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Holidays down the bottom of the garden: book a getaway in one of Britain's best sheds

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We'll admit, a garden shed is not perhaps the first location to spring to mind when looking for a staycation.

However, you may have noticed our fondness for both amazing sheds (evidenced here, here, here and here) and lovely UK holidays. So imagine our delight at the fact some of Britain's most incredible sheds are now actually available to book as accommodation.

Along with Shed of the Year 2016 sponsors Cuprinol, travel website Airbnb now lists getaways ranging from a floating motorised hut and a garden cabin with glass walls to a mini Victorian museum and an eco-friendly Owl House.

Take a look at our gallery below to book a truly unique weekend break. A ‘shedcation’, if you will. Sorry.

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  • The Corrugated Cottage

    Baltonsborough

    Built in 1940 for members of the Women's Land Army working at local farms, the four-bed cottage has been sympathetically refurbished with forties features including an enamelled range, utility furniture and Bakelite switches. There's even a record player and a selection of LPs from the era.

    From £80 per night airbnb.co.uk

  • The Corrugated Cottage

    Baltonsborough

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  • Corrugated Cottage

    Baltonsborough

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  • Boatel

    Cemmaes Road

    A previous winner of Shed of the Year, Boatel in Wales was built using recycled materials and an upturned boat. There is an open-plan cooking and living space with views of Cader Idris. Pretty it may be and a wood burner it may have, but this particular shed is still essentially camping and thus not available (or advisable) from October through March.

    From £40 per night airbnb.co.uk

  • Boatel

    Cemmaes Road

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  • Boatel

    Cemmaes Road

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  • Hay Brow

    Scalby

    Made from recycled wood, this smart chalet-style shed was hand-built in 2015. With an open-plan living and bar area, there's room for up to four people on two inflatable double mattresses and your very own Portaloo outside. Bedding and breakfast can be provided on request.

    From £30 per night airbnb.co.uk

  • Hay Brow

  • Hut Therapy

    Lewes

    Located in the South Downs National Park, Hut Therapy offers “therapeutic accommodation”, complete with en suite and washing machine, in the owner's garden. As he's a macrobiotic cook and health adviser, come breakfast all diets are catered for.

    From £40 per night airbnb.co.uk

  • Hut Therapy

  • Hut Therapy

  • The Owl House

    Hightown

    Winner of Shed of the Year 2015, The Owl House provides a cosy spot for relaxation overlooking the sand dunes (and just 30 minutes from Liverpool). Sadly, the local council currently does not allow guests to stay overnight in The Owl House, but a comfortable bed awaits in the owner's guest room.

    From £80 per night airbnb.co.uk

  • The Owl House

    Hightown

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  • Maid of Dekkin

    Egham

    Located right on the River Thames, the Maid of Dekkin is both a floating beach hut (fully capable of being driven down the river) and a snug retreat for two.

    From £32 per night airbnb.co.uk

  • Maid of Dekkin

    Egham 

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  • Maid of Dekkin

  • Pool House

    Kirkaldy

    This rustic Scottish cabin was constructed using recycled materials, and the glass walls allow unobstructed views of the award-winning garden and the Firth of Forth. Accommodates two.

    From £100 per night airbnb.co.uk

     

  • Pool House

    Kirkaldy

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  • Pool House

    Kirkaldy

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  • A Night at the Museum

    Aldeby

    Visitors sleep in the loft of this timber shed, while downstairs they are free to examine the (occasionally gruesome) exhibits in the lounge-slash-museum, decked out as a Victorian cabinet of curiosities. In similar spirit, the owner collected building materials from all over the world, including aspen from Pärnu in Estonia and a shingle from the roof of the first prison in Australia.

    From £55 per night airbnb.co.uk

  • A Night at the Museum

  • A Night at the Museum

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Nicola Rachel Colyer

Nicola Colyer is a freelance writer and ex-corporate girl. A francophile and relapsing sugar-free graduate, she'll often be found seeking out the best places for brunch or struggling to choose between a green juice and a G&T.

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