Escape the ordinary: Our top quirky holiday cottages that will ignite your wanderlust

By Fabulous • Homes feature

All of our holiday properties are unique, each with their own story to tell, however some have an interesting history, remarkable interior or an inspired renovation.

Explore places to stay that are a little out of the ordinary, somewhere a little different, unusual….even extraordinary.

Looking to escape the mundane and embark on a truly unique staycation in the UK? Look no further! Our team has scoured the country to bring you our top quirky staycation finds for your next UK holiday. Say goodbye to the traditional and hello to the extraordinary.

Stay somewhere extraordinary

From a wonderfully romantic woodland cabin in the Cotswolds, a stunning lookout tower with crazy sea views in Devon, to a fabulous lighthouse on the Norfolk coast; these unique quirky holiday cottages are sure to add a touch of excitement to your next holiday adventure.

We invite you to embark on a journey to escape the ordinary and discover the magic of quirky holiday cottages and unusual staycations across the UK. Unveil the charm of these distinctive getaways and why they promise a truly remarkable and enriching holiday experience.

Escape the ordinary: Our top quirky holiday cottages that will ignite your wanderlust
// Stunning lighthouse in Padstow, Cornwall

The rise of unusual holiday cottage staycations

As traveler’s seek unique and offbeat experiences, the demand for quirky holiday cottages and unusual staycations has skyrocketed. Forget cookie-cutter accommodations; quirky cottages and holiday lets are all about embracing individuality and the extraordinary.

These unique properties are often converted from unconventional structures like lighthouses, treehouses, shepherd’s huts, and even old castles, adding a touch of enchantment and curiously to your stay.

The appeal of quirky stays in the UK lies not only in their distinctive architecture and settings but also in the captivating stories they hold. Whether it’s a refurbished railway carriage transformed into a cozy retreat or a charming windmill offering panoramic views of the countryside, these unique holiday cottages and homes make for an experience that lingers long after the holiday has ended.

In a fast-paced world dominated by standardised travel experiences, quirky staycations offer a breath of fresh air for those seeking to step outside their comfort zones and embrace the unconventional. So, the next time you plan your UK holiday, why not embark on a journey to escape the ordinary and embrace the magic of a quirky holiday cottages staycation? Your extraordinary adventure awaits!

Our most wishlisted quirky holiday cottages UK destinations

Whether you opt for a converted lighthouse, windmill, a treehouse, a glamping pod, or a floating boathouse, each unique property offers its own charm and appeal. Here is a list of our top UK destinations for quirky stays:

Escape the ordinary and embark on a truly unique staycation in the UK. We showcase a collection of places where hours of love have been poured into the tiniest detail, creating simple, personal joys and making your whole experience something truly special.

So pack your bags, grab your sense of adventure, and get ready to escape the ordinary with our latest, top quirky staycation finds for your next UK holiday.

  • Tetbury, The Cotswolds • Bedrooms 3
    Vintage Cotswolds

    Step back in time at this 350-year-old Cotswold stone terrace cottage. Rich in period charm, a meticulously restored property features oak-stripped flooring, a classic inglenook fireplace with a fabulous, cozy log burner.

  • South Devon Coast • Bedrooms 1
    Guillemot’s Perch

    There’s nothing but you and the sea at this stunning cabin in its own secluded Devon bay. Ok, so there’s a little more to this place than a private beach – like a wood-fired hot tub on the deck, a fire pit for star-speckled nights away from the city, and a food package provided by…

  • Keswick, Cumbria • Bedrooms 1
    The Red In The Vale

    Discover a hidden gem where love meets nature. This is not just any bespoke, luxury cabin in the Lake District, it’s a story of romance and breathtaking views.

  • North Norfolk Coast • Bedrooms 3
    Gable End

    Packed full of character, charm and creature comforts, Gable End is a lovingly restored Grade II listed brick and flint holiday cottage located just six miles inland from the coast at Wells-next-the-Sea.

