The UK’s most unique Airbnbs revealed

Revealed: The UK’s most unique Airbnbs – from a private jet in a country garden to a vintage caravan with a hot tub in a converted Land Rover

  • From the bizarre to the beautiful, these unique homestays dotted around the UK are Instagram gold
  • Breaks from the ordinary include an authentic windmill in rural Kent and a medieval castle in Scotland
  • Boat enthusiasts can stay in a cabin in a ship on the Thames or in a converted ‘boatel’ in a field in Wales 

Fancy spending the night in your very own private jet? How about an evening in the master cabin of a restored 19th century clipper ship on the banks of the River Thames?

These unique getaways are just a handful of the out of the ordinary retreats listed on the accommodation website Airbnb. 

The platform has come under fire recently after a Sunday Times investigation revealed over half of Airbnb properties in large UK cities are now let by people with more than one listing, with blocks of flats becoming de facto hotels.

But if you’re looking for accommodation that’s a bit more exciting than someone’s spare room, there is plenty of scope across Britain.

From a windmill in the Kent countryside to a shabby chic caravan with stunning hillside views and its own hot tub in a converted Land Rover, those looking for an Insta-worthy getaway are spoiled for choice.

Here FEMAIL reveals some of the most unique Airbnb residences the UK has to offer.

Old Smock Windmill – rural Kent

The Old Smock Windmill in Benenden, Kent, is the ideal countryside retreat for couples – especially in the summer months

This romantic getaway situated close to the picturesque Camber Sands beach houses up to two guests and is an idyllic romantic getaway which costs around £175 per night.

With its thick walls and white weather boarded tower, it’s a striking landmark – and the interior is just as impressive.

There’s an oak exterior staircase leading up to the entrance, and huge beams span each floor carrying the original upright shaft giant spur wheel and sack hoist.

Inside the windmill, huge beams span each floor carrying the original upright shaft giant spur wheel and sack hoist

The kitchen is well laid out with washing machine/dryer, oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle and a good range of pans, cutlery, glass and china

The bathroom features a double ended bath, a pedestal basin and toilet with a walk-in wet room shower and under-floor heating

The Jet Star – Redberth, South Pembrokeshire

For £119 a night, you can stay in your very own private jet – certainly cheaper than flying first class. 

This truly unique Airbnb is a converted plane built in the seventies that would have carried up to nine passengers.

It retains many of its original features, including a light-up bar area and the cockpit, which is home to an X-box with some flight games.

There’s a double bedroom at the back in the style of a first class ship cabin as well as a toilet and cold water basin on board, with a shower block and shared kitchen area elswhere on the rural site. 

For £119 a night, you can stay in your very own converted private jet – making it a cheaper trip than flying first class

This truly unique Airbnb is a converted plane built in the seventies that would have carried up to nine passengers. It now sleeps up to four guests

The cabin and the cockpit are powered by mains electricity however the fuselage has the plane’s original lighting and is powered by car batteries

The cabin consists of a double bed and there is an additional single bed behind the cockpit as well as a leather sofa, making it ideal for a couple with children

Romantic Medieval Castle – Peebles, Scotland

This delightfully authentic medieval mini castle features roaring log fires as well as modern comforts and is located in the countryside surrounding the River Tweed, making it an ideal destination for exploring the Scottish Borders.

To stay costs around £100 a night with a three-night minimum stay, and there’s room for up to four guests, with a  cosy double bed on the top floor and a possible two extra single beds in the sitting room.

One reviewer described it as a ‘beautifully rustic building with all the touches to suit with modern conveniences in a lovely valley setting surrounded by fields, woodland and livestock’.

The beautiful mini castle is located in the countryside surrounding the River Tweed, making it an ideal destination for exploring the Scottish Borders

This delightfully authentic medieval mini castle features roaring log fires as well as modern comforts including a large flatscreen TV

To stay costs around £100 a night with a three-night minimum stay, and there’s room for up to four guests, with a comfy double bed on the top floor

Bluebird Penthouse with a Land Rover Hot Tub – High Bickington, North Devon

Though the term ‘penthouse’ is somewhat generous for this charmingly ramshackle Bluebird caravan, its stunning location and vintage decor more than make up for it.

