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These are the UK’s most lusted-after Airbnbs for 2021

Prepare for serious staycation envy: Airbnb has revealed its most wish-listed UK properties

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Alexandra Sims
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After a gloomy winter spent in lockdown, we (and everyone else) are dreaming of holidays. In the heady days before the word ‘lockdown’ had even passed our lips, we’d think nothing of jetting off for a European city break or heading on far-flung adventures abroad. But fast-forward a year, and, thanks to the risks and restrictions of travelling overseas this year, it seems we’ve set our sights closer to home.

Airbnb has released its list of the Airbnbs that most UK travellers have added to their wish-lists for 2021. In previous years, the number one slot has gone to a sun-soaked Grecian cave or a Swiss Family Robinson-style treehouse in the Balian jungle. But in 2021? The most lusted-after getaway is, er, ‘The Pigsty’ in Winchester.

In fact, unlike most years, all the homes most frequently bookmarked by British travellers are in the UK – with tucked-away rural retreats dominating the list.

As a quick reminder, under the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, overnight stays will be allowed in England from April 12. That’s when self-catered accommodation including Airbnbs will be allowed to start operating again. Travel rules within Scotland will lift on April 26, with travellers from elsewhere allowed to visit soon after. In Wales, self-catering stays are due to open up by Easter, with travel from outside the country allowed soon after.

So it’s not long until your wish-list can turn into reality. But you’d better get booking…

Here’s the full list of the UK’s most ‘wish-listed’ properties for 2021:

A luxury ‘Pigsty’ in Winchester

Airbnb Pigsty
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A secluded farm stay with countryside views in Pembrokeshire

Airbnb The Willow
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A luxe cabin hidden in the Gwent hills

Airbnb
Photograph: Airbnb

A cosy pond-side cabin in Abergele

Wern Bach Farm
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A traditional log cabin in Kent

Airbnb traditional log cabin
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An off-the-grid woodland treehouse in West Sussex

Airbnb
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A converted 1945 boat hidden away in the Sutton forests

Airbnb glamping hut
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A glam barn conversion in the heart of the beautiful South Downs National Park

The Old Bakery Airbnb
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A shabby-chic beach shack on the Cumbrian coast

Airbnb Lake District beach cabin
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A space-age airship in the Sussex countryside

Airbnb space ship
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A cute Scandi-style cabin in the Lake District

Airbnb The Den
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A snug lodge in the grounds of a traditional stone-built Sussex farmhouse

Airbnb The Lodge
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A turreted treehouse in an East Sussex forest canopy

Airbnb
Photograph: Airbnb

A swish lodge in the North Norfolk woodland

Airbnb
Photograph: Airbnb

A ‘cottagecore’ fantasy in the Lake District 

Airbnb
Photograph: Airbnb

When can we travel again? Here’s what we know so far.

Here are 13 UK breaks we’ll book as soon as lockdown lifts.

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