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Quirky places to stay

Every now and again something truly unusual pops up as a place to stay - perhaps a converted horse box, an old windmill, a shepherd's hut, a home carved out of a cave or an original blingy gypsy caravan.

The owners of these places are passionate about sharing their wild and wonderful creations with you, so do have a quick squizz at all the amazing quirky accommodations we have listed and see if something jumps out at you as an experience you wouldn't want to pass up.

Harvey - your carriage awaits!

Harvey, Cornwall, England

The golden age of steam travel is revived in Lizzy and Dave's sensitively converted '50s railway coach, now a wonderful place to stay with all mod cons, outside St Ives and close to Cornwall's miles of sandy beaches.
From £295

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HOW HILL WINDMILL HEART OF THE NORFOLK BOARDS

How Hill Windmill, Ludham, The Norfolk Broads, England.

Stay in a real Norfolk Windmill that once ground grain delivered by wherry boats on the River Ant. Beautiful, unspoilt, location with stunning views & adjoining a nature reserve. Sleeps up to 4 people. Mediaeval Norwich & the coast just a drive away
3 rooms with beds. 1 single. 1 double. 1 single/ converts

Weekly £375 to £575

La Rosa Whitby

La Rosa Hotel, Whitby, North Yorkshire

A beautiful Victorian building furnished with vintage and antique finds from auctions and flea markets and with amazing views out to sea. 5 East Terrace is 'blue plaqued' as the place where Lewis Carroll stayed during his many visits to Whitby.
11 doubles

Small double £80 per night. Double £100 per night. Large double £120 per night. Apartment (sleeps 6) £250 per night.

Ffestiniog steam train is close as is Cwmorthin valley

Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse, Snowdonia, North Wales

Homely eco guesthouse in a picturesque setting where ALL energy is from renewables, with easy open access to the mountains from the door. The wonderful Ffestiniog steam train curls around the grounds. Bus & mainline trains 2km at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
6 ensuite rooms.12 person total single,doubles,twin triple

from: £40

Wild Northumbrian Tipi and Yurt Camp

Wild Northumbrian Tipis & Yurts, Hexham

A beautiful, special place to stay in Northumberland National Park. Stay in a Tipi or Yurt among wildflower meadows with views of fells and woodland in the peaceful, tranquil Tarset Valley. Learn bushcraft, pottery, falconry, go on walks & much more.
Tipis sleeping 6-8, 2 Yurts sleeping 4-6, Shepherds Hut 3

from £108

Gorge View Cottage with Cheddar Gorge in the background

Gorge View Cottage, Mendip Hills, Somerset, England

An traditional cottage recently fully renovated to exacting environmental standards. Situated on a small lane, conveniently located in Cheddar village, with panoramic views to Cheddar Gorge, it is perfectly placed to explore the Mendip Hills area.
Living room/kitchen; 1 double bedroom en-suite

from £235

St Cuthbert's House, an historic building in the village of Seahouses

St Cuthbert's House, Northumberland, England

Luxurious award-winning 5-star, 6 double bedroom B&B in a 200 year old former church in the village of Seahouses on the coast, and near the Cheviot Hills. Renovated with bags of character, includes superkingsize beds and great local food.
6 double rooms, 4 of which can be twin or single-occupancy

Prices from: £110

Shepherd's Hut

Mandinam, Carmarthenshire, Wales

This is a unique place to stay. A spacious Shepherd's Hut, Gypsy Van, Cabin or Bluebell Wagon in a beautiful location in a truly scenic areas of Wales, it is for the outdoor person who likes a bit of comfort. Posh camping at it's most enjoyable.
Shepherds Hut, Gypsy Van, Bluebell wagon, cabin all dbl beds

£100 per night, min 2 nights (bank hols min 3 nights); £600 per week.