  • Nr Stratford, Cotswolds • Bedrooms 2
    Shakespear’s Shoes

    A stunning, family run barn conversion has been tastefully and lovingly restored to provide a luxurious boutique feel throughout, just a short drive to historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • Heacham, West Norfolk • Bedrooms 1
    Norfolk House

    A smart, detached turn of the century, beautifully styled house. Sitting right in the heart of Heacham, Norfolk House offers the convenience of excellent local facilities within walking distance of the loveliest beaches on the North Norfolk coast.

  • Kingsbridge, South Devon • Bedrooms 5
    House of Joy

    This home hits all the right notes when it comes to family fun. From the sunshine-yellow front door and uplifting rooms to the balcony and slide leading down to the garden, every detail has been considered to enhance your stay with the feel-good factor.

  • Chatsworth, Derbyshire • Bedrooms 2
    Hunting Tower

    Now a holiday home for four guests the Hunting Tower stands above Chatsworth House, boasting stunning views across the Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire.

Benefits of choosing a quirky holiday cottages break

Staying in a quirky holiday cottage offers a plethora of benefits that cater to different preferences and interests. Firstly, these unique accommodations provide a one-of-a-kind setting, allowing you to immerse yourself in an ambiance that sparks creativity and wonder.

Additionally, these unusual, quirky holiday homes often provide more privacy, giving you the space to reconnect with loved ones or simply enjoy solitude amidst nature’s splendour. Here are a few reasons we thing why you should consider a more quirky, usual holiday home for your next UK staycation:

  • Escape the ordinary: Quirky holiday cottages and homes offer a break from the usual and may challenge your perception of what is possible, providing an opportunity to escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in a different world. From the moment you step foot in your chosen accommodation, you’ll be transported to a place that’s far from the everyday stay.
  • Immersive experiences: Many of the more unusual holiday cottages offer immersive experiences that allow you to connect with the surroundings in a meaningful way. Whether it’s learning about the history of a converted building, engaging in outdoor activities, or simply enjoying the tranquility of nature.
  • Privacy and seclusion: Quirky holiday cottages often offer privacy and seclusion, allowing you to enjoy your staycation without the distractions of crowded hotels or bustling tourist areas. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat, these accommodations provide the perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Support local businesses: By choosing a more quirky place to stay, you’re more likely to be supporting local businesses and contributing to the local economy. Many of these accommodations, like many we showcase are independently owned and operated, providing a unique and personalised experience.
  • Unforgettable memories: Staying in a quirky holiday cottage creates lasting memories that you’ll cherish for years to come. Whether it’s sleeping in a treehouse, exploring a castle, or enjoying time in a lighthouse, these experiences will make your staycation truly special and unique.

Escape the ordinary, stay somewhere fabulous!

Looking for a holiday experience that’s out of the ordinary? Look no further than the our collection of unique and quirky holiday cottages. Whether it’s a converted windmill or a cozy treehouse, these one-of-a-kind accommodations are guaranteed to make your stay unforgettable. Don’t settle for the same old holiday, stay somewhere uniquely fabulous!

So, the next time you plan a getaway, why not step outside the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary? Uncover the hidden gems of our quirky holiday cottages collection and embark on a whimsical adventure that will transport you to a world of enchantment and wonder. Pack your bags, leave behind the ordinary, and prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary. Your next extraordinary escape awaits!

A 5-star holiday cottage typically offers luxurious amenities and quality features. This can include spacious and well-designed interiors, modern appliances, comfortable furnishings, exceptional cleanliness, and excellent customer service. Additionally, a 5-star cottage may have additional amenities such as a private pool, hot tub, or stunning views.

According to recent surveys and travel data, the number one holiday destination in the UK is Cornwall. With its stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, and charming villages, Cornwall has become a favourite among both domestic and international travellers. This can vary depending on personal preferences and interests. Some other popular destinations include the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands, and the Cotswolds.

Some of the warmest places to holiday in the UK include Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, and the South Coast of England. These areas benefit from a milder climate and higher average temperatures compared to other parts of the country.

North Norfolk is currently our most popular staycation destination in the UK at Fabulous Holiday cottages, this closly followed by the Lake District, Devon, South Wales, the Cotswolds and Dorset to name but a few. These destinations do change in popularity depending on the time of year however Norfolk is our most popular, year round place to holiday in the UK.

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