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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Victorian Railway Carriage converted into a small holiday cottage sleeps 2, set in a pretty private garden with ample parking that leads into a three acre Apple Orchard. Ideal for couples, semi-rural location on the edge of the village of Wisbech St Mary. Pets welcome.
Longships boasts spectacular views over the ocean from its position within Lizard Lighthouse near Lizard Village in Cornwall. The two-bedroom seaside cottage offers modern comforts, subtle decorations and ample grounds for children and pets to explore on a truly unique coastal holiday.
Tawstock Castle is a quirky Grade-II listed luxury holiday cottage in North Devon, a beautifully restored 18th-century hilltop folly with wonderful 360-degree views of the North Devon coast and countryside above Barnstaple. Sleeps 8.
View The Old Higher Lighthouse, an unusual Portland Bill holiday cottage with sea views near Weymouth in Dorset offering a sensational and unique holiday home, once the dwelling place of Marie Stopes, this converted Jurassic Coast Lighthouse sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.
Rose Cottage awarded 5 STAR for 2019 on a Farm in Tincleton, 5 miles from the County Town Dorchester, within easy reach of the Jurassic Coastline. In the heart of Hardye Countryside . Large private garden. Tennis court. Fishing on the River Frome. Nature Trail from the Doorstep. Table Tennis. WIFI.
Based in the peaceful Norfolk countryside near Kings Lynn, Sheppard's Hut is a quaint bungalow on the outskirts of Terrington St. Clements. A quiet and simple holiday home, it is a perfect base from which to explore the Lincolnshire coast and countryside popular for its trails and wildlife.
A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits at Buckminster Fuller, a Geodesic Dome Home set on vast grounds near Worston in South Devon. Boasting sweeping countryside views and a spacious deck with a hot tub, the dome home also offers a cinema screen, on-site fishing, a and luxurious décor.
Situated on the grounds of a working lighthouse at the southernmost point in Devon, Landward Cottage near the abandoned coastal village of Hallsands overlooks Start Bay and offers gorgeous sea views, a pet-friendly three-bedroom cottage featuring gravel patio and cosy sitting room.
Fancy a lighthouse holiday? Book Gunard, a Ventnor holiday cottage, part of St Catherine's Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight. With superb sea views, this pet-friendly waterside cottage sleeps 5 in a secluded rural location.
Once part of a larger traditional mill, 2 Old Mill Cottage is nicely located in the picturesque village of Broadway, Dog Friendly, has lovely stream-bordered garden, a short distance to the centre of Broadway, one of the Cotswold’s most attractive villages, and open countryside. Pets welcome.
Nestling below two mature lime trees is The Apple Tree House, a 5-star gold-rated rural cottage near Halse in Somerset. The pet-friendly cottage resembles a mystical tree house and combines country charm with a swimming pool, log burner and the promise of seclusion and a holiday am
This lovely Italianate villa can be found on the harbourside in Torquay and makes the perfect coastal getaway for family or friends. With sea views stretching right across the bay this home also has a private courtyard garden; the ideal place to enjoy a glass of bubbles while watching the sun set.
DUE TO COVID-19 WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKINGS for 6 GUESTS. This spacious Barn conversion is set in 2 acres of ground and provides well furnished accommodation with delightful views over open countryside with a hot tub for guests to enjoy, 2 patios and a courtyard ideal for al-fresco dining.