If you checked out our earlier article on eco-themed accommodation in English speaking countries and decided that it’s not for you, how about staying somewhere comfortable but unconventional? Below are some examples of available accommodation in English speaking countries ranging from the adventurous to the plain weird.
England – Lighthouse
On the cliffs of Beachy Head on the south coast of England stands the Belle Tout lighthouse. This lighthouse has been lovingly restored and offers a comfortable stay with access to a 360-degree view of the picturesque English coastline. With the lively city of Brighton just 20 miles away and historic London accessible at 75 miles, you can venture out and enjoy the sights of England before returning to calm serenity. For more info visit http://www.belletoute.co.uk/
United States – Former Jail
If you’re looking for luxury from a hotel but want one with a difference, why not try The Liberty Hotel in Boston. In 2007, this hotel was converted into a luxury hotel but it was once the iconic Charles Street Jail. It probably sounds a bit eerie but it isn’t at all. The rooms are very top-notch and are everything you would expect from a luxury hotel with the added aspect that it has some features typical of a jail. For more info visit www.libertyhotel.com
Wales – Traditional Romany Gypsy Caravan
Ever wanted to know what it feels like to live life as it once was for a Romany Gypsy of yesteryear? Well, you can relive the experience by staying in a traditional style Romany caravan. In Monmouthshire, Wales, there is a traditional Romany caravan situated in the grounds of a secluded farm which boasts electric heating to keep the chill at bay from those cold Welsh nights and a separate cabin adjacent to the caravan for washing and cooking. For more info visit www.cottage-holiday-wales.co.uk/romany-caravan-wales.shtml
United States – Beagle Bed and Breakfast
Back to the USA, and this is our favourite: a bed and breakfast that’s inside a huge dog. Yes, you read that correctly – a dog. In Idaho you can stay in the Dog Bark Park Inn where you can dine and sleep inside a huge dog-shaped construction. Although it doesn’t sound very accommodating, it does actually look quite comfortable and the owners have carved some of the decorative furnishings themselves which adds a personal touch. It might not be in a location that you are seeking but it might be worth a slight detour just to add something a little different to your travelling experience. For more info visit www.dogbarkparkinn.com
If you’ve ever stayed anywhere a little unusual, then please send us a message and tell us about it.
Who says travelling should be conventional?
To check out (phrasal verb) – to look at or examine something
Weird – strange
Top-notch (colloquial) – very high quality
Eerie – strange in a frightening or mysterious way
Yesteryear – a time in the past
Secluded – quiet and private, away from other people
To boast – to contain or have
Detour – an alternative route
To keep someone/something at bay – to prevent someone/something from harming you