Eight bucket list staycation rentals in the UK – from tree houses to an airship

This week, Brits have been able to see their families and go for a pint again meaning we’re all feeling a sense of freedom.

And, with the vaccination programme making swift progress many of us are looking towards summer.

While some are keenly watching the foreign travel updates, thousands of us have decided that 2021 is the year of the staycation.

But, if you’re looking for somewhere special to stay then a caravan or basic hotel just won’t cut the mustard.

Here are eight totally unique, and breathtakingly beautiful, places to stay in the UK this summer:

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1. Hobbit Hideaway, Moray, Scotland

Get away from it all with this pretty little cottage which looks like it was pulled straight out of Lord of the Rings.

The space is “designed to invoke inner peace and tranquillity” and features lots of handcrafted touches to make you smile.

It sleeps six with one bathroom and includes free unlimited wifi, a JVC bluetooth speaker, and a large selection of books, games, jigsaw puzzles and wooden toys, including a trainset and giant Jenga.

Outside you can dine alfresco using the BBQ, picnic tables, firepit, and various tables and chairs.

There is a three night stay minimum – and it’s priced at £153 per night in June on Airbnb.

2. Highland Airship, Drimnin, Scotland

Kids and adults obsessed with transport will love this unusual destination.

The Airship 2 is listed as an “insulated aluminum pod designed by Roderick James with views of the Sound of Mull from dragonfly windows.”

There’s a desk situated in the glass front of the ship giving you outstanding views of the countryside as well as a kitchen, Queen bed and working bathroom.

And, it’s on a secluded four acre site for the ultimate escape.

The Airship sleeps two and rates are around £160 per night with a three night minimum on Airbnb.

3. Treehouse, Elham, England

Relive your childhood in comfort this summer, and sleep within this nature-filled treehouse.

The cosy space is nested 20ft up between three oak trees with views of the North Downs.

There’s space for a couple to stay along with a chemical loo at ground level, an induction hob, cool box, kettle and music system.

Showers are sometimes available in the house close by.

Stays cost around £99 per night on Airbnb.

4. Grebe’s Nest, Essex, England

Water babies, this one’s for you.

This pod for two sits on the lake at Chigboough farm – and you’ll need to load up onto the platform and pull yourself to your temporary home using the chain raft.

Then, settle in for a “bobbing BBQ” or a relaxing paddle around in your very own boat.

The double bed at the back has lake views through the lounge space, where you’ll find a big sofa and the kitchen area with underfloor heating throughout.

And, there is a microwave, fridge and BBQ for cooking and seating on the deck outside.

There’s also bike hire, fishing and an on-site massage and yoga specialist.

Rates start from £100 pie night on Canopy & Stars.

5. Love in the Round, Cornwall, England

This special little roundhouse was built with couples in mind.

You’ll be surrounded by wildflower meadows and secluded woodland to get back to nature and each other.

There’s an outdoor shower (big enough for two), some saucy books, a feasting table, candlelit chandeliers and a fire pit.

Oh, and an honesty basket where you can help yourself to wine and keep it cold in the “wine fridge” – that’s the cool stream by the house.

The listing even states: “You can skip the cooking and order a Persian feast or a Cornish BBQ hamper, or perhaps some homemade ‘love potion’ raw chocolates for dessert under the stars.”

Rates start from £160 per night for two on Canopy & Stars.

6. Dragon Cruck, Powys, Wales

This crafted cabin in the woods has views of the Vrynwy valley and feels like you’ve delved back in time (or vanished into a fairytale).

The peaceful space is sunk into the nature outside and has a working camp kitchen, fire bowl, deck, pizza oven and cosy bedroom space.

There’s also a wood burner to keep you toasty at night.

The shower pod is around 100m away from the main spot, but you won’t mind the short walk because of the lovely surroundings.

And, there are plenty of mountain hikes around and the quaint castle town of Montgomery nearby.

Rates start from £110 per night for two with a minimum three night stay on Canopy & Stars.

7. Faithful the Boat, Devon, England

Moored in Brixham, this boat gives you views of pastel coloured cottages and the harbour.

Inside your floating home is decorated with stripes bunting and pastels galore and you can breakfast on deck in the morning and spot the wildlife.

There’s a double cabin with a kingsize bed which has a window above so you can watch the stars as the waves rock you from below.

Plus, there’s a proper shower, fully equipped kitchen and lounge area.

The boat sleeps two adults, but there’s space for two children in the bunk room too at an extra £15 per child per night.

Rates start from £140 per night for two on Canopy & Stars.

8. Hoppus the Tipi, Dorset, England

This large 24ft tipi is tucked away in the woods on a private deck with pretty wooden walkways.

There’s a king-sized bed, lantern-lit dressing table, seagrass floor and cosy stove so you can enjoy real privacy in bath-to-nature surroundings.

There’s also a plumbed-in shower, toilet and basin, plus anoutdoor dining area with barbecue and pizza oven.

Enjoy rambling through the woodland and ponds and sit around the fire pit on an evening.

Rates start from £139 per night for two with a two night minimum stay on Canopy & Stars.

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