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...

Cosy Barn

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

You're sitting pretty in the Hertfordshire countryside, a short drive from London and overlooking a vineyard.

This place sleeps five and there's a wood-burning hot tun AND a zip wire in the neighbouring woods.

Need To Know

Grab some fresh eggs from the kitchen garden. Logs and Egyptian cotton linens are provided! Swanky.

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.

Eco Cottage

Wales, United Kingdom

Feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere in this ecoHobbit hole but in reality you’re a short stroll from the best beaches and cutesy villages. Best bits include the wood-fired hot tub - which you can paddle in like a regular Robinson Crusoe.

Need To Know

There's ample parking and a private garden.

Rockaway Park

Bristol, 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

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.