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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?

Summer availability in gorgeous, quirky, holiday lets…..

We’re well into July now so if you’re relying on finding something special for your summer holiday, but haven’t booked it yet, then you need to get on it!  A few of our most charming One Off Places in the UK have got some last minute slots to fill, so if any of them take your fancy, make that enquiry sharpish, before someone else does!

Fancy a stay in a private castle for two in Devon?  Then Haldon Belvedere is your place.  Set in five acres of secluded woodland with panoramic views across Dartmoor and Exmoor, this top floor apartment is oozing 18th century charisma, with ornate plasterwork, gothic windows, and marble fireplaces.  A fabulous bolthole for two.  From £125 per night.  A variety of short stays are still available throughout August.  See http://www.oneoffplaces.co.uk/Europe/England/Devon/Haldon-Belvedere—Lawrence-Castle.aspx for more info.

Private castle for two in Devon

Private castle for two in Devon

Eco more your thing?  This cabin in the corner of a wildflower meadow in Yorkshire is made from straw bales – in fact, it’s the UK’s first holiday home made from straw bales, so if you’re looking for unique, this is it.  Beautiful peaceful setting alongside a little pond, where the swallows dip and dive the whole summer long.  It sleeps 2 and can be booked for anything from one night (@ £60) to one week (@£264).  Still has availability for the last two weeks of August.

Straw Bale Cabin in Yorkshire

Straw Bale Cabin in Yorkshire

If you’re a water person, then consider a houseboat holiday?  There is one remaining week of availability in this beautiful barge in Devon – a traditional canal barge moored on your own private and secluded waterway.  Just relax as the countryside unfolds around you without the bother of battling your way through crowded waterways.  The boats are set in 35 acres of beautiful north Devon countryside and can sleep up to four people.  Available 9th – 16th August @ £790 for one week.

Houseboat holiday in North Devon

Houseboat holiday in North Devon

There is also some August availability in this former cobblers cottage which sits right on the River Tees in Yorkshire.  It sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is the perfect setting for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday.  Watch the kingfishers dart across the water, and even sometimes the odd otter coming by to say hello.    Part of the north Pennines area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will not be short of things to do or places to visit.  It’s available from 2nd – 16th August @ £450 per week.

Riverside cobblers cottage

Riverside cobblers cottage

We have lots of other places with last minute summer availability – both at home and abroad.  Have a look at our special offers page to see them all.  Better still, you can see all the various unique and one off properties by using our search page, or having a look at our range of property types, and destinations.

Tennis fans? Take your pick of our One Off Places with their own Tennis Courts

There are a few facilities and features that always make a holiday property seem exclusive and luxurious (swimming pools, hot tubs, walled gardens to name but a few) and one thing that definitely falls into this category is a tennis court. Properties with private tennis courts immediately seem somehow lavish – even if the cost in no way reflects this! With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of some of our favourite holiday rentals with tennis courts…

The traditional country house

If your idea of a tennis court is a Wimbledon-style grass court with a table of strawberries and cream next to it, then look no further than the charming Fingals in Devon. Informal and relaxed yet luxurious and full of character, this 10-bedroomed Grade II listed country house is situated in a beautiful valley and provides the perfect setting for a laidback family holiday. And never mind the tennis court, what about the croquet lawn?

Grass tennis court in Devon

Grass tennis court in Devon

The Lochside Abbey in the Scottish Highlands

Built in 1876 on the shores of Loch Ness, this Benedictine Abbey has been beautifully converted to create a number of stylish self catering properties.  Aside from the tennis court, the communal facilities at the Monastery also include a swimming pool, sauna & steam room, gym, snooker, table tennis, boules, croquet, giant chess, badminton & archery.  Not a bad selection!

