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6 Unique Rural Retreats in the UK

From treehouses, shipping containers and geodome pods, to cosy cabins, these quirky retreats are perfect for a unique getaway. Whether you’re just after a relaxing escape from the daily grind of city life or just looking for something a bit different, these 6 stays are the perfect destinations.

Located all over the UK, they offer a mixture of luxury and back-to-basics type of living where you can either indulge yourself or disconnect from the rest of the world. Get ready to be fully immersed in nature, while taking in some breathtaking landscapes and living off-grid for a few days or more.

Here are our top 6 unique stays in the UK:

Hudnalls Hideout Treehouse

Who doesn’t love a secret hideout? Especially when it’s a treehouse. This adult only luxurious single secluded A-frame is located in the beautiful Wye Valley which is a 3-hour drive from London. Surrounded by dense woodland, you have the whole place to yourself where you can have the chance to unwind and relax.

Offering a private lookout bar, it also includes a gorgeous outdoor brass bathtub to soak up the noises of nature, a fire pit which is perfect for toasting marshmallows and a cosy woodland sauna.

You can really hit the pause button here and switch off from the outside world. Take a walk through the wildflower meadow, or lounge in bed gazing out of the floor to ceiling windows. It could be the perfect time to grab a book and immerse yourself in the stylish Scandi-Lux interior or play some board games in front of the roaring suspended cocoon Aeris fireplace.

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Unplugged Rest

Temporarily withdraw from the responsibilities and obligations of everyday life by disconnecting from social media, emails, work and life. Unplugged Rest is the perfect place to get your digital detox and recover from burn out. These fantastic off-grid cabins are usually only an hour’s drive from London and are nestled within nature with some basic rules on arrival. Lock your digital devices in a box, store it away and open it again when you leave. This leaves you to your own thoughts, opening your mind and reconnecting with nature.

It’s a really back to basics kind of stay. There’s no Wi-Fi, but it includes an instant camera to capture memories, books to bury your head in, games to keep you entertained, a radio/tape player to dance to, and they include everything you would need to survive. The best part is waking up for sunrise and watching the colours explode right before your very eyes from the cosy linen sheets of your bed and the large cabin windows. This place is designed for switching off and we can’t recommend it more.

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Grove Farm Olive Pod

Nestled in a glorious wild field in Surrey, you will find this unique geodome, offering luxury interiors where every detail has been given considerable thought. From the delicious Grind coffee machine, to the comfortable double bed where you can watch the stars at night, it’s your own literal bubble.

The Olive Pod offers a seducingly wonderful wood-fired hot tub where you can soak and relax for hours on end, and then head to the fire pit to watch the sunset over the backdrop of trees. It’s the perfect location to be hidden away from the outside world, yet close enough that you can visit some National Trust sites, local High Streets for shopping and restaurants for eating out.

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The Box BNB

If you’re looking for something really unique then why not stay in a converted shipping container for a few nights on a working farm? Located in Malton, North Yorkshire it’s perfect for singles, couples or small families. With stylish chic contemporary interiors, floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking rolling green landscapes and plenty of wild life to keep you entertained it’s the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of normality.

Experience explosions of colours as the sun sets over the horizon, delve into that book you’ve been dying to read for ages or get competitive with some scrabble. While you’re tucked away in your own private nook, you’re not too far away from traditional pubs, plenty of restaurants and delicious local farm produce.

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Roost Glamping Cabins

This gorgeous secluded cabin is located just outside of the Forest of Dean in the rural village of Mitcheldean. Surrounded by outstanding natural beauty this cabin is the picture-perfect place to relax and unwind. While being extremely spacious and comfortable, it offers a cosy fireplace, books, games and everything you could possibly need for a woodland escape. Unwind in the hot tub overlooking wild flowers, and fruit trees before retreating to the fire pit where you can watch sun go down while drinking a delicious hot beverage.

It’s the small details which really make these lodges standout. From the swing bench and fluffy cushions out front, floor to ceiling glass windows, to the snug open-plan living area it’s a great place to hide from the world.

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Hidden away on the stunning Isle of Skye you will find these luxurious cabins which offer an exclusive experience in this magical Scottish location. The name Ardcana derives from both Gaelic and Nordic heritage paying tribute to the island which is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. It’s home to some of Scotland’s most jaw dropping attractions such as Old Man of Storr, the fairy pools and Neist Point Lighthouse which are nearby.

From the comfort of your own bed, you can watch some amazing sunsets with unrivalled panorama, through the huge picture window at the front of the cabin. Inside you will find bespoke interior designs offering a large comfortable bed, modern furnishings and everything you could possibly need for a few nights escape. What are you waiting for?

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