Britain is absolutely packed with incredible overnight accommodation experiences and options. Whilst there is a plethora of standard quality chain hotel accommodation throughout the country which are great for travelling on a budget, sometimes if you're visiting a country for the first time it's great to sample some of the more unique, cultural and luxurious experiences available. We have created our top 10 most popular, unusual and interesting overnight options for visitors to our Great Britain. A night in any of these will certainly be one to remember, creating memories to treasure for a lifetime.So, in no particular order:
Ruthin Castle Hotel
A firm favourite with our guests, the Ruthin Castle Hotel sits neatly half way between the ancient city of Chester and the border to Snowdonia National Park. The Castle itself is a beautiful retreat famed for its authentic medieval banquets and the acres of beautiful parkland in which it is situated. More recently a spa has been added to the grounds providing that extra touch of luxury for guests. The first part of the castle was built in 1277 under Edward I and the long and fascinating (bloody) history has seen the building undergo various additions over the centuries. As a result, today no two rooms are the same and the building itself is an experience that will not be easily forgotten.
Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel
One of Britain's finest luxury hotels, the 5 star Macdonald Hotel in Bath sits on a hill just a short distance from the very centre of one of Britain's most beautiful cities. An elegant, upscale Georgian Manor House, the breath-taking views along with the decadent decor make a night in this hotel worthy of the price tag. The spa facilities offered on site are as good as they come and the restaurant options on site here offers delicious British food to a 2 AA rosette standard, a superb afternoon tea and a breakfast that will fill you for the day.
Ravenhurst Luxury B&B
Britain is packed with B&B accommodation which ranges from the cheapest accommodation available to the luxurious experience offered at one of our favourite B&B's. Overlooking historic Cheltenham's Pitville Lawns is a series of spectacular Georgian properties which include our favourite Ravenhurst Luxury B&B. This B&B offers 5 star rooms which have been beautifully renovated to the best possible standard. The welcome here from owners Andy and Alex is second to none and the breakfast offered is of the highest possible standard. This accommodation is an ideal base for exploring Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the surrounding Cotswold region of which the attractions worth visiting are too numerous to mention.
Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle
For a truly unusual and unique overnight experience, why not try a night of Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle. Available throughout the summer, 'Glamping' is quite literally glamorous camping. The experience is particularly great for families as younger family members get the excitement of staying in a tent on the grounds of one of Britain's most famous, perfectly preserved Castles and parents don't have to miss out on the luxuries they are used to be being in a tent! After the crowds have left and the castle has closed, the 'Glampers' will experience private Medieval Entertainment including have-a-go archery, Jester's School and Knight's School.
Lumley Castle Hotel
The 4 star Lumley Castle Hotel is a great way to stay in a stunning 600 year old hotel without completely breaking the bank. Situated right at the heart of Durham in England's North East, this beautiful castle hotel provides as incredible base for exploring the historic North East area of England. Built in 1388, this stunning castle retains its original features and will instantly transport you back to an age only recreated in movies.
Overnight sleeper train
Perhaps it's just me, but I can't get enough of sleeper trains! Perhaps it's not the 5 star luxury experience you were looking for on this list but as far as cost saving and convenient, unique experiences go, you just can't beat it. Britain isn't a massive country, but with many flights going through Heathrow and many travellers wanting to see the Lochs, Highlands and Islands of Northern Scotland, it's at least a day's travel between the 2 meaning that a whole day of your holiday can be wasted on travel. A private cabin on the sleeper train enables you to settle and relax for a comfortable overnight sleep in Scotland (or Cornwall!) and arrive in the morning in London - perhaps just in time for a flight home. Taking the sleeper train saves on a night's accommodation costs, at least 1 full day of travel and it's jolly good fun too! Image Norman McNab
Red Lion Salisbury
One of the most frequently requested overnight stays is in an English country Inn and they don't come any more traditional than the Red Lion in Salisbury. As Europe's oldest purpose built Inn, guests have been staying here for centuries. It's not the most glamorous or luxurious hotel around but with 400 year old vines climbing the timber hotel walls, a quaint courtyard for Al Fresco dining, many original period features, unique rooms throughout and ghosts allegedly round every corner, it's certainly an English Country Inn experience that you will never forget.
Hard Days Night Hotel
This Liverpool Hotel has been included in the list as our favourite themed hotel in the country. This elegant 4 star Grade II listed building is themed throughout with Liverpool's most famous export, the Beatles. An essential stay for any music fan and sitting opposite the world famous Cavern Night Club, this hotel has cleverly combined the music themed Beatles decor with traditional class that sits just the right distance away from 'cheap and tacky'. Every room has been designed around the unusually shaped building and specially commissioned Beatles artwork adorns the walls. It's a fantastic base for a Liverpool break whether you're a music fan or simply a fan of great overnight experiences.
Leeds Castle Accommodation
One of the world's finest and most beautiful castles, Leeds castle in Kent is surrounded by a moat and has played a big part in British history. Opposite the castle is a 600 year old tower which operates as a 5 room B&B called Maiden's Tower. Each character filled room retains its original features in keeping with the age of the tower and offers incredible views as well as unlimited access to the castle grounds. Also available at the castle is the Stable Courtyard B&B, Self-catering Holiday cottages and from April - September 'Knights Glamping' where 8 luxury tents are available in the castle grounds.
Wandering Duck Narrowboat
Last but certainly not least, how about a couple of nights on board a Narrowboat for a truly British experience? A Narrowboat is a long, thin boat which journeys through the English canal system. Whilst you could hire your own Narrowboat, we recommend taking a trip with our pals at Wandering Duck who offer a truly unique experience in the Greater Manchester area - the home of the Industrial Revolution where canals played an incredible and irreplaceable role. The Wandering Duck journey offers plenty of time to relax, sightsee and of course use the on-board facilities (including the beer pump!). If you ask nicely you can even have a lesson in steering and operating the many locks you will need to navigate on your journey! It's not luxurious, but it is different, unforgettable and a whole load of fun.
To include a night in any of these hotels during your Great British Trip, simply mention the name as you submit your itinerary form or email to us and we will ensure it's included for you.
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2017-11-28 13:18:00