Unusual Airbnb in Devon where you can stay this summer

Following the government’s roadmap for announcing the lockdown, independent vacation rentals, including Airbnb, will be allowed to reopen for individuals or families on April 12, meaning people are free to resume a stay.

The “Stay Local” directive is also ending, so longer day trips will no longer be restricted and people can travel outside their local area which the government defines as your village, town or city. part of a city where you live.

While we can’t go overseas yet, fear not, as Airbnb has an impressive range of vacation rentals, from huge fairytale castles to tiny cabins full of quirky and vintage features.

So here’s a look at the best and most unusual Airbnbs you can visit in Devon this summer:

The conversion of the church




For £ 188 a night you can stay in a converted church right on the edge of Exeter.

The house is just a 15 minute walk from the cathedral and the shops, bars and restaurants of central Exeter, and the quay is also a ten minute walk away.




The property has original exterior features like original fonts, brick arches, stone mullioned windows, although it has been decorated with modern interiors such as underfloor heating, double glazing and a pressurized water system.

Georgian mansion




Buckland House is a 17 bedroom, ten bathroom Georgian mansion in the North Devon countryside owned by you for £ 600 a night.

There are 280 acres of land, mostly woods, a swimming pool, lake and manicured lawns and gardens and often the opportunity to see deer, occasionally red deer and many other wildlife surrounding the property.




As described on the website, the Buckland House and its grounds are “exclusively yours during your stay and you will have access to the outdoor swimming pool (unheated) between Easter and October or on request during the winter and we may be able to prepare it for you. “

Dogs are also welcome at a cost of £ 16 each.

The Bluebird Penthouse




The popular Bluebird Penthouse at High Bickington is described as having a “vintage 1950s interior with a touch of luxury” where you can get away from it all for £ 170 per night minus the cost of cleaning and service.

There is a hot top which is in a land rover outside, with a barbecue and a fireplace. The property itself has a gas pizza oven, double bed, bath and shower, kitchen appliances and central heating.




Visitors have often been delighted with this unusual stay. One reviewer said “A lovely little getaway for a few days. Loved waking up with the sheep in the field next to us! Just a lovely warm atmosphere” and another wrote “Absolutely amazing! Such a special place ! “.

Former home of the author of the jungle book




This incredible house once housed the author of the jungle book Rudyard Kipling, is described on Airbnb as “unique victorian mansion previously owned by famous writer Rudyard Kipling, located in a very quiet and beautiful area.

“Perfect for a peaceful and relaxing getaway and only a 5 minute walk to the beach and a 5 minute drive to downtown Torquay.”

The house is surrounded by two hectares of gardens and sea views from almost every room as well as a coastal path that leads you to the beach.




Rudyard Kipling lived on this property from 1896 to 1898 upon his return from America.

An overnight stay here would set you back £ 350.

Wooden sailing boat




Oyster, the wooden sailboat is moored at the bottom of an old quarry path at Salcombe on the south Devon coast and is described as perfect “for nature and sea lovers”.

For a cost of £ 177 per night you can use your own private area on grounds 50 meters away, with a simple hot shower, composting toilet and parking space, plus access only to Oyster itself. same.




The boat is complete with a small homemade gangway with a double bed, portholes, a simple sink and stove, books, poems, soft lighting and cacti.

A double decker bus




Bertrams Hotel which was built in a red double decker bus is located on the grounds of a country house in Hartland, near the North Devon coast.

A night here will set you back £ 116 for three beds and a bathroom.




It was crafted in an authentic 1950s design with particular nods to the famous Devonian Agatha Christie. The property can accommodate up to five people and offers “exceptional views from the upper deck”.

The village of Hartland itself is just a ten minute walk from the property.

Safari Lodge




Overlooking a breathtaking view, Safari Lodge lies not far from Kingsbridge in South Devon and a short distance from a vibrant community full of local amenities.

A lodge can accommodate six people between two bedrooms and a cabin bed. There is a bathroom equipped with a shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rail. Basic cooking facilities are also available.




Each tent is also equipped with its own wood-fired hot tub and a maximum of two dogs are allowed to stay at a cost of £ 25 each.

A single night here will set you back £ 189 and there is a three night minimum stay rule.

The Pod




This unique property is located in the treetops on the Devon and Somerset border at Churchstanton.

One night here will only cost you £ 106 for four people to use the two bedrooms and the shared bathroom.

The ground floor is accessed through a hatch in the floor to the kitchen where there are double doors that open onto the back yard, which has an outdoor fireplace, pizza oven and barbecue.




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Fairytale castle




You could stay in a Victorian Gothic style fairytale castle for £ 290 per night.

The property, located in Teignmouth, has already been listed in the ‘Top Ten Fairytale Castles’ for staying on Airbnb.

The house has three floors and has five bedrooms and a main bathroom.




It also enjoys stunning views over a large garden and close to local amenities such as pubs, restaurants and take out.

The property is clearly a hit with visitors with an Airbnb reviewer writing, “Truly a beautiful place to spend the weekend. The photos don’t do the view justice!” and another commenting “What a truly wonderful place to stay. The house is beautiful and it really feels like home”.

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