Welsh Discounts – 25% off in a House overlooking one of the World’s Top Ten Beaches

Beachfront house in Rhossili Bay – under £10pppn

With 6 acres of private land surrounding it, Stormy Castle sits on arguably the most coveted spot in Britain’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Behind you undulating green countryside and in front of you panoramic views of Rhossili Bay. It’s an unbeatable location.  Inside there are six bedrooms (four in the main part of the house and two in a separate annexe) – the house can accommodate up to 14 people.  Exit the house directly onto Rhossili Down and it’s just 10 minutes along the footpath to the wide, three mile long sandy beach.

Deal: Usually £1050 for a 3 night weekend, now £800 between these dates.  25-28 April / 16-19 May / 30 May – 2 Jun.

house from the beach

House from the beach

Also in Wales and discounted during April:

Cottage on organic farm in Pembrokeshire

A 19th century former piggery, now a delightful two bedroom cottage on a secluded organic dairy farm overlooking the beautiful Teifi Valley in West Wales.

Available 15 – 19 April.  Now £195.

former piggery in pembrokeshire

Former piggery in Pembrokeshire

Edwardian villa in Portmeirion

Four bedroom Edwardian villa with breathtaking views over the Dwyryd Estuary to the mountains beyond.  High above the famous Portmeirion village and on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

Available 28 April – 2 May at a 10% discount.  Was £795, now £715 for four nights.

Edwardian villa in Portmeirion

Edwardian villa in Portmeirion

Country House in Snowdonia

A historic 16th century country house in a secluded spot in Snowdonia.  Sumptuously and stylishly restore to include a luxurious sauna complex and views over the Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris.  Sleeps 16 in seven bedrooms.

Available 21st April for one week.  Was £1850, now £1650.

Country House in Snowdonia

Country House in Snowdonia

Barn Conversion in Rural Monmouthshire

A light, spacious and contemporary barn conversion with panoramic windows that give stunning views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

Available 25 Apr – 2 May.  Was £551, now £441.

Yew Tree Barn

Yew Tree Barn

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in the Scottish Highlands; a treehouse in Somerset; a roundhouse in France;  a houseboat in Amsterdam; a yurt in Portugal; a safari tent in Italy; a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; a holiday in a yurt, glamping, a big house to rent, a holiday in a tipi, quirky places to stay, a Scottish holiday, a stay in a shepherds hut, treehouse holidays, a villa in Galicia, villas in France, villas in Spain, windmills, castles, eco houses, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

 

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Notes for editors: One Off Places  was launched in 2008. Named A Top 10 Hot Travel Website (Times Online). The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk or 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.

Unique Places to Stay in Wales

Wales may not be a very large country but it is full of beautiful scenery, stunning coastline, historic monuments and diverse plant and wild life. So when it comes to finding unique places to stay in Wales you’ll be spoilt for choice! Let’s start in West Wales, where you’ll find one of the country’s most famous regions: Pembrokeshire. Boasting 186 miles of coastal path, wonderful beaches, teeming rock pools and amazing marine and bird life, it is easy to see why so many people flock here every year. And there are lots of lovely cottages to stay in, but if you want somewhere really special to share with friends and family then head for Ffynnon Gron, a Georgian farmhouse with eight bedrooms, luxurious furnishings and 1.5 acres of secluded gardens. It’s the perfect place for a big gathering.

Converted Train Station in North Wales

Converted Train Station in North Wales

Another very popular region, and a safe bet if you’re looking for unique places to stay in Wales, is the Brecon Beacons, where sensational scenery and outdoor pursuits are the name of the game. Whether you want to hike, cycle, golf or bird watch, there is something to keep you occupied, or you could spend your days ambling around charming towns like Hay-on-Wye, with its celebrated literary heritage, or around magnificent buildings like Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey. Accommodation-wise there is plenty to choose from. If you’re away in a big group you could stay in one of the area’s enormous listed mansions, complete with open fireplaces and expansive grounds. But if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, how about Cosy Under Canvas, a glamping site set in tranquil and picturesque woodland. These tipis and geodomes are cosy, eco-friendly and stylish, not to mention relaxed and stress-free.

