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A guide to some of the UK's most unique staycation destinations to book this summer!

With lockdown planning to ease around the UK, many of us are now in an anticipatory limbo space with new freedoms just around the corner. With staycations across the country booking up fast, here are some top picks and hidden gems from the Culture Calling team… Time to use up that accrued holiday leave if you have still have it!

1 Kudhva in Cornwall – book here

Escape to Kudhva for your staycation this year. Image via Kudhva
If you are the adventuristic type, Kudhva could be the perfect fit for you. Set in a disused yet regenerated quarry in North Cornwall with close proximity to the sea wild nature all around you. Kudhva offers several options in terms of accommodation including the Danish Cabin (pictured above), tree tents, shanti tipis and Kudhva (cover photo) depending on your budget and the level of desired luxury.  Make sure to go for the wood fired hot tub for £25 (one hour session).
Note: if visiting after 17th May, visit the nearby Eden Project which is a 43 minute drive away.
Book here
Where? Kudhva, Sanding Road, Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HH.

2 Bluestone National Park Wales – link here  

Camp Smokey. Photography via Facebook
Continuing with the nature theme (possibly the perfect antidote to lockdown?) we have picked the Welsh Bluestone National Park Resort. One of our favourite parts of the resort is Camp Smokey (a rustic wooden eco-friendly diner) which is set in a lush green valley. The total Pembrokeshire site covers 500 acres which is known for fantastic beaches but there is more than enough to do on site if you want to keep it simple. 
Book here
Where? Canaston Wood, The Grange, Narberth SA67 8DE


3 Airbnb’s The Stables & Hayloft – link here

Stunning elm floorboards. A great Staycation starts here. Image via Airbnb.
Airbnb is home to some of the best destinations in the UK right now. From city hideouts to treehouses and cottages; options are endless. One tempting route would be to go with a barn conversion surrounded by luscious farmland such The Stables & Hayloft. Overlooking Hop Kilns gardens (farm buildings for drying hops needed for beer) and the wider Herefordshire countryside, this barn is an ideal place to slow down your pace of living and appreciate the small things (though not the bed, which is super king size). 
Should you want it, Netflix is indeed included!
Where? Ledbury, England. 
Book here

4 Airbnb’s Relaxing Hideaway – link here

Looks great doesn’t it? Spot the dog. Photography via Airbnb.
 If a rural enchanting cottage is more you thing then this Relaxing Hideaway Cottage in Somerset might be just the place. Looking like a setting Richard Curtis would build a plot around, this Somerset cottage has all the amenities you need; local groceries in the fridge, nearby pubs and countless country walks. Idyllic.
Where? Somerset, England.

5 Stay on Jessie, the narrowboat – link here

Narrowboat Jessie’s simple interiors. Image here.
For those based in London there could be value in looking closer to home. Why not consider staying on a narrowboat such as one named Jessie (4.90/ 5 rating) which is nestled in the ever beautiful Little Venice. Surrounded by canals and greenery – this lovely neighbourhood is situated close to both Camden Town and ZLS London Zoo.
Where? Little Venice, London.
Book here