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Quirky Places to Stay on the Coast

Interior of cabin at Jack’s Alt-Stays

Who needs conventional when you can have unique, exceptional and out of the ordinary? The UK’s spectacular coastline gets even more interesting when you combine it with these quirky places to stay - from fairytale-style tree houses to converted military planes and railway carriages.


Classy conversions

- Spend the night in a converted 1880s Railway Carriage, Dungeness, Kent 

This original conversion of an 1880s railway carriage is nestled on the shingle expanse within a 468-acre nature reserve, just a stone's throw from the beach. Curved beamed ceilings, wooden flooring and clean-lined, contemporary décor give an immediate first-class impression, complete with quirky touches such as an original water pump, retained as a character feature.

The Lighthouse, Beachy Head, East Sussex

A historic lighthouse B&B perched on the white cliffs of Beachy Head on England’s south coast, the Bell Tout Lighthouse offers many original features plus magnificent 360-degree views. Built in 1832 and decommissioned in 1902, it’s since been a teashop and a victim of enemy fire when it was damaged during World War II. It’s now beautifully restored. The most unusual of its 6 bedrooms is the “Keepers Loft” – the old Lighthouse Keeper’s bunk room, with the original ladder leading up to a double loft bed.



- Stay at alternative eco-cabins with Jacks Alt-Stays, Millport, Scotland – opening early autumn 2022

These unique cabins are made out of local and sustainable resources are powered by renewable energy, and five trees are planted for every booking made. Every cabin has its own theme and story and some come even with a wood-fired hot tub. Located on the Isle of Cumbrae within easy reach of Glasgow, visitors can combine a city trip with an unforgettable immersive island escape at Jack’s Alt-Stays Eco Cabins.

YHA Accommodation at Eden Project, Cornwall – new for 2022

Airstreams, bell tents and Landpods will provide glamping accommodation at the Cornish eco visitor attraction, The Eden Project. The premium bell tents sleep up to five people and with integrated wood burners, eco-friendly solar lighting, bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs, and soft flooring, they offer the ultimate upgrade from a standard camping experience. All bell tents also include a BBQ firepit outside. For guests who want a closer-to-nature experience, YHA's popular Landpods complete the Eden Project line-up with LED lighting and a BBQ firepit outside. Catering facilities will be provided on site at The Hub, which will offer breakfast and a light snack menu for guests.    

- Get cosy in fairytale treehouses at Shorefield Country Park, New Forest
These fairytale-esque treehouses are in a secluded woodland area of Shorefield Country Park, and are built with sustainability in mind. The interiors are luxury with timber features and include freestanding bathtubs, while outside there are hot tubs, pizza ovens, and heaters. Set in the New Forest, the treehouses are the perfect place to escape and enjoy the great outdoors whether you’re walking, cycling, or seeing the New Forest ponies, before warming up inside with a movie night in the cosy treehouse living rooms.


Pods, domes and cabins

- Choose from geodesic domes and log cabins at Fforest Coast, Penbryn, Wales

With the magnificent Penbryn beach close by, Manorafon is a converted dairy farm with rustic buildings, a cedar barrel sauna and a firepit. With a rural setting and limited internet signal, Manorafon is an ideal place to switch off and be completely self-sufficient. The domes have solid wood floor, wood-burning stoves, bespoke furnishings and king size beds with feather soft duvets and pillows.

- Bed down amidst the vines at Flamborough Glamping and Vineyard, East Yorkshire

Flamborough Glamping & Vineyard in East Yorkshire is a development of eight luxury glamping pods surrounded by the sea on three sides and next to 7,500 newly planted vines, which it is hoped will eventually produce wines for guests to enjoy while overlooking the vineyard from their pod. Aiming to offer guests a relaxing holiday and nature experience, the pods feature a generously sized bathroom, full sized kitchen space and living area. 


On wheels

- Kip on a converted military plane Jetstream, Friskney, near Skegness, Lincolnshire

Fasten your seatbelts for an unusual glamping break on ex-45 Squadron aircraft, expertly transformed into a sleek, stylish glamping pod for couples and small families. Located within a registered nature reserve in Friskney, the base now enjoys a new life as a history-steeped holiday retreat, with picture-perfect Lincolnshire views and a wildlife park on the doorstep.

- Camp out in an iconic American school bus with Skoolie Stays, East Sussex
This stylish big yellow school bus offers a unique and off-grid living space close to the dramatic white cliffs of Beachy Head, for a glamping break with comfort, fun and low-impact living. Sleeping up to four guests and nestled in the South Downs National Park, you can immerse yourselves completely in this beautiful National Park and renowned natural beauty spot.

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