Fancy a self-catering holiday in a quirky and unusual holiday property? Who wouldn’t say no to a holiday with friends in a luxury lighthouse or a beautifully restored Napoleonic Fort? Search here to find an architecturally unique holiday cottage for a more than usually memorable holiday with the family or friends. The UK has a splendid choice of distinctive and unusual character cottages that will appeal to those looking for something a little different than a traditional cottage. While quirky cottages are definitely not the ‘everyday’ holiday property – but they still offer the same standards, facilities and amenities that you would expect to find in any decent holiday property worth its salt.
Types of out of the ordinary cottages include (but are not limited to):
* Lighthouses * Windmills * Restored railway stations and carriages
* Castles and Forts. * Shepherds Huts *Narrow Boats
* Treehouses * Signal boxes * Follies
View this collection of distinctive holiday properties to find one that has that ‘must-stay’ funky factor for a long holiday or just a weekend break.
Aggies is a beautifully furnished rural holiday cottage in Devon sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms nestled in the hills of the North Devon Coast close to the coast and beaches at Ilfracombe and Woolacombe.
Dolly's barn is a large 17th Century barn near Ilfracombe which has been lovingly converted into a charming 6 bedroom luxury holiday cottage sleeping 11 with disabled access in a beautiful spot on the North Devon Coast.
For a truly quirky holiday home with stunning ocean views, stay at Lizard Lighthouse on the Southern-most tip of mainland Britain. This large Cornwall holiday cottage near Helston stands in a remote cliff top location with spectacular coastal walks.
Once a working flour mill for over 100 years, Aylsham Windmill now offers luxurious family-friendly self-catering holidays (with Wi-Fi) for 2-6 guests in Aylsham, a picturesque rural market town in North Norfolk midway between Norwich and the coast at Cromer.
Hidden Valley is a beautiful, large family house with a heated outdoor pool in a secluded rural location near the village of Box between Bath and Chippenham. Sleeping 16 guests, the house is set in 8 acres. Recently fully refurbished, it offers a luxury, pet-friendly holiday home. Pets welcome.
Enjoy a cottage holiday in a luxury Suffolk country cottage with its own moat. This six bedroom holiday cottage in Saxmundham comes complete with a swimming pool, hot tub, tennis courts and a rowing boat for the moat. Pets welcome.
Honeysuckle is one of three wooden eco lodges at Wheatland Farm nature reserve in rural North Devon. Set amidst 21 acres managed for wildlife, your holiday becomes part of the conservation project. Pets are welcome at this family-friendly lodge that is also a perfect romantic bolthole for couples.
Bishop Rock is a cosy seaside cottage located within Lizard Lighthouse which boasts panoramic views over the ocean from atop the cliffs. The unique property near Lizard Village promises modern comforts and subtle décor as well as direct access to this wonderful stretch of the Cornish coast.
Bishop Rock is a former Cornish lighthouse keeper’s cottage located within the Lizard Lighthouse grounds boasting panoramic ocean views from its clifftop location. The unique much modernized comfortable property near Helston provides direct access to this wonderful stretch of the Cornish coast.
In a secluded, peaceful rural location a mile outside Hawkshead, Hatter's Cottage is an 18th century 2-bedroom cottage on a small farm in the central Lake District available all year round for long holidays and short breaks. Perfect for those who like the outdoors. Children over 10 welcome.
Book an Isle of Wight holiday cottage with superb sea views at Landward, a beautifully renovated ex-Lighthouse keeper's cottage at St Margaret's Lighthouse. This attractive cliff-top rural holiday cottage near Ventnor, a few minutes-walk from the beach, sleeps 4. Pets welcome.
NOW PET FRIENDLY+ YOUR DOG CAN STAY FREE* TOO - A Luxurious, 5-Star large holiday house near Cromer in a village setting 300m from an award-winning beach. Facilities in this Grade II-listed, wheelchair accessible and child friendly home include a hot tub, games room, trampoline, and private garden
A Cottage on the Beach If you are planning a group holiday for 14 to 20 people then you’ve come to the right place. The Dorset Beach House is a large Jurassic Coast holiday cottage is right on the beach at West Bay in Dorset, close to the popular towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis.
An award-winning luxury cottage in the heart of the beautiful Exmoor village of Dunster. The cosy yet spacious three-bedroom Exmoor holiday cottage boasts cruck beams, oak screens, a stunning four-poster bed, wood burning stove, patio and deck. Two reserved parking spaces. Sleeps 6. Dogs welcome.
Your first reaction at Balebarn Eco Lodge, near Winkleigh, will be ‘Wow, what a view!’ Then you’ll start appreciating its airy comfort, the woodburner, hot tub (optional), 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms -- and the wildlife at your doorstep. Balebarn sleeps 8 and has bikes boats and BBQs to borrow too.
This listed 18th-century former toll house makes for a memorable romantic retreat in Somerset. This small yet enchanting Quantock Hills cottage lies on the quiet high street in Nether Stowey, a pretty Somerset coastal village, perfect for walking, riding and exploring unspoilt countryside.
Luxury refurbished cottage in Tincleton awarded 5 STAR GOLD for 2019. On a Farm set in tranquil rural countryside in the heart of Hardye's Wessex. Ideally located near Jurassic Coastline. Disabled facilities. Enclosed garden. Fishing on the River Frome. WIFI. Nature Trail on doorstep. Tennis Court.
If you are looking for a truly unique holiday experience with unparalleled panoramic views of the whole of The Wash from the tower of this unique three-storey building, the Coastguard Lookout in Hunstanton offers really exclusive and quirky accommodation out of the ordinary.
The Place offers stunning lake and mountain views and sleeps up to 8 people in a wonderful setting. It is the perfect blend of Lake District character and modern luxury, just a short stroll from the lake of Loweswater and within easy reach of the peaceful delights of the Western Lake District.
YOUR DOG CAN STAY FREE* TOO The Brambles is a dog friendly luxury holiday cottage, 300 mtrs from the beach in a secluded Norfolk village location near Cromer. It sleeps 6-8 plus cot. Relax in this coastal cottage by the sea with landscaped gardens with a hot tub and sleep well in its gorgeous beds.
YOUR DOG CAN STAY FREE* TOO Stable Cottage on the North Norfolk coast in Cromer is a luxury 5-star Award winning Norfolk holiday cottage. 5-minutes walk from the beach. Facilities at this secluded, pet friendly cottage include a hot tub, table tennis, Sky HD and, in the private walled garden + BBQ.
North End Farm's Old Dairy is a very comfortable spacious rural holiday cottage for couples near Bridport in Broadchurch country on Dorset's Jurassic Coast with walks, beautiful beaches nearby. Well equipped kitchen central heating wood burner and Strauss piano. Great pubs.