower garden, and double al fresco bathtubs, completely surrounded by idyllic views on a working family farm in Powys. Blissfully tucked away amongst 300 picture-perfect acres of working Powys farmland, you'll feel like the only people in the world as you arrive at The Nest. The ideal setting for a dreamlike escape into the arms of nature,…

Cornwell House

Cornwell House

A master architect-designed gem with a lava-rock hot tub, gently elevated over the Waiaka Stream for idyllic Hawaiian ocean and volcano views. Gently elevated over the Waiaka Stream, Cornwell House (also known as Sandy Simms House) is the only house in Hawaii to have been crafted by the pioneering 20th century master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Designed to work in harmony with both humanity…

Milovaig House

Milovaig House

A cosily restored 19th century crofter's house with a wood-burning hot tub, remotely nestled on the atmospheric, windswept cliffs of the Isle of Skye. If you're serious about getting away from it all, Milovaig is your dream destination. A small, scenic hamlet on the Isle of Skye, here you'll discover soothing, sheep-dotted rural landscapes, and soaring clifftops that showcase incredible sea loch…

The Norfolk Beacon

The Norfolk Beacon

A grandly historic, TV-featured retreat with a nautical-fairytale feel and spectacular North Sea views, set on the sweeping coast of Norfolk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A beautifully converted 18th century lighthouse, The Norfolk Beacon is anything but ordinary.   Featured on Channel Four's ‘Homes by the Sea', the circular retreat stands proudly on the Norfolk coast, by the…

Seagulls' Nest

Seagulls' Nest

A beautiful Whitsand Bay bolthole, breathtakingly set right on the cliffs for outstanding views that stretch from Rame Head to Looe.Secluded on the atmospheric cliffside at Whitsand Bay - whose tranquil beaches are regularly referred to as Cornwall's "hidden gems" - Seagulls' Nest is an idyllic coastal escape for four guests.Savour truly spectacular, up-close-and-personal views from Rame Head to…

Sweet Donside Cabins

Sweet Donside Cabins

Heavenly, hand-crafted hideaways with private hot tubs, beautifully secluded amongst nine magical acres of the Cairngorms National Park. Hand-crafted with love and exceptional care, there's a blissful sense of relaxation built into each of the four exquisite, individually-styled Sweet Donside Cabins. Dreamily nestled amongst nine picture-perfect acres of the Cairngorms National Park, you'll feel…

Villa Ca'Damare

Villa Ca'Damare

An exclusive, architect-restored villa with a private Mediterranean garden, mesmerisingly secluded within the natural park of Cinque Terre for incredible views of the Gulf of Poets and the soaring Apuan Alps. Perfect for a romantic escape, Villa Ca' Damare is a beautiful stone villa set within the natural park of the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre; a string of historic seaside villages on…

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,…

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.…

Portamaggie Cottage

Portamaggie Cottage

A romantic Dumfries and Galloway beach cottage with breathtaking sea views and a stargazing hot tub, moments away from a tranquil, sandy beach near Portpatrick. Surrounded by soaring cliffs and glistening sea-nery, you'll discover Portamaggie Cottage nestled at the base of the historic Killantringan Lighthouse, achingly close to Portpatrick. A former telephone exchange, the cottage has been…

Dalnaglar Castle

Dalnaglar Castle

A grand 19th century retreat, spectacularly set within a 200-acre estate in the heart of Glenshee, on the southern fringe of the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by the rugged mountain-and-woodland scenery that Scotland is justly famous for, Dalnaglar Castle is a fine, historic retreat that sleeps up to 20 guests. With the magnificent Cairngorms National Park in striking distance, Dalnaglar…

Desert House

Desert House

An architect-designed, TV-featured eco-retreat crafted from thermally insulated glass, uniquely purpose-built in the heart of Granada's spectacular Gorafe Desert for incredible natural views. Considered to be one of the toughest and most adverse environments in Europe, the Gorafe Desert, in the province of Granada, Andalusia, is also one of its most beautiful. Characterised by rich red…

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