10 unusual AirBnBs in Devon perfect for a romantic getaway

With stays back on the agenda, many hotels and B & Bs will no doubt fill up quickly with Brits looking for a getaway.

So why not try something a little more quirky like, say, a boat ashore, a cabin on your own island, or a treehouse in Salcombe?

We’ve compiled a list of ten of the most unusual AirBnBs we’ve been able to find for two, between May and October 2021, right here in Devon.

All details, availability and pricing are correct at time of writing.

Some of these idyllic spots would usually be occupied or fully booked very quickly, and with AirBnB giving vacationers options to cancel stays for Covid reasons, now is a good time to plan ahead.

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1. Barge in Bideford

Houseboat at Bideford AirBnB

Where is it: Exact location given after reservation

Sitting on the Torridge Estuary, next to the Tarka Trail, you’ll find this quirky houseboat.

Stretching 140 feet long, two people can stay in a bedroom with private bathroom for £ 80 a night.

The site includes free parking, towels and bedding, hangers, hairdryer, TV and heating.

However, it doesn’t come with air conditioning, a kitchen, or even WiFi, so it would be better suited for those looking for a break from social media and dining at the local restaurants nearby.

Beaches and pubs are also nearby.

2. Island retreat

AirBnB Island Retreat at Bovey Tracey
AirBnB Island Retreat at Bovey Tracey

Where is it: Bovey Tracey

Located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Island Retreat is literally just that – found on its own island in the middle of a three-acre lake.

To get there, you have to cross a narrow wooden walkway, which looks like something out of a fairy tale.

The cabin itself (which is dressed in chestnut) is cozy, but has an open-plan design, a fully-equipped kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and a king-size bed – so you bathe in luxury.

The car park is reserved for one car and is about 80 meters from the entrance to the wooden walkway leading to the island.

A cycle path also runs outside the site entrance, leading either to Newton Abbot (the local market town) or Bovey Tracey – which will take around 10 minutes to walk.

3. Sandylands Luxury Bell Tent with Sea View

Stay in a Sandylands AirBnB bell tent in Bigbury-on-Sea
Stay in a Sandylands AirBnB bell tent in Bigbury-on-Sea

Located in Bigbury-on-Sea, guests can enjoy sunset sea views from one of three five-meter bell tents, just a two-minute walk from the beach.

Enjoying breathtaking views of Burgh Island, Bantham and Hope Cove, couples would be especially comfortable here – whether it’s relaxing under the stars with a drink in hand around the fireplace or bask in the double bed under the canvas.

For around £ 110 a night, you’ll get all included sheets and blankets, cooking utensils for cooking, a trunk for your clothes, shared toilets, showers and crockery on site, and solar lights.

Pubs and restaurants are a short distance away, however, although the mobile signal is good, there is no WiFi or electricity in the tents.

4. Treehouse at Salcombe Farm

AirBnb treehouse in Salcombe
AirBnb treehouse in Salcombe

Where is it: Salcombe

Perched in the branches of a magnificent silver birch – and growing just behind a Georgian farmhouse – this treehouse offers guests views over the Horsecombe Valley and across Batson Creek, the Salcombe Estuary and beyond.

For around £ 175 a night, guests can relax on the raised terrace, snuggle up in a large solid oak double bed stacked with linens, and warm up next to the electric flame effect wood-burning stove.

There is also an en-suite shower room and a bespoke kitchen, which includes a Nespresso machine, wine cooler, toaster, kettle and all your utensils and dishes.

A 15-minute walk through country lanes will bring you to the town of Salcombe, where you can discover many shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs.

5. Couture Camp in Narracott Wood

Stay in a yurt in Narracott Woods at this AirBnB
Stay in a yurt in Narracott Woods at this AirBnB

Where is it: Near Honiton (exact location given after reservation)

Located around 20 minutes from coastal areas and 15 minutes from Barnstaple, Tarka Trail and Exmoor, and priced at around £ 70 a night, guests staying at Camp Couture will stay in a fully equipped Moroccan-style yurt of an art deco fire. and kitchen equipment.

Located in its own private wooded area with its own outdoor fireplace, you can also use the greenhouse and lounge area on the private land.

