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 historic university building and a former train station, complete with luxurious Edwardian Pullman railway carriages!

Our top 5 quirky and unique B&B’s

#1 Christ’s College Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Our first choice is set in one of the UK’s most historic university buildings. First established in 1437, Christ’s College moved to its present site and was re-founded in 1505 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII.

An oasis of calm in the heart of the city of Cambridge, it now offers adults only accommodation with many guest rooms overlooking the scenic college gardens.

#2 The Lady Maxwell Room at Buittle Castle, Dalbeattie

Step back in history and experience a night in one of Scotland’s former royal castles. Guests at Buittle Castle can now stay in the beautifully appointed Lady Maxwell Room complete with its own en suite bathroom and private access to the courtyard.

Once home to the powerful Lords of Galloway, there is plenty to discover in the four and a half acres of grounds and historical buildings.

#3 The Old Railway Station, Petworth, Surrey

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 St Benedict – Victorian Bed and Breakfast, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex

Our final choice is this Victorian themed bed and breakfast. With authentic furnishings of the era, St. Benedict is just a short stroll from the beach at St. Leonards on Sea. The large walled garden features a pond, summerhouse and even includes a tranquil chapel.

The full English breakfast is served in the dining room from silver dishes, in the manner of a Victorian country house.

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.