Three of the best unusual UK breaks

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  • Land, sea and tree are the settings for these delightfully unique getaways

    Bored of Butlins but eager not to loose money with the weak pound? We’ve discovered some fab UK breaks with a difference…

    1. Home on the range

    Experience the spirit of the American frontier at Loose Reins in Shillingstone, where visitors can stay in cedar-clad Plankbridge cabins and pioneer-inspired lodges. Set in rural Dorset, with some of the finest walks, cycle routes and bridleways in the country, there are plenty of activities, including horse-riding, to suit all abilities, or simply enjoy the sunset from your front porch. A cabin sleeping four starts at £109 a night.

    2. Safari stay

    Kent may seem like the least likely place for a safari holiday, but the glass-fronted Treehouse Hotel at the Port Lympne Reserve offers luxurious interiors by British designer Tara Bernerd, as well as far-reaching views of the park’s ‘savannah’. You should be able to spot rhino, cheetahs, red river hog and Asian spectacled bears from the safety of your lofty tree terrace. Suites cost from £300 a night and sleep four.

    3. Life on the ocean wave

    Join the seafaring community on the nautically furnished Harbour Houseboat, moored in the Isle of Wight’s Bembridge Harbour. Originally a 72ft Thames lighter, the spaciou, comfortable four-bedroom accommodation provides stunning views across the Solent, and can be enjoyed as a romantic sojourn or a family break. Sleeping six, prices start at £198 a night.


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