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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

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?

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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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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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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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.

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.

We’ve got over 1000 places on offer on our website.  Search all our properties here.  For treehouses, search here.  For wagons and caravans, search here.  To see all our property types, search here.  Happy hunting!

Winter Sunshine and Safaris in Kent from One Off Places

So it seems that you don’t have to fly at vast expense to get yourself some winter sunshine and a dawn safari.  You could be forgiven for thinking that I’d gone mad, but no, it has just dawned on me that of all the fabulous regions we have One Off Places, our One Off Places in Kent are as diverse as they get.

Handcrafted treehouse

Handcrafted treehouse

For the romantic types, it’s all about the hand crafted treehouse, an exquisite labour of love which sleeps 2 people in luxurious surroundings, and has a bubbling hot tub at the foot of the tree.  Romance personified.

Livingstone Lodge safari tents

Livingstone Lodge safari tents

If you want to treat the children to a safari, without the expense, the malarial tables and the time off work, then head for a long weekend down to Livingstone Lodge or Elephant Lodge, a collection of safari tents in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park.  You’ll get the full safari experience – a tented lodge, a deck looking out onto a waterhole, and the opportunity to go out on safaris to get up close and personal with the animals.

Sun room in beachfront house

Sun room in beachfront house

And then we have the exclusive (but amazingly well priced) beachfront house with its very own Real Sunlight multi sensory room.  The perfect beach and summer holiday all year round – you can head a few steps out of your door to the beach on sunny days, and enjoy completely safe sunbathing in the sun room, and films in the cinema room, on rainy days.  It sleeps up to 6 people and the interior of the house is the height of luxury.

The Retreat near Canterbury

The Retreat near Canterbury

Also in Kent we have a detached glass fronted house right on the beach in Whitstable, a period house in the charming town of Deal, and a relaxation retreat near Canterbury.  To see our other Kent properties, click here.

Riverside Glamping in East Sussex

Here on a peaceful campsite in East Sussex you will find a collection of hand built huts; a perfect spot for a romantic weekend away or for getting back to nature with the family.  The huts are based on the idea of an old shepherd’s hut and built using old corn bins for the rooves, recycled chassis from old touring caravans – reclaimed, locally sourced, and recycled materials.

Hut-exterior the-perfect-evening

Unique and charming, the five huts are located on a farm in the village of Bodiam, East Sussex.  Everything on site has been set up to produce minimum impact on the environment – timber from responsibly farmed forests, lighting systems powered via solar panels on the hut’s roof and paints made with natural pigments.

hut-at-night cosy-in-winter

Each hut can sleep 4 people and although compact, they also provide all the necessary mod cons, from gas hob to electric lighting.  They each have a wood burner, double glazing, and excellent insulation to ensure you are kept cosy.  Cooking equipment, kitchen basics and bedding are all provided.  Outside each hut has table and chairs and its own firepit, and there is a communal covered area and campfire to ensure you can dine alfresco even if the weather is a little inclement!  Washing facilities are a few yards away in a separate shepherd’s hut and includes hot showers and flushing toilets!

inside Day-bed-made-up-as-bunks-1

There’s loads to do in the vicinity, from enjoying the farm (and fishing in the river which runs through the farm), to strolling over the fields to the local pub, visiting Bodiam Castle or the Steam Railway.

hut-in-sunlight

From £79 – £95 per hut per night.

Stay in an African safari lodge and go wildlife spotting…..in Kent

Do you dream of going on an African safari but wonder how on earth you’ll find the money to take the whole family?  Well, our safari lodges in a wild animal park in Kent may be the answer to your dreams!  While you’re saving up for the big trip, how about spending a week or a long weekend at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent where you can stay in a safari tent, sip a sundowner from a waterhole viewpoint, and get up at the crack of dawn to go on a guided safari.

Safari tent exterior

Safari tent exterior

Elephant Lodge is a perfect place to enjoy your wild camping experience without sacrificing your home comforts or leaving the UK! The camp comprises thirteen luxury tented lodges, nine of which overlook the elephant paddocks and have stunning views of the cheetah enclosure, as well as looking across the Romney marsh to the Kent coastline. With well-appointed interiors and the chance to spot African elephants and cheetahs, Elephant Lodge offers a glamping experience like no other.

Close up with the elephants

Close up with the elephants

Cheetah

Cheetah

Every lodge sleeps up to 8 people.  There are two double bedrooms, one double sofa bed in the living area and bunk beds in the twin room. The lodges have private toilet and shower facilities and a log burning stove to keep you cosy.

Cabin room in tent

Cabin room in tent

Double room in tent

Double room in tent

A stay at Elephant Lodge entitles you to free unlimited entry to both Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks as well as access to evening activities like walking tours of the park with a keeper and evening safari tours after the park is closed to the public.

Tent interiors

Tent interiors

From £510 (three nights) / £1360 (7 nights) per tent.

Surroundings

Surroundings