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.
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.
Pamela’s Meadow is a stunning eco-lodge resting among 14-acres of Somerset countryside near Cheddar and offers guests a pet-free, rural retreat with multiple outdoor entertaining areas, a hot tub, an open fire, modern luxury fittings and subtle elegance throughout. Perfect for a small group holiday.
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.
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.
Beech Lodge is a dog-friendly North Devon Eco Holiday Home with optional private hot tub, on a nature reserve near Winkleigh. Unwind at this secluded rural lodge with its generous space, privacy, and south-facing views to Dartmoor. Beech Lodge sleeps 6. Free bikes, and paddle-boarding on the lake.
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.
This spacious Barn conversion is set in 2 acres of ground and provides well furnished accommodation with delightful views over open countryside. There is a 8 person hot tub for guests to enjoy, as well as 2 patios and a spacious courtyard ideal for al-fresco dining.
"This iconic cottage is simply one of the most charming houses in England" - Phil Spencer. C16th Dorset cottage on the famous 'Hovis' Hill, Shaftesbury. This tardis of a cottage sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms + 3 bathrooms, has 3 reception rooms, a baby grand piano, an inglenook, beams and stunnin...
Ivywood is a Victorian Railway Carriage converted into a beautiful holiday cottage that sleeps 4. Set on the edge of the village of Wisbech St Mary in it's own private garden with ample parking which leads into a wood and Apple Orchard. Pets welcome.
Harvey's Mill is a centuries old Suffolk windmill lovingly converted to create a picture-perfect holiday cottage for 2. For couples of all ages, it's a perfect rural bolthole for holidays and weekend romantic escapes walking or cycling in the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. Pets welcome.
View Cheddar Pink, an exceptional 2-bedroom holiday lodge near Cheddar with lavish furnishings and a private Jacuzzi hot tub in the heart of Somerset countryside. Perfect for weekend breaks and longer holidays in a rural location.
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.
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The Penthouse is a quirky cottage in the pretty town of Sedbergh, in the Yorkshire Dales and close to the Lake District National Park. With spacious, open plan living, exposed beams, and a wonderful mezzanine, it's a perfect retreat for 2-6 people.
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.
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.
The Manor is a luxuriously-appointed Grade II listed rural cottage set among 1.5 acres of gorgeous gardens near Blakeney in Gloucestershire. The pet-friendly property boasts elegance, an open fire, secret doors, unique bedrooms, style, exposed beams and stone and a heated swimming pool.
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.
Enjoy a cottage holiday in a luxury Suffolk country cottage with its own moat. This six bedroom holiday cottage in Saxmundham comes complete with a swimming pool, hot tub, tennis courts and a rowing boat for the moat. Pets welcome.
Honeysuckle is one of three wooden eco lodges at Wheatland Farm nature reserve in rural North Devon. Set amidst 21 acres managed for wildlife, your holiday becomes part of the conservation project. Pets are welcome at this family-friendly lodge that is also a perfect romantic bolthole for couples.