Quirky and Unusual B&Bs

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 Norman castle, an old police station and even a knight under canvas!

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 Knights Glamping at Leeds Castle, Kent

Experience the life of a medieval knight before battle… under the cover of canvas with a difference… this night’s accommodation comes complete with a luxurious four poster bed, crisp cotton bedding and a warming wood burning stove. Each tent offers stylish furnishings and your evening banquet can be served from the cast iron griddle over the open fire pit.

Just minutes from the M20 motorway, each of the eight striped pavilions sleeps up to 4 persons, forming a small village on the one-acre vineyard of Leeds Castle.

#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.

Just a short drive away is the cathedral city of St Davids, the United Kingdom’s smallest city and the final resting place of Saint David, Wales’s patron saint.

#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!

The nearby Gower Peninsular was the UK’s first Area of Natural Beauty and offers a beautifully diverse landscape to explore, from wild moors and limestone cliffs to the golden, sandy beaches of Oxwich.

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.