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.
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.
Nearest beach 13 km; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Arranged over three floors built against the massive stonework of a 13th century watch tower, La Tour provides a small sitting room with kitchen facilities and breakfast bar, a double bedroom and a fabulous bathroom with large shower and double sunken bath set at the fo …see more
La Tour is a delight. Beautifully decorated, wonderfully quiet and I would recommend it without hesitation, although because of the windy stairs it would not be good for people with mobility issues. T… More
“Beautiful idyllic romantic French getaway - 100% brilliant highly reccomended”
Reviewed 18 Dec 2012
If you are thinking about booking this property just book it - you will have NO regrets! This beautifully designed and restored French tower was stunning and provided a wonderful space to relax and ex… More
“Very nice accommodation”
Reviewed 17 Oct 2012
The owner was very helpful and friendly. The stay in the tower was a great experience. It's a quite special accommodation with a touch extravagance.… More
"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.
The church was converted into residential dwellings in 1994 and consists of three houses - the Tower, the Nave and the Chancel. The Chancel still retains the large East window just beyond the alter area, which is now one of the many features adorning this unique house. …see more
“Fantastically well equipped, comfortable, homely property in a peaceful location”
Reviewed 24 Jul 2013
'The Chancel' is a fantastic hideaway property perfect for exploring beautiful Dorset. The house is tucked off the beaten track away from busy town centres and is a perfect place for getting away from… More
“A dozen trips to England and this was the absolute best!”
Reviewed 8 Jul 2013
Our stay at the Chancel was fabulous! The property is picturesque, comfortable and outfitted like our home - not a rental. The gardens, where we spent many afternoons, are both peaceful and beautifu… More
“Fantastic cottage - homely, clean and well equipped.”
Reviewed 17 Sep 2012
Great holiday let. The property has great character and is very well furnished. It is very clean and extremely well equipped. Wonderful location with Corfe Castle, Swanage, Monkey World, Knoll Beach, … More
Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
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; No pets allowed;
Fully furnished Tipi hidden in our woodland on our 2 hectare, 25 pitch Aire Naturelle campsite.Enjoy Glamping with beautiful views, comfortable beds, wooden floor, fridge, electric lighting, Gas BBQ and everything you need for your stay.Tipi 2 has a double bed, two sing …see more
Old restored mill with waterwheel and other charming characteristics. The three level property is nestled in a wooded area with river view and an abundance of wildlife. There are four double bedrooms, including one four-poster super-kingsized bed. The house has a large …see more
Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
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.
Those with love for both adventure and untouched nature; Socotra Island is the right adventure waiting for you. Camping is perhaps the best way of enjoying the wonders of nature given to Socotra Island and sharing the warmth of its people. If you have a thirst of advent …see more
Probably the most interesting holiday-let house in the Hebrides, Lagavulin Hall was built in the first years of the 1900’s as a parish church. It is on the South East of Islay in an attractive sheltered position, with views across Surnaig Bay to the ruins of the 14th …see more
The house was warm and wecoming for our party of 3. The main dining room could house many more and had a piano with great acoustics. We were within easy walking distance of 3 distillaries, (Ardbeg had… More
“Utterly gorgeous and completely unique”
Reviewed 15 Nov 2011
We arrived in May to find this stunning converted church surrounded by a thick carpet of bluebells and with a deer roaming around the garden. It has three very comfortable bedrooms sporting lovely fur… More
“cosy church near some of the greatest distilleries”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2011
For the third time I have stayed at Lagavulin Hall an it always impresses when you enter the church
We will be back next year… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
All the character of a spacious historic boathouse with private mooring. And inside, a luxury fully equipped apartment, with incredible waterfront view and ample room for two guests. Situated on the water's edge of Ullswater, Far Boathouse is secluded luxury roman …see more
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
Spring Dale Shepherd's Hut is a beautiful hand crafted shepherd's hut. It offers unique accomodation for up to 3 people. Our shepherd's hut is perfect for an over night stay or a relaxing glamping style holiday.The Shepherd's hut has a small woodburn …see more
Was looking for that one off place to stay to inject a little romance and found it here in 'Spring Dale Shepherds Hut'. What a beautiful quaint little place to stay; everything was just perfect with l… More
Thank you for reviewing Spring Dale Shepherd Hut, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that you liked our chickens. We will look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes from Ruth and the team at Wolds Edge
“Wonderful relaxing peaceful”
Reviewed 12 Sep 2014
We stayed for 3 nights and right from our arrival to leaving everything was perfect. We were greeted on arrival by Ruth who explained everything to us, showed us the shower block wish was only 25 step… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review of your stay at Spring Dale Shepherd Hut, it is really kind and hopefully helpful for others. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Ruth
“Cosy and comfy”
Reviewed 31 Jul 2014
Ideal for a short break for 2 or 3 people and set in a beautiful area. Not too far away from the city so it's perfect if you want to visit for a shopping trip.… More
Thank you for taking the time to review our Shepherd Hut, Kind regards
“Stunning Location and Excellent Family Atmosphere”
Reviewed 1 Sep 2015
The banks of the Bodensee make the ideal Glamping location. The site itself is hidden away but an absolute jewel. The area has a magical quality that made us feel like we were completely free from t… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
A fabulous little beachside bothy. Waken in the morning and step out of the door and onto the beach, walk a mile & a half along the amazing white sands, walk through some of the most spectacular dunes, you will ever find to be surrounded by an abundance of wildlife …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 17 km; Ask owner if suitable for children;
Rebecca is idyllically situated on the banks of a mountain stream in the heart of the Preseli hills, with the Pembrokeshire coast never far away. With the simple luxury of ethical eco-sustainability & no mod cons, Rebecca offers something truly different.The absence …see more
Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Are you looking for an unusual and sweet little place to stay?
