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The Best Host Unusual Stays For Kids (Big Kids Included!)

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Published 11/12/2020 The Best Host Unusual Stays For Kids (Big Kids Included!)


Childhood is a magical time, filled with freedom, adventure, and fairytales. 

So, when you take the kids on holiday, it's got to be somewhere they can truly let their imaginations run wild and free.

That's why we've rounded up some of our favourite child-friendly stays, packed with features to stir all that fun and carefree creativity... perfect for big and little kids alike!

We're talking forest treehouses straight from the pages of a storybook, lodges with inbuilt slides, charmingly converted vehicles of just about every description, and even the occasional hobbit house thrown in.

Author: Nina Jervis
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Happy Days Retro Vacations

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Experience the nostalgia of authentic vintage Airstreams and caravans, all blissfully set on a peaceful Suffolk campsite.   A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom! Hold on to your headscarf, kick off your brogues, and get ready for an unforgettable retro getaway at Happy Days Retro Vacations! Described by owners Jenni and Kevin as the ‘ultimate in kitsch camping', Happy Days…

Retro fun for all at Happy Days RV, with onsite cinema shed room and children's play area.
North Shire

North Shire

Fairy-tale breaks in North Shire's Hobbit House, Gypsy Caravans and Ground Keeper's Cottage near Whitby.   On a beautiful family-run farm in the magnificent North York Moors lies North Shire. Like something from a fairy tale itself, this idyllic holiday retreat offers unique accommodation ranging from cottages, to camping, to gypsy caravans for a stay the whole family will treasure!…

Resident animal friends and storybook surroundings make for a memorable break at North Shire.
West Lexham Treehouses and Glamping

West Lexham Treehouses and Glamping

Discover the natural magic of West Lexham, an enchanting Norfolk retreat venue offering fairy-tale treehouses and bell tents.  For a touch of magic, how about a stay in an utterly charming tree house or bell tent, adorned with fairy lights and lanterns, and nestled in the Norfolk woodland? A small, boutique glamping site, West Lexham has developed an outstanding reputation for unique…

Fairylit paths and magical retreats hidden in the trees ignite young imaginations.
Pinewood Park

Pinewood Park

Family-friendly wild west-themed holiday park with a range of quirky accommodation just 2 miles from the centre of Scarborough. Yee-ha! Get set for a stay at the truly original, Wild West-themed Pinewood Park for a holiday to remember! Situated just two miles from the centre of Scarborough, Pinewood Park offers a whole host of western-inspired glamping and camping accommodation.…

Kids will adore this little piece of the Wild West on the Yorkshire coast.
Lynx Helicopter at Ream Hills

Lynx Helicopter at Ream Hills

Be prepared for a holiday with a difference, or, should that be a heli-day with a difference, close to the seaside action in Blackpool.  At Ream Hills, the owners took the decision to convert one of their nine lynx helicopters for people to enjoy and explore within their existing holiday park grounds, creating with it one of the UK's most unusual lets and somewhere kids are sure…

With the delights of Blackpool close by and a helicopter as your home, what more could you ask for?
The Railway Carriage at Lavender Hill

The Railway Carriage at Lavender Hill

With an idyllic trackside location on the West Somerset Steam Railway, the Railway Carriage is the perfect escape for children, trainspotters, and everyone in between! In a shade of gorgeous green, the Railway Carriage is a large replica brake van (just think of Toad in Thomas the Tank Engine...) but now offers unforgettable accommodation for up to four people.  Magical for…

A charming replica brake van, safely nestled just metres from West Somerset Steam Railway line.
The Ceridwen Centre

The Ceridwen Centre

If you like the sound of unique accommodation on an eco-friendly, organic farm, plus the chance to try more activities than you can shake a stick at, you'll love the Ceridwen Centre! Nestled in stunning Carmarthenshire, the Ceridwen Centre at Penybanc Farm offers the opportunity to stay in anything from a double-decker bus to an eco-pod.  And with the Old Dairy function room on…

Lots of activities to get involved with, plus accommodation from a double-decker bus to an eco-pod!
The Old Station Allerston

The Old Station Allerston

Live the first-class life at The Old Station, where three stunning railway carriages await at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. The Old Station at Allerston served passengers on the Forge Valley Line until 1950, firstly as Wilton Station and then as Ebberston Station.  Today, it's home to three beautifully preserved and converted First Class Corridor carriages, each one…

Stay in a charming converted train carriage, with toys, games and bikes available for the kids.
Blackberry Wood

Blackberry Wood

You may think you know glamping, but you haven't seen anything like Blackberry Wood - the only place a helicopter, a London bus, a cabin and a caravan sit in the shadow of fairytale treehouses. Blackberry Wood is just as enchanting as the name suggests. With a range of wonderfully imaginative glamping options - all set around a red telephone box and old-fashioned lamppost - you'll feel like…

Want a choice of quirky options in one place? Then Blackberry Wood will fulfil all expectations!
Forest Holidays Strathyre

