Looking for a more unusual place to stay for your next trip? You’re not the only one. Quirky hideaways and cosy escapes are popping up across the country, with more holidaymakers craving a luxury cottage or villa that offers a truly unique feel. Here at Oliver’s Travels, we’ve selected some of our favourite UK luxury hideaways for you to check out, from fantasy-inspired homes to characterful lodges. Because why do ordinary?

Gaelic Castle

Gaelic CastleSleeps: 4-8

Price from: £134pppn

Location: County Clare

Turn back time and escape to the medieval period at this authentic 15th century Gaelic castle. Each of its six bedrooms is decked out with Irish linen sheets and cosy woollen blankets, while Liscannor stone flags cover the bathroom floors. Look up to spy traces of hazel branches, used to hold plaster over 500 years ago.

However, this unique tower house is not without modern comforts – you’ll find underfloor heating throughout, working with the limestone walls to keep you warm and toasty even in the harsher winter months.

The Bee Barn

The Bee BarnSleeps: 6

Price from: £39pppn

Location: Kent

Hoping for a holiday that won’t harm the planet? The Bee Barn offers just that, built using sustainable materials to a characterful bee shape. Complete with a living green roof, smart air quality sensors and infrared underfloor heating, this deceptively spacious spot allows you to explore the great Kent countryside. Then, head back to enjoy sunsets and starry skies from the suntrap deck.

If you’re keen to explore other eco-friendly stays, check out our sustainable villa collection.

Folly Lodge West

Folly Lodge WestSleeps: 2

Price from: £95pppn

Location: Dorset

Made with cosy evenings in mind – the kind spent snuggled up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa or glass of red – Folly Lodge West is a welcome romantic retreat for couples. Situated in the heart of Dorset, it’s the perfect bolthouse base for exploring the Jurassic coastline

Team your booking up with nearby Folly Lodge East and holiday with another couple, planning long days out together before enjoying your own nights in.

Hobbit House

Hobbit HouseSleeps: 4

Price from: £54pppn

Location: Sussex

Those who grew up reading Tolkien will relish the chance to become part of the story at Hobbit House – it’s undoubtedly one of our favourite UK luxury hideaways. Built by local craftsmen and set among the rolling countryside of Sussex, it sees guests enter via a distinct round door and into a world of fantasy – features include a starry blue ceiling, oak flooring, patchwork sofa and wood-burning stove.

Stay in summer and spend your days kayaking along the river or visiting the owner’s vineyard, jumping in the private hot tub once back at the house after your latest adventure is complete.

Chevaliers Gatehouse

Chevaliers GatehouseSleeps: 4

Price from: £66pppn

Location: Midlands

From the moment you set eyes on Chevaliers Gatehouse and its towering turrets, you’ll know you’re in for a special stay. Located within grounds that were once walked by King Edward V and Charles I, this Elizabethan home is bursting with classic character.

To the gardens, you’ll find flower beds, fruit trees and a bubbling fountain, while the interiors are similarly worthy of royalty, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and contemporary features.

Silva Lodge

Silva LodgeSleeps: 4

Price from: £40pppn

Location: Dorset

Highly unusual in design, Silva Lodge gets its name from the Latin word for forest – apt considering how much there is to explore here. Nestled into the Portland stone cliffs and leading directly down to a cove, this is an ideal spot for those who love to surround themselves with nature.

It’s not without modern comforts though – the open-plan living space comes with a smart TV and bespoke fireplace, encouraging you to unwind after a busy day spent exploring the coast.

Brooks Cottage

Brooks CottageSleeps: 4

Price from: £74pppn

Location: East Devon

The ultimate escape from daily life, Brooks Cottage appears to have grown up with the beautiful grounds it sits upon. A tribute to the traditional Devonshire lifestyle, this home is surrounded by meadow grass and wildflowers, featuring an open fire in the sitting room and Aga in the cosy kitchen.

Foodies should definitely sample the organic chicken and sausages from next door’s farm – you won’t get produce any fresher than that!

Cameron North Lodge

Cameron North Lodge

Sleeps: 6-8

Price from: £92pppn

Location: Loch Lomond

Boasting a sleek, contemporary structure, Cameron North Lodge provides you with ultimate privacy through its exclusive beach access and ample facilities. However, guests will also have access to nearby Cameron House Hotel throughout their stay – we’d recommend trying out some of the restaurants and even the spa.

Avid golfers won’t want to miss the chance to try out the three local courses, including world-renowned Loch Lomond and championship standard Carrick. Looking for some R&R? Take a dip in the luxury hot tub, soaking up your natural surroundings.

Whitby Gatehouse

Whitby GatehouseSleeps: 4

Price from: £37pppn

Location: Yorkshire

Catch of the day? How about hideaway of the season? Whitby Gatehouse just a 10 minute stroll from town, allowing you to sample all the fresh fish of Whitby throughout your stay. Head back home with your bounty and dine al fresco at the outdoor teak root table, extending summer dinners into sunset drinks.

When the night finally draws to a close, retire to the bedroom and its luxury linens – but not before you spot Whitby Abbey from the window.

Tuath na Mara

Tuath na MaraSleeps: 7-9

Price from: £28pppn

Location: Ireland

Tuath na Mara is destined for those who prioritise both design and location in any holiday home. The winner of several awards, including the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s “Best House” prize, this waterfront creation appears to be free-floating – similar to how you’ll feel after a relaxing stay here.

It’s separated out into two living areas, so you can get away with your favourite family while also going back to private spaces each night, enjoying panoramic views as the sun goes down.

So there you have it: our top UK luxury hideaways list. However, every single one of our handpicked properties is bursting with unique details, whether you’re opting for a cosy cottage in Cornwall or stunning chateau in the South of France. Check out our complete 2022 villas collection and give our concierge team a call to start your holiday planning.

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