Unique hotels in the UK – the most unusual places to stay in the UK

Temple Folly, Unique hotels in the UK
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Pineapples, prisons, lighthouses, castles and train stations… What do all these things have in common? Somewhat surprisingly, they are all examples of quirky Unique hotels in the UK. Yes, that’s right, you could book your own prison cell for the night, take in the view from a towering lighthouse or book yourself into a pineapple.

Unique hotels in the UK

Pineapple hotels

Sound nutty? Read on to learn about some of the most unusual places to stay in the UK. Feeling fruity? Book yourself into a 75-foot pineapple! At Dunmore Park, near Stirling in Scotland, guests can bed down in a giant pineapple-shaped stone folly.

It was built for the earl of the region back in the 18th Century when pineapples were considered the height of tropical sophistication. Rooms can be booked through The Landmark Trust.

The Dunmore Pineapple, Unique hotels in the UK
The Dunmore Pineapple, Unique hotels in the UK by giannandrea

Lighthouse hotels

For a romantic stay that is a little less off the wall, how about a night in a lighthouse hotel? There are over 30 lighthouse hotels in the UK that have been converted for use as holiday lets and all enjoy incredible sea views, wonderful proximity to wildlife and a feeling of being alone in a rural retreat.

Perfect for snuggling up to a partner on a chilly night with a bottle of wine.

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Unique hotels in the UK
Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Unique hotels in the UK

Windmill hotels

Not lofty enough for your tastes? How about spending your holidays in a windmill? In Cley Village, Norfolk, a windmill has been transformed into a wonderfully romantic place to stay, with four-poster beds, log fires, hidden rooms and viewpoints that are perfect for bird watching.

There are six bedrooms, making it a good choice for holidays with friends or family.

Cley Windmill, Norfolk, Unique hotels in the UK
Cley Windmill, Norfolk, Unique hotels in the UK

Prison hotels

A night in a prison may sound like most people’s idea of a night out gone very, very wrong, but here in the UK, a night in the cells can actually be a pleasure.

Just check in to Malmaison Hotel in Oxford, a 19th-Century former correctional facility that now offers all the mod-cons that one could ask for, including a cocktail bar, flat-screen TVs and an acclaimed restaurant.

Malmaison Oxford, Unique hotels in the UK
Malmaison Oxford, Unique hotels in the UK

Many original features, such as the metal prison landings, have been preserved, giving an almost eerie feel to the place. The prison-turned-plush-hotel lies in the grounds of Oxford Castle, whose history stretches back to 1701.

For less lavish accommodations, the scary-sounding House of Correction in Folkingham, Lincolnshire, offers limited-frills lodging for up to four in a building that is part of a former prison.

House of Correction in Folkingham, Unique hotels in the UK
House of Correction in Folkingham, Unique hotels in the UK

Treehouse hotels

For something a little more fun, the Treehouse in Somerset is a wonderful place for small and big kids alike. Located in a rural Somerset idyll, it makes a great romantic retreat, with a wood stove and a spiral staircase leading to a comfy double bed and a vintage-style roll top bath.

There’s even a hot tub outside and in this remote setting, guests are unlikely to be troubled by onlookers.

The Treehouse at Harptree Court - Somerset, Unique hotels in the UK
The Treehouse at Harptree Court – Somerset, Unique hotels in the UK

Train station hotels

To really escape the madding crowd, head to Dent Station in Yorkshire. This Grade II-listed building is not open for overnight visitors (but exclusive accommodation can be booked in advance) and is four miles from the nearest village.

As unusual accommodation options go, spending the night in a train station is up there with the best of them and the views over the Yorkshire Dales are second to none.

Dent station, Unique hotels in the UK
Dent station, Unique hotels in the UK

Would you rather prefer staying in the train? Then The Old Railway Station has some train cabins prepared for you. You won’t believe how great the old Pullman railway carriages can be reconstructed! You won’t believe how luxurious can a night be in the train!

You can find it in the South Downs National Park, so if you are exploring UK National Parks, why not to stay in the train?

The Old Railway Station, Unique hotels in the UK
The Old Railway Station, Unique hotels in the UK

Castle hotels

Some families have learned that the best way to hang on to the old family castle is to turn it into a hotel. This gives travelers an opportunity to stay in an authentic castle.

The rooms are usually updated with full electrical and plumbing, and you have access to the spacious grounds and forests surrounding most of these areas.

Swinton Park hotel, Castle hotel, Unique hotels in the UK
Swinton Park hotel, Castle hotel, Unique hotels in the UK

Folly

Also in scenic Yorkshire, the Temple Folly in Swinithwaite is an 18th-Century landmark and was built to allow local ladies to watch their men on fox hunts.

The expansive views take in mile after mile of glorious Yorkshire countryside and the two-room folly has its own kitchen, along with a balcony and a host of original features.

Temple Folly, Unique hotels in the UK
Temple Folly, Unique hotels in the UK

These were some of the tips for the Unique hotels in the UK. And what are your tips for the unusual places to stay in the UK? Please, leave us a comment below!

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I am someone who left his open-spaced cubicle after spending there 8 years of his life. Someone who started to live more outside! :) I am in travel blogging since 2010 and with Traveltipy I am going to conquer the world :)

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