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Twenty Out of the Ordinary Holiday Experiences for 2020

17 January 2020

We all love a break in a brand-new place – but when it comes to the local activities, there are times when doing some shopping, going for a bracing walk, then ending up in the pub just doesn’t cut it.

So, if you’re looking for a stay that’s imbued with a little more ‘wow-factor’, we’ve got just the thing. It’s hard to top a luxury cabin stay surrounded by cared-for lions, for example! Or how about resting your heads in a windowless wooden box, instead?

Filled with stays that put the quirk into quirky, our Out of the Ordinary selection is packed with experiences that are guaranteed to leave you open-mouthed!

Image: Lion Lodge | Port Lympne, Kent
Author: Nina Jervis @NinaWrites

Trafalgar Square

Stanley, County Durham, England
There's nothing quite as iconic as a red London bus, and now you can stay in one at Trafalgar Square! 
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£370 / night

Champing Aldwincle

Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, England
Snuggle down inside the original Champing church - All Saints in Aldwincle, a beautiful ancient space in Northamptonshire.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: Up to 12
From
£49 pp

Harbour Crane

Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands
Experience an out-of-this-world hideaway just moments from (and high above) the heart of historic Harlingen!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£285 / night

Canopy Tower

Soberanía National Park, Colón, Panama
Get up close and personal with the natural world, from the comfort of a treetop bedroom in Panamá's tropical paradise.
Bedrooms: Rooms/suites
Sleeps: 1-2 per room
From
£101 pppn

SWEETS hotel

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Take your pick from one of the unique bridge house suites, beautifully scattered along the canals of Amsterdam.
Bedrooms: 1 per house
Sleeps: 2 per house
From
£117 / night

Hôtel de Glace

Saint-Gabriel-De-Valcartier, Quebec, Canada
Fall willingly under the magical spell of a hotel constructed from ice and snow, in an unforgettable North American stay.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£259 / night (in Hôtel de Glace, incl. a room at Hôtel Valcartier)

Bulworthy Eco Cabin

Tiverton, Devon, England
Learn to appreciate nature again and relax in a lovingly handcrafted off-grid cabin, secluded in its own Devon woodland glade.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£200 /2 nights

ZERO Box Lodge

Porto, North Portugal, Porto/North Portugal
Experience Porto from a unique, groundbreaking concept and design-led lodge that thinks outside the box...while you sleep cosily inside it!
Bedrooms: 1 bed per box
Sleeps: 2 per box
From
£70 / night

Lion Lodge

Hythe, Kent, England
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become part of the pride, in a luxury lodge set within the lions' natural habitat.
Bedrooms: 2 lodges
Sleeps: 4 per lodge
From
£1350/night

Tiny Tiki Retro Hideaway

Chatsworth, California, USA
The ultimate in luxury, get-away-from-it-all glamping retreats, secluded amongst the sandstone cliffs of California.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 3
From
$132 / night

Earth Conker

Llanafanfawr, Powys, Wales
Unplug from daily life and unleash your creativity, in a designer off-grid glamping pod, gently nestled in a remote Welsh valley.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£270 (2 nts)

Melbury Vale Winery Glamping Barrel Pods

Shaftesbury, Dorset, England
Lovers of the grape rejoice, in a cosy hillside haven on the soothing grounds of a Dorset vineyard.
Bedrooms: 1 per barrel
Sleeps: 2 per barrel
From
£750 (6ppl)

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