Who doesn’t love a unique holiday? Not only are these cottages cosy and comfortable to cater to your every need on your getaway, but they have a wonderful spark of character to elevate the memorability of your countryside escape. We’ve collected our top 5 quirky cottages with hot tubs ideal for families or couples who want a holiday packed with character.
The Old School, Ceredigion
This charming cottage is a conversion of an old schoolhouse, and still carries all the best hallmarks of the building’s history. After you’ve finished gazing through the high arched windows at the sun setting behind the rolling Welsh hills, you can climb up the wooden-railed staircase and settle down for the night in your bedroom, complete with open beams and skylight windows.
The quirky holiday let, situated above the traditional village of Llanfair Clydogau, sleeps four, and you can even bring your dogs to explore the plentiful hiking trails within easy walking distance of the cottage. And when you return to your cosy cottage, you can have a quiet drink on the decking or a dip in the hot tub, taking in the tranquil views of the countryside that stretch in every direction.
The Cow Shed, Peak District
This charming single-floor studio cottage is found in the heart of the Peak District, perfect for a rejuvenating escape into the countryside. The holiday let offers an open-plan living area with underfloor heating, so you can take your stay in cosy winter without a second thought. The cottage’s garden holds a furnished patio, a private summerhouse, and an inviting hot tub that all look onto the glorious views of the Peak District.
Perhaps the biggest draw of this quirky cottage is the variety of day trips right on your doorstep. Bundle into a traditional pub in the village of Youlgreave, explore the exquisite gardens and exciting adventure playground of Chatsworth House, or walk the beautiful Lathkill Dale valley.
The Stables, North Pennines
This beautiful stone cottage, complete with a hot tub and an open fire, is the perfect quirky getaway to bring a little peace into your holiday. The mint-green doors will welcome you into a cosy sitting room, where the comfy sofas beg you to curl up on them and take in the warmth of the open fire. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one super-king size and one twin, both overlooking the cottage’s secluded, sloping garden. In the garden itself, you have the option of alfresco meals on the sturdy wooden dining set, or a relaxing evening in the hot tub as the sun sets over County Durham.
If you want to venture on a day trip while you’re staying at your quirky holiday let, The Stables is in easy access of the wonderful North Pennines. Marvel at the spectacular waterfalls of High Force, Gibson’s Cave and Cauldron Snout, or take your pick between high open moorland hikes and afternoon strolls through wooded valleys. Nearby is the market town of Barnard Castle, which holds the Bowes Museum of fine and decorative arts, the fascinating ruins of the town’s medieval castle, and a variety of charming shops and cafes.
The Old Vicarage, Lancashire
This expertly-converted vicarage is the perfect quirky cottage for your getaway. The elegant entrance hall leads to an inviting living room with the perfect mix of modern décor and a traditional open fire, along with grand windows that provide views onto the Lancashire countryside. The airy dining space is ideal for a special evening meal to celebrate your holiday, and the stylish kitchen is complete with a breakfast bar. Up the grand staircase you’ll find two en-suite double bedrooms, as well as a double and two twin bedrooms, allowing you to host up to ten people in this holiday let.
The garden holds a hot tub, a large courtyard with a patio, and a gas barbeque, so if you want to make your quirky cottage getaway into an event, the Old Vicarage is the place to do it. Within easy reach is the wonderful scenery of the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales, as well as an award winning pub only a hundred yards away from the cottage if you fancy a treat to top off your holiday!
The Shooting Folly, Shropshire
This cottage, found in tranquil rural Shropshire, has no shortage of quirky charm. Built in the 19th Century, this gem of a holiday let has a church-style tower at one end, a gable at the other, and the thatched cottage between them has kept its character features for you to enjoy, from the roof beams to the open stone. Enter into the traditional kitchen then slip straight through to the cosy living room, complete with wood burner. Upstairs you’ll find two double bedrooms as well as a modern bathroom, all of which provide spectacular views of the rolling fields surrounding this quirky cottage.
Outside, absorb the serenity of the Shropshire countryside as you sit on the paved veranda of your garden with a book and a drink, or relax in the hot tub to finish a perfect, peaceful day. Within a few miles is the untouched village of Cheswardine, which holds two pubs and a canal walk if you want to venture from your cottage hideaway for an afternoon.