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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The Showmans Wagon

Alphamstone, nr. Bures, Essex.

Sleeps 4. A truly quirky holiday experience! This gold rated property allows guests to live like a fairground showman and is set in 150 acres of idyllic woodland and meadows. Outside is a garden with furniture and barbeque, perfect for alfresco dining. Cottage Code: W42097.

  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • 20th Century

Hen Wrych Hall Tower

Abergele, Conwy.

Sleeps 2. Ideally situated only four minutes from the beach, this romantic tower boasts a four-poster bed and an open fire. The grade II listed building has been lovingly renovated, and could be your own romantic castle for two! Cottage Code: OPW.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Quirky
  • 19th Century

The Carriage

Bridge of Dee, nr. Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway.

Sleeps 6. This converted 1957 railway carriage enjoys a quiet setting on the site of an old siding in the former Bridge of Dee station. Just 3 miles from the market town of Castle Douglas, it is ideal for exploring the delights of ’Glorious Galloway’. Cottage Code: W43089.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Pet friendly
  • 20th Century

Rose Cottage, Stratford

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Sleeps 4. With a beautiful, totally private cottage garden, this Grade II listed holiday home is set in a tiny hamlet just 200 yards from Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Within walking distance are the theatres and centre of Shakespeare’s Stratford. Cottage Code: REE9.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • 16th Century

Beach Bay Cottage

Uig, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides.

Sleeps 4. A stunning natural stone and turf roofed detached cottage amid the spectacular scenery of the Island of Lewis and Harris, Beach Bay Cottage is set on the edge of an unspoilt white sandy beach. Whisky distillery within a short stroll. Cottage Code: SRRM.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • Quirky
  • Boutique
  • 20th Century

The Old Telephone Exchange

Sissinghurst, Kent.

Sleeps 2. Set in the heart of one of Kent’s most picturesque villages, this detached former telephone exchange has been carefully converted to provide unique and cosy holiday accommodation. Just a stroll from the NT’s famous Sissinghust Gardens. Cottage Code: 26972.

  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 20th Century

The Water Tower

Bearsted, nr. Maidstone, Kent.

Sleeps 4. This former water tower once provided the village with its supply of H2O. Lovingly converted, it now offers unique holiday accommodation in spacious circular rooms set over two floors. With direct trains to London from nearby Bearsted Station. Cottage Code: 13684.

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

Forget Me Not

Dalmellington, nr. Ayr, Ayrshire.

Sleeps 4. These beautifully restored cottages, set on the banks of a rushing stream, offer a relaxing holiday getaway. The estate offers horse riding, fishing, canoeing, etc. Follow the link below to view other properties at this location. Cottage Code: SKKZ.

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

Drakes Dyke

Wroxham, Norfolk.

Sleeps 6. The garden of this very comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday home leads down to the river’s edge, where a private mooring is available for a guests’ boat. Use of an all-weather day boat to explore the famous waterways is also included. Cottage Code: CPA.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Quirky
  • Pet friendly
  • Fishing
  • 20th Century

Capp Mill

Painswick, nr. Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Sleeps 4. With views over a pretty trout stream, this traditional Cotswold water mill dates from the 1600s. With original Cotswold flagstones floors and spacious beamed rooms, it has been carefully converted to provide comfortable holiday accommodation. Cottage Code: NAL.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Pet friendly
  • Fishing
  • 17th Century