Editor’s Choice Quirky Hotels

2020 Editor's Choice Quirky Hotels

Editor’s Choice Quirky Hotels

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Cley Windmill

Cley Windmill - 3 Nights for the Price of 2 Special Offer

Cley-next-the-Sea

All hotels demand upkeep, though it is rare for owners to have to replace a fan wheel or fit new sails. But, then, there is nothing ordinary about Julian and Carolyn Goldee’s B&B.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • baby-friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • seaside
  • honeymoon
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Widbrook Grange

Widbrook Grange - £199 per room Sunday Special Offer

Bradford-on-Avon

‘The place abounds with creative uses of old, mainly farm, paraphernalia.’ Guide inspectors enjoyed Nick Dent’s diverting Georgian farmhouse turned dog-friendly hotel with most rooms in converted outbuildings.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • romantic
  • boutique
  • gourmet
  • for_wine-lovers
  • country_house
  • historic
  • great_breakfast
  • outdoor_dining
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Howtown Hotel

Howtown Hotel

Penrith

Bong, bong! It is dinner time at this ancient farmhouse-turned-hotel in grounds bordering Lake Ullswater, where the gong still summons guests to table.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • guest_house
  • golf
  • wi-fi
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • bird_watching
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Pool House

Pool House

Poolewe

For over 30 years, the Harrison family has greeted visitors to their former 18th-century fishing lodge with ‘genuine warmth and interest’.
  • walking
  • garden
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • view
  • guest_house
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • wildlife_watching
  • electric_charging_point
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The Gunton Arms

The Gunton Arms

Thorpe Market

‘One of the most unusual hotels we've ever visited.' Guide inspectors were left reeling by art dealer Ivor Braka's pub-with-rooms in the deer park of Gunton Hall.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • view
  • disabled_facilities
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • wi-fi
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The Pig on the Beach

The Pig on the Beach

Studland

With rooms in thatched dovecotes, a shepherd’s hut and an 'eccentric’ Victorian villa, Robin Hutson’s ‘whimsical’ seaside hotel is ‘wonderfully located’ and ‘very welcoming’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • conference_meeting
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • weddings
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
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Low Mill Guest House

Low Mill Guest House

Bainbridge

In the heart of Wensleydale, Jane and Neil McNair welcome guests to their 18th-century watermill on the River Bain.
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • parking
  • historic
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
10% discount voucher
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Artist Residence Oxfordshire

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

South Leigh

The Cotswolds outpost of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury's small boutique hotel collection, this 16th-century hub-of-the-village pub-with-rooms is now a charming, bohemian bolt-hole.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • pub_with_rooms
  • baby-friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
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Glazebrook House

Glazebrook House

Totnes

Welcome to Wonderland. On the edge of Dartmoor national park, Fran and Pieter Hamman’s Alice-themed hotel has been styled in the manner of a 19th-century collector’s mansion.
  • weddings
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • eco-friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wi-fi
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • adults-only
  • wildlife_watching
  • bird_watching
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Austwick Hall

Austwick Hall

Austwick

The Guide's recommendation inspired one gratified reader to book a stay at Eric Culley and Michael Pearson’s characterful B&B in a Yorkshire Dales village: 'I’m pleased to be able to agree with the enthusiastic comments.’
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • adults-only

2019 Editor's Choice Quirky Hotels

Editor’s Choice Quirky Hotels

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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor - Winter Break Special Offer

Okehampton

Renaissance woodwork. An ornate Jacobean plaster ceiling. A Rococo fireplace flanked by putti. The extravagant 19th-century rebuilding of an ancient manor house was the work of squire, parson and prolific writer Sabine Baring-Gould.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • golf
  • for_wine-lovers
  • fishing
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wi-fi
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • bird_watching
  • great_breakfast
  • horse_riding
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
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The George of Stamford

The George of Stamford - Sumptuous Sundays Special Offer

Stamford

The gallows sign no longer hangs across the road from this historic inn, but the old waiting rooms are still marked ‘London’ and ‘York’, from its days as a stagecoach stop. Look out for the portrait and walking sticks of England’s one-time heaviest man.
From £195.00 per night
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • parking
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The Dial House

The Dial House - Two Night Midweek Special Offer

Norwich

More than a thousand weird and wonderful objects are for sale at this Grand-Tour-themed small hotel, eclectically furnished throughout. Sleep in the Raj room; buy a white elephant, enter the Natural History room through a display case door.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • weddings
  • dog_friendly
10% discount voucher
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Hazlitt’s

Hazlitt’s

London

A cluster of Soho Georgian houses here combine as a boutique hotel brimming with wit and studied eccentricity – antiques and curios, oil paintings, throne loos, books, busts, vintage beds. Public rooms are patrolled by Sir Godfrey the cat.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • boutique
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Knockinaam Lodge

Knockinaam Lodge

Portpatrick

Churchill loved his long, hot baths. Book the room he slept in at this former coastal hunting lodge (where he laid plans for D-Day with Eisenhower), and you can wallow in the very same enamelled concrete tub.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • gourmet
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • fishing
  • golf
  • for_wine-lovers
  • child_friendly
  • cycling
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
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The Star Inn at Harome

The Star Inn at Harome

Helmsley

There is a piano in room 8 at this estimable restaurant-with-rooms, should you wish to practise the Moonlight Sonata at dead of night. Or pot the black at the snooker table in room 5. Michelin-starred cooking raises more smiles.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • conference_meeting
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • pub_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
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The Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station

Petworth

Just the ticket for train buffs! Guests check in at the former parcels office at this beautiful disused station, sleep in a colonial style bedroom, or a Pullman carriage with Edwardian fittings, take breakfast in the waiting room.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • walking
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • vegetarian_friendly
10% discount voucher
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St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthbert’s House

Seahouses

At breakfast, raise your eyes from your oak-smoked kipper to admire the pillars and old harmonium in the former sanctuary at this deconsecrated Presbyterian church, now an award-winning B&B and music venue.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
  • great_breakfast
  • wildlife_watching
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The Pig on the Beach

The Pig on the Beach

Studland

Whimsical touches at this neo-Gothic fantasy include wood carvings from a Portuguese palace, a coat of arms prop from Pirates of the Caribbean. Sleep in a shepherd’s hut, a thatched dovecote or a room with a loo with a view.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • conference_meeting
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • weddings
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
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Roundwood House

Roundwood House

Mountrath

Many hotels have a ‘library’, sometimes just a token bookshelf, but in the grounds of this Georgian mansion and lovable, idiosyncratic hotel, a galleried library contains a thousand tomes dedicated to the evolution of civilisation.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • country_house
  • view
  • guest_house
  • bird_watching
  • baby-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
25% voucher
Last updated: November 12, 2019