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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!



Key Features

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

For all our Hampshire properties, click here.

To view the various types of properties we’ve got on offer, from tipis and Treehouses to chalets and chateaux, click here.

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To view the Riverside Cottage website, click here.

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 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`.


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 www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

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!

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

Cottages in the Cotswolds – the perfect place for a winter getaway…..

In terms of idyllic UK places to stay, there are few things which can beat a stay in a pretty Cotswolds cottage, especially now that winter is drawing in and our instinct is to curl up infront of a log fire with a large glass of wine!  Chocolate box villages, rolling countryside and cosy pubs galore, it’s a great place to escape the whirlwind of life and settle down to some serious relaxing.  Here at One Off Places we’ve got just the places for you, from one bedroom hideaways, to large cottages perfect for a family get together or a gathering of friends.

Sansome Cottage is a two bedroom cottage in the idyllic village of Ilmington with two pubs within a short walk, and a living room bursting with board games, puzzles and DVD’s where you can curl up on a winter’s evening.  From £132 per night / £590 per week.

Sansome Cottage

Sansome Cottage

Orchard Cottage is truly a boutique retreat.  There’ll be a bottle of bubbly waiting for you in this little slice of heaven and the interiors are a chic mix of old and new with original features complimented by contemporary furnishings.  It sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, and costs from £99 per night / £595 per week.

Orchard Cottage

Orchard Cottage

The Chestnuts, in the Oxfordshire village of Shilton, is an eco-chic conversion which is the proud holder of an award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, whilst still managing to provide its guests with flat screen televisions, Gaggia coffee machine, and Riedal wine glasses.  It sleeps 6 in three luxurious bedrooms and costs from £266 per night.

The Chestnuts

The Chestnuts

Windfall Cottage in the village of Beckford sleeps six in three bedrooms and has sumptuous free standing baths, and even its own baby suite!  The architect designed cottage will seduce you with its contemporary style and its sustainably grown oak interiors.  And if you want to complete the picture, you can rent a classic Porsche 911 carrera or a coffee and cream Nissan Figarro! An idyllic and indulgent retreat.  From £595 for three nights.

Windfall cottage

Windfall Cottage

To view our whole collection of Cotswold places, click here.

A visit to the Cotswolds will provide you with a refreshingly slow pace of life, stylish shops, delightful eateries, exquisite country pubs and a countryside just waiting to be enjoyed.

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.