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Quirky places to stay – Wagons & Caravans

The word ‘quirky’ can mean many things, and if you’re looking for quirky places to stay there is no shortage of options. Gothic castles, beachside huts, luxurious yurts and tucked-away treehouses are just some of the types of property on offer. But undoubtedly one of the most unique and romantic categories is that of wagons and caravans. Forget everything you think you know about caravans, these carriages and coaches come in all shapes, sizes and styles, from retro American airstreams and traditional Romany vardos to VW campers, shepherd’s huts and everything in between.

Here are some of our favourite wagons and caravans.

The converted horse lorry

On a quiet farm in Oxfordshire sits The Horse Lorry at Glamping Thorpe, a lovingly renovated hideaway with a log burner and a king size bed. With cosy interiors, wonderful views over open countryside, a peaceful setting and occasional visits from sheep and their baby lambs, this is an unusual little bolthole in which to relax and unwind.

Horse Lorry in Oxfordshire

Horse Lorry in Oxfordshire

The gypsy wagon

How much more romantic does it get than an original gypsy wagon, within the orchards and fields of the dramatic Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.  Not much is the answer, and this is what you’ll find at Tregaminion in West Wales. Warm, cosy and comfortable, these two charming gypsy caravans have been refurbished by gypsy folk and now provide the perfect base for an old-fashioned holiday in a stunning part of the world. 

Gypsy wagon in Cornwall

Gypsy wagon in Cornwall

The shepherd’s hut

Tucked away in idyllic rural Somerset, with just ducks and deer for company, is The Shepherd’s Hut Retreat, two luxuriously reconditioned huts with serious space and style credentials. Solid oak floors and shabby chic furnishings combine with double glazing, fridges and hot showers to create a truly special experience – rustic and yet somehow decadent. Go for walks, read in the hammock or just cuddle up under the stars.

Somerset Shepherd Hut Retreat

Somerset Shepherd Hut Retreat

The Spanish Airstream

If you want to leave the UK and head for warmer climes, then this is the place to go for a romantic retreat.  Modelled on an original 1930s classic, this airstream is an oasis of calm and luxury in the midst of a ruggedly beautiful Andalucian mountain range. Whether you’re here for a romantic getaway or a solitary retreat, this is a unique, memorable and therapeutic glamping experience.

Airstream in Andalucia

Airstream in Andalucia

The family-fun campsite

If you’re less about the romance and isolation and more about the fun, frolics and adventure, then this is the place for you.  Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near to the New Forest and the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole are a bevy of beautiful silver ladies. Betsy, Peggy, Dee Dee, Annie and Gloria have left their homes on the other side of the Atlantic to bring a slice of vintage Americana to those who want to go glamping in Dorset.

Airstream caravans in Dorset

Airstream caravans in Dorset

Top picks from our newest One Off Places

The month of September has brought us a flurry of fabulous new properties, to add to our existing portfolio of unique, quirky and characterful places to stay around the world.  Here are our six favourite newbies – how about considering one of these for your next break, whether a romantic escape, or a family get together….

Glamping in Slovenia

Glamping in Slovenia

Glamping in Slovenia

Luxurious glamping tents by Lake Bled in Slovenia.  Private hot tubs, spa on site, mountain backdrop, a superb restaurant, and a plethora of outdoor pursuits.  From €160 per night.

Medieval Manor House in Herefordshire

Medieval Manor house in Herefordshire

Medieval Manor house in Herefordshire

This fifteen bedroom luxurious rural hideaway is in the grounds of a sprawling 800 acre Herefordshire estate and is the perfect spot for an unforgettable weekend away with friends or family.  Three interconnecting wings and decadent interiors.  From £1625 for two nights.

Historic house in Lanzarote

Bedroom views from Lanzarote house

Bedroom views from Lanzarote house

Situated in the valley of a thousand palms in the north of the island of Lanzarote, Casa Shanti is a typical Canarian village house which dates back about 200 years. Enjoy colourful interiors, year round sunshine and an atmosphere of tranquillity.  Sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms.  From €85 per night.

Converted monastery on the shores of Loch Ness

Monastery apartment on Loch Ness

Monastery apartment on Loch Ness

Right on the shore of famous Loch Ness this spacious two bedroom apartment within a historic converted Benedictine abbey at Fort Augustus offers luxury accommodation and a whole host of facilities and activities on the doorstep.  On site is an indoor swimming pool, a games room, a spa and a restaurant.  From £120 per night.

Country House in Croatia

Country House in Croatia

Country House in Croatia

Hidden within a 100,000m2 piece of land on the banks of the Korana river, the Old Oak House is a sensitively restored country home sleeping up to six people, which is characterised by peaceful isolation, wonderful views and a wealth of outdoor activities on your doorstep.  From €150 per night.

Farmhouse in rural Cornwall

Luxury Cornish farmhouse

Luxury Cornish farmhouse

Five bedroom farmhouse in a wonderfully tranquil setting just outside Falmouth, which blends rural isolation with holiday convenience.  A stylish and characterful property which boasts luxurious interiors, a fantastic garden and far-reaching countryside views.  From £1095 per week.

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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.

Holidays to write home about for under £500

So you’ve got a budget for your holidays, and every web search you do brings up some fabulous looking holidays, but which all cost the earth.  Here at One Off Places we cater for all budgets in our unique and distinctive holiday properties so today’s post is giving you some examples of a few sometimes quirky, sometimes luxurious, sometimes unique, and always distinctive, places where you (and your partner / sister / family) can go on holiday.  Here’s what £500 gets you:

£450 for four nights in the Isle of Wight’s only rentable Treehouse

This two bedroom Treehouse (sleeping up to six people) is set in beautiful peaceful surroundings, a mile from the coast on the Isle of Wight.  The treehouse is divided into two separate areas – the Living House and the Sleeping House. On site is a children’s play area, bikes to hire, and the delights of the Isle of Wight on your doorstep.

