11 Breathtaking "Grand Designs" Homes You Can Actually Stay In
Unfortunately Kevin won't be there.
1. The Water Tower, London (Series 12, Episode 5)
This 150-year-old nine-storey water tower in Kennington, London, has one room available for rent, on the seventh floor. Guests have use of the sixth-floor bathroom, the house gym, and the impressive top-floor Tank, which offers a 360-degree view of London over breakfast.
Price: £175 per night, 2 nights minimum.
2. Dairy Cottage, New Forest (Series 7, Episode 2)
Dairy Cottage is a 17th-century thatched cottage lovingly rebuilt by owners Alex and Cheryl Reay after a devastating fire. The property includes an annex, which is available as luxury boutique accommodation. The annex features a large master bedroom, a twin/double bedroom, a bathroom, a wetroom, a living room with wood-burning stove, a kitchen, and garden access.
Prices: £945–1495 per week.
3. The Apprentice Store, Bath (Series 9, Episode 1)
The Apprentice Store features an open-plan living space with access to fields and woodland and is only a mile from Bath city centre. The house sleeps eight, and guests have access to the whole property and grounds.
Price: £280 per night, 4 nights minimum.
4. The Rockhouse Retreat, Worcestershire (Series 15, Episode 4)
A luxury cave house hand-sculpted from a Triassic sandstone escarpment near Wyre Forest, this building is set in three private acres of woodland, offering total seclusion. The entire property is available to rent, with one bedroom, full kitchen, oasis shower with under-floor heating, woodstoves, its own water supply, and Wi-Fi.
Price: £195 per night, 7 nights minimum.
5. Peel Castle, Skipton (Series 7, Episode 1)
An award-winning 14th-century castle with five luxury boutique bedrooms set among the idyllic scenery of the Yorkshire Dale, Peel Castle was such a big project it required two episodes of Grand Designs to fit it in. Book a stay quick before the owners retire in July 2016.
Price: £170–£230 per night, 2 nights minimum at weekends.
6. Castello di Brancialino, Tuscany, Italy (Grand Designs Abroad, Episode 6)
A stunning 12th-century castle in the Tuscan countryside, Castello di Brancialino boasts five double bedrooms, three baths, and a pool. There is also a separate tower apartment, Torre di Brancialino, that sleeps two, making it ideal for a romantic getaway.
Price: For the whole castle, minimum 3 nights £2,300, or 6 nights £3,500. The tower is £50 per night, with a 3-night minimum.
7. Dome House, Lake District (Series 10, Episode 8)
The Dome House is tucked into the hillside on the shores of Lake Windermere, and offers breathtaking views of the scenery from any of the four suites. The property is self-catering and can be rented wholly or by the suite. It sleeps up to 10 adults and four children, and boasts an indoor pool, a sauna, and a hot tub.
Price: From £2,435 for 7 nights, and 3- and 4-night stays are also available.
8. Brittany Groundhouse, France (Series 9, Episode 5)
A modern three-bed passive eco home in the middle of rural Brittany that sleeps up to six adults. Each of the bedrooms feature glazed tri-folding full-height windows overlooking an organic garden. Available year-round, and child-friendly.
Price: From £600–£1,000 per week, depending on season.
9. Chez Jallot, Creuse, France (Grand Designs Abroad, Episode 4)
A huge property painstakingly restored by original owners Deni and Doug, Chez Jallot features five double suites and two self-catering gîtes. After 12 years running the B&B, Deni and Doug are retiring (to a small property nearby) and new owners Peter and Jenny will be taking over from 2016.
Price: £55–£100 per night b&b, £265–£430 per week for self-catering gîtes.
10. Masseria Impisi, Puglia, Italy (Grand Designs Abroad, Episode 3)
Set in ancient olive groves, Masseria Impisi boasts five twin and double en-suite rooms and a limestone pool. The site hosts an artists' retreat, Il Collegio, run by owners David and Leonie, with group packages available. Rooms are also available individually for self-catered breaks.
Prices: £580–£1150 per week, depending on season and group size.
11. Ferme De Moudon, Les Gets, France (Grand Designs Abroad, Episode 7)
This 350-square-metre luxury chalet in the French Alps sleeps 10, with five double bedrooms, an outdoor hot tub, a sauna, and three permanent staff. Secluded and private, the entire property is available year-round and features breathtaking views across the valley and unparalleled comfort. It's really, really, ridiculously beautiful.
Price: From £12,000 to £39,950 per week, depending on the season.