Find Unusual Holiday Homes for Memorable Cottage Holidays

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 slightly different from a traditional house. 

While quirky cottages are 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 * Tree-houses               * Signal boxes              * Follies 

View this collection of distinctive holiday properties to find one with that ‘must-stay’ funky factor for a long holiday or just a weekend break.

81 cottages found 81 match all criteria.

Set in the heart of Goodleigh village, Magnolia View Cottage is a 17th century traditional Devon longhouse, lovingly converted and recently refurbished to offer dog and child-friendly high-quality self-catering accommodation in a wonderfully tranquil rural setting, yet close to the coast.

Luxury meets peaceful isolation at the wonderful Glenuaig Lodge, a dog friendly, large and truly remote four bedroom self catering cottage sleeping 8 guests set in the heart of the Glencarron Estate near Strathcarron. The Lodge enjoys beautiful views and is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles.

This beautiful two bedroom barn conversion is set in an idyllic rural location and is only a short drive away from the stunning North Devon coast and its outstanding beaches. Guests can relax and admire stunning coastal views from the private hot tub and large enclosed garden.

Nestled among woodland in the lovely hamlet of Sheldon is a gorgeous little cottage called Shephard’s Hut. The romantic cottage in an AONB enjoys expansive countryside views and serenity and boasts a relaxing veranda, a rustic design palette, modern conveniences and access to the delights of Devon.

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.

Enjoy a romantic Cotswolds holiday with a stay at Second Nature on the outskirts of the spa town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the perfect getaway for couples wanting to explore this picturesque region, a rural retreat for two boasting a distinctive four-poster bed and walk-in rain shower.

Lovely 18th Century Cottage near Cartmel village in the south lakes. Peaceful off-road location, Log fire, Free Wi-Fi. Short Breaks from £240.

National Trust for Scotland offers Courtyard Cottage, a romantic apartment set inside Drum Castle in Drumoak. The pet-friendly dwelling in Aberdeenshire dates back 700 years & boasts antique furnishings in keeping with its history, as well as an open fire, contemporary comforts & beautiful grounds.

Magnificent views of the Bristol Channel stretch before Big Blue, a stunning waterfront cottage boasting rustic antique furnishings & artwork. The secluded coastal cottage in Portishead boasts true elegance & old-world charm, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows with wide sea views across to Wales.

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.

The Norfolk Beacon is a sophisticated coastal cottage situated within the lighthouse at Winterton-on-Sea in Norfolk. Sitting within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the pet-friendly cottage boasts a sea breeze, wonderful views, unique architecture, a library, a log fire, a patio and a sunroom.

Stay in your very own railway carriage beside the vintage railway tracks near Williton, Somerset. The Railway Carriage is an authentic replica and is fitted out with style and luxury. The pet-friendly cottage promises a unique holiday plus a log burner, eco-friendly design and a 4-star rating.

Sitting next to the railway tracks near Woolston in Somerset, Railway Cottage is a dream cottage for railway lovers. The pet-friendly cottage promises to charm and views of the countryside, as well as a log burner, light-filled rooms, oak flooring, modern comforts and a 4-star gold rating.

Country Postcard offers a special holiday experience in an eco-friendly cottage near Wellow in Somerset. The former signal box has been successfully converted into a charming and sophisticated rural cottage boasting lovely grounds, a wood burner, a sauna, an artist’s studio & its own shepherd’s ...

Luxury refurbished cottage in Tincleton awarded 5 STAR GOLD for 2020. 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.

The Ticket Office is a unique, quirky romantic cottage in the heart of Ruswarp in the North York Moors. The Grade II listed former ticket office features a cast iron fireplace and mullion windows, encased in stone walls. The pet-friendly property is ideal for couples seeking something different.

Enjoy countryside living just a short drive from the pretty coastal village of Padstow. Sleeping four guests, this quirky pet-friendly cottage can be found in a rural setting in St Columb and even has its own paddock.

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.

Dark brooding tones and bold colours define Lapwing’s Wing, a romantic rural cottage in the heart of Lechlade-on-Thames, moments from the attractions of Moreton-in-Marsh. The unique rural cottage in Gloucestershire offers the ultimate in modernity as well as access to the best of the Cotswolds.

Butterfly Cottage is a sweet, bijoux cottage tucked down a quiet street in the popular Lake District market town of Keswick. It is a perfect romantic getaway for two plus an optional dog!

The Summer House is a Grade II listed octagonal tower and summer house built around 1607 in Exton-on-Severn, Shropshire. The special romantic getaway will entrance couples with its spiral staircase, original features, elegance, magnificent rural views, and a wood-burning stove in the bedroom.

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Deposit refund guarantee* Stable Cottage on the North Norfolk coast in Cromer is a luxury 5-star Award winning Norfolk holiday cottage. free WiFi, 5-minutes walk from the beach, pet friendly cottage, private hot tub, table tennis, Sky Q HD and, in the private walled garden + BBQ.

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.

A delightful Cotswold Countryside Cottage with a mature private garden in the idyllic village of Broadway. Dog-friendly Laburnum Cottage sleeps 3 in 2 double bedrooms - perfect for a country cottage holiday in a lovely Worcestershire location. Private Parking

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