Three of the best unusual UK breaks

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

plankbridge cabin

(Image credit: Loose Reins)

plankbridge kitchen cabins

(Image credit: Loose Reins)

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


(Image credit: Port Lympne Reserve)

living room with white wall and sofa set

(Image credit: Port Lympne Reserve)

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

harbour houseboat

(Image credit: Harbour Houseboat)

living room with dining area and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Harbour Houseboat)

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.



Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.