5 unique UK hotels that provide luxury with a twist

By HarperLees

During the recent bank holidays, hundreds of flights were cancelled leaving many travellers stranded in airports across Britain. Against this backdrop, you might now be considering a staycation instead, yet hanker after something a bit more unusual.

If you do, you’ll be pleased to know there are some unique hotels around the UK that provide luxury and the unusual in equal measure. Read on to discover five you may want to consider for your holiday or a weekend break.

1. Burgh Island

If you’re a fan of all things art déco, then Burgh Island is a must for you. The hotel was built in the 1930s on a 26-acre tidal island off the South Devon coast, and has been described as staying in a real-life Jeeves and Wooster novel.

Guests can marvel at the working GPO Bakelite telephones (a necessity when you consider there’s no mobile signal on the island) and enjoy live bands and classic pre-war cocktails. Dressing up in period attire is also encouraged, with men donning a black tie two nights a week.

During your stay, you can relax in one of the luxury rooms with sea views, or make use of the tennis court or croquet lawn if you want to be more active.

2. Ty’r Onnen Treehouse

If you really want to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, you won’t go far wrong with Ty’r Onnen Treehouse. The magical off-grid treehouse is hidden away in the west Wales countryside, yet provides luxury living to include a hot shower, sumptuous king-sized bed and cosy sofa.

It offers a balcony that provides an elevated view of the wonderful surrounding scenery and is located near to towns including Aberystwyth with its seafront promenade. This means you can be as active or as chilled out as you like.

As night descends you can enjoy atmospheric skies while enjoying a glass of wine beside the fire.

3. Port Lympne hotel

If you are looking for something a bit more on the wild side, this lovely Grade-II listed hotel sitting in the heart of Kent’s Port Lympne Animal Reserve is perfect for you. The reserve is home to 700 rare and endangered species, and hotel guests can tour the reserve on a complimentary golf buggy.

The four-star boutique hotel is steeped in history, after playing host to royalty and aristocrats who stayed in it as a former mansion. Today there are 15 acres of landscaped gardens with views over the rolling Kent countryside and coast.

There are eight bedrooms as well as terraces and courtyards, plus a restaurant that uses local produce and home-grown ingredients. Profits from the accommodation goes towards the care of the reserve’s animals.

4. The Windmill

It’s hard to think of anywhere more unusual to stay than a real windmill. This Grade-II listed windmill now stands in the centre of the popular seaside resort of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, making it a perfect holiday destination if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.

While it offers bed and breakfast as opposed to full board, you can still relax in one of the two comfortable rooms that are located within the 230-year-old windmill. Both fuse the unusual with comfort, offering lounge, dining area, kitchen and bedroom with en suite bathroom set over two floors.

The top balcony apartment also provides stunning sea views, although those without a head for heights might want to opt for the larger, lower floor apartment.

5. Crazy Bear Hotel

This unique hotel must be one of Britain’s most eccentric thanks to its flamboyant, luxurious and eclectic decor.

When you arrive at the former coach house located in Stadhampton, Oxford, you are greeted by an old double-decker bus that serves as the hotel’s reception. The bizarre continues throughout thanks to many more unusual touches, which includes champagne flowing from a tap in the bar, pink padded walls and leopard-print carpet in the restaurant.

The garden has palm trees and pastiche statues, ensuring that this one-off hotel is as much fun as it is unusual. It also boasts two restaurants serving traditional British or Thai food.

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