The UK’s most unusual hotels

The UK’s most unusual hotels

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Lewtrenchard Manor

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Lewdown

‘Can only talk in superlatives,’ writes a reader this year of Sue and James Murray’s historic manor house.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • disabled
  • golf
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House

Rye

‘It’s a lovely place to stay, with great character and charm.’ Readers visiting Jenny Hadfield’s 17th-century B&B ‘as a little treat’ to celebrate an occasion in 2018 ‘were made to feel special and right at home’.
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • b&b
  • child_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • walking
  • bird_watching
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Star Castle

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St Mary’s

‘High standards are maintained,’ writes a devoted fan, following a New Year stay at the Francis family’s hotel, forged from a 16th-century fortification.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • wi-fi
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Romney Bay House

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New Romney

In the otherworldly landscape of Romney Marsh, this extraordinary 1920s house was built by Clough Williams Ellis for Hollywood actress Hedda Hopper.
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • seaside
  • view
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The Dial House

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Reepham

While it maintains its ‘eclectic, faultlessly tasteful’ Grand Tour theme, there are changes afoot at this small hotel in a ‘handsome red brick Georgian house’.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
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Cley Windmill

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Cley-next-the-sea

Anyone braving the climb to the top of Julian and Carolyn Godlee’s characterful B&B and restaurant is well rewarded.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • historic
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Hazlitt’s

Hazlitt’s

London

‘Exquisitely refurbished.’ Peter McKay and Douglas Blain have cultivated ‘an oasis of civilisation’ within a decadent cluster of Soho’s Georgian houses.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • historic
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
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The Ceilidh Place

The Ceilidh Place

Ullapool

There’s ‘a good night’s sleep’ and more at Jean Urquhart’s ‘lively’ Ceilidh Place – a popular fusion of cultural hub, bookshop and small hotel, one street back from the ferry terminal.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • value
  • wi-fi
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Strattons

Strattons

Swaffham

Les and Vanessa Scott’s playful, Palladian-style house is all comfort and bonhomie.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • walking
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Burgh Island Hotel

Burgh Island Hotel

Bigbury-on-sea

A consortium headed by Office Space in Town has just acquired hotel space in Devon. This gleaming white Art Deco hotel on a tidal island, sold by its former owners after 17 years, is undergoing a multi-million-pound make-over,
  • gym
  • weddings
  • bird_watching
  • value
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • wi-fi
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The Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station

Petworth

Now a ‘gracious’ B&B, this restored Victorian train station and princely Pullman carriages on disused tracks ooze the romance of travel’s golden age.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • walking
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher
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Pool House

Pool House

Poolewe

On the shores of Loch Ewe stands a ‘deceptively large’ 18th-century fishing lodge run as a ‘pleasingly eclectic guest house’ by the ‘very welcoming’ Harrison family.
  • walking
  • garden
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • historic
  • view
  • guest_house
  • wi-fi
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St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthbert’s House

Seahouses

Regular Guide readers laud Jeff and Jill Sutheran’s B&B, forged from a ‘delightfully converted’ Presbyterian church, as ‘a perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of the north-east’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Brooks Guesthouse

Brooks Guesthouse

Bristol

Owners Carla and Andrew Brooks have made a foray into the country (see entry, Ross-on-Wye), but everything ticks over nicely back at their ‘impressive’ city B&B.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • exceptional_value_(
  • wi-fi
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Belle Tout Lighthouse

Belle Tout Lighthouse

Eastbourne

‘Great place. Wonderful breakfast.’ A thumbs-up this year from visitors to David and Barbara Shaw’s unusual B&B, at a decommissioned granite lighthouse in a ‘dramatic, empty landscape’, in the South Downs national park.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • historic
  • view
  • b&b
  • parking
  • wi-fi
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San Domenico House

San Domenico House

London

A step across the threshold transports visitors from London’s busy centre to the luxury of an Italian palazzo.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • wifi
  • wi-fi
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Tebay Services Hotel

Tebay Services Hotel

Penrith

‘Comfortable, warm and reliable,’ say readers this year, who stayed, on journeys north and south, at the Dunning family’s hotel with farm shop off the M6.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

London

This delightful ‘dotty’ hotel was once home to that Victorian purveyor of nonsense verse Edward Lear.
  • child_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
25% voucher
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Llwyn Helyg

Llwyn Helyg

Llanarthne

Visitors to this ‘glossy luxury B&B’ are met with ‘an unexpected wow factor, as you walk through the door’.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • fishing
  • walking
  • bird_watching