Looking for something outrageously different for your next holiday? Then take a look at these holiday castles, windmills, yurts and manor houses that are all available for you to book and make your holiday an extraordinary one.
And there’s plenty to choose from: you could set your loved one's heart racing with a fairy-tale break to a French chateau or rent a houseboat in Amsterdam with your pals. Or how about escaping to a cosy log cabin in the mountains, or going glamping on a yurt holiday in Devon or Cornwall.
If stunning and unusual architecture is for you, rent a regal castle in the Scottish Highlands, a quirky lighthouse by the sea or return to a bygone age on a windmill holiday in Greece.
**JUST NAMED ONE OF THE TIMES' TOP 20 CHATEAUX HOLIDAYS! Live a fairytale dream in this 19th century romantic castle (sleeps up to 12 -- Please inquire for the possibility of extra guests) with its own private lake, swimming pool set within a formal rose garden, and ev …see more
“Tranquil retreat” Myself and my husband stayed in the larger Trullo for a week in June 2014.
We had the place to ourselves for most of our stay, which really made it feel like a belated luxury honeymoon destination. Such a beautiful setting, peacef
It was our second stay at Trullo Olivo in this wonderful region of Puglia and we enjoyed it even more than the first time. The view is wonderful. Our neighbours were very quiet. It was perfect. The tr… More
“Thoroughly enjoyable experience”
Reviewed 3 Jun 2014
We had a fantastic time and the trullo surpassed our expectations. We were really surprised how light and airy it was. And tastefully equipped We had 5 days of very cold wet weather from the Balkans … More
Glad you enjoyed yourselves despite what sounds like pretty freakishly bad weather!
“rural idyll in the heart of Puglian countryside”
Reviewed 16 Dec 2012
Very peaceful with lovely views - too easy to spend the day doing nothing! Car absolutely essential and track to villa pretty bumpy but worth it. Plenty to see and do in Puglia.
If we are being pic… More
“Stunning” I don't often write reviews but felt compelled to in this case.
The first thing to say about the Mill is that the location is absolutely stunning. You could really run out of superlatives to describe it, idyllic, picturesque, peaceful,
We had a really enjoyable holiday in the Mill House. The setting was fantastic, situated on its own island with the river Dropt and the mill race completely surrounding the property. The house itself … More
Thanks for the review, we both loved having you to stay. You are welcome back anytime.
“A very relaxing excellent stay”
Reviewed 18 Sep 2015
Stayed here in September 2015. We arrived to a very clean and tidy Gite in the nicest of surroundings within its ow lake.
Everything was exactly as described and couldn't have been better.
“Great weekend break” Stayed with group of friends had a great time. Highlight was private dining, the food was outstanding. Owners went out of their way to meet our needs. Even though there were 15 of us there was plenty of room and lots to keep us
Had a wonderful stay at The Old Mill with my husband and a group of friends to celebrate a special occasion. The renovation has been done to a very high standard, which makes The Old Mill feel very sp… More
“A weekend to remember”
Reviewed 9 May 2013
What can I say this place has it all. Right from the word go Sandra was helpful and very accommodating when booking though to when we arrived. Garry's private dinning menu was fantastic and a great s… More
“An Outstanding stay”
Reviewed 17 Oct 2016
We stayed at The Old Mill for two nights and had a fantastic time! We had family coming over from Australia who not only enjoyed the comfortable features, swimming pool and games room but also like th… More
“Lovely Trullo, lovely area” Beautiful trullo, refurbished really well with an amazing outside space and pool area. Very well equiped for self catering.
The area is a perfect mix of town and country.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the trullo. The service from Alison, the property manager was excellent! We took a chance on an October stay hoping the weather would hold and it got a bit chilly but… More
I am delighted that you enjoyed it anf hopefully we might hae you as a guest again at this or one of our other proeprties. Mark.
“Wonderful time in Puglia - Perfect trulli in most relaxing place”
Reviewed 25 Aug 2015
We had a wonderful time in Puglia and in particular at Mark's trullo Alto (the bigger one). It was exactly what we expected and we loved the quiet and relaxing atmosphere. All amenities were of good q… More
“Gorgeous italian villa in relaxed & peaceful location”
Reviewed 3 Oct 2013
Gorgeous Italian villa with everything you need for a relaxed, chilled out holiday. We travelled with family & friends including a small child & we couldn't have asked for anything more. We've trave… More
Glad you had a good time and we thought of everything. Absolutely agree car hire is essential. so we specify that very carefully.
