The UK’s most unusual hotels

The UK’s most unusual hotels

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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewdown

Admirers of Sue and James Murray’s ‘characterful’, ‘beautiful old manor’ continue to sing its praises. ‘It is uniformly excellent, with high standards of hotel-keeping, comfort and service,’ says a guest this year.
From £155 per night
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Star Castle

Star Castle - 10% discount all year

St Mary's

Visitors new and old continue to award gold stars to the Francis family’s characterful hotel, in a star-shaped, 16th-century castle above Hugh Town, with ‘stunning views’ over the islands.
From £75.00 per night
  • view
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Romney Bay House

Romney Bay House - Three Night Special Offer

New Romney

Approached by a private, unadopted road, Clinton and Lisa Lovell’s 1920s mansion has a ‘stunning, unique location’ between Littlestone’s shingle beach and miles of wild marshland scattered with ancient churches.
From £95.00 per night
  • seaside
  • view
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
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Pool House

Pool House - 20% discount offer

Poolewe

Time for something completely different? On the shores of Loch Ewe, this ‘quirky’ guest house is run by two generations of the ‘charming’ Harrison family; it is filled with two generations of character and whimsy.
From £225 per night
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • view
  • historic
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • guest_house
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St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthbert’s House

Seahouses

‘What a find!’ enthuses a regular Guide reader, of this ‘brilliant’ B&B in a ‘lovingly restored’ Presbyterian church on the ‘beautiful’ Northumberland coast.
From £110 per night
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Cley Windmill

Cley Windmill - Two Night Dinner Special

Cley-next-the-Sea

Heed the call of adventure at Julian and Carolyn Godlee’s characterful B&B and restaurant in a 19th-century grinding mill on the north Norfolk coast.
From £119 per night
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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Hazlitt’s

Hazlitt’s

London

In raffish Soho, this ‘stunningly original’ boutique hotel occupies three Georgian houses. ‘Friendly, efficient’ staff open the door to reveal a lavish, intriguing collection of ‘old architectural features, old furniture, old books and paintings – much to investigate and appreciate’.
From £288.00 per night
  • historic
  • child_friendly
  • b&b
  • wifi
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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House

Rye

There’s charm a-plenty at Jenny Hadfield’s B&B on cobbled Mermaid Street, its interior a characterful mix of low beams, blazing fires, dark panelling, labyrinthine passages and steep stairs.
From £95 per night
  • romantic
  • historic
  • dog_friendly
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Ceilidh Place

The Ceilidh Place

Ullapool

‘Lovely, warm and welcoming, it is one of our favourite places to stay.’ Formed from a collection of whitewashed cottages in a fishing village, Jean Urquhart’s unusual bookshop-with-rooms began in 1970 as a café in a boatshed, where musicians could sing for their supper.
From £64 per night
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
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Strattons

Strattons

Swaffham

Think out of the ordinary: in Les and Vanessa Scott’s good-natured, family-friendly hotel, find all manner of eccentricities and theatrical touches that draw admirers to this Grade II listed Palladian-style house in a pretty Norfolk town.
From £109 per night
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island Hotel

Bigbury-on-Sea

Arrive by sea tractor (‘an experience in itself’) to fully appreciate this ‘amazing’ Grade II listed hotel – an ‘Art Deco tour de force’, and a dreamlike tribute to the now-faded glamour of the 1930s.
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • view
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • gym
  • weddings
  • wifi
  • parking
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San Domenico House

San Domenico House

London

Step through the doorway into the marble foyer of this red brick Victorian mansion, to be transported from 21st-century London.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • wifi
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The Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station

Petworth

Train buffs make tracks for this ‘quirky’ B&B, occupying a handsomely restored timber-built late Victorian station and four refurbished Pullman carriages on the disused railway line.
From £100 per night
  • romantic
  • historic
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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Tebay Services Hotel

Tebay Services Hotel

Penrith

‘What a great find!’ In a peaceful rural spot ‘conveniently’ close to the M6, this ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ motorway hotel (formerly the Westmorland) is upgraded to a full entry, thanks to trusted Guide correspondents whose stay in 2016 ‘exceeded expectations’.
From £89 per night
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
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Brooks Guesthouse

Brooks Guesthouse

Bristol

A ‘good-value’ option in ‘a great, central location’, Carla and Andrew Brooks’s ‘friendly’ contemporary B&B is ‘perfect for tourists and businesspeople’, say Guide inspectors in 2016, who enjoyed ‘another impressive stay’.
From £99 per night
  • wifi
  • value
  • parking
  • exceptional_value_(<£50)
  • child_friendly
  • b&b
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Belle Tout Lighthouse

Belle Tout Lighthouse

Eastbourne

On a ‘remote’ cliff-top at Beachy Head, surrounded by ‘dramatic landscape’, this decommissioned lighthouse hosts an ‘original’, ‘characterful’ B&B.
From £155 per night
  • romantic
  • view
  • historic
  • bird_watching
  • b&b
  • wifi
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The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

London

In a fitting modernisation of the former home of that great fabulist, Edward Lear, ‘a warm, inclusive atmosphere’ reigns over the Chinese ceramics, architectural plaster mouldings and assorted ornaments in this deliciously designed town house, a ten-minute walk from Hyde Park.
  • romantic
  • child_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Llwyn Helyg

Llwyn Helyg

Llanarthne

‘The antithesis of “Welsh cosy”’, this stone-built house in neat gardens is run as a ‘superb, if glossy, luxury B&B’ by Fiona and Caron Jones.
From £135 per night
  • garden
  • b&b
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Dial House

The Dial House

Reepham

‘Discreet’ at first glance, this ‘handsome’ red brick building, in an ‘appealing’ small town, hosts grand surprises in its ‘eclectic’, ‘faultlessly decorated’ bedrooms.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi