If 2020 has been the yr of discovering nice lodges on our very personal British doorstep, then 2021 will, sadly, little question present a chance to delve even deeper into the welcoming world of home hospitality within the absence of its overseas counterpart turning into seemingly unreachable.
Yearly, The Good Resort Information cherry-picks one of the best properties on provide in England, Eire, Scotland and Wales, and by no means earlier than has its skilled suggestions been in additional demand. We requested the editors to pick their prime quirky in a single day stays – from lighthouses and windmills to former railway carriages, as a result of proper now, we might all do with a little bit of escapism. Right here’s a number of probably the most imaginative sleeps past your wildest desires.
The Ceilidh Place The place: Ullapool, Scotland
The Urquhart household’s lodge has solely 13 rooms in a sequence of cottages, however additionally it is dwelling to a bookshop, espresso store and occasions house. There’s a extra conventional bar, and a restaurant which serves artistic bistro-style meals fished or farmed domestically, together with venison burgers and langoustines. Bedrooms are stuffed with character, with a Roberts radio and books as a substitute of a tv. There’s even a bunkhouse throughout the automotive park for these travelling on a funds.
Doubles from £300 for 2 nights, with dinner and breakfast (theceilidhplace.com).
The Outdated Railway Station The place: Petworth, Sussex
A primary-class keep at this transformed station is simply the ticket, particularly for those who ebook one of many rooms within the 4 romantic Pullman carriages, with their colonial-style furnishings, mahogany fittings and plantation shutters.
Breakfast, drinks and afternoon tea will be delivered to your carriage door. Two extra rooms will be discovered within the unique Station Home, of which the most important, with a powerful vaulted ceiling, is up a spiral stairway.
Doubles from £150, B&B (old-station.co.uk).
Talland Bay Resort The place: Porthallow, Cornwall
Whether or not you’re sitting on a zebra-print couch wanting on the 3D Mickey Mouse on the wall, or perched on a wood bench with big budgies within the backyard, you’ll discover this lodge in a spectacular setting by the coastal path “curiouser and curiouser”. It’s a enjoyable place, though homeowners Teresa and Kevin O’Sullivan are very severe about hospitality. The service is slick, there may be domestically sourced fare within the restaurant and a number of the mild, ethereal rooms have sea views. You may take your four-legged associates, too.
Doubles from £160, B&B (tallandbayhotel.co.uk).
Twr Y Felin Resort The place: St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales
It’s not each day you discover a modern artwork museum in a Georgian windmill. On the sting of the UK’s smallest metropolis, Twr Y Felin homes greater than 150 unique works, a few of which you will discover adorning the partitions of the modern restaurant and vaulted lounge. A dozen artists have been particularly commissioned to create works impressed by the encircling space. They embody Marcus Oleniuk, who photographed St David’s peninsula; and there are magnificent views of the true factor from the observatory which might be a part of the Tower Suite.
Doubles from £220, B&B (twryfelinhotel.com).
St Cuthbert’s Home The place: Seahouses, Northumberland
You may search sanctuary in Jeff and Jill Sutheran’s imaginatively transformed Nineteenth-Century chapel, with its arched home windows, wooden flooring and double-height lounge, full with forged iron pillars. Even the unique carved pulpit and the harmonium are nonetheless current. A number of the six country-style bedrooms are fairly comfortable and include bathrobes, espresso machines and digital radios.
Breakfasts are taken significantly right here, with home-made kipper pate, kedgeree made with oak-smoked haddock from the Seahouses smokehouse and a full Northumbrian on the menu. It’s only a brief stroll to Bamburgh Fort.
Doubles from £130, B&B (stcuthbertshouse.com).
No.15 Nice Pulteney The place: Bathtub, Somerset
The Georgian facade of this Grade I listed constructing could also be conventional however there’s a world of eccentricity inside: the spa is in a former coal cellar, room keys are saved in a doll’s home, and The Dispensary restaurant holds the contents of an vintage chemist’s. There may be art work in every single place.
The elegant rooms vary from cosy doubles with wall murals to junior suites within the neo-Gothic coach home, with massive items of assertion artwork, coffered ceilings and fireplaces. Doubles from £184, B&B (no15greatpulteney.co.uk).
The Dial Home The place: Reepham, Norfolk
Most rooms are geographically themed on this Georgian home available on the market sq.. You may decide from Africa, with vaulted beams, vivid patterns and a free-standing bathtub; Parisian Garret with its antiques; or China’s celebration of willow sample. A revolving bookcase reveals a secret eating room with a menu of native produce cooked over sustainably sourced charcoal.
There’s even a retail wing, Vegas Classic, which sells every little thing from antiques to aged biker jackets and 80s ballgowns.
Doubles from £125, B&B (thedialhouse.org.uk).
Belle Tout Lighthouse The place: Eastbourne, Sussex
You received’t know which strategy to look from the lantern room of this distinctive B&B on the south coast: there are excellent sea views in a single route and all the fantastic thing about the South Downs within the different. It’s the right place from which to look at sunrises over Beachy Head Lighthouse or sunsets over Birling Hole and the Seven Sisters.
If it’s gentle, there’s a walkway exterior the lantern room, or the lounge beneath is dwelling to a crackling hearth. Solely one of many six rooms is within the tower, with the mattress reached by a ladder.
Doubles from £160, B&B (belletout.co.uk).
Tuddenham Mill The place: Tuddenham, Suffolk
The waterwheel is within the bar and the gearing equipment of this 18th-Century mill is on present within the beamed eating room, the place artistic field-to-fork meals are served. In among the many historical past, the mill’s bedrooms are trendy and modern. Hobbit-style huts within the meadow have sizzling tubs on the terrace and massive rooms within the beamed eaves include a double-end stone bathtub in sight of the large mattress. Different rooms have entry to the millstream, the place swans glide beside the large chimney.
Doubles from £150, B&B (tuddenhammill.co.uk).
The Quay Home The place: Clifden, County Galway, Eire
Don’t be stunned to discover a Buddha statue rubbing shoulders with a Cupid within the Foyles’ B&B, full of curios. There are clocks – damaged and dealing – a set of bovine horns and household pictures a-plenty within the former Georgian harbourmaster’s home and three of its neighbours, overlooking Owenglin estuary. A lot of the elegant bedrooms boast harbour views, in addition to antiques, unique art work, and maybe a four-poster or half-tester mattress.
Doubles from E175/£161, B&B in October; the B&B closes for the season in November (thequayhouse.com).
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