The Directory of Unusual Places to Stay
Stylish, modern houseboat on Mersea Island near Colchester, with views of beach and Blackwater Estuary
Authentic WWII barge luxuriously renovated sleeps 12-14 guests, with hot tub, near Walton on the Naze
Glamping site 45 minutes from London with a stunning waterside log cabin + hot tub, luxury bell tents + a converted grain silo. Event organisers too.
A special secluded log cabin with a deck overlooking the lake at Colne Valley. Sleeps up to 6 people. Dogs welcome
Award-winning, luxurious self-catering shepherds hut for 2 set on a family farm near Brightlingsea. With ensuite bathroom.
Luxury adults-only hotel, which specialises in spa treatments and relaxation, in the historic village of Thorpe le Soken
Stylish seaside retreat with spa treatments and restaurant right next to the beach at Southend-on-sea
Historic Grade 2 hotel looking out on the estuary in Southend. Restored to keep its original charm, with quirky touches and a modern design