If you’re traveling in the United Kingdom, you could stay in a chain hotel. You could stay in a cute little bed and breakfast, or in a nice but standard four-star hotel. Or, you could make a good vacation great by staying in one of these unusual spots.
if you’re headed to the north Norfolk coast considers staying at the Cley Windmill: a bed and breakfast at an early 18th century windmill. The windmill and old stables and boathouses host the guesthouse and bedrooms. Visiting the windmill and the adjacent village is like stepping back in time, with flint-walled cottages and charming themed rooms—some of which are accessible only by ladder. Enjoy walks on the beach and spectacular views of the salt marshes.
Crazy Bear Hotels
are you looking for a hotel with an interesting mix of styles? Check out the Crazy Bear Hotels at Stadhampton and Beaconsfield. The hotels practically defy description, but here’s what the Crazy Bear website says about the hotel in Stadhampton: “The heart of the hotel is a sixteenth century public house, bravely redesigned to combine historic English architecture and eccentric extras . . . within eighty acres of working farmland.” The rooms are individually designed, and don’t look anything like what you might expect to find on a working farm. Restaurants feature English food and Thai food.
Martello towers were built throughout the British Empire during the 19th century and used as small forts. They were round in structure with thick solid walls to protect soldiers from cannon fire. Today you can spend the night in one at Aldeburgh in Suffolk, which has been restored and converted into an inn with bedrooms and a central living area. The Landmark Trust, the organization responsible for the site, has restored and converted numerous historic buildings as places for guests to stay. These buildings include castles, medieval halls, and towers. Perhaps they include your next holiday destination.
Old Chapel Forge Bed and Breakfast
Located in Sussex, near Chichester, this bed and breakfast were built originally in 1611. While the hotel and its charming surroundings provide an Old World flavor, you’ll also find modern conveniences such as Internet access. It’s also dedicated to functioning as an environmentally friendly facility. The Old Chapel Forge uses organic, locally grown food and environmentally safe products. The bed and breakfast also uses solar water heaters, collects rainwater, and plants trees to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Pamos Farm Cottage
For a romantic retreat in Devon, you can’t beat Pamos Farm Cottage near Upottery. Its thatched roof and historic construction seems to come straight from a fairy tale. Located on a farm, you’ll find woodlands and fields nearby, with the coast only a 40-minute drive away. The city of Exeter is 25 miles away, and the nearest pub is 2 miles away. This means that other interesting attractions are nearby, but at the cottage you can truly experience a retreat from the outside world. With accommodations for only two guests, you and a loved one can spend quality time with only each other.
The United Kingdom is full of historic and eclectic accommodations. You don’t need to choose just one; you can experience many interesting and new perspectives as you visit these unique hotels.