The exterior of the Under the Thatch Shepherds Hut

Shepherd's Huts, Carmarthenshire, Wales, Uk

A traditional shepherd's hut in a wonderfully secluded location in acres of green fields and with open, uninterrupted views of the Black Mountains.
Four huts with double beds

from £400

Ruthern Wigwam

Ruthern Valley, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

Small, family run holiday park in North Cornwall. Rural, wooded site with timber lodges, camping, camping pods, Wigwams. Very little light pollution so the stars are great! David Bellamy Gold Award, On The Camel cycle trail for family days out.
8 cabins 4 lodges 1 caravan 3 eco pods 4 wigwams, 28 pitches

From £12.50 per night for tents to £195 for static caravan hire in low season

Harvey - your carriage awaits!

Harvey, Cornwall, England

The golden age of steam travel is revived in Lizzy and Dave's sensitively converted '50s railway coach, now a wonderful place to stay with all mod cons, outside St Ives and close to Cornwall's miles of sandy beaches.
2 doubles, 1 quad, two living/sleeping rooms

From £295

The picturesque Middlewick Cottages in Glastonbury

Middlewick Cottages, Glastonbury, England

A range of self-catering cottages in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor, sleeping from two to six with a total capacity of 37, with a fabulous heated indoor pool and steamroom. Enjoy peace and tranquility in an area steeped in history, myth and legend,
12 cottages,2 cabins, 2 E-dens, 46 people in total.

Cottage prices vary. Availablility by the night, week, long weekend, mid week. Please see our website for prices.

Romany caravan holiday in Wales

Romany Caravan, Monmouthshire, Wales

Enjoy peaceful escapism in lyrical Monmouthshire countryside in the foothills of the Black Mountains. This vintage Romany caravan is a perfect little Bow Top, with a pull-out double bed, and a fantastic cabin with a kitchen, shower, bath and veranda.
1 bedroom in the caravan & bathroom & living room in cabin

From £134

The Oak and Hazel Houses

Little White Alice, Carnmenellis, Cornwall

A newly built green complex of 6 luxury self catering holiday cottages and 2 arks in the heart of Cornwall. Self sufficient with wood burners, a natural swimming pool, nature reserve and 25 acres of land. Close to North and South coasts.
7 double, 5 twin/double, 2 Arks (2 adults and 2 children)

From £210

Coracle the yurt at Crafty Camping

Crafty Camping, Dorset, England

Luxury, adult only, private glamping in a magical, woodland setting. Hand crafted yurts, tipi and shepherd's hut with en-suite, proper flushing loos, piping hot 'tree showers' and a toasty sauna yurt and field kitchen with wood fired pizza oven.
7 doubles

Yurts, tipi & shepherds hut £158, bell tents £113 in high season per night, min 2 nights week time, min 3 nights weekends.

Tree house terrace, La Renardière, Normandy

Perché dans le Perche, Normandy, France

Retreat to the branches of a sublime treehouse at the top of an immense chestnut tree overlooking the valleys of Le Perche Natural Park, Normandy. Breakfast delivered in a picnic basket to your balcony. You won't want to come back down to earth.
A treehouse for 5 (1 dbl, bunks for 3), shower room, kitchen

2 pers/1 night including breakfast 160€. 2 pers./2nights including breakfst 290€. 10€ per child extra per night, 25€ p/extra adult per night. 7nights self catering with welcome basket for whole treehouse: 850€ low season, 950€ July & August

vintage fabric sofa

The Bungalow, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

A traditional 1960's holiday chalet. Located on a small site by the seaside at Bonchurch, near to the town of Ventnor. Self-catering and perfect for a quiet family break, close to the beach and the wonders of the Isle of Wight. Kitschy-Kitschy Coo!
1 double room, 1 single/twin room, one 2 x bunk room

Weekends from £160, midweek breaks from £145 and weekly bookings from £375- £765

Wallett’s Court Hotel and Spa, Kent Downs, England

Charming and fabulously atmospheric, this 17th-century manor house in White Cliffs country offers bed and breakfast as well as barns, tipis in the grounds, a spa, swimming pool. A fabulous on site restaurant make this a perfect holiday destination.
17

doubles from £135 including breakfast

Courtyard Château de la Mouchère

Château de la Mouchère, Normandy, France

Emerging from a forest track at the front door of the château creates a sensation of stepping back in time. Just how far back is the question: from the outside, Le Mouchère is every bit the stately 18th-century country manor.
3 doubles

from €80 B&B

Loft Cottage

Loft Cottage, Pembrokeshire, Wales

A cosy, traditional Pembrokeshire 'croglofft' cottage, set snuggly into the hillside in a quiet and peaceful green valley. This has been fully restored, conserving all original features, after being left empty since the 1940s.
One bedroom with a Master Double