Forest Holidays Strathyre

If your holiday wish list includes breath-taking scenery, luxury accommodation and a range of bespoke indulgences for that perfect escape, Forest Holidays at Strathyre is sure to tick every box. Strathyre is one of Forest Holidays' exceptional locations, found in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in beautiful Perthshire. Here, 35 exquisitely designed woodland cabins are surrounded by peaceful…

Family-friendly woodland cabins with an incredible range of onsite activities and in-cabin treats on offer.
Owl's Lookout

Owl's Lookout

Owl's Lookout is a quirky family treehouse with amazing woodland views, appealingly close to the magic of London. Appropriately located just a short drive away from London's Harry Potter Studios, the swooping Owl's Lookout is the latest innovation to be discovered at North Hill Farm. Already home to childhood-fantasy treehouse accommodation, quirky rustic retreats and even a…

Staying here is bound to be a hoot for the kids - and it's just a short drive from the Harry Potter Studio Tour too!
The Oakey Koakey Treehouse

The Oakey Koakey Treehouse

Get set for family fun, fresh adventure and relaxing woodland seclusion at The Oakey Koakey Treehouse, just an hour away from London. A childhood dream made enchantingly real, the Oakey Koakey Treehouse is the perfect hideaway for small families in need of a woodland retreat (yet still enjoying all those essential creature comforts!) You'll find the secluded Oakey Koakey Treehouse in…

The perfect woodland getaway for small families
Red Alert Fire Truck

Red Alert Fire Truck

Rescue your holiday at the Red Alert Fire Truck - a sizzling escape in an outstandingly picturesque farmland location, set within the Lake District National Park. Ever wondered what it's like to be a firefighter, but didn't fancy risking your life to find out? Well, now's your chance to indulge! Red Alert is a quirky former fire truck that's uniquely equipped for a truly memorable family…

Adults are sure to love this quirky stay as much as the kids!
Bob's Lodge

Bob's Lodge

A sumptuous and spacious wood-crafted holiday home with a geodome & hot tub, nestled on a working farm in the scenic Cotswolds. Discover the unique, architect-designed Bob's Lodge on the friendly and working Winchcombe Farm, beautifully positioned in a Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Complete with a private garden, an elevated outside deck and a six-person hot tub…

With a stargazing geodome and 4 metre slide from the lodge to the garden, Bob's Lodge is every kid's dream!
Melin Mabes

Melin Mabes

A Pembrokeshire Amazing Space that combines timeless home comfort with interstellar accommodation that's out of this world! Discover Melin Mabes in the soothing midst of rural Pembrokeshire, on the four-acre site of a 16th century watermill.   The brainchild of your friendly and imaginative hosts, Martin and Carol-Anne, you can be sure of a surprisingly unique, life-loving and detail-rich…

Stay in the Spodnik UFO for a space-age getaway, complete with hydraulic door and perspex cockpit roof!
Hobbit House

Hobbit House

A luxuriously cheery, lovingly crafted woodland escape complete with hot tub, dreamily nestled in the heart of rural Sussex. Once you arrive at Hobbit House, magically crafted into a woodland hill in the heart of Sussex countryside, it would be easy to feel as though you're blissfully miles away from anywhere at all. Yet with Bodiam Castle in easy walking distance, you've got this amazing part…

A magical family hobbit house, with Bodiam Castle in easy walking distance.
Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

First-class comfort in a genuine Etihad Airbus, charmingly set on a quiet-and-quirky Pembrokeshire site. Known for its eclectic collection of unusual accommodation (there's a flying saucer, and a log cabin shaped like a witch's hat!), Apple Camping is a dream destination for out-of-the-ordinary stays. The latest addition to the soothing Pembrokeshire site is an authentic, grounded Etihad Airbus…

Fasten those seatbelts and brace yourselves for a truly unique getaway...
Hideaway Camping

Hideaway Camping

Eclectic family accommodation and soothing therapies await, on a friendly campsite secluded amongst enchanting Devon woodland. Nestled on the edge of Dartmoor, right at the end of a private track, Hideaway Camping is exactly that - a 24-acre expanse of pure Devon nature, hidden beautifully away from everyday life. Surrounded by gently babbling brooks, wide open fields, and soothing woodland,…

The kids can run wild here with a magical fairy glade, tree swings, a dedicated picnic area, and even a hammock garden to enjoy.
Woodcutter's Cottage

Woodcutter's Cottage

A fairytale retreat that's perfect for wildlife watching, deliciously secluded amongst unspoilt Sussex woodland.Privately nestled in a woodland dell strewn with chestnut and oak trees, and bespoke crafted from locally sourced timber, there's an enchantingly rustic feel to the Woodcutter's Cottage. In fact, the dreamlike retreat could have been plucked straight from the pages of ‘Little Red…

This storybook setting is the perfect place to teach the kids about sustainability and conservation.
Jurassic Bus

Jurassic Bus

Hop on board a cheerfully converted double decker, conveniently stopped close to some of the Jurassic Coast's most breathtaking attractions.Ideal for fresh-air-filled family breaks, Jurassic Bus is perfectly located to explore the very best of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with easy access to Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, and the world-famous Tank Museum (to name just a few!)Better…

A quirky converted school bus with a fun kids' bunk room on the top deck.
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