5 Extraordinary places to sleep this summer

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  • From treehouses to space-age pods, there are some great quirky hideaways that are perfect for spending a few days away in the UK

    1. ON A RAFT

    The Raft at Chigborough, near Maldon, Essex

    Cast off from the real world and stay on this floating cabin for four. Secluded and beautifully designed, the cabin runs on solar power and has a private hot tub and outdoor kitchen. There’s even a rowing boat for splashing around on the lake.

    £195 per night,


    Brooks Guesthouse Retro Rockets, Bristol

    Brooks is a boutique guesthouse with a difference. Its quirkiest bed-and-breakfast option comes in the form of airstream caravans parked on top of the guesthouse’s flat roof. There are four gleaming aluminium caravans to choose from, ranging in size from 16ft to 20ft. Each is equipped with a double bed, shower room, TV with DVD, eco heating and low-energy LED lighting. The self-contained caravans are cosy and fun, with amazing views across the city.
    Known as Retro Rockets, they offer the fun of glamping combined with the luxury of a city-centre hotel.

    From £80 per night, brooksguesthousebristol.com

    3. IN A TREE

    The Treehouses at Chewton Glen, Hampshire

    Staying in a treehouse is the antithesis to any urban jungle. This five-star hotel’s

    12 luxury treehouse suites have ecofriendly credentials that include rainwater recycling and solar heating. The wraparound balconies have private hot tubs and panoramic views.

    £800 per night,

    4. IN A GEO DOME

    Loveland Farm, Hartland, Devon

    Nestled between rolling hills and the North Devon coast, the Loveland pod sits atop raised decking. It has a king-size bed and two sofabeds, sea views, a wood burner and a projector for private movie nights. And if that pod doesn’t suit you, there are four others to choose from.

    From £240 for two nights, lovelandfarmcamping.co.uk


    Brownscombe Tabernacle, near Totnes, South Devon

    This timber and tin Wendy house with a twist is quite a find. Set in rural South Devon, its design is based on the traditional tabernacles once used by Methodist preachers. Pour a glass of fizz and soak in the wood-fired hot tub while stargazing and listening to wildlife. Bliss.

    From £36 per person per night, classicglamping.co.uk

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