From the Lake District in the north to the beautiful beaches of Cornwall in the south, England has a something unique to offer everyone for their holidays. Whether it’s a Luxury Yurt in the Cotswolds you are after, or a Pop-Up hotel in prime position to watch the Henley Regatta. England has some wonderful alternatives on offer, and below are just a couple of ideas.
Cley Windmill - Norfolk
Visitors to Norfolk have the option of a truly unique night’s accommodation at the 18th Century Cley Windmill. The windmill has been converted into a guest house and boasts uninterrupted views over the salt marshes and out to sea. Visitors have the option of staying in the boutique rooms either for just a a night's bed and breakfast, or, you can go the whole hog and book out the windmill as an impressive venue for a private house party.
The Scarlet - Cornwall
With this destination, it is not the outside structure that makes it an unusual place to stay, but the contemporary individually designed rooms and environmental ethos. All the bedrooms within the Scarlet Hotel are specified to the high standards of eco luxury, and this theme runs throughout the whole hotel, with every effort made to cause as little environmental impact as possible. This hotel is an adults retreat, with a Michelin star restaurant onsite, log fired hot tubs, and a spa practicing Ayurveda - a holistic system native to India. You can relax in total harmony and if you do fancy stretching your legs and taking in the sea air, the hotel dog is always willing to go for a walk.
Yurt accommodation - Cotswolds
Experience a slice of outdoor living with the element of luxury in the picturesque Cotswolds. Westley Farm offer visitors luxury Yurts tucked away in secluded areas of woodland, where you can relax and recuperate in peace. With nature on your doorstep you can immerse yourselves in the fauna and flora, either with a glass of wine on your private balcony or a long soak in your roll top bath with a view of the woodland canopy.
Get a taste of the pop-up craze by staying under the canvas at some of England's most prestigious events and occasions. The Pop-Up Hotel Company offer all the luxury elements of a hotel stay, right next to the action. Based on luxury safari tents, guest are treated to king-size beds, en suite bathrooms and a covered front deck, so you wont be vying for position. This really does take camping to the next level.
House in the Clouds - Suffolk
If a conventional hotel is not your thing, then the following unusual place to stay may be just up your street. Situated in Throrpness, Suffolk, this old water storage tower has been converted into a 5 bedroom guesthouse. The accommodation within the 70ft high tower is arranged over 4 landing and 5 half landings, giving the guest house the apt name of House in the Clouds.
River Cottage - Devon
If it’s a culinary adventure you are after, why not stay a few nights in a cookery school and expand your repertoire? With this unusual place to stay, you will have the opportunity to learn to create dishes using fantastic British produce, with not a single portion of soggy fish and chips in sight!
Although there are many cookery schools throughout the country, one of the better known schools is River Cottage, based in Devon. TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall invites you to River Cottage HQ to spend up to 4 days with his team of experts, experimenting and creating delicious delights within their kitchens.
The Lazy Fish - Lake District
The Lazy Fish is situated in the walker’s haven of the Lake District. The self catering accommodation is a converted barn, with everything you would expect in terms of luxury. Guests are welcomed to the barn with a bottle of champagne and a hamper of goodies. The barn is the perfect place to relax in privacy and take in the stunning surrounding of the Lake District.
If you are returning from a long days walking, what better way to unwind than to kick of the walking boots and relax in the outdoor spa pool, after which, if you don’t feel like cooking, you can have a freshly prepared three course meal bought to the door.