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.
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Pets welcome;
A rural retreat in the peaceful village of Gamblesby set in the backdrop of the Eden Valley. A perfect place to relax, explore, escape from it all and more…..An antidote to the hectic daily routine, but home a from home with all of the modern creature comforts you mig …see more
I had looked forward to this holiday for many months as I had never been to a church for a holiday before ! It was every thing I had imagined and more. The old church from 1868 built of red sandsto… More
“A wonderfully restored Church in a beautiful village - perfect, comfortable & relaxing, surrounded by beautiful scenery”
Reviewed 18 Sep 2015
I visited Old St. John's Church over a weekend, visiting friends and family I haven't seen in a long time. We all travelled from different countries to spend a weekend together away from home/work. Th… More
Reviewed 7 Jul 2014
We had a fantastic time at Old St John's Church. The property is not only beautiful and comfortable but well equipped and located.
We did a fantastic 12 mile hike from the doorstep, taking in Hartsid… More
Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pets welcome;
The newest addition to Manor Farm Glamping is Red Sky, our stunning Shepherd's Hut. Tucked away amidst a range of traditional brick farm buildings the shepherds hut benefits from its own private walled garden, patio, hot tub and BBQ shelter.
Within this bespoke craftsm …see more
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Pets welcome;
This charming cottage is located in the French Touraine region surrounded by historic Middle-Age and Renaissance castles and world-renowned wineries. The house has 3 double rooms and can be rented throughout the year for 2, 4 or 6 people. A minimum of 2 nights is requir …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Craufurdland Castle is one of the oldest in Scotland, in same family for nearly 800 years. Set in 600 acres of stunning Ayrshire countryside surrounded by woodlands. The 6 double bedrooms are all unique and beautiful, the Georgian Drawing room stunning with spectacula …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
The boathouse is located right on the shore of the Teign estuary, with stunning views of the river and surrounding landscape. Waterfront patio for outdoor living, private launching for a boat and doorstep access for any kind of water sports make the boathouse a totally …see more
We stayed at Tidelands for a short break, Liz was there to meet us when we arrived and showed us around the accommodation. The boathouse was excellent, very clean and with all the little extras that s… More
“Tidelands Boathouse meets all expectations and more!!”
Reviewed 9 Jul 2016
The Boathouse is situated in the most beautiful location. I was looking to escape the "Rat Race" and this was the ideal location. The tranquility allowed me to unwind and relax completely. I would hig… More
“The perfect location for sailing”
Reviewed 12 Aug 2013
Within minutes of arriving at the boathouse we realised that we had made the right choice. The location was beautiful and ideally situated for ease of access and yet providing a quiet rural location.
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.001 km; Great for children of all ages ;
"Sunshine 247365", as featured in the Guardian and the Daily Mail Beach Sun Retreat uniquely offers the 'perfect beach and summer holiday' with guaranteed sunbathing 365 days a year! Occupying the ground floor of this former hotel, the property has …see more
Wow what can I say! stunning house, sound system fantastic brought my innner DJ out. Bedrooms amazing with a big country house feel. Sadly weather let out down but gave us an excuse to use the real su… More
Thank you Ian for your Amazing Amazing review. So pleased to hear your lovely comments and even better that your inner DJ came out! Hope we can welcome you and your family back for more good times soon :)
“Great accommodation and right by the beach”
Reviewed 15 May 2014
From booking to staying the whole experience was perfect. Staff are accommodating and professional and the property is something else! It is an experience that we will be repeating before the end of… More
Hi Kara, thanks so much for your lovely review. We're so pleased you, your husband and Pepper enjoyed your time at our own little "Miami" Beach Resort. Fun in the "sun" and a short hop to the beach what more could anyone want :) We very much look forward to welcoming you back in September.
Reviewed 5 Apr 2014
This place is absolutely fantastic! From the moment you walk through the door, it's easy to see the entire place has been renovated to an extremely high level. The décor was so quirky and it had such… More
Awesome review. Thank you so much. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon for more sunshine and good times.
Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pets welcome;
Welcome to Old Dairy Cottages and our spectacular Shepherds Hut. Tucked away amidst a range of traditional brick farm buildings the shepherds hut benefits from its own private walled garden, patio, hot tub and BBQ shelter.Within this bespoke craftsman built shepherds hu …see more
Lovely, quirky little hut with everything you need. My girlfriend and I had an excellent weekend exploring the local villages and walking in the hills. There's a folder with local walks and its locate… More
“Perfect weekend getaway”
Reviewed 27 Jan 2014
At first was sceptical about the size, but the Shepherd's Hut has everything you need and is perfect for a relaxing weekend away. The hot tub was amazing, be sure to take a dip on a starry night!
