5 Unique Stays in the UK5 Unique Stays in the UK

5 UNIQUE STAYS IN THE UK

Cutesy cottages and generic hotel rooms bring you out in travel hives? We’ve teamed up with airbnb to bring you our wildcard stays in the UK...

Think floating wooden spheres dangling in the trees and a Harry Potter-looking abbey on the shores of Loch Ness.

We've teamed up with Airbnb to bring you 5 unique places to stay in the UK...

Floating Tree Sphere

Dorset, United Kingdom

“It’s not a treehouse. It’s a floating tree sphere...”

Reminds you of when your dad spent three weekends hammering planks of wood to a spindly trunk. Lucky for you this tree (ahem) sphere is not a homemade botched job. It’s a woodsy alien offering plonked amongst the foliage in the beaut Dorset countryside.

Camping-phobe? No stress. This guy’s packing mains power, heating, hot water, and a basic kitchen with bathrooms just outside. You’ve also got a fire-pit, BBQ and sound system. Basically you’ll be living like a boujie Tarzan.

There is no wifi though, so you’ll have to like… talk… and err work on your bird call? Get lost in the nearby woodland and frolic with the deer. You’re a 2 minute drive from shops (yes) and pubs (yassss).

Need To Know

Bring bedding, towels, and charcoal. Also, these guys are leaving an extra day between guests for deep cleaning and sterilising. Covid, ey?

St Benedict’s Abbey

Loch Ness, United Kingdom

The Scriptorium used to be the monastery’s secret writing room and is now a holier than holy one-bedroom apartment. Split over two floors, there’s loadsa OG features like the stained glass windows and soaring chapel ceilings.

Wander over to the Chapel Pool in your fluffy dressing gown or take a dip in the sauna. The rec room has a full-sized snooker table and there’s a steam room and tennis courts.

You’re secreted away on the shores of Loch Ness, but just a 40-minute drive from Inverness.

Need To Know

You get access to the heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, gym, tennis court, badminton net, giant chess, croquet lawn, cricket pitch, and Club Lounge. Check ahead to see is pool facilities have reopened.

Riverside Cabin

Falmouth, United Kingdom

A cabin in the woods… but more Hansel and Gretel than horror film.

Feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere in this hand-built Hobbit hole but in reality you’re a 15-minute drive from Falmouth. Best bits include the fire pit and stream - which you can paddle in like a regular Robinson Crusoe.

Head through the woods and you’ll come across a country road that leads to secret creeks, jagged cliffs, and private beaches.

Need To Know

There are compost loos, an alfresco hot water shower, and wifi. Luxe living.

Rockaway Park

Somerset, United Kingdom

Rockaway Park is a collective of circus performers, creatives, and artists based on a disused quarry. There’s an eco home in the centre with three guest rooms. But you’ll be surrounded by wood workshops, a recording studio, and a vegan cafe.

This place positions itself as an arty retreat for boho types, but all are welcome. Perfectly positioned to get away from it all - hello, woodland walks - or for day trips into the city. It’s 10 miles from Bath and Bristol.

Highlights include the on-site therapy suite which does acupuncture and massages. Also the Sunday roasts at the vegan cafe.

Need To Know

Because of COVID-19 the kitchen isn’t open, but rooms all have hot drinks facilities. And the vegan cafe offers weekday lunches and Sunday roasts.

Boatel

Powys, United Kingdom

Boatel…. See what they did there?

Warning: the guy that runs this place wants you to know this is like real camping - glamping this is not. All constructed from fully recycled materials, you’ll be shacking up in a little guest area and sharing the antique-stuffed communal areas with other landlubbers, 2 dogs and some chickens.

The key selling point? Your roof is a boat. You’re moored in the hills of Dify Valley surrounded by an acre of wild flowers and eye-tinglingly beautiful views of the Cambrian Mountains. Ideal for alfresco bevvies.

Need To Know

There’s basic cooking facilities, running water, and a compost loo. What more could you want? You’ll need to bring your own towels.