Wonderful and romantic castle in Mezilles, Burgundy, France with private pool for 12 persons. The castle is situated in a hilly, rural and wooded area and close to restaurants and bars. The castle has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 1 guest toilet. The accommodation offe... …see more
“Just a bit different” Really enjoyed our stay at Bazavista.Cave house was clean and comfortable with basic food items supplied.A bit of upgrading of some of the furnishings would have earned 5 star.Great views.Steep road up,bit rough in places.Not far
I found the pictures a bit misleading, I assume they need updating. Upon arrival we noticed an unpleasant odour from the cave, possibly due to being closed for sometime. The soft furnishings need repl… More
It was unfortunate that the Husband of this party had an attitude on arrival complaining it was quiet here and asking where the nearest water park was , He explained they hadn't stayed inland before , so I don't think the culture shock of being in a real part of Spain appealed to him and he took it out on his extended family and us .
We make it quite clear the maximum we will allow is 5 people and yet although their had 4 on arrival , They added an extra 2 teenagers afterwards . Then promptly had a party with about 16 other people here, we are not sure if even more stayed that night , I think the fact we lived so close and knew about their actions didn't go down too well .
After 4 days of their 11 day stay , we got an email saying they had found somewhere else to stay and had left the key in the door, they at no time complained or mentioned any issues to us or we would have looked at the mystery smell , of which nobody else has complained about , even though we have had guests staying here nearly everyday since May . Although we do allow dogs to stay it has been sometime since any have been in the house , so this again was a false statement . The sofa has been covered and the cover is washed regularly, although the cover had been taken off and possibley used as bedding for the unauthorised guests . We never have claimed it is a big pool but it seemed to keep their 4 children and extra guests entertained everyday they were here .
I hope that they enjoyed the rest of their holiday on the Costas , where they could find the required fish and chips shops and British bars . I think our write up makes it quite clear that if you are looking for that sort of holiday , you will be disapointed staying here .
I would also like to add that putting a drinking glass , wrapped up in the spare bedspread in the twin bedroom was childish and thankfully we found the joke , before any child could have gotten cut by broken glass . We also cleaned up after their party , after being eventually informed they had done a runner .
“Perfect well-maintained large house” Thue was the perfect location for our party of 16 adults and we could easily have housed many more! Two great heated pools, table tennis, well equipped kitchen, a football pitch, 10 bikes, 2 villages, a garden stre
“A great venue for a large family holiday. Everyone had a great time”
Reviewed 17 Jun 2012
Our second holiday at Thue. There were 16 of us this time and 19 last time, age range from 17 to 57 in an extended family. We rented both the Mill & Wheelhouse and there was plenty of room and space. … More
“Everything that a very large group could ask for.”
Reviewed 20 Sep 2011
Despite only taking a group of around 20 to a place that could hold 30, the costs per person of staying here still worked out as great value for money. Having rented the whole place out meant we were … More
Thanks for the great feedback, hope you visit again.
“Brilliant, but slightly dated” Went to stay for a week at the end of Feb, Warren was very welcoming and showed us how to use all the gadgets/tablet controlled television etc. We had a fantastic time, and the pool was the perfect size.
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Friendly greeting, shown round and everything was explained clearly. The villa was spotless and everything worked. There is plenty for everyone to do and you can still chat to one another from the poo… More
Reviewed 16 Aug 2016
Myself, my husband and 3 other couples (8 of us) stayed at the warren villa to celebrate 4 30th birthdays.
On arrival we were amazed how lovely the villa was. We had everything at the villa that we… More
Please to hear you enjoyed your stay and will be returning in the future. Some of the garden furniture has been replaced and we are completely overhauling the garden area in winter with a new patio. The fridge freezer I think may of needed tuning up. The racing game has had the steering wheel replaced that I think was done while you were there so all ok now hopefully. We are always doing upgrades and maintenance and we aim to have everything functioning correctly but sometimes things do go wrong and we do all we can to rectify the problem ASAP. Always appreciate feedback from guests and thank you for the review
Ocean view yacht with beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Underwater windows in the forward cabins makes this yacht unbelievable. Located in the finest most elegant first class member only marinas. Guests have access to private pool, tiki bar, fine dining restaurant and fre …see more
“Peaceful and relaxing, a pleasure to experience!” I have stayed here a number of times over the years in a small group and this time with a larger family. It is always a pleasure to stay here with a warm welcome and owners who are friendly and attent
“Great Option for Traveling with Young Kids” We had an excellent stay at Riad O2 (mini riad Douria). There is a huge terrace for the kids to run around. As most riads are nearly impossible with young kids, we were surprised to find that this one was
Introducing The Old Church – Hinterland holiday accommodation steeped in history and stunningly preserved. Located in historic Newrybar in the Byron Bay Hinterland, the Old Church was built in 1911 and promises to take guests on a journey back in time.
