If you are looking for somewhere unusual or unique to stay in the UK either for a short holiday or a weekend break check out these unusual places to stay.
1. The Balancing Barn in Suffolk can accommodate up to 7 people. Built by the not for profit organisation Living Architecture, with its tongue firmly in its cheek, the Balancing Barn hovers over the countryside with a glass floor feature that will keep you on your toes for the weekend. Daft and memorable and right up there in the folly category.
2. At the other end of the scale is the Appleton Water Tower in Sandringham that soars above the Norfolk countryside giving its occupants breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Accommodating 4 people this property is probably not great if you suffer from vertigo and have an aversion to stairs. But if you want to gaze down on your neighbours in nearby Sandringham like some lofty lord of the manor – this is ideal unique weekend break accommodation.
3.If you like your weekends bracing, then the Dune House right on the beach in Thorpeness Suffolk will do you and 8 others an absolute treat. Another Living Architecture initiative, the Dune House has been beautifully kitted out with just spectacular clear views directly towards the sea. And for £22 per night per person is an absolute bargain. The location and architecture pays homage to its Scandanavian design team with echoes of Nordic panoramic views and open space. Atmospheric.
4.The Cley Windmill based overlooking the salt marshes at Blakeney Point is a famous landmark that was built in the 18th Century. It has been converted to provide for a variety of holiday lettings ranging from rooms for couples or alternatively you can hire the entire building for a special party or reception with accommodation. But it is very popular and you will need to plan ahead.
5. The Hotel Pelirocco, BrightonIt could probably only be Brighton where you can book a room themed around pop subculture. This is the Hotel Pelirocco With 19 bedrooms paying homage to legendary rock idols you can check in to a bedroom of your taste – whether you want to be inspired by leopard skin heroine Diana Dors (UK’s answer to Marilyn Monroe) or are more turned on by Soviet chic – equipped no less with “roll on me rugs”, mood lighting and Russian hats. “Darlink you look so sexy wrapped in zat fake fur” This is a heck of a fun place if you are in the mood confirming Brighton as the capital of the saucy stop over. And certainly as an establishment is not shy of selling itself as the place for a dirty weekend. But this is not the world of sleaze and dirty macs – this is style and confidence bursting out of its Double D Cup bedrooms. Pride of place goes to the Playroom bedroom with mirrors on the ceiling, pole dancing area and a hot tub designed for – well more than one person at least.
One of theLandmark Trust’s unique properties is Fort Clonque situated on the Channel Isles. This is an unusual and highly memorable holiday location. If your idea of holiday heaven is for a group of you to spend a holiday by the sea with the opportunities to walk and cycle and explore the rest of the Channel Isles – this is for you. Think crashing waves, out of this world sea views every morning , history and utter originality for a holiday break for up to 13 individuals with access to isolated beaches – Fort Clonque will represent one of your most memorable holiday locations in the UK. Paradise tourist trap.
This boat-shaped seaside folly built in the 1930’s is uniquely positioned with direct access to the beautiful sweep of St Ouen’s Bay.The decor has a 1930’s theme, with walnut wooden floors and original 1930’s furniture. Two adult twin bunkrooms are located in the ‘stern’ of the property while the kitchen and bathroom adjoin the large lounge/diner. There is a double sofa bed in the ‘prow’ of the building. Double doors open onto a large terrace that overlooks the bay; the perfect location for families, surfers, ramblers and bird watchers. From £970 per week. This will float your boat.
Set on a cliff top overlooking Corbière lighthouse on Jersey’s southwest tip, the Radio Tower is a striking observation tower built during the Second World War. The Tower is over six floors and boasts a 360-degree view from the panoramic windows in the lounge/diner. It has three identical double bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes, hand-made beds and their own adjacent shower room/WC. A fitted kitchen and additional toilet occupy the fifth floor where a winding spiral staircase leads up to the lounge/diner with spectacular views.From £1108 per week. Great reception guaranteed