Unique Sleeps

Unusual places to stay from glamping and tree house holidays to state of the art holiday rentals.

The inspiration for Unique Sleeps came from a book, Dave Gorman's America Unchained. As Dave travelled from coast to coast in the US, he challenged himself to stay in accommodation that was not part of a chain. It was when founder, Kate Paulwell read about Dave's night in a giant beagle (a guesthouse in the shape of a dog), the light bulb flashed and she set about launching Unique Sleeps, the site where you'll find a carefully curated selection of unusual places to stay. Holiday accommodation has got creative as we all seek different ways to relax and escape from our busy and connected lives and here is your route in.


If you've tired of boutique hotels and want the taste of something different, this holiday rental portal showcases a unique and interesting selection of places to stay from upmarket glamping in luxury yurts and tipis to holidays in gypsy caravans. With a selection of properties across the globe starting close to home across the UK, other countries listed so far include Canada, Chile, Greece, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden and the US, with new properties being added all the time.

The blog hosts The Unique of the Week, a favourite rental, a good introduction to what's on offer across the site.


Evoke childhood memories by renting a tree house, where you'll be surprised by the level of comfort. This is the perfect accommodation for those with a sense of adventure, who dream of scaling up to a tree house at night, all of which can be fulfilled at many locations. For a contemporary take, we suggest you look at The Mirrorcube at The Tree Hotel in Sweden where you can be at one with nature. Alternatively perhaps a floating cabin in France-Comté might float your boat, for complete and utter tranquility. And there's no need to compromise on comfort either as you'll have en suite bathroom facilities.


You'll also be able to sample some architectural masterpieces at first hand, such as the much lauded and award winning Balancing Barn in Suffolk or the Shingle House and Dune House, part of Living Architecture.

Browse the site by either choosing a location or property type, from railway carriage holidays, yurt holidays, to boat and windmill holidays. Each property listed has full details on the accommodation provided including local amenities, images and in some case room plans. Once you've made a decision, you get in touch with the property owner direct regarding availability and bookings.

January 2014