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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

Cottages in the Cotswolds – the perfect place for a winter getaway…..

In terms of idyllic UK places to stay, there are few things which can beat a stay in a pretty Cotswolds cottage, especially now that winter is drawing in and our instinct is to curl up infront of a log fire with a large glass of wine!  Chocolate box villages, rolling countryside and cosy pubs galore, it’s a great place to escape the whirlwind of life and settle down to some serious relaxing.  Here at One Off Places we’ve got just the places for you, from one bedroom hideaways, to large cottages perfect for a family get together or a gathering of friends.

Sansome Cottage is a two bedroom cottage in the idyllic village of Ilmington with two pubs within a short walk, and a living room bursting with board games, puzzles and DVD’s where you can curl up on a winter’s evening.  From £132 per night / £590 per week.

Sansome Cottage

Sansome Cottage

Orchard Cottage is truly a boutique retreat.  There’ll be a bottle of bubbly waiting for you in this little slice of heaven and the interiors are a chic mix of old and new with original features complimented by contemporary furnishings.  It sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, and costs from £99 per night / £595 per week.

Orchard Cottage

Orchard Cottage

The Chestnuts, in the Oxfordshire village of Shilton, is an eco-chic conversion which is the proud holder of an award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, whilst still managing to provide its guests with flat screen televisions, Gaggia coffee machine, and Riedal wine glasses.  It sleeps 6 in three luxurious bedrooms and costs from £266 per night.

The Chestnuts

The Chestnuts

Windfall Cottage in the village of Beckford sleeps six in three bedrooms and has sumptuous free standing baths, and even its own baby suite!  The architect designed cottage will seduce you with its contemporary style and its sustainably grown oak interiors.  And if you want to complete the picture, you can rent a classic Porsche 911 carrera or a coffee and cream Nissan Figarro! An idyllic and indulgent retreat.  From £595 for three nights.

Windfall cottage

Windfall Cottage

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A visit to the Cotswolds will provide you with a refreshingly slow pace of life, stylish shops, delightful eateries, exquisite country pubs and a countryside just waiting to be enjoyed.

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.

Beachfront Villa in Kerala, just metres from the Arabian Sea

Fancy waking up to the sound of the sea, stepping out of your villa straight onto the sand, and watching dolphins from the veranda whilst sipping a cool drink?  If that appeals to you, then this stunning three bedroom villa in Kerala might be just the spot for your next holiday.

Your private beach garden

Your private beach garden

The villa is a fusion of contemporary and traditional design.  There are three large bedrooms (all en suite) which each open onto a private veranda and the beach garden.  The garden has hammocks, sunbeds and umbrellas so you can while away the hours watching the sea and reading a good book.  To ensure your total relaxation, the villa comes with a team of staff – a chef, housekeeper, security and a villa host.

Lounge with a sea breeze

Lounge with a sea breeze

Marari Beach is relatively unknown in comparison to Kerala’s main tourist spots – it’s positioned between the backwaters of Alleppey and the the hub of Cochin, and is a perfect spot for a relaxing and hassle free holiday for couples, friends or families.

villa from the beach

Villa from the beach

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traditional food

Traditional food

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