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Exterior of the Grand Designs Lake District house on a hillside next to a woodland area

Grand Designs houses you can stay in

Fancy staying in a Grand Designs house? These homes are all available to book

By Hugh Metcalf |

Did you know there are Grand Designs houses you can stay in? It’s one thing watching an amazing build come to life on the TV, but actually setting foot in one is another experience altogether. So why not rent one? A number of the famous TV houses are available on rental platforms such as Airbnb. Here, we’ve tracked down the best Grand Designs houses to book for a staycation, which could be nice if you can’t stump up the cash to buy one of the Grand Design houses for sale.

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1. Dome House, Lake District

Located in the hills of Bowness, overlooking Lake Windermere, Dome House in the Lake District is an idyllic rural Grand Designs house to book. After completing the build in 2011, with the help of an anonymous donor, self-builder 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.

Book to stay at the Dome Lake House
Watch the Dome House episode of Grand Designs (2010) on All 4
the exterior of the dome house at lake windermere in lake district from grand designs channel 4 series10 ep 8

Photo: Jefferson Smith

2. Peckham House, London

Back in 2005, 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 Grand Designs house on your next London visit.

Book to stay at the Peckham House via Airbnb
Watch the Peckham House episode of Grand Designs (2005) on All 4
peckham grand designs house from 2005 series

Photo: Edina Van Der Wyck

3. Dingle Dell, East Devon

Kevin McCabe’s eco Cob house 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.

Book to stay in the Dingle Dell annexe via Airbnb
Watch the Cob house episode of Grand Designs (2013) on All 4
the east devon cob house from grand designs is on airbnb

Photo: Mark Bolton

4. Timber Cottage, North Cornwall

Gregory Kewish and Rebecca Sturrock built this beautiful cross-laminated timber cottage on the grounds of Rebecca’s parents’ land to house their growing family. ‘We wanted a healthy home with lots of light, which captured the view across the Cornish countryside,’ said Gregory. Now you can rent the cottage to stay in this picturesque part of the country.

Book to stay at this Timber Cottage via Airbnb
Watch the Timber Cottage episode of Grand Designs (2014) on All 4
Cornwall Timber Cottage from grand designs 2014 is available to book

Photo: Paul Ryan-Gof

5. The Dairy Cottage, New Forest

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 with green oak frames and expansive modern glazing to provide views over the nearby bird sanctuary.

Rent The Dairy Cottage via
Watch the Dairy Cottage episode of Grand Designs (2009 revisit) on All 4
The dairy cottage in the new forest featured on grand designs on channel 4

Photo: Sean Myers

6. The Apprentice Store, Bath

The Apprentice Store is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Bath, complete with rolling hills and woodland areas. The property, Grade-II listed building once boasted England’s largest waterwheel. But it had been derelict for decades and was on the local council’s buildings at risk list until Ian and Sophie Cooper came along. The memorable Grand Designs paper mill conversion was a challenge of scale and complexity.

Rent the Apprentice Store via Airbnb
Watch the Apprentice Store episode of Grand Designs (2009) on All 4
grand designs tv house apprentice store in bath

The Apprentice Store, Bath. Photo: Thomas Stewart

7. The Rockhouse Retreat, Worcester

Angelo Mastropietro inspired viewers with his amazing cave house transformation. Situated near the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, the Rockhouse Retreat is elevated among the tree canopy. When he first spotted it, Angelo’s ‘gut feeling was to restore it into a romantic retreat’. He ‘felt like it was meant to be’ because his surname translates to ‘master of the stone’.

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Watch the Rockhouse Retreat episode of Grand Designs (2015) on All 4
The cave house rockhouse retreat in worchester from grand designs on channel 4 series 15 ep 7

Photo: Andrew Wall

8. The Dugout, Herefordshire

The Grand Designs Dugout in Herefordshire was a slow burner. Self-builders Ed and Rowena Waghorn bought the eight-acre plot in 2000, but didn’t move into their home till 2014. A small budget and the desire to do most of the work themselves contributed to the slow progress. But the results make for the perfect staycation accommodation – a hilltop hideaway with wonderful views across three counties.

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Watch the Dugout episode of Grand Designs (2011) on All 4
Beamed walls and ceiling inside the Grand Designs Dugout house in Herefordshire

Photo: Andrew Wall

9. Chichester house

Featuring on Grand Designs in 2022, Dan and Nina Rowland transformed a tired house next to a stagnant pond into a beautiful home that floats over a natural pond that acts as a nature reserve. Situated in West Sussex, Chichester house looks more like the kind of property that you could expect to find in LA, with doors opening straight onto the clear waters of the natural pool outside.

Book to stay in Chichester house via Airbnb

The Grand Designs West Sussex pond house has a beautiful natural swimming pool