With January underway, and many making their travel plans for the year ahead, Airbnb has uncovered a trend in ‘off-grid’ stays – witnessing a 98.7% growth in searches made for off-grid homes in the UK – comparing Jan 2023 vs Jan 2022.
With ‘slow living’ on TikTok seeing people embrace a slower pace of life and prioritising regular rest breaks (so far amassing over 1.4B views), there is a clear desire to put a higher emphasis on physical and mental wellbeing in 2024.
So, to help put ‘slow living’ and those all-important work/life balance goals into practice, Airbnb has rounded up 10 of the most wishlisted ‘reset stays’ to book this January – featured within Airbnb’s ‘off-the-grid’ category – perfect for slowing down the pace of life, getting a proper night’s sleep, and recouping your energy.
Amanda Cupples, General Manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “From hidden tree houses nestled within Sussex’s stunning countryside, to off-grid cabins in Scotland, Airbnb provides guests with many different types of accommodation to choose from when it comes to getting in some rest and reset time. After navigating the challenges of the pandemic and feeling the need to be busier than ever, it’s no surprise that in 2024 we are yearning for a slower pace of life and making time for ourselves. Plotting dedicated time to recalibrate away from life’s day-to-day distractions and hustle and bustle is particularly important in the New Year and our Hosts have opened up their doors, with options to suit every traveller’s taste and budget.”
Top 10 ‘reset stays’ on Airbnb for the perfect UK wellness getaway this January1
Situated amongst the boulders at the top of Eagle Tor, this cabin is set in over a dozen acres of beautiful nature and offers guests a wood-fired hot tub overlooking the valley, plus 180 degree views from the bedroom and a glass roof for stargazing. The space also includes an outdoor kitchen and dining area, featuring a firepit to kick back, relax and toast some marshmallows whilst taking in the stunning scenery.
Set amongst the woods and overlooking the southeastern coast of England, this shepherd’s hut-inspired haven offers a comfortable living space, fully-equipped kitchenette, a wet room and upstairs double bedroom. The hut is a stone’s throw from the historic town of Rye, which offers sights including the Church Tower and its many shops and eateries.
Located within a private forest that overlooks the Feland countryside, this converted 1945 boat hut consists of a double bedroom, accompanied by an adjoining boat shack with an eclectic industrial-style kitchen and bathroom. The local village is just a 5-minute drive (or 30-minute walk if you’re looking to explore), whilst the towns of Ely and Camrbidge are just a short drive away and offer independent boutiques, local farmer’s markets, galleries and theatres.
Set on a farm, this beautiful rustic Shepherd’s hut and accompanying hot tub is located in its own little paddock on the edge of the Orchard, overlooking a field of horses and alpacas.
Situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hoots Treehouse is a picture-perfect, luxurious treehouse clad in aromatic cedar wood. The space is furnished and has its own dedicated parking area just 50 metres from the treehouse, with plenty of beautiful walks and access to a deer park on your doorstep.
Set on a working farm with fantastic views of the Campsie, Fintry and Trossachs hills, this cosy off-grid cabin is ideal for guests who want to experience something a little different. Guests can enjoy panoramic views from the outdoor seating area or retreat inside to the conservatory to fall asleep gazing at the stars through the loft skylight.
This secluded retreat comes complete with a BBQ area, fire pit and stunning views of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The space is just a 20-minute walk away from the pretty village of Lealholm, which boasts many amenities including a pub, shop, garden centre and tea rooms.
This lovingly hand-crafted shepherd’s hut hosts a king-sized bed, kitchen area and everything else you’ll need for your stay. The space’s full-length window overlooks picturesque views of the glorious undisturbed countryside, and the nearby coastline. Located ideally to explore Carmarthenshire’s many attractions, including beaches, castles and an old market town.
Nestle in three acres of secluded Welsh woodland and meadow, The Otters Holt is a charming, hand-crafted oak frame with an abundance of nature on its doorstep. Completely off-grid, with solar power and natural springs, the space is just one mile outside of Brecon town, and the Brecon Beacons right on its doorstep.
Tucked away in Oxfordshire countryside, the Retreat is situated within a secluded and idyllic south-facing meadow. Guests are invited to lounge in the private area and cosy up by the log-burner, as well as soaking in the hot tub whilst gazing up at the stars.
For guests who are yet to finalise 2024 travel plans and need help finding the cream of the crop, Airbnb has launched Guest Favourites, a collection of the 2 million most-loved homes on Airbnb based on ratings, reviews, and reliability. Head to Airbnb to explore the Guest Favourites filter further when planning your next trip.