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For a region filled with architectural wonders, it should come as little surprise that we are able to share an enticing collection of unusual and quirky places to stay in Yorkshire that will make your next Yorkshire getaway an unforgettable one.

Home to York Minster, Whitby Abbey and The Piece Hall, Yorkshire presents exquisite pieces of history and in keeping with this, we have searched for some of our most unusual and quirky properties for a stay in Yorkshire to remember. From rustic yurts to a converted Methodist church, we have a remarkable selection of truly unique properties in Yorkshire to choose from.

Read on to discover our selection of 7 unusual places to stay in Yorkshire…


1. The Rowan Yurt, Yorkshire Dales

The Rowan Yurt (ref. 917044)

Offering you an unforgettable stay, The Rowan Yurt combines a sense of rustic charm with an aura of elegance. Although the property may look modest from the outside, inside you will be greeted by a spacious property featuring tasteful wooden decor, from floor to pointed roof top.

The yurt also benefits from a woodburning stove, offering you comfort in the winter months, as well as creating a romantic ambiance for you and your partner, if a couple’s retreat in Yorkshire is just the thing you’re looking for. An unconventional and quirky property, The Rowan Yurt can be found in a remarkable woodland setting, in close proximity to both the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District National Parks.

Positioned on the owner’s working farm, the surrounding area compromises of an array of amenities for you to enjoy including your own private hot tub, as well as a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and even a farm shop where you can purchase delightful local produce. Providing you with everything you could need for an idyllic stay in Yorkshire, The Rowan Yurt is the ideal spot for your romantic, rural retreat.

With walking routes available from your doorstep, this property presents you with ample opportunities to explore the wonders of Yorkshire. For more ideas on things to do on your next Yorkshire cottage holiday, browse our Yorkshire Dales travel guide for inspiration.


2. The New Chapel, East Riding of Yorkshire

The New Chapel (Ref. 8409)

Once a Methodist chapel, The New Chapel now stands as an endearing holiday property. Exhibiting its traditional chapel features at its exterior and a mixture of contemporary and historic characteristics inside, the cottage holds substantial character and charm, making it the perfect property with a difference for a holiday in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

With an added bonus of being an eco-friendly cottage, with features such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting, not only is this cottage glorious in its presentation, but it’s also green! The chapel even features its own authentic stained glass windows, letting you take in the views of the charming village from each corner of the cottage.

Nestled in the picturesque village of Great Hatfield, the local area boasts a traditional and pleasant feel to it, adding to the personality of the property. Just a short drive to the seaside town of Hornsea, this cottage also provides the perfect base for a day of soaking up the sun on the beach.


3. Curiosity Cottage, West Yorkshire

Curiosity Cottage, (Ref. 983116)

Found in the characterful village of Oakworth, Curiosity Cottage is surrounded by an array of wonders within itself and on its doorstep. Decorated throughout in simple but stylish colours, and holding quirky yet elegant features, this cottage comes to provide you with the perfect balance of curiosity and charisma.

With its stacked rooftop and pleasing patio area, the dwelling is a true delight from its exterior too, swaddled with captivating curiosities. Encircled by flourishing fauna and mature gardens, there’s no better spot to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Be sure to take a stroll into your local surroundings – Oakworth presents you with excitement in a variety of forms, from its Edwardian railway station where The Railway Children was filmed, to Holden Park with caves to uncover, the village is bound to be a crowd-pleaser.

Within close reach of Haworth, home of the famous Brontë sisters, Curiosity Cottage is positioned in a vibrant area, enriched with gripping history and heritage along with a bustling Main Street, there’s something here for every taste. Within the village you will also stumble across The Cabinet of Curiosities, a family-run business offering you the chance to purchase handmade toiletries such as those you can sample in the cottage itself, giving the property that extra special and personal touch.


4. Evening Star @ Engine Shed, Whitby

Evening Star, (Ref. 1002247)

Continuing on with the railway theme, Evening Star @ Engine Shed is a history enriched apartment, ideal for a unique Yorkshire holiday with friends. Bombed during World War II, this first-floor apartment was rebuilt to a high standard in 2019.

Converted from the Grade II listed industrial heritage building that it once was, the property now presents you with a spectacular contemporary interior where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Whitby’s steam railway station below.

Situated at the centre of the action of Whitby, just a short walk away from an abundance of splendid amenities. Marvel at the wonders of the ruins of the Whitby Abbey and the literary history of St. Mary’s Church, or take a tour at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum to surround yourself with culture.

Within close proximity to the beachfront too, you’re perfectly positioned for a coastal holiday in Whitby. With a wide variety of the beaches offering whale watching, watersports, and even more historic wonders, it’s an outstanding spot to spend your summer.


5. The Old Lifeboat House, Hornsea

The Old Lifeboat House, (Ref. 19846)

Restored from its former glory as an old lifeboat house, this contemporary-style dwelling provides a fantastic base for a family-friendly holiday to Hornsea. Perched on the Yorkshire coast, the property is positioned perfectly to compliment the maritime theme running throughout its interior.

With a bold and bright blue-fronted door, the quirkiness carries on inside. With an upside-down layout, you can find three bedrooms and accompanying bathrooms on the ground floor and an open-plan living area on the first floor. Upstairs is an astonishing stain glass window made up with deep sea colours to form a picture of a lifeboat at sea, one of the stand out unique features of the property.

If you feel like venturing onto the Yorkshire seas on your own boat, the seaside resort of Hornsea is an impeccable spot for just this. Whether you decide to set sail or make a splash whilst participating in watersports, the local area offers a vast array of attractions for any time of year.


6. The Chicken Shed, Hawsker near Whitby

The Chicken Shed, (Ref. 1009413)

Definitely a cottage with a difference, The Chicken Shed is a rural retreat offering a rustic alternative to camping, perfect for an escape to the countryside with your partner. Encompassed with reclaimed woodwork and timber with traditional farmyard fixtures inside such as an old-style hand basin and metallic features, this property is ideal for a break away from the hustle and bustle of city centre life.

As is the hope for many glamping break, you will be surrounded by magnificent landscapes, with panoramic field views ahead of you. The veranda is a delightful spot to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun come down over the coastline.

Just a short trip to the charming seaside town of Whitby, The Chicken Shed is in a prime location for both a rustic experience where you can unwind, as well as being close to the action of a lively town atmosphere.


7. The Lookout, Addingham

The Lookout (Ref. 962827)

Nestled on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Lookout is a superior log cabin, oozing style and luxury. The open-plan living space boasts a woodburning stove under the immense wooden beams and rural wooden walls, perfectly suitable for a winter stay.

The outdoor decking is home to a hot tub and a seating area where you can enjoy alfresco dining, providing you with captivating comforts all-year-round. We also offer a range of cottages with open fires and cottages with hot tubs across other destinations in the UK and Ireland, so you can carry on in style no matter where you stay with us!

Found within the former textile mill village of Addingham, you can expect to be surrounded by idyllic settings and a modest scatter of amenities to help provide for your self-catered stay. The Lookout is also within reach of a wide choice of outdoor attractions, suitable for all ages and the ideal opportunity to explore the natural lands of Yorkshire.


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To discover more of our quirky and unusual cottages, browse our entire collection of unique holiday cottages across the UK and Ireland, or take a look at our Yorkshire Dales Travel Guide for inspiration on what to do on your next Yorkshire holiday.

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