This is going to be the year of domestic travel, in fact, travel trends are suggesting more people will be travelling close to home and within the UK than ever before.
So if you’re looking for unusual places to stay in Kent, unusual hotels in Kent or quirky places to stay in the surrounding area, use this list for inspiration of some of the most unique places to have a staycation this year.
You might also be interested in these unique Dorset stays.
Check out this post for more unique stays all over the UK.
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Quirky places to stay in Kent
In a rush? I’ve put all my favourite unique Airbnbs in Kent on this favourites list so you can book directly. You can read more information about them all below.
Log Cabin on the Lake
Often log cabins on a lake are associated with the lake areas of the US, but you're in luck, because now you can stay in a secluded log cabin by a lake, right here in Kent.
Just 10 minutes from Tunbridge Wells, you're close enough for convenience but staying somewhere remote enough that you can relax, enjoy nature and have a BBQ by the lake.
Little Cabin by the Lake Guesthouse
This cabin on the lake isn't quite a log cabin, but it is a quaint rustic cabin on a fishing lake, perfect for summer getawys in nature.
But don't think this is just a summmer getaway, check out the property photos to see it covered in snow and looking beautifully pictureque during winter.
If you're looking for unusual places to stay in Kent and Sussex, this is for you, as the cabin is actually located just into East Sussex.
The Lodge and Private Tennis Court
Want to experience staying in a luxury hotel but with a bit more distance from other people? This Airbnb is like a modern hunting style lodge, with wooden panelling, a log burning fire and wrought iron chandaliers, don't forget the stags head on the wallk too!
But this private location offers peaceful views from the sunny deck, tennis courts and a table tennis table in a stone farmhouse built in 1664.
Just a short way from Bedgebury Forest, you'll have plenty of fresh air and walks in the area too.
Romantic Kent getaway glamping cabins
You won't be roughing it in these luxury cabins! These stunningly decorated glamping cabins offer a romantic, secluded getaway for couples in the East Sussex countryside - another great option if you're looking for quirky places to stay in Kent and Sussex.
The site consists of two cabins, one for sleeping and another one for living space, in an enclose field that's perfect for taking your dog too.
Experience outdoor dining, a luxurious roll top bath and so much more space than you would expect from these huts.
Secluded Treehouse Getaway
If you've been dreaming of finding a treehouse hideaway Kent can offer, look no further! This stunning treehouse retreat is the ultimate unusual accommodation in Kent.
With the tree trunk bursting through the rooms and growing through the living space, you'll feel all at one with nature. Look out the window and just see endless fields and greenery, this seclusion is the perfect antidote to a busy week at work or for a romantic couples weekend break.
Tiny house living in a Herdsman Hut
This unique herdsman hut is picturesquely located in the middle of a field with the garden of England rolling in each direction.
A timber frame cabin with a log burning fire, an outdoor fire pit and a large deck to enjoy a glass of wine in the sun, this is the perfect peaceful escape in a quirky Airbnb with all the modern amenities.
Located on a farm, you really will feel at one with nature in the peace and quiet of the fields around you.
The Hide Out Hut in the woods
A luxurious shepherds cabin tucked in the woods and overlooking the coast, this open plan luxurious hut is stunning to see - just check out the photos for yourself!
With panoramic floor to ceiling windows so you feel at one with nature and a ligh airy interior, the log burner will keep you cosy along with the outdoor fire pit while you relax on the deck.
This is the ultimate unusual place to stay in the south east.
Wherever you stay, I hope you enjoy your quirky getaway!
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