The retro motorhome, which costs £120 per night, is packed with quirky features, though its main attraction is undoubtedly the hot tub constructed within a converted Land Rover in the outdoor seating area.

Its aspect offers stunning views over the North Devon countryside, while the caravan is equipped with a double bed, bath, shower, toilet, cooker, fridge and central heating. 

The retro motorhome is packed with quirky features, though its main attraction is undoubtedly the hot tub constructed within a converted Land Rover in the outdoor seating area

The hot tub is situated on decking at the front of the caravan, which is also equipped with a gas BBQ, chimnea fire and small wine cellar, and offers stunning views over the North Devon countryside

The kitchen within the retro caravan is fairly well-equipped with a cooker and a fridge, and there’s also a bath, shower and toilet

Though the term ‘penthouse’ is somewhat generous for this charmingly ramshackle Bluebird caravan, its stunning location and vintage decor make up for it

The Flying Yorkshireman – Glasshouses, North Yorkshire

Railway enthusiasts, all aboard! This Pullman style railway carriage has been converted into a stunning stay away and pays charming homage to its authentic roots.

The interior features many reclaimed railway items, including the four handles, luggage rack, lamps, seats and signs.

The carriage, which can accommodate two guests at a cost of £94 per night, overlooks the old Nidd Valley railway line that runs through the farm it’s situated on, and is equipped with a double bedroom, shower, toilet, kitchen and heating.

There’s also an outside decking area with seating and a hot tub over looking the beautiful landscape, and a therapy room with on-site massage therapists in case you fancy a relaxing treatment during your stay.

This Pullman style railway carriage has been converted into a stunning stay away and pays homage to its authentic roots

Inside the space features many reclaimed railway items, including the four handles, luggage rack, lamps, seats and signs

There’s also an outside decking area with seating and a hot tub over looking the beautiful landscape, and a therapy room with on-site massage therapists in case you fancy a relaxing treatment during your stay

The Old Chapel – Sydenham Damerel, Devon

This former village church has been elegantly restored into a stylish residence which can house up to four guests for £99 per night, with two bedrooms as well as a kitchenette, shower room and sitting area.

The idyllic retreat also comes with its own private hot tub on a raised decking area which is kitted out with Sonos speakers – allowing you to play your music as loud as you like as there are no neighbours for a kilometre in any direction. 

One happy customer wrote: ‘Newly renovated and finished to a high standard, The Old Chapel is a wonderful, off-beat holiday let. We loved the seclusion and privacy and the beautiful countryside.’ 

This former village church has been elegantly restored into a stylish residence which can house up to four guests for £99 per night

The interior boasts two bedrooms as well as a kitchenette, shower room and sitting area and has been finished off to a high standard, according to one guest

The idyllic retreat also comes with its own private hot tub on a raised decking area which is kitted out with Sonos speakers

The Alexandra Lifeboat – Cuan Ferry, Oban

The interiors of this Airbnb may be basic, but the exterior more than makes up for it, offering up a truly Insta-worthy treat.

Guests stay in a 110-year-old lifeboat situated on the shores of Cuan Sound on Argyll’s rugged coastline, which contains six berths set around a central table.

Each has its own a reading light, charger point, pillow and pillow slip, though you have to bring your own linen, while the galley has a two ring hob, microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge and a small sink with cold running water.

Meanwhile the toilet, shower, scullery and drying facilities are situated in the nearby timber cove, approximately 25 metres from the lifeboat. 

The minimum charge for a night in Alexandra is £60 for up to two people.  

Guests to the Alexandra stay in a 110-year-old lifeboat situated on the shores of Cuan Sound on Argyll’s rugged coastline

The galley in the Alexandra has a two ring hob, microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge and a small sink with cold running water

The lifeboat contains six berths set around a central table, which each coming equipped with its own a reading light, charger point, pillow and pillow slip

Melville Castle – Midlothian, Scotland

Stunning Melville Castle is set within a 50 acre estate of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the river North Esk, a 20 minute drive from Edinburgh city centre.

The elegant 18th century home provides a comfortable selection of rooms and suites – 32 to be precise – ranging from classic doubles to grand four poster suites, from around £89 per night.

