An octagonal, stone-built toll house shaded by trees.

Book Self-Catering Holidays in Quirky Holiday Cottages

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 family or friends. The UK has a splendid choice of distinctive and unusual character cottages appealing to those looking for something slightly different from a traditional house. 

While quirky cottages are not the ‘everyday’ holiday property, they still offer the same standards, facilities, and amenities you would expect to find in any decent holiday property worth its salt. Types of out-of-the-ordinary holiday lets 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.

A n ewly thatched Devon cottage overlooking a spacious lawn.
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3

The Manger is an authentic rural cottage holiday cottage near Axminster, nestled among woodland and fields in East Devon. The lovely pet-friendly cottage of stone and thatch possesses a generous garden with a pond and orchard, a table tennis table, an interior with lime-washed walls, exposed beams, and gentle rustic charm.

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Exterior of a North Devon farm cottage overlooking a garden
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Duck Cottage is a large luxury barn conversion in North Devon, nestling in a quiet corner of Little Torrington. The rural cottage boasts commanding views over its generous gardens and woodlands. It features an open fire, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a library, a games room and access to farm animals.

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A double-fronted 2-storey house with a large lawn in a moorland location
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
4

A large, detached and comfortably furnished holiday cottage in Denbighshire, The Farm House in Llantysilio sleeps 14. It is a pet-friendly holiday home in a rural location beneath the Maersyrchen Mountain near Llangollen. It sleeps 14 guests and is perfect for walking and family holidays.

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A stylishly furnished lounge with wide-screen TV and splendid ocean views.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Sea You There is a chic seafront cottage with incredible ocean views in Redcar, Yorkshire. The pet-friendly cottage boasts bay windows that capture the view, open-plan spaces with a distinct coastal vibe, and sleek modern furnishings. Relax to the sound of the waves and the sea breeze.

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2-storey country cottage with large conservatory overlooking a large lawn.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Bridlecott is a charming rural cottage nestled in Monksilver, Somerset, and it offers the best of the country and the coast. Situated on the edge of Exmoor National Park, the walker’s paradise promises ample grounds, spacious rooms, an open-plan layout and access to a lovely English country village.

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A large 2-storey Teignmouth holiday home overlooks a shrub-filled garden.
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5

Fluvius is a truly sophisticated cottage sitting atop a hill with expansive views of the River Teign. This large, pet-friendly cottage with a hot tub near Teignmouth promises modern luxury, an open-plan design and extensive gardens .with opportunities for al fresco dining. Holiday in style on the Devon coast.

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Moorparks Cottage is a traditional farm cottage offering two bedrooms, 1 King-size (Which converts to a twin) and one double bedroom. Downstairs lounge diner leading through to a kitchen with views to Exmoor. The Barn is suitable for children over six years of age. • Bathroom: with shower over

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Exterior of a single-storey with a conservatory having sliding glass doors overlooking a spacious garden.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Escape to The Garden Studio, an idyllic and romantic holiday cottage in the serene hamlet of Bournes Green, Gloucestershire. Impeccably presented and surrounded by the stunning Cotswold countryside, this sophisticated rural retreat offers the perfect blend of traditional charm and modern comfort. Relax in the pretty garden, soak up the sun in the bright and airy sunroom, or unwind on your own private patio. This is the ultimate destination for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat. Book your Gloucestershire cottage holiday at The Garden Studio today and experience the beauty of the Cotswolds like never before.

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Stone-built exterior of a Peak District Cottage with flower-covered flagstone terrace.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Jasmine Cottage is a charming countryside retreat in Derbyshire's Peak District, blending traditional features with modern amenities. The child-friendly cottage features an en-suite bathroom with a waterfall shower and a wood-burning stove.

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