Weird and Wonderful Weekends Away

Have you seen that advert on TV, where you are advised to ‘Travel yourself interesting?’, and work colleagues come back from their holidays with exciting tales of the natives? Clearly it’s no longer acceptable to just go off for a couple of days for some R&R on the beach and imbibe a few beers, you have to go somewhere a little different, meet fascinating locals and come back with some stimulating knowledge. Honestly, it’s exhausting! I don’t know about you but that’s not what a holiday used to be about.

However, I’ve got the perfect solution, stay somewhere unusual or weird and there’s your talking point. You can relax and have your holiday and your colleagues and friends feel their curiosity has been satisfied. So here are a few suggestions:

Ekopods in Cornwall

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Looking like a scene out of a science fiction movie, these Ekopods are located on the edge of Bodmin Moor, and are environmentally friendly, but still remain luxurious.

The Geo Pod gives more than a nod to the structural shapes of the Eden Project, and features a large clear window in the front, wood burning stove, and locally made modern furniture. Also included is an en-suite kitchen and bathroom tents, with a large outdoor decking area with sunloungers and outdoor dining table and chairs. An Ekopod costs £95 per night. See Ekopod for details.

Circus Wagon in Colchester

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If you’ve ever fancied running away to join the circus, this is the next best thing, and what a story to tell your chums! Stay in a Showman’s Wagon, set in 150 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows.

The wagon has been extensively renovated and includes a living, kitchen and dining room area, 2 bedrooms with one double and a bunk bed, and bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Explore the many footpaths and lanes, or organise horse riding and cycle hire. The shops and pubs are only a short walk away. A weekend in September costs from £292. See Cottages 4 You for details.

Temples in Shropshire

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Perfect for a romantic getaway, the Temple is located near the village of Badger Dingle, down a private road. This is a stunning Greek style folly – set within a 40-acre picturesque landscape. Featuring one bedroom, the front door opens into the first floor sitting room, which has full-length glass doors that lead out onto a colonnaded balcony.

From this room a spiral staircase descends to the ground floor kitchen/dining room. The double bedroom includes an en-suite vaulted wet room. Choose from 3 nights in the Temple for £453. Find out more at Vivat Trust.

Queen of the Castle at Warwick

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For the first time in history, those boffins at the Castle have set up a private, luxury camping site in the grounds of Warwick Castle. These will include 35 bell shaped, fully-lined, waterproof tents, all of which will sleep 4 people, complete with sheepskin throws, carpeted floors with a built-in groundsheet and include 1 x Double Airbed 2 x Single Airbeds, while the Communal Pamper tents will offer amenities such as power points, hair dryers, etc.

Whilst you are in the camping site, you are free to explore the Castle and then head off back to your own private, fully set-up, ready-to-sleep Bell Tent. A tent costs £200 per night at the weekends. Find out more at Warwick Castle.

Shepherd’s Hut in Sussex

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Go completely back to nature by staying in this Shepherd’s Hut in Rye, Sussex. Based on the old huts that shepherds used in the 19th century, which were mobile and traveled where the flocks went, this one is newly built and located at Hare Farm in Chestnuts Field. The hut is set in a copse and overlooks a lake with far-reaching views down the Brede Valley in the heart of rural Sussex.

It sleeps two in a full-sized double bed and includes a glowing wood burner. The hut is lit with lanterns and torches, and there is a camping stove for simple cooking and boiling a kettle as there is no electricity. A weekend costs from £200. Find out more from Hare Farm.

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