The Very Best Vintage Getaways
Dawn Crawford from Host Unusual picks the perfect UK getaways for vintage lovers, from 1920s seaside houses to 1960s railway carriages! For more unusual places to stay, including vintage and retro properties, visit Host Unusual: www.hostunusual.co.uk.
The Vintage House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Wind your clock back to the 1920s for a stay at The Vintage House in the popular coastal town of Aldeburgh – an absolute must for holidaymakers who appreciate the atmosphere of times past!
Sleeping four in total, the perfectly preserved Vintage House is the ultimate late-1920s time capsule. It even features the house’s original furniture – bought in 1928 and now lovingly restored for modern-day guests.
Learn more about the fascinating history of the Vintage House in the Newsom Room – an upstairs room complete with photographs, memorabilia and fascinating insights into the lives of the original owners, the Newsoms.
There are further reminders of The Vintage House’s past throughout, including the original range cooker and hot water boiler in the kitchen. However, you needn’t worry about missing your modern comforts; you’ll find central heating, a TV and DVD player, and even Wi-Fi seamlessly integrated in this beautiful building.
To make your stay truly unforgettable, spend some time exploring charming Aldeburgh, with a stroll along the golden sands, a taste of fresh fish from the array of beachside huts, and a browse through the famous Aldeburgh Bookshop.
The Mission, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
A delightfully quirky ‘tin tabernacle’ on the Isle of Wight, The Mission makes for a totally unique holiday for up to eight vintage lovers.
Bursting with vintage style and eccentric living spaces, you’ll be amazed at the incredible 50s, 60s, and 70s kitsch chic on display – all wrapped up in this former 19th century chapel.
What makes The Mission particularly special is how this vibrant conversion has remained true to the building’s traditions. After all, there aren’t many places you’ll find a luxurious bath that was originally a baptismal font!
When it comes to getting some heavenly rest at The Mission, will you opt for a funky double room on the mezzanine floor or the Sunday School annexe with its double/twin room and fun bunk room? Wherever you choose, you’ll need that rest after days spent walking the fantastic coastline and lush countryside surrounding The Mission.
Relax back in the enormous living space with its abundance of plush, retro furnishings, along with the hugest wood-burning stove you’ve ever seen, or why not watch the sun set from your decked courtyard while the children discover the enchanted tree seat and colourful summerhouse in the wilderness garden? Pure heaven!
Sound of Harris, Isle of Harris, Scotland
Located on the beautiful Isle of Harris, Sound of Harris encompasses two stunning, adjoined homes – the Big House and the aptly named Other House! It’s easy to see how Sound of Harris won a 2016 Outer Hebrides Design Award; those incredible rooms and the panoramic views they feature really are something else.
Whichever home you choose to stay in, you’ll be treated to a smorgasbord of incredible mid-century furniture – all carefully sourced and restored to its original glory. With a collection including pieces from celebrated British designers R.W. Toothill, Elliots of Newbury and Guy Rogers, you’ll find everything comes together to create a comfortable, modernist vibe. And, where else can you relax back in gorgeous vintage furniture overlooking The Sound, taking the opportunity to spot porpoises, dolphins, seals and otters from your window?
There’s much more to explore on the Isle of Harris too, including an excellent selection of art galleries and craft shops – and be sure to take some Harris Tweed home with you.
Swallow’s Flight Airstream, Chillington, Devon
Head on down to Devon for a family holiday with a retro twist, with a stay in a 1958 Airstream caravan at Swallow’s Flight!
Sleeping two adults and up to four children, this shimmering Airstream has been carefully restored to produce an authentic recreation of 50s Americana. You’ll find everything you need for an unforgettable self-catering stay on board, including a custom-built galley kitchen and a flushing toilet and shower room.
If you do need a little more space, check out the shared facilities at Swallow’s Flight. These include The Granary Barn (with a freezer stocked with irresistible Salcombe Dairy ice cream!) and a private rooftop hot tub. Do holidays get any better than this?!
Guests are also welcome to explore the large garden at this working farm, as well as open fields and woodland. Add a campfire, marshmallows and a round of ‘Ging Gang Goolie’ and you have the perfect recipe for happy memories with the kids.
There’s also the rest of stunning South Devon to explore during your stay. Highlights include Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Totnes – all just 20-30 minutes by car from Swallow’s Flight.
Filter House, Ladock, Cornwall
Check out this former waterworks bursting with art deco character, set in the quiet rural haven of the Cornish village of Ladock.
Located on the edge of a tree-lined quarry lake, the Filter House is a hidden gem, offering spectacular accommodation for up to six and an homage to the glamour of the 1930s behind that sunburst glass front door.
Although the building itself dates back to 1954, every fixture and fitting inside has been carefully selected to send you even further back in time – including art deco artwork in the music room, antique Chesterfields in the lounge, and an original 1930s bathroom suite, pretty in pink! The three bedrooms continue the art deco theme, featuring authentic period pieces that include walnut wardrobes and exquisite 1930s dressing tables.
The Filter House also offers a large, peaceful garden – perfect for soaking up that gorgeous southwest sunshine. Popular Truro is less than 10 miles away (great for foodies!) and, given The Filter House’s central Cornwall location, you’re also perfectly positioned for exploring the whole of this stunning county from north to south.
The Old Station Allerston, Pickering, North Yorkshire
All aboard! Live the first-class life at The Old Station, where three incredible 1960s railway carriages await at the edge of the Yorkshire Moors.
The Old Station Allerston served passengers on the Forge Valley Line until 1950, but is now home to a trio of beautifully preserved and converted First Class Corridor carriages, each one providing self-catering accommodation for up to six people.
Climb on board for a journey back in time as you marvel at the restored exteriors (in LNER tourist class green and cream) and indulge in the ingeniously converted interiors. Discover bedrooms where former seating compartments used to be and revel in the incredible wood panelling and mid-century-style furniture that create an air of 60s sophistication.
With two acres of grounds for children to let off steam, The Old Station is an idyllic stop for families, while its perfect location in Allerston is ideal for exploring the rural haven of Ryedale. Hire bikes for a discovery of the Vale of Pickering or Dalby Forest, or, with Scarborough just 12 miles away, change your scene from countryside to coastline in under half an hour!