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There is no shortage of places to stay in Wales, but for those who prefer to ditch the caravans or luxury hotels and find something quirky or edgy, it can be a little harder to uncover the top picks.

Luckily, I’ve taken the hard work out of it for you and pulled together this list of unusual places to stay in Wales, including lighthouses, buses, castles, a library, and even a spaceship. Let’s delve right in.

1. The JetStar

Location: Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Best for: Instagram-loving jetsetters

  • Converted private jet
  • Xbox 360 with flight games that can be played from the cockpit
  • Communal BBQ and seating area

Join the celebrities snapping pictures on their private planes, by staying in your own private jet in Pembrokeshire! This property is the perfect space for Insta-friendly images of a quirky break.

The property sleeps four people in total, and children are welcome. There is a double bedroom at the back of the plane, a small single bed behind the cockpit, and a leather sofa which can be used as a sofa bed.

The jet comes with a small kitchen area, bluetooth CD player, and even an Xbox 360 in the cockpit, allowing you to play flight games like a real pilot. There is also an outdoor BBQ and seating area which is shared with others onsite.

Pets aren’t allowed as it is a small space, and also to help keep the interior allergen-free.


2. Hare’s View Hobbit House

Location: Rhayader, Powys, Mid Wales

Best for: A special occasion

  • Sleeps 6 people
  • Hot tub
  • Pets welcome

Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or not, there’s no denying that staying in a Hobbit house in Wales will be a lot of fun. Luckily there are plenty to choose from, but my favourite is Hare’s View, a beautiful home built into the hills in Mid-Wales.

The unique property has round windows streaming light into the well-equipped interior where you’ll find a cosy bed along with with Wifi, Smart TV, a well-stocked kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower. Outside, you’ll also fin a hot tub with stunning countryside views, perfect for those chilly evenings.

Pets are welcome (up to two dogs)and you can even order a food Hamper from the hosts in advance of your stay, which includes lovely treats for a special occasion, or just to enjoy when you arrive.


3. Gladstone’s Library

Location: Flintshire, North Wales

Best for: Book lovers in need of some calm 

  • The UK’s only residential library
  • Free Wifi
  • Over 150,000 items onsite

Stay in the UK’s only residential library, with 26 bedrooms packed with character. All rooms come with a private bathroom and free Wifi. There is no TV, which helps to preserve some calm to help you enjoy your favourite book, though there is a radio included.

The Library has won several TripAdvisor awards over the years for its quality of accommodation, and it has over 150,000 items onsite for you to explore.

24 of the 26 rooms are on the first and second floors, and there is no lift on site, so this may not be suitable for all guests.


4. Cliff Camping Portaledge

Location: Anglesey, North Wales

Best for: Thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies

  • Cliff-face ledge
  • Overlooking the sea
  • Featured on Netflix

Nervous of heights? Best to look away (don’t look down!) now – Cliff Camping provides one of the most unique ways to stay in Wales overnight. A ‘portaledge’ is simply a ledge on the side of a cliff over the sea, providing an exhilarating spot to stay overnight. 

Clearly there are no home comforts here, including any toilet facilities – this is literally a ledge on a cliff face – but there are a number of pubs locally and a 24hrs truckers stop around a ten minute drive away. The portaledge experience has made a number of media appearances, and was featured on the Netflix show ‘Jack Whitehall – Travels with my Father’

The weight allowed on the ledge is 190kg (30 stone), and providing you total less than that weight, two people can stay at this magical cliff location. The climb to the spot is regarded as quite easy, but you do need to be relatively fit to climb up and down from the ledge.


5. Isla Windmill

Location: Anglesey, North Wales

Best for: A luxurious break for families 

  • Panoramic views over the Menai Strait
  • Spiral staircase
  • Sleeps up to four guests

This delightfully converted windmill offers a fantastic pet-friendly space with some very special touches. A luxury hamper of Welsh produce will greet you on arrival, and a spiral staircase will take you past the previous inner workings of the lighthouse to take you to the living space.

