Trying to plan an idyllic weekend away? Forget heading overseas: this new report has shown that the UK is fast becoming the number one destination for holiday-makers, with more people opting to stay in Blighty’s array of cool, quirky and truly unique Airbnb properties than ever before.
Now, Airbnb has looked at its own data to find out the most wished-for properties in the UK – and we can see why they’ve been rated the most popular pads around.
From decadent castles to snuggly tree houses, these UK getaways are guaranteed to set your wanderlust alight and give you a whole new sense of appreciation for the British Isles.
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1) The Historic Castle
If watching Game of Thrones has left you dreaming of scaling castle walls, lowering drawbridges and gazing from turrets, you’re going to love the sound of Augill Castle. Located at the incredibly scenic point where the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales meet, this historic castle has views perfect for John Snow-style brooding – not to mention its own 15 acre kingdom.
Built in 1841, this listing’s original features include Gothic windows, battlements, turrets and stained glass – it really is like going back in time. But, thanks to the family that run the property, you’ll be treated to extravagant furnishings, a delicious breakfast and an evening meal at the weekends.
The castle can be hired either by room or as a whole property and averages at £170 a night. Find it here.
2) The Old Smock Windmill
This converted windmill is just big enough for you and your BFF – but trust us when we say that you won’t have any need for the outside world once you’re inside. Thanks to the Pinterest-worthy design features (two words: copper sink), opulent furnishings and beautiful garden, you’ll have everything you could want. But if you did want to venture into the great yonder, then don’t worry: the Old Smock Windmill is located in rural Kent, with plenty of cosy pubs nearby, as well as local beach Camber Sands up the road and seaside town Hastings only a 30 minute drive away.
Three of this beautiful building’s four floors are available for you to enjoy and decorated with delights such as a free standing bath, underfloor heated wet room and French king size bed, and that’s just for starters.
The listing averages at £175 a night and is only suitable for two guests. Find it here.
3) The Tree House
As soon as we saw Tree Sparrow House, we felt our inner Lisa Simpson begging us to finally start the girls-only tree house club we’ve always wanted. This quirky (and that’s putting it lightly) listing sits two meters above ground, has an actual tree running through the middle of it and uses a wooden staircase to access its one room and mezzanine.
Although a marvel from the outside, this woodland-dwelling property is just as magical once you climb inside with branches incorporated into its decor and a fairy-lit bed. All we will say, is that we hope you’re pretty open about your toilet habits…
It is located in Cornwall and can be yours for £100 a night. Find it here.
4) The Classical Apartment
Literary lovers, welcome to your perfect apartment. This romantic listing, located in the Old Town of Edinburgh, absolutely lives up to its ‘classical’ name, sitting on the fourth floor of an 18th Century tenement with views on to the historic Royal Mile. Once you see the oak panelled walls and parquet flooring, antiques and artwork, we can bet you’ll never want to go home. Best of all, the (very well read) owner offers a vast array of books covering subjects from art to history, which we have to say, seems to compliment not only the apartment but the surroundings perfectly.
The Classical Apartment can be yours for £110 per night. Find it here.
5) The Gatehouse
Sometimes a castle can feel just a bit too much, can’t it? With this in mind, why not occupy the gatehouse of a castle for a few nights instead?
Cosy, historic and undoubtedly beautiful, The Gatehouse to Ayton Castle is an apartment with a difference. As the owners say, those who are in pursuit of a little magic will love climbing the ‘fairy spiral staircase’ up into the turrets of this pink sandstone building. Once inside, you’ll find a multi-floor living space with log burner and snug kitchen which will provide you with all you need.
This listing is located in Eyemouth, Berwickshire and is available to rent for £102 a night. Find it here.
6) The Stylish House
This classic Victorian terrace house, tucked away on a quiet street of West London’s Barons Court, is the ultimate place for those with a hankering to live like a proper Londoner. It’s just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of central, but still only 10 minutes by tube from must-sees like Harrods.
This chic, impeccably furnished property is also a bed and breakfast, so, after you’ve finished lounging in your very chic grey bedroom and private bathroom, why not take a seat on the patio and enjoy some early morning deliciousness?
Renting a private room averages at £65. Find it here.
7) The 12th Century Castle
History buffs, prepare to get your geek on at Dairsie Castle, which has been used for secret Scottish parliaments, military sieges, and safe havens for escapee monarchs since the 12th century.
This self-catering listing sleeps 13 people, making it an ideal weekend stay for you and all your mates while exploring Fife. Features that particularly stand out include the aptly named Great Hall, a dungeon-based bedroom and an impressive selection of artwork to peruse in the gallery.
Renting the castle costs £550 a night. Find it here.
8) The Bell Tent
Fresh air, beautiful countryside and that wholesome feeling of getting back to good ol’ nature: camping is, without a doubt, brilliant. However, for those who aren’t fans of cold floors and putting up their own tent, it’s best to treat yourself to a stay in a super kitsch bell tent, instead.
There are 15 such tents available at Mannington Hall and Gardens in North Norfolk – all of which have been kitted out with proper beds, log burners and kitschy vintage touches. There’s even a sauna and pizza oven onsite, too.
There’s a maximum of five people allowed in each tend, with prices starting at £95 per night. Find out more here.
9) The Narrowboat
Ever wondered what it would be like to live on a boat? This is your chance to find out. The Jessie narrowboat is admittedly tiny, decked out with bunk beds, colourful furnishings and blue-tiled walls, but it’s all part of her charm. Moored in the heart of Little Venice in North London, Jessie is not only situated in a gorgeous area, but – being just a stone’s throw from Paddington Station – is super convenient, too. And don’t worry if your boat knowledge is a little patchy: your Airbnb host will be sure to talk you through all the need-to-know info for staying on a boat, including filling up your water tank and heating.
You can stay on Jessie for £150 a night. Find it here.
10) The Jack Sparrow House
The Jack Sparrow House has enough charm and eccentricity to satisfy anyone wanting something a little different from their holiday. A magical mix between a Hobbit’s dwelling and fairy lair, this tiny one-roomed listing uses tree branches and twinkling lights to make the most of its space. And, located in sunny Cornwall, those who book the £105 -a-night property will also be close to the beach, unspoiled fishing villages and coastal scenery.
Find it here.