Keeping It Local: Brits’ Most Wish Listed Homes on Airbnb in Lockdown

  • Unique spaces and homes in rural locations across England make up the list, as Brits look closer to home for future travel inspiration 
  • 2020 list is entirely different to the most wish listed homes in 2019, with attention shifting from beachfront Brazilian villas to converted shipping containers in Exeter 
  • 70% of this year’s list is made up of lodges, cabins and glamping accommodation

Today, Airbnb reveals the top ten most wish listed homes by Brits since lockdown began on 23 March; a list composed entirely of UK destinations, as Brits dream of staying local in unique, rural spaces. 

While travelling beyond a day trip is still not permitted – listings that are visible on the platform will not be bookable for UK stays that take place on or before 3 July 2020 – it seems that Brits have not let this dampen their wanderlust, as they are seeking out options closer to home for once it is safe for travel to return.

The Airbnb data shows that, while the most wish listed homes in 2019 were flung far across the globe, this year Brits are anticipating holidays closer to home and are inspired by the incredible homes and places on their native shores. In 2019, Grecian cave houses and an oceanfront villas in Brazil led the top 10**. This year, the list is composed entirely of English boltholes, from a forest lodge in Stoke on Trent, to an oak cabin in Hemel Hempstead and a windmill in Kent*. 

Photo credit: Steven Koch

Superhost Lilli who hosts the oak cabin that ranks at #2 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.

The list also reveals that Brits are looking at rustic stays in idyllic settings surrounded by nature, with 70% of the list made up of lodges, cabins and glamping options, such as this off-grid geodesic dome that offers guests a “back to basics” experience. 

Here are the top ten most wish listed homes for Brits on Airbnb in lockdown:

1. Alton forest lodge, Stoke on Trent, UK

2. Romantic oak cabin, Hemel Hempstead, UK

3. Secluded countryside lodge, Maidstone, UK

4. Unique glamping experience, Sutton, UK

5. Unique luxury cabin, Hereford, UK

6. Converted shipping container in a private meadow, Poltimore, UK

7. Private seaside retreat, Weston super Mare, UK

8. Old smock windmill, Beneden, UK

9. Beachfront house, Cleveleys, UK

10. Off-grid geodesic dome, Northumberland, UK

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*According to Airbnb data on most wish listed homes by British users between 23 March 2020 – 8 June 2020. Guest origin is self reported. 

**According to Airbnb data on most wish listed homes by British users between 23 March 2019 – 8 June 2019. Guest origin is self reported.