With great northern cities to explore, some of England’s finest countryside to explore and wonderful little coastal towns to peruse, it’s no wonder that Yorkshire attracts millions of tourists each year. There’s no shortage of hotels, B&Bs, camping sites and holiday cottages across the region so our visitors are spoiled for choice when looking for somewhere to stay. Sometimes, however, it’s good to try something a little different and we’ve scoured the web for some of the most unusual places to stay in Yorkshire.
If you’re planning a visit to God’s Own County and you’re bored of bog standard accommodation, check out our list of quirky hotels and unconventional self-catering options.
Quirky Accommodation in Yorkshire
Skipwith Station – Selby
On the Old Derwent Valley Light Railway line closed in 1985, after providing transport for the agricultural community in this rural part of Yorkshire since 1913. You can now book a truly unique self-catering break at Skipwith station and stay in one of their train carriages. Still very much a traditional train on the exterior, they are homely and luxurious holiday homes inside.
Swinton Park – Ripon
Swinton Park is a 31-bedroom luxury castle hotel. Set in 200 acres of parkland, the Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th Century. The ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family features grand decor and lavish furnishings to give guests a truly unique and luxurious stately home experience. You’ll really feel like Lord or Lady of the Manor when you kick your shoes off in one of their sumptuous suites.
To read more about Swinton Park or to make a booking, CLICK HERE.
Shepherd’s Delight – South Stainley
Situated in its own woodland in a 5-acre field, this traditional shepherd’s hut is ideal for those wishing to get closer to nature and discover some of the native wildlife. The hut itself can accommodate 2 human guests (no sheep allowed) and, due to its rural location, it’s perfect for a romantic getaway during those colder months. Adjacent to the hut, you will also find a fire pit, BBQ, seating area and wood burning hot tub.
Dale Farm Treehouse – Hunmanby, near Filey
Revisit childhood memories by booking a short break in this adult-sized treehouse! Nestled in the woodland in the grounds of Dale Farm, this fun treehouse can accommodate 2 guests plus a dog. The raised cabin features a comfy bedroom, a real shower, a private toilet and a quirky outdoor kitchen area. This is certainly one of the most unusual places to stay in Yorkshire!
Old Cragg Hall Barn – Hebden Bridge
Old Cragg Hall Barn is a 5-star self-catering holiday property, situated in an elevated position in the heart of Cragg Vale. This award-winning eco-friendly barn conversion has been designed upside-down so that its living area is upstairs and the bedrooms are on the ground floor. Relax in their modern window seats and enjoy the spectacular views across the valley.
The Barn – Ilkley
This luxury 5-bedroom holiday cottage near Ilkley is perfect for those wishing to explore the Yorkshire Dales. The 17th century barn conversion was fully refurbished just 18 months ago and is immensely popular with large families and groups. Many of the property’s original features remain and they have a wood burning stove for those cold Yorkshire nights. The owner of The Barn also provides a generous welcome pack for all new guests. If you fancy dining out during your stay, one of Yorkshire’s Michelin-starred restaurants is just a walk away.
Bothy Lodge – Brandesburton
Bothy Lodge is a romantic, wooden lodge located in the grounds of Burton Lodge Guest House in East Yorkshire. Set in 2 acres of beautiful gardens, the quaint little property is great for honeymooners and those looking for a quiet couples retreat. Breakfast is served in the guest house with views across the gardens and there’s an outdoor hot tub exclusively for guests of Bothy Lodge.
Houseboat Hotels – Sheffield
Houseboat Hotels offer apartment-style accommodation on fully equipped, static houseboats in Sheffield’s Victoria Quays. Each individually designed boat has all the modern facilities required for a comfortable self-catering holiday. They even put an English or Continental breakfast in the fridge which you can cook and serve at your own convenience. Truly unique accommodation which would make a wonderful base for a city break in Sheffield.
To learn more about Houseboat Hotels or make a booking, CLICK HERE.
Crab Manor Hotel – Thirsk
Crab Manor Hotel near Thirsk offers various types of accommodation within its grounds. Opt to stay in the beautiful 18th century Georgian Manor or choose their quirky thatched lodge, Scandinavian pine cabins or stunning garden rooms and luxury suites. Each of the Manor rooms are opulently decorated and adorned with beautiful treasures and antiques from around the world. They’ve also got a great restaurant onsite which is one of the best places to eat in Thirsk!
North Star Club – York
North Star Club is a superb and unique glamping experience within a woodland retreat. It’s the brainchild of husband and wife team Christian and Carolyn Van Outersterp, who before embarking on creating their unique accommodation were renowned designers. Set within 500 acres of English woodland, their accommodation is inspired by the American Great Camps and consists of 8 private woodland suites which are decorated in a rustic style. They also offer a BBQ pack and can provide food hampers for guests. They encourage guests to make the most of their experience by taking advantage of their communal area, where you can enjoy the surroundings with like-minded guests.
The Windmill – Scarborough
The Windmill is, as you may deduce, accommodation set within a 230-year-old Windmill! It’s a Grade II listed building and is one of the most unique places to stay in Scarborough. There are two fantastic apartments in the Windmill itself, which are both set over two floors. It’s in a tranquil setting and also offers two self-catering cottages which are ideal if you’re not a fan of heights.
