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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

 

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

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.

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.