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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

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Eco Barn in Yorkshire – £25pppn

Situated in an elevated position in the heart of Cragg Vale, Old Cragg Hall Barn is an eco-friendly award-winning conversion with outstanding views over the valley. Fabulous views, contemporary furnishings, abundant wildlife – this multi award-winning 5-star self-catering holiday home has it all. Sleeps six in three bedrooms.

Deal: Good Friday – Easter Monday for £895 (3 nights) or £1050 for seven nights from Good Friday.

Old Cragg Hall Barn Terrace views

Old Cragg Hall Barn Terrace views

Skiing in Chamonix – £80pppn, fully catered

Situated on the sunny side of the Chamonix valley this eight bedroom chalet has a large terrace with hot tub from where you can enjoy amazing views of Mont Blanc whilst sipping your favourite tipple.  Luxurious interiors, delicious food and easy access to all skiing areas.

Deal: Now £565 per person for a seven night fully catered stay throughout April (was £730).

Ski chalet in Chamonix

Ski chalet in Chamonix

Yurting in the Peak District – £19pppn

On the edge of the Peak District National Park, with stunning views across the Staffordshire Moorlands, you will find an award-winning cluster of yurts which offer the ultimate glamping experience.  Each yurt sleeps up to four people.

Deal: £200 for 2 nights / £300 for 4 nights from 7th – 11th April.

Yurt holiday in the Peak District

Yurt holiday in the Peak District

Cottage on organic farm in Wales – £12.50pppn

Venture down a leafy country lane & over an ancient stone bridge to find Penyrallt Fach Cottage, a 19th century former piggery, now a delightful two bedroom cottage on a secluded organic dairy farm overlooking the beautiful Teifi Valley in West Wales. Wood burning stove and 30 minutes to the beaches.

Deal: Was £450 per week, now £350 per week.  Available 12th – 26th April.

Welsh cottage on an organic farm

Welsh cottage on an organic farm

Manor House for the Easter Weekend – £60pppn

A beautiful stone manor house set in a stunning location, Chaffeymoor Grange sleeps 20 guests in comfort. It offers a superb and unforgettable venue for the traditional country house party weekend, whether you are a large family celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or a group of old friends organising a reunion weekend.

Deal: £4800 for 4 nights.  Available from 14th – 24th April.

Country House in Dorset for Easter

Country House in Dorset for Easter

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in the Scottish Highlands; a treehouse in Somerset; a roundhouse in France;  a houseboat in Amsterdam; a yurt in Portugal; a safari tent in Italy; a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; a holiday in a yurt, glamping, a big house to rent, a holiday in a tipi, quirky places to stay, a Scottish holiday, a stay in a shepherds hut, treehouse holidays, a villa in Galicia, villas in France, villas in Spain, windmills, castles, eco houses, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

 

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UK Christmas availability and discounts from One Off Places

UK Christmas availability and discounts from One Off Places

From £15 per person per night

Remote Scottish Hideaway

The West Coast of Scotland Waterfront Christmas – £29pppn

A luxury architect designed waterfront holiday house on the remote Knoydart Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland with one of the best sea loch hot tub views in the UK.  This exquisite home is accessible only by boat!  Inside floor to ceiling glass, vaulted ceilings, contemporary furnishings and designer interiors.  Outside; hot tub, two moorings, wrap around deck and views to die for….5 bedrooms / sleeps 10.

Deal: Was £2700, now £2000 for one week, 20th – 27th December.

The Dorset Castle Christmas – £133pppn

Dorset Castle with indoor pool

With lavish interiors and impeccably designed gardens, The Penn (as Pennsylvania Castle is affectionately known) is located on the Dorset Isle of Portland and is all about comfort and luxury.  The house has every indulgence, from extensive entertaining areas, to a heated indoor swimming pool, and the scenery surrounding the various terraces is simply exquisite.

9 bedrooms / sleeps 20.

Deal: 3 nights for £8000 (additional nights on request).  Includes mince pies, a case of wine and Christmas trees.  Available 20th – 27th December.

The Welsh Watermill Christmas – £15pppn

Welsh Watermill

Welsh Watermill

This beautifully converted water mill which nestles at the bottom of the majestic mountain of Cadair Idris has the River Dysynni running past the front door. The house has been renovated using local slate and stone, and it still retains its stone walls and exposed beams.  River frontage, fishing on site, and a plethora of tranquillity and nature.  3 beds / sleeps up to 8

Deal: Was £950, now £850 for any 7 nights between 20-30 December (Fri-Fri or Mon-Mon).  Tree and hamper included.

The Hebridean Eco Christmas – £52pppn

Luxury eco House

Luxury eco House

Located on the east side of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, the luxurious Lewis Longhouse sits close to the beach in an area of peaceful, natural beauty. With stunning interiors, uninterrupted views and huge windows that bring the outdoors in, this is a very special place in which to escape and relax, any time of year.  2 beds / sleeps 4.

Deal: £1450 for one week (based on 4 – 10% discount for 2 people).  Festive goodies included.  Available 21st – 28th December.

 

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in the Scottish Highlands; a treehouse in Somerset; a roundhouse in France;  a houseboat in Amsterdam; a yurt in Portugal; a safari tent in Italy; a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; a holiday in a yurt, glamping, a big house to rent, a holiday in a tipi, quirky places to stay, a Scottish holiday, a stay in a shepherds hut, treehouse holidays, a villa in Galicia, villas in France, villas in Spain, windmills, castles, eco houses, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

UK Christmas availability and discounts from One Off Places

The West Coast of Scotland Waterfront Christmas – £29pppn

A luxury architect designed waterfront holiday house on the remote Knoydart Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland with one of the best sea loch hot tub views in the UK.  This exquisite home is accessible only by boat!  Inside floor to ceiling glass, vaulted ceilings, contemporary furnishings and designer interiors.  Outside; hot tub, two moorings, wrap around deck and views to die for….5 bedrooms / sleeps 10.

Deal: Was £2700, now £2000 for one week, 20th – 27th December.

Lochside Luxury

Lochside Luxury

The Dorset Castle Christmas – £133pppn

With lavish interiors and impeccably designed gardens, The Penn (as Pennsylvania Castle is affectionately known) is located on the Dorset Isle of Portland and is all about comfort and luxury.  The house has every indulgence, from extensive entertaining areas, to a heated indoor swimming pool, and the scenery surrounding the various terraces is simply exquisite.  9 bedrooms / sleeps 20.

Deal: 3 nights for £8000 (additional nights on request).  Includes mince pies, a case of wine and Christmas trees.  Available 20th – 27th December.

Dorset Castle

Dorset Castle

The Welsh Watermill Christmas – £15pppn

This beautifully converted water mill which nestles at the bottom of the majestic mountain of Cadair Idris has the River Dysynni running past the front door. The house has been renovated using local slate and stone, and it still retains its stone walls and exposed beams.  River frontage, fishing on site, and a plethora of tranquillity and nature.  3 beds / sleeps up to 8

Deal: Was £950, now £850 for any 7 nights between 20-30 December (Fri-Fri or Mon-Mon).  Tree and hamper included.

Welsh Watermill

Welsh Watermill

The Hebridean Eco Christmas – £52pppn

Located on the east side of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, the luxurious Lewis Longhouse sits close to the beach in an area of peaceful, natural beauty. With stunning interiors, uninterrupted views and huge windows that bring the outdoors in, this is a very special place in which to escape and relax, any time of year.  2 beds / sleeps 4.

Deal: £1450 for one week (based on 4 – 10% discount for 2 people).  Festive goodies included.  Available 21st – 28th December.

Scottish eco house

Scottish eco house