There are even enclosures with alpacas, peacocks and other animals to explore and a trail leads you directly to the local pub!

6. The squirrel hut in Plymouth

The Squirrel Hut AirBnB in Plymouth
The Squirrel Hut AirBnB in Plymouth

Where is it: Plymouth

Dubbed “the perfect glamping experience for a getaway”, this cabin in the woods is set in a secluded garden, where guests will have private use of the hot tub and patio – perfect for barbecues.

The steps and hot tub are all illuminated between dusk and dawn, making them perfect photo opportunities and a romantic setting.

If you are a nature lover, you can lie in your bed and watch the deer go by at the bottom of the garden, listen to birdsong or enjoy the squirrel visit.

There is also an outhouse shower and toilet for the exclusive use of guests and, to make their stay even more special, guests can add things like champagne, continental breakfast, bikes, boards paddle, beer, wine, and even a beginner yoga session – all at an additional cost.

A designated parking space will also be reserved at the front of the house for guests.

7. The painter’s hut

The AirBnB Painter's Hut in Totnes
The AirBnB Painter’s Hut in Totnes

Where is it: Totnes

One for the artists out there, the Painter’s Cabin is set on a quiet road overlooking the distant Dartmoor Hills and Totnes Castle.

The cabin is the perfect retreat for couples and singles and there’s no need for a car during your stay – the retreat is just a five-minute walk from downtown.

For around £ 53 a night, the Painter’s Cabin offers a unique experience by allowing guests to spend time in a real artist’s studio.

The building is fully insulated, has its own kitchenette and separate shower room and south-facing patio doors to the garden.

There’s even a private wooden patio for guests to sit outside.

8. Hill Rise Shepherds Hut with sea view and hot tub

Hill Rise Air Bnb Shepherds Hut in Secret Devon Spot
Hill Rise Air Bnb Shepherds Hut in Secret Devon Spot

Where is it: Exact location given after reservation

Tucked away at the back of a garden and accessed by a traditional English rose arch, this quaint little cabin has its own private sunken garden with a seating area and even its own two-person hot tub with sea views.

Inside there is a king-size bed, comfortable chairs, a mini wood-burning stove, and a kitchenette.

In addition, it is only a five minute walk to the beach.

And it will only cost you £ 96 a night.

9. Boat on the English Riviera

AirBnB boat on the English Riviera at Brixham, Torquay
AirBnB boat on the English Riviera at Brixham, Torquay

Where is it: Brixham, Torbay

The Inspiration is a 24ft long boat with two rooms – a shower room and an open plan living area with a sitting area, bedroom and kitchenette all in one.

Located on the English Riviera, it offers postcard views and plenty of things to see and do.

For around £ 149 per night, amenities include shampoo, hairdryer, hot water, linens, washing machine, dryer, cleaning supplies, hangers, clothes storage, board games, WiFi, free parking and bathroom furniture. garden.

10. Sailboat in the Devon cider house

The Sea Spray is an AirBnB sailboat ashore in a Devon cider house
The Sea Spray is an AirBnB sailboat ashore in a Devon cider house

Where is it: Atherington

If you want to stay in a sailboat, but aren’t a fan of sitting on the water, then the Sea Spray might be for you.

This 23ft sailboat sits in complete seclusion in a Devon cider orchard and has been fitted with many comforts for a truly glamping stay.

For around £ 80 a night, guests can enjoy complete privacy in their own corner of wildflower meadow as well as views across the countryside towards Exmoor.

Although there is no WiFi, it means you can relax without any distractions.

There is a triangular shaped bed at the forward end of the yacht, with a king-size top and memory foam mattress.

A hatch above the bed allows you to observe the stars a bit before sleeping.

Additional guests can pitch a tent next to the boat, so you can hang out with friends and family (when allowed) and the barbecue converts into a fire pit for the perfect cozy evening.

The owners provide linens and towels while the kitchen is well equipped with pots, pans, cutlery and crockery, utensils, tea towels, paper towels, washing up liquid, sponges and even a few basic items like oil, salt, pepper, tea. , coffee and sugar.

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