10 of the UK's quirkiest and most unique places to stay

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From lighthouses at the edge of the sea in Northern Ireland, to vintage caravans on top of the historic city of Bristol, to tree houses in Devon, to a boutique hotel in Brighton – now more than ever, there is an array of unique places to lay your head on British shores. 

So if you're looking for the ultimate Instagram or Facebook post, or you're after cutting off from the busy world altogether for a romantic or quiet weekend, then look no further. 

Our 10 most unique places to lay your head across the UK will give you boundless inspiration for your next trip. So what are you waiting for? Get booking before it's too late.

  • Spitbank Fort, Gosport, Hampshire

    In The Solent off Portsmouth is this luxury property like no other, one of the world’s most unique places to lay your head. A sea fort which boasts a luxurious roof top hot pool, sauna, steam room and fitness facility plus panoramic views across the Solent, you can reach this private island in 30 minutes from Portsmouth or Southampton.

    From £500 per night based on two people sharing,

  • Blackhead Lightkeeper’s Houses, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

    Blackhead Lightkeepers' Houses are ideally situated on the North Shore of Belfast Lough with panoramic views which are truly stunning. 

    Delight and admire the fragments of lighthouse paraphernalia including a whistle pipe used to wake up the next watch and a tunnel used to travel between lighthouse and quarters during stormy weather.

    From £268 for two nights,

  • The Strawberry Shepherd’s Hut, Stone-In-Oxney

    A beautifully restored original Shepherds Hut close to the historic Cinque Port towns of Tenterden and Rye and the long sandy beaches of Camber Sands with picturesque views overlooking Romney Marsh. Sleeps two people and the nearest pub is walkable...

    From £85 per night,

  • Château Rhianfa, Wales

    Feel like Disney princess Elsa in Château Rhianfa, a glorious grade II listed waterside Welsh hotel overlooking the Menai Strait. 

    Fantasy meets reality in this striking gothic castle which has it's own wine caves and banqueting halls and is just a stone’s throw from Snowdonia. Well worth showing off the pictures of your holiday here on social media that’s for sure.

    From £175 per night,

  • The Eden Project, Cornwall

    Stay in this magical tropical place amid thousands of plants and the iconic silver domes in Cornwall’s Eden Project. 

    Guests can now stay on site in the YHA Eden Project pods, modern bedrooms made from shipping containers-  a truly unique way to snooze in this green kingdom.

    From £39 per night,

  • Rooftop Rockets at Brooks Guesthouse

    Stay in a rooftop retro rocket caravan made of vintage aluminium in the old town of Bristol a short walk from St Nicholas Market and the Harbourside – a great location for exploring this vibrant city. The biggest is 20ft and can sleep two adults and two children.

    From £90 per night,

  • The Nest Treehouse, Devon

    A perfect romantic break, this peaceful and unique tree house The Nest is about nine metres above the ground. 

    With the Jurassic Coast nearby it’s the ideal base for exploring Devon, with Exeter and Taunton within easy driving range.

    From £298 for two nights,

  • Hotel Boat Kailani, Oxfordshire

    Kailani is the UK’s luxury 5 star wide beam hotel boat providing canal holidays on the Grand Union and Kennet & Avon Canals and river holidays on the River Thames. Sleeps four (plus two dedicated crew).

    From £500 for three nights,

  • Crazy Bear, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire

    Abundant gardens, eclectic design, award winning dining and inventive facilities within eighty acres of working farmland contribute to the Crazy Bear's distinctive personality.

    It’s a unique way to stay in a countryside or town setting. As well as Stadhampton, there are Crazy Bear venues in Beaconsfield and Fitzrovia.

    From £249 a night,

  • Artist Residence, Pimlico, Cornwall and Brighton

    Described as an eccentric bunch of fun and friendly small hotels, the Artist Residences in Pimlico, Cornwall and Brighton are fun, individual and extremely unique.

    The London base is a rustic-luxe 10 bedroom residence in the quiet neighbourhood of Pimlico, five minutes from Victoria Station, close to Soho and Chelsea.

    From £160 per night,

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Sofia Zagzoule

Sofia Zagzoule is a freelance writer and particularly loves to write about what she loves including, but not limited to, travel, food, fashion, culture and lifestyle