There are classic British holiday destinations as we all know. Cornwall, the Lake District, the Highlands; they all evoke an instant set of mental images. But what many people travel to Britain for, or discover when they’re here, is that there are many things which simply defy classification. There are places that just amaze and astound with their character and sheer oddness. Here are a few of the strangest we’ve found so far:
The Roundhouse, Penzance, Cornwall
A reconstruction of a genuine Iron-Aged dwelling, with a few charmingly inauthentic touches. Experience the rigours of pre-historic man’s struggle with four-poster beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and wicker walk-in wardrobes. The Roundhouse was originally built by the father of its current owner, Emma, for educational and research purposes, but after they had worked out how to build it, they decided to go to town decorating it. It’s now available to stay in for a Cornish holiday with a difference.
Guest comment: “The fire was already lit for us and when we arrived it was to see wisps of smoke drifting out of the thatch of the Roundhouse and hanging in the clearing in which it was set.”
Yarlington Yurt, Yarlington, Somerset
A yurt with a spare bedroom in the grounds of a classic English country house. The main living area features a giant wrought iron bedstead, a few antiques and an old gramophone. The bedroom pod is just off the main room but what really sets this place apart is the owner Charles’ incredible knowledge of Napoleon. Pictures of Le Petit Caporal adorn the yurt and even the compost loo, inviting inevitable puns. This is a true historical yurt experience.
Guest comment: “We were overwhelmed by the space, peace and tranquility. The Yurt is perfectly situated, only overlooked by a field of friendly cows.”
The Dapper Camping Club, Brecon, Wales
These wonderful bell tent camps take luxury camping back to the 20s. Each billowing canvas conceals a drinks cabinet, a large double bed and a divan, plus of course a life-sized ceramic leopard. The owners aim to provide comfort, class and a dash of…gin. They achieve all this with flying colours, bringing something unique to the beautiful countryside of the Hay area with their really rather rare Dapper Camping Club.
Guest comment: Lucy and Jasper [the owners] had gone to to make sure that the yurt had everything we city mice needed for a weekend of camping and walking in the Brecon Beacons.
Inshriach yurt, near Aviemore, Scotland
From the country that brought us such diverse things as the television, golf, penicillin and haggis, come a couple of unmatched oddities. The first is a lonely yurt, out of sight of any signs of civilisation and furnished with the cast-offs from the turn of the century stately home of the owner, Walter. The second is an old Conmer Q4 fire truck, which Walter has excelled himself in scavenging for. He found a Tudor house’s parquet floor (they really didn’t need it anymore, he swears) some snooker table slate for the hearth and the door from a farm cottage. He’s brought them all together to make what he calls The Beer Moth, a two person getaway vehicle. What he’ll come up with next , there’s no way of knowing.
“The temperatures managed to drop enough in the evening to freeze our mouthwash at night, this just meant we heaped more logs on the stove and snuggled up watched the stars through the top of the yurt”