Category Archives: Isle of Wight

Unique places to stay in England

One of the best things about the holiday accommodation of today is that there is so much of it on our doorstep, and there are hundreds of fun, fabulous and unique places to stay in England. You certainly don’t need to travel halfway across the world to find breathtaking scenery, stunning coastline, historic buildings, inspiring culture, diverse wildlife and mouth-watering home grown cuisine, in fact many would argue that you’ll find more of that here than you will anyway else!

Cornish Cabin

Cornish Cabin

When you’re looking for unique places to stay in England it can be hard to know where to start, as the regions are so varied. You might decide to start in the south west, near the beaches of Cornwall, and Devon and the rugged landscapes of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin. If you’re searching for a romantic hideaway and proximity to the sea is top of your list of priorities then look no further than Shamrock Cabin, a gorgeous little retreat where you can fling open the French doors and walk out onto a deck with nothing but ocean views in front of it. The neighbouring counties of Dorset and Somerset are also rich in lovely holiday properties, from yurt camps to manor houses.

Domes in Gloucestershire

Domes in Gloucestershire

Heading towards the east coast, the counties of Sussex, Hampshire and Kent are always popular with holidaymakers and it’s easy to see why. The ‘garden of England’ is picturesque throughout and definitely lives up to its stage name, Hampshire is home to the wonderful New Forest, and Sussex is perfectly located – rural and yet easy to reach from the capital. Head further into the heart of England and you will find the famous Cotswolds region, home to thatched chocolate box cottages and stylishly converted farmhouses, and the beautiful county of Gloucestershire, which for many represents the bucolic idyll at its best. And if you’re looking for truly unique places to stay in England then where better than The Dome Garden, a collection of spacious geodesic domes in the Forest of Dean.

Shacks in Yorkshire

Shacks in Yorkshire

As you move north, the countryside changes but it is no less stunning. Yorkshire is a region of immense character, and if you want to experience the area’s natural beauty at its very best then you should stay at the Woodland Shacks, a cluster of handcrafted timber-frame huts which are an unbeatable combination of the rustic and the luxurious. If you carry on right to the very north, until you’re almost at the Scottish border, you will reach Northumberland, with its castles and hills, and Cumbria, home of the famous Lake District. And you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere more exquisitely furnished and superbly located than Silverholme, an elegant house right on the shore of Lake Windermere.

Manor House in Cumbria

Manor House in Cumbria

Whether lakeside or seaside, hilltop or treetop, urban or rural, cosy or expansive, there are hundreds of unique places to stay in England so the question is not ‘whether’ it’s just ‘when’ and ‘where’. What will you choose?

Holidays to write home about for under £500

So you’ve got a budget for your holidays, and every web search you do brings up some fabulous looking holidays, but which all cost the earth.  Here at One Off Places we cater for all budgets in our unique and distinctive holiday properties so today’s post is giving you some examples of a few sometimes quirky, sometimes luxurious, sometimes unique, and always distinctive, places where you (and your partner / sister / family) can go on holiday.  Here’s what £500 gets you:

£450 for four nights in the Isle of Wight’s only rentable Treehouse

This two bedroom Treehouse (sleeping up to six people) is set in beautiful peaceful surroundings, a mile from the coast on the Isle of Wight.  The treehouse is divided into two separate areas – the Living House and the Sleeping House. On site is a children’s play area, bikes to hire, and the delights of the Isle of Wight on your doorstep.

£450 for 4 nights midweek (£350 for a three night weekend)

Treehouse on the Isle of Wight

Treehouse on the Isle of Wight

£495 for two weeks in a Boar Hide in Portugal

The name ‘the Boar Hide’ is not just metaphorical or descriptive – this is an actual boar hide! Open the shutters, lay some bait on the terrace and wait…. We can guarantee you will never have stayed anywhere quite like this.  The Boar Hide sits within the grounds of an organic smallholding in mid Portugal, a rare place which is completely off-grid.  Enormous shutters open out onto a terrace where the boar will congregate, and there is also an outside dining area and river access.  Sleeps four.

£495 for 14 nights.

The Boar Hide in Portugal

The Boar Hide in Portugal

£450 for seven nights in a French windmill

A lovingly renovated 19th century Windmill in the Vendee region of France… an ideal setting for a special occasion.  The windmill is set over four floors and the bedroom at the top commands views across the beautiful countryside.  Secluded and peaceful.

£450 for seven nights.

Windmill in France

Windmill in France

£450 for seven nights in a former Gothic railway station in North Wales

Romantic, intimate and unique, this boutique artist designed apartment in the heart of Snowdonia is the ultimate bolthole for a twosome looking to get away. The apartment is housed in an old railway station right in the middle of Betws-y-Coed, a delightful village in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. And it boasts a private balcony which looks out over the station platform to the surrounding woods and hills.

