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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?

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

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.

Competition Time! Win a stay in a fabulous Kent Treehouse with One Off Places.

If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping up in the trees then you might get the chance to if you enter our latest competition.  This handcrafted treehouse is six metres off the ground amongst fruit trees, conifers and willows.  The house is built almost completely from driftwood which has been gathered from a local beach, and comprises two joined hexagonal pods, each of which sits on a tree trunk pedestal.  Inside you will find an amazing array of litte luxuries and mod cons – hard to believe that this is ‘rural living’.  The ultimate in romantic experiences.

the-treehouse under-the-treehouse

Inside you’ll find one bedroom with a double bed, a lounge with kitchen area, and a separate bathroom.  There is a log burner to keep you cosy on chilly nights, and underfloor heating throughout.  The kitchen is fully equipped and includes microwave and dishwasher.  The sitting room is fitted with 70 inch home cinema screen system and surround sound, as well as SKY TV (including the movies package), DVD’s, CD’s, iPod docking station and free WiFi.

living-room bedroom

At the bottom of the tree trunk you will find your private hot tub, bubbling away gently in anticipation of your arrival.  Bath robes and slippers are provided, and you can while away some hours sipping champagne in this most perfectly situated hot tub.

romance-personified kitchen

More information about the treehouse can be found here: http://www.oneoffplaces.co.uk/Europe/England/Kent/Treehouse-Hideaway.aspx.

bathroom

To enter the competition, go to http://www.oneoffplaces.co.uk/article/competition.aspx and complete your details.

hot-tub

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