Unless you’ve been hiding away on a desert island somewhere, you won’t be a stranger to the fact that we’ve recently been enjoying some beautiful weather here in the UK. The good news is that forecasts say we’re in for more sun-filled days, so to celebrate, Sykes Holiday Cottages has compiled a list of some of its quirkiest properties to help you plan your next trip and discover great staycation experiences in Britain.

There are some beautiful places to holiday across the UK!

There are some beautiful places to holiday across the UK!

The holiday rentals provider is the fastest-growing UK cottage holiday company and its unique property picks range from an Agatha Christie inspired London bus, aptly named Bertram’s Hotel after the 1960s’ crime fiction novel, to a 1920s refurbished railway wagon and a charming castle fit for a king or queen.

Here’s how you can spend the rest of your British summer in quirky style…

Bertram's Hotel in Hartland, Devon

Inspired by the works of Agatha Christie, this double-decker retreat is sure to deliver a memorable stay for those looking for a fictional adventure and jump aboard at Bertram’s Hotel.

Traditional in some senses of the word, this classic red double-decker bus is kitted out in1950 inspired furnishings with a modern twist. The ground floor includes a cocktail bar and record player – ideal for a fun night in with friends, and up the stairway you can enjoy a home-cooked meal in a retro-style kitchen, before relaxing in front of the TV.

You can still enjoy the simple pleasures in life with beautiful views of the coastline from Hartland Point and enjoy the quaint village of Hartland and all its local shops and eateries have to offer.

Railway Wagon, Bridport, near Hawkchurch, Dorset

This restored railway wagon, built in the 1920s, is the ideal destination for holiday-makers seeking a rural getaway with character. Situated on the edge of the Marshwood Vale in Dorset, guest looking can get close to nature with the neighbouring sheep, pigs and ducks that roam the surrounding fields.

The wagon sits in an enclosed outdoor area where you can unwind and enjoy the wonderful view. The lack of light pollution also makes the sky perfect for stargazing at night.

Additionally, visitors can enjoy the nearby craft and antique shops, galleries and cafés, whilst the scenic coastal path provides excellent walking opportunities and views of the Jurassic coast.

4 the Castle in Stanhorpe, Yorkshire Dales

Beautiful, elegant and stylish, this apartment is located in the market town of Stanhope, on the North East side of Weardale in the Yorkshire Dales.

Be the king or queen of your own castle and enjoy the open-plan living area, chic kitchen and tastefully styled bedrooms with chandeliers, diamante headboards and patterned feature wall.

The town is full of wonderful places to visit; from pubs, to shops, to galleries and even has a local heated outdoor swimming pool. On those quiet days you can also enjoy pleasant riverside walks to take in the scenic view. To book a stay in one of Sykes Holiday Cottages’ quirky properties, visit www.sykescottages.co.uk or call 01244 617683.