The Windmill is well located, offering views across the Menai Strait and over Snowdonia National Park. There are two bedrooms onsite, a bathroom and a nicely kitted-out kitchen, including an espresso machine and mini food processor. Wifi and a Smart TV is included in the living area, and a hot tub and electric car charging point are located outside the property.

The conversion has retained the character of the Windmill, but it has seriously upgraded the standards, offering a luxurious break in an unforgettable location. As all rooms are accessed by a central spiral staircase, accessibility may be a challenge for some guests.


6. The Flying Saucer

Location: Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Best for: An out of this world break for two sci-fi fans

  • 360-view of the site
  • Electric remote control retracting stairs and door
  • Stargazing dome

This outstanding space looks like it has just landed in a Pembrokeshire field from a 1960s B-Movie. The flying saucer is all a sci-fi fan can hope for – electric retracting stairs and sliding doors will welcome you into the property, and a smoke machine can even be requested to make your entrance really out of this world.

Four people can stay at the property, and well-behaved dogs are welcome. A small basic kitchen is inside the flying saucer (including kettle and microwave), and a communal BBQ and other cooking facilities are available on the site outside the property. The flying saucer is well located near the seaside resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot.

There is no shower or bath within the accommodation, but there is a communal shower block with heated showers a short walk away.


6. Big Daf Army Truck 

Location: Monmouthshire, South Wales 

Best for: Families with military-mad kids

  • Renovated ex-Army truck
  • Sleeps four guests
  • Under-cover Hot tub included in garden area

This beastly piece of ex-military equipment has been converted into living quarters, offering bunk beds, a cooking area and even a bathroom. The truck is situated in 5 acres of rural land within Monmouthshire, offering peaceful views over the countryside. 

As well as the interior, guests have access to an outdoor area which includes a wood-fuelled hot tub, and dining area with charcoal BBQ. The truck certainly packs a punch, and is as well equipped as any fancy motorhome or caravan you might find. 

Children are welcome, and it could be the ideal holiday break for anyone with children who like to play with Army toys.


8. Capel Cartref

Location: Swansea, South Wales

Best for: Large groups or families exploring the area.

  • Decked terrace overlooking river
  • Sleeps up to ten guests
  • Pet friendly

The beautiful Capel Cartref is a converted chapel located in the Swansea Valleys, offering accommodation for up to ten guests in its five bedrooms.

The former chapel maintains the previous exterior which has been lovingly restored, as well as many of the internal features, from vaulted ceilings to arched windows. The property has a fully-fitted kitchen and large wet room, along with a large screen TV and Wifi. You will also find two BBQs, garden furniture and a veranda outside of the property, overlooking the River Twrch.

It is well placed to explore the area, from the beaches of Swansea, to the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is recommended that you have a car to explore the area, as public transport is very limited. Dogs are allowed to stay at the property, but must be supervised and are only allowed in the downstairs area. 


9. Earth Conker

Location: Powys, Mid Wales

Best for: An off-grid escape for two

  • Fully sustainable pod
  • Terrace area with fire pit and outdoor kitchen
  • Off-grid experience 

These stunning copper coloured conkers were designed by an aerospace engineer to provide a sustainable living experience within a private conservation area in the Welsh countryside. They sleep two people, and each conker has its own terrace, providing a toilet, shower and outdoor kitchen. 

Each has a clever heating system built in, making it suitable for year-round stays, and a wonderful bright interior. The views are wonderful from the private deck, it’s the perfect place for a glass of wine or a relaxing book, away from the rat race.

This is a real off-grid experience, and it means that a mobile phone signal is intermittent, and the nearest shop is around a ten minute drive away. You will receive milk, tea and Welsh cakes on arrival, which is a really nice welcoming touch.


