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Thursday's the new Friday, staying in is the new going out, and staycations are the new adventure holiday. That’s what we've heard, anyway. What we DO know, however, is staying in the U.K. for vacation is more eco-conscious, you won’t have to deal with airline delays or jet lag, and — best of all — it’s far more affordable, thanks in part to rental sites like Airbnb. And, just because you're not en route to milk the llamas of Lake Titicaca or off to make nice with orangutans in Borneo, there's no reason why your trip shouldn't be every bit as exciting as if you were travelling abroad.
We've pulled together 12 of the most unexpected, unique, and original U.K. Airbnb rentals, from a rustic loft in Battersea to a real-life Scottish castle fit for royalty. So, pack your bags, forget your passport, and plan your much-need vacation already.