IMG 1668Hello! I'm Jess, CEO and the travelling connoisseur from

Back in December me and the family took a jaunt to the 'dam as I heard the Dutch like quirky as much as we do here. We missed the Christmas Markets by a day which was a shame but there was plenty of other things to keep us occupied. Just wandering around the vintage stores and dodging bikes at every turn is pretty entertaining and it was all lit up in the name of Christmas, with added art installations at every turn. It certainly has a buzz!

As is not unusual, we did see a bit of rain - and this is when my advise will come in handy. If you do think of taking a cosy canal boat ride to see the Amsterdam Light Festival scattered across the cities waterways then take great care in which boat you book. If not at a peak time, you may even be better to choose one that takes your fancy on the day. But whatever you do, don't be fooled by talk of heated cushions - this is European winter and you want glass windows, an enclosed boat and heated seats!! We were packed in to a sad looking vessel with steamed up plastic windows and a load of unhappy Israelis, who had been promised a hebrew guide. Frankly the half a plastic cup of mulled wine handed out did nothing to warm up the atmosphere! This is the hour of the adventure I could have done without ...but let me tell you about all the good bits!!!

fhhottubimageQuirkyAccom Visitor Review for FOREST HOLIDAYS - our January COMPETITION GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details on that and to sign up for a chance to win a £500 voucher. 

(This competition has now closed)

A Relaxing Winter Break in the Forest

I'm Rachel, business and marketing planner and director of I recently went for a short break in a Forest Holidays wooden cabin in the Forest of Dean. I wasn't sure how it would work for a mum, 19 and 20 year old daughters, a 23 year old boyfriend (not mine!) and Bailey, our cocker x labrador dog. Could it be relaxing and peaceful or a stressful juggle?

louIt is nearly that time of year again and as I sit here writing this I realise that in 2 weeks time it will be all over! Enjoy the festivities while they last. What are you doing for Christmas this year? Do you do the same thing year in, year out or do you venture out and get a taste of other customs?

I find it hard to imagine Christmas without all the family traditions! I have two young children so we now have 'mischievous elves' in our house that get up to something different each night from the 1st December when they arrive with the advent calendars until the 24th December when Santa takes them back to the North Pole! 

So far they have turned the milk blue (that didn’t go well down in my morning cuppa), wrapped up the toilet, left a trail of chocolates and a note telling them to listen to Mummy! On Christmas Eve the elves leave a box before they head off with new PJs and other goodies in. They make the run up to Christmas lots of fun for us all!

However there are times when I daydream about abandoning the Christmas traditions and taking to the sky and doing something completely different! A trip to the North Pole to see Santa is high up on my wish list, and I'm tempted to experience other cultures at Christmas.

So here are 5 of the best places in Europe to spend Christmas!





We are delighted to announce the winner is Carol Carroll from Manchester.

It will run from the 7 January for 4 weeks. If you are the lucky winner you will be able to choose from the following locations to holiday and contribute your winning voucher to the value of £500. Please sign up below with your email address - and like us on Social Media so you can watch for updates.

There are 10 locations around the country - 

Blackwood Forest Cabins - Hampshire

Thorpe Forest Cabins - Norfolk

Deerpark Cabins - Cornwall

Sherwood Forest Cabins - Nottinghamshire

Forest of Dean Cabins - Gloucestershire

Beddgelert Cabins Snowdonia - Wales

Cropton Forest Cabins - in North Yorkshire

Keldy Forest Cabins - also in North Yorkshire

Argyll & Strathyre Cabins - 2 locations in Scotland

Delamere Forest Holidays - Cheshire



IMG 1519 2Allow us to introduce you to the All New - and us, Jess (CEO and founder) and my husband Dom (technical expert). You can see how much work has gone into this project by the tiredness in Dom's eyes!

All our hopes and dreams of creating the perfect site have culminated here to lead you to book fabulous unique holidays....and from here on things can only get better. With a new modern site we have the scope to further improve as time goes on. 

I hope that the searching is easier - although we will work on an advanced search for 2019 which will allow you to select number of guests, to see the lead in price of each property and search by date and more. But for the moment if you select one of our bright hand-drawn icons as a starting point, you can click Search (top right) again to further refine your search.

As Quirky is our speciality, we wanted to make sure the site was like no other. You will notice that some properties have artist impressions. To see all of these together go to the Artist View page here. We also have a fun video giving you a glimpse into the wonderful variety of Quirky stays out there.