The Handbook
The Handbook

From star gazing in a spaceship in The Highlands to a ski lodge-inspired cabin, there are some weird and wonderful Airbnbs out there. We’ve rounded up some of the coolest and cosiest cabins in the UK for a unique (and Brexit-proof) staycation. Light the fire, snuggle under a blanket and bed down for the night with these top picks.

16th Century Dovecot Cottage

Edinburgh, Scotland

Have a real life Rapunzel moment in this 16th century stone dovecot, where the bedroom sits in an actual tower. The location is secluded for ultimate cosiness but it’s good to know the hip areas of Bruntsfield and Morningside are just five minutes’ walk away if cabin fever sets in. And the Scottish capital’s stunning Gothic city centre, Royal Mile and castle are a mere 20 minutes from this unique Airbnb.

4 guests 1 bedroom 1 bed 1 bathroom


Beach Front House

Saint Austell, Cornwall

Trade the madness of London in for Cornwall’s salty air and sounds of the sea at this idyllic beach front cottage. This isn’t just any beach cottage; it was even featured in Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces. And it’s not just the cosy cabin vibes that have us hankering to stay, but the surrounding area is one of the prettiest you’ll find in the country. In fact, Alice in Wonderland and Poldark have used the location for filming. Take in the views from the cottage’s private hot tub, champagne in hand.

4 guests 2 bedrooms 3 beds 2 bathrooms


Toad Hall Luxury Lodge

Grimston, Norfolk

Norfolk’s sprawling countryside is among some of the prettiest in England and this luxury lodge-cum-treehouse looks like a mere dot in the unspoilt woodland of Grimston. Perfect for a family, this is the kind of place where board games are meant to be played, roast dinners intended to be shared and long winter walks wrapped up in layers and bobble hats make the perfect memories.

6 guests 2 bedrooms 2 beds 1 bathroom


The Romantic Oak Cabin

Potten End, Berkhamsted

Enjoy complete quiet (apart from maybe a few owls at night) in this sweet wooden cabin, nestled in the National Trust Ashridge Forest. Perfect for a romantic weekend away, cuddle up under blankets in the living room before climbing the ladder to the hidden hideaway bedroom for the cosiest of slumbers. Don’t worry, it’s not entirely secluded; just over a mile away you’ll find the pubs and restaurants of Berkhamsted.

2 guests 1 bedroom 1 bed 1 bathroom


Grade II Village Cottage

Maentwrog, Snowdonia

Pretend you’re staying in Kate Winslet’s cottage from The Holiday at this charming Airbnb. Right in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, explore the ancient woodland walks nearby by day before galling into Egyptian cotton bedding beneath the exposed brickworks and beans of this sweet little home.

2 guests 1 bedroom 1 bed 1 bathroom


The Old Smock Windmill

Benenden, Kent

Homes don’t come much more unique than converted windmills. Pretend you’ve escaped to the countryside of the Netherlands at the Old Smock Windmill, not far from London in Kent. Despite sitting over four floors, this property is super cosy thanks to its curved, circular layout, central spiral staircase and wooden beams. Not far from local shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants, it’s also just a stone’s throw from the stunning Camber Sands if you’re in need of some sea air. And, the hosts will leave a welcome basket, including the owners’ chicken’s organic eggs on arrival. Sweet.

2 guests 1 bedroom 1 bed 1 bathroom


Ski Lodge Style In Kent

 Bearsted, Kent

Quirky meets cosy in this ski lodge-inspired cabin in the Kent countryside. The log cabin shows off some serious style credentials that marry the warmth of a ski lodge with some mid century modern cool. Outside, fire up the BBQ for proper outdoor eats and toasted marshmallows come night fall (if you can brave the cold) or warm up in the private hot tube, gazing at the stars above.

2 guests 1 bedroom 2 beds 1 bathroom


The Yorkshire Tree Cabin

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

OK, claustrophobes need not apply – this tree cabin epitomises ‘cosy’. Big enough only for two, it could play host to your next romantic weekend away. Hidden in a cedar-lined, secluded wood, you and your other half will only have deer, hare, birds and the odd badger as neighbours. The perfect place to switch off (we’re not even sure you’ll get a phone signal out here) and seriously relax. There’s even an outdoor shower – if you’re brave enough.

2 guests 1 bedroom 1 bed 1 bathroom


Space Age Airship In The Highlands

Drimnin, Scotland,

Wake up in the future in this out of this world Airbnb. The AirShip 2 is an iconic, insulated aluminium pod designed by Roderick James with sprawling views of the Sound of Mull by day and the twinkling night sky come sunset. The pictures kind of speak for themselves – this is one staycation you won’t forget in a while.

2 guests 1 bedroom 1 bed 1 bathroom


The Blue House on the Beach

Camber, Kent

Can this be our weekend home, please? The Blue House in trendy Camber Sands sleeps eight making it ideal for a weekend away filed with good food, plenty of wine and some good old fashioned R&R. The facilities are finished to the highest standard with a gorgeous kitchen, luxury beds you’ll not want to get out of, floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the beach and mod cons like Apple TV. This is the kind of place that will have you wanting to up sticks and leave London altogether.

8 guests 4 bedrooms 4 beds 3 bathrooms


The Luxury Treehouse

Mayfield, Surrey

If a cabin, or rather a treehouse, in the woods doesn’t terrify you, book into this one of a kind home in Mayfield. Clad in aromatic cedar wood, tastefully furnished and hidden from civilisation, it offers some quality time for couples looking for a cosy weekend away. Explore the surrounding wood, star gaze at night and eat breakfast on the balcony, wrapped in a blanket, of course.

4 guests 1 bedroom 3 beds 1 bathroom