Destinations

Original and unusual places to stay

Unusual accommodation
Photos by flickr users (clockwise from top left): John Picken, Duncan, amandabhslater, Martin Pettitt, SnapshotsofthePast, Mr ATM.

Who said that holiday accommodation must be a hotel, hostel or a guest house?? There are some incredibly original and unusual places to stay in United Kingdom. We would like to present you just a few of them. 

If you are anywhere near Brandford on Avon near Bath, you might want to visit a historic windmill, which is now run by Peter and Priscilla Roberts as a cozy B & B. This eccentric landmark is hidden away amongst the trees on the side of the hill above the town.  The medieval building is worth seeing not only from the outside (pointed gothic windows and the stone tower with stone tiled roof), but also from the inside, where one can admire a great view over the surrounding area.

If you would like to see other mills converted into accommodation facilities head to Cley-next-the-sea, Holt, Norfolk to visit an 18th century clay windmill. It has offered a self catered retreat for guests looking for something original since 1921. This unique building and has one of the highest occupancy rates of any guesthouse in England, achieving 99% in August and averaging 84% for the rest of the year. It was featured in a film ‘Conspirator’ (1949) with Elizabeth Taylor and has been a used as a tv series setting for various shows.

For those looking for a divine accommodation there is ‘Parrandier’, the Old Church of Urquhart in Bonnie Scotland. This amazing ensemble of buildings from 1843 has been carefully restored and renovated with a focus on preserving the special character and features of the abbey, cloisters and the 70 ft tower. Inside, Spartan conditions have been turned into luxurious and comfortable apartments with great public areas.

The Gothic Temple in Stowe, Buckinghamshire offers self catering accommodation for up to 4 people. It was built in 1741 by British architect James Gibbs ‘to the Liberty of our Ancestors’ and it is gives guests an opportunity to admire its original architectural features like circular rooms, majestic ceilings with intricate paintwork and breathtaking panoramic views of the famous grounds from the stone belvedere. It also has one of the finest landscape gardens in the world.

Another unusual place to stay is a cliff-edge lighthouse 2 miles from the historic Victorian town Llandudno, Wales. It’s situated within the Great Orme Country Park and was built in a fortress-like style by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company in 1862. The material used was mostly dressed limestone and vast bulks of Canadian pitch pine. The lighthouse was working until March 22nd 1985 when the optics was removed. One of the most impressing rooms is the Keeper’s Hall, which has a unique 19ft pitch pine panelling and gallery. From the dining room guests can look down over a 360ft vertical drop and admire drastic sea-views.

Views over miles of wide, open landscape can be also seen from a Appelton Water Tower in Sandringham, Norfolk. Designed by Robert Rawlinson to provide a reliable and clean water supply for Sandringham residence, the tower was built in 1877-1878. This Victorian construction is a rare example of a well preserved functional building of a high quality. The Tower can provide a self-catering accommodation for up to 4 people (in 2 bedrooms) and is run by the Landmark Trust.

photos (clockwise from top left): John Picken, Duncan, amandabhslater, Martin Pettitt, SnapshotsofthePast, Mr ATM.