8 Unusual Places To Stay in the UK – Including a Windmill!


Brynkir Tower Bedroom

Venture away from a traditional British break and enjoy a memorable getaway at one of the UK’s quirkiest holiday lets…

Sykes Holiday Cottages offers some of the most unique breaks for couples, families and larger groups. Guests can stay in a range of properties, including a gothic fairytale tower, a Tudor-esque former bank, and a safari-style lodge tucked away in the Welsh countryside.

Breaks start from £239 for seven nights’ self-catering.

Quirky Accommodation – And All In The UK!

Stellar Safari Lodge, Rhayader, Powys
Sleeps:
6
Price: Seven night’s from £614

Stellar Safari Lodge

Stellar Safari Lodge

Stellar Safari Lodge is set on a family farm close to the town of Rhyader in central Wales.

The property wouldn’t look out of place on safari in Africa – but is in the heart of the Welsh countryside. It has a woodburning stove, a hot tub, a firepit BBQ and its own pizza oven.

Guests can enjoy exploring the surrounding 300-acre farm, with its sheep flock and cattle herd, before spending the evenings staring at the stars.

Interior of Stellar Safari Lodge

Interior of Stellar Safari Lodge


The Old Bank, Corwen, Denbighshire
Sleeps: 10
Price: Seven night’s from £499

The Old Bank

The Old Bank

The Old Bank dates back to the 1850s and is a Tudor-style property within the centre of Corwen, Denbighshire.

This characterful holiday let is one of a kind and ideal for a group of friends or family looking for a quirky UK break.

The surrounding area offers opportunities for walking, mountain biking and wildlife watching.

The living room of The Old Bank

The living room of The Old Bank


The Windmill, Eakring, Nottinghamshire
Sleeps: 8
Price: Seven night’s from £591

The Windmill

The Windmill

The Windmill was originally built in 1840 and is nestled within the Nottinghamshire countryside, in the village of Eakring.

The cottage is adjoined to the side of a five-story windmill, where much of the original machinery can still be seen.

Guests can venture to the town of Southwell, with is 14th century Minster, or visit the National Trust’s Clumber Park.

The lovely interior

The lovely interior


Brynkir Tower, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd
Sleeps: 4
Price: Seven night’s from £627

Brynkir Tower

Brynkir Tower

Brynkir Tower is a Grade II listed gothic tower, situated in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, which dates back to 1821.

The property is packed with unique features, including an arched gothic doorway and traditional windows throughout.

The surrounding area has a lot to offer, including stunning mountain walks, picturesque villages such as Beddgelert and seaside towns like Criccieth.

Bathe in style!

Bathe in style!


The Hyde Dovecoat, Kinver, Staffordshire
Sleeps: 2
Price: Seven night’s from £364

The Hyde

The Hyde

The Hyde Dovecoat is situated on the outskirts of the village of Kinver, in the Staffordshire countryside.

This Grade II listed building blends contemporary and character features, with exposed beams and original brick walls.

Visitors can access plenty of walking trails nearby and have the chance to visit the Bodenham Arboretum which spans across 134-acres.

Exposed bricks and beams inside The Hyde

Exposed bricks and beams inside The Hyde


Cosy Cave Stanhope Castle, Stanhope, County Durham
Sleeps: 2
Price: Seven night’s from £476

Cosy Cave

Cosy Cave

Cosy Cave, Stanhope Castle is located in the market town of Stanhope, surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Perfect for a countryside escape for two, couples can enjoy a soak in the hot tub after a day of sightseeing.

Guests can visit the towns’ pubs and restaurants or take in the scenic views on a riverside walk.

Bright and beautifully appointed inside

Bright and beautifully appointed inside


Daisy Decker, Hollym near Withernsea, Yorkshire
Sleeps:
5
Price: Seven night’s from £532

Daisy Decker

Daisy Decker

This refurbished double-decker bus is parked up at Hollym Holiday Park, surrounded by countryside and with views of the North Sea.

In summer, guests can dine alfresco in the enclosed garden, or cosy up in front of the gas fire in the winter evenings.

Withernsea is close by with a whole host of shops, cafes and restaurants, along with its sand and pebble beach.

Kitchen and dining

Kitchen and dining


The Chicken Shed, Hawsker near Whitby, Yorkshire
Sleeps: 2
Price: Seven night’s from £239

Chicken Shed

Chicken Shed

The Chicken Shed is situated on Manor Farm House near Whitby, right in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

The two-person property is made from reclaimed wood and is surrounded by views of the coast and countryside.

Couples can venture into Whitby to explore its winding streets, hidden alleys and picturesque harbour – or climb the 199 steps up to the famous Abbey.

Peace and quiet at the Chicken Shed

Peace and quiet at the Chicken Shed


How to Book

Visit www.sykescottages.co.uk or call 01244 617683.

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