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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?

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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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 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.


Tabitha Symonds, founder and director of, 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`.


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.


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

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



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



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!

Take the family on holiday to Sri Lanka – often described as a paradise by those who visit it….

If you want to find yourself a villa or one-off holiday property in one of the friendliest countries in the world, then choose a villa in Sri Lanka.  There are sights and attractions galore, to suit all the family, and choices of places to stay ranging from colonial villas, beachfront huts, treehouses and rustic cottages.

Colonial villa with beautiful tropical gardens

Colonial villa with beautiful tropical gardens

A relatively small country, you’ll be easily able to venture from your holiday accommodation to all sorts of fascinating places, returning every day to your holiday villa, perhaps for a dip in a pool, or a wander on the beach.  If you’re a lover of wildlife, then you’ll be in heaven; the country is teeming with wildlife and birdlife, and the national parks are home to leopards and elephants.  You will not be left wanting for cultural heritage either – visit the ancient Sigiriya fortress, the Buddhist city of Kandy, the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, and the cave temples of Dambulla.

Treehouse near Sigiriya

Treehouse near Sigiriya

Head to the coast for beautiful tropical beaches, turtle sanctuaries, and fabulous diving and snorkelling opportunities.  Yes indeed, Sri Lanka is the place – perfect for all the family!

Riverside villa in Tangalle

Riverside villa in Tangalle

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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

Say Hello to our new Treehouse in Cornwall

In search of a unique bolthole where you can snuggle up with a loved one and escape the world?  This lovingly built treehouse is perched in an ash tree on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, complete with sweeping countryside and sea views.


This unusual treetop hideaway offers you peace and seclusion, a place you can enjoy quiet surroundings and go to sleep to the sound of leaves rustling in the surrounding trees.  Wake up to views over Falmouth Bay, and the surrounding countryside.


Inside the treehouse is one open plan room, with a kitchen / sitting area below and a mezzanine double bed.  The kitchen is small but well equipped with a hob and grill, a cold box and a selection of crockery and cutlery.  There is also a tap, basin and composting toilet, and a separate shared shower room in a beautifully converted horse box!


A beautiful beach is just a 10 minute walk from the treehouse in the village of Porthallow – also in the village you will find a good local pub.  A 20 minute walk takes you to the village of St Keverne which has restaurants and a few shops.  All around you are stunning coast path walks and water sport opportunities.


The lower east coast of the Lizard Peninsula is famous for its secluded coves, stunning coastal scenery and quaint fishing villages.  This is a perfect spot for a getaway break, and you may find it hard to leave…..


From £75 – £100 per night (based on two sharing).

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Competition Time! Win a stay in a fabulous Kent Treehouse with One Off Places.

If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping up in the trees then you might get the chance to if you enter our latest competition.  This handcrafted treehouse is six metres off the ground amongst fruit trees, conifers and willows.  The house is built almost completely from driftwood which has been gathered from a local beach, and comprises two joined hexagonal pods, each of which sits on a tree trunk pedestal.  Inside you will find an amazing array of litte luxuries and mod cons – hard to believe that this is ‘rural living’.  The ultimate in romantic experiences.

the-treehouse under-the-treehouse

Inside you’ll find one bedroom with a double bed, a lounge with kitchen area, and a separate bathroom.  There is a log burner to keep you cosy on chilly nights, and underfloor heating throughout.  The kitchen is fully equipped and includes microwave and dishwasher.  The sitting room is fitted with 70 inch home cinema screen system and surround sound, as well as SKY TV (including the movies package), DVD’s, CD’s, iPod docking station and free WiFi.

living-room bedroom

At the bottom of the tree trunk you will find your private hot tub, bubbling away gently in anticipation of your arrival.  Bath robes and slippers are provided, and you can while away some hours sipping champagne in this most perfectly situated hot tub.

romance-personified kitchen

More information about the treehouse can be found here:


To enter the competition, go to and complete your details.