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Holidays With A view!

Have you booked your holiday yet? Do you fancy staying in England then here are some very unusual place to stay. or may be it might give you some ideas as what to do with that disused building in the garden.  It seems people will pay to stay anywhere!

How about a quiet weekend in a disused arsenic mine? Or perhaps a windmill is more to your taste?

All over Britain, wonderful, quirky structures are finding a new lease of life as self-catering holiday homes for those who want something different from a normal country holiday cottage. Visitors can now stay in rooms in a royal palace, find home comforts in a disused water tower, or take over a whole fort. There's even a pineapple to rent for the weekend!

The accom­moda­tion may not have satellite TV or air-condi­ti­oning - but it offers an unfor­get­table experience. Here are just a few of the unusual holiday homes we found on offer in Britain...


A 200-year-old folly in Stirling­shire, central Scotland, is topped by a 75ft stone pineapple. The fourth Earl of Dunmore built this strange pavilion in 1777 on returning from the New World. As Governor of Virginia, he'd heard that sailors would put a pineapple on a gatepost to announce their return home. Back in Scotland, Dunmore copied the custom with enthusiasm. The Pineapple has no internal doors, which means you have to go outside to get from one room to another.

The Pigsty

This Yorkshire oddity was built by an eccentric local squire after he'd been to the Medit­er­ra­nean in the 1880s. He used timber Doric columns and a neo-classical facade to decorate what must be the world's most ornate pigsty. The property is now in the hands of the Landmark Trust which admits: "We have made it acceptable to a higher breed of inhabitant; and although the living quarters will never be palatial, the view over hills and towards Robin Hood's Bay... is undoubtedly fit for an empress."


For every rail enthusiastic a dream holiday home - a station waiting room all to themselves? Or how about a railway carriage complete with kitchen and bathroom.

Wales: Bardsey Island

This rugged island off the coast of North Wales has been a place of Christian pilgrimage for more than 1,000 years. It's now a carefully preserved wildlife haven with no concessions to modern convenience.

Guests must travel two miles to the island in an open boat (weather permitting) and are carried to their old stone holiday homes on a trailer pulled by a tractor. There are no electricity or gas services so they must use candles, torches, portable gas cookers and chemical toilets.

“Has this given you some ideas? It just goes to show if you have a nice view people will stay anywhere” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.

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