The weirdest and most wonderful places to stay in the UK
If you’re looking for a staycation, but don’t want to stick to the rules, we’ve searched high and low to find some of the most unusual places to stay in the UK – and you won’t be disappointed.
From prison cells and windmills, to boats and forts, there’s an array of weird and wonderful places you can get away to – and you won’t even have to jump on a plane.
Take a look at what’s on offer, right at your doorstep.
A Llama farm
Love llamas? Then you could stay at the Llama’s Pyjamas bed and breakfast. Guests stay in uniquely decorated rooms inspired by South America. When you’re there you’ll even get the chance to pet and trek with llamas.
Located in Penrith, Llama’s Pyjamas is a quirky boutique bed and breakfast, featuring views over the surrounding Lake District countryside – perfect for a weekend break.
The rooms at Llama’s Pyjamas range from guest rooms, an apartment, and a holiday cottage. On entering you’ll be welcomed by deep warming colours and wooden furniture.
The thought of sleeping in a former toilet may not sound appealing, but the pun-packed named Wee Retreat in Sheringham, is much more delightful than a port-a-loo. Located on the north Norfolk coast on the seafront, the former Victorian toilet block offers some of the county’s most enviable sea views.
It was converted into a modern bolthole by its current owner, who bought the property as a gift for his wife, and the two-bedroom, two-bathroom retreat is surprisingly spacious.
For those who love the thought of flying, you could sleep in a stationary helicopter. A short break in a converted military helicopter in Lancashire is certainly one for the memory book. It might not be spacious, but inside you’ll find a flatscreen TV and a kitchen with a microwave and mini-fridge.
Guests sleep in the tail of the craft, while if you’re travelling with kids, they’ll enjoy a pull-out bunk. Unfortunately, there’s no toilet or bath in the helicopter, but guests can use the nearby toilet and shower block. Think of it like camping, but with a whole lot more excitement.
A Historic Fort
Fancy heading back in time? Why not try a getaway with a who lot of history and head to The Found in Bawdsey, Suffolk.
Set on the calm shores of the Suffolk coastline, the fort was originally built to defend Napoleonic forces in the 1800’s but these days looks more like a 5-star hotel. It’s got large, modern bedrooms, plenty of added extras like two music systems and a Nespresso machine. For those hazy summer evenings you can even sit on the dreamy roof terrace with a fire bowl. Idyllic!
If there’s a large group of you, or you want to take the whole family on a mini break they’ll never forget – how about staying in a converted windmill for the weekend? I mean, how many people can say they’ve holidayed in a windmill? Choose this unusual break and you and 12 friends can enjoy the views from the Crosby Windmill in Merseyside. The Grade II-listed building was constructed in the 1800s and recently refurbished to welcome guests.
Inside, it’s super spacious and you’ll find Ian enormous kitchen, triple height lounge and over six bedrooms. You’ll even get to visit the seaside as it’s close to the beaches and sand dunes of Crosby.
An old Train Station
All aboard! For any trainspotters out there – this is the place for you. Platform 1, Castle Howard Station is a former train station and Grade II-listed building that’s now an apartment perfect for a two night holiday.
The building, which once welcomed Queen Victoria as she arrived to take a train journey, can sleep a family of four and even comes with a welcome basket of local provisions so you can get on with exploring the beautiful scenery.
You’ll find it tucked away in the Yorkshire countryside, perfect for long walks in the afternoon and a glass of wine in the local pub in the evening.
A Prison Cell
If you thought you’d never want to end up behind bars, you might want to check this one of a kind property out. The Penny Rope Prison Cell Chamber in Margate, Kent, is a cell you will want to be locked up in as it will give you a night to remember. Hidden in the cellar of a Grade II-listed Georgian property is this little bedchamber with a realistic prison cell theme. However, rather than getting yelled at by guards, you can enjoy cosy bunk beds, a private garden and Wi-Fi.
A Bubble Dome
Bubble Domes are known for being located in Iceland, however you don’t have to travel to the other side of Europe to experience a night with nature. At Finn Lough Resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, you can stay in a beautiful nature dome, set within the woods on the banks of Lough Erne and with unrivalled views of the night sky.
You won’t go without luxury though, as there’s plenty of comfort involved, with each dome containing four-poster beds, waterfall showers, vintage record players and telescopes.
Want to take your beau on a romantic trip? You don’t have to be Jack and Rose to experience the Titanic. Stay on board Liverpool’s Titanic Boat and take a dive into one of history’s most romantic love stories. Located in Albert Dock, the apartment/boat has been specifically designed to resemble the famous Titanic ship and sleeps nine.
Once you tire of pretending to be Jack or Rose, Liverpool landmarks like The Beatles Museum and the Liverpool One shopping centre are just a short walk away.