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Shepherd's Hut, St Gennys, Bude, North Cornwall
Shepherd's Hut, St Gennys, Bude, North Cornwall

Unusual, Unique & Quirky Accommodation

Have you ever fancied going on holiday and staying somewhere a little bit different? Somewhere that is a little bit crazy, somewhere extraordinary, somewhere you will never forget. Perhaps you have always dreamt of sleeping in a treehouse. What better way to start your day than enjoying your morning coffee high up in the trees with the squirrels as your neighbours? Or live like Kings and Queens for the week and stay in the grounds of a castle. Or how about staying somewhere with the beach and ocean as your front garden? From beach huts and buses to treehouses and fairy tale towers, if you are looking for unusual accommodation with a quirky twist we have lots of cool places to stay. Read more

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53.222133, -1.704283

Ashford Mill gives guests a rare opportunity to stay in a Grade-II listed riverside holiday cottage in the Peak District. The winner of multiple awards for the high standard of renovation and accommodation, the holiday home sleeps seven people in three bedrooms with the option to sleep two more on a sofa bed. The mill is on the banks of the River Wye in Ashford on the Water, convenient for Bakewell, Buxton, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth House, and other popular Peak District attractions. Dogs are welcome and, depending on availability, short breaks are possible all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£2300 to £2520
Short breaks from £320 per night

7+2  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.075395, -3.943949

Escape to the romance of The Shepherd's Shed, a charming glamping shepherd's hut within walking distance of The Castle Inn and village shop in Landkey, and close to Barnstaple, North Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park. Guests can sleep happily in the cute hut with a double bed and cosy log burner, surrounding themselves with stunning views and a garden that includes an outdoor hot tub and covered barbecue area. The Shepherd's Shed is ideal for a holiday in any season, being warm and welcoming to couples and solo travellers, including those with a dog. 

Weekly guide price:
£351 to £624
Short breaks from £130 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.029791, 0.206198

Castle Hill Cottage is a contemporary holiday home located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and just 30 miles from London. Sleeping 14 people in six bedrooms, it features a heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September), hot tub, sauna, bbq, pizza oven, open-plan layout, an outdoor kids play area and extensive grounds with far reaching views across the country side. The mix of bedrooms suits families or groups of friends, including those with children. There is plenty of scope for activities like walking, cycling and horse riding, with local attractions including country houses, gardens, and castles. Beachy Head and Brighton are 45min away of the self-catering holiday home to make a day at the beach another possibility. 

Weekly guide price:
£6200 to £12360
Short breaks from £830 per night

14  |   6  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.986716, -3.090695

Plenty of space awaits your family and friends at Castle Farm. The beautiful Brecon Beacons self-catering property comprises The Farmhouse with 6 bedrooms sleeping up to 16 people with one bedroom being accessed from a courtyard and the next door Cottage which has 3 bedrooms, sleeping an additional 12. The holiday home sits in its own valley close to Capel-y-ffin, a tiny hamlet seven miles from Hay-on-Wye and 14 miles from Abergavenny. It has fantastic views and excellent opportunities for walking, mountain biking, cycling, horse riding, and other fun activities. Guests love the flexibility of accommodation which is suitable for everything from a family reunion to a relaxed Christmas with friends and wellness retreats. 

Weekly guide price:
£2200 to £5820
Short breaks from £512 per night

26  |   9  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.996441, -3.099621

Plenty of space awaits your family and friends at Castle Farm. The beautiful Brecon Beacons self-catering property comprises The Farmhouse has 5+1 bedrooms sleeping 10-16 people and the Granary, which is an external double bedroom. The holiday home sits in its own valley close to Capel-y-ffin, a tiny hamlet 7 miles from Hay-on-Wye and 14 miles from Abergavenny. It has fantastic views and excellent opportunities for walking, mountain biking, cycling, horse riding, and other fun activities. Guests love the flexibility of accommodation which is suitable for everything from a family reunion to a relaxed Christmas with friends and wellness retreats. 

Weekly guide price:
£1920 to £4450
Short breaks from £512 per night

16  |   6  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

58.074975, -5.068463

Everything about Pine Marten Cabin is designed to provide comfort without disturbing the natural beauty of its Highland setting. Sleeping four people in two superking or twin bedrooms it is ideal for couples, friends or families to enjoy a relaxed self-catering holiday. It boasts spectacular views of Loch Broom, beautiful hill walks from the door, and the pleasure of a woodland setting less than three miles from shops, cafes and other amenities in Ullapool. Bookings are available all year round to ensure you always have the opportunity to step off the treadmill and recharge in this spectacular spot. 

Weekly guide price:
£1155 to £1392
Short breaks from £165 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

58.055000, -5.106225

Relax amongst woodland trees with fantastic water views at Red Squirrel Cabin. The architect-designed holiday home is in Leckmelm Wood, 2.5 miles from Ullapool and a few minutes' walk to the edge of Loch Broom. It's furnished for couples or friends to enjoy a relaxing self-catering Highland holiday, with the bedroom sleeping two people in one superking or two single beds. The ecologically conscientious design and materials in the property allow it to sit gently in its natural setting while still providing all the features you want. Bookings are available all year round to enable you to enjoy the west coast in all seasons. 

