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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?

One Off Places goes to Riverside Cottage in Hampshire

It’s always lovely when a member of the One Off Places team gets to holiday in a One Off Place. And it’s particularly special when that place not only meets but completely surpasses your expectations.

Riverside Cottage in Hampshire

This is what happened when one of our number took a group of girlfriends to Riverside Cottage in Hampshire for a weekend getaway. I don’t know about you, but when I picture the ‘perfect’ winter weekend in the country, I imagine a characterful thatched cottage, a roaring fire, long walks in mud-spattered wellies, glasses of red wine, lots of laughter round a big table, home cooked food and comfortable beds to sink into. But I also imagine contemporary luxuries. And that, in a nutshell, is what Riverside Cottage provides. Think beamed ceilings, a warming Aga, social conservatory dining and plenty of space for everyone to stretch out in. Somehow this is a place that manages to be cosy, quaint, light and spacious all at the same time!

Charming and characterful interiors

Charming and characterful interiors

And the great beauty of this cottage? That it is just as idyllic in the summertime. The only bad thing thing about our icy weekend was that we couldn’t make the most of the swimming pool, the well-appointed pool house and the extensive garden.

Large grounds

Large grounds

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a peaceful countryside break with friends and family, somewhere that is an easy drive from London and yet feels rural and remote, then look no further. You won’t regret it!

Riverside

Riverside!

Key Features

  • Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms
  • Dining table to seat 10
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Village pub just a 1 mile walk away

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Holiday in a Windmill? Quirky, maybe, but not as rustic as you might imagine…..

It’s rare to find holiday properties which are as atmospheric and historica as they are unique, but a holiday in a windmill ticks that box!  Unique holiday cottages are one thing, but windmill conversions are often graded or listed, and they are overflowing with character and stories of days gone by.   We’ve taken on a few windmill properties recently, and I for one, think they are worth shouting about!

Romantic windmill stays

Romantic windmill stays

How Hill Windmill in Norfolk was built in 1824 as a working grain mill and is now a Grade II listed windmill offering characterful riverside accommodation.  Sleeping four in two bedrooms it is in peaceful and picturesque surroundings, boasts a private garden and has its own mooring on the River Ant.  From £375 per week.

Riverside windmill in Norfolk

Riverside windmill in Norfolk

Winning the prize for the most beautiful setting, The Mill on the Hill is a magical hilltop haven overlooking the plains of Portugal’s Alentejo.  Panoramic views, a walled garden with tree swing and hammock, and three comfortable bedrooms in this unique holiday rental.  From £500 per week.

Hilltop windmill in Portugal

Hilltop windmill in Portugal

Time and again people return to Cley Windmill, one of our most popular UK properties.  Dating from the early 18th century, Cley Windmill is a well known landmark on the North Norfolk coast.  Operating as a B&B (but available to book on an exclusive basis), it offers simply stunning views across the salt marshes and out to sea and has been sympathetically converted into a guesthouse simply oozing charm.  From £80 – £165 per room per night.

Windmill on the North Norfolk Coast

Windmill on the North Norfolk Coast

Another windmill B&B, this time in Wiltshire, high above a beautiful Cotswold stone town.  Bradford Old Windmill is a prominent landmark, and inside it doesn’t disappoint with its pointed Gothic windows and ornate Victorian spiral staircase.  Includes a bedroom with a conical roof, and a circular room with a round bed.  From £89 – £115 per room per night.

Windmill B&B in the Cotswolds

Windmill B&B in the Cotswolds

If it’s a romantic hideaway all to yourself you’re after, then Moulin85 in the Vendee region of France should do the trick.  Sleeping just two people but arranged over four floors (with a room per floor!) it is an exquisitely peaceful, rural and romantic retreat.  From £450 per week.

Romantic retreat in France

Romantic retreat in France