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10 quirky accommodation ideas

Inspiration to get you thinking about what could be possible

Within the UK we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of open countryside that appeals to so many.

Whether it’s city goers seeking a secluded country retreat, families searching for an adventure-filled getaway or couples wanting a romantic escape, each of these market segments is a captive audience for those wanting to venture into the tourism accommodation industry.

But how can you make your venue different? Here’s some inspiration to get you thinking.

  1. The Strawberry Roan Horsebox, Kent

Glamping with a difference, this vintage horsebox provides accommodation for two in the marshlands between Kent and East Sussex. Although compact, the horsebox accommodation has been converted to provide a double bed, wood burning stove and fire pit with a flushing toilet close by, all while being able to enjoy the unspoilt countryside.

Prices start from £90 a night.

  1. Cosy Under Canvas, Wales

Cosy Under Canvas offers rustic yet luxurious holidays in their stylish geodesic domes. Described by the owners as the opportunity to ‘satisfy your cravings for the outdoors with no compromise on comfort’ these domes are off-grid, eco-friendly and perfect for those looking for adventure or seclusion.

The domes can sleep between two and six people, each with their own hot-tub, and are available between March and October.

Prices for the 2018 season start from £245 (based on four people sharing) and vary depending on the length of stay and arrival date.

  1. Converted railway carriage, Scotland

A converted 1957 railway carriage provides a luxury stay for six. Decorated to a high standard throughout, while retaining its original features, the carriage has two en-suite double bedrooms, a further two-berth children’s bunkroom as well as a lounge and kitchen.

Prices for 2018 start from £120, for a minimum stay of two nights.

  1. Apple Camping, Wales

Apple camping is an alternative glamping site nestled in the heart of South Pembrokeshire, next to a working farm and in close proximity to the local town and attractions.

The glamping site not only offers people the chance to experience glamping in yurts and bell tents, but also in a converted air passenger plane, which they call The Jetstar, and a futuristic UFO which has been built bespoke for Apple Camping.

Prices vary depending on the chosen camping experience, starting from £75 per night.

  1. The Glamping Orchard, Gloucestershire

Set on a family-run smallholding, The Glamping Orchard plays home to ‘Warwick Knight’ a lovingly restored 1950’s caravan. As featured on George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, the caravan combines quality and luxury featuring hand-crafted interior as well as a fire pit and unique roof garden.

The accommodation can sleep a family of four, has a spacious kitchen and a private wood-fired shower and compost loo 25 meters from the caravan.

Prices range from £95 to £145 per night.

  1. The Windmill Suffolk, Suffolk

Originally built in 1891, The Windmill has been recently converted by its current owners offering luxury and comfort with panoramic views across the rolling Suffolk countryside.

Set over multiple floors, every room has been perfectly thought through appealing to those looking for a luxurious break while being able to easily explore the local area.

Prices start from £595 for a minimum of two nights.

  1. Humble Bee, Devon

This unique three-tier cabin in the form of a beehive is tucked away in the wooded garden of a large Victorian house on the edge of Dartmoor.

Filled with surprises ranging from a floating sofa and open mezzanine floors to a thermal hot-tub created from the stone-face that forms the foundation of the structure, the design of the property encourages visitors to make the most of the inside and outside space.

Prices start from £120 per night.

  1. Brockloch Eco Retreat, Scotland

Situated on a small working farm in Southwest Scotland, Brockloch has two boutique units available to rent.

Featuring on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, one of the units is a contemporary, off-grid micro-timber framed building, while the other is an alternative treehouse nestled in its very own bluebell wood offering visitors a choice depending on the type of stay they are after.

Prices start from £300 for a minimum stay of two nights.

  1. The Bunker, Cornwall

Previously a World War Two operation bunker, this property is now available as a designer underground, four-bedroom holiday home. With its grass roof and 360-degree views of Land’s End, this is an ideal hideaway for those looking to be cut off from the rest of the world.

The Bunker can sleep six, with three bathrooms and allows pets making a perfect family holiday destination.

Prices can be found online.

10. Northern Air Airstream Hire, North Yorkshire

Northern Air offers a different experience – they hire out their converted 1966 American Airstream.

For those wanting to holiday in the Airstream, the owners will happily set everything up for holidaymakers at their favourite campsite in North Yorkshire for people to turn up and enjoy straight away.

Prices start from £220 plus the campsite fee, for a minimum of two nights.

The Airstream is also available to hire for private functions. In this instance, the owners will deliver the Airstream to where it is needed and set it up. For this, they charge a towing fee per hour and a price per night.

Prices correct at time of writing this article (June 2018).

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