Weekly guide price:
£842 to £1106
Short breaks from £120 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.076688, -3.295345

A farm holiday in the Somerset countryside is just what you need to recharge your batteries. The Stable Cottage is on Middle Stone Farm, three miles from the Exmoor National Park, 25-minutes from the coast and within easy reach of Taunton. It's on a small organic farm where the owners raise free-range chickens and ducks and sheep, goats and alpaca. The cottage is perfect for couples or young families as it sleeps four people in two bedrooms, with the twin room having small single beds ideal for children under 13. The cottage has a private garden with a wood-fired outdoor hot tub. 

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1250
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

Why should the dream of a secret garden belong only in a storybook? This wonderful property brings the fantasy to life, providing a peaceful retreat for couples with quirky handcrafted features, an outdoor hot tub and the sense of sleeping under the stars without worrying about the weather. A Secret Garden is in the charming Kent village of Blean, close to Whitstable and Canterbury and within walking distance of ancient woodland, a nature reserve and a friendly pub. It is perfect for a short break or a longer stay at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£1370 to £1498
Short breaks from £194 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

Treat yourself to a fun and unique experience with a stay in Gulliver, the quirky holiday camper. Tucked away its own garden in the Kent village of Blean, the static camper has been upcycled and outfitted to provide a glamping holiday for couples or solo travellers with a wood-fired hot tub, log burner, outdoor TV and lots of other memorable touches. There are miles of beautiful walks and cycling routes on the doorstep, including through neighbouring Blean Woods and nature reserve, and the village pub and shop are within walking distance.

Weekly guide price:
£1254 to £1428
Short breaks from £194 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

The Enchanted Faraway Tree is a magical work of whimsy where couples can indulge in their childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse. Straight off the pages of a child-hood novel, this incredible hideaway is just perfect for any adult looking for adventure and escapism. There is a beautifully crafted living room and kitchen with a log burner, a bedroom with a clear dome so that guests can sleep under the stars, and a landscaped garden with a swing, hot tub and fire pit. The Enchanted Faraway Tree is close to ancient woodland and a nature reserve, and a short walk from a friendly pub and well-stocked village shop. There are beautiful walks from the door, with opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and a day at the seaside in nearby Canterbury and Whitstable.

Weekly guide price:
£1417 to £2023
Short breaks from £247 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

Sleep amongst the stars in this beautifully crafted treehouse. There is nothing rustic about this superb holiday retreat which consists of two elevated pods and is perfect for couples or solo adventurers looking for something a little quirky and different on holiday. The Treehouse Hideaway has everything to make guests feel welcome and comfortable, including underfloor heating, a landscaped hot tub and a kitchen with all the mod-cons. Canterbury and Whitstable are both less than four miles from the treehouse, which is within walking distance of a friendly pub, the village shop and a nature reserve.

Weekly guide price:
£1578 to £2023
Short breaks from £258 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

This handcrafted log cabin is the ultimate adult's holiday escape. Honey Tree Lodge is within walking distance of a friendly village pub and a beautiful nature reserve, boasting its very own private treehouse, a sauna and an outdoor hot tub as well as a 100-inch cinema screen and a master bedroom with an impressive feature copper bath. With two king-sized bedrooms and a double sofa bed, it sleeps up to six adults and is only a few miles from Canterbury and Whitstable for a day by the sea.

Weekly guide price:
£1332 to £1834
Short breaks from £204 per night

4+2  |   2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

The Railway Carriage

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 20th May 2024 for 4 nights, £795Save £550"Luxury lodge with hot tub in amazing location right next to The West Somerset Steam Railway Line - beaches a 5 min drive- garden"
51.151432, -3.291026

This charming replica train carriage has been built to high standards using modern eco-friendly touches to provide a unique holiday home beside the heritage West Somerset Railway line. The two bedrooms sleep four people who enjoy luxurious features like an outdoor hot tub, underfloor heating and TVs in the bedroom. Dunster Castle, Exmoor National Park, the Quantock Hills and Taunton are all nearby, while Bristol is also within easy reach. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £1500
Short breaks from £125 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star Gold

51.045196, -3.230741

The owners of The Treehouse prove that it's possible to combine adventure and luxury. Fall asleep gazing at the Somerset skies, listening to the gentle rustle of leaves on the cedar shingle roof in this 5-star self-catering property, which sleeps four people in two bedrooms. The custom octagonal building is close to Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills AONB, within walking distance of Halse village and the New Inn pub, and only a short drive from beautiful Somerset and North Devon beaches. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£1195 to £2500
Short breaks from £198 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star

51.036820, -1.498988

There's nothing rustic about this well-appointed Shepherd Hut. Set in a field with gorgeous views, the holiday cottage is two modern timber and corrugated metal huts sleeping four people in two bedrooms with electricity, running water and a proper bathroom. Shepherd Hut is on the family-run Michelmersh Farm, where the owners raise dairy cows, sheep and keep horses and chickens. It's an idyllic location only a few miles from Romsey and within easy reach of the New Forest and South Downs National Parks, the Hampshire coast, Stonehenge, Winchester and Salisbury. Shepherd Hut is romantic for couples and fun for families. 

