Our Top 8 Surprisingly Quirky Properties To Stay In
Forget about the cookie-cutter hotels and step away from the mundane vacation rentals for at least one of your future getaways. From Moroccan-themed interiors and shark sculptures bursting out of the roof to traditional country dwellings with all their charming features, it’s time to embrace the delightfully peculiar. Here are the top 8 surprisingly quirky properties we have on our website:
Quirky Properties to Stay In:
The Potting Shed
If you’re looking for a quirky property that’s more akin to a shepherd’s hut with all the mod cons then The Potting Shed is the right property for you. Located in a secluded garden area, this one-bedroom holiday cottage has everything you could possibly need. Relax in from of the wall-mounted TV and get cosy next to the wood burner on a cold winter’s evening.
Stretch out on the king-size bed and sink into the covers for a peaceful night’s sleep. The property also benefits from being just a 15-minute walk from Woodstock town centre and Blenheim Palace. There’s plenty more on your doorstep too, so book a stay here and discover a world of possibilities.
Situated in the charming Oxfordshire village of Nuneham Courtney, the Bolthole is the definition of a countryside cottage. With exposed beams and brick walls in the living room, you’ll feel encompassed by countryside living. But that’s not the most unique part of this property. In your own private garden, you’ll find some resident peacocks in all their glorious colours as they visit from the nearby estate.
The Bolthole offers the perfect starting point for exploring the renowned Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum and for undertaking several refreshing and invigorating walks. Not looking to cook dinner on some nights during your stay? There are several fantastic pubs and restaurants within a short drive from the property. Whether you’re staying for a romantic weekend, a family getaway, or a business trip, The Bolthole offers the perfect peaceful retreat.
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Nestled into the Oxfordshire Countryside, just 600 metres from the Ridgeway National Trail, Bluebell Lodge is a handcrafted holiday home. This quirky property has been expertly built with you in mind. The lodge can accommodate up to 6 guests and is also dog-friendly so your four-legged companions can join you for some much-needed R&R.
The property has a private south-facing garden which is perfect for soaking up the sun on those warm summer days and offers a great space for your pups to be free. You’ll also find towels specifically for your dog after they’ve been on a muddy walk. This lodge can be booked in conjunction with Buttercup Lodge for extended family and friends. No matter the occasion the Bluebell Lodge offers a fantastic countryside escape.
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Located next to Bluebell Lodge, the Buttercup Lodge is also handcrafted with you in mind. You’ll notice the similarities between the two properties are almost uncanny which makes quirky properties in our eyes. The Buttercup Lodge has been made from high-quality wood and features several handcrafted elements throughout. This property is perfect for small families as it sleeps up to 4 guests.
Just like Bluebell Lodge, this lodge is also dog-friendly so you won’t have to leave your furry friends behind. The property is 15 miles from Oxford and Reading and the Ridgeway National Trail is just 600 metres from your doorstep. When booked in conjunction with Bluebell Lodge, they provide the perfect rural escape for a special getaway. Have BBQs in the garden on warm summer nights or spend a rainy evening playing board games in the open-plan living/dining room.
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When looking for quirky properties to stay in, they don’t get much more unique than an old converted church. St Andrew’s is exactly that! This property was a former missionary chapel that was built in 1886 and was eventually converted into a private three-bedroom family home in 1985. Situated just a few minutes walk from Woodstock town centre it provides the ideal base for days out exploring the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, and Woodstock.
Discover numerous architectural features such as thick stone walls, solid oak floors and doors, and stunning arched windows with views over Woodstock and the surrounding countryside. From across the road, you can access Blenheim Park on a public footpath that offers glorious countryside views along with views of Blenheim Palace and the lakes. This unique property is a must if you’re looking to tick ‘staying in an old church’ off your bucket list.
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Nestled in the heart of a quintessential English village, The Hayloft is another quirky property in our selection of short-let spaces. It’s a meticulously renovated apartment in the upper part of a converted barn. This wonderful home beautifully preserves many of the barn’s original features such as exposed wooden beams and textured walls. As you walk through the property, you’ll be embraced by the timeless ambience of a traditional barn atmosphere.
The Hayloft offers you the perfect base for exploring the renowned Soho Farmhouse, as well as the charming Cotswolds market towns of Chipping Norton, Burford, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Enjoy exceptional garden views from the balcony, relax in your own four-poster bed, and get ready for an adventure with a delightful range of walking trails right from your doorstep. Treat your tastebuds to some incredible cuisine from one of many exceptional pubs and eateries.
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The Homestead is another quirky property you’ll love. This enchanting property is a true gem and offers panoramic views of Blenheim Park. Step inside the door and you’ll be captivated by its distinctive Moroccan-inspired decor that seamlessly flows throughout the entire house. The owner’s impeccable attention to detail is evident in every corner and the property exudes elegance and sophistication.
Boasting four bedrooms each with its own bathroom, this quirky property can easily accommodate a large group of up to 10 guests. In addition to the 5 bedrooms inside the property, there is also a shepherd hut in the garden for additional guests looking for a self-contained oasis. The Homestead is conveniently located within walking distance of excellent pubs and amenities and Woodstock town centre.
From the moment you set foot in The Homestead, you’ll be enveloped in an atmosphere that’s reminiscent of a boutique hotel. The impeccable standards and its unique charm make it the ideal place to stay for every occasion.
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The Shark House
Located in Headington, The Shark House holds a captivating story. Conceived by Bill Heine, an American who studied at Balliol College and later gained fame as a presenter on Radio Oxford, the shark sculptor has become a major attraction in Oxford. Having been erected in secret and without planning permission it definitely had some heads turning. This quirky property has recently undergone a full renovation and offers delightful and inviting space for your next break.
Whilst the inside of the residence might not be that remarkable, its 25ft shark sculpture certainly is. The property boasts 4 well-appointed bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and the other highlight of this property of the amazing botanical conservatory filled with exotic plants. During warm sunning days, the enclosed garden also provides a tranquil oasis for relaxation.