Norfolk and East Anglia are often overlooked for UK holiday breaks but with travel trends suggesting a huge surge in domestic travel and staycations, now is the perfect time to see more of this beautiful part of England.
With its extensive North Norfolk coastline, the historic city of Norwich, the beautiful Norfolk Broads and so much countryside to explore, finding unusual places to stay in Norfolk and East Anglia is a great way to make your staycation even more exciting.
You might also be interested in quirky places to stay in Suffolk or unique Essex stays.
Check out this post for more unique stays all over the UK.
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Quirky Places to stay in Norfolk and East Anglia
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The Sunrise Treehouse
One of my favourite Airbnb properties in the UK because it’s such a beautiful and unique place to stay in East Anglia, but it also sleeps 6 people, so this is a great option for groups of friends wanting a weekend away together.
The owner also has other treehouses available to book so check those if this one isn’t available.
The property is located on a 21 acre estate with a pool which can be used in the warm months or a lake that can be swam in all year round! There’s also two rowing boats, a Japanese Garden and tennis court.
The treehouse is beautifully decorated, fully heated with a private terrace and BBQ, a kitchenette and living trees growing up through the floor to make you feel even more in nature.
The Rustic Railway Carriage
This stunning vintage train carriage from the mid 20th Century has been beautifully restored with luxury fittings, a full kitchen, king-sized bedroom and living space plus a bathroom with a traditional Victorian toilet!
There’s a wood-burning stove inside and outside there’s a fire pit where you can enjoy a glass of wine overlooking a beautifully peaceful lake.
The wood and metal interior is industrial but also so cosy, it’s the perfect weekend getaway to switch off and unwind in one of the most unusual places to stay East Anglia has to offer.
Luxury Lodge in the trees
This beautiful wooden lodge on a Norfolk Wildlife Trust property is definitely one of the unique places to stay in Norfolk and thanks to its size and accommodating 6 guests, it’s a great option for short breaks in East Anglia with family and friends.
The luxury features include king size beds, underfloor heating, private hot tub and spectacular views of the Norfolk countryside, not far from the coast and Sandringham.
This is the perfect place to disconnect, enjoy nature and spend quality time together.
Hand-crafted wood cabin with hot tub
This beautiful wooden cabin in the trees looks like a cabin from the US northern States rather than a cabin Airbnb in Norfolk.
With an open plan living, kitchen and dining area downstairs and space to sleep 4 in king sized beds upstairs, this is the perfect cabin to escape to but still have your home comforts.
The wood burning fire is perfect for cosy evenings, as is the private hot tub in your own woodland area. There are loads of windows to let the natural light in too and you’re not far from the beautiful North Norfolk Coast.
Brick Cottage Tiny House
This quaint cottage located in a tiny hamlet and is perfect for those who love to spend time outdoors, being so well-located close to the Broad, the Coast and many walking and cycling trails in the area.
The exposed brick cottage is decorated in a modern and tasteful way with an open living and kitchen area and one bedroom upstairs with a double bed.
A-frame Woodland Hideaway
This beautiful wooden cabin is nestled in the trees with open plan living and a stunning view of nature, wildlife and even a stone circle!
Handmade cabins with wood finishes, a full kitchen and a wood burning stove, this is the perfect luxury hideaway in the woods and perfect for family stays in Norfolk as it sleeps 4.
Riverside Barn Loft
If you’re looking for unusual places to stay in East Anglia, this gorgeous industrial and wood-style loft with a mezzanine is situated next to a flowing weir and mill pond.
The interior is beautifully rustic but with modern amenities and the mezzanine is where the bedroom is, which makes the interior of this barn totally unique.
The barn is located in a beautiful village not far from Norwich with a gastropub nearby, making this a perfect option for short breaks in East Anglia if you’re from Norwich or beyond.
The Medieval Castle Tower
Stay in a medieval tower, right in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk!
This completely unique Airbnb in Norfolk is part of the medieval town wall of Great Yarmouth and when you rent it, you’ll have complete use of all 5 floors, including a basement.
There is free parking and you’re just a short walk from Great Yarmouth’s centre, so you can enjoy the benefits of being in town but experiencing such a unusual Norfolk accommodation.
Huge Luxury Barn Conversion
If you’re looking for Holiday homes East Anglia has to offer for family getaways or Norfolk group getaways with friends, this huge modern barn sleeps 8, plus two pets!
With a massive open plan living, dining and kitchen place with beautiful exposed brick and beams, this is a great place to spend quality time with family and friends on a unique weekend break in Norfolk.
With a wood burner, two living spaces and a private garden with a BBQ which gets sun all day, this barn is the perfect opportunity to relax and have a fun break with family and friends in the east of England.
This magical treehouse for 6 people is also located on the same property I mentioned in the first listing in this article.
Located within your own private woodland area, you’re completely secluded with your own treetop walkway, balcony and stunning high ceilings and mezzanines in your treehouse hideout.
There’s a wood burning stove and central heating throughout so this is a perfect unusual Airbnb in Norfolk even in winter.
If you’re looking for unusual places to stay in Norfolk, this is the one for you!
Jacob’s Folly hut
This complete unique Airbnb in Norfolk is ideally located close to Sheringham and Holkham, plus Norwich is only 45 minutes away.
This stunning timber framed hut on wheels can sleep 6 guests and includes a wood burner in the living area and a kitchenette. The toilet and shower block is nearby. There is also an onsite heated swimming pool.
Yacht on the Broads
Of course this list of unusual places to stay in Norfolk wouldn’t be complete without a boat on the Norfolk Broads.
This luxury yacht accommodates 5 guests and is perfect to experience luxury life on the Broads. Although you cannot take the boat out, you can enjoy their deck in the sunshine and make full use of the facilities on board to have a completely unique stay with family or friends. Perfect for a relaxing weekend in the summer months!
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