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It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year and we’re only halfway through. One thing that’s helped us through this tiresome lockdown period is the light relief of lusting over future holiday destinations and dream holiday homes, and it appears we’re not the only ones wishing for a summer holiday.

While travelling aboard is more or less off the cards this year, Airbnb have released their most wished-for holiday homes in the UK that us Brits have been gushing over throughout lockdown.

From cosy cabins to coastal family homes, stylised shipping containers to renovated windmills, here’s the top 10 holiday destinations Brits have been loving.

Old Smock Windmill, Benenden

Ever driven past a windmill and wondered what it’s windy rooms are like inside? Now’s your chance to explore the inner workings of a converted windmill in Benenden. 

Old Smock Windmill is the perfect cosy spot for a romantic retreat in the countryside. The four storey building has been beautifully restored to celebrate its former service and glory. From beamed ceilings to brick walls, to the open plan kitchen-dining area, sit back and relax as you soak up the best of the British countryside inside your own little windmill.

Sleeps 2, from £183 per night 

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Private Seaside Retreat, Weston Super Mare

Despite being recently renovated, this little seaside cottage boasts some of its original features, including the beautiful beamed ceilings that run throughout the living area. It’s best by night time though, because the outside courtyard boasts a cosy hot tub and pretty festoon lights. 

It’s just a short walk from the seaside town of Weston Super Mare too, making it the perfect coastal cottage to enjoy this summer.

Sleeps 2, From £95 per night

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Secluded Countryside Lodge, Maidstone

Very little needs to be said when the interiors are this chic. This little secluded spot might just be our favourite on the wish-list purely down to its cosy interiors, open plan and maisonette bedroom. We can just imagine spending the night here, cooking up a storm in the modern kitchenette before relaxing in the hot tub under the twinkling stars.

Sleeps 2, from £113 per night 

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Luxury Glamping, Cambridgeshire

A quirky take on a boatel, this converted 1945 boat has been revived and given a new lease of life in a fun Airbnb stay. 

Located in the little village of Sutton, Cambridgeshire, the glamping spot is made up of two parts. In the first, you’ll find a cosy king size bed (can be made into two singles) and the second comprises an industrial kitchen and bathroom that’ll give you serious interior envy.

The boat-cum-shack a fun new take on glamping in all of its glory.

Sleeps 2, from £171 per night 

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Converted Shipping Container, Poltimore

When you think of a shipping container, your first thought isn’t “oh my goodness, I want to spend the night in that!”. Or, at least, it wasn’t until rather recently. In the last few years, we’ve seen a huge rise in the usage of old shipping containers, from Boxpark to quirky holiday homes, and this little Airbnb find is another must-visit to add to your ever growing shipping container list… 

At this little holiday home you can expect rolling views over Devon’s glorious countryside, cosy reading corners and a relaxing night’s rest, listening to nothing but the birds tweeting. It’s recently modified interiors might just spark up a little interior inspo (or envy) within. Just imagine how cosy your nights sleep would be next to the wood burner that’ll have been on all evening. 

Sleeps 4, From £90 per night 

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Oak Cabin, Potten End

Sleeping just two, this cosy oak cabin in Potten End is perfect for a romantic anniversary break or walking holiday. 

Located just off the National Trust Ashridge Forest, the cabin is perfect for those who love an adventure. The cabin itself is set within the grounds of the owners property but is separated off so you’ll have complete privacy for your little rural retreat. Inside, it gives off real chalet vibes with a little wooden ladder leading up to the cosy ‘bedroom’ that’s lit up with nothing but fairy lights.

Sleeps 2, From £108 per night

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Alton Forest Lodge, Oakamoor

Slotted just on the edge of the Peak District, this forest lodge is the perfect set up for a UK family excursion out of the city. 

It’s set in the unspoilt Dimmingsdale heritage woodland making it the perfect spot for forest walks, summer barbecues and hiking around the Peak District too. We can just imagine how blissful this cabin retreat would be by dusk, relaxing in the bubbling hot tub or cozying up inside playing board games come nighttime.

Sleeps 12, from £235 per night 

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Luxury Cabin, Herefordshire

If binging on six seasons of Grace and Frankie has left you lusting over Coyote’s tiny house, this cabin in Herefordshire will allow you to live out your tiny house dreams, without foregoing any luxuries.

Located just a short walk from the small market town of Kington, the cabin is set within its own private paddock and houses the perfect fire pit for roasting marshmallows and even a private hot tub great for a night time dip. Inside, interiors are minimal but efficient, using up the space effectively to fit all of your handy essentials.

Sleeps 4, from £90 per night

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Cleveleys Beachfront House, Thornton-Cleveleys 

Could this be your post lockdown, family reunion hideout? 

Sleeping up to 14 guests, this beachfront house in Thornton-Cleveleys provides the perfect blanket for your next family or friend UK vacation. Located just a short ten minute drive from Blackpool, the beach house will see you living out your Hollywood dreams, UK style with its luxury bedrooms, downstairs cinema and open plan kitchen-diner. It’s a relatively new building, housing only the best high-tech technology from led lighting to sun rooms, and a big ol’ speak system that runs throughout the third floor. Perfect for celebrating your family or friends reunion, post lockdown.

Sleeps 14, from £254 per night

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Off-Grid Satori Dome, Northumberland

If you’re on the search for a secluded summer trip surrounded by rolling parkland and little else, the off-grid satori dome in Northumberland will be right up your street. 

Forget cell phone service and wifi hotspots, at this little dome home you’ll be fully immersed with nature, living completely off grid, from solar power to composting loos. But it’s the lakeside views, fire pit and wood fired hot tub will soon win you over and will see you set for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us.

Sleeps 2, from £120 per night

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