£450 for seven nights

Apartment in a railway station

Apartment in a railway station

And if you think £500 is still a bit much, then we’ll happily do an under £300 category.  And then for the wealthy folk amongst you, we’ll show you some of the top end stuff.  Howzat?

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Brand New: A New Glamping Twist; The Shepherd Hut Cluster on the Isle of Wight

One Off Places is thrilled to announce the launch of The Hideaway, an exclusive cluster of hand-built oak-clad shepherd’s huts, set around a smart decking area in a rural idyll on the Isle of Wight.  The Hideaway opened for its first guests in September 2013 and introduces a new concept for shepherd’s hut glamping – instead of getting just one hut you get four – two bedroom huts, and a double kitchen / living hut.

Your shepherds hut cluster

Your shepherds hut cluster

Hidden away within picturesque farm and woodland, just outside the country village of Whippingham on the North East coast of the island, these delightful and distinctive huts are perfect for romantic breaks or quirky rural retreats.  The Hideaway comprises 2 en-suite bedroom huts and a double kitchen/living hut, all newly hand-built with lots of natural wood, slate and stone. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with views into the trees. The huts sit around a sunny, secluded decking area and French doors lead out onto the decking from the living area.   

Cosy bedroom

Cosy bedroom

Tabitha Symonds, founder and director of oneoffplaces.co.uk, said of this brand new addition to the portfolio; ` Chic, rustic and absolutely unique, The Hideaway is a place where you can enjoy luxury, peace and privacy in beautiful natural surroundings.`

Living and kitchen

Living and kitchen

The huts are completely private and surrounded by nature. There is a wealth of wildlife around, from red squirrels and rabbits to owls and woodpeckers, not to mention the horses, cows and sheep from the surrounding farmland. There are bikes available to hire and shooting lessons/practice are available on site, as well as children’s mini tractor rides. The owners offer speedboat charters; brilliant fun for all ages. The Isle of Wight is jam-packed with things to do and see, whether you want to visit historic castles, take long coastal walks, try a spot of sailing or just sit on a beach eating ice cream.

Bunk room

Bunk room

Price from £550 – £1200 per week.

Kitchen

Kitchen

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in Scotland, a windmill in France, a medieval gatehouse in Wales, a safari tent in Italy, a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; and a merchant`s house in Morocco; as well as eco houses, church conversions, train carriages, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

Notes for editors:

One Off Places launched in 2008.  The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk , tel: 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.

Our top five places to stay on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight – UK holiday destination extraordinaire!  About six miles from the southern coast of England, those in search of the perfect family holiday should look no further.  Known as ‘England in miniature’, it has an incredible variety of scenery, a large selection of fabulous beaches, and an eclectic mix of Victorian heyday and modern glamour.  If you’re heading to the Isle of Wight with children, then the list of things to do is endless – from dinosaur hunting to watersports, cycling to theme parks, and all points in between.

And in amongst all that activity, you need a fabulous place to stay.  That’s where we come in!  We have picked our top five One Off Places on the Isle of Wight.  We know you’re all starting to think about 2014 holidays – why not get on and get it booked before Christmas.  One less thing to think about in January!

1. Two bedroom treehouse near Cowes, 1km from the beach

Treehouse

Treehouse

The only treehouse accommodation on the Isle of Wight, this charming structure offers luxurious comfort in peaceful and private surroundings.  There is a living house, and a sleeping house, connected by smart decking, sleeping 4-6 people.  From £450 per week.

2. Four bedroom architect designed Tin Tabernacle, formerly a Mission House

The Mission Hall

The Mission Hall

The former ‘Blackgang Mission Hall‘ built in 1895 and only ever used as a mission meeting hall until it was converted in 2007.  Now the interior has had the touch of an interior designer, where two mezzanine bedrooms float in the roof  space and a bath is sunken into what was once the baptismal font.  Sleeps 8.  From £780 per week.

3. Safari tents with sea views on an organic farm

Safari Tent

Safari Tent

Five canvas lodges, each sleeping up to six people nestled in glorious farm surroundings with stunning sea views, and fabulous beaches on your doorstep.  Inside, comfy beds, games compendiums and oodles of living space.  Outside, your own private deck with sea views, and a communal campfire.

4. Airstream caravans in picturesque countryside

Airstreams

Airstreams

Thirteen classic American trailers and a few British vintage caravans thrown in for good measure, all with unique and quirky interiors and sleeping two – six people each.  Each trailer restoration is a labour of love, and every airstream and caravan has its own individual personality.  From £460 per week.  Minimum stay 2 nights.

5. The Exclusive Cluster of hand built shepherds huts

Shepherds Huts

Shepherds Huts

A new concept for shepherds hut glamping - rather than just getting one hut, you get four!  A double living / kitchen hut, and two individual bedroom huts, all set around a smart decking area.  Hidden away in picturesque farm and woodland, and cosy whatever the weather.  Fabulous for the children – the perfect quirky rural retreat.  Sleeps 6.  From £550 per week.

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