Monthly Archives: August 2013

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.

Brand new luxury eco house on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis

Located on the eastern side of the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, the brand new Lewis Longhouse is positioned close to the beach in a peaceful area of natural beauty.  This is a unique and special place to relax and escape to, with stunning interiors and uninterrupted views from the huge windows which bring the outdoors in. The house has a luxurious and contemporary design, yet the local environment, energy conscious technology and sustainability were at the forefront of the building approach. The house is set low on the hillside with views in all directions and is in an ideal location to explore the island.

exterior house-and-surrounds

 

Inside the house boasts a double height living area, two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and a relaxation area with an office zone and balcony.  Serious style.  Serious space.  Serious luxury.  Outside the house sits in a half acre plot with a large bay facing deck to the front and a BBQ.  The beach is just 100 yards away.  The glass doors from the living room open south onto the deck – a perfect spot for sunning yourself by day or stargazing by night.

sitting-room bedroom-views

Lewis itself is a magical place with lots to see and do, from seeking out its archaeological treasures, to exquisite coast walks, watersports, cycling and wildlife experiences.

light-filled double-bedroom

2 bedrooms / sleeps 4.  £950 – £1450 per week.  Minimum stay 3 nights.

beach another-exterior

Converted train carriage on the Sussex seafront

Ever fancied staying in a converted train carriage?  This pair of lovingly restored Stroudley railway carriages date back to the 10th century and were originally used on the London – Brighton line.  Now they are positioned on the seafront in the seaside town of Selsey and have been turned into luxurious accommodation for 8 people.

view-over-selsey hallway

This railway carriage conversion is charming and eccentric, whilst offering some luxurious features, and direct access onto a superb beach and a beautiful part of the British coastline.  Each of the coaches have been thoughtfully adapted and combines original features with cosy and quirky living spaces.  And as for the setting?  You don’t get closer to the beach than this.  You want beachfront?  You’ve got beachfront!

terrace double-room

Inside are four bedrooms – 2 doubles and 2 twins (with bunk beds).  The sitting room has a comfy sofa and TV, there is a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower, and an eating and sitting area with a log burner and panoramic views.  There is a collection of DVD’s, books, games and toys.  Outside you will find a fenced beach style garden with decking and garden furniture.  The beach itself is unspoilt, and you will often have it all to yourself, even in high season.

kitchen bunk-room

Selsey is six miles south of Chichester and offers a wide range of activities for all ages and interests, from golfing and cycling, to fishing and diving, and all points in between!

door dining-and-views

From £375 – £1000 per week depending on time of year.

To see our collection of train carriages and train stations, 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

Cottages for Cooks on the Northumberland Heritage Coast

A pair of stone cottages just four miles from Bamburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast, these cottages are desiged with foodies in mind!  Each has its own kitchen garden and access to fresh seafood straight from the owners fishing boat – the perfect gastro romantic break for couples!

Fish fresh from the boat

Fish fresh from the boat

The kitchen gardens are superbly stocked with fruits, vegetables and herbs.  The owners provide contacts for a huge range of fresh local produce, as well as recommendations for good local eateries, so your holiday can allow you to try fresh local produce without always eating out.  We can source you langoustines, lobsters, sea trout, salmon and coastal reared lamb, amongst others.

Bamburgh cottages in Northumberland

Bamburgh Cottages in Northumberland

Each cottage sleeps two people in one bedroom and are designed in an open plan studio style with log burning stove and retained architectural features.

Your own kitchen garden

Your own kitchen garden

From £299 – £420 per cottage per week.  Shorter stays also available.

inside the cottage

Inside the cottage

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

Brand New Beachfront Safari Tents in Brittany

Glamping at its very best!  Six safari tents, each with private sundeck, just metres from a secluded beach.  Set in the ‘Baie de la Foret’ where unspoilt landscapes meet a crystal clear water secluded beach, this is the ultimate spot for a back to nature holiday.  An idyllic setting in which to kick back and enjoy life.

Aerial view of Brittany glamping

Aerial view of Brittany Glamping

The six ‘Archipel’ safari tents and the three ‘Atoll’ tents all have comfortable bedding and wood burning stoves.  All sit on wooden sundecks with sheltered outdoor kitchens and seating areas from where you can enjoy the view. There are two green roofed bath houses, located just a few metres from the tents with flushing toilets, hot showers, wash basins and sinks.

Tent interior

Tent interior

The lodges have a direct view of the secluded beach below but the site is fenced so children can play safely in the surrounding grounds.  The sea is super child-friendly, with no currents or big waves.

Beach in front of tents

Beach in front of tents

If you ever tire of the beach and sea swimming on site (which we doubt), there are bikes available to hire on site.  The trails of Fousnant country are just waiting to be explored, there’s a golf club down the road, tennis nearby, and a whole host of watersports to get involved with including scuba diving, sailing and canoeing.  There are tiny romantic coves and white sandy beaches, and for the culture vultures, head inland to the Cathedral St Corentin and the Breton County Museum.

safari-tent-exterior private-deck

Price from 73 – 132 euros per night.