A HOLIDAY doesn’t always have to be abroad and with lockdown restrictions easing we’ve taken a look at some of the most unusual places to stay on our doorstep. 

Here are our top five quirkiest ‘staycations’ in Sussex:

The Big Green Bus, Lewes:

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Featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, this big green bus has space for six guests and even has a hot tub. 

Having been closed since January due to a small fire, the business was then hit once more by the global pandemic. 

Owner, Adam Collier-Woods said:

“Opening on the 4th July was a massive relief”. 

To follow government guidelines new procedures have been put in place by the business including deep cleaning after each guest and a self check-in  and check-out service. 

Lovingly restored and saved from destruction this quirky stay benefits from a retro interior and a log burner to keep you cosy. 

Mr Collier-Woods added: “I isolated here for the whole lockdown with my daughter and Sally the dog. 

“With the log fired hot tub in the evenings and walks through the woods it was literally perfect isolation”.

Prices start at £125 per night for this epic bus featuring two double beds and two bunk beds (all suitable for adults and children). 

For bookings visit this website.

Ditchling Cabin, West Sussex:

Described as the embodiment of “idyllic lakeside retreat” the cosy wooden Ditchling Cabin has its own private lake for you to swim, canoe and fish in. 

Located in the South Downs National Park the cabin allows you to switch off and be within the elements.

The Ditchling Cabin boasts a host of great features including a folding glass frontage, log burning stone and is only a stone’s throw to the local pub.

The South Downs is great for walking and cycling whilst this ideal location is close enough to Brighton for day trips and nights out. 

Priced at £320 per night the Ditchling Cabin sleeps four people with one king size bed and two bunks beds. 

For bookings and more information visit the website

Walk Wood Wagon, Sheffield Park:

The Argus:  Image courtesy of Walk Wood Wagon, Anthony Craddock

The Walk Wood Wagon is 50 minutes away from London Victoria and close to Brighton and the surrounding areas. 

This off-grid, refurbished wagon has outside toilets, a Swedish wood fired bath and no electricity to ensure the guests really switch off. 

Nestled amongst the bluebells in the middle of the South Downs, the Walk Wood Wagon costs £145 per night and sleeps two people. 

For more reservations go to their website

The Oakey Koakey Treehouse, Downash Wood:

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Hidden away in the secluded treetops The Oakey Koakey Treehouse is a childhood dream. 

The Scandi-inspired treehouse features a simple decor with a modern kitchen plus barbeque and fire pit. 

Close to the Bewl Water Reservoir there are plenty of activities for all the family with watersports, cycling and a variety of walking routes. 

Family-friendly, the treehouse sleeps two adults and two children for £188 per night. 

For bookings visit the Canopy and Stars website

De Etchyngham, Glottenham Castle

The Argus:

Described as offering a stylish retro glamping experience, the geodome de Etchyngham, is the ideal getaway for two. 

Glottenham is a rambling farm where guests are left to their own devices to wander the wetland, woodland and wildflower meadow. 

Going back to basics in decadent style, the geodome comprises outdoor toilets, shower and a decking with a BBQ. 

For bookings visit the Canopy and Stars website