There are loads of quirky places to stay in the Midlands – with many less than an hour’s drive from Birmingham.

“I’ve always loved the whole process of travel – the people, the unexpected, being on the move, the culture, the food,” says Jess Waters, founder of Quirkyaccom.com

“Adding unusual accommodation enhances your trip and makes it all the more memorable."

Whether you want a caravan with a roof garden, to sleep in a hideaway temple or to go on safari, we’ve picked 8 of the quirkiest places to stay nearby ...

The Glamping Orchard, Severne Vale, Gloucester

The Glamping Orchard, Gloucester

This 1950’s caravan featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces – because it has a roof garden.

Located on a small, family-friendly site in the heart of the Severn Vale and with views across the orchards, the Warwick Knight caravan has a cosy, hand-crafted interior with a woodburner, double bed, two cosy bunk bed pods, a well-stocked kitchen and lots of natural lighting.

The roof top is ideal for stargazing and sunbathing and there’s also a fire pit outside the caravan which can be used as a BBQ plus a private wood-fired shower and sink cabin 25 metres away and a private compost toilet is adjacent to the caravan.

Prices start from £95 per night.

There’s also a bell tent available to hire from around £70 per night.

Find out more here

A Miniature House in Warwickshire

Tiny Wood Homes in Southam, Warwickshire
Tiny Wood Homes in Southam, Warwickshire

Inspired by a desire to create miniature architecture, Tiny Wood Homes in Southam, Warwickshire offers all the comforts, proportions and appointments of a normal two bedroom house within a truly tiny footprint.

There’s a foldaway dining table for five, a living room with woodburner and stowaway sofa, well-appointed kitchen, separate shower and toilet and a master bedroom with king size double bed!

Upstairs there are three full-sized single beds arranged around a landing accessed by a fold-down staircase.

Outside, there’s a veranda with a wood-fired BBQ and a hot tub provides solace whatever the weather.

Prices start from around £100 a night. Book here

Betsy Blue Bus, Ryton, Shropshire

Betsy Blue Bus in Ryton, Shropshire
Betsy Blue Bus in Ryton, Shropshire

There’s something irresistible about Betsy Blue, perhaps it’s because it makes you think of Cliff Richard in the classic film Summer Holiday.

But, unlike in the film, this 1981 Leyland Atlanteen converted double decker bus offers a luxurious, if not slightly bonkers, stay.

The top deck has three bedrooms and downstairs there is a fully equipped kitchen, seating area with a television, woodburner and WiFi plus a relaxing outdoor hot tub to enjoy the stunning views across the Stretton Hills.

Alongside Betsy is a bathroom with shower and toilet.

Home “grown” sausages, bacon and freshly laid free range eggs can be provided.

Prices are from around £120 a night for two adults and additional guests cost around £20 per adult / £10 per child. Two night minimum stay.

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Ling Safari, Bewdley, Worcestershire

Ling Safari in Bewdley, Worcestershire
Ling Safari in Bewdley, Worcestershire

Hear the lions roar whilst you sleep safari style in a Ling Safari Tent, right opposite West Midlands Safari Park, where guests can enjoy a 20 per cent discount.

Built on wooden floors, each tent has an open plan lounge, well equipped kitchen and two double bedrooms, one with handmade African carved bed and another with a bunk bed above. The hot water shower is just outside on the deck and the toilet a few steps away. There is a woodburning stove plus lighting from battery powered hurricane lamps.

A welcome basket is included on the first night with the basics, and extras for longer stays. Hot meals can be booked at an extra cost if required. No pets, because of farm animals.

Prices start at around £100 a night off peak.

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Wolferlow Wigwams, near Clifton-upon-Teme, Worcestershire

Wolferlow Wigwams in Clifton-upon-Teme, Worcestershire
Wolferlow Wigwams in Clifton-upon-Teme, Worcestershire

At Wolferlow Wigwams you have all the benefits of camping but with some added comfort: a softer bed, fridge and a kettle for that first cup of tea in the morning. These quality wooden wigwams have plenty of character and can sleep up to four adults and one child. Outside each is a space to dine al fresco with a picnic bench and a barbecue.

The campsite has a shared kitchen with a large range cooker and all the utensils/cutlery necessary as well as a communal dining area with views. There is a shower and toilet block plus an additional toilet close to the wigwams for convenience.

A four night break for two adults costs around £120, with reductions for weekly stays.

For added luxury, there is also an en-suite wigwam with running water and microwave.

Find out more here

Porter’s Lodge, Polesworth, Warwickshire

Porter's Lodge in Polesworth, Warwickshire
Porter's Lodge in Polesworth, Warwickshire

Sleep in the medieval gatehouse at the entrance to Polesworth Abbey, which dates back to the ninth century.

These two cottages have been lovingly restored, furnished and decorated to retain their character and charm. One, which just sleeps two, features an open plan fitted kitchen, dining and sitting area with original stone fireplace and wood burner, a bedroom with exposed beams and a luxury bathroom with freestanding bath.

The other cottage, Gatehouse Croft, sleeps four.

Guests are able to visit the original porter’s office and his family’s meagre quarters to learn about its connection with William Shakespeare.

Prices start at around £85 per night.

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Coalport Station, Ironbridge, Shropshire

Coalport Station in Ironbridge, Shropshire
Coalport Station in Ironbridge, Shropshire

From the outside these carriages look like historic GWR rolling stock, but on the inside they offer the most modern luxury holiday accommodation.

Winner of Shropshire Self-catering Holiday Provider of the Year 2013/14, Coalport Station carriages include a lounge/dining kitchen with fridge/ freezer, dishwasher, washer / dryer, flat screen TV and DVD, free WiFi, air-conditioning, en-suite bedrooms and even whirlpool bathrooms with walk-in showers.

The picturesque surroundings of the river Severn provide many activities suitable for a wide range of interests.

Prices start from around £92 per night per carriage.

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Stanbrook Abbey, Callow End, Worcestershire

Stanbrook Abbey in Worcester
Stanbrook Abbey in Worcester

Once a silent order monastery, this Grade II listed abbey has been beautifully refurbished as a unique place to stay.

Famous for its afternoon tea experience, you can also wander the incredible cloisters that lead you around the venue, which is set in 22 acres of grounds.

There’s also a bar and restaurant, and you can hire the five bedroom manor house too.

Prices start at around £84.

Find out more here

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