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21 Unique Stays on Airbnb: UK Staycations

Now that we can start exploring the UK once again. I will be working my way through my unique stays on my staycation bucket list. On Airbnb, you can book the most unique stays for as short as an overnight stay.

Since I started travelling more seriously in 2016, Airbnb has been one of my favourite ways to explore a new destination. But most of the places you can book on Airbnb have the most stunning interiors and creative decor, as well as rivalling many hotels and hostels on service and location, and you are certain to find some truly unique stays.

After spending weeks in lockdown, we will all be longing to get out of our own space and into nature, and another four walls. I am looking ahead to the staycations we can take closer to home.

But heading off on an epic adventure doesn’t have to be pricey, and instead, you can combine freedom, nature and a unique stay through using Airbnb. I love arriving at a stay which is unique, as it leaves you feeling like you are experiencing something that isn’t on offer to everyone.

Whether it’s a countryside retreat, self-catered cottage, canal boat, log cabin in the woods, shepherd’s hut or a treehouse in the mountains, Airbnb offers travellers something a bit more unique.

So I have rounded up the 21 best unique stays on Airbnb, which are perfect to take over with your friends, family or partner.

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Here is a bucket list of unique Airbnb stays in the UK

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unique airbnb stays uk blue house

The Blue House On The Beach

Location: Sussex

Sleeps: 8 people

The Blue House is a truly stunning house – it’s location is spectacular – situated on the miles of sandy beach in Camber, close to Rye within easy access from London. Finished to the highest standards with bespoke kitchen, Apple TV, luxurious beds and sofas – it is an ideal escape for coastal retreat. Good for couples, families (with kids), big groups, and furry friends (pets), an idyllic unique stay on Airbnb.

unique airbnb stays uk airship

Location: Scotland

Sleeps: 2 people

Retreat to the deck of this sustainable getaway and gaze at the twinkling constellations under a cosy tartan blanket. AirShip 2 is an iconic, insulated aluminium pod designed by Roderick James with views of the Sound of Mull from dragonfly windows. Airship002 is comfortable, quirky and cool. It does not pretend to be a five-star hotel. The reviews tell the story.

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An Cala

Location: Cairngorms National Park

Sleeps: 10 people

We also have another very similar house next door to this one, that has availability occasionally. Check out Tigh an Uillt in Nethy Bridge, on Airbnb. An Cala has log fires, hot tub, space for sharing with friends and family, the Cairngorms, skiing, the whisky trail, walking, hiking and mountain bike trails, the RSPB bird watching, the river, the fishing, the forest, all on your doorstep!

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Old Smock Windmill

Location: Kent

Sleeps: 2 people

Old Smock Mill is a romantic place for couples. The atmosphere inside is peaceful and relaxing. Everything is designed to unwind you from the moment you walk in. It is surrounded by the lovely Kent countryside where you can ramble and refresh yourselves by perhaps ending the day in one of the great pubs cosy by a log fire in Winter or in Summer in an English garden. Guests have said how hard it is to tear themselves away, it truly is a treasure to find.

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Dairsie Castle

Location: Fife, Scotland

Sleeps: 14 people

Dairsie Castle is a unique self-catered property which sleeps 14. Located close to St. Andrews (15 minutes drive) and Edinburgh (1 hour drive), it is an ideal setting for a holiday to explore the heart of Scotland.

unique airbnb stays uk riverside cabin

Riverside Cabin

Location: Cornwall

Sleeps: 4 people

The Riverside cabin is a truly hand-built home, made with love from the woodland that surrounds it. A rustic Cornish getaway, only 15 minutes from Falmouth. With the sound of the wind in the leaves, the tinkling water and the crackling fire to relax you. We hope you will have a wonderfully memorable time.

Boutique Houseboat

Location: Cambridge

Sleeps: 2 people

Situated on the historic river cam a short walk from Cambridge city centre, this well-appointed widebeam houseboat combines comfortable accommodation with stunning views across Stourbridge common and comes with a secluded private mooring.

unique airbnb stays uk riverside cabin

Location: Sussex

Sleeps: 2 people

This private bedroom is one of 3 guest rooms within an indoor courtyard (atrium), all set in a self-built Eco house, surrounded by woods, scrap, art and artists, workshops, walks, etc…if you are in need of creative inspiration or encouragement, or you just want a quiet couple of nights in the country. That’s us!! 10 miles from Bath and Bristol. Close to Glastonbury, Wells, Stonehenge.

Alpha

Location: East Sussex

Sleeps: 7 people

On a private untiled rd in the middle of Rye Harbour nature reserve and 50 yards from the pebble beach. Alpha is a thoughtfully designed newly built timber construction with generous light-filled spaces and a modern rustic ‘rough around the edges’ feel. Woodburning fires and a wood-burning oven compliment the underfloor heating and conventional fan oven. Would suit anybody who likes fresh air, badgers, foxes, a lot of rabbits and even more birds.
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Luxury Treehouse

Location: Heamoor

Sleeps: 2 people

The Treehouse is an architecturally designed space for 2 with a private covered balcony running down one side with views over stunning gardens & countryside. Originally a famous printmakers studio, it is now a large & comfortably furnished light-filled bolthole. There is floor to ceiling windows, (with blinds) a large living area with a fully equipped kitchen. Upstairs is a romantic ensuite bedroom. The Treehouse is ideal for a relaxing break in a secluded location, 10 mins walk to Penzance.

unique airbnb stays uk floating

Floating Tree Sphere

Location: Dorset

Sleeps: 2 people

A truly amazing floating tree house set in a spectacular private location in beautiful Dorset countryside. Tastefully decorated with everything you need for a cosy, romantic break. Mains power, heating, stereo, hot and cold water, outdoor toilet and showers. A basic kitchen with a double hob, and everything you need, a fire-pit, BBQ and a bed with far reaching views. Simply an incredible and unique Airbnb stay for a romantic getaway. You will need to bring bedding, towels, and charcoal.