From £327.00 to: £666.00 (based on two staying)

Quirky and kitsch La Rosa caravan

La Rosa Campsite, Whitby, Yorkshire

A 20 acre campsite in The North York Moors constructed with recycled, reclaimed and found objects. Stay in a vintage and classic caravan, a converted truck with funky decorations or a tipi. Wild, colourful, bohemian and kitsch.
B&B in Whitby, Van, Carvan or Tipi

from £86

Inside yurt with wooden floors, seating and chest

Anglesey Outdoors Centre, Anglesey, Wales

An outdoor activity centre with a collection of comfortably furnished yurts and cabins, with woodburners, shelves packed with games for rainy days, driftwood mirrors and rugs and lanterns. Try sea kayaking, coasteering or windsurfing at the centre.
3 yurts: 1 for 2, 2 for 4; 2 cabans for 4

From £75 for 2

Cleveley Mere Boutique Lodges, Lancashire, England

These five state-of-the-art retreats are all set on the edge of a vast lake within a glorious 34 acre nature reserve. You could choose to stay in the UK’s first ‘Huf House’ holiday let, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs!
7 lodges sleeping between 2-8

From £125 per night per lodge

The quirky Meadow Keeper's Cottage in Sussex

Meadow Keeper's Cottage, Sussex, England

A higgledy-piggledy cottage on wheels offering a roomy four person stay. Pitch in with the animal feeding on the farm, explore the diverse range of habitats, visit the beach and try the various courses, including bush craft, on offer.
Roomy four person space.

£107 per night

Exterior view of an Ecodome

Ecodomes, Pwllheli, Wales

These Eden Project-like domes nestled on a small sheep farm near Snowdonia and Abersoch take the term 'glamping' to a new level. With wood-burning stoves and double beds inside, these futuristic tents are ideal for a luxurious family camping holiday.
3 Ecodomes

From £70 per night

Artist's Cabin

Artist's Cabin, Pembrokeshire, Wales

This lovely little cabin was designed for artists to capture the stunning surrounding nature in the best lights, and so it is no wonder it enjoys beautiful views from all angles. Sleeping two, this unique cabin is near both beaches and mountains.
Sleeps 2: 1 master double

From: £367.00 to: £766.00 (based on two staying)

The Tin House

The Tin House, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Decked inside and out with a fresh vintage feel, this converted traditional Pembrokeshire tin bungalow is charming and cosy, and offers the perfect base from which to explore some of the wonderful surrounding countryside.
Sleeps 4: 1 master double, 1 twin

From £374.00 to: £777.00 (based on two staying)

Le Grand Cerf Hotel & Spa, Normandy, France

A contemporary twist on an old dwelling: plenty of rustic, woodland charm and chalet-style rooms with checked fabrics and statement mirrors on wood-panelled walls. Authentic Norman flavours in the bistro and a spa and treehouse in the grounds.
15 doubles/twins/suites

From €70 a night

Shepherd's hut at Scales Plantation

Scales Plantation Shepherd's Huts, Cumbria, England

Sheltered and peaceful, the shepherd's hut, cabin & safari tents sit by the edge of the forest with views over the North Lake fells. Completely fitted in wood with handcrafted furniture and fittings, in a clearing that feels traditional and rustic.
huts, cabin and tents 1 double, 1 twins/double.

