18 unusual Sussex places you can hire for your staycation

From April 12, if all the data says it is ok, we should be able to enjoy staying in self-catered accommodation in the UK.

Friday, 26th February 2021, 2:46 pm
One of the properties you can stay in at Blackberry Wood

With this in mind we have rounded up 18 quirky places you can stay in right here in beautiful Sussex. All the places feature on Host Unusual - a website that brings together some of the most extraordinary hidden gems in the UK, and around the world, to make your holiday memorable. You can see more by visiting hostunusual.com

This beachfront villa incorporates two 19th-century Stroudley railway carriages in its design and was named in The Times' list of '50 best cabins, cottages and castles'.
These unique shelters are set in a meadow rich in biodiversity and wildlife, surrounded by ancient woodland. Each visitor receives an Escapee Handbook packed with hints and tips on campsite life; spotting wildlife; awakening the senses to outdoor life, and a useful map of the local area.
Once the Shooting Lodge for Sussex's famed Ashburnham Estate, the Shooting Box Tower sleeps up to eight guests in idyllic comfort, with magnificent views from the top that lead your gaze over fields and woodland.
Set on a 40-acre Sussex farm, run purely for conservation and biodiversity. This stay is secluded across a rustic bridge, in the heart of enchanting woodland and its bespoke-design offers off-grid comfort.
Originally constructed in 1940 by Great Western Railway, the charming carriage has been beautifully converted in clean-lined vintage style, and is set within Northiam Steam Railway Station, a working station on the Kent and East Sussex steam railway line.
Designed by the prolific Patrick Gwynne and completed in 1970, Vista Point now stands as one of Gwynne's least altered surviving works. It can sleep up to nine guests and benefits from a large garden and pool house.
Forming part of Felpham Village's award-winning Beachcroft Hotel - which means all its deluxe facilities are at your disposal - these beach hut suites are perfect for families.
The Belle Tout Lighthouse offers a quirky bed-and-breakfast experience. Built in 1832, it has been carefully restored to offer six bedrooms with stunning views, but still retains original features to remind guests of its former purpose.
You may think you know glamping, but you haven't seen anything like Blackberry Wood near Lewes - the only place a helicopter, a London bus, a cabin and a caravan sit in the shadow of fairytale treehouses.
A whimsical woodland cabin for two, complete with hot tub and privately nestled in an East Sussex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Inside awaits an elegant space designed for comfort, with plenty of quirky additions that include upcycled lamps, and stag antlers direct from Downash Wood.
With its gently curved walls, cosy furnishings, and amazing first-floor views, you might find it hard to believe you're staying in a former grain store.
This dog-friendly retreat is formed around an authentic Victorian railway carriage and set directly on the beach.
This lovingly crafted woodland escape - complete with hot tub - is withing walking distance to Bodiam Castle and is set within the owner's vineyard.
Choose your accommodation from two spacious yurts and four cabins, all set within six acres of woodland and gardens close to the ancient Ashdown Forest. The owners are passionate about self-sufficiency, reducing their carbon footprint and sustainability.
There are two rooms available in the beautiful Station House building itself, and a further eight rooms in the authentically-converted Pullman carriages.
This family run B&B in this iconic Grade II-listed landmark is positioned on the banks of the river Tillingham.
Hand-built huts set in 200 acres of secluded Bodiam woodland, this is the perfect setting for a unique and refreshingly sustainable stay on a friendly family farm. Each Original Hut, accredited by Quality in Tourism, has been crafted from reclaimed, recycled and locally sourced materials.
A magnificent award-winning architect-designed beach house with panoramic sea views and private boardwalk to the sands. It has appeared twice on The Times' list of ‘Britain's 20 Best Beach Houses'.