From magical bubble domes to gothic Georgian gate houses, a water tower to a converted train carriage, here’s our selection of some of the latest quirky and wonderful country escapes around the UK.
Home Farm Porthleven, Cornwall
This truly incredible property is just minutes from the coast in a secluded wooden valley set in extensive gardens, complete with incredible design-led interiors, hot tub and snug room with a 50” TV. Home Farm is a beautifully restored Georgian home, perfect for luxury-lovers and larger families or groups to enjoy the abundance of space. The huge property is complete with a magnificent marble fireplace paired with traditional Georgian features, oak flooring, and a free-standing roll-top bathtub – just wow!
The Round House Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Nestled in an enchanting woodland glade just around the corner from Fairy Lake, (yes, that is its real name), is this fable-like rotunda cottage. A mini version of the larger Ickworth rotunda close by, this property is a spacious, quaint cottage accommodating up to six people and two dogs. Around the estate you will find walking trails and a dog-friendly outdoor café on your stroll. This property is perfect for people who cherish the outdoors and humble, folky interiors.
Beacon Hill Farm Luxury Treehouse Morpeth, Northumberland
This property is truly unique; the Beacon Hill Farm Luxury Treehouse is a super stylish, modern retreat located on an award-winning farmland estate amongst 360 acres of rare, unspoilt rural views of Northumberland greenery. The ultra-modern design makes it a must-visit property for those looking for cool, design-led architecture. The structure is elevated within the trees on steel columns, complete with huge glass windows, with a balcony and dining patios for al fresco dining and relaxing
The Little Shire, Somerset
Inspired by Tolkein’s The Hobbit, The Shire is a collection of subterranean homes with all the features of hobbit life beautifully reimagined in luxury holiday retreats. Situated on Rookery Farm, a working farm near Wells in Somerset, it is a peaceful retreat for couples and families alike. Guests enter the Wabbit Hobbit House through the circular, wooden doorway illuminated with lanterns. Outside the burrow is a wood fired hot tub, camping shed with indoor barbecue for toasting marshmallows or grilling hot dogs, and a shared play area that includes a mini hobbit house with underground burrow.
Three nights from £707 (sleeps 6).
Dolly Blue, Hampshire
This hand-crafted hut is full of charm and lovingly furnished, making it a stylish glamping option for your next trip. If the gorgeous hut is not enough to tempt you, Martine, the host, goes above and beyond to make your experience wonderful, providing you with a complimentary continental breakfast hamper each morning, containing freshly baked pastries and other delights. The hut is also within walking distance from the nearest pub and shop. Prices start from £99 per night and the hut sleeps two people.
High Cross Camping Coach, Dorset
This restored railway carriage and living van combination is a hidden gem, not to be missed! The carriage is nestled in a small, enclosed garden, belonging to the owner, and has been restored with care in order to retain many authentic carriage details. The view of the rolling meadow fields is the perfect backdrop for your mornings. The rental is located 5 miles from the gorgeous Jurassic Coast, where you can find many wonderful beaches and country walks. This coach is pet friendly and suitable for up to four guests for prices starting from £111 per night
Lynher Hut, Cornwall
The adorable hut lies within the historic 865-acre Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and has an incredible view of the coast. Beside the hut, guests will find a movable kitchen pod fit with all the cooking equipment required. There is plenty of outdoor space to sit and enjoy a morning coffee with an unrivalled view, as well as a larger bench and fire pit area for evenings under the stars. The bathroom block is located a mere 150 metres away from the hut, offering a private shower room with an entry code provided on arrival. Lynher Hut sleeps up to four people and prices start at £104 per night.
The Water Tower, Warwickshire
The Water Tower at Long Meadow Farm is located on the edge of an orchard and offers spectacular views of the Warwickshire countryside. The property has been carefully restored in order to preserve the original water tower components as much as possible, making this a very unique rental. From up to £151 a night, you can stay here as a party of four.
The Railway Carriage, Loch Awe
Another transportation inspired rental is the beautiful Railway Carriage. Perched on a slight hill with incredible views of Loch Awe, this rental has all the quirks and charm for an unforgettable holiday. When active, the carriage originally ran on the London to Edinburgh main line and a train enthusiast converted it to provide a delightful and unusual holiday home! Just metres away from Scotland’s largest inland loch, there is plenty of exploring to be done in the nearby area. From £134 per night for up to five people.
Seren Mawr, Powys
Escape reality and head to this fabulous glamping Geodome in the Brecon Beacons National Park! An 8-metre property with an open living plan, consisting of a double bed, dining area and a wood burner. A highlight of this property is the private wood-fired hot tub, the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the surrounding area. From £46 per night, up to two people can sleep here and pets are allowed too!