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12 OF THE MOST UNUSUAL HOLIDAY HOMES

Summer is here and the warmer weather is a great excuse for a UK staycation. But who wants to stay somewhere ordinary? Here’s our list of the coolest and most unique holiday homes to rent in the UK. Fancy staying in a treehouse anyone? 

1 Jack Sparrow House, Cornwall

With a loft bed and views over Falmouth Bay, this compact cabin is the perfect cosy place to come back to after a day exploring the Lizard Peninsula. Located on the top of a hill and with all the amenities you’ll need, this little cabin is like something out of a fairytale.

Sleeps: 2

Price: From £100 a night 

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The coolest holiday homes to rent in UK

Conroy’s Old Bar, Tipperary, has no closing time! 

2 Conroy’s Old Bar, Tipperary

Calling itself the world’s first self-catering pub, Conroy’s Old Bar is as much an experience as it is a place to stay. The restored pub has made clever use of the space – the kitchen is hidden behind the old bar, one of the beds is nestled inside the old keg barrel store and what was the beer garden now features a BBQ and an open outdoor fire.

Sleeps: 4

Price: From £75 a night 

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The coolest holiday homes to rent in UK

Starry Cabin is a cosy summer spot for two

3 Stargazer, Somerset

If you spend enough time in London you can start to forget that stars are even up there, which is why this Stargazer cabin in Somerset the perfect country getaway. The stargazer is located in the garden, 20 metres from the house where the owners offer tea and coffee and cereals and toast in the morning. This is definitely something for summer.

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Sleeps: 2

Price: From £30 a night

The coolest holiday homes to rent in UK

Would you believe this space is in the middle of London?

4 St Pancras Clock Tower, London

You don’t always have to travel far to have a great holiday rental experience. This apartment, located right inside the famous St Pancras Clock Tower, offers great views of London and its famous landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral. Modern, spacious and right in the thick of it.

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Sleeps: 4

Price: From £75 a night

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Dairsie Castle, Fife, is the perfect place for a party

5 Dairsie Castle, Fife

Since the 12th Century this castle has had many purposes – secret Scottish parliaments, military sieges, safe havens for monarchs…and now your next holiday. There are six bedrooms located in dungeons or up towers at the top of spiral staircases and the grounds boast an orchard, a herb garden and 6 acres of woodland.

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Sleeps: 13

Price: From £600 a night 

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Stay in a former water tower in Kensington

6 Round room in the sky, London

Another getaway without going far, this is a converted water tower in North Kensington. In the round, nicely furnished rooms 360 degree views of London are on offer, but there are six flights of exterior stairs to get inside so this is not for anyone with a fear of heights!

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Sleeps: 2

Price: From £120 a night

The coolest holiday homes to rent in UK

Live out your childhood dreams by staying in a treehouse

7 Tree House, Cornwall

Live your childhood dream and spend a night in a cosy treehouse. Two metres up an ash tree, the tree house is essentially one room with a kitchen, living space and a mezzanine for the bed. As an improvement on the childhood dream it even has electricity.

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Sleeps: 2

Price: From £100 a night

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More French chateau than English prep school, stay at Headfort House

8 Headfort House, County Meath

If it’s not a quiet getaway you’re after but a large trip for 60 then Headfort House may be for you. With facilities for sport, theatre and teaching as well as a large ballroom, an expansive garden and plenty of woodlands to roam in, this place has something for nearly every group or event.

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Sleeps: 16+

Price: From £899 a night

The coolest holiday homes to rent in UK

There’s nothing old about Old Smock Windmill in Kent

9 Old Smock Windmill, Kent

An old windmill is certainly an unusual spot for a weekend away, but this place has been beautifully restored to modern standards complete with wifi and a beautiful oak balcony for sunbathing. The interior is stunning – huge wooden beams still support the original giant spur wheel and sack hoist, and the amenities are more than sufficient – there’s even a walk in wet room shower with under floor heating.

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Sleeps: 2

Price: From £160 a night

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The kids will love staying in these gypsy caravans

10 Romany gypsy bow top wagons, Cornwall

If you want to get out and experience the great outdoors but are not ready to fully commit to camping then perhaps these gypsy caravans are just the thing. Originally built in the 1920s and restored for your comfort, these bow top caravans are kitted out with all the necessities for your stay – power, fridges, a coal stove (as well as an electric heater), a three burner hob and grill, and a pull out double bed.

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Sleeps: 2 each

Price: From £75 a night

The coolest holiday homes to rent in UK

Skye Shepherds Huts are in a magical setting

11 Skye Shepherd Huts, Heast

With breakfast and spectacular views catered for, these cosy huts, located on a croft in Isle of Skye, are a great getaway for anyone looking to blow away the cobwebs. The owner’s dogs, cats, donkeys and chickens are there to keep you company, with the chickens providing fresh eggs for breakfast each morning alongside the owner’s freshly baked bread.

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Sleeps: 2

Price: From £90 a night 

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There’s nothing ordinary about staying in a church

12 Bookeen Hall, Galway

Churches aren’t often considered the warmest or cosiest places in the world, but this 200 year old restored church definitely promises a comfortable night’s stay. The area with the guest room has its own tower, complete with reading room and excellent countryside views. Despite its age and the old church exterior, the inside is modern, light and spacious. The owners even throw in breakfast.

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Sleeps: 2

Price: From £82 a night

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