10. Double Decker Bus

Location: Carmarthenshire, South Wales

  • Sleeps four people
  • Free Wifi
  • Outdoor terrace

Best for: Families and larger groups holidaying together

This lovely 1964 Leyland Bus sleeps six people and offers a fully-fitted kitchen and dining area, along with a comfy sleeping space and outdoor terrace. It is located on a camping site within the Llandysul area of Carmarthenshire.

There is central heating included in the bus, and each of the two bedrooms has its own toilet ensuite. Free Wifi is offered, and the wider campsite also includes a children’s playground and other facilities – great for younger children.

If sleeping in a bus isn’t your scene, or you are looking for a space which sleeps more than four people, there are also Yurts and other properties onsite.


11. Haven Pod 

Location: Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Best for: Water-loving couples or small families

  • Floating pod
  • Made from ethically sourced balau and cedar wood
  • Sleeps two adults and two children

The eco-friendly floating Haven Pods are located in Neyland Yacht Haven, giving you the opportunity to stay on a beautiful harbour. The pods are built from ethically sourced materials, and offer different accommodation options depending on group size, with the larger able to sleep two adults and two children.

The pods include everything you might need, from a kitchenette, central heating, Wifi and a TV. A welcome hamper can be requested for an additional cost which is a really nice touch, it includes Welsh chocolates, truffles and more, and can even be personalised for a special occasion.

There is no bathroom within the pod, but there are showers and toilet facilities in the main building, a short walk away.


12. Dragon’s Eye

Location: Aberaeron, West Wales

  • Hot tub overlooking a lake
  • Pizza oven
  • Large circular rotating bed

Best for: Couples looking for something different 

This stunning cabin, based on a family farm, was the winner of the ‘Cabins in the Wild’ TV series. It sleeps two people, and offers some amazing features in a compact space, from a rotating circular bed, to an outdoor hot tub and pizza oven.

The cabin has a games room and lake nearby, and some of the facilities (including the hot tub) are shared with others, but can be booked for sole use. The floor to ceiling windows arc like the eye of a dragon in the field, offering a huge amount of light into the cabin, and a great view out.

There is one bedroom, a bathroom and a small kitchenette area inside the cabin, but it’s outside where the magic happens: the cabin overlooks a beautiful lake which can be used for canoeing and even trout fishing.

The accommodation isn’t suitable for children, and there are no blinds or curtains on the main window, which some people may not like.


13. Berwyn Stationmaster’s House

Location: Denbighshire, North Wales 

Best for: Travelling train enthusiasts

  • Grade II-listed building
  • Views over the River Dee 
  • Complimentary train tickets for Llangollen railway for the length of your stay

Berwyn Stationmaster’s House is a fantastic trip for any fans of rail travel and trains in general. The property, as the former Stationmaster’s, is literally next to the tracks, and complimentary train tickets are included within the cost for the length of your stay.

The Grade II-listed property has been refurbished from top to bottom, offering three bedrooms, two bathrooms (plus an ensuite), and a comfortable dining and living area, including Satellite TV and a wood-burning fire. 

The property offers wonderful views over the nearby railtrack and River Dee, and it is well placed to explore Llangollen and beyond. There is even a pub just 50 yards from the property for a hearty dinner, or a swift pint.

It is a very popular location, and key dates may be booked some time in advance, so plan ahead and get your tickets – all aboard! 


14. Red Kite Tree Tent

Location: Powys, Mid Wales

  • Suspended tree tents in private woodland
  • As seen on TV
  • Fire pit and outdoor kitchen 

Best for: A quirky off-grid break

Take your glamping to new heights with these suspended tree tents, as featured on ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ TV show. 

These round tents are an engineering masterpiece. They are each set in their own area of private woodland, and come with an outdoor kitchen and shower with hot water, with a comfortable bed and wood burning stove inside each space.

You will not be able to get a phone signal onsite, and shops are around ten minutes away by car, so stock up and switch off from the outside world, to fully enjoy this unique treetop experience.


