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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?

Late September availability in One Off Places

Missed the boat in August and still in search of some time out?  Avoided the crowds of holiday makers and now ready to book an escape?  Here at One Off Places we’ve got some fabulous September offers, both at home and abroad.  We’ve picked our favourites below, but for more ideas of places to go in September, why not have a look at our special offers page?

Handcrafted Romany caravans in the Scottish borders

In a landscaped meadow in the Scottish Borders, set around a wildlife lochan, you’ll find a cluster of French hand crafted wooden Romany-style caravans, luxurious and elegant yet simple and timeless. If you want to escape the humdrum of your daily life, reconnect with nature, and experience something truly original and rejuvenating, then this is the place. Magical.

20% discount on all midweek stays in September of three nights or more.  From £76 per night.

Indian summer in a Scottish meadow

Indian summer in a Scottish meadow

Six bedroom country house in Somerset

Nestled in rural Somerset sits Cossington Park, a beautiful family home with a long and fascinating history. Explore the sprawling collection of books, portraits and antiques, enjoy the 22 acres of wonderful grounds and relax with friends and family in this superb retreat.  With its informal, friendly atmosphere, a dedicated and caring team of staff, and a gorgeous village location, there isn’t much not to love about this place. Sleeps 16.

3 nights from 26th Sep was £1989, now £1289.

Country house in Somerset

Country house in Somerset

13th century olive millhouse in Andalucia

Beautiful 13th century restored Olive Millhouse in Spain’s Andalucia, situated in a peaceful and secluded setting nestling amongst olive groves, with stunning panoramic views of the mountains and unspoilt countryside beyond.  It has been lovingly restored to retain its character and rustic charm,and has a large and pristine private pool with exquisite views.  Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms.

Available throughout September.  Was £990 per week, now £850 per week.

Olive millhouse in Spain

Olive millhouse in Spain

19th century watermill in Portugal

Set in two acres of fruit tree terraces and pretty woodland, in a tranquil rural setting bounded by the river, this 19th century Casa Moinho once was home to the donkeys that worked at the ruined watermill in the garden and has now been restored into charming and comfortable accommodation for four (in two bedrooms).

Available throughout September.  Usually £695 per week, now £495 per week.

Portuguese watermill

Portuguese watermill

Safari tents in Suffolk

Within a peaceful and private corner in the heart of the Suffolk countryside you will find a canvas-wrapped three bedroom hideaway which brings a whole new meaning to glamorous camping.  Starry skies, meals around the fire pit, sumptous interiors, and beautiful tranquil surroundings.  Each tent sleeps up to six in three bedrooms.

15% discount on midweek breaks throughout September.

Suffolk glamping

Suffolk glamping

 

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.

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!

A little bit of everything from One Off Places

Happy Friday everyone.  I thought today might be an appropriate day to present you with a fabulous gallery of images.  Not too many words for those of you with tired Friday afternoon brains, just some (very) pretty pictures depicting the scope and variety of properties which we have on offer here at One Off Places.  So without further ado:

So if you’ve lost every inch of motivation you ever had, and are longing for the weekend, then I can guarantee it will come sooner if you spend a little time browsing the One Off Places website……

Happy Weekend!