Being from Wales myself, I can safely say that we are eclectic people, and these alternative options for accommodation back up that claim well!
I’ve compiled some of the most bizarre places to stay in Wales including in a crash landed 9 passenger jet, in a 13th century castle or suspended from the edge of a cliff. To keep in with the stereotype, there’s also a shepherds hut for good measure.
1. THE BOATEL
The Boatel near Machynlleth is literally a bed in a boat. Winner of shed of the year 2013 this boat is yours for £45 per night. There is a double bed in the boat area and a separate open plan kitchen and living area with views of Cader Idris.
2. THE JET STAR
A rival for the most unusual place to stay in Wales, the Jetstar is a first class plane from the seventies converted into accommodation for four guests. It retains a most of the original features including a lit up bar area and the cockpit is fitted with a Bluetooth stereo and an xbox with some flight games, yours from £125 per night.
3. CLIFF CAMPING
Not one for the faint-hearted, this cliff camping experience in Anglesey will really get the adrenaline running. You’ll camp on a portaledge suspended from the edge of a cliff, but no need to fear as you’ll be accompanied by professionals and safely attached at all times. We’ll leave the toilet situation to your imagination.
4. WOODLAND ROUNDHOUSE
The woodland roundhouse near the North Wales coast is about 10 miles from Snowdon and just 1 mile from the beach. It looks like an old hobbit/fairy dwelling made from all natural materials, a truly unique place to stay. Nestled away in the woodland and with no mains electricity this place truly is the place to get off grid. This will sleep four guests from £75 per night.
5. THE STARHOUSE
Hidden away in the Brecon Beacons, The Starhouse is a glass roofed cabin perfect for observing the starry nights. This one is best for those who love nature as it’s located in the woods of the black mountains. Your host will even carry your luggage across the fields to get there (albeit in a wheelbarrow)!
6. UPTON CASTLE
Feel like a royal with a stay in a room of 13th century Upton Castle. Stroll around the listed gardens and woodlands stretching down to the Cleddau estuary. The castle is within easy reach of the historic towns of Tenby and Pembroke and only 7 miles from renowned beaches. Each room sleeps 2 people from £90 per night – not bad for a castle.
7. SWANSEA SHEPHERDS HUT
Located on a camp site in Swansea, this original shepherds hut is simple but cosy and will fit 2 guests for £46 per night. It comes with a log burner to keep snug and is just a 10 minute drive from fantastic beaches and cliff tops.
8. LLANCAYO WINDMILL
Although not on airbnb, when I spotted this 19th century windmill near Usk, Monmouthshire available to rent, I knew it had to be included. The windmill has been restored after suffering fire damage and is now available to rent as a luxury retreat. The five story property will sleep 12 people and is sure to make your instagram followers jealous. Although it does come with a hefty £1495 price tag.
Have you found any more bizarre or unusual places to stay in Wales? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to add them!
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