Unique and quirky cottages

All of our cottages are unique, each with their own story to tell and architectural quirks that make them so special. But these cottages are the ones that make you go ‘Wow!’ The ones that are so eccentrically striking on the outside, they make you want to book your stay and delve inside.

Escape to bygone eras from history or your childhood in Rapunzel-esque towers, cliff-high castles or Victorian lighthouses. You could find yourself overlooking the White Cliffs of Dover, nestled among the trees in a Lake District cabin or star-gazing from the veranda of a former observatory.

What’s more, each time you book a holiday with us we can continue to preserve these relics and the land they sit on for future generations.

The exterior of The Water Tower, Trelissick, Cornwall

The Water Tower, Cornwall 

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair! Live out your own fairy-tale in this iconic Water Tower. The Victorian spin on a utilitarian building offers an enchanting stay in the gardens and countryside of Trelissick. Its circular walls hug you in to cosy rooms based over four floors and reached by a narrow spiral staircase.

The front door to The Birdcage, Port Isaac, Cornwall

The Birdcage, Cornwall 

The Birdcage is a 200-year-old former cobbler’s shop, which rises out of the narrow winding streets of Port Isaac. Pentagonal in shape with a terrace reached through the bathroom, this unusual cottage also boasts picturesque views over the harbour.

The exterior of The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage, Lynton, Devon

The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage 

Once you overcome the dizzying heights of this cliff top cottage you’ll relish the panoramic views of the North Devon seascape. From the lighthouse balcony you’ll be high as the birds but low enough to see dolphins and gannets fishing at high tide.

A group of cyclists outside the Tower on the Blickling Estate

The Tower, Norfolk 

Formerly an ornate race stand for the Earl of Buckinghamshire, The Tower now offers the opportunity to experience life in a 'mini castle'. The luxurious accommodation comes complete with a Rapunzel tower and rooftop terrace offering panoramic views across the Blickling Estate to the coast.

The unusual exterior of The Round House, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

The Round House, Suffolk 

Nestling in the woodland of the Ickworth Estate is this former gamekeeper’s cottage. A mini folky version of the main rotunda at Ickworth, its circular walls provide a cosy and inviting space – perfect after a long day exploring the surrounding parkland and Fairy Lake.

The exterior of Millbeck Towers, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria

Milbeck Towers, Lake District 

You'll feel like King of the land in this castle-like property with its imposing exterior and all-encompassing views over the Northern Lakes. Its interiors are not short of impressive either with intricate stained glass windows, roaring open fires and large decadent rooms. Plus it’s close to the bustling small town of Keswick and has direct access to Skiddaw Range.

The exterior of The Triumphal Arch, Leominster, Herefordshire

The Triumphal Arch, Herefordshire 

Not your usual cottage, this former coachman’s house provides a memorable stay in the grounds of Berrington Hall. It has glorious views over the grounds and even has its own enclosed garden. Guests also benefit from access to the gardens and parkland after hours.

The picturesque exterior of Trees, nr Ambleside, Lake District

Trees, Lake District  

Be at one with nature and live amongst the tree-tops in this cabin-like, 1930s holiday home. Elevated above Lake Windermere, it provides captivating views from the sun terrace that wraps around the cottage. A true rural retreat, it’s not unusual to see deer and other wildlife in the surrounding woods.

The exterior of Chert holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight

Chert, Isle of Wight 

Chert is a unique 'mirror image' house situated in a peaceful residential area on the Isle of Wight with wonderful sea views. The interior of the house is decorated in 70s style to reflect the period when it was built, with a largely monochrome interior set off by the bright orange bathroom.

Exterior of Mustard Pot, Cromer, Norfolk

Mustard Pot Cottage, Norfolk 

Aptly named Mustard Pot Cottage, burrows in the woodland of the Felbrigg estate. As well as its quirky resemblance of a small condiment container, it's exceptionally cosy inside with its unusual octagonal shaped sitting room and bedroom.

The exterior of Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall

Doyden Castle, Cornwall 

Live like a king in your very own castle, high on the cliffs of Port Quin. Peer through gothic arched windows onto panoramic views of the sea and surrounding greenery. Although the building is neither a real castle nor a folly, you and the family can live regally in this fantasy fortress and play king and queen for a week or so.

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