This beautiful …see more
The self catering Chateau and its delightful Gatehouse (2 adjoining properties) provide a truly relaxing environment to enjoy a Wedding, holiday or other special occasion with family and friends. The Chateau was built in 1820 and is set in 10 acres of beautiful parkland …see more
Private heated pool, sauna, steamroom, sports & fitness room, billard room, Michelin starred Chef services available, organized wine tastings.
8 Luxury rooms all with ensuite bathrooms.
+ 1 baby & Child bedroom.
Ideal location to visit the vineyards of Burgundy. …see more
Chateau with Chef and Maid service ideal for 16 people. Why choose a self catering venue when the food at the Chateau costs the same. Beautiful gardens, private heated pool, close to a an amazing white sandy beach and 5 mins from a market town. WiFI, walled property. …see more
A luxurious and spacious self catering property with iconic trulli cones, a private swimming pool and WiFi set in a tranquil Puglian countryside of olive groves, fruit trees and stone walls. Restored to a very high standard and tastefully furnished to provide the creatu …see more
Fernbrook Windmill is a unique residence located close to the beaches of Nantucket Sound in Centerville, a classic Cape Cod village. Sleeping 12, with a wrap-around terrace and private heated swimming pool, its the perfect place to enjoy the Cape through the seasons4400 …see more
“AMAZING!!! Beyond our expectations, so relaxing, very unique property, we would HIGHLY recommend staying at this magical” My husband and I wanted a quiet, relaxing, peaceful weeks holiday and decided that Puglia and this specific property looked like
“Great family holiday” Whole family with six grandchildren, (9 to 16) two of whom said it was their best holiday ever.
The bikes were well used, as was the pool. As it was an Olympic week we also made good use of the television!
The garden had p
“An excellent relaxing holiday in the heart of Rural France”
Reviewed 16 Jun 2012
We had an excellent holiday, the accomodation was as described which was perfect for us as a large family. The French people where very helpful and accommodating. We shopped at Hyper U in Fontenay l… More
The Mill is a great space for large groups of friends like we were. It was completely kitted out with everything we needed from saucepans to irons, bicycles to DVDs! The guys who own the house are inc… More
Thanks for the review, hope to see you again next year.
“Brilliant pool, lovely secluded location, ideal for families holidaying together.”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2011
We stayed at The Mill in June and had a fantastic time!
We chose The Mill because of its rural location and we were not disappointed.
The Millhouse was brilliant for 13 of us and we made good us… More
thanks for the great review, and for the booking for next year!
“The perfect rural retreat! Highly Recommended” We have found an absolute gem of a property at Le Moulin De La Combe, an idyllic property and grounds where we all enjoyed a fantastic stay.
The Property is a wonderfully restored Watermill, complete w
“Lovely accommodation, beautiful weather and ideal location.”
Reviewed 20 Apr 2015
Thankyou for a lovely visit. Not only were we incredibly lucky with the weather, we also found an absolute gem in staying at the old mill. It has been renovated beautifully and offered everything we c… More
Thank you for your kind comments and for choosing to stay at Le moulin De La Combe :-)
Reviewed 28 Jun 2014
What a fantastic place! Lovely gardens and grounds, the setting is magnificent and the quality of the accommodation is possibly the best we have ever found in many years of gite rentals in France. The… More
“lovely property great friendly owners”
Reviewed 15 Dec 2012
the owner has put a lot of hard work into the property to retain its historical interest ,Good value for money .Owner very helpful property presented very well clean and well presented.… More
“Just brilliant!” Everything was fantastic. We were met by Alexis who showed us how everything worked and was just a phone call away if we needed help with anything. The boat is fabulous. Very comfortable, luxurious, clean and it was wonderful to have
“Luxury and Tranquility amid the Olive Goves” Although in a quiet backwater, with its own vineyard and olive grove, Little Wood is actually only a few minutes drive from the beautiful old town of Locorotondo. In fact it's only a few a minutes from Albe
We spent two lovely weeks at Little Wood last August. The pool area was just lovely and includes a shower and nice loungers. We liked the fact that the main living area was open plan, it made the kitc… More
“Ideally located in a beautiful setting,this trullo is perfect Puglia”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2011
Having rented in Puglia for several years, as a family we were all in agreement that Little Wood offers something for the whole family.The pool and patio areas are stunning and spacious enough for tee… More
From the main rooms you can step onto the veranda which juts over the sea, above which is the stunning roof terrace with infinity swimming pool and sunbathing offering fantastic views over the sea to St Tropez. All rooms & bedrooms have un- interrupted stunning sea vi …see more