Explore the UK’s historic past at one of these amazing vacation rentals
If you are looking for a unique getaway this winter, why not explore the UK’s historic past at one of these amazing vacation rentals.
We’ve teamed up with Host Unusual to show you the best historic places in the country.
So whether you want to lock yourself in an old prison cell or watch birds fly over the Atlantic from the top of an observation tower, there is something for all history lovers here.
Here are our top six options:
6. Lightship LV14 SULA, Gloucestershire
If you are looking for an original historical monument, look no further than the LV4 SULA flagship.
A ship-shaped lighthouse, the ship entered service in 1959 and was initially stationed in the Humber Estuary. His target shone for 17 miles, guiding the sailors safely to shore.
After the ship was decommissioned it made a brief stint as a floating museum in South Wales, but is now moored at Gloucester Docks and converted into a luxurious holiday home.
The ship can accommodate up to four people, but unfortunately it is not suitable for children, pets or people with reduced mobility. With many restored features and fittings, there is a lot of original charm, from the original teak doors to a wooden ladder leading to an escape hatch.
Once you’ve got your sea legs, you can explore Gloucester’s restaurants and bars, or just relax on the foredeck with a coffee, or Navy rum?
5. The radio tower, Jersey
If you’re a WWII fan, this observation tower built by the occupying German forces is the vacation rental for you. On the edge of a weathered cliff, the tower overlooks the Corbière lighthouse and has enough space inside for six people.
Spread over six floors, the radio tower is accessible by a winding concrete staircase and is full of observation windows for you to contemplate the world below.
While retaining many of the original features, the tower has also been given some luxuries including shower rooms and underfloor heating.
It’s the viewing platform that’s the real draw here, with a panoramic view of the Atlantic. If you pack your binoculars, you can expect to see diving birds, boats, and maybe even a few dolphins. The minimum stay here is two nights, and it’s a great place to visit if you want to leave the world behind, as there’s no Wi-Fi either.
4. The Old Station, West Sussex
Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, this old train station was originally built in 1892. Formerly Petworth Station, the station house has been lovingly restored and there are two bedrooms available, as well as eight more in the converted Pullman railroad cars at the outside.
Pullman cars are trimmed in polished wood, providing an old-fashioned feel, while Station House Lower has a decadent walk-in shower and super king-size bed.
Luxury doesn’t end at the door, because in the station waiting room, guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning of their stay or afternoon tea if you fancy something. sweet thing.
The train station is a great place to stay if you are planning a trip to Good wood or theaters near Chichester. There is also an excellent local pub, the Badgers Inn, on the doorstep and of course the vast hills of the South Downs National Park.
3. St Curig Church, Snowdonia
If you’ve been a saint all year and think you deserve a break, what better way to indulge yourself than a stay in a converted church? The 19th century St Curig Church can accommodate 16 people, so it is ideal for family reunions and groups of friends.
Located in the mountain village of Capel Curig, Snowdonia National Park is literally on your doorstep, so don’t forget to pack your walking shoes. Or, if you’re in the mood to relax, head to the hot tub where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Snowdon Horseshoe.
The church also offers splendid views inside, including a mosaic ceiling. After dark, you can enjoy a game of table tennis or a quick game of snooker, before falling asleep under the chair carved in stone.
If you are a little adrenaline junkie then head to the Zipworld, or if you prefer the quiet life, take a seat in one of the quaint local pubs.
2. Lendal Tower, York
You can travel further back in time by staying in this 14th century tower in York. Sitting on the banks of the river Ouse, Lendal Tower was originally built to strengthen the city’s defenses and stored a huge chain that served to stop boats coming along the river.
During the Tudor era it was transformed into a water tower, supplying water to the city of York, but nowadays it is a luxury vacation rental for up to six people.
The property has received a 5-star Gold Award from Visit England, and many of its original features remain in place, including wooden floors and large wooden beams. Along with the heritage, there are also modern luxuries, including leather sofas, large double beds, and a feast-worthy dining table.
Outside, a private garden awaits you, with a lawn and garden furniture so you can sit outside on warm summer evenings.
The tower’s best kept secret, however, is a huge rooftop terrace, with panoramic views over York. A ladder takes you up to the roof, where you can relax until late at night and enjoy majestic sunsets over this historic fortification.
1. Temple of Diana, Shropshire
Vacation rentals are no more luxurious than Temple of Diana in Weston Park in Shropshire. Built in the 1760s, the temple was designed by architect James Paine and sits in a park landscaped by iconic landscape designer Capability Brown.
The temple can accommodate up to 6 people and offers its guests a truly unique experience – although at £ 1,679 (€ 2,000) for a seven-night stay, luxury doesn’t come cheap.
Guests can spend their time relaxing in the Orangery, a large veranda with panoramic views of the lawns beyond provided by floor-to-ceiling windows.
There’s also a cozy lounge – where the lady of the Weston Park estate had tea – and an old octagonal music room, which has been turned into a dining room.
There’s plenty to explore outside too, with Temple Woods and Temple Pool on your doorstep. On the estate you can practice fishing, clay pigeon shooting and archery and if you are feeling brave your hosts can even organize a hot air balloon excursion for you.
If you manage to escape from your room, there is also plenty to see and do outside of the hotel, including hikes on Bodmin Moor where you can explore the Camel trail before plunging back into one of the hotel’s freestanding bathtubs.