For anyone who has a passion for history, holidays are often about visiting as many historic sites in an area as you can manage, spending your days immersed in the stories and objects of the past, but your evenings may be spent in soulless holiday homes, surrounded by bland wall prints, generic furniture and cheap, plastic objects. If you know where to look however, you can find holiday homes that recreate an authentic historic experience, making your holiday something far more memorable and enjoyable.

As someone with a passion for both history and travel, I often feel a huge sense of disappointment when walking into my holiday accommodation to discover it has no personality at all. I may spend the days exploring Tudor castles, 18th century forts or beautiful Art Deco design, but to return each evening to uninspiring, unoriginal and insipid accommodation can easily take away some of the magic.

I am always on the lookout for unusual holiday homes, and have worked my way through many a yurt, train carriage, shepherds hut or wooden shack. Having done a lot of research on vintage holiday homes, I have selected my favourites; either places I have already stayed in or will be booking to stay in as soon as I get the chance.

Victorian Era

The Prince's Carriage, Bodiam

The stunning Prince's Carriage sits in some beautiful countryside

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