Inside Airbnb's top five most popular homes of the year

The staycation has not lost its appeal - Airbnb's most sought after properties are all in the UK

Most popular Airbnb’s in the UK, view from the Pond and Stars cabin in Wales
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Airbnb has revealed their most popular homes of the year, and the results may surprise you. 

All 21 of their wish-listed properties by Brits are situated in the UK - breaking conventions from previous years when winners included a cave in Santorini and a treehouse in Bali. However, after the most disruptive year in the travel industry's history, Airbnb has emphasized the evident desire to embrace escapism in the UK. 

The Pigsty, a luxury woodland hideaway near Winchester, has taken the crown as the most admired property of the year, followed closely by The Willow cabin in Pembrokeshire and the Twmbarlwm Luxury Retreat in Wales. 

The 21 properties are oozing with rural charisma and exquisite home decor, that offers travelers an organic escape, away from the everyday hustle. You can explore the top five homes below. 

Exterior of The Pigsty, the most popular Airbnb in the UK

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1. The Pigsty, Winchester 

Hidden amongst Winchester's woodland, you will discover the most popular property in the UK, The Pigsty.

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Bath tub in bathroom of The Pigsty, the most popular Airbnb

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The property is a wooden shrine to rustic luxury - complete with a free-standing tub and an open-plan living space. The cabin is overflowing with an abundance of art, blankets, and champagne, naturally.

Living space in The Pigsty, the most popular home on Airbnb

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Guests at The Pigsty can also enjoy a morning coffee with fresh beans that have been roasted on the farm, just in case you didn't love this place enough already. 

2. The Willow, Pembroke  

The Willow, one of Airbnb's most popular properties

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The next farm stay, and the second most in-demand property of the year, The Willow, epitomizes rich countryside charm - offering a stylish retreat amid a verdant kingdom. 

The minimalist interiors showcase every inch of this tiny haven; however, the pièce de résistance of The Willow is found on the large decked area, which boasts a hot tub and large garden.  

Living room in The Willow, one of Airbnb's most popular properties

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The Willow is only three miles from the beaches of Broad Haven and Barafundle Bay, so it is unsurprising why the property is in such high demand.  

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3. Twmbarlwm Luxury Retreat, Gwent  

Living room in Twmbarlwm Luxury Retreat, one of Airbnb's most popular properties

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Designed to slot discreetly into the Risca hills, this architectural jewel offers a serene space away from the rest of the world.  

What do we love most about this property? We adore how this cabin's chic decor is a stark contrast to the surrounding rural landscape, which allows you to fall back in time whilst indulging in a modern open-plan paradise.

Interior of Twmbarlwm Luxury Retreat

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The home exterior is no less impressive, as guests can unwind on the balcony or enjoy the crisp Welsh mountain air from the warmth of the hot tub.

4. The Pond and Stars Cabin, Abergele 

View of decking from the The Pond and Stars Cabin, one of Airbnb's most popular homes

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The aptly named Pond and Stars Cabin showcases both the pond and the stars once dusk falls over Abergele. While many guests may have fallen for the '70s inspired decor in this cacti-filled trove, the home's most attractive asset is the porch swing, where you can admire Abergele's natural assets.

Bedroom in The Pond and Stars Cabin, one of the most popular Airbnb’s in the UK

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The property is only a short drive from Snowdonia, so if you're looking for the most stylish base camp in the country, you've found it in The Pond and Stars Cabin.

5.Traditional Log Cabin, Kent 

Exterior of the traditional Log Cabin on Airbnb

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Just because something is traditional, it doesn't mean you need to compromise style, and this is certainly the case in the Traditional Log Cabin in Lamberhurst village, Kent. 

The home is situated amid a working farm on the fringe of a lake, meaning this cozy sanctuary is entirely secluded from anyone and everyone, wildlife aside. 

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Bedroom in Traditional Log Cabin

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The lake is best enjoyed for a private decking area; however, these wooden tones continue through the living space, bedroom, and bathroom, which are paved with rustic wood panels that mirror the exterior's charm. 

If we weren't already counting down the hours until the end of restrictions, we certainly are now. Whoever gets to any of these places first, save us some coffee, please

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.