10 unique places to stay in North Wales

10 unique places to stay in North Wales

There are so many incredible hotels in North Wales but if you’re looking for something a bit different, I’ve found 10 unique places to stay in North Wales. These unique holiday homes are all available on Airbnb and will guarantee an unforgettable holiday. These places all have a glamping, rustic and outdoorsy vibe so it’s not 5* luxury but it is pretty cool!

I love staying in places like this, especially when I’m travelling with my kids. They love the excitement of an adventurous place to stay and they’re much more likely to remember it compared to a standard hotel.

So if you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, keep reading to find 10 unique places to stay in North Wales…

These places are all bookable via Airbnb. If you’re new to Airbnb you can get £25 credit using this link –

10 unique places to stay in North Wales


The Boatel

The Boatel - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

Is it a boat? Is it a hotel? It’s both…and it’s neither! The Boatel, located in the Dyfi Valley Biosphere, is run by Airbnb superhost Sarah and her husband Alex. The accommodation is a boat in a field, that’s been converted into a bedroom of sorts. Next to it is a shed with a boat as its roof, which serves as a communal kitchenette and common area.

It’s not fancy – guests are warned that it’s little more than camping under a wooden roof, but it’s no ordinary camping experience. The shed won the Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year award in 2013, and judging by its mostly 5-star guest reviews, it remains an award-worthy place to stay!


The Lakeside Cabin

Small cabin beside a lake in the wilderness - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

If it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for, it doesn’t get much more tranquil than superhost Claire’s lakeside cabin.

Set on the shore of Trawsfynydd Lake in Snowdonia, this cabin boasts incredible views in a cosy setting. The facilities are basic – guests can rent or bring their own sleeping bags, and there are no beds, just sleeping mats around a wood-burning stove – but the location is as spectacular as you’ll ever find.

Outside, there’s a fire with wooden seats so you can finish your day of exploring the right way. The shower block and kitchen are a communal affair, but they’re clean and comfortable, so it’s definitely a more luxurious affair than ordinary camping!


The Gypsy Caravan

Colourful gypsy style caravan - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

Small but perfectly formed, Mike’s colourful caravan is located in a secluded paddock near the owner’s house. There’s a bell tent on site, too, and guests of both accommodation options share the use of a shower and toilet on the property.

The caravan itself offers everything you need from a weekend exploring Snowdonia: a kitchen, beds, a wood burning stove and, most importantly, outdoor seating for enjoying the spectacular views and fresh mountain air.


The Fairy House

Wooden hut with grass roof in the Welsh wilderness - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

This handmade wooden yurt (nicknamed the ‘fairy house’) is the perfect place to get away and have an ‘almost wild’ experience, albeit with a bed and solid roof over your head.

Set in a meadow, the grass-roofed yurt is surrounded by woodlands, a lake you can swim in, a veggie patch you can pick your dinner from…and even a USB charging point in case you don’t want to completely disconnect!


The Mongolian Yurt

Yurt with blue painted doors - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

Set on 30 acres of land in the Dyfi Valley, Annie’s Mongolian yurt is an incredible sustainable getaway in an incredible location.

The smallholding it’s based on is home to farmyard animals and cats, and is close to the town of Machynlleth, which has shops and restaurants where you can stock up on supplies. The yurt itself, with hand-painted wooden doors, is well-equipped, with a kitchenette, a wood-burning stove, and a toilet just next door.

To really make the most of your stay, book a mindfulness meditation session for just £25.


The Train Carriage

Old train guard's carriage in the snow - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

This restored guard’s wagon offers a unique Airbnb experience tucked along the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park.

Staying here means living off-grid – the property uses its own fresh water supply, and has a self-contained hydro electricity system. It’s a truly eco-friendly and sustainable getaway!

The carriage itself is small and comfortable, with a bed, sofa and kitchenette, and the hosts are always available to help you find the best things to see and do in the area.


The Pigsty

Converted stone pigsty - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

Were you ever, as a child, accused of living in a pigsty? Well now, you can enjoy a moment of adult smugness by actually staying in a pigsty – albeit a much more pleasant one than your parents may have been referring to!

This converted pigsty in Sarnu, Wales, comes with all of the bells and whistles: under-floor heating, a sauna, a projector for movie nights, a private lake for swimming, and even a sunken trampoline.

The space is small, and you need to climb a ladder to get into bed, but it’s the perfect bolthole in which to escape with someone special for a weekend.


The Shepherd’s Hut

Shepherds huts with deck chairs outside - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

One of the key features of Delyth’s shepherd’s huts is that they don’t have charging points – so disconnecting is compulsory.

There are two huts that make up this accommodation, one where guests sleep in a comfy double bed next to a warming wood burner, and another where the kitchen and shower are located. Set in the countryside, guests can relax outside by the BBQ with a bottle of local wine and watch the sun set over the fields that seem to stretch for ever.

Delyth provides a welcome pack which includes eggs and some local treats to enjoy during your stay.


The Hobbit House

Wooden cosy interior of Hobbit hut - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

Have you always wanted to go to Hobbiton, but don’t want to go all the way to New Zealand? This isn’t officially where the Hobbits come from, but it’s a close second: a round hut with a grass roof, made of all natural materials, and tucked away in 40 acres of Welsh woodland.

The hut has everything you need, including a gas hob, running water, and a comfy bed. There’s a compost toilet nearby, and a shower and regular toilet inside the farmhouse, so you’re never far from mod cons, while still being able to sample living off grid, the way a true Hobbit would!


The Bell Tent

Interior of bell tent, looking out to green fields - 10 Unique Airbnbs in North Wales

Love the great outdoors, but not sure about camping?

Wales is the perfect destination for a bit of glamping – camping’s glamorous cousin – and there’s no better place to try it than in Andrea’s luxury bell tents.

Located in Snowdonia National Park, on 50 acres of lush farmland, the bell tents offer warm and comfortable beds, a BBQ area, a shared jacuzzi and kitchen facilities, and all with easy access to some of Snowdonia’s best adventure activities.


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Glamping with Wonderfully Wild safari tents in Anglesey

Staying in a tree house <- Still one of my all-time favourite experiences!

Staying in Portmeirion, an Italian style village in Wales

Glamping in Swansea Bay in a Shepherd’s Hut

Staying in a Bath Tower on the town walls of Caernarfon

Camping in the forest in Beddgelert

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • July 16, 2018

    These places look perfect! I’d love a North Wales retreat right now

    Jenny |

  • July 18, 2018

    These are so cute!!

  • Jenni
    July 19, 2018

    Wow! what a lovely place, Superb. I like that The Gypsy Caravan so much.

  • July 25, 2018

    Aw I love North Wales and love places like this, as a small space designer its great to see people being creative with free space available to them especially when it gives people the opportunity to have a holiday with a twist. I have converted two unique loft apartments that I host on air b n b, Im not blessed with the North Wales beauty here it Sheffield however, keep up the good work and hope you win the award!


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