Cottage in the Black Mountains

Cottage in the Black Mountains

If you’re looking for truly unique places to stay in Wales and it’s definitely just the two of you, then head for North Wales and the wonderful High Cabin, the ultimate romantic retreat. With unbeatable views over the mountains of Snowdonia and an outdoor hot tub from where you can enjoy said views, this is an idyllic setting for quality time with the one you love. Moving back towards South Wales but sticking with the ‘just for two’ theme, The Gatehouse is an undoubtedly unique holiday rental. This Grade II listed gatehouse, complete with towers, spiral staircases and stone mullion windows, is the perfect balance of historic character and contemporary comfort, and all within the peaceful Wye Valley countryside. This is definitely a holiday property you won’t forget in a hurry!

Yurts in the Wye Valley

Yurts in the Wye Valley

As you can see, there is no shortage of unique places to stay in Wales, whether you want to be by the seaside or in the heart of the mountains. Sadly, we can’t guarantee the weather, but what we can guarantee is a picture-perfect natural backdrop, proper fresh air and good old-fashioned British holiday fun.

18th century rectory by the beach

18th century rectory by the beach

February Half Term and Valentine Offers – Rural romance or Family Frolics?

Half Term for the Family

Old Cragg Hall Barn, Yorkshire – £18 per person per night (based on 6)

Situated in an elevated position in the heart of Cragg Vale, Old Cragg Hall Barn is an eco-friendly award-winning conversion with outstanding views over the valley. Fabulous views, contemporary furnishings, abundant wildlife – this multi award-winning 5-star self-catering holiday home has it all. Sleeps 6 with 3 sumptuous bedrooms and 2 luxurious bathrooms.

Deal: Available for half term from Friday 14th – Friday 21st February.  Was £795 per week, now £750 per week.

Old Cragg Hall barn views

Old Cragg Hall Barn views

Cossington Park, Somerset – £29 per person per night (based on 12)

Nestled in rural Somerset sits Cossington Park, a beautiful family home with a long and fascinating history. Explore the sprawling collection of books, portraits and antiques, enjoy the 22 acres of wonderful grounds and relax with friends and family in this superb retreat.

6 beds / sleeps 12.

Deal:  25% discount.  Available for half term from Friday 14th – Friday 21st February.  Was £3281, now £2460.  Shorter stays also available at a discounted price.

Cossington Park in Somerset

Cossington Park in Somerset

Valentine Escapes

Lewis Longhouse, Outer Hebrides – £75 per person per night

Located on the east side of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, the luxurious Lewis Longhouse sits close to the beach in an area of peaceful, natural beauty. With stunning interiors, uninterrupted views and huge windows that bring the outdoors in, this is a very special place in which to escape and relax, any time of year.

Deal: Available for Valentine’s weekend, Friday 14th – Monday 17th February.  Was £470 for three nights, now £450 (for 2 people).

Lewis Longhouse

Lewis Longhouse

Penyrallt Fach Cottage, Wales -  £28 per person per night

Venture down a leafy country lane & over an ancient stone bridge to find Penyrallt Fach Cottage, a 19th century former piggery, now a delightful cottage on a secluded organic dairy farm overlooking the beautiful Teifi Valley in West Wales. Sleeps 4. Wood burning stove. Dogs welcome.

Deal: Available for Valentine’s weekend, Friday 14th – Monday 17th February.  3 nights for £170.

Secluded Pembrokeshire cottage

Secluded Pembrokeshire cottage

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in the Scottish Highlands; a treehouse in Somerset; a roundhouse in France;  a houseboat in Amsterdam; a yurt in Portugal; a safari tent in Italy; a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; a holiday in a yurt, glamping, a big house to rent, a holiday in a tipi, quirky places to stay, a Scottish holiday, a stay in a shepherds hut, treehouse holidays, a villa in Galicia, villas in France, villas in Spain, windmills, castles, eco houses, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

 

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Notes for editors: One Off Places  was launched in 2008. Named A Top 10 Hot Travel Website (Times Online). The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk or 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.

Brand New Artist Designed Railway Station Apartments in North Wales

One Off Places is thrilled to announce the launch of Alpine Apartments, three stylish apartments housed in a former railway station in the Snowdonian town of Betws-y-Coed.  Artistic and innovative, restful and wonderfully snug, the Alpine Apartments are the ultimate hideaway from which to discover this exceptionally lovely corner of Wales.

