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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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50.732883, -3.999581

Plan a romantic escape with a twist at Humble Bee. This unique human-size beehive is ideal for two, with its quirky design and luxurious touches that include a suspended king-sized bed and private outdoor stone bath to bubble your aches away as you sip champagne under the trees. Tucked away in a tranquil setting, this magical retreat feels peaceful and remote, yet is only ten minutes walk from the centre of Okehampton with the Dartmoor National Park just waiting to be explored on the doorstep. Whether you spend your time discovering the spectacular scenery that makes this part of Britain so famous or just enjoy your time soaking up the charm of Humble Bee, one thing is certain - this will be a holiday you will always remember.

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £600
Short breaks from £140 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.732883, -3.999581

A unique romantic yurt for two on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park in Okehampton. Ideal for those who are looking for something a little different out of a holiday and accommodation that is quirky and special - perfect for those who enjoy walking or want to explore Devon and Cornwall's many attractions. Enjoy glamping with the many comforts of self-catering. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£257 to £550
Short breaks from £85 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

50.732883, -3.999581

A quaint 'bird box' for those looking for a romantic love nest on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in Okehampton within easy reach of Devon and Cornwall's many attractions. Self-catering with a difference that is sure to offer an unforgettable fairy-tale holiday experience.

Weekly guide price:
£262 to £450
Short breaks from £86 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.027522, -1.592932

Your chance to stay in a quaint Shepherd's Hut in the tranquil pretty Test Valley on the Hampshire/Wiltshire borders. Perfect for couples looking for something a little different, this delightful retreat is only ten minutes by car from the many attractions of the New Forest National Park and nestles amidst stunning countryside. Guests can enjoy the shared use of an outdoor swimming pool and lovely walks straight from the door.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.784400, -1.608458

Spend a romantic break in the New Forest in this lovely Shepherds Hut, which offers the option of on-site livery. It is finished and furnished to a high standard so you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and freedom of camping without sacrificing a hot shower or a comfortable bed. The hut is on Rushcroft Farm, just five minutes from Sway where there are two friendly pubs, an excellent butcher and a train station. Lymington is only four miles from the farm, with Beaulieu, Bucklers Hard and Lyndhurst also within easy reach. Available from April - October.

Weekly guide price:
£644 to £707
Short breaks from £100 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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

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  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.909621, -1.833828

Newly built using traditional techniques and featuring a separate bedroom and shower room, this charming Shepherd's Hut offers couples space and comfort in an idyllic location close to the New Forest National Park and within walking distance of a country pub. Enjoy walking and bike rides through the forest and countryside, and with the coast only half an hour away plus plenty of picturesque towns and villages to explore, your self-catering holiday can be as exciting or relaxing as you choose.

Weekly guide price:
£380 to £570
Short breaks from £80 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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:
£535 to £630
Short breaks from £85 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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:
£895 to £1700
Short breaks from £198 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star

51.151432, -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:
£650 to £1300
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

51.312388, 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

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

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

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

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

52.013548, -4.386867

The owners of the Ceridwen Centre live the "reduce, reuse, recycle" ethos on their organic farm in the beautiful Teifi Valley in Mid-Wales, having transformed an ordinary static caravan into a wood-and-corrugated-tin cottage with a deep verandah and space for up to five people to sleep in two double bedrooms. It is one of a collection of self-catering properties with 40-private acres that include a wood-fired hot tub (hired on a first come first served basis), woodland walks, mountain bike centre and a shop selling homemade meals and fresh vegetables. The venue is perfect for everything from a solo retreat to a fun-filled family reunion or celebration for up to 60 people.

Weekly guide price:
£547 to £571
Short breaks from £139 per night

5  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.090416, 1.324079

Perfect for couples but with space for four, Twee Gebroeders is a fantastic holiday barge moored in a prime location in Woodbridge. Step across the gang plank, and you're immediately in the stylish new Whisstocks leisure development with cafes and shops, and just a short walk from the centre of town. There are lots of lovely paths for walking and cycling along rivers and through gorgeous Suffolk countryside, or jump in the car or on a train and head out for a day at the beach. The owners have thought of everything during the barge's recent renovation, meaning that you can stay in complete comfort in a unique self-catering retreat in one of the most beautiful parts of England.

Weekly guide price:
£643 to £1063

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.164194, 1.497043

Why settle for average when you can stay somewhere as amazing as Onderneming? This beautiful barge, which is over a century old, is moored on the River Alde at Snape Maltings, just a stone's throw from the popular Plough and Snail pub. With three double bedrooms and a comfortable sofa bed, there is easily room for eight adults to stay, but the charming decor and lovely proportions mean that it doesn't feel too big for couples or small families who want more space to themselves. Snape Maltings is one of Suffolk's many popular attractions and a great place to base yourself with so much to enjoy on the doorstep and the coast and areas attractions within easy reach.

Weekly guide price:
£1000 to £1800

6+2  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Owl Lodge

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 29th Oct 2021 for 3 nights, £594Save £66"Lodge with private hot tub, log burner with starter pack of wood, generous welcome breakfast hamper of loca l produve, private use of the BBQ cabin and sauna. Yurt avaible for massage treatments."
53.427398, -0.866433

Have you ever dreamed of whisking your partner away to a secluded spot where you can relax in luxurious surroundings without being disturbed? Owl Lodge is that place. The open-plan holiday cottage is one of only two at Hawthorn Hideaway near Doncaster in Nottinghamshire, giving guests peace and privacy with beautiful canal and countryside walks from the door. Owl Lodge has an outdoor hot tub, barbecue area with a fire pit, and a garden day bed built for two to snooze in the sunshine. Guests can book in-lodge spa treatments, delicious barbecue hampers, and exclusive use of a wood-fired sauna and cute barbecue hut. 

Weekly guide price:
£1112 to £1224
Short breaks from £190 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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.