5 quirky and unusual weekend escapes in the UK

Did you know that short holidays and weekend escapes can make you just as happy as a longer holiday? With this in mind, I vowed to take more weekends away this year and decided to explore more of what I’ve got right on my doorstep.

Here in the UK we have so many quirky, cool and unusual things to do for a weekend away. Here are five that I’d love to try this year and one that I’m super excited to have booked for my birthday!

Gypsy Caravan, Somerset

Have you ever noticed that the more modern and tech-savvy we get, the more we crave an old-fashioned escape. In Somerset you can stay in a restored gypsy bow-top wagon and it might just be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Hobbit Huts

The Hobbit Huts are the perfect option for anyone who wants a unique weekend away on a budget. At just £40 a night for up to 4 people, the huts are an absolute bargain and a really unusual place to stay.

Ever since I read about visiting The Hobbit in New Zealand on Young Adventuress, I’ve become a little bit obsessed. I’m not even a Lord of the Rings fan but these little houses look like so much fun.

Hobbit huts

Yurt, Cumbria

I stayed in a Moroccan style yurt while at a yoga retreat in Fuerteventura and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier just sitting in my room. I’d rush to bed early just to be in there and hosted Moroccan tea parties on the floor of my tent.  It’s given me a taste for yurt life that I’d love to experience again so I’ve got my eye on these yurts in Cumbria.


Elephant Lodge, Kent

Who said you need to go Africa for a safari lodge experience? You can do it right here in the UK! The Elephant Lodge in Kent is luxury glamping at it’s finest and you can even spot elephants and cheetah from the lodge.

Elephant lodge

Treehouse Experience, Wales

I’m staying in a tree house!

As a kid I had a tree house in our garden and I used to beg my parents to let me sleep in it. Of course, they would never let me but now I feel like I’ll be living my childhood dream because I’ll be visiting later this year.

I’d planned to stay in one of these incredible tree houses in Powys, Wales, this spring but they’re so popular that they’re booked up until October! It works out well that the first weekend they’re available is my birthday weekend.

UPDATE: I’ve had my treehouse adventure weekend and it was a-mazing.

treehouse wales

Treehouse experience in Wales

treehouse experienceAlmost every review for these tree houses describes the experience as ‘magical’ as well as cozy, luxurious, romantic, rustic and a way of getting back to nature without slumming it.

It might be a very long way away but I can’t wait for my birthday weekend!

Do you know of any other quirky weekend breaks in the UK? If you do, let us know in the comments below. And let us know which of these you’d like to try!

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • February 25, 2014

    Would love to stay in the Hobbit huts! Great list 🙂

  • Amy
    February 25, 2014

    Wow, never thought there’d be so many amazing things to do in my own country. That tree house looks a right laugh. Can’t wait to see how it goes!

  • February 26, 2014

    Oooh, I love the yurt in Cumbria!

  • February 26, 2014

    I’ve been trying to persuade my friends to stay in a treehouse like these ones for ages! They look like so much fun. The hobbit huts look majorly cute too. I will definitely look into doing this this summer! Great post. xx

  • March 4, 2014

    Hobbit huts seems more unusual and it could be too much fun to be there with friends. Even, I will love to go there and do some quirky or unusual things with my friends. And it could be more amazing or exciting to spent a night in that tree house.

  • meg
    March 7, 2014

    oooooo i needed some weekend trip ideas!!! First time i’ve had a job where i don’t work weekends!!!
    Lush post as usual xx

  • March 10, 2014

    What about those tree houses if people are scared of heights…would they be okay?

  • Charley W
    May 12, 2014

    I absolutely love the treehouse in Wales! So much so, I’m going to look into going there. I spend so much time researching beautiful places overseas, I forget there are some really gorgeous places in the UK.

  • Jbez
    July 29, 2014

    There is some great vintage Airstreams on the Isle of Wight that look like fun- Haven’t tried them as it’s a bit close to home for a holiday but I’ve heard good things 🙂

  • August 13, 2015

    wow great post!!! I want to go for sure sleeping in an Hobbit house and go to Wales in a tree house!!!

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  • August 20, 2015

    Big up the UK woo! The treehouse and Elephant Lodge looks incredible. Definitely adding this to my never ending bucket list. Heading camping next weekend and now I’m really jealous, my weekend won’t be quite as luxurious. Oh well wellies it is for now!

  • November 2, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this list! I am new in UK. The hobbit hut is a winner!!!

  • Elisa Zen
    January 20, 2016

    What amazing little hidden gems!

  • May 15, 2016

    Fun post — are these places hard to get to by car?

  • May 17, 2016

    I’ve been looking for a place where I and my family could have some rest. I bet, this is the perfect place to enjoy our summer adventure. Tree houses are much more exciting. Wooh!!

  • October 19, 2016

    I love this! Absolutely saving your article for future reference. Why staying in a normal tent when you can stay in a yurt?


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