Lochside monastery in Scottish Highlands

The French farmhouse

If you’re a large group of friends looking for somewhere you can spend your days lounging by the pool, playing games and BBQing your meals as you look out over stunning countryside, Arnauton is for you. Lovingly renovated and housed within 5 acres of grounds in the Midi-Pyrenees region, this is a gorgeous setting and is truly a place for relaxed and stress-free living.

French farmhouse for 16

French farmhouse for 16

The Spanish eco-farm

Back to Spain and the breathtaking landscape of Extremadura. La Lancha is an extraordinary place – a self-proclaimed ‘eco-luxury farmhouse’ set within 30 hectares of olive groves, fruit orchards and fields of Merino sheep. The grounds are truly exceptional in a way that makes the swimming pool and tennis court seem almost commonplace! If you want to take your friends and family to somewhere absolutely unique then this is the place.

Eco luxury barn conversion in rural Spain

Eco luxury barn conversion in rural Spain

Ultimate luxury in a villa in Morocco

Villa Alexandra has so many wonderful features that it is hard to say which is the most appealing. Is it the cool, classic interior and stunning architecture, the serene location, the large walled garden full of scented blossoms or the pampering for which it is famous? Whichever it is, you will fall in love with this piece of paradise.  Just outside the house (which sleeps 12) is a 20m by 5m swimming pool, which has a ‘beach’ area that children will love.  The grounds also contain a clay tennis court which is well-maintained with racquets available.

Luxury country house in Morocco

Luxury country house in Morocco

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Over £800 off during Easter Holidays at selected One Off Places

Croatia  – 33% discount

On top of a hill with magnificent views over Motovun and the Mirna Valley is this stunning villa, built in 1770 and now beautifully renovated with a Venetian-style exterior and spacious, contemporary interiors. Private and luxurious in a breathtaking setting, this is an idyllic Croatian retreat.  4 beds / sleeps 8.

Deal: Was £1235, now £825 for all bookings from 12th April – 10th May.

Villa in Croatia

France – 25% discount

Nestled amongst the serene foothills of St Barthelemy, surrounded by hilltops and untouched natural beauty as far as the eye can see, Lei Chambris is an idyllic exclusive-use estate set within 10 acres of tranquil grounds rich with poplar forests and streams. Cook and masseuse on site!  6 beds / sleeps 12.

Deal: 25% discount for Easter week.  Was £3295 per week, now £2470 per week.  Includes

Includes welcome aperitif & dinner, Easter day lunch and an Easter egg hunt in the poplar woods!

Country House in Provence

Country House in Provence

Greece – 20% discount

A traditional country house on the Greek island of Lefkas decorated with antiques yet offering all modern amenities.  Superb countryside views and just a few minutes from world famous beaches.  3 beds / sleeps 8.

Deal: 20% off week long bookings between 29th March – 26th April.  Was £865, now £690.

Ionian island villa in Greece

Ionian Island villa in Greece

England – 18% discount

The Quarry is a large, luxury, child friendly, detached Victorian house standing in ½ acre of private, terraced gardens. It has magnificent views over Ilfracombe & out to sea. This unique, self catering villa backs directly onto the South West coastal path, and has a privately owned beach a 5 min walk away. 7 beds / sleeps 13

Deal: Easter now available as a short break or a week stay. Weekend 3 night stay £2000, week £2550 (was £3100). Both start on Good Friday (18th April).

Coastal & family friendly in Devon

Coastal & family friendly in Devon

England – £700 discount

Built in 1687 Incleborough House is a Grade II listed Norfolk property set in magnificent landscaped walled gardens which overlook the village green. Stunning architecture, creative interior design and a classical feel – all just 300 metres from an award-winning beach. This house has the wow factor.  7 beds / sleeps 16.

Deal:  £700 off a three or four night Easter break.  Available 4th / 7th / 11th April.  Includes free champagne, wine, welcome pack and breakfast.

Country House in Norfolk

Country House in Norfolk

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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Notes for editors: One Off Places  was launched in 2008. Named A Top 10 Hot Travel Website (Times Online). 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 or 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.