The Bailey – Skipton
The Bailey is found in Skipton, which incidentally was named the “happiest place in the UK” last year! They offer a trio of accommodation including a welcoming Holiday Cottage, two boutique B&B rooms and their most quirky offering, their custom-built Shepherd’s Hut. The Bailey has a lot going for it, from the ever welcoming husband and wife team to the sensational location which is seconds from one of Skipton’s most popular attractions, Skipton Castle. The Shepherd’s Hut is deceptively spacious, comfortable and you can enjoy views of the Sheep Pasture whilst indulging in a glass of bubbly.
The Cleveland Tontine – Staddlebridge
The Cleveland Tontine near Northallerton is a hotel comprising a restaurant, bar and seven eclectic bedrooms, each of which are elegantly decorated. In the early 1800s, The Tontine was used as a resting place for people travelling via coach from Sunderland to London. The decor and furnishings in the Coach House room were inspired by this period and the fabulous wallpaper was designed by local designer, Deborah Bownes. It isn’t just the rooms which differ from your average hotel, either! They have an award-winning breakfast menu offering everything from Eggs Benedict to Maple Syrup Pancakes. Nom nom…
To learn more about The Cleveland Tontine or to make a a booking, CLICK HERE.
La Rosa Hotel – Whitby
This elegant period townhouse on Whitby’s West Cliff, is a must for Classic Literature fans. Once a favourite haunt of Lewis Carroll and facing the Abbey ruins which inspired Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, its interior has been designed for romance, escapism and fantasy. If you’re looking for quirky, then this place is definitely for you. Each of La Rosa’s themed rooms are incredibly unique and furnished with carefully sourced antiques. We particularly like ‘Caravan’ which pays homage to Romany Gypsies.
Old Registry – Haworth
The Old Registry Guest House is located in the quaint cobbled village of Haworth – once home to the Bronte family and where they penned most of their novels. They have eight individually themed rooms and each of them is en suite, offering excellent views of the area. Most of the rooms have four-poster beds and whirlpool baths so would be perfect for a romantic break. We particularly like the look of the Tudor Room which is lavishly decorated with red and gold tapestry.
To learn more about The Old Registry or to make a booking, CLICK HERE.
Grays Court Hotel, York
This luxury boutique hotel is the oldest inhabited building in the city of York and one of the most historic buildings in England. With the remains of a Roman gate believed to be buried in the grounds and having been owned by some of York’s most famous residents, it’s a truly fascinating place to stay. Grays Court was bought by Helen Herarty back in 2005 and she’s worked tirelessly to make it one of York’s most desirable places to eat and sleep.
The rooms at Grays Court are beautifully restored and decorated to complement the history of the building. Each one of is uniquely elegant with luxurious fixtures and fittings such as freestanding copper baths, William VI four poster beds and monsoon showers. Most of the rooms offer beautiful views of either the neighbouring landscape gardens, the historic courtyard or York Minster.
To learn more about Grays Court Hotel or to make a booking, CLICK HERE.
Wainsgates Farm Huts, Roecliffe
Wainsgate Farm is part of the Roecliffe Estate in the heart of North Yorkshire. This working farm offers a selection of shepherds huts, which each accommodate two guests. It’s perfect for a rural romantic getaway as there are no shortage of beautiful walks both on and off the estate.
Their newest hut, Pederro is a luxurious “igloo inspired” hut which has been fully insulated to make it warm and cosy throughout the year. In the hut, you’ll find a king size bed and comfortable living area. The interior of the hut is immaculately decorated and they’ve even provided some lovely little extras to make your stay even more special. Waffle robes, fluffy slippers, natural bath products and even your very own telescope for stargazing in your own secluded garden, which includes comfy rattan furniture and a fire pit.
To find out more about Wainsgate Farm Huts or to make a booking, CLICK HERE.
Camp Katur, Bedale
Camp Katur is a wonderful glamping site set in the 250 acre Camp Hill Manor Estate. They have a great variety of glamping accommodation options including Safari Tents, Tipi, Hobbit Pods, Geodomes and even a 1980’s retro caravan. Our favourite by far, however, has to be “Bear’s Place”.
This quaint little lodge was constructed using 70% upcycled, restorative and sustainable materials to make it as eco-friendly as possible. The centrepiece of the lodge is actually a restored horsebox which now provides a graffiti wall for the lodge’s bathroom and a unique bedroom for the kids. This is a really great place to stay if you want to get close to nature and escape from the modern world for a while. The interior is super quirky and comfortable and outside you’ll find a seating area, wood burning hot tub plus a firepit and BBQ.
To find out more about Camp Katur or to book your stay, CLICK HERE.
The Wensleydale Heifer, Leyburn
The Wensleydale Heifer is a luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and fish bar near Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales. Famous across the region for their exceptional food and great dining experience, the hotel is a popular choice for foodies. The Wensleydale Heifer has a number of rooms available and all are beautifully decorated with luxurious extras such as Molton Brown toiletries and Egyptian linen sheets.
Each room is unique and decorated in a specific theme. We particularly love the James Bond themed room with it’s 007 inspired artwork and monochrome accessories.Their Night at the Movies room is also a great choice, particularly for fans of classic Hollywood movies.
To find our more about The Wensleydale Heifer or to make a booking, CLICK HERE.