Unusual Holidays and Places to Stay

Pictured above: No Man’s Fort, in between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth

We all appreciate the good night guarantee at a Premier Inn, but sometimes we all yearn for something a little different… a unique experience with memories that will last for years.

Cue Historic UK’s directory of Britain’s weird, wonderful and totally unique places to stay! From lighthouses to old railway carriages, we’ve scoured the country for the best that eccentric Britain has to offer.

The properties listed below are a mix of bed and breakfasts, hotels and holiday cottages, and we’re always on the lookout for more. If you do have a suggestion for a unique place to stay then drop us an email via our contact us page.

Featured Places to Stay

The Shooting Lodge

The Acton Scott Estate, Acton Scott, Shropshire.

Sleeps 11. Approached by a track that winds through fields and woodland, The Shooting Lodge dates to the mid 18th century. Restored to an excellent standard, it offers a large oak framed banqueting room for relaxing and entertaining. Cottage Code: RNP.

  • Open Fire
  • Quirky
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

The Old Toll House

Coalport, nr. Ironbridge, Shropshire.

Sleeps 4. Set in the heart of Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, this former toll house offers the ideal base from which to explore this world famous Heritage Site. No less than 7 museums reveal the fascinating history of the site. Cottage Code: 30125.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

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Bickleigh Castle

Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RP.

Bickleigh Castle is one of Devon’s most beautiful wedding venues and Bed and Breakfast breaks. This 14th Century castle nestles in a valley with 30 acres of lush green land. The River Exe runs through the grounds, perfect for fishing enthusiasts!

  • 14th Century

Stable Courtyard at Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL.

Stay overnight in the refurbished Stable Courtyard Bedrooms in the beautiful setting of Leeds Castle and explore the castle grounds and gardens when the estate is closed to the general public. Breakfast is available in the 17th century Fairfax Restaurant.

  • 17th Century

The Windmill

Wendover, nr. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Sleeps 10. This large 19th century detached windmill has been lovingly converted to provide spacious accommodation over 5 floors. The cottage also boasts spectacular views across the Chiltern Hills from the second floor sitting room. Cottage Code: PKKW.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

The Old Folly

The Old Folly, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire.

Sleeps 2. Built in the early 1800’s as a ruin, today this gatehouse has been converted into a wonderful and unique set of two holiday homes. Perfect for exploring the North Yorkshire Moors and coastline (Filey is only 3 miles away). Cottage Code: IJQ.

  • Close to Sea
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

The Wheelhouse

nr. Linlithgow, West Lothian.

Sleeps 4. Fill the senses with the sights and sounds of the picturesque River Avon as it flows gently below the outdoor hot tub of this carefully restored former watermill. The ideal romantic hideaway, visitors are welcome to try a spot of trout fishing. Cottage Code: S4481.

  • Hot Tub
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Fishing
  • 19th Century

Tinkerbell

Glenprosen, nr. Kirriemuir, Angus.

Sleeps 2. This unique, half-round cottage has been converted from the original dairy and is set on the Balnaboth Estate on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Fishing on a 5-mile stretch of the River Prosen, stabling for horses by arrangement. Cottage Code: SAL.

  • Pet friendly
  • Fishing
  • 16th Century

High Trodigal

Machrihanish, nr. Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute.

Sleeps 2. Adopting an ancient neolithic design, this imposing holiday property utilises natural stone and a turfed roof to blend effortlessly into the surrounding landscape. Close to the Machrihanish Golf Course, it offers stunning views over the sea. Cottage Code: 30648.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Quirky
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 20th Century

The Bow

Middleton-on-Sea, West Sussex.

Sleeps 4. Situated just 60 yards from the beach, this unique holiday cottage has been made to resemble the bow of a boat and adjoins the owner’s house. It features portholes and a curved wall in the entrance/dining area. Shop, pub, restaurant 50yards. Cottage Code: 27373.

  • Close to Sea
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 20th Century

Railway Carriage One

Brockford, nr. Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Sleeps 4 – 6. Set on the trackbed of the Mid Suffolk Light Railway, these four unique, railway themed holiday properties include a station building and three converted railway carriages. Follow the link below to view all four of these unique properties. Cottage Code: E5337.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Hot Tub
  • Quirky
  • Shared pool
  • 20th Century

The Old Ticket Office

Blairmore, nr, Dunoon, Argyll and Bute.

Sleeps 2. Standing detached at the end of the restored Blairmore Pier, this Victorian listed cottage has been stunningly restored. Set on the shores of Loch Long, the holiday home offers a variety of activities including walking, golf, water sports, etc. Cottage Code: SNNJ.

  • Close to Sea
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century