Great for children of all ages ; Car essential; Pets welcome;
The Old Kirk is very large with lots of interesting different areas within a mezzanine open-plan structure, which gives guests a quiet, peaceful experience even with larger parties. The inside is tastefully, and modestly decorated to make the most of the orifinal church …see more
“Lovely spacious house in a fantastic location with great facilities for children”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2012
We had a lovely relaxing week in a great location. We rented the property as two families with four small children and a dog. There was plenty of space both inside and out for children to run around w… More
Dear guest, we are delighted that you and your friends enjoyed your stay at the Old Kirk. It is particularly suited to such 2 family holidays.
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
CASARA is a set of 5 charming small rural cottages in a coastal setting with an exclusive footpath to Zahora Beach.
CASARA, is peace and serenity, a place to feel the pleasures and emotions of nature and life.
CASARA is located in an idyllic enclave with views of the …see more
Beautiful and confortable house with all ammenities included and with a private access to the beach. Quite and beautiful location, with garden and terrace. The beach is clean and quite, and has 2 gre… More
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 19 Jan 2014
Casara met the high expectations, the service was very good.
Contact and handover of keys and house were simple and very flexible. All that stood in the description was also available. Casara is a ve… More
“Lovely little seaside escape”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at Casara. We stayed in casara dos which is a small tower with one small double bedroom (with views of the sea), a living room, bathroom and small kitchen, all laid out over… More
**Featured as the perfect destination for a honeymoon by a leading Wedding Planning website in January 2016!**
**Voted one of the top 10 most romantic venues in the world in 2014 by Women's Weekly magazine!**
Sleeps 1-2. (Or two and a baby/older child.) This beautiful …see more
This is a wonderful place to stay, idyllic, quiet, the perfect place for complete relaxation. The foile has everything you could need for a week, the only reason we ever left was to go to the supermar… More
Nearest beach 15 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
Converted Mill located in a beautiful rural location within a converted farm steading. Excellent base for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, or just relaxing. The mill is approximately 2.5 miles from the villages of Lochfoot, Crocketford and Haugh of Urr and 8 mi …see more
We stayed at Burnbrae over Christmas. Allan provided a lovely decorated tree, and there was a delicious cake waiting for us when we arrived. The house is warm and comfortable, and in a stunning locati… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Come and stay in a cosy and exciting little house in the trees. Fantastic for adventurous families, but equally wonderful as a romantic break for couples, or a quirky treat for groups of friends. Enjoy the privacy and peace of living right in the heart of nature.The Tr …see more
If you want something that is a little bit different, but also want quality ... then this is the place. We spent a fabulous week at the Treehouse. What an amazing place. The location is great, lite… More
“Unique tree-house adventure”
Reviewed 14 Jun 2012
It was an absolute priviledge to be the first 'official' guests in the newly built 'Into the Woods' tree-house. Whilst the tree-house itself was built by an external tree-house provider, all of the i… More
Moyno De Sol, or windmill of the sun, is a 200 hundred year old converted windmill which features breathtaking panoramic views of rolling hills and sandy beaches. The house features handmade bamboo ceilings and a cosy country fireplace. Relax in this romantic setting co …see more
The windmill was exactly what we wanted and expected. It was cosy and well-appointed. Perfect for a relaxing trip, we spent our days reading, cooking and eating - reveling in the quiet. The 360 degree… More
“Wonderful accomodation in stunning surroundings!”
