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Presenting Our Most Unusual Conversions for Awe-Inspiring Holidays!

3 April 2024

There’s a special thrill to be had in staying somewhere extraordinary, which is one of the reasons why we love our Host Unusual properties so much.

And when your chosen retreat used to be something else entirely, your break becomes a uniquely spellbinding and absurdly creative experience – with all the obligatory bragging rights attached!

Our wondrous roll-call of unusual conversions includes The Beach Stop: a Grade II-listed West Sussex garage from the 1930s… that’s now a sleek Art Deco retreat with fun light-up vintage pumps.

Or how about Kaleb the Combine – an actual Combine Harvester whose quirky and imaginative conversion was featured on the BBC TV show My Unique B&B (on which host Simon Parfett couldn’t wait to sit in the cab… we suspect you’ll feel exactly the same!)

What else can we whet your appetite with? You could choose to bed down at Brewery Vaults, a former Georgian brewing hall that’s exquisitely furnished and superbly located in a pretty Cotswolds village.

Or head to laid-back Amsterdam and take your pick from no less than 28 former bridge-keeper’s houses strewn across the city… vibrantly transformed into “little architectural eye candies” collectively known as SWEETS Hotel.

We’ve got an abundance of creative and characterful conversions to show you, both in the UK and around the world.

(We’re pretty confident that by the time you’ve finished browsing, you’ll be fully ‘converted’ to this incredible type of retreat, too!)

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Beach Stop, West Sussex

The Brewery Vaults

Freshford, nr Bath, Somerset, England
For a very special escape to stunning Somerset, the Brewery Vaults provides stylish luxury for four in the gorgeous village of Freshford.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£785 (7 nights)

The Old Signal Box Wellow

Wellow, Somerset, England
A heritage-rich, pet-friendly artist’s retreat with a relaxing sauna, beautifully secluded amongst chocolate-box countryside in a Somerset village that’s close to the iconic city of Bath.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£100 /night

The Cell Block

Clifton, Texas, USA
Judge and jury have spoken: doing time just got a whole lot more fun at The Cell Block, where you're invited to holiday in luxurious solitary confinement at this old city jail in Texas!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£170 / night

Wee Retreat

Sheringham, Norfolk, England
An incredible transformation of a former Victorian toilet block, into a stylish holiday home with spectacular Norfolk sea views.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£611 (7nts)

LV14 SULA Lightship

Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Escape to the water and enjoy a unique and scenic adult-only stay aboard a historic British Lightship, beautifully restored and enchantingly moored in the Gloucester Docks, in the Cotswolds.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£166 night

Cwmhir Court Silos

Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales
Three cosily converted farm silos for romantic getaways and family breaks, privately nestled on ancient rural grounds in walking distance of the River Wye and Hay-on-Wye.
Bedrooms: 3 or 1 per silo
Sleeps: 5 or 2 per silo
From
£1,010 / week (2 guests)

SWEETS hotel

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Take your pick from one of the unique bridge house suites, beautifully scattered along the canals of Amsterdam.
Bedrooms: 1 per house
Sleeps: 2 per house
From
£117 / night

The Beach Stop

East Preston, West Sussex, England
A Grade II-listed 1930's garage, beautifully transformed into a single-level, art deco-style retreat with curved walls and light-up vintage pumps, just five minutes' walk from East Preston beach.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£549 / week

The Hen House

Kiltarlity, The Highlands, Scotland
Enjoy a picture-perfect, architecturally listed farm retreat, complete with a romantic hot tub, secluded on a magnificent Scottish Highlands estate close to Loch Ness.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£577 (7 nights)

THEKRANE

Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandi Noir in its most unique and luxurious form - a private, soul-enriching Danish retreat set in a former coal crane.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£1,069 / night

The Five Bells Inn

Upwell, Norfolk, England
Grab your loved ones and enjoy the lock-in of a lifetime, at a cosily-converted, entertainment-packed Norfolk pub, complete with a garden hot tub and sauna.
Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: 21
From
£3,261 /week

The Seed Store

Peasenhall, Suffolk, England
Plant yourselves in this award-winning Suffolk holiday cottage for two, and grow plenty of romance in a contemporary living space set in rural luxury.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£423 / week