Shepherd's Retreat is our delightful Shepherd's Hut for two adults, situated in our woodland gardens overlooking the duck pond.
It is fully self contained, having the luxury of a separate shower room with …see more
This was without a doubt the best place we have stayed in the UK.
The Shepherds retreat is so cosy and beautiful, something so unique and different. The grounds it is set in are out of this world.
Thank you so much for such a fabulous review. Its lovely to hear you had a good time here and it will be great to welcome you back.
“Lovely getaway from city life!”
Reviewed 30 May 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed our time at shepherds retreat. Had the firepit going, ensured wingy (the duck) was well fed, and played plenty of monopoly!
The location is great, although a car is definitely n… More
“Idyllic rural hideaway”
Reviewed 16 Apr 2015
This gorgeous shepherd's hut is small but perfectly formed and there was ample space for our three-night stay, including all we needed to self-cater. Really cosy and warm at night and fantastic to wak… More
Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Our authentic Mongolian Yurt is situated in a peaceful french rural setting within our orchard on a large timber deck extending to the outside to give a terrace area with BBQ & private parking.The Yurt is approximately 6 metres across giving 27m3 of living space all …see more
The property has a very warm cosy feel and has a nautical theme with pictures of boats, sea and surf. The interior is very modern with solid oak floors and white leather furniture. The high ceiling gives an impression of much space and airiness. The patio slabbed area h …see more
“Well appointed cottage, in good location with friendly owners”
Reviewed 22 Sep 2012
The boathouse looked freshly furnished, and had everything we needed, including a welcome pack in the kitchen. Although basically a single space(plus shower-room) the accommodation felt light and airy… More
Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Built in 1565, the Irishman's Tower is an idyllic rural retreat and the perfect base for exploring the richness and diversity of local Lancashire countryside, food and culture.The Tower occupies one of the former garrisons that interrupt the ramparts at the front o …see more
Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
A luxury award winning period property, built in the time of Edward I, (we think it was built approx 1270). This Grade II* medieval hideaway boasts seven hundred years of history - and with its towers it feels like you are living in a fairy tale castle. Stay from 1 …see more
We had a fantastic and really memorable stay. To say that it is unique is just not doing it justice, as it is sooooo romantic and so cosy that we would love to be there every weekend. We had intend… More
“Absolutely fantastic, gorgeous romantic getaway with my husband!”
Reviewed 15 Nov 2011
We stayed at The Gatehouse for a few days for our anniversary in October 2011. It was wonderful, so cosy, warm, extremely comfortable and a wonderful get away from it all. We were impressed by the o… More
“You need to be in good shape to stay here”
Reviewed 19 Oct 2011
Accomodation was exactly as advertised. We knew what to expect. Was easy to find and obtain access. Contained everything we needed during our stay. Enjoyed the fireplace, although it was fairly hard w… More
Nearest beach 30 km; Swimming pool; Not suitable for children;
Possibly the smallest B&B in France?An old water tower converted to offer accommodation for two persons.Our property is situated in a protected area of outstanding natural beauty less than 1 km from the medieval village of Montalba le Chateau and is set in 3.2 Hectares …see more
It's a very nice tower on top of a mountain, next to the house of owners, but still very private. There's a swimmingpool available, very good surroundings for walking and the view down to the see, th… More
Snowdonia Glamping at Pant Hwfa farm offers glamping bell tents. Nestled within the "Snowdonia National Park" providing the ideal retreat for couples or families. Set in 50 acres of beautiful private hillside farm land. We have direct access to the Caerneddau mountain …see more
Enjoy your own private castle with an inviting and relaxed way of living.
Perfectly suited to travelers wanting to spark their imagination with a sense of place and contact with locals.
The castle is adjacent to a pristine nature reserve yet within walking distance to …see more
On the edge of the Peak District lies Rudyard lake, it's a bit of a secret in a stunning location, see the changing seasons in this woodland and lake setting. A perfect escape from the rigors and demands of modern living, you can slow life down if you appreciate th …see more
Leginn Corn Mill & Millers CottageEnjoy a unique holiday experience in this recently renovated 19th Centaury Cornmill; a modern cottage has been tastefully adjoined to the old Mill building, this combines the quaint charm of the old with the conveniences of the new. …see 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
Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Opening 24 October 2015 this beautiful bespoke Shepherds Hut is tucked away in the woodland with views across the paddocks towards the magnificent Malvern Hills. An idyllic retreat perfect for a romantic break, soak in the hot tub,enjoy the peace and quiet. This luxury …see more
Came here for our annual Christmas break and it was amazing! The cabin was warm, cosy and cottage-y! The hot tub was the best part for us, we loved getting in, even when it was dark, while our dinner … More
Many thanks for your review, I am glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back.
“A Little Bit Of Heaven”
Reviewed 20 Jan 2016
We stayed at the Hideaway on a very wintery weekend to celebrate my 60th birthday. We were so comfortable in the shepherds hut, it is so beautifully crafted with all the mod cons you could wish for. L… More
Thank you for such a lovely review, I am so glad you enjoyed your special weekend celebration and hope we will see you again.
The 200-year-old trulli have been lovingly restored to the highest standards and maintain all of the original features. With no direct neighbours, the property is surrounded by acres of ancient olive trees and is ideal for a quiet holiday in the beautiful countryside o …see more
Nearest beach 50 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Compass Corner Shepherds Hut is nestled in the Sussex countryside at Yew Tree Barn in Worth near Turners Hill. The hut itself is a traditional, converted by design shepherding hut which sleeps two comfortably, located on an idyllic piece of pastureland. We are bordered …see more