Maybe you’re starting to get a little bored of the ordinary conveniences that come with staying in a traditional hotel, or you’re looking to branch out and experience places in a way you never have before. No matter where you’re planning to travel to, Lincolnshire isn’t short of quirky places to stay. Whether it’s spending the night in an open-air hammock village, or sleeping in a former combine harvester, you’re sure to have a trip you’ll never forget with these extraordinary places to stay.
As we continue to crave exploration in the areas where we live, and we see more and more people choosing to spend their precious holidays locally and skipping out on the all-inclusives, opting for a more rooted UK staycation instead, it’s no surprise that this growing trend comes with it a more diverse selection of unique places to stay. Experience holidays out of your comfort zone and be greeted with a wonderful world of eclectic and unusual accommodations.
By their very nature, these places are not always the easiest to find, a lot being ‘off the beaten track’ but with the help of some local experts, we’re bringing you some of the very best unique & quirky places you can stay in 2023 and beyond to take your city break or countryside retreat in Lincolnshire to the next level.
With many places offering last-minute availability for the 2023 summer holidays, now is the perfect time to book an unforgettable quirky holiday.
There are few better places to start, not just in Lincolnshire, but in the whole of the UK when it comes to unusual places to stay than the site of RAF Wainfleet. In fact, this place is so unusual that it was featured in the BBC TV Show ‘My Unique B&B’ in 2022 where Kaleb the Combine Harvester became somewhat of a celebrity in his own right. Having worked his life as an impressive piece of agricultural kit, Kaleb chose to hang up his farming boots in a completely unique way and he now sits proudly at RAF Wainfleet welcoming visitors to sleep inside his quaint converted interiors.
Historically, RAF Wainfleet was used as an old training ground for the legendary Dambusters but as the site ended its military use in 2010, it has now been preserved to offer remarkable holiday stays making use of its impressive wartime heritage. Located at this former RAF Base is The Tower. As the first thing you see from far and wide, The Tower was used as a bombing range control tower and now, the converted structure offers stunning views of Lincolnshire’s countryside and coastal region. The Tower and immediate above-ground bunkers can provide accommodation for up to 22 people, and at the top of the 5-story space, the iconic glass room offers beautiful 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. Located right on the seafront, just 15 miles north along the coast from Boston, it’s a peaceful spot to use as a base to explore Boston and Lincolnshire’s coastal towns.
There are also quite a few other quirky accommodation options to choose from at RAF Wainfleet. Their impressive roster includes an ex-military tank, RAF Jetstream, Lynx Military Helicopter and RAF Bunkers all of which are unlike anything you are likely to stay in anywhere across the UK. For unforgettable family-friendly trips or quirky heritage experiences, there’s no surprise that RAF Wainfleet makes it to the top of the list.
Shrouded in entrepreneurial spirit, The Big Sky Hideaway is a peaceful nature retreat, tucked away in a hidden part of the Lincolnshire countryside. With eco-tourism in mind, the site is built mostly using up-cycled and sustainable materials, powered by renewable energy, and kept eco-friendly with compost toilets. With a true passion for making the great outdoors accessible to everyone, the drive of the team behind The Big Sky Hideaway is a true testament to the site’s ongoing successes. The main aim is to create a countryside escape where people can create lasting memories and be comfortable to take a step back and truly enjoy the beauty of nature. The forward-thinking approach to nature retreats and outdoor tranquillity brings with it some truly unique places to sleep.
Escape into the countryside and be transported in a uniquely American school bus, completely converted with a stylish interior which offers accommodation for up to six people. Located in a private corner of the site with its own garden, seating area and firepit, this quirky ‘back to school’ accommodation option is great for private groups. Keeping on the theme of buses, the site also offers the YESBUS! A huge out-of-service double decker bus with wood burner fire, fully fitted kitchen and comfy double beds. The YesBus is also right next to the friendly Big Sky alpacas, waiting to welcome you to the site.
On the simpler side of natural stays, the Hobbit Hole, nestled into a woodland hollow is a truly unique cosy treasure chest tucked away out of sight. This pod has enough space to sleep one person, with a single bed inside and unusual aesthetics you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings franchise, this one is sure to immerse you into a world of fantasy as you call this tiny house a home.
With a range of shepherd’s huts, landpods, glamping tents, hammock village, and a sky tent where you can gaze up at the stars in the night sky, there’s plenty of variety at The Big Sky Hideaway to suit any nature retreat.
