Planning a vacation to the UK? For sure, many of you will think of staying in a fancy hotel. It is the most convenient and most abundant when it comes to accommodation choices. If you want to be different and have a more unique and memorable experience during your holiday, then below are some of the alternative places that can provide you with the perfect place to stay:
Castles in the UK were built as a means of protecting the inhabitants from their enemies; you will often find that they are built on a hill, so that the people inside had a better viewpoint to see if anyone was approaching. Sometimes you will see castles surrounded by a moat, which helps to protect against invasion. If you want to spend the night surrounded by history, then staying in a castle is the perfect option for you. With medieval architecture to grandiose rooms, castles in the country will give you a lavish time. One of the most incredible is Leeds Castle in Kent, which has an incredible history; since being built in 1119 it has been home to a whole variety of royalty, including Henry VIII.
As a country with a rich past, there are many stately homes in UK that have been converted into luxurious accommodation. These homes used to be exclusive to the people in the upper echelon of the society. Today, however, even regular vacationers will have the opportunity to experience them. If you do not want to lift a finger, you can hire private household staff to make sure that you get the very best from your experience. One excellent option is Cowdray House in West Sussex; this beautiful, grand property has 110 acres of land, an indoor and outdoor pool, and is absolutely stunning. It is also close to London, so it is perfect for day trips and for being close to the airports.
Spending the night in a tree might seem like a crazy idea at first, but it is an experience that you will surely love. It has become very popular worldwide; you can see the world’s best tree house hotels here. In the UK, some of the best tree house accommodation includes The Treehouse at Harptree Court in Somerset, Treehouse at Fernie Castle in Fife, Treetops Treehouse in Devon, and Lost Meadow Treepod in Bodmin. The latter is one of the best in terms of design, as it looks much like a beehive hanging from a tree.
There are a number of mills in the UK that have been converted to offer alternative accommodation to travelers who wish to be different. In the UK, one of the best is the Cley Windmill. Constructed in the 18th Century, it is now an intimate bed and breakfast in Norfolk. Llancayo Windmill in Monmouthshire has six rooms and is another good choice, especially if you are looking for a place that is pet-friendly.
In case you do not know, a yurt is a circular wooden frame that is covered in a canvas shell. They are very popular for events; weddings in yurts are very trendy. Staying in a yurt is more glamorous than regular camping in a tent, so it allows you to have the best of both worlds. Be at one with nature, whilst also being comfortable and dry. One of the best yurts holiday sites is the eco-friendly Surrey Hills Yurts, which is only an hour away from London. If you want to experience glamping, visit Calwich Under Canvas in Derbyshire.
For an idyllic getaway, cottages offer the perfect choice for accommodation. In the Cotswolds, for instance, cottages are popular because of their charming and rustic appeal. This is ideal for those who are looking for an old-world feel in the heart of the Cotswolds. You will have a great time regardless of which season you are planning on visiting; during the summer you can explore the local countryside and go for picnics, in the winter you can snuggle up in your cosy cottage or enjoy a Sunday roast in the local pub — think Cameron Diaz in her house exchange in The Holiday. These cottages are fully equipped with everything that you will need away from your own home. Whether you are looking for a cottage in a remote farmhouse or one near the coast, the options are endless.