15. Brynkir Tower

Location: Llandudno, Mid Wales

Best for: A fairy-tale romantic break

  • Gothic tower folly
  • Roll-top bath
  • Pets allowed

Brynkir Tower is straight out of a fairy-tale. You will feel like royalty as you enter the Gothic tower, and walk up the central spiral staircase which leads to the rooms. 

As well as two bedrooms, a bathroom and sitting room, there is a kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, and there are some fancy features throughout the property, including a roll-top bath and a wood-burning fire.

There is no Wifi included at the property, and the accommodation will not be suitable to anyone with limited mobility, due to the access through the staircase. Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a lead outside of the property due to the rural location.


16. Woodland Roundhouse Hobbit Home 

Location: Gwynedd, North Wales 

Best for: Families with young children

  • Based in 40 acres of woodland
  • Pets allowed
  • Indoor fireplace

Looking like something straight out of a Tolkein novel, the Hobbit Home is tucked away amongst the trees within 40 acres of woodland. The property can sleep 5 guests with 3 bedrooms, so it’s perfect as a quirky getaway for a family. 

The property is based on a farm, and guests are able to explore the surroundings, feed lambs and even have a little dip in the streams and lakes onsite. Whilst pets are welcome, dogs must be kept on a lead outside the property due to the other animals on the farm.

There is a little bit of a walk from the property to the car parking space (around 300m), so be prepared for this when unpacking.


17. Redwood Retreat Dome

Location: Powys, Mid Wales

Best for: Eco-conscious couples wanting to unwind

  • Solar panels and natural water source
  • Wood-fired hot tub
  • Kitchenette included 

Redwood Retreat offers two off-grid domes to switch off from the chaos of modern life. Embrace the outdoors with the wood-fired hot tub, and relax in the beautiful green surroundings. 

Each dome is powered by solar panels, with access to a natural water source. Bathrooms are not included in the domes, and are instead a short walk away. A kitchenette is included, with a gas cooker, fridge, and sink with hot and cold water.

There is a private wood-powered hot tub for each dome, and on arrival you will find a welcome pack with tea, coffee, milk and homebaked Welsh cakes in the kitchen – a really nice touch.

The domes include a comfy king size bed, and spectacular views from the main windows built into the structure. Whilst it may not have comforts like Wifi or TVs, it is a great chance to relax and embrace an off-grid lifestyle.


18. The Welsh Gatehouse

Location: Chepstow, South Wales

Best for: A romantic break in a historical building

  • One bedroom
  • Free Wifi
  • Sun terrace with BBQ

There are a surprising number of castles in Wales that you can stay in, so it’s only right that we include a couple here. The Gatehouse is a Grade II* listed building, dating back over 700 years. The property looks like a combination of a manor house and a castle, with the two towers of the building guaranteed to make you feel like royalty.

Inside the Gatehouse you will find a fully-fitted kitchen, a flat-screen TV and the usual mod cons you would expect. This is complemented by thick stone walls, huge wooden doors, and a wood-burning stove, giving the property an authentic feel. Outside the property, a BBQ and sun terrace would make a lovely spot to relax, and enjoy the beautifully-kept gardens.

Entrance is via a steep staircase with a rope handrail, which might not be suitable for everyone.


19. Treberfedd Farm Eco Cabins

Location: Lampeter, South Wales

Best for: A sustainable holiday in a luxurious glamping setting

My final quirky place to stay in Wales is Treberfedd Farm where there are several unique options onsite, but most notably their Eco Cabins, named Saffir and Aerona.

The two Cabins have been built from natural materials, and are powered by green electricity. The interiors offer panoramic views, wood-burning fires, and designer interiors which add some serious luxury. If you are looking to get back to nature by glamping and not camping, this may be the option for you!

Both properties have been dug into the hillside, and are a unique build and design. It means that they are cosy in the winter, cool in the summer, and even include Swedish wood-fired hot tubs outside (powered by homegrown firewood on the farm).

Space is a premium in cabins like these, but a king size bed and bunk beds are included, meaning it could be a great option for any small family. 


Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.