This holiday resort complex offers multiple luxury camping pods, lakeside log cabins, and a treehouse, situated on the outskirts of Boston near the village of Old Leake. Nestled on a peaceful lakeside in the open Fenland, this is an ideal setting for a romantic retreat or relaxing rural getaway. There are three on-site fishing lakes to enjoy, whether you’re fond of fishing or just prefer a relaxing break, these cabins are the perfect luxury escape into the countryside.
The Treehouse overlooking one of the lakes features a private outdoor area, a fire pit, and a private fishing platform.
For a laid-back rural escape, Lakeview Lodges offers the perfect place for it.
Located in the idyllic town of Woodhall Spa, just 30 minutes north of Boston, the Treetop Hideaways offer unique treehouse stays set amongst beautiful woodland. Each treehouse brings with it its own unique character, from the Owl Box to the Cuckoo’s Nest, the designs offer a harmonious blend of rural charm and modern comfort, all tucked away in a lush and tranquil forest. Inside each treehouse, you’ll discover a cosy and inviting space with elegant décor and modern amenities. The true magic of these Treetop Hideaways is the stunning outdoor spaces that surround it, set in 17 acres of natural woodland, stepping onto the treehouse balcony greets you with unbeatable views of the surrounding forest. Bask in the gentle morning sunlight or unwind in the evenings, taking in the peaceful nature of the surroundings. Most of the treehouses offer accommodation for two guests. With an aim to preserve the natural environment, the luxury accommodations at the Treetop Hideaways are powered by renewable wind energy and the treehouses are built from locally sourced wood using a method that causes minimal disruption to the ground below. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding woodland. Woodhall Spa bike hire can also deliver bikes right to your treehouse, making your exploration of the Lincolnshire countryside even more rewarding.
Take an escape into nature with the Treetop Hideaways.
When it comes to rural simplicity, New Farm Holidays offers a woodland retreat perfect for family getaways. Sometimes you just can’t beat a simple camping pod nestled in a beautiful woodland hideaway, and that’s exactly what New Farm Holidays provides. For a stress-free camping experience, the wooden camping pods are tastefully decorated to give you an experience of total immersion in nature whilst having the comfort of modern on-site amenities. Run by a dedicated family of farmers, with a passion and energy for camping and caravanning, this can be felt throughout their first-class facilities. The site also offers glamping bell tents, and what makes this place totally unique is its tent delivery service of grazing boards, stacked with sweet and savoury treats and local produce – so you don’t even have to pack your own picnic!
Taking you a little away from Boston to Stamford, a charming rural market town with a prestigious reputation. Located just under an hour away from Boston, Stamford is well worth a visit and what better way to do that than by staying in a Little Cider Hut? Dotted throughout a picturesque wildflower meadow, these charming little huts are perfect for romantic getaways and exude authentic country charm with their impressive décor and traditional vineyard style sensibilities. Meticulously designed to ooze class and luxury, these bespoke huts are perfect for an indulgent stay, and as a base to explore Lincolnshire’s rural countryside are unrivalled, particularly in the south of the county.
Whilst this may be slightly less unusual than some of the other quirky accommodation options, there’s something truly magical about spending the night in a Grade II listed building. The Old Kings Head - This recently refurbished property, restored as a Heritage Lincolnshire project with National Lottery funding is now a heritage attraction in its own right. The building was constructed in the 16th century and for most of its time was used as an Inn for the small village of Kirton just a couple of miles south of Boston. The Inn was the heart of the village for over 400 years, so having the building open to the public and restored in a tasteful way gives an impressive opportunity to enjoy this rare example of architectural style which is hard to come across anywhere else. With nine well-kept rooms to choose from and an on-site café and restaurant serving a local selection of mains and breakfasts, it’s easy to see why The Old Kings Head would give you a stay to remember.
Just 15 miles from Boston in Spalding, a campsite has transformed a couple of hundred-year-old Railway Goods Wagons into luxury glamping accommodations. Disused since the 1960s, these railway wagons had been left to rust for over 50 years but with an impressive restoration job, these goods carriages are now fully functioning quirky spots to have a good night’s sleep. Renovated with as many of the original features intact as possible, stays in these wagons are completely unique and unlike anything you will find anywhere else. These unique ‘mini hotels’ would make for a perfect base to explore the south of The Wash, with a visit to Moulton Marsh Nature Reserve just 10 miles away.
The site also offers regular camping pitches and glamping safari tents for a more traditional countryside retreat.
Finding the right place to stay is not always an easy task. But hopefully, with a bit of inspiration, you can find the perfect quirky accommodation in Lincolnshire that you won’t soon forget.