Discover and dream your way through our selection of stunning unusual and exciting hotels in locations all over the world revealed in High Definition.
United Kingdom, West Europe Hotels
Cowley  
Manor
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Celebrating all that best about the fresh English countryside and its traditional estates, Cowley Manor is a vanguard of English finery. Indeed, it was a favorite of Lewis Carroll who authored Alice in Wonderland and other delightfully surreal works. Located on an estate that was assigned by William the Conqueror …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Nature   Palace
Burgh Island  
Hotel
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This hotel was a frequent haunt of famous author Agatha Christie who set her novel, And Then There Were None, on a fictionalized version of the archipelago. The hotel was finished in 1929, and throughout the 1930s, it played host to glamorous guests. In World War 2, it served as …
Accommodation types: Beach   Island   Nature
Fort  
Leicester
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This fort was named after the first Earl of Leicester who was a 16th Century English statesman and close friend of Queen Elizabeth I. Originally designed to deter the French from invading England again, it remained an isolated post in the British channel until it was captured by the Nazis …
Accommodation types: Castle   Fort
Barge  
Aground
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Built at the starboard end of the British obsession with the seaside, this holiday bungalow is shaped like a barge and decorated with a nautical theme. The bungalow is self-catering with all modern conveniences provided for. Wooden shutters allow air to circulate in summer and protect the windows from storms. …
Accommodation types: Boat   Island
Belle Tout  
Lighthouse
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The bright chalk cliffs of Beachy Head rise 162 meters above sea level and create a dramatic setting for this hotel with a difference. Petitions were first made to build a lighthouse in the location in 1691 due to a large number of shipwrecks on this dramatic coastline. The Belle …
Accommodation types: Lighthouse   Nature
Artist Residence  
Brighton
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Brighton is one of Britain’s coolest towns where a combination of wealth, music, and fringe culture merges to create a colorful melee. The Art Hotel is at the center of all that. Whether you want to hang out with the vegans, dance with the gays, or nod with the Hip …
Accommodation types: Art   Design
Romany Gypsy  
Caravan
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Self-catering holidays in England. Not the most attractive proposition is it? You’re probably thinking of rainy campsites and the horrors to be endured in the communal shower block. But there are some amazing experiences to be had if you know where to look. Take, for example, “Quirky Holidays” in Cornwall, …
Accommodation types: Gypsy   Nature   Trailer
La Crête  
Fort
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Built in the 19th Century to stop Napoleon invading England, La Crete Fort still ended up with a French name - which is sort of ironic if you think about it. When the Nazis captured Jersey in World War 2 they naturally used the large fortification for their own military …
Accommodation types: Castle   Fort   Nature
The Dune  
House
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Commissioned by a leading company, Living Architecture, this house was designed to reflect the traditional architecture of the area by locating each bedroom within its own gable. A feature picked up by top Norwegian architects, JVA. The roof is made from a reflective alloy to capture the seasons as they …
Accommodation types: Design   Nature
The Balancing  
Barn
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Built by maverick architects MVRDV this barn is a fine example of contemporary architecture. The balancing of the barn has half its mass hanging over a hillside. This adds an element of drama to the building, a sense of impending doom perhaps? Or is it more a thrilling sensation of …
Accommodation types: Design
Necker Belle  
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Virgin Magnate Richard Branson has recently added a luxury catamaran to his collection of unique hotels. Necker Belle specializes in Whale watching, and every year it follows thousands of whales as they meet at Silver Bank in the Caribbean for the annual mating. During this time, the Whales come to …
Accommodation types: Boat   Luxury
Necker  
Island
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Richard Branson’s private island is named after Dutch explorer Johannes de Necker who “discovered” it in the 17th Century. It remained uninhabited until the late 20th Century. In 1965 two British journalists tried to survive as castaways on the island. They lasted three weeks before they were driven off the …
Accommodation types: Beach   Island   Luxury
Corsewall  
Lighthouse
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“Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes; Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise” (Robert Burns) Stranraer in South West Scotland has long been one of the main points of crossing between Ireland and Scotland. The Irish Sea can be tempestuous. Indeed 133 people died in …
Accommodation types: Lighthouse
Castle Cottage  
Treehouse
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The Tree House is part of the Castle Cottage B&B - a Strawberry Hill gothic mansion surrounded by rich woodland and dainty gardens set in rural West Sussex, England. The Tree House is actually built into a proud chestnut tree with thick branches that snake through the bedroom, traveling through …
Accommodation types: Treehouse
Appleton  
Water Tower
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This perfect example of Victorian engineering has been well preserved since it was built in 1871. Back in the 19th Century, the Prince of Wales got sick with Typhoid from drinking unclean water so the tower was commissioned to serve the Royal Sandringham Estate with clean water. The 60-foot tower …
Accommodation types: Heritage   Tower
Hotel  
Pelirocco
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Billed as Britain’s “sauciest hotel” the Pelirocco has much to delight you, especially if you happen to be in the mood for some busy lovemaking. Or not as the case may be, there is plenty to do. They will organize a professional makeover and a glamorous photoshoot for you. The …
Accommodation types: Design
Cley Windmill  
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The medieval town of Cley on England’s historic East Coast has a long tradition of welcoming visitors from all over the world. It was once one of the busiest ports in the land. The Cley Windmill was built in the 1700s and remained as a working mill until the early …
Accommodation types: Windmill
La Corbiere  
Radio Tower
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Located in Jersey which is an island in the English channel that is half tax-haven and half nesting ground for flocks of seabirds, the La Corbiere Radio Tower is in its third incarnation as an unusual place to spend your holiday. It is currently a very unique holiday apartment. La …
Accommodation types: Island   Radio Tower
Livingstone  
Lodge
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The 100 acres “Africa Experience” safari park in Kent, England is a place where many African species are free to roam as if they were at home… except they don’t have to worry about fighting for meager water holes here. When you arrive you will get a glass of champagne …
Accommodation types: Animal   Nature
The Old  
Railway Station
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This old English railway station was used by King Edward VII to visit the nearby Goodwood racecourse. You can stay in the station building or in one of four converted Pullman carriages which used to be the finest way to travel by train. Breakfast is served in the waiting room …
Accommodation types: Train