From sprawling castles to a UFO-inspired abode, Airbnb has revealed its most wish-listed unique homes in the UK — and they’re all available to book now.
Quirky properties are most certainly on the rise, with Airbnb reporting a 113 per cent increase in unique properties from 2019 to 2021. Whether it’s domes, windmills, lighthouses or trains, Brits are continuing to search for out-of-the-ordinary staycations away from the crowds.
‘It is easier than ever for guests to search unique listing types, discovering unique homes and hosts they may have otherwise overlooked,’ say Airbnb. ‘A brand new OMG! Category, which has been clicked on over 2.5 million times since launch3, also showcases the most unusual of all unique homes on the platform, such as a UFO in Wales.’
Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at the quirky homes below…
Luxury three-bedroom castle, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
This unique castle, with views of the surrounding Clackmannanshire countryside, has been fully refurbished to a high standard. We’re crushing on the turreted corners, cinema room and three luxury bedrooms. Guests will also receive a bottle of champagne and complimentary welcome basket are provided on arrival. Cheers!
Fairy tale castle, Portpatrick, Scotland
Live out your fairy tale dreams at this head-turning 25-bedroom castle in Scotland. Completed at the turn of the century, the sprawling property is filled with antique collections of sports and travel paraphernalia, hand-painted murals, indigo walls, beautiful bathroom suites, four-poster beds, and a walled garden which has a romantic glass house on the estate.
To get the full countryside experience, why not try deer stalking or fishing expeditions — all available to try upon request.
The original Spice Bus,
Get ready to have your lives well and truly spiced up, because you can now rent the original Spice Bus from the 1997 movie, Spice World.
Airbnb say: ‘The outside of the bus shows off its famous Union Jack exterior, as it did in the Spice World movie. Inside, as huge fans of the band, we have tried to include as many little touches as possible, inspired by the girls and their music, to make the interior just as iconic as the outside!’
Remove cabin, East Meon
This rural cabin is the definition of off-grid living. Completely secluded with stunning views over the Meon Valley, features include a wood-burner, fire pit, picnic bench, dining area, and a kitchen with the essentials you need for a long weekend. Going back to basics just got easier.
Tree tent, Somerset
Over in Somerset, this one-bedroom tree tent is the ultimate rural escape. A suspended spherical structure strung between two trees, it offers one comfortable bed, LED lighting, a wood-burning stove, and a foldable sofa for relaxing on during the day. You’ll have to access the property via a rope bridge, but there’s nothing to fear.
Secluded Airship, Drimnin, Scotland
This secluded Airship in Drimnin, Scotland, is a sustainable and insulated aluminum pod designed by architect firm, Roderick James. Known as Airship 002, it has wrap-around views of the Sound of Mull, unique interiors, one bedroom, a small seating area and a relaxing patio outside.
UFO saucer, Redberth, UK
Like something from Back To The Future, this space-inspired UFO pod has one bedroom with three beds, a dining area, wardrobe, and basic facilities including kettle and microwave. Quirky and unique, it even comes with a monitor for gaming classic 80’s games like Space Invaders and Defender. Perfect for sci-fi lovers.
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