Weird and wonderful places to stay (not hotels!)

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Forget about booking a boring, bog-standard hotel room. Set up camp in one of these spots

Looking to get creative with your next trip? Forget about booking a boring, bog-standard hotel room, then. Instead, set up camp in one of these weird and wonderful spots.

Cley Windmill on the north Norfolk coast
Cley Windmill. Photo by Duncan~
Cley Windmill, Norfolk
Cley Windmill, Norfolk. Photo by Martin Pettitt
Cley Windmill, Norfolk
Cley Windmill. Photo by GeoBlogs

Windmill in Norfolk (UK)

Unlike that non-descript hotel you last stayed in, the handsome 18th-century Cley Windmill is entirely worthy of a picture or two (like in our featured image by Duncan~).

A well-known local landmark, it looks over the famous Norfolk salt marshes to the quaint Blakeny Point. Sensitively converted, it’s now a simple, yet homely B&B.

Riad Mesc el Lil, Mouassine, Morocco
Riad Mesc el Lil, Mouassine, Morocco. Photo by Riad Mesc el Lil
Riad Mesc el Lil, Mouassine, Morocco
Riad Mesc el Lil, Mouassine, Morocco. Photo by Riad Mesc el Lil
A souvenir shop in Marrakech, Morocco
A souvenir shop in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo by The Travelista
La villa Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco
La villa Majorelle in Marrakech. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Riad in Marrakech’s old city (Morocco)

There are many traditional Moroccan houses in the Marrakech medina (old, fortified town), but you’d be hard-pressed to find one as beautiful as Riad Mesc el Lil.

Not only lovingly restored and elegantly decorated, this 18th-century riad is an oasis of tranquillity tucked away down a cul-de-sac in the exclusive Mouassine district.

Kadir Tree Houses, Olympos
Kadir Tree Houses, Olympos. Photo by www.kadirstreehouses.com
Kadir Tree Houses, Olympos
Photo by www.kadirstreehouses.com
Kadir's Tree Houses
Photo by jonrawlinson
Kadir Tree houses
Photo by Camera on autopilot

A treehouse in a pine forest clearing in Olympos (Turkey)

There are a lot of places out there calling themselves tree houses when they really shouldn’t be. In our eyes a tree house is not only made out of trees, but also sits high up in, well, a tree!

We’re talking cabins like the seriously cool and kooky bungalows in this ace backpacker spot in the beautiful Turkish wilds of Olympos.

The Beer Moth, a 1956 Conmer Q4 - weird and wonderful places to stay
The Beer Moth, a 1956 Conmer Q4 (Fire Service truck) lives on the grounds of Inshriach House. Photo by www.canopyandstars.co.uk
The Beer Moth in the Scottish countryside
The Beer Moth, outside. Photo by canopyandstars.co.uk
The Beer Moth's kitchen
The Beer Moth’s kitchen. Photo by canopyandstars.co.uk
Sunset from Cairngorm over Aviemore, Scotland
Sunset from Cairngorm over Aviemore. Photo by climberaj04
One of the residents of this part of Scotland
One of the residents of this part of Scotland. Photo by mabbink

The back of a truck on a country estate in the Highlands (Scotland)

The Beer Moth has to be one of the most unusual bedrooms in Britain. Once kept in a fire museum in Kent, this cleverly converted beast of a truck sits deep within the majestic grounds of an Edwardian country house (Inishriach House) in the Cairngorms National Park.

Inside there’s just enough room for a Victorian double bed, table, two chairs and a wood burner. In such a tranquil, remote spot, what else could you possibly need?

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Weird and wonderful places to stay (not hotels!) was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.