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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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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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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

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

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

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.

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

À l’École Buissonnière, Normandy, France

At this gem of a converted girls’ school (opened in 1878, but in a much older building), there are no long lists of rules, no homework, just a sensitively restored and furnished B&B in the historic centre of Honfleur just steps from the old port.
3 doubles

Doubles/suites from €100/€120 B&B

Yurt with eco wood burner hot tub

Florence Springs Glamping Village, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Florence Springs, a luxury Eco Glamping village, offers a mixture of quality Yurts, Hobbit Houses and glamping, a lake and hot tubs. In beautiful Pembrokeshire, with excellent access to beaches, perfect for walkers and culture vultures alike.
5 Yurts, 4 Hobbit Houses, 5 Premium Camping Pitches

Yurt Week from £693, Hobbit House week £847, Camping week £280

Horsebox in June sunshine

Tree Of Life Horsebox Holiday, Cornwall, England

A traditional wooden horsebox that has been renovated into a beautiful, modern living space for two people on a fully registered organic 'off the grid' smallholding in a wooded valley near to the Cornish Coast.
1 double

from £85 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

Iona Hostel in a fantastic natural setting in Scotland

Iona Hostel and Bothy, Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland

An independent hostel with a strong ethos of sustainability, on a traditional working croft in an extraordinary and elemental landscape. Kick off your shoes and watch the light sing on the sea. Comes highly recommended by visitors.
Five mixed rooms, sleeping 2, 4 (x2) and 6 (x2)

£19.50 per bed night / £16.50 for under 10's.

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

Langley Castle Hotel exterior

Langley Castle Hotel, Northumberland, England

This stunning 14th century castle is the perfect choice for those looking for a bit of luxury, some history, and a lot of character. Not only is it set right on the border of the North Pennines AONB, it also boasts its own 10 acre woodland estate.
27: all doubles

£139.50

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

Pitton Cross Caravan and Camping Park, Gower, Wales

If you fancy a campsite stay but aren't too keen on sleeping under canvas there are pretty shepherds huts also available to hire.
Caravan and camping pitches plus shepherds huts.

From £11 per night

The Mill-house - Moulin de Latreille

Moulin de Latreille, Dordogne, France

Moulin de Latreille, a 13th century water-mill generating electricity from the river that runs through it, is totally off-grid. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, Latreille offers you the opportunity to relax and unwind in a splendid rural idyll.
2 double bedrooms with king size beds both with bathrooms

85 euros per night

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

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

The Hideaway at Baxby Manor, Yorkshire, England

If you appreciate the quiet life and would rather listen to the dawn chorus from your tent than stay in a caravan hooked up to electricity and play crazy golf, this small, off-the-beaten track campsite is for you.
Camping, 3 ecopods for 2-4, bell tents for 4

Camping £22; ecopods £50; bell tents £80; prices per night

Stay in Normandy

Domaine de la Cour au Grip, Normandy, France

If you really want to immerse yourself in the apple-centric culinary culture of the Calvados département, why not bed down in, erm, a cider barrel? A 10,000-litre vessel has been furnished with windows and a comfortable double bed.
1 barrel for 2

From €60 €8 for breakfast

Old Tavistock Railway Station, Dartmoor, England

Two luxury holiday cottages within the shell of a disused granite railway station offer possibly Devon’s most unusual accommodation. Perfect for couples or families, these beautiful cottages are stylish, comfortable and set in a stunning location.
2 Double Rooms; 2 Twin Rooms

From £450 for 4 people, 3 nights

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

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

The Woodman's Treehouse

Crafty Camping The Woodman's Treehouse, Dorset

Luxury adult-only glamping in a treehouse in a magical woodland setting. The ultimate retreat with a playful touch; highlights include your own sauna and hot tub on the upper deck, a revolving woodburner, an open air tree-shower and a slide.
king sized bed for two adults.

From £390 per night

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

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.

Tipi in a field

Anglesey Tipi & Yurt Holidays, Anglesey, Wales

A cluster of off-grid tipis and yurts in a secluded woodland setting just a mile from the coast. Beautifully furnished with beds or futons, sheepskins and lanterns, and stoves to keep you cosy. Pick-your-own veggies and eggs available on site.
2 tipis: 1 for 2, 1 for 4; 3 yurts: 1 for 4, 2 for 5

From £55 for two

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

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

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

Exterior night time scene at Stora Hotellet Bryggan

Stora Hotellet Bryggan, Fjällbacka, Sweden

A fabulous collection of places to stay and places to eat on the picturesque jetty at Fjällbacka. A lovely hotel or self-catering apartment, plus café-bar, restaurant and bistros. Lots to do in the area, from boat trips to hiking and fishing.
32 doubles, apartment for 4, house for 12

From €60

Old Police Station, Corwen, North Wales

Come here not just for novelty of staying in a former Police Station, but to enjoy a characterful Grade-II listed thoroughly modern but cosy and unfussy property conveniently in the centre of Corwen. Quirky but brilliant. Great for groups.
1 house sleeping 8

From £700 per week. Short breaks available and occasionally B&B at £75 for a double

Beautiful timber cabin with hot outdoor shower - sleeps 4

Devon Dens, Devon, England

A unique, solid cabin made by the owners from sustainable, local wood in a pretty & private off-grid site, amidst glorious countryside. Walks, wood burner, jigsaws, guitar, books, fire pit, hot outdoor shower, peace, quiet & starry skies. Bliss.
1 cabin with 1 double bed + 1 double sofa bed

£80 / 1 night, £140 / 2 nights, £200 / 3 nights, £420 / weekly

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.

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

River Lodge.

Moinho do Pego Ferreiro, Marvao, Portugal

An organic, off-grid smallholding on the Rio Sever in the Parque Natural de Serra de Sao Mamede providing accommodation and some meals in the Goat House, River Lodge and Boar Hide. Offering privacy, peace and pigs.
2 venues, 1x1 double. 1x1 double and 2 singles.

River Lodge €370/week. Boar Hide €340/week.

Broughton Bank Cottage in woodland garden. Sleeps 4 in double and twin bedrooms.

Cartmel Holiday Cottages, South Lakes, Cumbria, England

Two unique Lake District detached renovated cottages each in its own grounds with great views, cosy fires and private gardens in quiet wood and farmland location. Carefully maintained by owners nearby. Pets welcome for long rambly Cumbrian walks.
2 x 2 bedrm cottages: 1 double & 1 twin; 1 kingsize & 1 twin

Low / High season £234 / £402 for 3 nights to £390 / £670 for a week.

The Mission

The Mission, Isle of Wight, England

A converted tin Mission Hall circa 1890, now a highly original four-bedroom holiday home in the Isle of Wight. Sleeps up to 8 in retro seaside splendour. One of a kind!
4 bedrroms. 2 double, 1 double/twin, 1 twin (bunks)

Weekends from £445, Weekly stays from £750 , Midweek breaks from £240 Some midweek deals available for couples (2 people sharing room) - just ask)

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

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

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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