Reviewed 13 Sep 2012
The "Windmill of the Sun" is a fabulous property in stunning surroundings. The views are breathtaking. We found the property to be extremely well appointed and the pool and barbeque were a lovely bonu… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Great for children of all ages ;
A single yurt set in private enclosed area on a smallholding adjacent to an Area Of Outstanding Beauty and Heritage Coastline, walking distance to sandy cove, or 5 minute drive (free parking).The yurt has it's own shower room and kitchen with full-size cooker, frid …see more
Exactly what we were looking for! Completely surprised when we turned up. Massive secluded area to ourselves. With a fire pit and bbq. All wood, coal and firelighters supplied. The yurt was amazing e… More
Nearest beach 30 km; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
Palazzo Portole is a large property on the edge of the charming, historic town of Oprtalj. Standing in a beautifully landscaped private walled garden with a secluded swimming pool, outdoor dining room, a tower with roof terrace, 5 stunning bedrooms, large living room & …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Petit Payot Beach HutPetit Payot Beach Hut is located at St Sauver at the south of Praslin island. The beach hut gets its name from the Black Parrot, endemic only Praslin island! The Black parrots are more common on this part of the island and the tropical seaside déc …see more
Nearest beach 20 km; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
Trullo Mimosa is a delightfully restored Trullo that has kept many original features. It has exposed stone interiors. There is a large swimming pool that is shared with just one other Trullo that can be rented also.The Trullo has just been completely renovated and has …see more
We choose this property to spend 5 nights over the Christmas holidays with my parents. The spaces are ideal for 2 adult couples (although one of the bedrooms has separate single beds) because the bedr… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 18 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Capel Cartref is a newly renovated chapel offering a unique and luxurious space for holidaymakers. The chapel provides a warm and welcoming haven. The gallery hosts a vaulted ceiling with original beams. Pews have been reclaimed and used around the chapel as window si …see more
This is our third year running visiting The Chapel. Every year we have a fantastic time. The Chapel is very well equipped and accommodates 10 people comfortably. It is always spotlessly clean and Marn… More
Hey, thank you! It was lovely having you back, you always treat the place so well AND you manage the recycling! Very trustworthy - thank you again and please come back next year (or before). Kind regards, Yonni and Marnie
“Don't hesitate to stay here, it's perfection!”
Reviewed 18 Jan 2015
We spent 2 weeks here and loved every second. The place is an incredible blend of old and new- modern finishing that respects the original building and though spacious seems really cosy. The top back … More
Thank you for your prompt review! Great feedback, thank you so much. Glad the two weeks went well and that you got to enjoy the space of Capel Cartref. Looking forward to you returning some time in the future. Kind regards, Yonni and Marnie
“Home from home with added extras!”
Reviewed 25 Jul 2016
We have just returned from a perfect stay at the Capel Cartref. We stayed as a family of seven adults and two dogs. The chapel is beautifully refurbished, very clean and spacious. This place is ideal … More
Hi there and thank you very much for such positive feedback. It seems we could learn lots more about the local area from you. We are very glad you had a lovely break and that the chapel was spacious enough for all of you, as well as the two dogs. With regards to the frying pans, we are sorry we missed the original one's disappearance as we hate to inconvenience visitors at the chapel. Thank you for the 'heads up', we would very much welcome you back. Thank you for looking after it so well. Take care and kind regards, Yonni and Marnie
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
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About the castle:
An authentic, fully furnished, just recently renovated traditional castle with great views.
Around 2 centuries ago, our grandparents decided to build a castle for their winter stays and to protect themselves from rivalries …see more
We truly enjoyed our stay in this Mani Castle. To be living in an ancient but modernized place was magical. The owners very generously left our refrigerator stocked with wine, beer, olive oil and wat… More
Thank you for your review. It really means a lot knowing that you had a great time at our castle. We try our best. We hope to seeing you again in the near future as the property is great for all year round!
“lovely castle, peaceful location”
Reviewed 6 Jun 2013
Well what to say if you want quirky and peace full this is the place to go ! Mani is an amazing place in Greece its full of architecture and history but with the added bonus of these mini style castle… More
Dear Matt many thanks for your kind review. As you were our first guest in the castle, you will always stay in our hearts. Hope to see you again on our castle.
Great for children of all ages ; No pets allowed;
Beautiful scenery in a Norwegian fjord. Excellent opertunity for relaxation and outdoor activities. The cabin is located adjacant to sea and there are perfect conditions for fishing. Wintertime downhill- and cross country skiing is just 10min away.
Beautiful and peacef …see more
**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
“Loved it! Authentic. Friendly.So much better than a hotel”
Reviewed 21 Jan 2014
The house is very comfortable , with a traditional touch to it .It is well kept. Owner is friendly and always ready to help with tips and suggestions to discover the area and enjoy the surroundings.… More
Great for children of all ages ; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Are you looking for a cosy retreat for 2? You may have found what you are looking for ..... tucked away at the end of a no-through road in the rural heart of the three counties you will find our shepherd's hut placed at the centre of farm life within a newly plante …see more
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Welcome to the Old Chapel in Slad, Gloucestershire; a luxury self catering Cotswolds holiday rental, with a stylish, contemporary interior.Described by The Guardian (December 2013) as 'one of the best cool holiday self-catering accommodations in the Cotswolds...it& …see more
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Pets welcome;
Old Trinity Church is a 5 min drive from the historic market town of Monmouth. Here you will find all your shopping needs. If you want to treat yourself, the village boasts its very own Michelin Starred restaurant, The Crown at Whitebrook.There are plenty of footpaths …see more
We stayed in the Church over Christmas and had a brilliant week.
The church is full of character but has everything you could need to make a home from home.