Weekly guide price:
£980 to £1120
Short breaks from £150 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.909621, -1.833828

It's hard not to be wooed by this idyllic romantic retreat set in beautiful rural surroundings on the outskirts of the New Forest National Park. Located in the charming village of Alderholt, Shepherd's Retreat is a cosy bolthole for two. The artisan built hut has everything you need for a self-catering holiday, including a hand built kitchen, wood burning stove, WiFi and a village pub just a short walk away. Enjoy walks and bike rides from the front door or lazy days on the beach, just half an hour away. 

Weekly guide price:
£490 to £620
Short breaks from £85 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.813337, -4.373679

Ty Log ("Log House", in Welsh) is a contemporary log cabin in a peaceful location with fantastic views and accessible accommodation for up to four guests in two bedrooms. It is part of a former working farm and guests have access to six acres of landscaped grounds which include ponds and a sensory garden. The cabin is less than two miles from Llangain and the Tafarn Pantydderwen pub, four miles from the coast at Llansteffan and only five miles from the ancient town of Carmarthen. The Gower, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons National Park are all within an hour's drive. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£625 to £1275

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 5 Star

52.217889, -1.931916

Shepherds View is located at Oaks Barn Farm along with two other stylish holiday homes. A working farm nestling amongst tranquil countryside, this stylish lodge is only ten minutes drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, a vibrant town full of culture, good places for a meal out, shops and attractions. A salt water hot tub as an optional extra allows guests to relax and enjoy the tranquility by day, and the star-filled skies by night whilst watching the flames flickering in the Kandai fire bowl. Centrally positioned in the country, Shepherds View is well located for discovering the beauty of Warwickshire and the nearby Cotswolds.

Weekly guide price:
£635 to £1100
Short breaks from £118 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

56.877069, -5.694091

Perfect for couples looking to truly escape the hustle and bustle of modern day living, Lower Polnish is a 'unique' Scottish retreat for two and offers the chance to get away from modern day distractions, get back to basics and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Offering the chance to get 'off the grid' this cosy former blackhouse sits a stone's throw from the private shoreline on the Ardnish Peninsular in an isolated position away from it all with only wildlife to disturb you.

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £800

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   No

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Unique Stays, Quirky Cottages, Shepherd's Huts & Glamping

Sometimes we all just fancy something a bit different and booking holiday accommodation is no exception. And the good news is, with the increase in glamping, it is easy to combine a wacky adventure with a touch of luxury. Glamping, or ‘glamorous camping’, is a fantastic way to enjoy all the benefits of sleeping close to nature without actually having to pitch a tent or sleep in a soggy sleeping bag! Stay in a Shepherds hut, a pod, a cabin or a yurt. From vintage vans to buses and boats, you will find glamping options in all sorts of crazy and unique places. It’s the perfect option if you want to feel like you are sleeping under the stars whilst still enjoying some indulgent extras. Lots of our glamping options include hot tubs, wood burners and even under floor heating. In fact, you might find you have more creature comforts in the middle of the woods than you do at home!

If you are looking for a romantic weekend away there is no better way to woo your other half than with your own unique slice of paradise. Enjoy the rustic charm of a yurt, relax in a secret garden or head back to the 60s and enjoy a weekend in a quirky campervan. Indulge in a glass of bubbly together in a hot tub, wrap yourselves up in a blanket as you watch the stars twinkle in the sky or toast marshmallows over a camp fire. Or bring the whole family along for the adventure. Treehouses and fairy tale gardens are what childhood dreams are made of. If glamping doesn’t appeal, we have plenty of unusual holiday cottages that offer a more traditional ‘cottage’ style holiday with an interesting twist. From old mills and quirky churchs to eco friendly barns, historic gatehouses and art deco holiday homes, our selection of unique cottages are endless!

Whilst it is easy to combine quirky accommodation with all the mod cons of everyday life, if you are happy to forgo some of your creature comforts, why not opt to go off grid. Ditch the WiFi and constant pinging of emails and WhatsApp messages in favour of paddling in streams and listening to the bird song. It’s amazing how good for the soul a few days really away from it all can be and it’s even better when you can add a unique place to stay into the mix. Who needs Netflix when you can stay in a boat or a bird box!

Finding somewhere to rest your head on holiday is so much more than just getting a good night’s sleep. Our eccentric selection of unique accommodation has something to suit everyone. Whether you are looking for an unforgettable weekend away for two, a family holiday with a whacky ‘wow’ factor, or you just fancy a change, a holiday in one of our quirky cottages will always be one to remember.