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Quirky Places to Stay in the UK this Christmas

The festive season is fast approaching and sometimes it is nice just to get away from the madness for a few nights. Often, we get caught up in traditions and feel it is our duty to cook amazing foods, deep clean the house (paying extra attention to the places visitors won’t even notice) and organise plenty of social events just so you don’t feel like the Grinch. However, break tradition just this once! Take yourself away from the hustle and bustle and book yourself an unusual Christmas getaway.

From a luxury tree top escape in Dorset to hygge inspired cabins, we have found some quirky places to stay in the UK this Christmas. Take a look below at some of the amazing properties that are still available to book on The Wanderlist for December 25th.


Wilde Lodge, Knighton

Wilde Lodge | Group Accommodation for Christmas | best places to stay at Christmas

Overview: Stunningly restored 19th century house with riverside and country views.

Sleeps: 10

Key info: Self-Catering | Parking | WiFi | Extensive grounds |Dog friendly

Summary: This beautiful country home is the perfect place for the whole family to retreat to. An abundance of space means no overcrowding, and with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an abundance of walks right from the doorstep, there is more than enough chance for a little bit of privacy too. Hire of the Wilde Lodge also includes exclusive access to the Long Barn which has its very own cinema and projector, perfect for watching Home Alone or perhaps Love Actually.

Wilde Lodge- Take me there!


Dazzle Treehouse, Dorset

Stay in a Treehouse this Christmas | Unique Places to Stay in the UK this Christmas

Overview: Architect designed treehouse offering five-star luxury in the sky, who else can say they spent the Christmas holidays here?

Sleeps: 2

Key info: Self-catering | Hot tub | Woodburner | Parking | WiFi | No pets

Summary: This tree top escape in the Dorset countryside is brand new and designed to dazzle. Its distinctive camouflage is inspired by patterns used to conceal WWI ships and confuse the enemy. Step inside and the ship theme continues with a gangplank walkway, yacht deck floors and a luxury cargo net daybed and hammock. Indoors it is five star with a king-size bed, woodburner stove and en-suite shower room with proper flushing loo. While outside there is a BBQ and pizza oven, plus your own circular silver hot tub.

Dazzle Treehouse- Take me there! 


The Laundry Retreat, North Wales

Roundhouses in Wales | Visit Wales | Unique getaway | Luxury accommodation

Overview: A secret garden stay that is only for adults, a truly intimate Christmas getaway

Sleeps: 2

Key info: Self-catering | Adults Only | Eco-friendly | Parking | WiFi | No Pets

Summary: Savour spectacular views from every window with a stay in a bespoke eco-friendly roundhouse. Set on the grounds of a Grade II listed house with three acres of stunning gardens in North Wales, it has captured the attention of over 40k followers via the @thelaundrygarden Instagram feed. The Laundry Retreat houses two stylish roundhouses, Tilia and Ilex, each with unique fittings embracing the beautiful curvature of the rotunda. Both have king-size beds, luxury linen sheets, sleek bathrooms and underfloor heating. Wake up to the sunrise and enjoy the view from your bed, or take an alfresco breakfast on the veranda listening to birdsong. In the evenings, make use of the fire bowl and snuggle up and gaze at the stars. The luxury hideaway also overlooks the Clwydian Range, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty soon set to become Wales’ next national park.

The Laundry Retreat- Take me there! 


Malting Farm, Colchester, Essex

cool cabins | cosy cabins | places to stay in Essex

Overview: A hygge inspired cabin stay perfect for the whole family this Christmas!

Sleeps: 4-6

Key info: Self-catering | Good for families | Hot tub | Firepit | Parking | WiFi | No Pets

Summary: Malting Farm has been in the same family for four generations, and is very much catered to multi-generational stays. Its three luxury cabins overlook a wildflower meadow in the beautiful Essex countryside, which is just 20 minutes from the beach and a one hour drive from London. Thoughtful interior touches are inspired by the Danish ‘hygge’ to ensure maximum wellbeing and comfort. Each cabin comes with its own private hot tub, firepit, and alfresco dining areas. Living areas are open plan. There are stylish bunk beds for the kids, king-size beds for adults, and a roll top bath in the Hares Hideaway cabin. Extras include hampers and homecooked suppers if you don’t fancy cooking. You can collect your own eggs from the chicken coop or stop by the honesty shop for locally sourced produce. There is even a nearby zipwire and nature trail for the kids.

Malting Farm- Take me there!


The Dragon’s Gate, Hereford

Glamping in Herefordshire | Cool camping | Glamping UK

Overview: Quirky cabins with amazing Black Mountain views (and a swing!), an idyllic retreat for a Christmas break!

Sleeps: 2

Key info: Self-catering | Good for couples | Hot tub/outdoor bath | Parking | WiFi | No pets

Summary: Enjoy enchanting views from three quirky cabins set on a working farm on the border of Wales. Beautifully constructed, each sleeps 2, and all are fully equipped with luxury king-size beds, bathrooms and kitchenettes. Each cabin has its own unique qualities when it comes to the exteriors. The Graig has a private wood fired hot tub with views to die for. Pen Y Fan is raised above the ground on decking creating a treehouse feel and comes with a hammock and its own swing. While The Cat’s Back boasts an outdoor bath tub on the private decking which is big enough for two. While you’re there try wild swimming in the river Monnow at Skenfrith or hike up Garway Hill for 360 degree views over Herefordshire.

The Dragons Gate- Take me there!


Next Door, York 
holiday accommodation York | Luxury home | Dog friendly

Overview: A stylish barn conversion that feels like a boutique hotel

Sleeps: 6

Key info: Self-catering | Woodburner | Fire pit | Parking | WiFi | Dogs allowed

Summary: A stylish two bed, two bathroom barn conversion just eight miles from York city centre with spectacular grounds, including a woodland fire pit and secret garden paths. It’s ideally situated for the Yorkshire Moors, Dales and the coast, while the foodie town of Malton is a 20-minute drive away. Renovated to an exceptionally high standard, it feels more like a boutique hotel than a self-catering stay. Everything is provided for you from luxury linens to organic toiletries, plus breakfast hampers, afternoon teas and homecooked suppers if requested. There is also underfloor heating, a cosy woodburner, plenty of space to socialise, and bedrooms which open out on to patio doors and a private walled courtyard. The perfect spot for a coffee in the morning. Extras include complimentary bikes to get around local gin tasting and fire chef feasts. Take the Hockney History Art tour or visit Bridgerton filming location Castle Howard. Harry Potter was also filmed nearby. P.s. Quote ‘December Afternoon Tea Please’ for a special treat.

Next Door- Take me there!


Whether you are searching for luxury treehouse breaks near you, cosy cabins or super stylish holiday cottages, here at The Wanderlist we have some seriously quirky places to stay in the UK this Christmas! For more availability and accommodation head over to our property list and search for your desired dates.

Remember, by booking through us the owners don’t pay any commission. Look after each other this Winter!


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