Earlier in the Summer I shared a collection of Unique Family Holiday Properties with Host Unusual. The piece was well received and I really enjoyed exploring the range of incredible places to stay that Host Unusual have put together. Having taken a good look at their local properties I’ve decided to collate a similar selection of holidays, this time Unique Coastal Holidays on the Kent & Sussex Coast. Host Unusual is a rather different type of holiday accommodation website which offers their guests the opportunity to discover the UK’s most extraordinary places to stay – from tree houses to lighthouses, churches to caves….you can even stay in a disused prison should you fancy it! The following properties all offer a unique experience on the Kent or Sussex Coast and I’ve tried to find the properties that most of us might be able to afford to stay in….
Sleeps: 2 in each room (6 rooms available)
Price: from £155 / night / room
The Belle Tout Lighthouse offers a quirky, yet utterly relaxing, bed-and-breakfast experience. Built in 1832, it has been carefully restored to offer six bedrooms with stunning views of this iconic area, but still retains original features to remind guests of its former purpose. Watch for ships in the original Lantern Room with a drink in hand, or relax and enjoy panoramic views of spectacular sunsets. The next morning, tuck in to a delicious home-cooked breakfast while looking out across green-topped cliffs and endless sky.
Sleeps: Up to 6
Price: £656 / week
With a stay in Buoys 102, a charming retro holiday cottage overlooking the pebble beach at Lydd-on-Sea, you really can experience the best of all worlds. Not only are you overlooking the sea in a stunning coastal location, you’ll also be temptingly close to a wide array of rare birds and wildlife, with National Nature and RSPB reserves nearby. With the medieval market town of Rye close by too, history lovers will be in heaven! The enchanting cottage comes straight from the Swinging Sixties, with upbeat décor and retro flourishes throughout that reflect its authentic heritage. Sleeping up to six people, you’ll find your holiday home on a quiet coastal road, overlooking a beach and a shoreline that are ripe for plenty of seaside rambles.
Price: £375 / 2 nights
Originally a foghorn testing station managed by Henry VIII-created nautical organisation Trinity House, in the 21st century the Fog Signal Building – complete with grand steel tower – provides stunningly dramatic views from every part of the single-level house. The holiday home is beautifully unspoilt, yet still full to the brim with contemporary creature comforts and the highest quality fixtures and fittings. Underfloor heating and a woodburner will keep you perfectly cosy on colder evenings, while a Bose sound system allows you to set the perfect mood, as you lounge on cosy furniture.
Dungeness Carriage, Dungeness, Kent
Price: £390 / 3 nights
Dungeness Railway Carriage is a wonderfully original conversion of an 1880s railway carriage nestled on the shingle expanse within a 468-acre nature reserve, represents a true holiday haven for lovers of the natural world. Sleeping up to four people (plus the dog), you’ll find this homely carriage is warmly welcoming, beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you need to enjoy a perfectly peaceful break, all surrounded by the very best that nature has to offer.
Sussex Eco Huts, Oving, West Sussex
Price: £878 / week
Sitting colourfully on the edge of its own tennis court and with ‘beach hut’ style frontage, this is a unique eco-build property in the heart of West Sussex. You could be fooled into thinking on first glance that you are staying directly on the beach at this quirky style accommodation, yet in fact the setting is on a private farm in the quaint historic English village of Oving near Chichester. The beach, however, is never far away from the huts, being located close to the Sussex coast and the popular shores of The Witterings within easy reach. Tennis enthusiasts will no doubt love Sussex Eco-Huts as they can step out of the front door and directly onto the court for a quick game. Inside the property you will be surprised by the full height of the room in the main open-plan living space, which is decorated neutrally with a stylish fully-equipped kitchen, wood-burning stove for the winter months and a rear garden with enviable views out to the rolling Sussex hills.
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