Inside the UK’s most unique AirBnB in a stunning location on the iconic NC500 road

A stunning Scottish property on the iconic NC500 route has won a premier tourist title.

Airbnb announced the winners of the first-ever 2022 National Host Awards.


The property is luxurious inside
The hut on a former RAF site


The hut on a former RAF site

And HMS Owl in the Highlands won the most unique stay.

Situated on the grounds of a former RAF control tower at Tain, near Inverness, which was built in the 1940s, the semi-circular tin shack has been converted into a charming holiday home that can sleep up to four people.

The control tower was purchased by husband and wife Justin Hooper and Charlotte Seddon, who renovated the disused four-story building and turned it into a fashionable family home.

And on the grounds of the upgraded military unit is the Nissen hut, which can accommodate four people. It has a comfortable and warm living space and kitchen and a large en-suite bedroom, as well as wood-burning stoves.

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There’s also an outdoor wood-fired hot tub available to rent if you want to make your stay luxurious. And it’s in the perfect location to explore the area, right next to the iconic North Coast Route 500.

The awards singled out host Charlotte, who moved from London to the Highlands, for her simple, classic catering, which they called a “passion project” and which drew inspiration from industrial lofts while retaining the integrity and solidity of the original building.

Amanda Couples, General Manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said, “Local hosts are the backbone of the Airbnb community and having this moment to recognize those who go above and beyond is a true honor.

“Hosts act as ambassadors for the community, and it’s inspiring to see the tremendous lengths they go to offer something to suit different styles, tastes and budgets and ensure their guests have a truly magical and memorable.

“Being a host is not just about sharing a special place with others; hosting also offers the opportunity to earn extra income to combat the rising cost of living.”

Meanwhile, Bracadale Views Shepherd’s Huthosted by Rachel and Colin King, won Best Rural Stay in the awards.

Colin and his partner retreated to the Isle of Skye after living in the town, but missed out on the relationships they used to form when hosting. They created their Shepherd’s Hut to be an inviting listing for those looking for a slower pace of life.

The beautiful cabin has stunning 360 degree views of the Cuillins and MacLeod’s Tables mountain ranges on Skye, as well as the beautiful Loch Bracadale.

The accommodation itself, which sleeps two, has nuisance sheep themed decor and is described as ‘jewelry’ measuring 20ft long by 8ft wide.

It's super comfy inside


It’s super comfy inside
The cabin has an amazing view


The cabin has an amazing view

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