The UK is packed with so many stunning destinations. Despite this, it can prove a challenge to find an equally stunning accommodation to stay in. However, thanks an army of 4,000 strong Olympians marched upon London in 2012, we saw arrival of new type of that’s certainly added a new travelling trend. Airbnb, owned by American billionaire Brian Chesky, enables many travellers to veer away from the standard hotel room, in favour of individual experience in a unique destination. Together, with bottled gas supplier, Flogas, we take a look at some of the UK’s quirkiest, off-grid Airbnb destinations.
Yurt in Madeley
You can find this destination in the Ironbridge Gorge Heritage site, the yurt accommodates 4 people and combines both privacy and luxury. An indoor fireplace, an exterior pizza oven, hot-tub, and brick surround campfire would almost convince you that you were staying in a Disney inspired fantasy. The host, who offers up various meal alternatives delivered right to the yurt, including Thai curry, tagine, and a breakfast hamper, describes the location as ‘a rustic space set under a canopy of woodland trees.’ The area, which lies in the shadows of the bridge built in 1781, offers unlimited alternatives in the way of things to do, so you’ll never find yourself unimpressed!
The Oaks Studio Pod in Fortwilliam
Located at the foot of Ben Nevis, which is the UK’s largest mountain, if you set off north then you’ll won’t be disappointed with what you’ll find. The pod is approximately two miles from the foot of the summit and a mile and a half from the town centre of Fort William. A full-size doubled bed, kitchen facilities, television, and WiFi is certainly enough mod cons to trick you into thinking you haven’t left the city centre. The picturesque view over Loch Linnhe is a stark reminder that you are frequenting perhaps one of the UK’s best hidden gems. It exists as the perfect choice for anyone looking to tackle one, if not a handful of the Munros.
Gorestown Glamping in Dungannon
You can find this two-bed glamping pod in Moy, an hour away from Belfast, which defines off-grid luxury. Classic meets modern in this shepherd’s hut that features an inbuilt cinema and surround sound entertainment system. Gaze out onto the five-acre fishing lake with confidence that you aren’t contributing to carbon emissions during your stay in this solar powered lodge.
Shepherd’s Hut, Snowdonia
If you’re looking for a couple’s retreat than seek no further than this little find. Clogau Shepherd’s Hut in Snowdonia National Park is a one-bedroom cabin, complete with outdoor hot tub and access to a private beach. Watch the stars cascade through the night sky and the sun rise in the morning, in arguably one of the most romantic settings Wales has to offer. Situated only five minutes from the seaside town of Barmouth, despite the evident privacy, you aren’t too far from amenities. However, the cabin does have a full kitchen and log burner, meaning you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own seclusion!
Serendipity in Scarborough
It would be a fortunate outcome if you chance finding these shepherd’s huts. Nestled in the middle of the Scarborough countryside, in close proximity to Dalby forest, these luxurious cabins are situated in the centre of a working farm. With green pastures for miles and what has been suggested is, ‘the comfiest bed people have ever slept in’, lie back and take everything in, all thanks to the panoramic view offered up the clever positioning of the cabin. The welcoming hosts also deliver a breakfast hamper at your convenience, so you don’t need to worry about packing the bacon butties.
Let’s Go Hydro Boathouse in Carryduff
Let’s Go Hydro Boathouse is Northern Ireland’s latest popular attraction and is definitely fun, regardless of your age. Modelled on BBC hit series Total Wipeout, the water park allows you to take part in aqua rugby, an assault course, and a whole host of water sports. Thankfully, if this doesn’t sound like your thing, you won’t be left deserted. The resort’s stunning boathouse has a rooftop terrace with a wrap-around balcony, meaning you can kick back and assume the rays while the kids do their own thing. Luxury hasn’t been left on the exterior, however. Enter, and you are greeted by two full size bedrooms, one of which is a master, and brand-new kitchen/diner. Of course, the pièce de résistance, although, is the hot tub, ensuring relaxation is guaranteed.
The Wee Whisky Barrel in Findhorn
It comes with no surprise that this would be situation in Scotland. . Therefore, if you were to truly immerse yourself in the land of the thistle’s true culture, then staying in one does just that. Findhorn is an ecovillage, and one of the UK’s largest intentional communities. Within Findhorn lies a big barrel and a ‘wee’ barrel. They are fully fitted with double and single beds and offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience — the owners have mentioned you may feel just like ‘a hobbit living in the Shire’. Only a ten-minute walk from the barrel and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the beautiful Moray sand dunes.
Why follow the herd that go to a common hotel room, when you enjoy the outdoors and sleep amongst it while enjoying everything the UK has to offer in regard to a unique experience, and location?