The Handbook
The Handbook

We’re all longing for some much needed vitamin D and time away from the same four walls we’ve been staring at consistently for the past twelve months. Following announcements that holidaying abroad is off the cards until at least July, a last-minute excursion away post vaccine is looking unlikely. But not all is lost because while the UK can’t guarantee sunny rays, there are some beautiful areas that are the prime place for a dreamy holiday destination. 

Luckily for those who aren’t sure where to head or are a little wary of holidaying in the UK Airbnb has just revealed their most wished-for UK staycation destinations that us Brits have been lusting over all winter long – and let’s just say, there are some beautiful options out there that you’ll be able to stay in from April 12th. Bookings are in high demand, so even if they are booked up for the dates you were hoping for, they can provide inspiration for the type of place you’re looking to head. 

From coastal family-favourites to stylish cabins, here are the top ten picks…

The Pigsty, Winchester

Ever wanted to spend the night in a pigsty? No, neither had we until we laid our eyes on this cosy refurbished wooden den in Winchester. 

Named ‘Winchester’s first luxury woodland hideaway’, this rural retreat sleeps two guests and boasts beautiful views overlooking Vale Farm. It is located on a working farm, but luckily for you, there won’t be any piglets roaming the fields near you. Designed with the city sleeper in mind, this is the perfect space to relax, unwind and fall back in love with nature.

Sleeps 2, From £183 per night
Details here

The Willow, Pembrokeshire 

Lying in the heart of hilly Pembrokeshire is The Willow, a perfect luxury glamping location that’s surrounded by field upon field of countryside. 

The exteriors of The Willow are quirky and unique, while inside has been fitted with modern amenities. It’s outside where the magic happens as it’s decked area is home to a cosy hot tub and gardened area.

Sleeps 4, from £140 per night
Details here

Twmbarlwm Luxury Retreat, Gwent

Another Welsh location, this time it’s a luxury holiday cabin in Twmbarlwm. Nuzzled between hills, the cabin sleeps up to four guests and boasts beautiful, rural scenery. From an outdoor firepit to private hot tub, the space is modern with all of your amenities attended for. 

Perfect for those who love mountain biking and hiking, the cabin is close to some of the best cycling tracks in the UK and is well worth the venturing out of London for. It’s also located on a working farm with livestock and a wildlife pond, which is great for exploring with the kids or picnicking the day away.

Sleeps 4, from £132 per night
Details here

The Pond and Stars Cabin, Abergele

This is the last wished-for spot in Wales we promise, but who wouldn’t want to spend the night or two overlooking your very own private pond? This pod cabin is perfectly unique, sitting right on the edge of a pond with stunning views overlooking the hillside of Abergele. 

Inside the tiny house, the interiors are modern and stylish. It’s very minimalistic and ties in all of the popular interior trends into one. Imagine yourself just sat gently swinging on the swing seat slotted on the porch. It would be blissful, relaxing and you’ll be able to unwind from your daily stresses in seconds.

Sleeps 2, from £110 per night
Details here

Traditional Log Cabin, Kent

Just a stone’s throw away from London, you’ll find this traditional log cabin awaiting your discovery in Kent. Surrounded by calming countryside and slotted on the edge of a lake, you might just be able to kid yourself that you’re in Tuscany… 

Despite being located on a working farm, the cabin is private and has a beautiful screened decking area which looks out onto the sweeping lakeside. Wildlife will roam by you, from deer to a resident kingfisher come nightfall. Inside the cabin, the interiors are rustic and contemporary, with space for two guests.

Sleeps 2, from £100 per night
Details here

Undercover Woodland Treehouse, West Sussex

Fancy spending the night in a tree? This undercover woodland treehouse is perfect for those who like to spend the evening gazing out at the stars. 

Rustic and quaint, this is an upscaled glamping experience. Hidden away in 50 acres of private woodland, the treehouse is perched at the top of an old oak tree that overlooks a private stream below. No camping equipment is required as everything is catered for here – there’s even a hot shower outside, how fancy.

Sleeps 2, from £82 per night
Details here

Unique Glamping Hut, Sutton

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 £200 per night
Details here

The Old Bakery, Henley Hill, Fernhurst

Perfect for a romantic getaway, The Old Bakery can be found slotted alongside the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. Home to its own private outside patio with modern furniture, the space is perfect for those wanting to hike around the local area and become fully immersed in the countryside.

There is a flat upstairs but The Old Bakery is completely independent. Imagine just spending your summer’s nights here reading and sipping on a glass of bubbly. 

Sleeps 2, from £90 per night
Details here

Sunset Beach Cabin, Cumbria

For those looking for an intimate seaside getaway, look to the Sunset Beach Cabin locked in the heart of the Lake District. This rustic sea shack is quaint and will allow you to rediscover the quieter, more simple life while you’re close to shore. 

Slotted right on the edge of the Irish Sea, the cabin is perfect for cosying up under the stars and is perfect for those who love a quick morning dip in the sea. There’s also a hot tub too helping to level up the experience even more. Perfect for a romantic getaway or for a cosy weekend break with your closest friends as it sleeps four.

Sleeps 4, from £197 per night
Details here

Airship 001, Billingshurst

Sleeping up to three guests, this tiny house can be found in Billingshurst, Sussex and is nuzzled amongst a private woodland, dew pond and valley. 

Made out of aluminium, the pod boasts a kingsize bed, plus a sofa/bunk bed that’s perfect for the kids or if you’re there with your friends. Just perfect for a weekend escape, there’s access to a bbq area, large fire bowl, plus you can even partake in bushcraft courses available on site too. 

Sleeps 3, from £132 per night
Details here


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