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.
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.
The Tower is an award-winning rural cottage with sweeping countryside views and unique construction. Situated near Latchingdon in Essex, the circular building has preserved the 1930s utilitarian architecture and blended it successfully with true sophistication, a vast balcony and open spaces.
Situated just moments from Lee Bay is The Old Apple Store, a luxurious coastal cottage boasting a spacious deck and hot tub with wonderful views. The thoroughly modern cottage in Ilfracombe offers an open-plan design with true urban chic, and open fire and the chance to explore the Devon coastline.
Reflections is a romantic, pet-friendly property just a few short miles from Coniston and Windermere in the Lake District and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The 17th century building has been fully modernised in a luxurious style, whilst retaining much of its original character and features.
A bijou bolt hole for two in the centre of the pretty harbour town of Padstow, this cottage is beautifully presented and offers features like a wood burning stove, hand made king size bed and underfloor heating.
Nestling in a quiet corner of the Worcestershire village of Broadway is 1 Lower Mill Cottages, a charming two-bedroom Cotswold Holiday Cottage with private parking. This dog-friendly countryside cottage has lovely stream-bordered gardens and lies within an easy walk of superb pubs and restaurants.
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.
Little Lamb is a lovely shepherd’s hut near the historic market town of Faringdon, Oxfordshire, a small romantic cottage amidst the picturesque Cotswolds that is compact and cosy, yet provides a spacious feel, with a fully equipped kitchen, walk-in shower, and king-size bed.
Enjoy a unique holiday experience with a stay at Siren, one of four refurbished former lighthouse keepers’ cottages overlooking Bull Point near the village of Mortehoe, Devon, a child-friendly cottage that sleeps up to five, featuring three bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen, and gorgeous sea views.
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.
Set within the Wheal Dream resort just a few miles from the South Cornwall coast, this quirky lodge has beautiful countryside views and loads of charm. Ideally placed for exploring the area's nearby Cornish harbours and sandy beaches, you'll also find a restaurant, bar and golf course on site.
Surround yourself with royal luxury at Upton Cressett Hall, a grand regal cottage in Shropshire. Marvel at the manicured grounds of the pet-friendly cottage, and indulge in the seclusion and beauty of a residence boasting log fires, exposed beams, antique furnishings and unique décor.
Anne’s Hut blends into the surrounding woodland. The unique former shepherd’s hut has been fashioned into a romantic cottage in Penterry, Monmouthshire, which boasts extensive gardens with wonderful countryside views, luxurious décor, a wood burner, an outdoor firepit and contemporary comforts.
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.
Built-in 1560, Scargill Castle epitomises country charm. The pet-friendly romantic cottage in Scargill, Yorkshire, emerges from the ruins of an old castle and features exposed beams, oak floors, a wood-burning stove, period furnishings and modern comforts, as well as seclusion and countryside views.
Rowena Cottage occupies a unique position inside a converted lighthouse and enjoys superb ocean views from Anvil Point. The pet-friendly cottage features ample grounds in which to soak up the views of the Dorset coastline and boasts luxury, proximity to Swanage and a rare chance to truly escape.
View Combe Hay, a beautiful somerset eco-lodge with luxury furnishings and private Jacuzzi hot tub - a perfect romantic escape for two in the Somerset countryside near Cheddar.
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.
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.