The quirkiest places to stay in England and beyond

Looking for something a little bit different? These are some of the best alternative places to stay across the UK and further afield. 

For the nature lovers…

Hobbit Hillpod, Ireland
Cost: from £47 per night

This contemporary hillside pod is the perfect place to stay for those who want to embrace the great outdoors in gorgeous surroundings. Nestled into the hillside in County Donegal, this versatile little space can be experienced on a solo trip or a couples retreat. Despite its restricted size, it manages to fit a full size bed, oven and shower room inside. Outside you’ll find vast open fields and a number of lakes, ideal if you like exploring the outdoors. 

Toddalong Roundhouse, Cornwall
Cost: from £70 per night 

This straw bale ‘earth house’ retreat is perfect for a family of four. Inside the unique structure there’s a mezzanine bedroom, a snug and a wood burner, along with enough books and games to keep you entertained. The house is surrounded by views over Bodmin Moor and sits just a few miles and short drive away from a selection of beautiful North Cornwall beaches. 

For the brave…

Malmaison Oxford 
Cost: from £179 /night

Located in a former prison, doing time in Malmaison Oxford is certainly no punishment. 95 luxurious rooms and suites make up the unique hotel, most of which are situated in converted holding cells complete with lots of the original features. The exterior of the building is just as impressive and you can also dine outside on the lawn in the shadow of the beautiful building that’s thought to have been built as early as the Norman invasion.

Chillingham Castle 
Cost: from £282 /night

Allegedly Britain’s most haunted castle, Chillingham Castle in Northumberland is definitely not for the faint hearted. The 13th century building has traditional guest rooms, gardens and tearooms, but is truly famous for its chilling torture chamber and popular evening ghost tours at which even the bravest of visitors are said to be spooked. Think you’ve got what it takes?

For the budding architect…

The Arctic Hideaway, Norway
Cost: from £132 /night

These stunning eco-friendly cabins are every creative’s dream. Designed to inspire those who choose to stay there, you’re encouraged to switch off electronic devices and disconnect from the digital world. In turn, you’ll find yourself surrounded by Nordic mountains and beneath skies often graced with the stunning Northern Lights. These cabins suit groups of up to ten people looking for a unique stay in a secluded location – and you probably won’t want to return to reality.

Woodland Kudhva, Cornwall
Cost: from £122 /night

Named after the Cornish word for ‘hideout’, the Kudhva provides guests with a visit that’s intimate and private. The building itself is a three-legged construction 8ft off the ground, surrounded by woodland and further afield, you’ll stumble across the amazing Cornish coast. 

For the extravagant…

Luxury Houseboat, Windsor 
Cost: from £220 per night

This modern two bedroom houseboat sits on the edge of the River Thames, perfect for anyone escaping city life but still wanting to stay occupied. After exploring the busy local area, head upstairs to the roof terrace to soak in the sunshine and tranquil views. 

Private Lighthouse, Croatia
Cost: from £440 per night

What’s better than staying in a lighthouse? Staying in one on your very own private island of course! Said to be on ‘an oasis of natural beauty’ in Croatia, this house comes with its very own jet ski so you can ride the waves, a swimming pool and a boat (complete with skipper), making it the ultimate alternative holiday location for a large family or friendship group.

Fly to Dubrovnik from Birmingham Airport!

For the quirky sun worshippers…

Valletta Vintage Penthouse, Malta
Cost: from £142 per night 

If you’re drawn to more exotic climates, Malta is a sunny location to visit pretty much all year round. Take in the sights of Valletta in all their glory on the 360 roof terrace, before taking a stroll around the rustic old streets of the capital city. This trendy 18th century penthouse is in a prime location in the heart of the city centre, meaning you’ll be able to experience Maltese culture right on your doorstep. 

Fly to Malta from Birmingham Airport!

Feels Like Home Breiner 310, Porto
Cost: From €57 a night 

Stripped back and simple, these Portuguese apartments appeal to sleek city professionals looking for a modern escape. Stylishly designed with minimalism in mind, these faff-free living spaces bring it back to basics with wooden floors and concrete ceilings. 

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