9 of the most unique staycations in the south west

Treat yourself to a unique break in the south west of England, from bell tents and converted buses in the Cotswolds to Danish cabins in Cornwall – all with some summer 2021 availability.

While competition to book the perfect UK staycation has been at an all-time high in 2021 – and quirky or unique accommodation getting snapped-up in lightning speed – for holidaymakers in the south west of England, there are some real gems if you look hard enough!

From festival-themed farm glamping and sleeping on a converted American bus in the Cotswolds to sleeping on board a lightship in Gloucester or retreating to your Danish cabin in Cornwall, SoGlos has handpicked some of the most unique staycations in the south west of England.

And the best bit – all have some availability this summer 2021, at the time of publishing.


About the sponsor – Cotswold Farm Park

The home of Countryfile presenter and farmer, Adam Henson, Cotswold Farm Park is an award-winning attraction, near Cheltenham, where visitors can meet all sorts of rare breed animals, tackle outdoor play areas and embark on a wildlife trail.

Cotswold Farm Park is also home to a popular campsite and luxury holiday lodges, as well as a new glamping tent experience from July 2021, which all offer free entry to the farm park as part of the booking price.

For more information, visit cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk.


1. Cotswold Farm Park

Brand new for summer 2021 and coined ‘the UK’s easiest family holiday yet’, Cotswold Farm Park is throwing a glamping party, with the introduction of 16 festival-themed luxury bell tents, launching on Friday 9 July 2021.

Suitable for families of up to five, with dogs welcome too, each off-grid tent comes with solar powered lighting and USB power banks, with a fire pit for toasting marshmallows too!

And, from bacon baps for brekkie and stone-baked pizzas for supper, glampers can enjoy two meals per day; unlimited tea, coffee, and soft drinks in a central chillout tent; and admission into the Cotswold Farm Park throughout their stay all included in the price too.


2. The Danish Cabin in Cornwall

Enjoy a secluded escape, suspended in the trees of Cornwall, at the adults-only Danish Cabin – featuring movable slide-up walls for amazing stargazing opportunities.

With access to an outdoor hot tub, optional breakfast packages and stunning surroundings, this off-grid cabin is the perfect space for couples to indulge in a romantic break away from the rest of the world.


3. The Temple at Stancombe

The Temple at Stancombe makes for an unforgettable getaway setting in the Cotswolds – with opportunities to book a private temple stay in the UK few and far between!

Packed with unique charm, the grade I-listed building is surrounded by folly gardens with hidden tunnels and a beautiful lakeside setting.


4. SULA Light Ship in Gloucester

Steeped in maritime history and moored in Gloucester Docks, the SULA Lightship is the only self-catering lightship in the UK.

Offering the chance to relax on deck or snuggle up in a private cabin, the quirky red vessel is suitable for couples, as well as families, and is situated close to Gloucester Quays’ buzzing bars and restaurants.


5. Loveland Farm Domes in Devon

Get back to nature at Loveland Farm Domes, located in rural North Devon with quirky designs and sea views. Couples or families with older children can stay in a luxurious dome, lingering on the deck to watch the sun go down or gaze at the stars above.

Meander along the coast or explore a little further afield by taking a boat trip to Lundy Island, a small isle inhabited by just 28 people as well as some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna.


6. Kushti Airstream in Devon

For families wanting an escape or couples looking to book a romantic getaway, this vintage Airstream caravan has undergone a bespoke conversion for a luxurious and unique staycation experience.

Situated in a secluded part of Devon and overlooking the beautiful Teign Valley, there are plenty of walking routes, rural village pubs and history to enjoy. What’s more, guests at Kushti Airstream won’t have access to WiFi, giving them the chance to reconnect with nature and enjoy a digital detox.


7. Middlewick Glamping in Somerset

Glamp in a gorgeous ancient apple orchard this summer at Middlewick Glamping, with picturesque views out over Glastonbury Tor, a private bathroom, indoor pool and even a steam room – the perfect way to indulge and make some special memories.

Visitors can relax under the stars; request breakfast boxes filled with local produce; and enjoy a well-stocked library of books and games.


8. Shepherds Parlour at Somerset

Situated beside a lake and acres of organic farmland in beautiful Somerset, guests can enjoy a romantic summer escape at Shepherds Parlour.

Taking glamping to a new level, it boasts a wood fired hot tub and sauna on site which guests can hire for their own private use, as well as access to your own outdoor bathtub on deck.


9. The Big Yellow Bus in the Cotswolds

Take a family adventure and stay on board an American converted school bus, located in the 220-acre grounds of the beautiful Calcot Hotel and Spa in the Cotswolds, this summer.

Enjoy open fires, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, delicious food, relaxing spa treatments and even an Ofsted-registered purpose-built Playbarn to keep the kids busy.


By Zoe Gater


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Friday 09 July 2021

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