Have you ever wanted to sleep somewhere a bit different?.
The most unusual sleeping arrangement we’ve found ourselves in, was in a Welsh shepherd’s hut. We slept in a stack, with the children perched on top of me and D, on beds that were like little ledges. Everyone managed to get a decent night’s sleep, though. Once we’d all nodded off, there was no way to tell the difference between the little ledge-beds and regular bunk beds.
Our shepherd’s hut was tame in comparison with some places to sleep. Just check out this weird and wonderful lot.
La Balade des Gnômes, Durbuy, Belgium
La Balade des Gnômes roughly translates as ‘walk of the gnomes’. Guests can sleep in rooms designed to look a troll’s forest, or a gnome’s cabin. But it’s not just wee folk that you’ll find in this charismatic hotel. Weary travelling families can lay their heads down in rooms decked out as a wacky Andalusian-style village, a Gaudi-esque chamber or even in a full-size wooden Trojan horse. There seems to be little rhyme nor reason to the themes behind the different rooms, but they all look fabulous.
Nearest airport: Liège
Dog Bark Park Inn, in Cottonwood, Idaho USA
If you’re a family of dog-lovers, then a night or two inside the world’s biggest beagle might be for you. Dog Bark Park Inn, in Cottonwood, Idaho, is a bed and breakfast that overlooks prairie grain fields. A strong canine theme runs through the two-bedroom unit, with everything from pillows to board games to wall decor sporting doggie motifs.
Nearest airport: Lewiston
In Guadix, in Andalucia, Spain, locals have lived in caves for hundreds of years. The Barrio de Cuevas (Neighbourhood of Caves) is peppered with the white tips of underground dwellings, jutting out from the landscape. The caves are a cool place to escape the fierce summer sunshine, and many of them are available for travellers to stay in.
Nearest airport: Granada
Cages and coffins in Propellor Island City Lodge, Berlin, Germany
Propellor Island City Lodge is currently closed for repairs and a new concept, but it sounds like the most weird and wonderful hotel imaginable. Artist Lars Stroschen created a series of rooms that double up as art installations. A tubular shaped room features three beds, stacked on terraces. A completely blue room is lined with sails made from steel. And families can either sleep in the Nosferatus room, in coffins or in the labyrinth underneath; or in a room with a double bed and two cages suspended from the ceiling – both perfectly child-sized, and lockable. Kirsty from Family Adventure Project decided against the coffins, but did choose the cages. You can read about her stay in this blog post.
Nearest airport: Berlin
An Iglu in Switzerland, Germany or Andorra
Iglu Dorf run iglu resorts in eight different locations across Switzerland, Germany and Andorra. Emma from Bavarian Sojourn found herself on top of the Zugspitze (Germany’s tallest mountain), waiting to watch the sun go down before spending the night in a hand-carved ice chamber. She says “Whilst I wouldn’t recommend this experience for really young children, ours enjoyed every minute (apart from perhaps the trip to the ice loo in the middle of the night). ” Emma’s evening included night sledging, a foundue dinner and star gazing, and you can read about her experience in this blog post.
Nearest airport (to Zugspitze): Innsbruck
An old bus in Carmarthenshire, Wales
Weache Bus is a converted double-decker, set in a 22 acre nature reserve. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a wood stove and kitchen area, she’s positively luxurious. But there’s no escaping her ancestry as a Lothian Regional Transport bus, servicing Edinburgh. Weache Bus opens for bookings in March 2018.
Nearest airport: Cardiff
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