Thanks to 2020 there has been a surge in travellers opting for vacation rentals over hotels to avoid sharing germs with others. Lucky for us in the UK, there are so,e incredible Air Bnbs out there for us to stay in!
The Den, Lake District
Have you ever wanted to stay in a bedroom designed around a BBQ? Probably not, but you will once you see this place… Just 8 minutes from Windermere lies a quirky log cabin that will take your breath away once you open the door. Set in two-thirds of an acre, within beautiful gardens, The Den is built around a central fire pit, all you need to bring is the food.
The downsides? No pets (at least your won’t accidentally grill your dog’s tail!) and no shower facilities. But there is a sink and toilet so if your flexible you can still give yourself a wash.
Old Smock Windmill, Kent
Kent is full of quirky buildings thanks to its history, and one thing I do love is a windmill. Old Smock Windmill oozes character and charm whilst providing all the modern comforts you need. The four-story building has been totally restored to a very high standard and each room has been individually designed, welcome baskets are provided on arrival inclusive of free-range eggs from the owner’s chickens!
The bedroom contains a full-size king bed complete with crisp white sheets. The bathroom includes a double-ended bath, pedestal basin, and toilet, as well as a walk-in wet room shower and underfloor heating to keep you toasty in the winter months.
The windmill has plenty around it including the Cinque Port town of Rye, Camber Sands, Hastings, and Tenterden.
The Riding House, Dorset
Want to get the family altogether? The Riding House in Dorset boasts 8 guest rooms, each individually designed and with their own en-suite bathrooms with roll-top baths. Also inside is an honesty bar, plenty of entertainment space, an informal dining area, and Billiard table, making this a fantastic getaway for all types of celebrations.
The property which belongs to the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury has been refurbished and decorated in an equestrian design. The rustic dining room caters up to 16 persons with access to a fully equipped kitchen. The property is rented on a self-catering basis but arrangements can be made if you would like someone to cater for you.
c, Scottish Highlands
The UK is full of amazing views, but the Scottish Highlands is arguably the most breathtaking region of the country.
The Airship has definitely taken into account the views and its quirky design takes full advantage of them. This sustainable getaway offers guests the chance to stargaze from the comfort of the indoors, but be warned, this place gets very booked up!
Ancient Castle, Scottish Borders
There’s plenty of opportunities to stay in castles throughout the UK and you will find a number of beautiful castles along the English/Scottish border.
Neidpath Castle was once host to Mary Queen of Scots and now travellers can get the whole place to themselves, sleeping in an antique four-poster bed, dipping in a deep roll top bath, and warming their hands against an open fire.
Tides Cottage, Whitstable, Kent
Wake up to the gentle sound of the sea at Tides Cottage, a beautifully renovated beachfront cottage offering a calm retreat to up to 6 guests.
Close to local pubs, restaurants, and shops, the cottage is located in one of the most sought after areas in Kent and is the perfect place to watch the sunset.
The cottage boasts a number of original features such as the wood floors and salvaged doors. The hosts welcome dog owners who are happy to respect the house rules (no pets on the furnishings).
Lary Steading and Lary Farmhouse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Available only as a pair, Lary Steading and Lary Farmhouse is the perfect combination of Scandi meets ancient Scotland.
This historic hunting lodge provides luxury accommodation for up to 20 guests on an elevated position overlooking the magnificent Aberdeenshire countryside.
The stylish accommodation includes natural oak floors, a handmade oak kitchen and bathroom, an open fireplace, and a newly built master bedroom with impressive views down the glen.
Earth House, Powys, Wales
A thatched cottage full of romantic charm, Earth House is an architecturally unique property close to the breathtaking Welsh coast. Built in the year 1750, the cottage is Grade II listed due to its historical significance.
The cottage is circled by a lovely garden that is in bloom throughout the year, even in winter thanks to its large variety of snowdrops.
The Treehouse, Kent
It was always my dream to have a treehouse in the garden, it never happened so you can imagine how delighted I was to discover I could stay in one overnight! This secluded treehouse in the Kent countryside is made of recycled timber and boasts impressive views across the North Downs Area of Natural Beauty.
Heating and double glazing mean this is the perfect getaway no matter what the weather, its cosy interior makes it the ultimate romantic space for couples wanting a place to relax and enjoy the quiet.