The UK’s second staycation summer may be nearing an end but as the kids go back to school you might be looking for a last-minute break or a romantic getaway before the autumn nights start drawing in.
While there are plenty of hotels and bed and breakfasts to choose from, you might be looking for something more unusual from your accommodation this time around.
From converted chapels to refurbished shepherd’s huts, there is no end to the accommodation options available around the UK. And with beautiful scenery to explore nearby – from National Parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to historic towns and stunning coastlines – a mini-staycation may be just the ticket.
Here are five quirky staycation accommodation options to enthuse and inspire you as we head into the autumn.
1. “Rosie” the gyspy wagon, Milford, Hampshire
A short walk from the beautiful coastal village of Milford-on-Sea, Rosie the gypsy wagon is a restored 1885 showman’s wagon. Recently refurbished, it was painted by one of the last trained gypsy wagon painters in the country.
Enjoy a relaxed stay in a genuine piece of history and a truly unique glamping experience.
Close by, you’ll find the New Forest with its beautiful walks and abundant wildlife, and Milford-on-Sea itself. With stunning views towards Christchurch Harbour and the Isle of Wight, the Saxon settlement has history aplenty as well as natural beauty along its jagged coast.
Rosie the gypsy caravan is currently priced at between £90 and £100 a night for two, including cooked breakfast.
2. The Hudnalls Hideout, Lydney, Gloucestershire
If you are looking to take a romantic break once the kids go back to school, consider the Hudnalls Hideout.
This secluded treehouse sits within private woodland in Gloucestershire on the edge of the Wye Valley area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Hideout boasts underfloor heating and a Scandinavian design, as well as the option of a complimentary picnic hamper to be enjoyed in the cabin’s own wildflower meadow.
As well as the Wye Valley, nearby you’ll find the Forest of Dean, Chepstow Castle, and Tintern Abbey.
3. The Chapel, Ubley, Somerset
Set in the beautiful Mendip Hills area of outstanding beauty, the Chapel is a stunningly renovated Methodist Chapel complete with original organ pipes and the chapel altar.
In the main, open-plan space you’ll also find the original organ, pulpit, and stained-glass window as well as a cast-iron candelabra. To complement these unique features, the Chapel is decorated in a contemporary style with a nod to the Victorian age.
With two double rooms and a mezzanine gallery, the Chapel is designed for four but can comfortably accommodate more, or fewer people.
The cities of both Bath and Bristol are nearby if you want to head out and explore. Or stay put and enjoy the stunning scenery of the beautiful Mendips and the picturesque village of Ubley.
A three-night stay costs around £600.
4. The Lookout Treehouse, Devon
Another luxury treehouse accommodation, this time in Devon, the Lookout Treehouse sits among 13 acres of woodland and was hand-built from ethically sourced, local materials.
A large decking area with an outdoor bath makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind.
You’ll also find wall-to-wall windows, huge bi-fold doors, and a fully equipped kitchen and a king-size bed with views across the treetops.
Be warned though, that access to the Lookout requires a head for heights as you’ll need to traverse a rope bridge high among the trees.
Situated midway between Dartmoor National Park and Devon’s north coast, there’s plenty to explore.
5. The Foxy Shepherd, Cranbrook, Kent
Billed as a “surprisingly spacious shepherd’s hut”, on arrival at the Foxy Shepherd you’ll find a modern kitchen, luxury shower, and wood-burner.
Perfect if you are looking for a romantic getaway, you’ll be tucked away among the green fields and woodland of the beautiful Kent countryside.
More rustic than some of the accommodation on our list, the bathroom houses a rainfall shower, along with a WC, and sink. If you’re heading to the Foxy Shepherd in the next few months, you might find you’ll need the log-burner to keep yourself comfortable when the nights are cold.
Situated in the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty, you’ll find the historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells to the northwest. To the south, you might opt to explore the sweeping beach at Camber Sands, just 20 miles away.