From £70 per night

Lighthouse with red and purple skies

The West Usk Lighthouse, Wales

A super and relaxed B&B in a real lighthouse, near Newport Gwent, with impressive views across the Severn and the Bristol Channel. Wedge-shaped en-suite rooms, with a waterbed or four poster bed, various therapies, and a chauffeured Rolls Royce.
4 doubles in the Lighthouse

£155 per night for 2 people sharing

The Little Chapel

The Little Chapel, Pembrokeshire, Wales

The Little Chapel was a former artesan glass-makers before being converted to a cosy family home. The Chapel is located in a small hamlet, close to the historic city of St Davids with its restaurants, deli, clothing shops and magnificent cathedral.
Sleeps 6 in 2 rooms: 1 double, 1 double and 2 twins

645.00 to: £1370.00 (based on two staying)

The French Roulotte

Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Within the sanctuary of a wild flower meadow in the beautiful Scottish Borders lies a truly special retreat. A magical blend of Gypsy romance, French glamour and a dash of the Orient can be found in one of these 7 imaginative caravans.
7 Roulottes: 1 double or 1 living space that sleeps 4

From £105 per night

The Huts in the Hills, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Four beautiful shepherd's huts in a woodland clearing 10 minutes from Hay-on-Wye, with pretty interiors, wood burners and dinky kitchens. Communal firepit for evenings under the stars, and swings in the trees and a babbling brook for children.
4 huts for 2

Contact owners for details

You will love to sleep on the water...

Floating Village of Pressac - France

France's first ever floating village - offering amazing private cabins for the whole family or just for two, bobbing in a lake, with fishing and cycling on site. Picnic hampers are available, cake and champagne delivery, too!
80 people max. 8 family cabins (4/5 persons) and 13 doubles.

130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people

Glan LLyn outside dining table

Glan LLyn, Mold, North Wales

A boutique farm stay and self-catering accommodations in the Clwydian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Idyllic rural location that's great for outdoor enthusiasts and families.
2 double,1 twin/double, 2 double/twin rooms cottage

Double/twin room: £59 during the week, £64 Friday and Saturday, cottage from £120

Fernhill Farms

Fernhill Farm, Mendip Hills

Fernhill Farm, a herd of cowsheds on a 160-acre working farm in the Mendips, converted into an alternative, relaxed accommodation for up to 55 people in eco-camping barns and Ramshackle Arcs. Super green & earnest, groups from 10-200 catered for.
40 bunk beds, cottages sleeping 8-10, camping

Camping £7 pppn; self-catering £24 pppn; B&B £30 pppn.

Gîte Colombier de Caux

Gîte Colombier de Caux, Normandy, France

If your mental image of a dovecote is a little wooden box on a pole, think again – this wonderful, round red-brick tower is more like a miniature castle turret. Within, a spiral staircase leads up from a comfortable lounge and kitchen-diner.
Dovecote for 4

From €325 per week

Cabane de Jeanne

Cabane de Jeanne, Normandy, France

This wooden fisherman’s cabin overlooking a serene lake is charmingly simple, a single white-panelled bedroom with embroidered white linen, and stairs up to a light-filled lounge. But it’s all about the lake: the views, the boat bobbing on the jetty.
Cabin for 2

€180, two-night minimum stay

The Wheat Silo

The Wheat Silo, Monmouthshire, Wales

The Wheat Silo is a farmyard conversion with a difference. The corrugated exterior hides a stylish and modern interior with all creature comforts. The bedroom downstairs and open plan lounge upstairs affords light and space in all the round.
1 sleeping space with double bed.

From £110 per night

The Nest in its peaceful woodland surroundings.

The Nest, Devon, England

A genuine tree house fully suspended 30 feet high in a mature English oak tree, in peaceful woodland surroundings. Built to a luxurious standard complete with balcony, kitchen, living area, bedroom, & bathroom. Wood burning stove. Ideal for couples.
1 double

from £398

Dify Biosphere Treehouse

Dyfi Biosphere Treehouse Living Room, Powys, Wales

In these treehouses in the Dyfi Biosphere, climb from woodland floor to tree canopy via a sweeping spiral staircase. Inside, the Hobbit-esque tree houses are neatly divided into living and sleeping quarters with portholes and wood-burning stoves.
5 treehouses, each has 2 bedrooms, sleeps four

