You don’t have to splash out on buying a home to reap the rewards of living in some of the country’s quirkiest properties.
There are also scores of fantastically weird and wonderful rental properties across the UK – from penthouses in working clock towers to mansions with spaceship-style cinema rooms.
So, we have rounded up some of the wackiest rentals currently listed on Rightmove and they’re all pretty special.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “We have hundreds of thousands of rental properties available on Rightmove and many of them boast just as many unique quirks and charming features as anything you’d find in the buyers’ market. From flats where famous authors have stayed to big country houses with fishing lakes and golf courses, the rental market really does offer some left-field gems.”
This sprawling country estate is what happens when an adult gets to design their very own private playground, such is the extensive list of novel features on offer.
The enormous seven-bedroom property, which sits in a massive 25 acres of land, is available for £15,000 per calendar month and boasts a number of sublimely luxurious extras.
Inside, there is a sizeable swimming pool, chilled plunge pool, sauna and gym – the perfect area to host summer parties – but it’s outside where this place comes to life.
That’s because this Cheshire country manor comes complete with a Championship floodlit astroturf tennis court, fishing lake, Japanese water garden, professional constructed and manicured golf hole and a helipad.
Tenants of this beautiful home could have hours of fun outside until the sun goes down, and what’s more, you can continue festivities away from the main house in the two-bedroom housekeeper’s cottage.
But if you want to explore further, the gorgeous woodland areas are ideal spots to give your dogs a run-around.
This property is listed for rent with Jackson-Stops.
This swanky two-bedroom flat in Knightsbridge may look like all the other red brick period properties on its block, but in fact it’s hiding a rather intriguing secret.
It’s adorned with a blue plaque – denoting that someone of historical significance once lived there – and we can reveal that novelist Jane Austen called this flat home over 200 years ago.
The Pride and Prejudice author lived at Hans Place with her brother Henry between 1814 and 1815. The property is now on the market for £1,395 per week.
Located just a short stroll from Harrods and Knightsbridge tube station, the property has its own cinema room and has been cleverly designed to make the most of its 1428 sq ft of floor space.
This property is listed for rent with Plaza Estates.
Arguably one of the most impressive-looking homes in the country, this Cheshire mansion packs a real punch and boasts many of the millionaire trimmings.
The six-bedroom manor house is on the market for a cool £19,950 per calendar month, but included in the price are the services of staff who tend to the many acres of private grounds.
One of the coolest quirks is an electronically-operated glass-covered spiral staircase which leads to a hidden wine cellar under one of the stone-built orangeries.
There are also worktops cut from book matched Italian Bianco Macaubas in the kitchen, a games room, an outdoor tennis court, a climbing frame, a three-storey tree house and a swimming pool.
But it’s the tech-savvy bonuses elsewhere in the home which really impress.
The underground cinema room has been fitted with high-end theatre equipment and seating, ideal for family movie nights.
It boasts an ultra-high definition projector, a Dolby 7.1 speaker surround sound, Sky+ HD and kaleidescape, (film store and play system fully licensed for any film), but what’s more, the ceiling has been given a night sky effect to make it seem as if you’re travelling through space.
This property is listed for rent with Rockett Home Rentals.
Renters of this Portsmouth penthouse should never be late for anything whilst they live here – because the apartment is perched in the top of a giant clock tower.
The uniquely characterful property is split across two levels of the impressive tower, which is part of the former Royal Marine barracks.
The views from the many circular port-hole windows are simply stunning, with panoramic vistas across the harbour, the city skyline and the Isle of Wight visible from the property.
Meanwhile, there are a number of incredibly charming features inside, such as the original external white clockface – measuring 6’8″ in diameter – which beautifully dominates the drawing room.
Overall, the apartment has undergone a luxurious refurbishment complete with bespoke fixtures and fittings, with natural light flooding in from every angle into a cutting-edge apartment where luxury comes as standard.
But the character shines through every nook and cranny of this place, which is available to rent for £1,750 per calendar month.
There are high vaulted ceilings, a grand designer fireplace, a ‘Jester’s balcony’ and tall arched ornate coved picture surrounds.
This property is listed for rent with Fine & Country.
If you’re the sort of person who feels calm and at one with nature around water, then this beautiful Georgian mansion is for you.
That’s because this Grade II-listed, six-bedroom property, on the market for £1,375 per week, boasts three acres of stunning landscaped gardens leading down to a big fishing lake.
The residence, which once housed the Commander of the Royal Marine barracks, is steeped in local history and has recently been restored to its former glory having been left for many years in a state of disrepair.
The owner has retained and replaced many of its period features, adding a contemporary twist.
The property has been decorated in highly modern and stylish fashion, while a new Crossrail station is being built at the nearby Royal Arsenal. It will provide connections to Canary Wharf, Central London and Heathrow with 12 trains per hour.
This property is listed for rent with Fine & Country.
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