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Barnwell Cottage

Location: Cornwall

Sleeps: 6 people

Barnwell Cottage is simply one of the most stunning Cornish Cottages in the South West. Sitting proudly in the magical village of Cubert, with its beautiful vaulted ceilings, huge inglenook fireplaces and light and airy bedrooms, the cottage oozes romance and history. Having been sympathetically renovated using a variety of traditional techniques, the Cottage boasts a number of original features, whilst also offering the comfort and luxury of a truly special family home.

Cottage Spa

Location: Cornwall

Sleeps: 4 people

Indulge in a luxury spa experience at a tranquil cottage. Follow a garden path from your decked balcony to a private wood-fired hot tub, sauna, hammock, outdoor shower and summerhouse. It’s a great spot for stargazing by night and bird-watching by day. Cook in a modern well-equipped kitchen or have meals catered for you and served privately at your cosy cottage.

unique airbnb stays uk cotswolds

Rural Retreat

Location: Antrim, Northern Ireland

Sleeps: 4 people

This is a unique residence, designed by a leading architect, with everything you might need for a relaxing holiday, only 17 miles from Belfast Int’l airport. The house is rebuilt in natural stone with amazing views over lakes and mountains.

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The Den Cabin

Location: Lake District

Sleeps: 2 people

The Den is a unique space within the Lake District – a Scandinavian style BBQ cabin. A large BBQ pit in the centre to sit around provides a cosy relaxing evening space and a place to cook! WiFi, Fridge, Microwave, Kettle & Nespresso. Bedding provided, and a heated blanket! 8 minutes by car to Windermere, 5 minutes to Kendal. Easy access to a bus stop and a cycle lane. Dales Way is very close by. A camping-type toilet and sink (hot & cold water) next to the cabin.

unique airbnb stays uk riverside cabin

Former Abbey

Location: Scotland

Sleeps: 2 people

The SCRIPTORIUM – once the secret ‘writing room’ of the monastery – forms now the very special framework of a unique one-bedroom-apartment on 2 floors with plenty of original features;
whilst lounge/kitchen and spacious bathroom are at ground floor, the bedroom is upstairs under the high chapel ceiling & surrounded by stained glass windows…fluffy bathrobes are provided to stroll to the ChapelPool and feel very cosy within your apartment!

unique airbnb stays uk treehouse

Luxurious Treehouse

Location: East Sussex

Sleeps: 4 people

Hoots Treehouse is a picture-perfect, romantic, luxurious treehouse with all mod cons in an area of outstanding natural beauty – only 45 minutes south of M25. Clad in aromatic cedarwood, beautifully furnished – ideal private, a woodland retreat for couples. Can also comfortably sleep 2 children (from 6 years) on single mattresses in loft area accessed by a ladder and hatch. A wonderful place to chill-out and lose yourself – you won’t want to leave! Sheer bliss!

Location: Pembrokeshire

Sleeps: 4 people

A truly unique place to stay. The Jetstar is a first-class plane that would have carried up to nine passengers. Built-in the seventies it retains most of the original features including a lit-up bar area. It appears to have crash-landed and on the back is a double bedroom in the style of a first-class ship’s cabin. There is a loo and cold water basin on board the plane and the cockpit has an Xbox with some flight games. There is a well-equipped shower block on site with hot showers and fridges

unique airbnb stays uk boat liverpool

The Beatles Apartment Boat

Location: Liverpool

Sleeps: 8 people

LOCATION just 11min walk to the Albert Dock place is close to the city centre, art and culture, great views, and restaurants and dining. You’ll love my place because of the location, SLEEPS 8, the location bar/restaurant, ambience, just fab, My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), big groups, and furry friends (pets).

unique airbnb stays uk boat

Boatel

Location: Wales

Sleeps: 2 people

Set in an acre of wildflowers and up a mountain in the beautiful Dyfi Valley Biosphere the Boatel is literally a bed in a boat! Not to mention a beautiful open plan cooking and living space – all in a shed AKA the Boat, Roofed Shed. Recognised for its amazing and unique qualities, it even won the infamous Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year in 2013. It’s our absolute pride and joy and we love sharing it with guests!

unique airbnb stays uk train

The Flying Yorkshireman

Location: North Yorkshire

Sleeps: 2 people

We have built this Pullman style railway carriage and sighted it overlooking the old Nidd Valley railway line that runs through the farm. He’s 24ft by 9ft and very luxurious. With shower, toilet, kitchen, heating… in fact everything you will need for a stay away. We have reclaimed many railway items including the four handles, luggage rack, lamps, signs and much more. He is authentic as he can be. Outside is decking with seating and hot tub overlooking this beautiful landscape.

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