Over the last year or so, lockdown and the coronavirus has forced us to look inwards to find unique, interesting escapes in our own backyard. We have scoured the UK to find quirky accommodation and unique places to stay all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so that you can still get off the beaten track with Not In The Guidebooks.
With that in mind, here’s a brief introduction to a selection of our unusual places to stay that we have sourced in 2021, from castles to cottages, safari tents to secluded houses.
Nestled in quiet woodland in the depths of Herefordshire, this unique military-themed retreat equipped with a safari tent, tipi and bomb shelter bathroom makes for the perfect place for a fun getaway, far from civilisation.
Spend your days exploring the forest and relaxing in your own wood-fired hot tub, and as evening draws in light up the log burner for those cosy, quiet nights where the only sound is that of the surrounding wildlife.
The comfortable and clean shower block has a transparent roof, creating a magical outdoor experience as you look up to see only a canopy of trees. Luxurious, quirky, and wonderfully furnished, this retreat is a genuinely unique and unusual place to stay in the UK.
From the outside, this is a run-of-the-mill house in the lovely little market town of Bridgenorth. But once you are through the doors, what greets you in one of the most quirky places to stay in the UK will take your breath away.
Once owned by the artist Anthony Dracup, the interior is a maze of eclectic rooms, bizarre passageways and intriguing artworks, from an Alice In Wonderland-themed reception to a medieval cavern, carved out of the hillside at the back of the house.
It’s not often you get to stay in a house that is a piece of art in itself, which you’ll realise it absolutely is once you’ve discovered the art room with a 360 degree mural of Bridgenorth and the soundproof hobbits lair bedroom. Outside of the house, you can explore the picturesque countryside and sample delicious local produce at one of the many great cafés, pubs and restaurants.
When it comes to views from your decking, it doesn’t get much more spectacular than the north Cornwall coast. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you stay in this beautiful house, close to the dramatic sea cliffs, hidden, misty beaches and idyllic villages of Cornwall.
By day, head out with your host, David Myers, on your choice of an ebiking, hiking, or trail running adventure, as he shows you the most beautiful hidden trails known only to the locals, and brings the landscape to life with tales of smugglers, shipwrecks and other folklore gems.
Spend the rest of your time drinking in the sunset from your decking, the bi-fold doors thrown open to flood the house with sea air and natural light, or down at one of the wonderful little local pubs, getting to know the local’s way of life and relaxing after a reinvigorating day out in nature.