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The best Airbnbs in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall

Book a sunny summer holiday in one of these stunning South West gems

By Rose Johnstone
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Summer is fast approaching – and not just any summer. Post-lockdown summer. Arguably, we've never been more deserving of a holiday; and for maximum sunshine, plus sandy beaches, green countryside and tasty seafood, the South West is best. For a stay that's a little left-field, Airbnb offers everything from luxe treehouses to romantic cottages with hot tubs – plus family homes that will make for unforgettable stays. Here, we've put together a handy list of 15 Airbnbs in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. 

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A secluded treehouse

Where is it: Penzance, Cornwall
Nestled in a valley a few minutes' drive from Penzance, this architecturally designed space offers sweeping views over the countryside. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a large living area make this light-filled sanctuary perfect for a couple's getaway – or for a solo trip to really reconnect with nature. 

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A romantic riverside barn

Where is it: Warleggan River, Cornwall
You've got a whole 14 acres to yourself on this leafy property – and it's the perfect base for exploring the Cornish walking trails, beaches and the cute local village. That said, it's so cosy inside the recently converted stone barn (under-floor heating!) that you might want to simply chill out and enjoy the views over the Glynn valley.

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A contemporary refurbished barn

Where is it: Wells, Somerset
While it's only a four-minute drive from the town of Wells, you'll feel like you're in a luxurious world of your own here in this split-level hideaway for two. A huge drawcard is the hot tub on the huge slate patio, with a TV on a swivel which allows you to watch it while you're soaking. Inside, there's a full modern kitchen, underfloor heating and a master bedroom with king size bed.

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A converted shipping container in a meadow

Where is it: Poltimore, Devon
Known as the Huxham Hideaway, this luxury shipping container offers everything you need to make the most of your time amongst the rolling Devon countryside. There's the large patio overlooking the hills, the log burner, the handmade reading chair and a TV, wifi and full kitchen.

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An underground bothy with two wagon rooms

Where is it: Marhamchurch, Cornwall
Take a closer look at that photo: you'll be staying in not one of those vintage showman's wagons, but both of them; plus the adorable seventeenth century underground bothy. Together, the home is called Tinker, with each section connected by a secret passageway. The wagons are fully built into the passageway, with one serving as the bedroom and the other the bathroom, all furnished with quirky interiors. Outside, you'll find your private hot tub on a wooden deck, plus fire pit and sunbeds that look out to the sea. What more could you ask for?

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A seaside cottage

Where is it: Weston super Mare, Somerset
It's not surprising that this newly converted eighteenth century stable building has been voted in Airbnb's top ten most wish-listed homes during lockdown – it's gorgeous. The hot tub and fairy-lit garden are obvious highlights; but then there's also its king size bed, cosy lounge room, and proximity to the sea and the restaurants of the town centre.

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A luxury woodland lodge

Where is it: Abbots Leigh, Bristol
Who says you can't have it all? While it's not far from the centre of Bristol, this two-bedroom lodge in nearby Leigh Woods will cocoon you in your own woodland paradise. The views on the terrace are unbeatable, and there's even a walk-in rain shower in the bathroom that looks out into the trees. With a king-size sleigh bed and twin single beds, it makes for a great family option or a cute couple's getaway.

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A cottage by a lighthouse

Where is it: Trevose Head Lighthouse, Cornwall
No, you're not staying inside the lighthouse – you'll be more comfortable in adjoining Brook Cottage, sheltered beneath a headland and looking over the sea. The space sleeps four guests, with a full kitchen, TV and communal garden. It's right by the South West Coast Path, making it perfect for exploring the dramatic Cornish coast; and is also near the cute fishing village of Padstow.

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A penthouse apartment with sea views

Where is it: Dartmouth, Devon
If you're looking for the quintessential charming seaside escape, then pretty Dartmouth – with its secluded bays, coastal paths, nostalgic treats and cute art and craft shops – is a great choice. Wake up to perfect views of the town at this open-plan top floor flat, which features double bifold doors and a sunny balcony. It's equipped with a fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi and a smart TV, plus a marble bathroom with large bath.

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A cottage in the countryside

Where is it: Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Perfect for a family or friends countryside escape, this annexe to a Grade 2 listed seventeenth century farmhouse overlooks an orchard and tennis court, which is available for you to use if you check in with the hosts first. Large French windows open out into your private garden, and the home is furnished with modern appliances, large living area and two generous bedrooms. 

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A safari tent in an orchard

Where is it: Washford, Somerset
Keen on the idea of full nature immersion, but can't quite bring yourself to go camping? This safari tent, located within Torre Cider Farm, is just the ticket. There's a main tent, plus an adjoining tent for children, with a toilet, shower and compact kitchen. The interiors are far from your flimsy festival tent; we're talking gorgeous woodwork carved by a local artist. The orchard itself offers stunning views over the Exmoor National Dark Skies Park, with close proximity to the Farmhouse Kitchen and children's playground.

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A peaceful cottage near a national park

Where is it: Ideford, Devon
Nothing says 'romance' like an immense copper bath next to a super king-sized four-poster bed, which overlooks green countryside. This huge master bedroom is on the second floor of this cottage; downstairs, you'll find a fully fitted kitchen, open plan dining and sitting room and woodburner for extra cosiness. Outside, two acres of countryside are at your disposal.

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A historic family home on a farm

Where is it: Devon
You'd be forgiven for parading around like the lord or lady of the manor at this grand country house in Devon – it really is the stuff of period dramas. Not only does this farmhouse feature a croquet lawn and terrace, but it also has a massive Aga stove, heated floors, long rustic table for dinners with family and friends and the ability to sleep ten guests in five bedrooms. 

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A beachside home

Where is it: Portreath, Cornwall
It's all about making the most of the jaw-dropping view at this newly built house. Open up the windows in the living room and bedrooms and take it all in, and sip a glass of wine on the deck as you watch the sun set over Portreath beach. The three-bedroom home is also located close to top-notch cafés and pubs.

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A terrace house right on the beach

Where is it: Exmouth, Devon
With a back garden leading directly onto the beach, you can't get closer to the water than at this recently renovated terrace house. This relaxed, bright and spacious home can accommodate ten guests, with a terrace perfect for summer barbecues.

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