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Quirky places to stay – Wagons & Caravans

The word ‘quirky’ can mean many things, and if you’re looking for quirky places to stay there is no shortage of options. Gothic castles, beachside huts, luxurious yurts and tucked-away treehouses are just some of the types of property on offer. But undoubtedly one of the most unique and romantic categories is that of wagons and caravans. Forget everything you think you know about caravans, these carriages and coaches come in all shapes, sizes and styles, from retro American airstreams and traditional Romany vardos to VW campers, shepherd’s huts and everything in between.

Here are some of our favourite wagons and caravans.

The converted horse lorry

On a quiet farm in Oxfordshire sits The Horse Lorry at Glamping Thorpe, a lovingly renovated hideaway with a log burner and a king size bed. With cosy interiors, wonderful views over open countryside, a peaceful setting and occasional visits from sheep and their baby lambs, this is an unusual little bolthole in which to relax and unwind.

Horse Lorry in Oxfordshire

Horse Lorry in Oxfordshire

The gypsy wagon

How much more romantic does it get than an original gypsy wagon, within the orchards and fields of the dramatic Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.  Not much is the answer, and this is what you’ll find at Tregaminion in West Wales. Warm, cosy and comfortable, these two charming gypsy caravans have been refurbished by gypsy folk and now provide the perfect base for an old-fashioned holiday in a stunning part of the world. 

Gypsy wagon in Cornwall

Gypsy wagon in Cornwall

The shepherd’s hut

Tucked away in idyllic rural Somerset, with just ducks and deer for company, is The Shepherd’s Hut Retreat, two luxuriously reconditioned huts with serious space and style credentials. Solid oak floors and shabby chic furnishings combine with double glazing, fridges and hot showers to create a truly special experience – rustic and yet somehow decadent. Go for walks, read in the hammock or just cuddle up under the stars.

Somerset Shepherd Hut Retreat

Somerset Shepherd Hut Retreat

The Spanish Airstream

If you want to leave the UK and head for warmer climes, then this is the place to go for a romantic retreat.  Modelled on an original 1930s classic, this airstream is an oasis of calm and luxury in the midst of a ruggedly beautiful Andalucian mountain range. Whether you’re here for a romantic getaway or a solitary retreat, this is a unique, memorable and therapeutic glamping experience.

Airstream in Andalucia

Airstream in Andalucia

The family-fun campsite

If you’re less about the romance and isolation and more about the fun, frolics and adventure, then this is the place for you.  Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near to the New Forest and the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole are a bevy of beautiful silver ladies. Betsy, Peggy, Dee Dee, Annie and Gloria have left their homes on the other side of the Atlantic to bring a slice of vintage Americana to those who want to go glamping in Dorset.

Airstream caravans in Dorset

Airstream caravans in Dorset

Top picks from our newest One Off Places

The month of September has brought us a flurry of fabulous new properties, to add to our existing portfolio of unique, quirky and characterful places to stay around the world.  Here are our six favourite newbies – how about considering one of these for your next break, whether a romantic escape, or a family get together….

Glamping in Slovenia

Glamping in Slovenia

Glamping in Slovenia

Luxurious glamping tents by Lake Bled in Slovenia.  Private hot tubs, spa on site, mountain backdrop, a superb restaurant, and a plethora of outdoor pursuits.  From €160 per night.

Medieval Manor House in Herefordshire

Medieval Manor house in Herefordshire

Medieval Manor house in Herefordshire

This fifteen bedroom luxurious rural hideaway is in the grounds of a sprawling 800 acre Herefordshire estate and is the perfect spot for an unforgettable weekend away with friends or family.  Three interconnecting wings and decadent interiors.  From £1625 for two nights.

Historic house in Lanzarote

Bedroom views from Lanzarote house

Bedroom views from Lanzarote house

Situated in the valley of a thousand palms in the north of the island of Lanzarote, Casa Shanti is a typical Canarian village house which dates back about 200 years. Enjoy colourful interiors, year round sunshine and an atmosphere of tranquillity.  Sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms.  From €85 per night.

Converted monastery on the shores of Loch Ness

Monastery apartment on Loch Ness

Monastery apartment on Loch Ness

Right on the shore of famous Loch Ness this spacious two bedroom apartment within a historic converted Benedictine abbey at Fort Augustus offers luxury accommodation and a whole host of facilities and activities on the doorstep.  On site is an indoor swimming pool, a games room, a spa and a restaurant.  From £120 per night.

