With many Brits having to change their vacation plans again this year because of ongoing Covid restriction and uncertainty, a lot of mainstream hotels and B&B chains are no doubt set to fill up fast.
Be it in a castle fit for the cast of Downton Abbey, a dome that looks as though it should belong at the Eden Project and even a tree house where you can spend your evenings tasting gin and rum as the sun goes down – there’s something for everyone.
Now, we’re not sure about you, but in a crazy world where being in a bubble of six people or fewer is the norm – and staying indoors is the new going out – why not take one last trip to one of these weird and wonderful places?
We’ve compiled a list of some favourite quirky places to visit in the county. At the time of writing, all information was correct, but these won’t be available for long.
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1. Dome under the stars
Where is it: Underlane, on the edge of the Lizard peninsula
If you’ve ever wished you could spend a vacation in your very own version of The Eden Project, then look no further.
Set among a wildflower meadow, guests can stay in their own frameless geodesic dome with uninterrupted views of the night sky in one of the darkest stargazing spots in the country.
The dome comes equipped with a king-size bed, orthopaedic memory foam mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, plush towels and even a telescope for you to gaze at the surface of the moon from the comfort of your bed.
When you want a bit of privacy, you can simply pull across the 360 degree curtains with each dome positioned in places to give you maximum privacy from natural growing screening plants too.
Costing around £245 a night, guests will also get their own parking space, welcome pack and there’s even room service – champagne and wine tasting hampers are an optional luxury.
And if you want to travel by helicopter, there’s even an onsite helipad.
2. Trematon Hall Luxury Glamping
Where is it:Saltash
Trematon Hall boasts 25 acres of grounds and woodland, home to luxury glamping tents like this one.
Its bespoke service features an optional breakfast served in the garden room, which overlooks the grounds and the tent comes fully equipped with electricity.
Guests will have access to their own private bathroom, which is just a short walk from the tent.
There’s also free parking, a hair dryer and toiletries, bed linens, pillows, blankets and plenty of storage for clothes – all for around £140 a night.
3. The Rusty Bunk at The Bearded Brewery
Where is it: St Mawgan
The Rusty Bunk is a quirky glamping style cabin-on-wheels all hidden within a rustic box van.
Crafted using reclaimed materials, it boasts a cosy log burner, snug double bunk-bed which sleeps two adults, private garden and decking area, as well as an outdoor shed shower.
The van is located in a rural countryside location on the site of The Bearded Brewery Cider Bar, eight minutes from Mawgan Porth beach and 10 minutes from Newquay.
For around £95 a night guests are also treated to a complimentary cider tasting session, which can be upgraded to a brewery tour with lunch from June 7.
Solar panels mean you can charge your phone and switch on the lights, with other features of this quirky site including a kitchenette with cooking essentials and an outdoor fire pit overlooking the beautiful Cornish countryside.
4. Quirky caravan straight off a film set
Where is it:St Agnes
Like something from an American movie, Cornwall Airstream Holidays have a number of these silver motorhomes on offer.
For around £120 a night guests can enjoy underfloor heating, a well-equipped kitchen, TV, WiFi, private garden, decked area, hot tub, barbecue and parking.
The homes are set in a peaceful patch of countryside on the north coast of Cornwall, with a pub just half a mile away and a two-mile journey to all the amenities of St Agnes.
5. Cornish strawbail Earth house
Where is it: St Mabyn
For around £110 a night, guests can stay in this Cornish strawbail Earth house in St Mabyn, named the Toddalong Roundhouse.
It can sleep up to six guests (four adults and two children) with five beds and one bathroom – making it perfect for adhering to the “rule of six”.
The open plan space is, in fact, 10 metres in diameter and the circular layout features a fully equipped kitchen area and wood burner.
There’s also a mezzanine area for the double bed and below this is the children’s snug – a day bed is found in the main living area.
Outside you’ll find a good-sized garden with a cold-water shower for washing wetsuits and a fire pit for toasting marshmallows.
A true escape, you’ll find no WiFi here, however 3G and 4G, as well as plug sockets, can be found throughout.
If you fancy listening to some music, bluetooth speakers and a DAB radio are on hand, as well as a nicely stocked games cupboard and book shelves.
A parking space will be reserved for you and, what’s more, you’ll be greeted with a proper Cornish cream tea on arrival!
