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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (plus the odd helicopter and boat!)

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Published 05/05/2017 Planes, Trains and Automobiles (plus the odd helicopter and boat!)

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There's nothing like that free feeling of travelling...knowing that just by stepping aboard that bus, plane or boat, you're leaving your cares far behind you.  If you're anything like us here at Host Unusual HQ, you'll sometimes enjoy the journey itself as much as your destination!

Now you can combine your favourite mode of transport with a cosy bed and indulgent style worthy of the first-class section, with a stylish assortment of buses, trains and boats (not to mention the occasional helicopter!) all lovingly and creatively designed to offer the kind of luxurious comfort you'd normally only expect from a five-star hotel suite.   

So, are you ready to change your perception of transport forever?  Then hop aboard, as we take you on a whistle-stop tour of some of the Host Unusual conversions around!


Bewitching Buses


We begin with the seriously innovative Bedroam, an Amazing Space that completely captivated TV's George Clarke with its sleek, Japanese-inspired design that transformed a humble double-decker bus.

Based just outside York, Bedroam equals glamping with a unique twist of design-led style, with 14 individual sleep pods (in which 6'3" George Clarke found he had more than enough room to spare!)  You'll even find ‘his and hers' bathrooms, a coffee machine and a fridge on board.


If you're looking for larger group accommodation, open up Pigeon Door - where you'll find three quirkily converted double-deckers (named Betsy Blue, Billie and Beetie) nestled in Shropshire countryside.  Each come complete with their own private garden and hot tub for an added injection of luxury....and with on-site stables you can even bring your horse along, too!


The Majestic Bus is another Amazing Spaces favourite, found in the hearty Herefordshire countryside.  Gorgeously green surroundings strewn with sweet-scented wildflowers await you outside, all perfectly viewed from the inside of this 1960s Bedford Panorama bus, too.  The jewel in the Majestic crown is a purpose-built bath house-with-a-view, featuring a roll-top bath surrounded by a wood burner and plenty of twinkling tea lights.


Picturesque Planes and Homely Helicopters

Follow us as we take you to the heart of the Isle of Wight - where you'll encounter one of the most unique stays around, in a converted Westland Wessex helicopter known as Galahad, stationed at Windmill Campersite.


Galahad was on active duty during the Falklands War, and these days has retained its original character to provide a rurally romantic stay for two.  Watch the sunset from the comfort of the cockpit, with the comforts of home all around - including an innovative solar-powered ‘shower shack' for a truly original break.


If you always wanted to be a pilot when you grew up (or you still do!) - head for Pembrokeshire's Apple Camping, where you'll encounter the creatively converted 1970s Jet Star - fully equipped with cabin, cockpit and the original plane lighting.  There's a fully-lit bar area and a cosy double bed that's more than fit for first class...but better still, you'll find Jet Star's original switches and controls all perfectly in tact.  Roger and out!


Romantic Railway Carriages


We think trainspotters have an unfair reputation for dullness - one that'll be turned completely on its head from the moment you encounter Railway Retreats.  A charmingly converted 1962 MK1 carriage found at Northiam Steam Railway station along the picturesque Kent and East Sussex line, you can dine al fresco on the elevated glass balcony, surrounded by fresh countryside.  Train carriages simply don't come much more luxurious than this!


Tucked away in the heart of Dorset, you'll find High Cross Camping Coach and Living Van, offering a truly unique stay infused with original character from romantic times past (the Camping Coach is an authentic rail carriage that hails from Victorian times, while the Living Van is exquisitely Edwardian) - yet transformed to feature everything you need for a contemporary country stay, set in your very own private garden.


Beautiful Boats


We're heading for the riverside, now - the Thames, to be exact - where you'll find London's oldest houseboat, The Harpy Houseboat, featuring soothing river views that take in Tower Bridge.  Stay in the beating heart of London without any of the hectic bustle as you luxuriate in your floating haven, with four opulent bedrooms, a study, and plenty of original Heal's 1920s oak furniture for that stunning touch of tradition.


The Dutch waterways are known for their grace and beauty, and now, with a stay aboard the Hotel Barge Waternimf, you can experience the sense of Dutch canal life in scenic Cambridgeshire.

Originally built in 1906, Waternimf is a former cargo boat that has been transformed into a welcoming floating hotel.  There's a stylish lounge and dining area, decks that are perfect for enjoying the views, and five double ensuite Dutch-named cabins, all beautifully and comfortably furnished in clean, naturally nautical style.  

So folks, that just about wraps up our tour...and if you'd like to show your appreciation, why not visit our head over to our categories section and book a follow-up stay?  We guarantee you won't be disappointed!

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