Fancy an overnight stay in a space-age style home? Now, you can. (Picture: Airbnb)When it comes to choosing an extra-special staycation, we’re spoilt for choice in the UK.
But if you’re feeling like traditional holiday homes lack a little pizzazz, this could be the perfect time to escape the ordinary.
Maybe you’ve always wanted the chance to stay on a boat or spend the night in a rustic treehouse? Perhaps a grand castle is more your style.
Luckily, Airbnb opens the doors to the kinds of overnight stays you never thought were possible making it easier than ever to take a bucket-list break, right here in Britain.
1) SUPERB WINDMILL HOME Stoke Ferry, Norfolk
Up to 16 guests can stay in the tower of seven-storey Grade II Listed Windmill (Picture: Airbnb)Prepare to be blown away by this Grade II Listed Windmill home in the peaceful village of Stoke Ferry.
There’s nothing quite like this old mill which cleverly comprises a seven-storey tower with a quaint mill house to make up a spectacular seven-bedroom home, big enough for family, friends, kids, couples and more.
State of the art interiors take this already-special property to an outstanding standard, that gets better and better with each new level.
At the top, is a staggering 70ft-high viewing platform offering 360-degree views of the Norfolk countryside, which is home to National Trust site Oxborough Hall and the glorious Gooderstone Water Gardens in the surrounding area.
Once you’ve had your fill of boating, fishing and forest exploring, two-and-half acres of land is all yours for the weekend, where outside the property you’ll find a trampoline, ping pong table and the piece de resistance: a private, heated outdoor swimming pool.
It’s clear that this holiday home was ideally designed for families and large groups to share an experience that goes above and beyond.
2) TINY HOUSE LIVING WITH A DIFFERENCE Drimnin, Scotland
Try tiny house living a pod with everything you could possibly need (Picture: Airbnb)How many people can say they’ve spent the night in a space ship? Well there’s one out-of-this-world home designed to give you those exact bragging rights.
Experience the utterly mind-blowing property, an insulated aluminium pod and a private holiday rental like no other on the little known Morvern peninsula in the Scottish Highlands.
Designed to look like a modern spaceship, it’s initially quite remarkable to look at. But the real magic happens inside, where it’s maximised for expert tiny house living, complete with a compact bedroom, kitchenette, full bathroom and living room.
It’s made to feel deceptively spacious by floor-to-ceiling window views of the idyllic Sound of Mull, which you can explore by canoe, kayak or the increasingly popular, wild swimming. That’s how you’ll discover the many surrounding white sand beaches which you can earmark for day trips.
On top of all that, this truly one-of-a-kind home is an Airbnb Plus home, meaning it’s been given the official seal of approval in-person.
3) EDGY AIR CONTROL TOWER Tain, Scottish Highlands
Stay in a home with 360 views of the countryside with the edge you’re looking for (Picture: Airbnb)Whether it’s a far-flung holiday or a well-deserved British break, everyone wants to feel like a high-flyer.
And there’s an easy way to feel part of the jet set even during a staycation in Scotland with a break in a converted air control tower.
The building is a four-storey brick structure that was built in 1942 in Tain in the Scottish Highland, and has been lovingly restored into a uniquely stylish home that will add serious air miles to any summer getaway.
This property proudly stands solo on the green grounds of the one-time airfield – and in the top guest room you’ll be treated to mesmerising views.
If you can tear yourself away from this prestigious pad, just one of the many unique properties on Airbnb, there’s plenty to discover in this part of the Highlands. You could enjoy a round of golf or see the Mermaid of the North sculpture on the coast.
Or, why not take a tour of nearby Skibo Castle (Madonna married Guy Ritchie there!) or toast this trip to remember at the Glenmorangie Distillery? Whatever you choose to do, this will be a unique trip worth raising a glass to from stay to play.
Find your unique stay on Airbnb
Inspired to take a break that’s a bit kookier than usual? Airbnb makes it super-simple to hand pick holidays with a difference using their dedicated Unique Homes filter, which narrows your search down to the most awe-inspiring properties, everywhere from secluded seaside spots to hidden corners of the countryside.
Finally you can experience tiny house living in one of the characterful compact homes that make the most of minimalism or go big on a boat or in a treehouse for something different. After all, special occasions call for special stays and there’s no end of quirky and original places to bring groups and families that will mark the start to a weekend full of wonderful memories.
Simply check the Unique Homes box from the Filters menu next time you’re exploring trips to take on Airbnb to exclusively choose from the incredible homes offering a twist on traditional staycations across the UK.