Quirky Airbnb stays in Oxfordshire, including Chipping Norton Barn and Oxford Alpaca Shed

It’s probably been a while since most people’s vacation – so when you go, why settle for an ordinary place?

Oxfordshire is full of quirky places to stay, many of which are hosted on second-best home-sharing website Airbnb.

These include converted barns, shepherds huts on wheels, and wooden lodges with hot tubs, many of which are tastefully decorated with unique artwork.

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See below for a selection of the great ones, then visit Airbnb to check when they’ll be available for booking.

Character Barn in Clanfield

From the outside this annex wouldn’t look out of place in a Haven holiday park – but inside it’s a different story.

It features aged wooden beams that look like they came from a medieval cottage, as well as furniture covered in coffee bags.

The sideboards have the character of an old wooden warship, which extends to the private wood-clad patio with fire pit.

And the whole unit is located in the scenic Cotswolds, with Bampton’s Downton Abbey just down the road.

Cabin at Radcot

This holiday home on stilts has a quirky look, with its paneled facade and aluminum fireplace. Set in a fenced garden on a farm, it has panoramic views of the Cotswold countryside.

Inside, whitewashed walls make a small space feel light and airy, while wicker furniture gives off a Hawaiian beach shack vibe.

The double bed sits in a small nook behind the wood-burning stove, reminiscent of a sailboat’s berth. It even sneaks into a shower room and a smart TV.

And an old canvas-covered truck provides a unique outdoor dining space, with a barbecue and fire pit around which to spend the evening hours.

Shepherd’s hut in Ewelme

Glamping is all the rage, and shepherd’s huts are perhaps the trendiest way to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

This marvelous venue with exposed wooden beams has patio doors to the side that open onto a pristine meadow, allowing guests to sip tea on the built-in bench and enjoy the sunset.

With its wooden worktops, Belfast sink and pastel painted units, this stylish caravan could easily have been kept in time from the fifties.

But it packs away into a bathroom with a power shower, meaning visitors don’t have to give up creature comforts to enjoy a romantic, retro getaway.

Alpaca shed in Oxford

Do you like wood? This old alpaca shed is full of them, both inside and out, but it looks like it’s had a nice scrub since the last time the cattle slept here.

Walls, floors, ceilings, storage, worktops and window shutters are all clad in the same reclaimed wood, giving the appearance of bird skin. Or a huge tea chest.

It still manages to be nice and cozy, with huge cushions and oriental rugs to keep out the cold.

Add to that a wood-burning stove and rustic light fixtures, and the guests could be pioneer settlers on the outskirts of civilization, circa 1822.

Barn at Chipping Norton

This strange place is reminiscent of a huge gray turtle, crouched at the edge of a farmer’s field. But inside, it looks like a country house with its wooden beams, brass bed knobs and heavy curtains.

Steps from Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat – setting of the hit TV series Clarkson’s Farm – it offers guests an ever-changing view of the active Oxfordshire countryside.

Set in a manicured garden, it also has a well-protected hot tub and a patio on which to have tea while watching the tractors at work.

Hut in Oxford

Stuck somewhere between Ikea and grand designsthis scandinavian-looking cottage features a striking decade that leans forward into its private garden.

The interior is clean and functional, reminiscent of a stylish budget hotel with a shower room, tasteful lighting and a huge flat screen TV.

Outside you will find a covered hot tub and a gravelled patio from which you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

And if those temptations weren’t enough, the classic country pub Abingdon Arms, with its traditional ales and outdoor pizza oven, is just a two-minute walk away.

Artists studio in Cumnor

This open-plan former painter’s studio is full of abstract artwork, injecting color into the otherwise monochromatic interior.

It has modern amenities like a washing machine alongside warm features like a large plush sofa and a wood-burning stove.

Its small bathroom is full of lush green plants to complement its stained wood surfaces and pudding of a sink, giving the space a spa-like character.

And a private outdoor space is just big enough for four people to dine on — or sip turmeric lattes while wearing big fluffy bathrobes (not provided).

Old Rectory at Fyfield

Worried about noisy neighbors on your quiet getaway? Those residing near this converted parsonage will have no problem for you, as they are not alive.

The stylish open-plan accommodation sits right next to a graveyard, making it the perfect retreat for fans of gothic literature or classic zombie films.

Her interior features high ceilings supported by hardwood frames, beneath which a light and airy space includes a Chesterfield-style sofa and dining table.

A spiral staircase next to the spacious kitchen leads up to a mezzanine, with a cozy reading nook and work space, for those not allowed to switch off, even on an unusual break in rural Oxfordshire .

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