At one time the hunting seat of Mary Queen of Scots, the castle was commissioned by the first Viscount Melville and designed by the renowned Scottish architect William Playfair in 1791 for entertaining on a grand scale, which it continues to do to this day.

Stunning Melville Castle is set within a 50 acre estate of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the river North Esk

Inside the 18th century castle is classically furnished, with an elegant staircase leading to the various rooms and suites

The elegant 18th century home provides a comfortable selection of rooms and suites – 32 to be precise – ranging from classic doubles to grand four poster suites

Boatel – Machynlleth, Wales 

The listing for this Airbnb makes it clear this experience is not suitable for travellers seeking a luxury break – this is essentially ‘camping under a wooden roof’.

Guests at the £50-a-night Boatel located up a mountain in the Dyfi Valley are warned to expect an old, dusty boat which they’ll likely be sharing with other guests and the occasional spider.

But if quirky’s your thing, this unique residence – which won the infamous Shed of the Year competition in 2013 – is bound to float your boat. 

Guests at the £50-a-night Boatel located up a mountain in the Dyfi Valley are warned to expect an old, dusty boat which they’ll most likely be sharing with other guests

The listing for this Airbnb makes it clear this experience is ‘quirky’ and not suitable for travellers seeking a luxury break

The unique residence located up a mountain in the Dyfi Valley won the infamous Shed of the Year competition in 2013

Magical Treehouse – Waveney Valley, Suffolk

This arts and crafts-inspired treehouse set on a 40 acre hobby farm and built around growing trees offers a cosy, romantic retreat for £95-a-night which oozes ethereal charm.

The term treehouse possibly undersells the solar-powered home which boasts central heating, a flushing toilet and a cascade shower.

Described by one reviewer as a ‘wonderful retreat for animal lovers’, guests can acquaint themselves with the free-range pigmy goats, cats, chickens, alpacas and horses that roam around the farm.

This arts and crafts-inspired treehouse set on a 40 acre hobby farm and built around growing trees offers a cosy, romantic retreat which oozes ethereal charm

The term treehouse possibly undersells the solar-powered retreat which boasts central heating, a flushing toilet, a kitchen equipped with a gas hob and a cascade shower

The home is built around the trees, bringing the outdoors indoors, and features charming stain-glass windows throughout

AirShip – Mull, Scotland

This stunning and truly unique getaway, dubbed AirShip 2 and priced at £150 per night, is an insulated aluminium pod designed by architect Roderick James.

The portholes and dragonfly windows at both ends of the structure offer breathtaking views of the Sound of Mull, while the interior is a stylish mix of silver metal and timber.

The bedrooms are cosy bunks situated in the middle of the ship, with a small but perfectly functional kitchenette and dining area at one end and a communal living space at the other.

This stunning and truly unique getaway, dubbed AirShip 2, is an insulated aluminium pod designed by Roderick James

The portholes and dragonfly windows at both ends of the structure offer breathtaking views of the Sound of Mull from a relaxing seating area

A small but perfectly functional kitchenette, complete with a kettle and microwave, features a pull out table with two stools, providing a makeshift dining area

Captain’s Cabin – central London

For £90 a night, guests can stay in the master cabin of the historic 19th century sailing ex-cargo ship De Walvisch, a fully functioning historic Dutch sailing clipper built in 1896.

It’s moored 500m from Tower Bridge and owned by the artists Zatorski + Zatorski, who live on board with their children and who have lovingly and painstakingly restored the vessel over the past eight years, using reclaimed hardwoods and marine antiques.

The bow bedroom features a solid teak double bed while a solid brass porthole from the SS Transylvania provides a view to the chain locker and prow of the ship. 

De Walvisch is moored 500m from Tower Bridge and owned by the artists Zatorski + Zatorski, who live on board with their children and who have lovingly and painstakingly restored the vessel over the past eight years

The bow bedroom features a solid teak double bed while a solid brass porthole, from the SS Transylvania, provides a view to the chain locker and prow of the ship

At breakfast you will be invited into the roef (deckhouse) of the ship, which is the galley, and there’s also an outside deck space at the bow, with a table and chairs for you to sit and enjoy the river

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