Top 21 Unique Staycations with Airbnb

The Pigsty, Winchester

Airbnb has announced its top 21 most wish-listed homes by Britons for 2021. The idea of the “staycation” must be on everyone’s brains right now because they’re all in the UK.

Our approach to travel has shifted a lot since the start of the pandemic, with a lot of people still unsure where and when they can start travelling. So the idea of a domestic holiday is appealing to all kinds of travellers if it means getting away this summer.

There’s a rise of rural retreats for Britons with luxury cabins and cosy cottages ranking high on the list, and a luxury ‘pigsty’ reaching number 1.

“With so many of us set to staycation in the UK this year, it’s more opportunity than ever before for Britons to capitalise on increased demand and turn their homes into income engines.

“The pandemic has prompted a fundamental shift in travel and a realignment of what’s most important to us as human beings. As we prepare to be able to travel once again, where previously, our most wish-listed homes have been dominated by far-flung and exotic destinations, this year it’s all about the rural retreats to explore on domestic shores.”

Airbnb Spokesperson

Scroll down to discover the top 21 of the most wish-listed Airbnbs.

1. The Pigsty, Winchester

The Pigsty, Winchester

The Pigsty is Winchester’s first luxury woodland hideaway, with beautiful views of Vale Farm. Less than 2.5 miles from the historic centre of Winchester, this peaceful retreat is perfect for those looking to visit the city or escape for some peace.

2. The Willow, Pembrokeshire

The Willow, Pembrokeshire

“The Willow” is the ultimate in luxury glamping, set in a very private location with stunning countryside views. The Willow has been finished to a very high standard, full kitchen, 2 smart TVs, WiFi. It’s has a big decked area outside with a Hot Tub, plus a grassed garden area.

3. Twmbarlwm Luxury Retreat, Gwent, Wales

Twmbarlwm Luxury Retreat, Gwent, Wales

Luxury holiday cabin in the Risca countryside of Twmbarlwm. Rest assured you won’t be disturbed by neighbours! Built discretely into the hills, this cabin has been crafted for a relaxing vacation. The cabin has been built with great care and installed with the best insulation to ensure a peaceful nights sleep.

4. The Pond and Stars Cabin, Abergele, Wales

The Pond and Stars Cabin, Abergele, Wales

This unique pond cabin is a slice of paradise. You can enjoy relaxing on your very own porch swing or admire the amazing views of rolling fields & wildlife right from bed. The cabin is perfect for couples wanting a romantic & relaxing getaway or solo adventurers who need time to relax and unwind in a unique space.

5. Traditional Log Cabin, Kent

Traditional Log Cabin, Kent

Private cosy traditional log cabin on the lake, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Lovely peaceful get away from it all in an area of natural outstanding beauty, yet just ten minutes drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells, with all the culture, bars, restaurants and shops.

6. Undercover Woodland Treehouse, West Sussex

Undercover Woodland Treehouse, West Sussex

This treehouse is hidden away in 50 acres of private woods. It sits up high in an old oak tree at the top of a bank looking over a stream. Its the perfect place to get away from it all. To cook over a real fire and sit out under a dark star-filled night. You won’t need to bring any camping equipment, It even has a hot outside shower!

7. Unique Glamping Hut, Sutton

Unique Glamping Hut, Sutton

A beautifully converted 1945 boat nestled within a private forest overlooking the beautiful open fenland countryside. A perfect retreat for couples looking to relax, explore and visit the local towns.

8. The Old Bakery, Surrey

The Old Bakery, Surrey

The Old Bakery is set in the heart of the beautiful South Downs National Park. It is a detached traditional oak framed building surrounded by ancient.

9. Sunset Beach Cabin, Cumbria

Sunset Beach Cabin, Cumbria

Enjoy an escape by the sea in this unique rough-luxe beach shack in the Lake District National Park, and rediscover the simple life on the shores of the Irish Sea. Snug interiors, crashing waves and the starriest of night skies make this private seaside beach cabin complete with bubbly hot-tub the most inspiring of seaside retreats.

