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Unique and quirky cottages

Escape to bygone eras, fairy-tale towers, clifftop castles or Victorian lighthouses. Find yourself in a 200-year-old cobbler's shop or within a former observatory. What’s more, every time you book a holiday with us, you help to care for these special places for future generations.

Castles, turrets and towers

The exterior of Town Walls Tower, Shropshire

Town Walls Tower, Shropshire 

Settle in for a stay in the last remaining watchtower on Shrewbury's medieval walls. It's full of original features, including arrow slits and exposed stone walls, while having modern comforts such as the roll-top bath. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of Shute Barton, Devon

Shute Barton, Devon 

Dating back to 1380, Shute Barton has one of the largest fireplaces in England among other original features. As the estate is only open to the public four times a year, relish the serenity that comes from having this luxury five-bedroom manor house and garden all to yourself. Sleeps 10.

The exterior of the red-bricked Blickling Tower with it's square base and cylindrical tower rising out of the top. The holiday cottage is viewed on a sunny summers day with a wooded landscape right behind it.

Blickling Tower, Norfolk 

Formerly an ornate race stand for the Earl of Buckinghamshire, Blickling Tower now offers the opportunity to experience life in a mini castle. The luxurious accommodation comes complete with a rooftop terrace offering panoramic views across the countryside. Sleeps 4.

Chorister's House is next to St. Mary's Church, a richly decorated Victorian Gothic revival church in Studley Royal Deer Park, Yorkshire

Choristers' House, North Yorkshire 

Choristers' House was designed by the acclaimed architect William Burges and its name stems from its use as a music school. With five large bedrooms and spacious communal areas, it’s ideal for those special family get-togethers. Sleeps 10.

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. Take in the extensive views of Capability Brown designed gardens or dine alfresco in its own enclosed garden. Guests also benefit from access to Berrington's grounds after hours. Sleeps 5.

The exterior of Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall

Doyden Castle, Cornwall 

Stay in a remote clifftop fortress on the Port Quin headland. With sea views all around, this sheltered inlet provides opportunities for rock pooling, kayaking or fishing. Step inside to find quirks from the past, including arched gothic windows and a cosy open fire. Sleeps 2.

The Water Tower at Trelissick Garden, Cornwall

Trelissick Water Tower, Cornwall 

Live out your own fairytale in the enchanting Trelissick Water Tower and see up close the Victorian obsession with embellishing utilitarian buildings. Its circular walls hug you into snug rooms based on four floors and that you can reach using a narrow spiral staircase. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire

Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire 

Look over the Wye Valley from this miniature castle for two. Built in 1794, it's decorated in classic Georgian style with original features, such as the ornamental fireplaces. Step outside and straight into ancient woodland packed with wildlife, including tawny owls and badgers. Sleeps 2.

Coastal gems

The exterior of Carrick-a-Rede Cottage, County Antrim

Carrick-a-Rede Cottage, County Antrim 

Live life on the edge at this former fisherman's cottage, perched high on the hillside. Relax in this peaceful spot on the coast which is also one of two Dark Sky Discovery Sites in Northern Ireland. Those feeling bold can brave the historic rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede nearby, situated 100ft up in the air. Sleeps 4.

The balcony at Chert, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight

Chert, Isle of Wight 

Chert oozes symmetrical sophistication, occupying a peaceful spot on the coast. The interior of the house is decorated in 70s style to reflect the period when it was built, with an unusual monochrome interior and bright orange bathroom. Kick back on the balcony with its sea views or venture into nearby Ventnor. Sleeps 4.

The exterior of Portland House Portland House, Weymouth, Dorset

Portland House, Dorset 

With the look of an Agatha Christie film set, the luxurious interior of Portland House retains many of its original 1930s features. Filled with quirky period furniture, it’s easy to imagine that you’ve stepped back in time when you holiday here. Sleeps 12.

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

Foreland Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage, Devon 

Once you overcome the dizzying heights of this clifftop cottage, take in the panoramic views of the North Devon coast. From the lighthouse balcony you might be lucky enough to see dolphins and gannets fishing at high tide. Sleeps 10.

Quirky houses

The open-plan living room at Dinefwr Deer Lodge, Carmarthenshire

Dinefwr Deer Lodge, Carmarthenshire 

Escape to the heart of a National Nature Reserve at Dinefwr Deer Lodge. This stone building is full of character and cosy touches, including a wood-burning stove and traditional carved oak bed. Open up the rear doors to discover the stream at the bottom of the garden and views over the 18th-century deer park. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of The Birdcage, Port Isaac, Cornwall

The Birdcage, Cornwall 

The Birdcage is a 200-year-old former cobbler’s shop that rises out of the narrow winding streets of Port Isaac. Pentagonal in shape with a terrace that you can reach through the bathroom, this unusual cottage also boasts picturesque views over the harbour. Sleeps 2.

Exterior of Mustard Pot, Cromer, Norfolk

Mustard Pot Cottage, Norfolk 

Aptly named Mustard Pot Cottage is tucked away in the woodland of Felbrigg Estate. With its quirky resemblance to a small condiment container, it's exceptionally cosy inside with its octagonal-shaped sitting room and bedroom. Sleeps 4.

The exterior of Pontbrenmydyr, Ceredigion

Pontbrenmydyr, Ceredigion 

Stay in one of the last surviving Welsh Cloms, a 17th-century mud-constructed cottage. This charming little nook has been carefully restored with a modern twist. It's been transformed into a one-bedroom retreat brimming with character. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of 2 Heathland Cottages, Dorset

2 Heathland Cottages, Dorset 

Few people can say they've stayed in a former isolation hospital. Boasting high ceilings, a galleried bedroom and an open fire, there are views of the Purbeck Hills all around. Sleeps 8.

Woodland hideaways

The outdoor bath and shower at Cartref, Gwynedd

Cartref, Gwynedd 

Surrounded by rugged countryside and with scenic walking trails right on the doorstep, Cartref is a comfy base from which to discover all that Snowdonia has to offer. Snuggle down in the compact but cosy interior and view the nearby waterfalls as you bathe in the outdoor copper bathtub. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of The Round House, a National Trust holiday cottage with white walls built in a circular design. The house sits in a glade in a wooded area in summer.

The Round House, Suffolk 

This former gamekeeper’s cottage nestles in the woodland of Ickworth Estate. A mini fairytale-style 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. Sleeps 6.

A frosty view of Nant Las, Gwynedd

Nant Las, Gwynedd 

Tucked away in a secluded woodland setting, this quirky holiday cottage was originally built as an observatory. An easy walk from the cottage takes you to the magnificent Rhaeadr Ddu Falls, an inspiration for generations of writers and poets. Sleeps 2.

The first double bedroom at The Slipway, Croyde, Devon

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