5 unique luxury stays in Britain for 2014

It’s a New Year and what better way to start 2014 than experiencing something fresh and new. This year, why not look beyond the tried and tested luxury hotels and bed down somewhere different. The home of eccentricity, we’ve scoured the breadth of Britain to give you our finest selection of the country’s unique and luxurious stays to inspire you. So whether an antique pineapple in the peaks of Scotland or a majestic fort in the waters of the South Coast, you’ll be sure to enjoy a new and one-of-a-kind experience when you stay in the UK.

Stay at a fort: Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth

Less than a mile off the coast of Portsmouth sits the lavish private island, the Spitbank Fort. What was once a military base has been transformed into a luxurious secluded resort, complete with eight spacious rooms, an extravagant ten-person hot tub, three dining rooms, three bars, a sauna and a gym. From the impressive menu to the rooftop fire pit offering prime seats to the fort’s sinking sunsets, this is an awe-inspiring and absolutely unforgettable stay you won’t find anywhere else in the UK.

Spitbank Fort

Stay in a fruit: The Pineapple, Dunmore, Scotland

Relish the opportunity to reside in Britain’s unique fruit-shaped abode. Built for the 4th Earl of Dunmore in 1761, The Pineapple is an eccentric work of exquisite masonry that was rescued from obscurity and carefully restored by the Landmark Trust to become a treasured part of British heritage. Steeped in history and atmosphere, this elegant two bedroomed property presides over an immense walled garden that is ideal for a refreshing afternoon stroll.

The Pineapple

Stay in a pub: The White Horse, South Downs, West Sussex

Although perhaps not so unusual, there’s nothing more quintessentially British than staying at a beautiful countryside pub and The White Horse in Chilgrove takes countryside luxury up a notch. A traditional British pub filled with quirky antique furnishings, their decadent contemporary cabins come complete with exquisite designer details and luxurious touches. Some rooms also include your very own private terrace adorned with a large outdoor hot tub – perfect for an evening dip, champagne in hand, overlooking the glorious rolling hills of the surrounding South Downs.

The White Horse

Stay in a windmill: Rye Windmill, Rye, East Sussex

Enjoy an original and opulent stay in one of East Sussex’s most celebrated landmarks. The Rye Windmill offers ten fabulous rooms within its Grade II listed walls. Two of their deluxe suites are situated in the mill itself, equipped with your own private balcony that looks over the epic countryside landscape – a gorgeously unique choice for a romantic weekend break or a trip with the family.

Rye Windmill

Stay in an eco hotel: The Scarlet, Cornwall

For the environmentally minded, try an escape to the peace and tranquillity of one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, the luxury eco hotel The Scarlet. A stunningly modern and highly individual retreat, it boasts to be influenced only by the ‘natural rhythms of Mother Nature’. Inside, The Scarlet strives to blur the boundaries of indoors and out with a mix of brightly lit open spaces and relaxing nooks and crannies. The owners say that their vision was ‘to create a place with really delicious food, Cornish art and quirky stuff to make us smile’ – a must for anyone looking for an original British seaside retreat.

The Scarlet Hotel

Nicole Harley is Editor at The Epicurean.

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