22 Unusual & Quirky Large Holiday Houses To Rent

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Make it memorable in one of our more unusual holiday cottages

One sure way to make a group holiday memorable is to choose an unusual or quirky holiday cottage or house. We’ve plenty of big houses with games rooms, rentals with a cinema room or holidays with a hot tub, but if you want something a little different, have a browse at the houses below. We’ve picked out our favourite quirky large holiday houses to rent in the UK, with all sorts of distinctive features, from a wacky Treasure Island escape to your own pub lounge.

If you’re planning a party, take a look at the disco room at Secret Sherwood, or the authentic pub bar at Riverbank Inn. Meanwhile, down in Suffolk, Garden’s Edge is one of a kind and has been described by the Sunday Times as ‘Britain’s coolest party pad’.

Don’t forget the children in your search for somewhere quirky to stay. At The Wholehouse, they can follow the fairy trail, play in the shepherd’s hut and make mud pies in their own garden kitchen. And there’s a play pirate ship at Tregulland Barn in Cornwall – which also boasts Britain’s first indoor, heated, freshwater pool. In fact, any one of our big houses with a swimming pool will be a hit.

From playing kings and queens at Carron Castle in Scotland, to crossing the bridge for the House on the Moat in Suffolk, make your getaway memorable at one of our unusual holiday rentals in the UK. All you have to do is choose the one that’s your kind of quirky.

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Make the most of your stay in our quirky UK accommodation

Sometimes we need to get in touch with our inner maverick and there’s no better moment to do it than when getting together with a group of close friends or family for an out-of-the-ordinary getaway. Pretend you are in a James Bond movie at the ultracool, 1960s Glenlochan or stay in the heart of a holiday park, complete with restaurant and children’s adventure playground, at Fallbarrow Hall.  Sometimes unusual means unusually beautiful, like Greenmarsh Farm, situated within its own 3,300-acre nature reserve, or 600-year-old Baillie Hall with its sweetly scented, cascading, 100-year-old wisteria. Add in a private chef to bring flavour into your break and some in-house spa treatments so that you feel wonderfully pampered, and your holiday has stepped up from being merely ‘quirky’ to being a full on sensory adventure!

Quirky and Unusual Cottages FAQs:

  • What is a quirky property?

    A quirky property is any property with something beyond the ordinary about it. It could have unusual features, such as the sunken lounge and the barbecue hut at Whitestones in Hertfordshire or it could have a quirky story attached to it, like Whittington Manor in Gloucestershire, so named because it is reputedly the home that Dick Whittington left when he set off for London. The quirky or unusual details might be playful, such as fun furnishings; they might be architectural, such as higgledy-piggledy attic rooms; they might be linked to the indoors or the outdoors, or they might simply be something unique to the house, a detail that no other house can claim. Whatever its claim to quirkiness, the unusual property you stay at with Big House Experience will take its place among your happiest of memories.

  • Do your quirky houses offer the same level of luxury as all your other houses?

    Absolutely! We personally select every house advertised on our website and all offer the highest level of amenities, comfort and luxury for large groups. Think of the quirky houses as luxury houses that have a little something extra, a wow factor for you and your guests.

  • Can we book activities to make our holiday even more unusual?

    Many of our large houses have a menu of activities that you can book. These will be organised with the house owners or managers using local providers with whom they have close links. From cocktail making to karaoke, you can choose activities that make your weekend unique. The available activities vary by property so talk to us at the time of your booking and we can put you in touch with the right people to get them organised.