Editor’s Choice Quirky Hotels

2021 Editor's Choice Quirky Hotels

Editor’s Choice Quirky Hotels

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Talland Bay Hotel

Talland Bay Hotel - 'Coastal Paths and Bubble Baths' Winter Getaway Special Offer

Talland-by-Looe

Whether you’re sitting on a zebra-print sofa looking at the 3D Mickey Mouse on the wall or perched on a wooden bench with giant budgies in the garden with its fairy statues, you’ll find this coastal hotel ‘curiouser and curiouser’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • disabled
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • foodie
  • outdoor_dining
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The Dial House

The Dial House - Three nights for the price of Two Special Offer

Norwich

Rooms are geographically themed so you can stay in Africa, with vaulted beams and slipper bath, or in Parisian Garret with its antiques. A revolving bookcase reveals a secret dining room, and everything is for sale in the retail wing.
  • child_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • romantic
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • weddings
  • dog_friendly
  • boutique
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Twr y Felin Hotel

Twr y Felin Hotel - Dining Experience Special Offer

St Davids

It’s not every day you find a contemporary art museum in a Georgian windmill. Works include Marcus Oleniuk’s photographs of St Davids peninsula: there are magnificent views of the real thing from the observatory above the Tower Suite.
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • disabled_facilities
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
  • boutique
  • gourmet
  • parking
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • weddings
  • garden
  • electric_charging_point
  • surfing
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The Ceilidh Place

The Ceilidh Place

Ullapool

The Urquhart family’s hotel has only 13 rooms, but it also has a bookshop, coffee shop and events space as well as the more traditional bar and restaurant. There’s even a bunkhouse across the car park for those travelling on a budget.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • value
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • good_value
  • baby-friendly
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The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

Don’t be surprised to find a Buddha statue rubbing shoulders with a Cupid in the Foyles’ harbourside B&B, packed with curios, including clocks – broken and working – a collection of bovine horns and family photos a-plenty.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
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St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthbert’s House

Seahouses

You can seek sanctuary in Jeff and Jill Sutheran’s imaginatively converted 19th-century chapel with its arched windows, wood flooring and double-height living room. Even the original carved pulpit and the harmonium are still present.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
  • wildlife_watching
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Belle Tout Lighthouse

Belle Tout Lighthouse

Eastbourne

Where better than a lighthouse lantern room for superb sea views? There are panoramic vistas of the South Downs, too, and of the night sky. You can stay in the atmospheric Keeper’s Loft in the tower, where the bed is reached by ladder.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • adults-only
  • parking
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No.15 Great Pulteney

No.15 Great Pulteney

Bath

The Georgian facade may be traditional but there’s a world of eccentricity within: the spa is in a former coal cellar, room keys are kept in a doll’s house, and The Dispensary restaurant holds the contents of an antique chemist’s shop.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • conference_meeting
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
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The Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station

Petworth

A first-class stay at this converted station is just the ticket, especially if you book one of the romantic Pullman carriages. Check-in is at the old ticket booth, with breakfast served on the platform or in the original Waiting Room.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • walking
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • honeymoon
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Tuddenham Mill

Tuddenham Mill

Newmarket

The waterwheel is in the bar and the gearing apparatus of this 18th-century mill is on show in the dining room, with its original beams. Some bedrooms have access to the millstream, where swans glide in sight of the enormous chimney.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • wildlife_watching
  • bird_watching
  • baby-friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • parking
  • foodie
  • great_breakfast
  • romantic
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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

Rising above the reed beds and River Glaven in a pretty village no longer ‘next the sea’, Julian and Carolyn Godlee’s 19th-century windmill offers characterful accommodation.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • baby-friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • seaside
  • honeymoon
  • foodie
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Widbrook Grange

Widbrook Grange - 'Escape to the Cotswolds' Special Offer

Bradford-on-Avon

‘Staying here was an experience,’ wrote Guide inspectors of Nick Dent’s Georgian farmhouse hotel, which is so dog-friendly it even hosts doggie birthday parties, and where creative reuse has been raised to an art form.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • conference_meeting
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • boutique
  • for_wine-lovers
  • historic
  • great_breakfast
  • outdoor_dining
  • baby-friendly
  • foodie
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Howtown Hotel

Howtown Hotel

Penrith

It’s traditional with a capital T at the ‘delightfully old-fashioned’ Howtown, with dinner gong, no in-room TVs, and extremely limited Wi-Fi.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • guest_house
  • golf
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • boutique
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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
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • view
  • guest_house
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • electric_charging_point
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The Gunton Arms

The Gunton Arms

Thorpe Market

Ivor Braka has indulged his passion for art at his pub-with-rooms set in a deer park near the north Norfolk coast.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • view
  • disabled_facilities
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • boutique
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The Pig on the Beach

The Pig on the Beach

Studland

A higgledy-piggledy 19th-century marine villa with a jumble of towers and gables gazes across Studland Bay to the chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
  • conference_meeting
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • weddings
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
  • foodie
  • outdoor_dining
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
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Glazebrook House

Glazebrook House

Totnes

Callooh! Callay! On the fringe of Dartmoor national park, this Alice-themed hotel is a veritable cabinet of curiosities, a treasure trove of wit and invention.
  • weddings
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • eco-friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • adults-only
  • wildlife_watching
  • bird_watching
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Low Mill Guest House

Low Mill Guest House

Leyburn

Spending a night on a riverbank, in an 18th-century watermill, with Wensleydale’s gentle hills all around: what could be more restorative for the soul? This ‘wonderful guest house’ has been renovated by Neil and Jane McNair with flair and imagination.
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • historic
  • good_value
  • cycling
  • great_breakfast
  • adults-only
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Artist Residence Oxfordshire

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

South Leigh

On the outside, it looks like a chocolate box stone thatched pub, but that belies the funky interior of this Cotswold outpost of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury’s portfolio of Artist Residence properties in Brighton and London (see main entries) and Penzance (see Shortlist entry).
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • baby-friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • good_value
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Austwick Hall

Austwick Hall

Austwick

From the grand entrance hall with its flamboyant staircase to the antique-furnished bedrooms and Italianate garden, this country house B&B adds an exotic touch to a Yorkshire Dales village.
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • parking
  • adults-only
  • bird_watching
  • country_house
  • historic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • boutique

2019 Editor's Choice Quirky Hotels

Editor’s Choice Quirky Hotels

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Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewtrenchard Manor - Twixmas 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
  • wi-fi
  • 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
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • bird_watching
  • great_breakfast
  • horse_riding
  • boutique
  • foodie
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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
  • wi-fi
  • weddings
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • child_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • parking
  • historic
  • conference/meeting_friendly
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The Dial House

The Dial House - Three nights for the price of Two 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
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • romantic
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • weddings
  • dog_friendly
  • boutique
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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
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • boutique
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • 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
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • historic
  • gourmet
  • view
  • seaside
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • fishing
  • golf
  • for_wine-lovers
  • child_friendly
  • cycling
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • boutique
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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
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
  • conference_meeting
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • pub_with_rooms
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • dog_friendly
  • foodie
  • for_wine-lovers
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
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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
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
  • wildlife_watching
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
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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
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
  • conference_meeting
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • weddings
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
  • foodie
  • outdoor_dining
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
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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
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • country_house
  • view
  • guest_house
  • bird_watching
  • baby-friendly
  • parking
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • boutique
  • foodie
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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
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • walking
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • honeymoon
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Last updated: October 27, 2020