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Cool Places to Stay in the UK

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Festival season might be drawing to a close, but the sun’s still shining and there’s plenty of great stuff to see and do up and down the UK. We reckon that there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a Great British Getaway before it’s time to swap flip flops for your Ugg boots and a roaring fire! If you fancy a trip away this year that’s a little bit different, from a boat on top of the South Bank Centre to sustainable yurt living in Derbyshire, then read on as our hit list of alternative places to stay is bound to tickle your fancy…

The Pilot Panther

Permanent hotels are so last century. The legendary Pilot Panther is the most exclusive travelling hotel room in the UK, a former showman’s trailer currently residing on the shores of Loch Voil. The Loch and the Panther are both in the grounds of Monachyle Mhor Hotel, whose kitchen provides award-winning breakfasts and dinners – perfect for setting up a day’s tramping around the Loch or in the hills that surround it. The Pilot Panther sleeps a maximum of four, in one king size bed with two extra bunks. Toilet and shower facilities are at the hotel, and extra guests can camp next to the Panther for a fee.

The Room for London

If an old showman’s cabin by a loch isn’t quirky enough for you, how about a boat on top of a London arts centre? And not just any old arts centre, either. The Room for London sits atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Purcell Rooms (Southbank Centre), right in the heart of the capital. We reckon it’s the smallest and coolest hotel in town: one room, for two, and two decks make this London’s weirdest and most exclusive apartment. Take in a show at the National Theatre (directly under your bow), head up to Drury Lane for some theatrical eats, or just kick back and take in the spectacular view.

Secret Cloud, Derbyshire

There can be few better ways to escape from the hustle of modern life than a sustainable yurt in the middle of the Derbyshire countryside. Secret Cloud is a collection of three, all luxuriously appointed and completely eco friendly. Even the food is sustainably sourced: most of it comes from the farm on which the yurts sit. You’ll be greeted with a welcome hamper almost the same size as the yurt, stuffed with local bread, oatcakes, sausage and eggs – all ready to cook on the gas stove. When you’re done eating in the sumptuous home-carved chairs, why not saddle up the mountain bikes and hit the Tissington Trail; or lace up those hiking boots and get into the Peaks?

The Wheatsheaf Inn, the Cotswolds

At first glance, the Wheatsheaf looks like any other inn in the English countryside: lovely stone walls, low ceilings, lots of flowers in the beer garden. Then you clock the Bang and Olufsen TVs in every room, and the signatures in the guest book. Kate Moss’s wedding guests stayed here, and we reckon there’ve been more legendary 70s rockers in its understated rooms than anywhere else in the country. If the partying doesn’t put you in bed for a week, travel to nearby Cheltenham for a reinvigorating spa.

So there you have it. Get your rocks off in the Cotswolds or enjoy perfect seclusion in the heart of the South Bank. The UK’s full of amazing places to stay – enjoy!

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