11 Cool & Quirky Airbnbs In The UK

Whether you’re after a romantic stay-cay or fun weekend with the girls, the UK is home to some seriously cool Airbnbs. From wooden cabins and pods in the forest to the original Spice Girls tour bus, here are 11 quirky rentals for all budgets…
By Sherri Andrew
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The Tree Tent, Somerset

FOR A ROMATIC STAYCAY

The Tree Tent, Somerset

Like the idea of sleeping in a pod suspended above ground? This cool tree tent overlooks the pretty Mendip Hills in Somerset, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for a romantic getaway, guests reach the main pod by walking across a rope bridge to find a cosy bedroom with an indoor wood burner, LED lights, and a comfy double bed which can be folded into a sofa during the day. Outside, there’s a seating area and firepit hidden behind the trees, plus a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. Don’t forget marshmallows for toasting, binoculars for stargazing, and Crocs for the outdoor rainfall shower.

From £150 per night.

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Luxury Kabin, Hampshire

Surrounded by scenic landscape, this luxury cabin is in the quintessentially English village of East Meon in Hampshire. Made for guests who really want to switch off (and leave TikTok behind for a night or two), there isn’t any wi-fi, so prepare to go off-grid during your stay. Make the most of the great outdoors by exploring the walking routes in the local area before settling down in the cabin with its cosy king-sized bed and indoor wood burner. There’s a small kitchenette and bathroom with a shower, as well as an outdoor bath for sunset soaks.

From £180 per night.

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Skaypa Treehouse, Cornwall

This design-led treehouse oozes romance. Set in a forest at the head of the Helford river on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, the treehouse is peaceful spot surrounded by wildlife like woodpeckers, owls and even bats – spooky. Inside, the Nordic interiors are minimal and chic, with a Scandi-style kitchen and a double bedroom that leads out onto a balcony. There’s a separate shower room with a rainforest shower and heated towel rail, plus an outdoor bath overlooking the valley. Special touches include a record player in the living area and local, organic toiletries. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is just ten minutes away for a cute daytrip.

From £210 per night.

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Luxury Kabin, Hampshire

Cairn Pod, Scotland

One of the quirkiest options on this list, this eco-friendly pod was made for couples looking for a fun glamping weekend. In Bonar Bridge, the pod is in a great location if you’re planning a road trip along the North Coast 500 route. Its shape has been inspired by an armadillo, and there’s plenty of space inside. There’s a kitchenette with a microwave, plus a bedroom with two twin beds that can be converted into a double. The pod is insulated and heated, with LED mood lighting, underfloor heating and an electric shower.

From £85 per night.

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FOR A GIRLS’ TRIP

Hoots Treehouse, East Sussex

Hoots Treehouse is suspended in the woods just outside Mayfield, a pretty village in East Sussex, not far from Tunbridge Wells. There’s a double bed with a handmade, circular wooden bedframe, plus a cosy single bed in the loft, accessed by a ladder and hatch. Ideal for a relaxing girls’ trip, guests can cosy up beside the indoor wood burner, make tea in the stovetop kettle, and stargaze on the outdoor deck. There are a few scenic walking routes in the area, plus a deer park five minutes away.

From £250 per night.

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The Water Tower, Warwickshire

The clue is in the name with this Airbnb: it used to be a water tower in Burton Green, a small village in Warwickshire. It’s since been converted into a fun holiday home, but lots of the original features are still intact. For example, you’ll have to walk up 44 stairs from the ground floor to the living space at the top, where you’ll find an open-plan kitchen and living area with a breakfast starter pack containing tea, Nespresso coffee, milk, bread, butter and honey from bees on site. There’s a smart TV with Amazon Prime and Netflix, plus two double bedrooms for four guests on the second floor. Turn on the underfloor heating (powered by solar panels) and cosy up to watch films in the evening.

From £175 per night.

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Hoots Treehouse, East Sussex
The Water Tower, Warwickshire

The Original Spice Bus, Isle of Wight

If you haven’t seen Spice World, add it to your watch list this weekend. Having had a makeover to accommodate overnight guests, this Airbnb is the girl band’s original tour bus from the film. Overlooking Island Harbour Marina on the Isle of Wight, the bus has fun Spice Girl touches throughout, like Union Jack seating and sparkly glitterballs. With space for three guests, there’s a double bed at the back, as well as a day bed and separate dressing area with a rail and table – perfect for Spice Girl-inspired makeovers. The driver’s seat is still at the front of the bus for Insta snaps, but you won’t find any facilities on board. Instead, there’s a nearby block with bathrooms and a kitchenette.

From £220 per night.

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The Original Spice Bus, Isle of Wight

FOR A BIGGER GIRL GANG

Bumble Barn, Kent

For something really different, this cool barn in Canterbury is an eco-friendly holiday home surrounded by 45 acres of land. The building is one long tube, separated by interconnecting rooms, including a living room, kitchen and dining area, and three bedrooms – two twins and one king bedroom. Groups of up to six can enjoy al fresco meals on the patio, watch films on the 4K TV, and cook meals together in the spacious kitchen. Look out for the bees on the clever rooftop garden.

From £300 per night.

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The Anchorage, Cornwall

Fancy a winter coastal staycation? The Anchorage is a seriously chic holiday home in Mawgan Porth, between Padstow and Newquay on the Cornish coast. On a cliff with panoramic views of the beach, there are five king-sized bedrooms with en-suites, as well as a twin room. With chic Scandi interiors, there’s a spacious living area for dinner parties and games nights, plus a first-floor kitchen that leads out onto a BBQ terrace overlooking the sea. If you’re feeling brave and want to brace the cold waters, you can leave your surfboards and wetsuits on hooks in the back garden.

From £400 per night.

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The Anchorage, Cornwall

Nissen Barn, Essex

This newly converted barn is set in the Essex countryside, near Braintree. With some of the nicest interiors on this list, the dome-shaped barn has cosy, modern farmhouse vibes with three bedrooms for up to seven guests – two doubles and a double with a single bed. Guests can cook together around the kitchen island, have candlelit meals around the dining table, and snuggle down on the sofas next to the indoor wood burner. We love the look of the pretty pink bathroom for Insta snaps.

From £200 per night.

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Domes at Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight

For a fun glamping experience, Tapnell Farm has five domes on its estate in the Isle of Wight. Each one sleeps up to six and has its own en-suite, kitchen and bedroom. This one (Dome 5) also has an indoor wood burner for cosy evenings in. You can walk between the connected bedrooms – some have handmade wooden four-poster beds while others have bunk beds with soft blankets – and there’s a separate outhouse with a modern bathroom and kitchen, plus a communal pizza oven for Saturday nights with the girls.

From £250 per night.

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Domes at Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight
Nissen Barn, Essex

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