Country House in Croatia

Country House in Croatia

Country House in Croatia

Hidden within a 100,000m2 piece of land on the banks of the Korana river, the Old Oak House is a sensitively restored country home sleeping up to six people, which is characterised by peaceful isolation, wonderful views and a wealth of outdoor activities on your doorstep.  From €150 per night.

Farmhouse in rural Cornwall

Luxury Cornish farmhouse

Luxury Cornish farmhouse

Five bedroom farmhouse in a wonderfully tranquil setting just outside Falmouth, which blends rural isolation with holiday convenience.  A stylish and characterful property which boasts luxurious interiors, a fantastic garden and far-reaching countryside views.  From £1095 per week.

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Unusual Holiday Houses in the UK

If you want a holiday to remember you don’t have to go as far as you would think – in fact there are some incredibly unusual holiday houses in the UK. So much so that it’s nigh on impossible to narrow it down! Will you choose England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland? Will you head for the coast, the mountains or the countryside? Are you planning a group getaway with friends and family or a romantic retreat? Whatever you’re looking for and whenever you want to go, there’s definitely somewhere to fit the bill, it’s just a question of decision-making!

Unusual holiday houses in the UK come in all shapes and sizes, but here are a few of our favourites to tickle your fancy…

The treehouse hideaway

This house is actually called The Treehouse Hideaway, and it does exactly what it says on the tin! Who didn’t daydream about living in a treehouse when they were a child? But this is not exactly a draughty, uncomfortable hut. This place, 6 metres off the ground in the Kentish countryside, comes complete with under floor heating, Sky TV, luxurious furnishings, a log burner and even a private hot tub. Both inside and out, this is about an unusual as it gets, and it’s made just for two.

The treehouse hideaway with private hot tub

The treehouse hideaway with private hot tub

The Cotswolds work of art

Contemporary, chic and eco-friendly to boot, this stunningly designed property with its flagstone floors and inglenook fireplace is magnificent and unique in equal measure. The Chestnuts leaves nothing to be desired in terms of cutting edge interiors, but it also satisfies on every other level, from the luxury bathrooms and culinary delights, to the secluded garden and beautiful views.

The Chestnuts interior

The Chestnuts interior

The historic tower house

Just 2 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, with spectacular views of the city, is Liberton Tower, a 15th century tower house with enormous atmosphere and character. Old features like slit windows, vaulted ceilings, stone staircases and tapestries are still very much in evidence, and modern comforts like under floor heating and up-to-date technology have been added. If you want to experience a little piece of authentic history, this is the place.

15th century Scottish tower house

15th century Scottish tower house

The luxury windmill

This converted mill on the Isle of Anglesey dates back to 1741 but has been thoroughly modernised to create a truly fabulous and luxurious space. The immaculate furnishings and private spa hot tub are tempting enough, but the selling point here is really the top floor, from where there are breathtaking views out over the sea towards Puffin Island. A holiday here is unforgettable.

The beach house

Sometimes only the coast will do, and if you’re a seaside lover then you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere as remarkable as The Beach House in Cornwall. The hot tub on the terrace, which looks directly out over the water, is an undoubtedly tempting feature, but you will also be reeled in by the suspended wood burner, oak tree dining table, hydrotherapy bath, eccentric games room and sumptuous bedrooms and bathrooms.

Cornish beach house with private hot tub

Cornish beach house with private hot tub

Say Hello to our new Treehouse in Cornwall

In search of a unique bolthole where you can snuggle up with a loved one and escape the world?  This lovingly built treehouse is perched in an ash tree on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, complete with sweeping countryside and sea views.

treehouse-exterior

This unusual treetop hideaway offers you peace and seclusion, a place you can enjoy quiet surroundings and go to sleep to the sound of leaves rustling in the surrounding trees.  Wake up to views over Falmouth Bay, and the surrounding countryside.

bed

Inside the treehouse is one open plan room, with a kitchen / sitting area below and a mezzanine double bed.  The kitchen is small but well equipped with a hob and grill, a cold box and a selection of crockery and cutlery.  There is also a tap, basin and composting toilet, and a separate shared shower room in a beautifully converted horse box!

from-above

A beautiful beach is just a 10 minute walk from the treehouse in the village of Porthallow – also in the village you will find a good local pub.  A 20 minute walk takes you to the village of St Keverne which has restaurants and a few shops.  All around you are stunning coast path walks and water sport opportunities.

treehouse-surrounds

The lower east coast of the Lizard Peninsula is famous for its secluded coves, stunning coastal scenery and quaint fishing villages.  This is a perfect spot for a getaway break, and you may find it hard to leave…..

inside-horse-box-shower

From £75 – £100 per night (based on two sharing).

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