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This castle, windmill & treehouse are Britain’s best Airbnbs

By Kitty Knowles 13 September 2017
Summary

Staycation anyone?

The are 3,000 castles listed on Airbnb today.

Perhaps it’s unsurprising – with Britain’s rich history – that one of these is the UK’s most popular listing.

Also sought after are a windmill and a treehouse, which rank second and third in the country’s top five most booked accommodations.

All cost upward of £100 a night, but are they really worth the price-tag? We have to say, they’ve rather won our hearts.

See Britain’s top five most popular Airbnbs below…

1. Augill Castle, Cumbria. £180 a night

This castle comes complete with grand four-poster beds, Tudor panelling and gothic windows. You can fill it with up to 30 friends and even play out your favourite childhood fairytales in its spectacular turrets.

Built in 1841, Augill sits on 15 acres of plush country grounds – just a short drive from the rolling Yorkshire Dales and the heart of the Lake District.

“You can be King, Queen, Prince or Princess for a day, a week or as long as you like,” its hosts advertise.

Who can turn down such a regal invite?

2. Old Smock Windmill, Kent. £180 a night

Make your way up a winding oak staircase to enter this stunning restored British Mill.

Touted as “a romantic place for couples”, the four-storey Old Smock is an architect’s dream, with beautiful beams running across its ceilings, copper bathroom details, and a giant iron spur wheel and sack hoist preserved in the heart of the building.

Wake from your French king size bed, enjoy a luxurious wet room shower (with under floor heating) and there’s something to satisfy your needs rain or shine: summer can be spent sunbathing on the balcony steamer chairs, or at the nearby Chapel Down Vineyards, while a winter days are best in a cosy pub – or one of the close Michelin starred restaurants.

3. Tree Sparrow House, Cornwall. £110 a night

One of Airbnb’s 1,400 treehouses, this treetop cabin is propped within an ash tree, and has views across both sparkly Falmouth Bay and the green fields and orchards of Tregaminion.

If you have vertigo, fear not. It’s actually only suspended 2 metres off the ground, and accessed by a quaint wooden staircase.

As with any good Cornish retreat, you’re just minutes from a sandy beach of (Porthallow, to be specific) – or the more adventurous can seek out coastal walks, sailing, surfing, cycling, golf, diving and horse riding.

At the end of an active day, who doesn’t want to be soothed to sleep by the rustling of leaves and the wash of the waves?

4. Classical apartment on Royal Mile, Edinburgh. £124 a night

It doesn’t get classier than the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. And this swish apartment, on the fourth floor of an 18th Century tenement, is perfect for those in search of a smart chic citybreak.

Its full-height Georgian sash windows boasts views over the historic Royal Mile, while interiors are decked out with floor to ceiling books, and a eclectic mix of family portraits, antiques and art.

Culture vultures will enjoy wandering over to Edinburgh castle, the National Gallery, and the National Museum of Scotland, before a heritage whiskey in front of the hearth, and a restorative sleep in the apartments carved oak ‘bedbox chamber’ (hidden behind its own panelled door).

Guests should be prepared for a workout – there are 76 steps in the spiral staircase that lead to the front door.

5. The Gatehouse to Ayton Castle, Eyemouth. £102 a night

Want a castle, but don’t want to go the whole hog? This ‘mini-castle’ could be your knight in shining armour.

Sitting on the entrance to Ayton Castle, and built out of the same iconic pink sandstone, The Gatehouse is a less hauty historic getaway.

A lovely log burner decorates the cosy sitting room, while the bedroom lies above the gates grand arch, accessible via a romantic stone spiral staircase.

Visitors can explore Ayton, its pub and village shop, and just a short drive away is a dramatic coastline complete with unspoilt sands.

Which Airbnb gets your vote?

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