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The UK’s most unique hotels

Tired of the traditional hotel experience? Planning a holiday isn’t always about the location sometimes it simply about the uniqueness of the hotel, so for your next trip away why not try one of these ten hotels for a more memorable stay.

1. No Man’s Fort, Portsmouth
Located a mile off the coast of Portsmouth with 360 degree views of the Solent strait, No Man’s Fort was originally built as a navy fort to protect Portsmouth from an attack by Napoleon III. In 2012 the fort opened as a luxurious hotel complete with spa treatments, driving range, nightclub, laser tag arena and a lighthouse penthouse suite.

2. Chateau Rhianfa, Menai Bridge
It’s not very often you get to create your very own fairy-tale but Chateau Rhainfa, in north Wales, gives you that exact opportunity. Built between 1849 and 1851 as an estate house, the residence architecture draws heavily from French châteaus. The building has since been converted into a luxury hotel complete with stunning views and exclusivity.

3. The Old Railway Station, Petworth
Perfect for train enthusiasts and history buffs the Old Railway Station is exactly as the name suggests, closed to passengers in 1955 and to freight traffic in 1966 the old station was later converted into a guest house. On the station grounds there are also eight restored Pullman railway carriages which have been transformed into luxury suites, and are eight of only 100 left in the world.

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4. The Malmaison Oxford, Oxfordshire
Part of Oxford castle, the Malmaison occupies an area of the castle’s former prison blocks which closed in 1996. Guest rooms have been created in the former cells complete with barred windows and iron doors. However, if you’re looking for a truly authentic prison experience you won’t find it at the Malmaison as all rooms have been revamped for a more lavish stay.

5. The Penny Lane Hotel, Liverpool
A trip to Liverpool isn’t complete without taking in the history of the Beatles so why not stay in Merseyside’s very own Beatles themed hotel. Ideally located central to all Beatles related attractions, the Penny Lane Hotel has made it their mission to keep the magic of the Beatles alive. Every room is tastefully decorated with Beatles décor with the hotel acting as the perfect base for exploring the city.

6. Beach Sun Retreat, Kent
Enjoy summer all year long at the Beach Sun Retreat in Kent, the guesthouse was the first hotel in the country to install innovative sun simulators which give you sunlight and heat at the flick of a switch. The simulators replicate natural sunlight with 30 degree temperatures while being 100% safe to use, so now you can enjoy a relaxing beach holiday without setting foot on a plane.

7. Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Chewton Glen gives adults everywhere the opportunity to connect with their inner child and live out the dream of having their very own treehouse. Set on 130 acres of countryside, the Chewton Glen estate includes a country house hotel, roman themed pool, luxury spa as well as the stunning treehouse suites which are equipped with hot tubs and all the technology you could ever need.

8. The Little Hide, York
Nestled in Yorkshire’s countryside The Little Hide is an adult only glamping experience ideal for peace and quiet. There are eight pods to choose from, each named after a different species of bird, all identical expect the colour of the furniture. Located close enough to York the Little Hide gives visitors the opportunity to explore as well as relax.

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9. Cley Windmill, Holt
Built in the early 19th century the Cley Windmill has a rich history, including several sales, a flood in 1953 and an inheritance by Colonel Charles Blount, father of the singer James Blunt, in 1979. The windmill now operates as a Bed and Breakfast offering stunning views over the marshes and sea, from the upstairs room. The structure has also become a popular location for weddings.

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10. The House in the Sea, Cornwall
Dubbed the House in the Sea, this Cornwall guesthouse can only be accessed by a 90-foot-high suspension bridge offering a beach holiday like no other.  Located on a mini island the house becomes completely surrounded by waves during high tide. Although the house is secluded it certainly isn’t sparse, it comes lavishly furnished complete with a billiards table, bar and outside dining suite.