10. Airship 001, Billingshurst

Airship 001, Billingshurst

This unique, architecturally designed aluminium pod, provides a glamorous retreat. Nestling in a private woodland, overlooking a dew pond and the valley below, the space affords a kingsize bed, shower/WC, living area incorporating a ‘galley’ kitchen. Wood-burning stove, dining table and chairs and a sofa/ bunk bed.

11. Scandinavian Cabin, Cumbria

Scandinavian Cabin, Cumbria

The Den is a unique space within the Lake District – a Scandinavian BBQ cabin. A large BBQ pit in the centre to sit around provides a cosy relaxing evening space and a place to cook! 8 minutes by car to Windermere, 5 minutes to Kendal.

12. The Lodge, Heathfield

The Lodge, Heathfield

The Lodge is set on the grounds of a 1664 stone-built Traditional Sussex Farmhouse, sharing the beautiful far-reaching views to the South Downs and coast. The Lodge will give you a sense of an Alpine stay with a spacious open plan layout and beautifully finished cosy interior. 

13. The Buzzardry Woodland Treehouse, East Sussex

The Buzzardry Woodland Treehouse, East Sussex

Come away to beautiful East Sussex to experience a unique stay in The Buzzardry. This stunning structure will not disappoint – from the luxurious copper bathtub with exquisite views over woodland grounds to the extravagant beamed ceilings that protrude through the building, this magnificent treehouse offers unparalleled style and luxury.

14. Toad Hall Luxury Lodge, Norfolk

Toad Hall Luxury Lodge, Norfolk

Toad Hall is our luxury lodge/ treehouse in the woods with incredible views across the open unspoilt countryside with a Private Hot Tub. Underfloor heating, oven, hob, toaster, kettle, fridge. Wet room. King size accommodation. Situated on a Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

15. Loveday Cottage, Staveley-in-Cartmel

Loveday Cottage, Staveley-in-Cartmel

A romantic, stylish and cosy cottage for two in the beautiful Lake District National Park, half a mile from the shores of Lake Windermere and a 20-minute drive from Junction 36 of the M6.

16. The Orchid Suite Barn, Mayfield

The Orchid Suite Barn, Mayfield

The suite includes a stunning 50 ft living room with a dining table, underfloor heating and a 10 ft cinema screen with a film server offering over 6000 films. The stylish bedroom has a luxurious ensuite: perfect for relaxation with a deep jacuzzi bath for one. 

17. Romantic Field Barn, Grindon Hillside

Romantic Field Barn, Grindon Hillside

Little Barn, a unique Peak District hideaway. A romantic field barn with a chic contemporary twist! Situated in a stunning private setting 1000ft above sea level and overlooking the Manifold Valley Little Barn offers peace & tranquillity along with all the modern amenities required to relax and unwind. 

18. Hideaway, Dorset

Hideaway, Dorset

A unique and romantic hideaway, Quarryman’s Cottage is dinner on the roof terrace watching the sunset over Lyme Bay & Charmouth, stargazing from the luxury freestanding bath, epic views from the double shower, reading under the old oak tree, BBQ’s & firepits, leisurely walks to The Anchor at Seatown via Golden Cap or the coastal path, the sound of birdsong, the glimpse of a deer, curling up in front of the wood burner in winter.

19. Farm Barn, Warwickshire

Farm Barn, Warwickshire

‘The Hovel’ is a newly converted countryside retreat. Enjoy the beautiful Warwickshire scenery with walks surrounding the farm. This stunning little barn has all amenities. Set on a working farm nestled in a newly planted vineyard, you can walk the vines on an evening stroll and see the magnificent sunsets.

20. Lynbrook Cabin, Hampshire

Lynbrook Cabin, Hampshire

Lynbrook Cabin is perfect whether you want to enjoy the 6 person hot tub in the middle of the peaceful countryside or explore the New Forest and it’s surrounding villages and cities including Bournemouth, Salisbury and Southampton. 

21. The Weekender, Cornwall

The Weekender, Cornwall

The Weekender is a contemporary space, 38sqm with stunning views all round step through the door and relax. The decor is stylish, comfortable, a beautiful haven to sit and contemplate the breathtaking surroundings from.

What’s your favourite one on the list? Are you tempted by the luxury pigsty or the Undercover Woodland Treehouse? Let us know on Twitter or email

Ashleigh Ridler