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Five of the UK's most unusual hotels


To celebrate the Sleep Council’s National Bed Month this March, we’ve compiled a list of five of the UK’s quirkiest hotels, from tree-houses and boats to castles and windmills. Kick off your break in style by arranging a private jet charter to one of these unique hotels.

The Cley Windmill, Norfolk

Fancy sleeping in a windmill during National Bed Month? Then this is the place for you. Cley Windmill is a striking 19th-century, five-storey brick tower with a distinctive domed roof and white sails. Set in the stunning Norfolk countryside, the property was converted into a holiday home in 1921 and now features nine elegantly refurbished rooms. Stay in the Wheel Room in the tower, accessed by a stepladder, for the most spectacular views over the saltmarshes to Blakeney Point.

Get out and about during your stay with a stroll to nearby Cley Beach and the charming town of Cley-next-the-Sea. When you’ve finished exploring, retire to the circular living room on the ground floor of Cley Windmill, which has a cosy wood-burning stove. You can also enjoy a three-course meal at the hotel’s restaurant, set in a former 18th-century beamed warehouse.

Location: Cley-next-the-Sea, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7RP.
Price: Rooms at Cley Windmill range from £159 to £245 per night for a double.
Contact Details: If you'd like to stay here, get in touch with one of our travel experts now on 020 8335 1070 or email travel@aircharter.co.uk.
Private Jet Charter: The hotel lies just a 45-minute drive from Norwich International Airport. Flying from London City Airport to Norwich costs between £4,900 and £14,100 in a light jet. Contact us for a personalised private jet quote.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London

This unusual but chic five-star yacht hotel is moored in the heart of London’s Docklands with views of the O2 Arena. Stay in one of the Sunborn’s four Executive or Junior Suites for the best river or dock views, which you can take in from a private wooden sundeck. Suites have dedicated concierge service and are classically designed with king-sized beds, light and stylish living spaces, marble bathrooms and Jacuzzis.

The Sunborn Yacht boasts a sleek design throughout with wooden panelling, chandeliers and an ornamental spiral staircase. With 131 guest rooms in total, the hotel also features an indulgent spa and serves lavish afternoon teas. Take in the incredible views over Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena while you sip a cocktail at the Sundown Bar and dine at the gourmet Lands End Restaurant.

Location: Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AA.
Price: Rooms cost between £160 and £610 per night.
Contact Details: To stay here, get in touch with one of our travel experts on 020 8335 1070 or email travel@aircharter.co.uk.
Private Jet Charter: The Sunborn is just a 10-minute drive or 30-minute walk from London City Airport. Let us arrange a private jet charter for your stay; hiring a light jet from Manchester Airport costs from £4,900 to £16,500.

Chewton Glen Treehouses, Hampshire

Portchester Castle in Hampshire
Portchester Castle in Hampshire

Chewton Glen offers luxury treehouses set 35-feet above the ground in Hampshire’s idyllic New Forest, making it one of the most unusual hotels on our list. Enjoy canopy views from your private terrace, where you can soak under the stars in your own private hot tub. Treehouses also include king-size beds and cosy living spaces with wood burners and underfloor heating, as well as marble bathrooms and mood lighting. The most luxurious option, The Yews, can accommodate up to 12 people and has a full kitchen.

Take advantage of Chewton Glen’s stellar facilities during your stay, which include tennis courts, croquet lawns and a nine-hole golf course set over 130 acres. You can take a cooking course or have a meal at The Dining Room, which is serviced by well-known British chefs like James Martin. Don’t miss a treatment at the award-winning spa, which has Europe’s largest hydrotherapy pool, crystal steam rooms and an ozone-treated pool with Grecian columns. Or get out and explore your beautiful surroundings – the medieval Portchester Castle, located near the hotel, is well worth a visit.

Location: Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, New Forest, Hampshire, BH25 6QS.
Price: Treehouses cost between £850 per night for a studio and £2,850 for a private treehouse that sleeps up to 12.
Contact Details: To experience this unique hotel, get in touch with one of our travel experts now on 020 8335 1070 or email travel@aircharter.co.uk.
Private Jet Charter: Get a private charter quote to Bournemouth Airport, which is a 25-minute drive from Chewton Glen. As an example, it costs between £4,800 and £13,800 to fly there from London City Airport in a light jet.

Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire

Spend the night in a 12th-century Norman castle in the heart of Pembrokeshire, Wales. The 800-year-old building was heavily restored in 2012 to combine original features with modern comfort. One of the highlights is the castle’s panoramic views of the rolling Welsh countryside and Preseli Hills, stretching all the way to Brides Bay. For a real treat, stay in the most lavish Ap Gruffydd Room, which looks out to the sea.

Roch Castle is an AA Five Gold Star Property and has won a string of awards, including “Hotel of the Year” in 2016 and 2017 at the Welsh Hospitality Awards. Guests can relax in The Court Room, which features an impressive tapestry depicting the history of the castle, or the glass Sun Room on a terrace. To complete your stay, request a massage or visit the award-winning Rosette Blas Restaurant in St Davids at the hotel’s sister property, Twr y Felin.

Location: Church Road, Roch, Haverfordwest, SA62 6AQ.
Price: Rooms cost between £160 and £250 per night, including breakfast.
Contact Details: If you'd like to stay here, get in touch with one of our travel experts now on 020 8335 1070 or email travel@aircharter.co.uk.
Private Jet Charter: Fly into Haverfordwest Airport, which is a 17-minute drive from Roch Castle. Chartering a light jet from London Heathrow costs between £10,800 and £18,100. Contact us for a personalised quote today.

The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

View of Edinburgh cityscape
View of Edinburgh cityscape

Stay in a grand, Gothic-style suite at the world-renowned Witchery by the Castle. This restaurant and hotel is set in 16th-century Boswell’s Court in the heart of Edinburgh, just a stone’s throw from the city’s castle. If you’re wondering about the hotel’s name, it’s taken from the hundreds of women who were accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake on Castlehill in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Witchery by the Castle offers nine baroque- and gothic-style suites. Think tapestries, wooden antique furnishings, red-and-gold fabrics, velvet upholstery, leather panelled walls and marble-floored bathrooms. Each suite is unique, with facilities including four-poster beds, roll-top baths, dressing rooms, dining rooms and turret staircases. Take in views over the Royal Mile and Old Town, especially from the rooftop of The Guardroom suite.

Location: Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF.
Price: Suites cost from £345 to £395 per night, including breakfast.
Contact Details: Get in touch with one of our travel experts on 020 8335 1070 or email travel@aircharter.co.uk, if you wish to stay like a royal.
Private Jet Charter: The hotel is just half an hour from Edinburgh Airport. Chartering a light jet from London Heathrow costs from £12,000 to £19,100 in a light jet. Contact us for a tailored private jet quote.

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