The last couple of years has taught us a lot about the world of travel. Not least, the fact that we’ve taken for granted just how many unusual staycation accommodations we are blessed with in the UK.
From log cabins to cosy pods, quirky cottages to converted stables, the lack of international travel showed us that if you’re looking for unique places to stay in the UK, you are spoiled for choice. We’ve tested a number of these quirky accommodations, whether it was a walking holiday based in a tiny house in Cornwall, or a relaxing retreat in the treetops in a treehouse near Snowdonia.
We’ve narrowed down some of our top unusual staycation accommodations in the UK, to inspire you to get off the beaten track and find your own personal paradise – the perfect way to just take a break from routine and escape for a short while.
Finding unusual places to stay in England can be hugely rewarding. For all you know, one of the most beautiful, unusual staycation accommodations you’ve ever visited could be just a couple of hours drive away, nestled in the a sun-dappled woodland seemingly far from civilisation.
Or there could be a quirky cottage accommodation in the next town along, a house that looks entirely normal from the outside that is in fact a maze of unique rooms, halls and corridors that make for a truly memorable stay.
When it comes to getting off-grid in England and finding a truly unusual staycation accommodation in the UK, it doesn’t come much more secluded than this safari camp on the banks of the beautiful River Wye in Herefordshire.
Accessible via a small footbridge, staying in the safari tent is almost like staying on your own private island for a short time, helping you feel genuinely off the beaten track. Wander to your private picnic area by the banks of the river, or on any of the countless woodland walks in the immediate area, or take a canoe along the quiet River Wye.
The tent itself is truly luxurious, and completely off-grid. It’s kept cosy thanks to a large wood-burning stove, and solar and gas is used to keep the stove and lights burning. A solid wooden floor and comfortable bedrooms make this unique place to stay a comfortable glamping experience, and it’s a great chance to enjoy a digital detox completely disconnected from the outside world.
At night, light up the fire pit and sit under the stars, this unique, secluded accommodation helping you feel as though you could be anywhere in the world.
This unique place to stay in Cornwall offers tremendous sea views through its beautiful bi-fold doors, a decking to relax on during those long summer evenings, and a quirky interior to make the house a wonderfully unusual place to stay in the UK.
Located on a farm in north Cornwall, its setting means that the house is the perfect base from which to explore the spectacular coastal trails that wind their way from coastal cliff to hidden cove, drinking in 360 views that stretch to the horizon.
The house is also close to a small rural village, meaning that it takes just a short walk to pop down to the cosy local pub, where you can get to know the locals and experience a bit of authentic rural life in Cornwall.
Your host, David Myers, is truly passionate about sharing the very best of this beautiful area he calls home, and will lead you on guided hikes, e-bike tours or trail runs to little hidden local gems whilst regaling the fascinating stories and myths of the area. It’s this personal touch that just makes this quirky house an even more unique place to stay in the UK.
Sat inconspicuously in the heart of the market town of Bridgenorth, you would never know that this cottage was one of the most unique places to stay in the entire UK, unless you went through the front door.
Once owned by the artist Anthony Dracup, the entire interior is essentially a walk in exhibition. Meticulously designed and developed over a 20 year period, this is your chance to live in an eclectic mix of art and engineering, for a truly unique, unusual and memorable staycation.
Each room has been designed with an artist’s flair – from the Alice In Wonderland themed reception to the Boiler Room bathroom, the 360 degree art room to the cavernous, medieval dining room, there is so much attention to detail and care that has been poured into every aspect of the house.
This truly unusual staycation accommodation must be one of the most unique in the UK, and it provides a great base for exploring the lovely market town of Bridgnorth, home to great pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as Britain’s oldest funicular!