Looking for inspiration over the summer holidays? There's a ridiculous number of Airbnbs up and down the country, and choosing the best one can be hard work. So what about narrowing down your search to Airbnbs with excellent gardens?

The Garden Museum courtyard garden
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Below are a selection of some of the most stunning Airbnbs complete with beautiful outside spaces, whether that means open air spas, or just a lovely, homely place that the family can run around in.

There's also a few with some natural pools and one for an absolute fishing fanatic, all stretched up and down the country.

We love the selection. Availability always depends, of course, so if these Airbnbs aren't available this year, why not plan for next?

The Pond Lodge at Little Horseshoe Lake

The Pond Lodge AirBnB
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With 25 five star ratings, this Airbnb with a beautiful pond and garden comes with a strong reputation. But it also adjoins two private fishing lakes in the Cotswold Water Park where you can fish for carp and there's also a trout lake. There's no swimming allowed in the lakes, but you can revel in the countryside all around and enjoy the architect-design house too.

You get the entire cottage, which is situated in South Cerney in England, and which sleeps four guests, with two bedrooms and two beds.

Cost: £250 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

The Coach House, Bretforton Manor

The Coach House AirBnB
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This beautiful coach house is part of Bretforton Manor, a Grade II listed Jacobean Manor House and it is surrounded by impeccable gardens - five acres of them, no-less. This includes a lovely walled garden, an indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. Don't miss the exotic herbaceous borders, and an orchard too.

It's in the Cotswolds, in a lovely village about 14 miles from Stratford-Upon-Avon. It sleeps two guests and has one bedroom.

Cost: £120 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Shiel House, Rumbling Bridge, Scotland

Shiel House AirBnB
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This gorgeous modern house is situated in three acres of gardens which has lovely valley views and heaps of rhododendrons and azaleas, a Japanese-inspired pond and a separate walled garden. There's a nice lawn too, for family games of cricket and a forest surround the grounds. So expect a lot of peace and quiet.

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At an hour's drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and St Andrew's it's a nice retreat away from the world. It sleeps eight guests, with four bedrooms and there's a wood stove and conservatory with lovely views.

Cost: £156 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Secluded countryside lodge with alfresco hot tub

Secluded Countryside Lodge AirBnB
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Relax in the open air in a hot tub in the surroundings of this lovely garden in Kent. A chance to star gaze in the warm should never been missed and this Airbnb listing offers you everything you could want and more.

The garden is a secluded woodland area, with trees all around and sun loungers too. The cabin looks cosy and well furnished. Accommodates two guests in one bedroom.

Cost: £117 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

An off-grid geodesic dome with hot tub

Satori Dome AirBnB
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Looking for a quirky secluded countryside getaway? This geodesic dome is in Northumberland and is right on the edge of glorious garden and rural views, including a beautiful lake. You can relax outside in the tub while gazing at the wildlife, flora and fauna all around you.

Also expect a fire pit and deck, and make sure you're ready/happy to live off-grid, as the water comes in containers and everything is powered using solar energy. The hot tub is also wood fired. There's space for two people, a composting toilet, but no shower yet. This is very much an eco-friendly listing that aims to have as little impact on the environment as possible. Sleeps two guests in the studio layout.

Cost: £129 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Romantic rose cottage: wild swimming and yoga

Romantic Rose Cottage AirBnB
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Goodbye full-blown swimming pools, hello natural, wild swimming. This rose cottage is in Woodbridge in Suffolk and has a fresh water swimming pond for all your aquatic needs. The pond is large and there's a jetty and sun bathing area too.

The house's gardens look well maintained and feature flower borders of roses and more, plus lots of sitting areas to enjoy them from. There's a BBQ and fire pit and the chance to wander the 75 acre estate of the medieval hunting lodge Letheringham Lodge. Don't forget also a private yoga studio...Sleeps three guests, with one bedroom and two beds.

Cost: £150 per night. Head to the full listing

Gloucestershire cottage

Private and Special Cottage AirBnB
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This Cotswold cottage is attached to an 18th century farmhouse which has a very large garden with lawns, ponds and lovely trees. There are plenty of outdoor relaxing spaces and a woodburning stove for colder evenings.

