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Holiday in Slovenia – alpine lakes to snow dusted mountains….

Mountain Retreat in Slovenia

Mountain Retreat in Slovenia

When you’re running through a list in your head of places to visit, a holiday in Slovenia probably doesn’t even feature. But it should! This tiny little country (the population is just 2 million), has a lot more to offer than its size would suggest. Boasting everything from Alpine lakes and snow-dusted mountains to beautiful beaches and lush forests, a holiday in Slovenia really should be on your radar. There are probably a lot of people who don’t even know where it is? The country is bordered by Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary and this is what makes it so special – it combines the Alps with the Mediterranean. So, it doesn’t really matter what sort of holiday you’re looking for, because it’s all here!

Alpine Chalet in Slovenia

Alpine Chalet in Slovenia

Certainly in terms of natural beauty, a holiday in Slovenia is unbeatable.  It is known as an incredibly green country because so much of it is covered in verdant forest, and this makes it the perfect destination for a variety of outdoor pursuits from hiking and cycling to climbing and horse riding. There are also some truly picture-perfect lakes where you can bathe and go boating while you’re on holiday in Slovenia. Lake Bohinj is one of the most idyllic, Lake Bled is 14,000 years old and has an island in the middle with a church on it, and Lake Velenje is the deepest, going down to an almost terrifying depth of 54 metres. The banks of these lakes provide sensational views and abundant picnic spots. The rivers and waterfalls are no less impressive – you could raft down the Soca River or follow the streams to the incredible Karstic caves, of which there are more than 8,000 in total. If you’re looking for natural phenomena, a holiday in Slovenia is the way to experience them.

Luxury glamping on the shores of Lake Bled

Luxury glamping on the shores of Lake Bled

It would be easy to write pages and pages about the wonderful landscape of this little republic. There are dozens of natural parks to visit, the snow-capped mountains are criss-crossed with walking trails, and the wildlife is extraordinarily varied, from deer and brown bears to the rarer sights of wolves and wildcats. But a holiday in Slovenia offers so much more. Why not start in the capital town of Ljubljana? Take the funicular up to the castle, visit the National Gallery, or just enjoy strolling around the picturesque streets and sitting in the buzzing cafes. Another town worth a visit while on holiday in Slovenia is Ptuj, which has a wealth of medieval history including a castle, monasteries and churches. On the whole, if you’re interested in history and architecture, a holiday in Slovenia is heaven! Sempeter, a Roman-era necropolis is a must-visit and Predjama Castle is one of the most impressive fortresses you are ever likely to see.

Cottage in a vineyard in Slovenia

Cottage in a vineyard in Slovenia

From the mountains of Triglav National Park and the therapeutic thermal springs to the Skocjan Caves (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the palace in Koper, a holiday in Slovenia is full of diverse surprises. You never know quite what you might discover next but whatever it is, it will take your breath away.

Chalet in the Kamnik Alps

Chalet in the Kamnik Alps

Have a look at our One Off Places in Slovenia to be able to experience all of the above!

Treehouses on the shores of Lake Bled, click here.

Luxury glamping on the shores of Lake Bled, click here.

Alpine chalet on the edge of the Kalmik Alps, click here.

Luxury mountain retreat in the Soca Valley, click here.

Alpine chalet in the Soca Valley, click here.

Chalet in the Julian Alps, click here.

Vineyard cottage in Goricko National Park, click here.

To see all our One Off Places, click here.

Beautiful Slovenia

Beautiful Slovenia

 

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.

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

Aragon – the place to go if you’re in search of untouched Spain…..

Aragon - where you go if you’re in search of untouched Spain. With no coastline to tempt the masses of sun seekers, here you can find secluded accommodation and glorious landscapes, and best of all, you get to keep them all to yourself.

The village of Berdun

With such a low population density huge areas of Aragon remain wild and untouched – you don’t get the choice of holiday rentals that you will in the Costas, but wow, what you get, will be good!  Aragon is a land of extreme natural contrasts, both geologically and in climate, from the dry plains and hilly areas of the south, to the green valleys and snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees.  Perfect for those in search of seclusion, romance, and a slower pace of life – a real gem of a place, full of fascinating places to visit. Lovers of nature and outdoor sports, ski enthusiasts and culture vultures will all find their niche here.

Characterful streets

Holiday properties here are characterful and unspoilt – one such example is Apartment Berdun,  A three bedroom apartment nestling in a Pyrenean village, it is filled with period features, and boasts a magnificent south facing terrace offering uninterrupted mountain views.  The building which houses the apartment is part of the original walls of the village, dating back to the 1300s.  Berdun itself has a couple of shops and bars, and within an easy drive you can be in ancient monasteries, hot springs, and desert monoliths.  There are four ski resorts within a 30 minute drive too.

The Apartment

Priced at just £85 per night, it’s a fabulous place for a truly relaxing holiday, and the chance to experience the real Spain.

To see all our Spanish properties, click here.

Inside apartment Berdun

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.