Discover some of England’s Quirkiest Accommodation with Hideaways
leading UK holiday rental group
If you’re looking for a quirky hideaway or remote retreat to escape to for some well-deserved R&R, look no further than the Hideaways brands. Featuring over 800 places to stay, spread over some of the most beautiful parts of the country, including Cornwall, Cotswolds, Dorset, Norfolk and Suffolk the brands not only boast cosy cottages for two, large houses for families, or groups of friends, they also feature some of the UK’s quirkiest and unique places to stay.
Why not bed down for the night in THE ‘Fraggle Rock’ lighthouse (for those who remember!) – located down in Cornwall, the accommodation is very private and boasts its very own observation room. Cornwall Hideaways feature 13 lighthouses (with many welcoming dogs and children) where guests can enjoy fresh sea air, the sound of crashing waves, spectacular coastlines with dramatic cliffs, sparkling waters and miles of sandy beaches.
Other alternative accommodations include secluded shepherd’s huts in the middle of the woods, safari tents, yurts, historic retreats and even a property with a geodesic dome complete with super king-sized bed and telescope for star gazing under the night sky!
Here’s our pick of some of their quirkiest spots to stay:
Sally Port Cottage, Cornwall
Sally Port Cottage at St Anthony’s Lighthouse is situated at the furthest point of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. A perfect romantic retreat, Sally Port Cottage is a single dwelling, reached via a 300-metre steep tarmac path leading down to the rocks from the headland above, where the car park is situated. The Lighthouse (for those of you who might remember) was the location for the children’s TV programme ‘Fraggle Rock’. The accommodation is totally private with no public access. There is an observation room, which has a large picture window and is furnished with table and chairs, and an electric wood-effect stove so that you can be snug whilst watching the worst of any storms with the garden offering absolutely stunning views.
Cornwall Hideaways (www.cornwallhideaways.co.uk; 01841 507 110) offers 3 nights at Sally Port Cottage, St Anthony (sleeps 6) from £634, travelling January 2020.
Winchcombe Lodge, Cotswolds
Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which guests are free to explore, Winchcombe Lodge is amongst rolling fields benefits from very little light pollution and is blissfully quiet. The property boasts upper and lower decking areas offering ample opportunity for outdoor living from relaxing in the hot tub or hammock, lounging with a book or simply enjoying al fresco dining. A geodesic dome with a super-king sized bed and telescope for star gazing under the night sky is situated on its own decking area built around a willow tree. Winchcombe Lodge is perfectly suited to multi-generational groups as well as larger families or groups of friends holidaying together. The village of Tysoe with all its amenities including a local shop and village pub is within walking distance with many other attractive towns and villages within easy striking distance.
Cotswolds Hideaways (www.cotswoldshideaways.co.uk; 01451 888 139) offers 3 nights at Winchcombe Lodge, Upper Tysoe (sleeps 6) from £789, travelling January 2020.
Woodland Retreat Shepherd’s Hut, Suffolk
Situated in a peaceful and picturesque wood, Woodland Retreat Shepherd’s Hut is a perfectly formed bespoke Shepherd’s Hut ideal for couples wanting to escape everyday life! This compact and cosy Shepherd’s Hut may be small but has everything for a luxurious short break for two. Horses welcome too!
If it’s seclusion and peace you are looking for and a desire to return to nature, escape to this wonderful sanctuary and truly relax.
Suffolk Hideaways (www.suffolkhideaways.co.uk; 01782 666 300) offers 3 nights at Woodland Retreat Shepherd’s Hut, Brundish (sleeps 2) from £230, travelling January 2020.
The Scrumpy Shepherd, Suffolk
The Scrumpy Shepherd is a totally magical shepherd’s hut ideal for a romantic break for two. This hand-crafted shepherd’s hut has been commissioned by the owners who wanted The Scrumpy Shepherd “to feel like a luxury private hotel” so have gone that extra mile and have included some extra treats to delight guests. Inside there is a small bespoke oak kitchen with Emma Bridgewater crockery and seating area with wood burning stove, a luxury double bed with storage, a fabulous en-suite bathroom with copper shower-head, WC, fluffy towels, hairdryer and complimentary luxury toiletries.
The Scrumpy Shepherd is located in a private orchard and can be reached by walking over a meadow of new and ancient fruit trees. A fire pit, barbecue and oak table and chairs with lighting in the orchard trees allows you to choose to cook outside on the barbecue or sit by the fire pit toasting marshmallows, wrapped up in cosy blankets, gazing at the vast Suffolk sunsets or famous dark starry skies! The views from the orchard, over the surrounding fields and meadows banking the Deben Valley are outstanding.
Suffolk Hideaways (www.suffolkhideaways.co.uk; 01782 666 300) offers 3 nights at The Scrumpy Shepherd, Brandeston (sleeps 2) from £250, travelling January 2020.-END
Cornwall, Cotswolds, Dorset, Glamping, Norfolk and Suffolk Hideaways are all part of the QHA Group Ltd (Quality Holidays Assured) which is dedicated to providing a wide range of top-quality holidays. Variety and originality are at the heart of the QHA offer, but so too are consistently high standards of comfort, service and value for money.
Companies within the QHA Group include the Holiday Property Bond which was founded in 1983; Rural Retreats, a long established, luxury nationwide holiday letting agency; five county listings which all fall under the Hideaways brand (covering Cornwall, Cotswolds, Dorset, Norfolk and Suffolk) and Glamping Hideaways, with glorious countryside locations throughout the UK.