Seven of the most unique places to stay this year


Posted by Kate Atkin on 8th January 2019

Unique places to holiday in the UK

What does 2019 have in store for you, travel-wise? How about watching the sunset from the top of your very own castle tower, sliding down a fireman’s pole to breakfast in your converted fire truck or stoking the fire burning in the hearth of your vintage railway carriage?

This year, reawaken your senses and stay somewhere that makes you go ‘Wow!'; a place that promises an unforgettable staycation that is anything but ordinary. Embark on a unique holiday that's not just about the destination but also about embracing a whole new way of living; discover a home-from-home within an extraordinary setting.

Here are seven of our most unique holidays in Scotland, England and Wales…

Stargaze from a skyscraper in Suffolk

Stargaze from a skyscraper in Suffolk

Once you overcome the dizzying heights of this 80ft high octagonal tower, you’ll relish the panoramic vistas across the mesmerising Shotley Peninsula. This eye-catching construction, a former water tower, is now a cinema, a games hub, a boutique home for 18 guests over seven floors and a party venue extraordinaire. Whether toasting the views from high in the sky on the dreamy roof terrace or from the comfort of your bubbling hot tub down below, this extravagant abode is the perfect place to celebrate with a group of friends.

Take a closer look at The Skyscraper

Fun in a fire truck in the Lake District

Fun in a fire truck in the Lake District

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter? Well, now’s your chance to indulge. Uniquely equipped for a truly memorable family escape, this former fire truck features children’s firefighter costumes, a hosepipe, fire engine beds, a sauna and even a fireman’s pole! After a busy day fighting imaginary fires, there’s no better place to unwind than on the decked patio, watching the sun dip below the magnificent Blencathra fells.

Take a closer look at Red Rescue Retreat

Listen to the ocean from a granary in Devon

Listen to the ocean from a granary in Devon

With thick stone walls and original grain store windows, this former 17th century granary is an idyllic retreat on the windswept Hartland peninsula. Cosy up under a blanket in the garden and listen to the relaxing sound of the ocean as the gentle wash of the surf fills the cove in the distance. You’ll feel miles away from anything as the huge, enveloping skies begin to twinkle with glittering stars above: the perfect ending after a day of exploring rock pools and swimming in the sea. This pretty little cottage is a dream escape for the busy soul.

Take a closer look at Puffin's Nest

A showstopping carriage in Sussex

A showstopping carriage in Sussex

For couples who enjoy the finer things in life, this decadent showman’s carriage hides a cornucopia of surprises within its deep red, gilded exterior. Built in 1894 and residing within peaceful apple orchards, this unique holiday retreat is decked out in mahogany with an original tiled fireplace, velvet seats and cut crystal windows and mirrors. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the cosy interior, the real showstopper awaits outside – blissful views of Bodiam Castle from the veranda.

Take a closer look at The Prince Regent

King of your own castle in Scotland

Kind of your own castle in Scotland

Located in the heart of the ruggedly beautiful Scottish Borders, this enchanting Grade A-listed tower house is an overnight experience fit for a king... and the entire royal family. Start your day together over a morning coffee in the AGA-heated kitchen and finish with a wee dram in the early hours, in front of the Great Hall fire before basking in the lap of luxury for the night. Or just soak up the fantastic history of the Tower – the 500-year-old walls have many stories to tell!

Take a closer look at Tower

chapel built for adventure in South Wales

A chapel built for adventure in South Wales

Strikingly modern with comfort, space and light in abundance, this imaginative 1970s chapel conversion is a haven for large families and groups of friends seeking some indulgence. It is also a mecca for mountain bikers with the world-famous Afan Valley on the doorstep. Built by outdoor sports enthusiasts for like-minded guests, there is plenty of room for bikes and sports equipment - all you need is a sense of adventure!

Take a closer look at Depot Rd

Holiday in a house by the sea in Sussex

Holiday in a house by the sea in Sussex

A haven of creativity and quirkiness, Sussex’s maritime past comes alive in this Grade II listed sanctuary by the seaside. From the hand-picked antiques to the vintage furnishings, the open fires and the 6 foot projector for watching movies, you certainly won’t be disappointed. After a wonderful day exploring the bars and brasseries of Hastings Old Town or wandering along the shingle beach, you can retreat to one of the nautical themed bedrooms and gaze out to sea from your freestanding bath before collapsing into bed.

Take a closer look at House On The Hill - Hastings

The UK is your oyster

Enjoy a staycation somewhere beautiful and make more of those unforgettable memories. Ensure 2019 is your best year yet by checking out our unique holidays in the UK. We have everything from converted windmills and eco-houses to shepherds’ huts, watchtowers and treehouses, all found in some of the best holiday locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Or for more inspiration, we’ve got everything you need for a weekend of glamping and hot tubs.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.