Luxury ‘pigsty’ tops Airbnb’s most favorite UK stays

The most popular Airbnb homes that Britons have added to their travel wishlists for 2021 are all in the UK, the company said, perhaps reflecting the lingering uncertainty over when to travel to the UK. foreigner can safely resume.

A converted luxury pigsty in Hampshire took the top spot which in recent years went to a Greek cave (the most popular stay of 2020) and in 2019 to a treehouse in Bali.

From a treehouse in West Sussex to a glamping hut in Cambridgeshire to a small aluminum pod in the woods of Billingshurst, Brits seem to be looking forward to a nature-filled holiday in 2021, complete with retreats quirky countryside ticking the boxes when it comes to vacation planning.

Here are Airbnb’s most favorite homes this year … but beware, they might get you to book all of your annual vacation and pack your bags!

1. The pigsty, Winchester

The sleeping area of ​​the pigsty

The Pigsty is less than 2.5 miles from historic Winchester, so perfect for exploring the city, but the peaceful retreat of Vale Farm is also ideal for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of hectic lifestyles.

The domed design with a wood interior features a claw-foot tub, king-size bed, comfortable open-plan living space, and a patio to enjoy dining with views of the sunset.

It’s on a working farm, but in a secluded area so you won’t be disturbed. And it’s only a 30 minute walk to downtown if you miss the bright lights.

Hosts say they don’t allow children or pets “mainly because as parents we thought this was a place to enjoy a few nights off from home life.”

2. The Willow, Pembrokeshire

the willow
the willow

If you are looking for a country trip without sacrificing luxury, The Willow is called “the pinnacle of luxury glamping” by its hosts, with a hot tub, two smart TVs and wifi.

While you might not be able to escape your online life while you’re at it, the deck does offer wonderful views of the surrounding countryside that might just distract you from your screens. Visitors to the property will be close to the beach and historic Pembroke.

The hosts say the town of Pembroke is 4.5 km from the Willow, while the beaches of Broad Haven and Barafundle Bar are 3 miles away.

3. Twmbarlwm Luxury Retreat, Gwent, Wales

Twmbarlwm luxury retreat
Twmbarlwm luxury retreat

Set in the Risca countryside of Twmbarlwm in Wales, guests of this Airbnb listing will truly have peace and quiet, with rolling hills as far as the eye can see.

Built into the hills, the cabin is a private and quiet place to relax, with mountain biking and downhill trails just 20 minutes by bike so you can exercise and explore the area at your leisure.

For an extra-luxurious vacation, guests can hire the private hot tub, fire pit and grill for an additional £ 20 and £ 10 respectively.

4. The Pond and Stars Cabin, Abergele, Wales

Pond and cabin with stars
Pond and cabin with stars

A unique pond-side cabin described as a ‘slice of paradise’ by its hosts, The Pond and Stars Cabin in North Wales is surrounded by fields and hills and features a swing overlooking the water .

From the comfort of your bed you can take in the view through the huge windows, making it a great place to relax after a long year of working from home.

Suitable for people who enjoy long muddy country walks, the host of this Airbnb insists on the need to bring walking boots or rubber boots as you will have to carry your luggage on a small path through a field .

5. Traditional log cabin, Kent

Log cabin in Kent
Log cabin in Kent

This traditional log cabin sits by a lake and surrounded by acres of countryside on a working cattle farm.

The cabin has a private deck described as a ‘sun trap’ by its hosts, while they also say it’s a hub for wildlife and guests can expect to see a variety of deer. roam, as well as a “resident” kingfisher on the lake.

If you’re lacking a bit of activity, the village of Lamberhurst is nearby, while trains from Frant Station will take you to London for bars and restaurants in just an hour.

6. Cabin in the Undercover Woods, West Sussex

Cabin in the woods under cover
Cabin in the woods under cover

For a truly unique living experience, an Oak Treehouse in West Sussex will provide a secluded and exciting place to relax amidst 50 acres of private forest.

In addition to the nearby trails for strolling through trees and fields, a pub is a 10-minute walk away, and the towns of Horsham and Crawley are close by should you wish to shop or dine out during your stay .

Don’t confuse being in a treehouse for brutalizing it completely, as this place has a wood-fired hot tub, outdoor hot shower, and fire pit, for the perfect blend of luxury. and back to nature.

7. Unique glamping hut, Cambridgeshire

Glamping hut, Sutton
Glamping hut, Sutton

This ‘unique glamping hut’ in Sutton, Cambridgeshire is actually part of a 1945 boat originally called Anthony Stevenson, nestled in a private forest overlooking acres of countryside.

For the eco-conscious, the connecting boat and hangar operate entirely off-grid, powered by renewable energy produced by the hosts’ solar panels, and the site is completed with salvaged materials. The site also has a secluded roll-up tub on its patio for those really looking to enjoy the outdoors.

The rental is a 15-minute drive from Ely and a 30-minute drive from historic Cambridge.

8. The Old Bakery, Surrey

Old Bakery
Old Bakery

With large bay windows overlooking the countryside, the Ancienne Boulangerie will be perfect for a summer stay where the goal is to sunbathe.

In the heart of the South Downs National Park, near Petworth, the traditional, oak-framed, detached building is large enough to accommodate a family and has a patio for children to run on.

In addition to complementary teas, coffees, sugar and milk, cheese and meat platters can be delivered to the house, as well as a birthday cake for a festive stay.

9. Sunset Beach Cabin, Cumbria

Sunset Beach Cabin in Cumbria
Sunset Beach Cabin in Cumbria

What could be more relaxing than sitting in a hot tub watching the sea? The Sunset Beach Cabin sits right on the Irish Sea in the Lake District National Park, making it a great place to relax listening to the waves hitting the shore.

The cabin is also ideal for those who enjoy long walks, with the beach a short walk away and a site of special scientific interest to explore nearby.

One mile away is the small village of Silecroft, which has a pub with a wood-burning fireplace, while there are also mountain hikes and a 13-hole golf course nearby.

10. Airship 001, Billinghurst

Airship 001
Airship 001

This aluminum capsule is a unique little house to spend your stay, surrounded by a private forest and overlooking a dew pond and a meadow.

There is no shortage of activities in the area, with a nearby pub, country walks and bushcraft lessons available on site.

Children under 12 are not allowed, so this retreat would be a great place for a romantic getaway, for adults only!

“A fundamental change”

An Airbnb spokesperson said: “The pandemic has caused a fundamental shift in travel and a realignment of what is most important to us as humans.

“As we prepare to be able to travel again, where before our most favorite homes were dominated by faraway and exotic destinations, this year it’s all about rural retreats to explore on national shores.

Inside the pigsty
Inside the pigsty

“With so many of us poised to stay in the UK this year, Brits have more opportunities than ever to capitalize on increased demand and turn their homes into income engines. “

Naomi, host of The Pigsty, said that while their getaway had only been on the platform for just over a year, it had been in high demand. She said: “I list The Pigsty with my husband Sam, who works on the farm that has been in our family for generations. We started hosting on Airbnb in late 2019 and honestly we’ve never looked back, especially over the last year when places like ours were in high demand.

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