Although small the UK has some awesome places to stay. I love exploring my home country and seeking out unique and unusual accommodation is top of my list when I’m researching a trip. I’m a huge fan of camping and glamping but I also love staying in a classy hotel. So I thought I would list down my favourite places to stay in the UK and what makes them unique.
The Big Green Bus, East Sussex
This awesome bus needs no introduction on what makes it unique. Matt and I stayed on the bus for my 30th birthday with friends, we had the best time! Parked up in the Sussex countryside the Big Green Bus has been converted into a cosy retreat. It sleeps six, with two double beds and bunk beds upstairs, has a fully-fitted kitchen, bathroom, lounge area and an outdoor heated shower (there’s also a shower inside.) The lounge has a log burner and there are all sorts of original bus fittings. I loved the area upstairs at the front of the bus which is decked out with original seats and a collection of books. It was the perfect place to chill out with a glass of prosecco or two. Outside there is a campfire and a wood fired hot tub for hire. Read more on my glamping trip on the bus here: All aboard the Big Green Bus…The ultimate glamping retreat!
Shaldon Beach Hut No. 1
I loved staying in this dreamy little beach hut. Nestled on the shoreline of the Teign Estuary in Shaldon with direct access to the beach it is the prefect retreat from the world. The beach hut is compact as you would expect but it is perfectly formed. Inside is a galley kitchen, bathroom, lounge with a sofa bed, under floor heating and a lovely mezzanine level with a comfy mattress. Bi-folding doors open out onto a private terrace overlooking the beach and steps leading onto the sand. On a sunny day it’s a beautiful spot to sit, read and watch the world go by. Shaldon is a tiny village in Devon full of west country charm. There’s plenty to explore and gorgeous beaches too. I wrote a post all about it: Beach Hut Living…
Hollies Cottage, Cheddar
This cottage in Somerset has to be one of the cosiest places I’ve stayed in. Matt, Emily and I had a lovely long weekend in Cheddar, Somersetfor New Years Eve in 2016. This quaint cottage had an open fire in the lounge and a spiral staircase leading up to the bedroom. Drinking champagne by the fire on New Years Eve while watching fireworks out of the window at midnight was a lovely way to see in the New Year. The cottage location is fantastic, it was very quiet but just what we wanted. Along the road from the cottage sits The Cider Barn, full of west country cider and lovely locals. Cheddar Gorge and caves is a 10 minute drive along the road and the gorgeous beaches of Weston-super-Mare only a 40 minute drive.
White House Cottage, Port Isaac
I have never stayed anywhere like Port Isaac, the picture perfect Cornish village is like no other. Made famous by the popular TV series Doc Martin it can get very busy during the summer when tourists come in their hundreds. But during the winter months it’s a quiet and tranquil place to stay. There is no parking in Port Isaac itself so you have to park on the outskirts and take a short walk down into the village. We stayed in White House Cottage a few steps away from ‘Doc Martin’s House’ on Roscarrock Hill. There is no parking with the house so it was a bit of trek to the car park but when you have views as lovely as in Port Isaac it really doesn’t matter. White House Cottage had beautiful views of the harbour and Port Isaac itself from its elevated position on the hill. Turn left out of the house and follow the narrow road up onto the South West Coast Path, beautiful views and stunning walks are literally on the doorstep. Port Isaac itself has some gorgeous shops, cosy pubs and cafes to buy an obligatory Cornish pasty or cream tea. Tiny alleyways and quaint fishing houses all add to the charm of this stunning Cornish retreat. For more on what to do in and around Port Isaac click here: Port Isaac, the ultimate Cornish Retreat…
Hotel du Vin, Poole
Boutique hotels with unique rooms are what a stay at Hotel du Vin are all about. Matt and I stayed in the Poole hotel for his birthday, it was a gorgeous mini-break. Our room was so stylish and featured a roll top bath in the centre of the room. I loved the attention to detail and the way the room was in keeping with the building which dates back to 1776. On the quayside in Poole Harbour it’s in a fantastic location for exploring this lovely area of the south coast. Hop on a ferry to Brownsea Island or visit the upmarket area of Sandbanks. Hotel du Vin often have some great deals, we reserved a room which included dinner and breakfast. The evening meal was so delicious and a sommelier to help pair our wine with our meal was a very nice touch. A weekend in Poole, Dorsethas all the details of our dreamy weekend escape.
If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know I love a road trip, especially if it’s in a campervan. Matt and I used to own a Mazda Bongo campervan and had some awesome adventures. We went to Scotland, Wales, Dorset and spent a lot of time in Devon and Cornwall camping in some beautiful places. We also camped closer to home on the beach on Hayling Island once and drank rum and coke until the early hours! I loved having a campervan, having the freedom to go where you want, park up in a beach car park and have a cuppa while doing a surf check and having a few beers in the evening by a fire pit…there’s nothing better! One of my all time favourites to camp at is Incledon Farm. Being a working farm you often find a chicken or farm cat strolling by your van or tent. Incledon Farm is in a tiny place called Georgham, just along the road from Croyde in Devon. It’s a short drive to all the nearby surfing spots and a lovely spot for camping. If you are planning a road trip in the south west The Cornwall Camper Companyhave some awesome vintage VW campers available to hire.
Beach Retreat, Milford on Sea
Owned by my parents the Beach Retreat started life as a garage, my Mum and Dad have turned it into a stunning one bedroom apartment. Light, airy and full of seaside charm they have done a wonderful job and created a perfect little place for two to relax by the sea. It has its own private entrance and parking and comes with a lovely little welcome pack of coffee,tea, milk, scones and jam. Located a short walk from the seafront in Milford on Sea and a 10 minute walk to the village centre it’s a fantastic place for a break on the outskirts of the New Forest.
Have you stayed anywhere unusual in the UK? If so, let me know in the comments below…