Top 10 unusual places to stay
Opt for something different and embrace the great outdoors with a holiday to one of these unusual places to stay
The Danish Cabin, Cornwall
Immerse yourself in the woodland tranquillity of the Cornish coast with a break from the chaos of everyday life at this gorgeous wooden panelled open plan outdoors space. The Danish Cabin is a smart piece of engineering and includes cosy bunks and sofa beds and has been deftly designed and arranged with clever folding walls that work to embrace nature and bring the forest in. There is a communal hot tub area where you can book a session with sweeping sea views, and your booking comes with access to the well-stocked bar.
Two bunk beds each sleeping 2 people and two single sofa beds. Cabin for 6 from £235.
Blackbird Barn, Herefordshire
A gloriously urban chic-styled barn in the heart of bucolic Herefordshire, the Blackbird Barn is ideal for two adults looking for a romantic retreat. The property is open plan with a gorgeous mezzanine and rustic wooden beams stretching across the sealing. There is a king size bed with feather duvet and outside, a paved courtyard with BBQ area. Head out to discover nearby Monmouth and the beautiful countryside town of Ross-on-Wye.
£360-£700 a week.
The Woodman’s Treehouse, Dorset
This dreamy Dorset getaway offers a luxurious escape along the Jurassic Coast, set in the depths of woodland. With a bare wooded exterior, a beautiful copper bath tub and a revolving wood burner, every aspect of the property has been designed with its natural surroundings in mind. Guests to the Woodman’s Treehouse can also expect a fantastic living space with a bespoke kitchen, rounded living room and a light-flooded bedroom with king-size bed as well as an open-air shower and wood fire pizza oven. There is a no noise policy on the site meaning that you can soak up the soothing sounds of the surrounding woodland.
£455-£495 per night.
Yns Affalon at Red Kit Tree Tents
Clamber up to the treetops for an evening in the canopy at Ynys Affalon in Wales. The bedroom, kitchen and shower is separated from the ground level by a wooden walkway, with a raised seating area and fire pits below. The pod itself is a cosy bubble and lined with lambswool with a log burner at its heart to keep you warm. The pod is home to one double bed with a window by the bed looking out into the woodland.
Treehouse for two from £125 per night
Bert and the Whale, Limehouse
For an inner city break where you can escape from the commotion of the metropolis, the water is a massive lure. The charming Bert and the Whale is moored up in Limehouse – a gateway which connects to the Thames. Twice the width of a traditional narrow boat, the luxury space offers a spacious master bedroom that opens onto a garden with views of Canary Wharf, a cosy bunk bed room, and a spacious kitchen and living area which features a cosy wood burning stove. From £196 per night.
Loveland Farm Domes, Devon
Loveland Farm is situated in the scenic surrounds of North Devon and comprises of lush green fields that roll right down to the coastline and boast stunning panoramic views of the glittering Atlantic. Enjoy an unconventional stay in a quirky pod that embraces the great outdoors and the glamping lifestyle. Each pod and its contents are sourced from the local farmers’ market with an emphasis on sustainable living and are positioned to fill with light. Of its many onsite glamping options, the Stargazer is the most extravagant with three spacious bedrooms and an open plan living and kitchen area. What’s more, the transparent roof panels make for excellent stargazing.
Sleeps seven from approximately £50 per person per night.
The Humble Bee, Dartmoor
The ingeniously designed Humble Bee is a beautiful wooden structure modelled on a simple bee hive and idyllically situated on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park. The interior structure continues with the beehive theme with a spiralling staircase and tasteful nods to the insect with a golden and mahogany colour scheme transcending throughout the property. The accommodation offers all the amenities plus luxurious extras like an outdoor bath that looks out onto the woodland and a wood fire.
£140-£173 per night.
Rockhouse Retreat, Worcestershire
Situated in the pastoral countryside of Low Habberley, Worcestershire, The Rockhouse Retreat is a unique home carved out of Triassic sandstone that provides a serene break from modern life in natural surroundings. The hand-sculpted cave has featured on Grand Designs as an exceptional work of art, with the original cave exterior but the interior flooded with natural light, making it anything but gloomy. Luxurious amenities come in the form of under-floor heating, a walk-in rainforest shower, wood fires and a bright and well kitted-out kitchen and bedrooms. Dine al fresco with the outdoor BBQ set up and embrace the great outdoors.
Sleeps two from £195 per night.
The Beach Hut, South Devon
Enjoy an enviable location right on the pebbled beaches of South Devon, blissfully hidden away in a secretive cove right on the coast. The Beach Hut is nestled right on the shoreline with breath-taking views out to sea and guests have the luxury of their own personal beach hidden at the bottom of a steep cliff path. The interior is charmingly decorated and brightly lit throughout, and holidaymakers have the luxury of a wood burner for chillier evenings, an invigorating outdoor shower and hammocks that look out over the crashing waves.
Sleeps two from £550 for two nights.
Offering panoramic views of surrounding countryside, from the ground level, The Windmill appears rising out of the Suffolk fields. Make your way up the staircase of this outlandish landmark and you’ll enjoy views over the countryside. There is a charming balcony with a cosy chair and table set-up, a cosy double room ideal for couples, and a telescope so you can stare up at the stars as the sun sets. What’s more, there’s the opportunity to upgrade to a special romantic couples package with massages, Moet and Chandon Champagne, cosy dressing gowns and late check-out options.
Sleeps four from £650 for two nights.