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There are three apartments, each designed by the artist Jacha Potgieter to create a little bit of magic.  Climb the stairs, turn the key and you’ll find exotic spaces of richly different hues, filled with innovative design, artistic touches and plenty of surprises. There are scallop-edged metalware surfaces and original artworks. There are touches of fun (seek out the gnomes and spot, if you can, the tiny metal faces worked into the sides of sinks). There are seams of modernity, including polished and sealed concrete floors. And there are elegant antiques, among them burnished old pine chapel chairs.

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Tabitha Symonds, founder and director of oneoffplaces.co.uk, said of this brand new addition to the portfolio; ` If you want to explore the Welsh wilderness from the comfort of a cosy and luxurious bolthole, look no further. These characterful apartments offer a unique and stylish boutique self-catering experience in a stunning part of the world.`

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Built in the 1860s in Gothic revival style, the station at Betws-y-Coed became one of the most iconic buildings in Wales.  After falling into disrepair, the station buildings have been preserved and sympathetically restored to include shops, a cafe, and now these holiday apartments.  There is a one bedroom apartment – an idyllic hideaway for honeymooners and adventurers alike – and two apartments each with three bedrooms allowing groups of up to six people a base from which to explore the high peaks and rocky grandeur of Snowdonia.

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Price from £450 – £600 (1 bed apartment) / £900 – £1200 (3 bed apartment) per week.

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For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in Scotland, a windmill in France, a medieval gatehouse in Wales, a safari tent in Italy, a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; and a merchant`s house in Morocco; as well as eco houses, church conversions, train carriages, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

Notes for editors:

One Off Places launched in 2008.  The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk , tel: 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.

Unique Venues for House Parties in the UK

If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, or a weekend away with friends, but you don’t want to travel far, then a list of unique venues for house parties in the UK might be exactly what you need. Properties suitable for large gatherings are not necessarily in short supply, but it can be hard to find one that has real personality. The good news is that they do exist! You just have to decide a) which part of the UK you want to be in, b) what your budget is and c) what sort of place you’re looking for.

Country Houses in the UK

Country Houses in the UK

In many ways the third of those criteria is the most important one. Do you imagine yourself in a luxurious and contemporary barn conversion, complete with opulent designer interiors and state-of-the-art fixtures like a hot tub and a home cinema? Or would you and your friends be more at home in a traditional country house with a grand dining room, four poster beds and extensive lawns and terraces? If the former sounds good to you, then Cliff Barns in Norfolk would be a perfect choice. This self-titled “rancho-deluxe” property is big, bold and beautifully furnished – think 8 individual bedrooms, a dressing up corridor and extras like private chefs and beauty therapists readily available. If the latter is more your style, then how about somewhere like Chaffeymoor Grange in Devon, a manor house complete with stone mullioned windows, huge fireplaces and a croquet lawn. You can’t get much more English than that!

Chaffeymoor Grance in Dorset

Chaffeymoor Grange in Dorset

When you’re looking for unique venues for house parties in the UK, think about the atmosphere you want to create. If you want privacy, exclusivity and no expense spared, then look no further than Ballinacurra, a stunning estate in Ireland. Set within a walled garden in 40 acres of private land, with a style and service that is second to none, this would be a setting for a house party to remember! And if it’s splendour and seclusion you’re after, then it doesn’t get much better than Eilean Shona, a 2,000 acre private island in the Scottish Highlands. If you’re searching for unique venues for house parties in the UK they don’t get much more impressive and memorable than this.

Eilean Shona in Scotland

Eilean Shona in Scotland

On the other hand you might want something a little more low-key – a house party certainly doesn’t have to be grand or formal. The General Stores in Gloucestershire is a colourful and characterful house party venue which is ideal if you’re planning something quieter and more relaxed. With 14 bedrooms, a spacious garden, quirky décor, a hot tub and a cocktail bar, it’s got something for everyone, whatever the average age of the guests. So you see, if you want a weekend away with a big party at the heart of it, you don’t have to settle for a generic holiday house. There’s plenty on offer, from the sublime to the (almost) ridiculous!

The General Stores in Gloucestershire

The General Stores in Gloucestershire

Quirky accommodation for under £50 a night

You’d be forgiven for thinking that holiday properties with any sort of character and eccentricity will cost the earth. Generic chain hotels and boring run-of-the-mill villas and apartments are always cheaper, right? Wrong. It is VERY possible to find quirky accommodation for under £50 a night, so much so that you will actually find it harder to narrow them down than you might think! Granted, you may have to think a little more outside the box in terms of time of year, location, and style of property. But if you’re prepared to be flexible and use your imagination then the world really can be your oyster for a very reasonable price.