It's all secluded and private and a private area in the farmhouse garden is provided in summer. The cottage itself feels very traditional and will likely be a lovely getaway in a rural setting. Sleeps two guests in one bedroom.

Cost: £81 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Old Farm Cottage, Ablington

Old Farm Cottage AirBnB
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Six guests can be accommodated in this spacious cottage which has large, lovely gardens including an outside decking area. The garden is a traditional cottage garden, complete with roses, wisteria and more.

The cottage is neatly furnished and features lots of opportunity to relax with friends. The surrounding countryside is also extensive, with lots of walking routes. There are three bedrooms, four beds and two bathrooms.

Cost: £99 a night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Long barn loft design with private spa

Luxury Loft Design House AirBnB
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Think the height of luxury in the middle of lots of garden greenery. This barn in Long Sutton can sleep 16+ guests, in six bedrooms with 14 beds.

The spa has a steam room, sauna, bucket shower and heated seats and there's a private outdoor hot tub with a shared heated pool. You can also book massages too...

There are bifold doors leading out to little terraces where you can sit and relax in the garden setting. And let's not forget the pool and table football area.

Cost: £779 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Barn conversion with pool

Luxury Barn in Cotswolds AirBnB
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This barn conversion in the Cotswolds has a lovely natural swimming pond. The barn sits in 25 acres of farmland and sleeps six guests with space for more if needed. There's yoga, mindfulness, pilates classes regularly held on the Big Barn which can be joined, so this place has the potential for a full-blown recharge of batteries.

The gardens look immaculate and well maintained with lots of traditional features and the house is a modern conversion, with lots of space. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Cost: £414 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Self contained cottage annex and garden

Lovely Self Contained Annex AirBnB
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Think traditional English country cottage, both house and garden, and you have this listing in Durweston. Up to three guests get the full cottage in the heart of Dorset and the garden is a beauteous treat. It's secluded and small but looks lovingly cared for and the garden could offer that sweet cottage getaway you're yearning for.

The annex itself was originally built as a Victorian laundry and has been converted. Featured one bedroom.

£76 a night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Cosy shepherd's hut

Delightful and cosy Shepherd's Hut AirBnB
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If you don't need all the mod cons, but love being surrounded by a beautifully kept garden, this Airbnb could be for you.

Complete with ensuite shower, double bed and lovely views, the hut should have everything you need and is in a beautiful cottage-style garden in Oxfordshire. Eating breakfast etc is in the conservatory opposite and if a wood burning stove is necessary in the winter it's there if you need it. No TV, but there's WiFi in the shepherds hut. There's also access to seating area looking out west over open fields. Two guests, one bedroom.

Cost: £65 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Brock Cottage

Brock Cottage AirBnB
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A very funky and modern house in the Cotswolds, that sleeps 14 guests (10 adults and four children) over 7 bedrooms. The gardens include large, wide lawns, lots of nice trees and a trampoline for the kids. This is the sort of place to stay if you're looking for a big family get together and a chance to play football, cricket or whatever you fancy, all together.

The one acre garden has a large paved area with outdoor dining table and charcoal BBQ too.

Cost: £305 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

16th century Dovecot Cottage, Edinburgh

16th Century Dovecot AirBnB
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How's this for an Airbnb with character? This former home for doves has been converted into a tiny, tower home, with one bedroom and a lovely garden view. It is in a private garden, separate and has been very tastefully decorated, keeping lots of original features and wood. The garden itself is a beautiful tucked away treasure, with lots of greenery, stone paths and rose trellises. There's also a patio for open air sitting.

There's also heated floors, a wood burner and illuminated nesting boxes for added atmosphere. Suitable for four guests, with one bedroom.

Cost: £250 per night. Head to the full Airbnb listing

Shepherd's hut at Knockbain

The Shepherd's Hut Knockbain AirBnB
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Another quirky shepherd's hut which accommodates two guests in one bedroom with a private bathroom and is situated in a beautifully rural garden complete with wildflowers and natural ponds. There's lovely views over the highlands, which look great in both summer and winter and the hut itself is compact and well presented.

The hut is based on a working farm in Dingwall, Ross-shire and the hosts provide breakfast too.


Cost: £58 per night. Head to Airbnb's full listing


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London