£450 for 4 nights midweek (£350 for a three night weekend)

Treehouse on the Isle of Wight

Treehouse on the Isle of Wight

£495 for two weeks in a Boar Hide in Portugal

The name ‘the Boar Hide’ is not just metaphorical or descriptive – this is an actual boar hide! Open the shutters, lay some bait on the terrace and wait…. We can guarantee you will never have stayed anywhere quite like this.  The Boar Hide sits within the grounds of an organic smallholding in mid Portugal, a rare place which is completely off-grid.  Enormous shutters open out onto a terrace where the boar will congregate, and there is also an outside dining area and river access.  Sleeps four.

£495 for 14 nights.

The Boar Hide in Portugal

The Boar Hide in Portugal

£450 for seven nights in a French windmill

A lovingly renovated 19th century Windmill in the Vendee region of France… an ideal setting for a special occasion.  The windmill is set over four floors and the bedroom at the top commands views across the beautiful countryside.  Secluded and peaceful.

£450 for seven nights.

Windmill in France

Windmill in France

£450 for seven nights in a former Gothic railway station in North Wales

Romantic, intimate and unique, this boutique artist designed apartment in the heart of Snowdonia is the ultimate bolthole for a twosome looking to get away. The apartment is housed in an old railway station right in the middle of Betws-y-Coed, a delightful village in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. And it boasts a private balcony which looks out over the station platform to the surrounding woods and hills.

£450 for seven nights

Apartment in a railway station

Apartment in a railway station

And if you think £500 is still a bit much, then we’ll happily do an under £300 category.  And then for the wealthy folk amongst you, we’ll show you some of the top end stuff.  Howzat?

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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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Brand New Treetop House in the Scottish Highlands

One Off Places is thrilled to announce the launch of Treetop House which is opening for its first guests in April 2014.  It is a uniquely designed holiday house perched on a wooded hillside with panoramic views across Loch Broom and out to Scotland’s Summer Isles.

Treetop-main-2

Treetop House has been beautifully designed to create a romantic and intimate retreat.  Inside you’ll find a luxurious living space including woodburning stove, sauna and luxury freestanding bath.  The views from every room are spectacular; panoramic seascapes and landscapes, dramatic Highland skies and waterfalls.

Treetop-chimney-stack

Tabitha Symonds, founder and director of oneoffplaces.co.uk, said of this brand new addition to the portfolio; `Treetop House offers truly out of the ordinary accommodation in on of the most spectacularly scenic parts of Scotland.  This is a flagship property for One Off Places`.

Ullapool-from-the-Hill-path

Treetop House is a ten minute walk from the centre of Ullapool, combining rural isolation with the village experience.  The house backs onto the Ullapool Hill Path network, and there are endless opportunities for climbing and mountain walking in the vicinity.  Golden sand beaches are nearby, as well as golf courses, castles, hill forts, sea kayaking and boat excursions.

Coigach-Hills

Price from £900 – £1600 per week.  Shorter stays available during low season from £150 per night.  [NB Treetop House is perfect for two, but there is an additional, small, single bedroom if you wish to accommodate a third person.]

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in Scotland, a windmill in France, a medieval gatehouse in Wales, a safari tent in Italy, a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; and a merchant`s house in Morocco; as well as eco houses, church conversions, train carriages, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

Brand New: A New Glamping Twist; The Shepherd Hut Cluster on the Isle of Wight

One Off Places is thrilled to announce the launch of The Hideaway, an exclusive cluster of hand-built oak-clad shepherd’s huts, set around a smart decking area in a rural idyll on the Isle of Wight.  The Hideaway opened for its first guests in September 2013 and introduces a new concept for shepherd’s hut glamping – instead of getting just one hut you get four – two bedroom huts, and a double kitchen / living hut.

Your shepherds hut cluster

Your shepherds hut cluster

Hidden away within picturesque farm and woodland, just outside the country village of Whippingham on the North East coast of the island, these delightful and distinctive huts are perfect for romantic breaks or quirky rural retreats.  The Hideaway comprises 2 en-suite bedroom huts and a double kitchen/living hut, all newly hand-built with lots of natural wood, slate and stone. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with views into the trees. The huts sit around a sunny, secluded decking area and French doors lead out onto the decking from the living area.   

Cosy bedroom

Cosy bedroom

Tabitha Symonds, founder and director of oneoffplaces.co.uk, said of this brand new addition to the portfolio; ` Chic, rustic and absolutely unique, The Hideaway is a place where you can enjoy luxury, peace and privacy in beautiful natural surroundings.`

Living and kitchen

Living and kitchen

The huts are completely private and surrounded by nature. There is a wealth of wildlife around, from red squirrels and rabbits to owls and woodpeckers, not to mention the horses, cows and sheep from the surrounding farmland. There are bikes available to hire and shooting lessons/practice are available on site, as well as children’s mini tractor rides. The owners offer speedboat charters; brilliant fun for all ages. The Isle of Wight is jam-packed with things to do and see, whether you want to visit historic castles, take long coastal walks, try a spot of sailing or just sit on a beach eating ice cream.

Bunk room

Bunk room

Price from £550 – £1200 per week.

Kitchen

Kitchen

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in Scotland, a windmill in France, a medieval gatehouse in Wales, a safari tent in Italy, a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; and a merchant`s house in Morocco; as well as eco houses, church conversions, train carriages, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

Notes for editors:

One Off Places launched in 2008.  The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk , tel: 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.

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!