1944 Ammunition Wagon

Northiam, East Sussex, England
Wartime-style romance in a cosy Ammunition Wagon hideaway on the Kent and East Sussex steam railway line.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
From
£175 (2 nights)

Cocondo

Hoek van Holland, South Holland, Netherlands
A historic World War Two telephone bunker, transformed into a sustainable and design-led family retreat with captivating stories to tell, secluded beneath the coastal dunes in Hook of Holland.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
From
£117 / night

Art Hangar

Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
Stray from the beaten Tuscan track at Art Hangar, in an industrial hangar transformed into a unique loft space that's perfect for creative dreamers.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£1,655 (7 nights)

The Aviator Hotel

Sywell, Northamptonshire, England
A dazzling Art Deco retreat and former pilot’s clubhouse, steeped in history and overlooking the lively Sywell Aerodrome in the heart of rural Northamptonshire.  
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£81 / night

Suffolk Skytower

Woolverstone, Suffolk, England
An awe-inspiring 80ft landmark tower ideal for large group celebrations, with panoramic rural views of the Shotley Peninsula.
Bedrooms: 9
Sleeps: 18
From
£3038 (1 week)

Salvation House

Bradninch, Devon, England
A vintage, architect-designed Salvation Army hall, breath-takingly restored as an ultra-luxurious retreat with a rooftop terrace and geodesic dome with spectacular Devon views.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£300 /night

Kaleb the Combine

Friskney, near Skegness, Lincolnshire, England
A former combine harvester expertly transformed into a unique and quirky pet-friendly retreat, peacefully set by a scenic lake on a Lincolnshire family farm.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
From
£120 / night

Rocket Cart House

Lizard, Cornwall, England
A granite former cart store, steeped in history and romance, serenely secluded on the Lizard Peninsula with dreamy Cornish coastal walks in abundance.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£440 (7 nights)

Fog Signal Building

Dungeness, Kent, England
A romantically unspoilt building steeped in historic charm, set on the wildly windswept Dungeness coast.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£654 (2 nts)

Fort Leicester

Bouley Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands
A historic military stronghold that's rich in comfort and historic drama, expertly transformed into a dog-friendly, distraction-free retreat elevated above Jersey's atmospheric coastline.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 8
From
588 2 nights

Smithy Lodge

Prestwich, Greater Manchester, England
A charming Grade II-listed former gatehouse, ornately designed and beautifully positioned within the grounds of Manchester's vast, historic Heaton Park.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
From
£335 (7 nights)

The Little Lookout

Littlehampton, West Sussex, England
A former coastguard tower, stylishly transformed into a cool, contemporary retreat with spectacular views from Littlehampton's iconic seafront.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
From
£150 / night

The Tunnel

Chacombe, Oxfordshire, England
A spellbinding lake-view retreat with a stargazing hot tub and its very own pontoon, rich in romance and peacefully secluded on a private Oxfordshire farm and fishery.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£654 / 3 nts

The Bolthole

Pagham Beach, West Sussex, England
A super-cool, first-class retreat that's rich in home comforts, expertly crafted around a Victorian railway carriage that's right on the beach at Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£295 / night

Sea King Helicopter Glamping

Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Thrilling, one-of-a-kind glamping aboard converted ex-service helicopters with captivating backstories, secluded on a family-friendly site in Yorkshire.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 (+3)
From
£318 (2 nights)

The Wild Duck

Heacham, Norfolk, England
The Wild Duck is a former 19th century boat, uniquely transformed into a luxurious Heacham haven ideal for seaside family holidays.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£562 (3 nights)

The Transmitter Bunker

Ringstead, Dorset, England
A pet-friendly, Grade II-listed hideaway from World War Two, rich in quirky character and secluded in a Dorset AONB with incredible sea views.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£733 / week

The Control Tower B&B

Walsingham, Norfolk, England
A restored Control Tower B&B bursting with history, period art deco features and furnishings on a former North Norfolk airfield.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 2 per room
From
£125 / night

The Well House

Finstall nr Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
A soothing Worcestershire sanctuary with a garden hot tub and a showstopping dining table created from a 40-foot well, secluded on a four-acre farm estate with rolling countryside views.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£520 (3 nights)

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