If you're looking for a short break or weekend away with a difference, browse our list of quirky and unique B&Bs. We have scoured the UK to put together our favourite five historic - and perhaps a little bit eccentric - bed and breakfasts. Our suggestions include a lighthouse, an old police station and even a hotel boat!
Our top 5 quirky and unique B&B's
#1 Old Lock Up Guest House, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Our first choice is the Old Lock Up Guest House at Wirksworth near Matlock in Derbyshire. Built in 1842, at first it was used as a magistrates house and then as a police station for 100 years. The cells housed local criminals, and to give you an idea of what it was like for prisoners in the 1800s, one cell has been preserved with the original steel-lined door and stone flagged floor. Nowadays things are very different - you can even enjoy a soak in a double airbath in one of the four cells, and another cell houses the bar! The guest rooms include the Magistrates Room, the Solicitors Room and two rooms in the converted Coach House. There is also the beautifully renovated Gothic Chapel, furnished with a beautiful antique bed, for a truly unique hideaway. Ideally situated close to the M1 and only thirteen miles from Derby, The Old Lock Up is a perfect base for exploring the Peak District. Local attractions include the Crich Tramway Museum, The Heights of Abraham and of course Chatsworth House.
#2 The Magna Carta, Windsor, Berkshire
If option one doesn't 'float your boat', our second suggestion might just do the trick! A floating hotel on the River Thames, The Magna Carta must surely rate as one of Windsor's most unique places to stay. This beautiful boat was converted from a Dutch small ship in 2001 and offers 4 spacious en-suite cabins with underfloor heating and air-con, a saloon, sun decks - and a hot tub! Your breakfast is even cooked for you by the Captain. When she is not cruising, Magna Carta is moored in central Windsor close to Windsor and Eton Riverside station.
#3 The Old Railway Station, Petworth, Surrey
If a floating hotel isn't for you then perhaps our third suggestion might peak your interest. How about a break away in a former railway station and Pullman carriages? Take a trip back in time and experience Colonial splendour at The Old Railway Station, Petworth, Surrey. The Old Railway Station offers accommodation in luxurious Edwardian Pullman railway carriages as well as in the Station House itself. The magnificent former booking hall with its vaulted ceiling and ticket windows makes a wonderfully unique setting for the guest lounge!
#4 Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales
In at number four is a stunning 12th century Norman castle! This historic castle has been beautifully restored to include 6 luxury en-suite guest bedrooms and offers 21st century facilities such as free WiFi and iPod docks in the rooms. Perfectly situated just one mile from the beach in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Roch Castle is the perfect destination for a beach holiday with a bit of twist.
#5 Mirador Town House, Swansea, South Wales
Our final choice is the Mirador Town House, also in Wales just a mile from the centre of the city of Swansea - and offering a subtle break from reality! The Mirador boasts five spectacular double en-suite guest rooms and two superb suite rooms, all quirkily themed, designed to pamper and spoil. If you are fed up with bland chain hotels then this is the place for you!
Disclaimer: The properties listed above are only suggestions from Historic UK, and Historic UK takes no responsibility for any facilities and descriptions that may have changed since the writing of this article.
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