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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A delightful cottage for two set in the West Cornwall countryside, this former barn has been beautifully restored and offers a quirky open-plan design and gallery bedroom. Set within beautiful grounds it's within easy reach of St Michael’s Mount and Penzance, and even has a tennis court and pool!
The Bothy is a quaint romantic cottage situated on Manor House Stables in Martin, Lincolnshire. The award-winning, pet-friendly cottage offers cookery and craft courses plus access to a museum, and features exposed beams, a wood-burning stove and rustic charm as well as a private enclosed garden.
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.
With breathtaking views over Buxton, Sparrows North is a perfect cottage for the exploration of the Derbyshire Dales. The pet-friendly cottage sits in an elevated position and enjoys views from its spacious sitting room and other spaces in the luxurious cottage, which boasts charm and open fires.
Penda is a beautifully restored ex-lighthouse keeper's cottage at St Catherine's Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight. Its rural cliff top location with superb sea views makes it a most appealing Ventnor holiday cottage. Sleeps 2-5. Pets welcome.
Palmerston House at Golden Hill Fort is an totally unique coastal cottage located inside a Grade I listed Victorian fort. The pet-friendly cottage in Freshwater, Isle of Wight, features brick barrel-vaulted ceilings blended with modern luxury. Outdoor spaces include a rooftop garden with sea views.
Set in the historic Grade I listed building at Royal William Yard, this contemporary one bedroom apartment sleeps four guests and has wonderful waterside views. Enjoy eating out at the many great restaurants that line the streets of the Barbican, or simply cosy up and relax in this stylish home.
This luxuriously furnished windmill in the countryside near Usk in Monmouthshire was built in 1813 and lovingly restored to create a large and quirky holiday cottage sleeping 12 close to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Pets welcome.
Set in the iconic Grade I listed Royal William Yard, this two bedroom apartment offers a wonderful architect-inspired space with original features and contemporary design. Take in the unique atmosphere of the area where its cobbled streets are lined with cafes, boutiques, bitros and art galleries.
Godrevy enjoys unrivalled views from its location atop the cliffs on the southernmost point of mainland Britain. The pet-friendly, seaside cottage in the Lizard Lighthouse offers modern comforts and spectacular views plus access to coastal walking paths and the beautiful beaches of Cornwall.
Pennsylvania Castle is a dream come true. The luxurious castle in Portland, Dorset, glows with opulence and sophistication and offers magnificent grounds with a waterfall, a swimming pool and stunning ocean views, as well as a grand interior featuring regal elegance and trappings fit for royalty.
The Hayloft provides guests with unique access to a museum and craft and cookery classes. The award-winning cottage lies in Martin, Lincolnshire and features a lovely sun-trap garden, a copper bateau bath, exposed beams and wood burner, plus space for pets and the promise of romance and relaxation.
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.
Manor Farmhouse comprises of three large buildings and a heated outdoor pool. The farmhouse is a traditional 15th Century thatched timber framed property with 4 bedrooms, the Barn has 3 and Stable Cottage also 3 bedrooms. Pets welcome.