2020 is the year of the staycation, so why not see whether your favourite Grand Designs TV self-builds here in the UK have availability for a getaway? 

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Image: The Apprentice Store, Bath. Photo: Thomas Stewart

It's one thing watching an amazing build come to life on the TV, but there's a certain thrill that comes with spotting a Grand Designs in real life. 

Why not go one step further and book a stay in one of these unique homes as seen on the programme? 

We've uncovered 9 Grand Designs properties that are either taking bookings for 2020 or are best bookmarked for post-pandemic holidaying, alongside compiling the episodes for essential viewing before packing your bags.  

Dome House, Lake District 

the exterior of the dome house at lake windermere in lake district from grand designs channel 4 series10 ep 8

Image: Jefferson Smith

Located in the hills of bowness, overlooking Lake Windermere, Dome House in the Lake District is an idyllic rural retreat. 

After completing the build in 2011, with the help of an anonymous donor, Grand Designer Robert and his family later  decided to sell the home in 2016, to move to London. The home has since been converted into a luxury hotel. 

You can book to stay at the Dome Lake House via Booking.com

Watch the episode: Lake District, 2010 

Peckham House, London 

grand designs tv house in peckham from 2005 series

Image: Edina Van Der Wyck 

13 years ago, Monty Ravenscroft and his partner Claire, built their dream home in the bustling Peckham area of London.

With savvy space-saving features, a retractable roof in the main living space and a spa bath in the master suite, you can rent the entire house on your next London visit. 

You can book to stay at the Peckham House via Airbnb.

Watch the episode: Peckham, 2005

Dingle Dell, East Devon 

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Image: Mark Bolton

Kevin McCabe's eco Cobhouse in East Devon was a labour of love, which was only completed on a Revisited episode of Grand Designs.

While you can't stay in the main house, you can rent the annexe of Dingle Dell and stay in one of the most iconic Grand Designs of all time. 

You can book to stay in the Dingle Dell annexe via Airbnb. 

Watch the episode: East Devon, 2013

Timber Cottage, North Cornwall 

TV House North Cornwall Timber Cottage - grand designs 2014

Image: Paul Ryan-Gof

Gregory Kewish and Rebecca Sturrock built this beautiful cross-laminated timber home on the grounds of Rebecca's parents' land to house their growing family. Now you can rent the cottage to stay in this picturesque part of the country. 

You can book to stay at this Timber Cottage via Airbnb

Watch the episode: North Cornwall, 2014

The Dairy Cottage, New Forest

Exterior of the dairy cottage in the new forest featured on grand designs on channel 4 series 7 ep 2

Image: Sean Myers

Located at the edge of the New Forest, this quaint dairy cottage makes for a special place to stay. After being devastated by fire in 2003, Cheryl and Alex Reay lovingly restored it to its former glory on Series 3 of Grand Designs.

You can rent The Dairy Cottage via its website. 

Watch the episode: Hampshire Revisited, 2009

The Apprentice Store, Bath

the kitchen of the apprentice store in bath featured on grand designs on channel 4 series 9 ep 1

Image: Thomas Stewart

Featured in series 9, episode 1 of Grand Designs, the Apprentice Store is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, complete with rolling hills and woodland areas.

You can rent the Apprentice Store via Airbnb.

Watch the episode: Somerset, 2009

The Rockhouse Retreat, Worcester

the exterior of the 'cave house' rockhouse retreat in worchester featured on grand designs tv show on channel 4 series15 ep 7

Image: Andrew Wall

Situated near the 'Wyre Forest', Worcestershire, The Rockhouse Retreat is a converted cave, elevated amongst the tree canopy. 

You can book to stay at the Rock Retreat via its website. 

Watch the episode: Wyre Forest, 2015

The Water Tower, Kennington, London

the water tower in Kennington from grand designs tv show, series 12 ep 5, on channel 4 is available for holiday rental

Image: Jefferson Smith

Featured in Series 12, episode 5, this water tower conversion is one of the most renowned Grand Designs projects in London. 

Along with its close proximity to many sights, it also boasts a top floor glass tank, from which one can enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of London, best enjoyed when the sun goes down with a glass of wine in hand.

You can book to stay at the Water Tower via Airbnb


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