Britons haven’t been travelling much recently – obviously – but their wanderlust has not been dampened, it would seem.
According to Airbnb they’ve been lusting after staycations in jaw-dropping properties.
The global renting platform has today unveiled a list of the 10 most wish-listed UK properties since lockdown began on March 23.
The ranking includes a forest lodge in Stoke-on-Trent, an oak cabin in Hemel Hempstead and a windmill in Kent.
The list, says Airbnb, reveals that Britons are particularly keen on stays in idyllic surrounds once travel is back on the agenda, with 70 per cent of the list made up of lodges, cabins and glamping options.
Scroll down for pictures of the top ten properties, presented here in reverse order, with the No1-ranked lodge at the bottom – but note, listings that are visible on Airbnb will not be bookable for UK stays that take place on or before July 3, 2020.
10. Off-grid geodesic dome, Northumberland
In at No10 is this amazing ‘geodesic dome’, which is located in rural Northumberland. The site, says the listing, is ‘completely off-grid’ with water in containers, solar power and a composting toilet. There are luxury touches, though. The double bed has a memory-foam mattress and there’s a wood-fired hot tub. The views? Beautiful. It costs £130 a night and sleeps two
9. Beachfront house, Cleveleys, Lancashire
This epic beachfront house sleeps 15, costs £242 per night and features include a rooftop terrace, hot tub and cinema room. It’s located a five-minute walk from Blackpool town centre
8. Old smock windmill, Beneden, rural Kent
Well, frankly, you had us at windmill. This amazing four-storey property sleeps two and costs £210 per night
7. Private seaside retreat, Weston-super-Mare
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, especially if it’s in this relaxing retreat that has a hot tub and chic decor. It costs £95 a night and sleeps two
6. Converted shipping container in a private meadow, Poltimore, Devon
A shipping container may not sound like a great staycation option on paper, but this one has pine-topped stools, a handmade reading chair and a log burner, plus a double bed and sofa bed. It sleeps four and costs £90 per night
5. Unique luxury cabin, Hereford
This wonderful A-frame cabin for two – called Little Hourstones – sits on a farm in rural Herefordshire and costs £90 a night
4. Unique glamping experience, Sutton (near Ely and Cambridge)
What you’re gazing at here is a ‘beautifully converted 1945 boat within a private forest’ that contains a king-size bed, and an adjoining ‘boat shack’ with an ‘eclectic industrial style kitchen and bathroom with walk-in shower’. It sleeps two and costs £150 a night
3. Secluded countryside lodge, Maidstone
If your budget lies at the £110 mark, then this gem might tickle your fancy. The listing says: ‘Embrace the quirky, cosy interiors in this romantic getaway. Open the doors to the terrace, and let the sounds of nature waft through the lodge. Fire up the BBQ, enjoy a good meal and then spend the evening in the hot tub gazing up at the stars.’ We’re sold
2. Romantic oak cabin, Hemel Hempstead
Superhost Lilli, who hosts this No2-ranked oak cabin, said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming guests wanting to relax in a cosy environment. Our cabin offers a perfect location for a staycation, allowing our guests to explore the beautiful British countryside.’ A stay costs £110 a night and the cabin sleeps two
1. Alton forest lodge, Stoke-on-Trent
Behold the UK’s most wish-listed Airbnb – a ‘spacious woodland lodge’ that sleeps up to 12. There’s a wood-fired hot tub, a huge decking area, a range cooker, a spacious lounge and a log-burning stove. It costs £175 a night
The full wish list can be found here. Note – Airbnb does not recommend or endorse these listings or any other homes on the platform. Other listings sites are available. Overnight stays for leisure are currently forbidden throughout the UK. In England and Northern Ireland it is possible to drive to a beauty spot, but leaving your local area is not allowed in Wales or Scotland.