From £379

The inside of the Travelling Post Office

The Travelling Post Office, Cornwall, England

The Travelling Post Office is a piece of history now converted into a beautiful and unique place to stay: this historic railway coach broke the 100mph barrier in 1904 and now boasts stunning views of the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
1 double, 1 twin, 1 lounge/diner/2 extra beds, bathroom

from £295 for a winter short break, to £789 for a week in high season

Snowdonian Dairy

Snowdonian Dairy, Llanwerst, Wales

This former coach house and dairy has been lovingly renovated to a high standard, with original artwork by well-known British artists located on a 14 acre Snowdonian country house estate which has its own fine restaurant and coffee shop
master double - sleeps two

From £367.00 to: £766.00 (based on two staying)

Fancy a cruise?

Boats at Norfolk Broads Direct, Wroxham

Norfolk Broads Direct, based in Wroxham, offers luxury boats sleeping 2-11 people, allowing you to explore the 125 miles of beautiful waterways in comfort and style, awarded the Green Boat Mark, they are doing their bit to be as eco as possible.
25 Boats sleeping from 2-11

from £505

Wartime Cottage

Restored Wartime Cottage, Nr. Glastonbury, Somerset

Originally built to house the Women's Land Army, every little detail has been thought of in this quirky renovated cottage. Decked out with upcycled vintage furniture, this cottage offers an unusual destination not far from Glastonbury.
2 twins, 1 extra single bed

From £308.00 7 nights up to: £570.00 (based on two staying)

Gatehouse Lodge

Gatehouse Lodge, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Enjoy the 40 acres of the grounds of Picton Castle after everyone else has gone home by staying in the 'castellated' gatehouse lodge, a cosy and comfortable destination in Pembrokeshire.
1 master double, 1 twin

£409.00 to: £850.00 (based on two staying)

Gypsy caravan

The Old Forge, Dorset, England

Rosie the gypsy caravan and Mabel and Sam the shepherd's huts have been immaculately restored to provide absolute comfort in this timeless corner of Dorset. Views across the meadows and award winning cooking to be savoured.
1 double, extra space for two children

From £95 per night. Three spaces can be booked together at a discount.

Pembrokeshire Cowshed and Wagon

Pembrokeshire Cowshed and Wagon, Pembrokeshire, Wales

A delightful cottage conversion of a stone dairy and cowshed by Griff Rhys Jones on his coastal farm in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with a separate Showman's Waggon in the grounds for the (older) kids available in the summer.
sleeps six, 2 doubles 2 singles

£440.00 to: £944.00 (based on two staying)

Low Mill Guesthouse in the Yorkshire Dales

Low Mill Guesthouse in the Yorkshire Dales, UK

Low Mill, Grade II listed watermill with working waterwheel and beautiful riverside garden, provides 3 luxury en suite guest bedrooms. Situated in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Bed, breakfast and evening meal offered.
3 double rooms, all en suite

from £110 B&B

Cerza Safari Lodge

Cerza Safari Lodge. Normandy, France

Sleep among the wildlife of Africa with a stay in a safari park – a ‘roar and snore experience'! Take your pick from yurts sleeping two to five, lodges sleeping two, or 15 ‘zoobservatories’: cute wooden A-frame cabins with living/dining areas
Yurts for 4, lodges for 2, 'zoobservatories' for 4

from €59

The stunning wooden exterior of the Treehouse

The Treehouse, Somerset

A fantastic luxury treehouse with a private self contained garden and stunning views. Explore the countryside then relax in the cedar hot tub or in front of the wood burning stove. Perfect for a family or as a couple's retreat.
1 master bedroom & 1 downstairs bunk bed room.

Varies from month to month. 3/4 nights cost from £545 to £805. 7 nights cost from £790 to £1,150.

Latest reviewed accommodation

"A cracking destination for the Little Greentraveller; or perhaps just the child within us all. Seriously, a fantasy venue with the most amazing hosts, accessible, unusual, isolated, close to nature and yet no compromise at all on comfort. "

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