We felt comfortable as soon as we arrived… More
“What a wonderful week”
Reviewed 4 Aug 2012
We found out about Old Trinity Church on the internet when looking for something that was a bit less ordinary than a classic cottage. There was a lot of information on the website, and we learned ev… More
“Wonderful accommodation & location for family get together”
Reviewed 3 May 2015
We stayed here at the end of April with our grown up children, spouses, 4 month old grandaughter plus 3 dogs. We were met by our son whose comment was 'it's stunning' and it was. Beautifully restored… More
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
This unusual property has been tastefully and imaginatively converted from a former 19th century chapel and makes a wonderful state of the art holiday destination. The Old Chapel has a contemporary open plan living area with vaulted ceilings, feature windows and oak flo …see more
Nearest beach 77 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
A truly idyllic rural location on the banks of the river Sevre. Sumptuous accommodation combining the charm of an authentic historic mill with an outrageously modern interior decoration. You won't find anything like this elsewhere ! A unique holiday experience. Breakfas …see more
The 'Moulin de la Roche' is even more amazing than it looks in the photos. The setting is idyllic; next to the river which you can cross by the footbridge, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The sou… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Not suitable for children;
Presented by Static Boat Holidays. The price is for the whole boat and is exceptionally good value. The boat is situated in Braye harbour, Alderney. She is on a swing mooring, but you have access to a tender and water taxi. She has three double cabins, a kitchen living …see more
Nestling at the foot of a lush hill, surrounded by a heady scent of orange blossoms and lavender, Trullo Ca' del Fico is the ideal place to rejuvenate body and mind from everyday life. An oasis of peace created for people who love the colors, scents and sounds of nature …see more
Nearest beach 5 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
4 large en suite safari lodge tents, each sleeping 6 on our working dairy farm. Fabulous location in a secluded field, halfway between Corfe Castle and Swanage. The farm nestles underneath Nine Barrow Down which forms part of the South West Coast Path, a superb area f …see more
Not suitable for children; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Pinnock Wood Farm Shepherds Hut is located in a quiet rural setting on a working livestock farm in the North Cotswolds. Situated close to the historic town of Winchcombe.The Shepherds Hut is fully serviced with a Double bed, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom. television a …see more
Nearest beach 110 km; Swimming pool; Not suitable for children;
Torre the Brancialino nestles beautifully in the Tuscan Hills some 10 kilometres from the Renaissance town of Sansepolcro.Being part of a remarkably restored medieval castle (where the owner lives) the tower offers the perfect romantic hideaway with comfortable accommod …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Air conditioning;
With a beautiful beach, amazing views and fresh, cosy furnishings, Hibiscus Beach Retreat offers barefoot luxury, privacy and exclusivity at its best!A world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. One private chalet engulfed by tropical plants...the soft whit …see more
If you want to get off the grid, and find somewhere truly beautiful away from the usual resorts full of people, then this is it.
The chalet is simple yet comfortable, and the location and view are… More
Reviewed 12 Mar 2014
Not going to say too much but we had a wonderful weekend staying at the beach hut/villa. the surroundings are amazing, the sea view is breathtaking. it is not often you can feel like you are in a 5 s… More
“Wish I could stay every weekend!”
Reviewed 12 Mar 2014
Our stay at Hibiscus Beach retreat was the most relaxing weekend I have spent in Sabah. With about half a mile of beach to ourselves, not a tourist in sight and no other buildings in this bay, a perfe… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 150 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Moulin de la Ronde with its toes in the Vienne, occupies 4 acres of river frontage with a private island accessible through the mill, where you can fish, bird watch or just relax. Friends, visitors and locals describe it as stunning. La Ronde consists of the owners …see more
Having been keen independent travellers for many years (from Australia), we have been fortunate to stay in many delightful places, however we agree that Moulin de la Ronde took first prize. It is a ti… More
“One sentence, are you joking?”
Reviewed 6 Oct 2015
Its impossible to give a title to a review of La Ronde in a sentence, the title a book the review could be an anthology! The main thing on offer is peace, time appears to stand still at La Ronde until… More
“A totally relaxing haven.”
Reviewed 5 Jul 2014
My husband and I had a fantastic holiday at the Old Grain Store. The accomodation is lovely - really spacious and the surrounding grounds are just idyllic. Over the fortnight we stayed I think we trie… More
Great for children of all ages ; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
Puzzle is a luxury bespoke narrowboat, which has been fitted out to the highest standard. She offers all the comforts of a top end luxury flat and is moored in the historic cathedral city of Ely, with excellent rail links to Cambridge and London.
Everything on board ha …see more