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Want a seaside getaway for two? Then look no further than The Lookout and Spyglass Apartments in Cornwall. Situated in the historic smuggling village of Polperro, these apartments have unbeatable views of the harbour and the big blue sea beyond, and they are the perfect setting for a quiet, peaceful and romantic break. And if you stay during the off-peak months you could pay as little as £37 per night.

Seaside apartments in Cornwall

Seaside apartments in Cornwall

If you’re after something with serious ‘quirky’ factor, then head for Seabank, a converted railway carriage right on the seafront in the historic seaside town of Selsey.  Two 19th century Stroudley railway carriages have been restored to produce a superb 4 bedroom holiday home, right on the beach.  Uninterrupted sea views and £50 per night in low season.

Converted train carriages on the Sussex seafront

Converted train carriages on the Sussex seafront

Do you dream of a place where there’s no television, no mobile phone reception and no traffic noise? Then Dove Cottage in rural Pembrokeshire is the place for you. This charming hideaway offers a complete escape from the stresses of normal working life – instead you can spend your days reading books in front of the wood burner and exploring the beautiful countryside that surrounds you. July and August are a little (not much!) more expensive, but most of the time you’ll pay between £30 and £46 per night.

Pembrokeshire farm cottage

Pembrokeshire farm cottage

Of course you don’t have to stay in the UK to get quirky accommodation for under £50 a night.  Lakeview Yurt Retreat is set in an idyllic location right on the shore on Cabril Lake in Central Portugal. Surrounded by forest on both sides it is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The yurt sits on terraces overlooking the lake which is a mere 3 minutes walk away!  It sleeps 2 people and costs from £30 per night on a B&B basis.

Yurt retreat in Portugal

Yurt retreat in Portugal

Last, but by no means least, is Zrub Zuzana, a traditional log house on the edge of Slovakia’s High Tatras National Park. As you would expect, the scenery is nothing short of sensational, but the interiors are also stylish and comfortable, so it’s a cosy den whether you’re here as a couple looking to relax or as a group in search of adventure. In April, May, October, November and December you can pay as little as £29 per night.

Log cabin in Slovakia

Log cabin in Slovakia

A New Glamping Twist; The Shepherd Hut Cluster on the Isle of Wight

One Off Places is thrilled to announce the launch of The Hideaway, an exclusive cluster of hand-built oak-clad shepherd’s huts, set around a smart decking area in a rural idyll on the Isle of Wight.  The Hideaway opened for its first guests in September 2013 and introduces a new concept for shepherd’s hut glamping – instead of getting just one hut you get four – two bedroom huts, and a double kitchen / living hut.

The Hideaway on the Isle of Wight

The Hideaway on the Isle of Wight

Hidden away within picturesque farm and woodland, just outside the country village of Whippingham on the North East coast of the island, these delightful and distinctive huts are perfect for romantic breaks or quirky rural retreats.  The Hideaway comprises 2 en-suite bedroom huts and a double kitchen/living hut, all newly hand-built with lots of natural wood, slate and stone. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with views into the trees. The huts sit around a sunny, secluded decking area and French doors lead out onto the decking from the living area.

Sleeping

Sleeping

Tabitha Symonds, founder and director of oneoffplaces.co.uk, said of this brand new addition to the portfolio; ` Chic, rustic and absolutely unique, The Hideaway is a place where you can enjoy luxury, peace and privacy in beautiful natural surroundings.`

Surprisingly spacious

Surprisingly spacious

The huts are completely private and surrounded by nature. There is a wealth of wildlife around, from red squirrels and rabbits to owls and woodpeckers, not to mention the horses, cows and sheep from the surrounding farmland. There are bikes available to hire and shooting lessons/practice are available on site, as well as children’s mini tractor rides. The owners offer speedboat charters; brilliant fun for all ages. The Isle of Wight is jam-packed with things to do and see, whether you want to visit historic castles, take long coastal walks, try a spot of sailing or just sit on a beach eating ice cream.

In the snow

In the snow

Price from £550 – £1200 per week.

Bunks

Bunks

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in Scotland, a windmill in France, a medieval gatehouse in Wales, a safari tent in Italy, a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; and a merchant`s house in Morocco; as well as eco houses, church conversions, train carriages, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

Notes for editors:

One Off Places launched in 2008.  The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk , tel: 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.