About Unusual Holiday Cottages

We love out of the ordinary places to stay.

Being the fourth generation of a family of practicing Architects, we have had the chance to visit and work on some very unusual buildings.  We operate our own self catering unusual holiday cottages in Northumberland which we created by converting a historically significant farm that was one of the first in the world to be powered by a water turbine.

Indeed the original turbine house is listed here, as is the former duck house, but the rest aren’t because they are converted barns.  They’re just not unusual enough for the Unusual Holiday Cottages collection.

In late 2013 we created The Cottage Cooperative, which has a number of websites like this one to help guests find the exact type of cottage they want.  Cottages listed on our websites are owned by like-minded members who abide by a genuine code of advertising and are committed to offering a high quality service to guests.

It would be far too easy to allow any old property to be listed here but it’s quirky, not quantity, that counts.

As such, we may well not yet have a cottage of the size you require in the area you want, but please check back as membership is growing slowly but surely.

All of the cottages on this website are listed not only because they are very unusual, but also on the understanding that each owner is capable of making your stay special.

All you should have to do is arrive, relax and contemplate your strange new surroundings!


Gemma & Tim

Founders of The Cottage Cooperative and proprietors of Burnfoot Holiday Cottages.