Quirky Holiday Cottages

Our holiday cottages offer some of the most unusual places to stay in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, from lofty towers with enviable views to cottages perched on cliffs and hideaways with intriguing back stories to grand gatehouses. What’s more, every booking helps support our work looking after special places, forever, for everyone.

Kitchen at The Birdcage, Port Isaac

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.

Exterior of Chert House, 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.

Perched on the cliff, an exterior view of The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage

The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage, Devon 

Perched on a cliff edge looking out to sea, this unusual property is ideal for groups of walkers, birdwatchers and anyone who loves remoteness and extraordinary scenery. Wildlife such as dolphins, porpoise and gannets can often be seen from the lighthouse, which is still functioning following automation in 1994 (though you may be relieved to hear that the foghorn is no longer in use).

The pale green sitting room at Monk's House

Monk's House Garden Studio, Sussex 

Nestled in the garden of Virginia Woolf’s former home, Monk’s House Garden Studio is the perfect bolt hole for literary fans or budding writers. The sunlit studio looks out onto the colourful garden which inspired Woolf and makes the ideal base for exploring the Sussex countryside which she and other members of the Bloomsbury Group made their second home.


Rosedene, Worcestershire 

One of the few remaining Chartist cottages in the UK, Rosedene is a Grade II-listed building steeped in political history. The cottage offers a back to basics ‘camping within walls’ holiday experience which lets you escape the trappings of modern life and savour the idyllic location close to the Clent Hills. The cottage has a stable shower block, barn kitchen area and an orchard.

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 Triumphal Arch, Berrington Hall

The Triumphal Arch, Herefordshire 

Following previous incarnations as the coachman's house and a shooting lodge, this unusual cottage on the Berrington Estate now makes the perfect base for exploring the gardens and parkland once everyone else has gone home.

Outside the Water Tower

The Water Tower, Cornwall 

The Water Tower conjures up images of the legendary tower of Rapunzel with its conical roof, arched doors and windows, circular rooms, spiral staircase and solitary bedroom. The tower was built in the 1860s as a reservoir for Trelissick House, with its height ensuring good water pressure if the need for fighting fires arose. It now commands superb views over the garden.

Aerial view of Wireless Cottage

Wireless Cottage, Cornwall 

Wireless Cottage is part of the Grade II-listed Lizard Wireless Station, built by Guglielmo Marconi in 1900 for use in his early radio experiments. The south-facing wooden building is perched dramatically above Housel Bay on the edge of Lizard village and close to Lizard Point. There are sweeping views to the Lizard Lighthouse and towards Falmouth Bay.

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