6. Bluebell shepherd’s hut
Where is it: Trelill
Within the wilderness of the north Cornish coast, close to Port Isaac and Polzeath, this handcrafted shepherd’s hut is made with curved ash beams and features a Salamander wood burner – all on a converted railway line.
Based at the iconic Cornish Tipi Holiday park (who also do weddings) at Tregildrans Quarry, this is one of two huts on site and comes with its own private wood-fired hot tub.
The site has a woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old quarry and the hut is at the top of a secret 20 acres clothed in ferns and bluebells, oak and meadowsweet.
Sounds idyllic? That’s not all as guests will have full access to the entire site and all facilities – including 20 acres of woodland to explore and a freshwater lake to swim, boat and fish in.
Plus you’ll even have your very own garden space in which your hut tub lives (alongside an open fire and garden furniture).
It’ll cost you around £135 a night to stay in the Bluebell hut and you’ll get your own composting loo and outdoor wooden shower shed to use during your stay – there are other toilet and shower blocks on site too, though.
There’s even solar-powered electricity and parking!
7. Tree house at a gin and rum distillery
Where is it:Lostwithiel
If you’re a fan of gin, rum, or both, then why not venture to a tree house for a gin/rum tasting holiday?
Set in a seven-acre field with a castaway boat (in summer), lake and island rope bridges, this tree house (which costs around £200 a night) is hidden in the middle of a 30-acre working farm and gin distillery.
There are sheep, cows, ponies, geese, ducks and other wildlife – your neighbours – with your closest fellow humans all the way at the other side of the field.
The tree house comes equipped with a double bed, indoor wood burner, living room with dining table, mini kitchen with gas camp stove and washing up bowl, outdoor kitchen with wood stove, camp fire and sink, a small ensuite wash stand and a private bathroom shed with piping hot shower, roll top slipper bath and toilet at the foot of the 18 foot ladder to the house itself.
You’ll wake up to a continental breakfast basket delivered to your treetop haven and you can embark on gin and rum tasting as the sun sets and the stars come out.
8. Safari tent
Where is it: Penstraze
This couples’ safari tent sits in the heart of the Cornish countryside and comes equipped with all you need for a true camping experience, with a little bit of luxury thrown in for good measure.
For around £107 a night, there’s a king size bed, private toilet and shower, log burning stove and a hot tub (available at additional cost).
Well-behaved pets can also stay but must be kept on leads and off furniture and come with a £15 per night added fee.
9. Rosewarne House castle
Where is it: Near Camborne (exact location given after booking)
Fancy staying in a castle or giant manor house? Ever wanted to dress up in period costume and roam around such a place pretending your someone from a Jane Austen or Poldark novel?
Then we definitely have the thing for you.
Two separate parts of Rosewarne House are available to book on AirBnB (you can even book them both at the same time) – you’ll get access to your very own private part of the property, with no interruptions so you can live out your dreams and escape the modern world.
Also, it’s all just beautiful.
The first part of the castle is the South Wing, which includes the Drawing Room and Orangery.
For £650 a night it can accommodate six guests.
You enter the property via the front marble hall, from which you’ll find the drawing room, a blue room for sleeping or quiet afternoons in the sun and a music room to hang your coats.
There’s then, of course, a catering kitchen, serving room and orangery to really put on a spread.
In addition to all of that, there are six acres of grounds to enjoy, with plenty of benches and private seating areas and a rose garden, magnolia lawn, yew garden room, summerhouse and grotto.
There’s plentiful parking and the hosts leave out a rack of Poldark and Jane Austen-style clothes for you and your guests to dress up in!
For around £285 a night you can stay at The Ballroom at Rosewarne House.
Again, entering through the marble hall (or private back door if you don’t feel like seeing anyone) you’ll be able to access the ballroom, sitting room and library bedroom.
With period furniture and 10 minutes away from the north coast, there’s plenty of romance here.
Linens, towels, bathrobes and slippers are provided, as well as tea and coffee, milk, sugar, bread, eggs and butter, plus some special breakfast buns.
Cream teas can be ordered too!
10. Hideaway in a Star Pod with pool
Where is it: Constantine
This striking Star Pod costs around just £70 per night and is set in a small garden near the Helford River with access up to open fields where hammocks and a fire pit can be found.
The pod itself is all open plan, with a kitchen and separate bathroom with washing machine, dryer and even an iron.
There’s also a TV and WiFi and the pod is fully heated. Plus free parking on the premises.
There’s even a pool.