After having spent so much time inside recently, we're all buzzing to get out and experience the joys of the Great British Staycation. But why go for the run of the mill hotel when there is a wealth of incredible properties out there? Check out our top picks for some of the classiest conversions that have been given a second lease of life without losing the personality of their previous.
1. Converted Church - Scotland
The Tabernacle is a lovingly restored church. Boasting a vast, double aspect living space, the original windows flood the entire space with light. For the chillier evenings spark up the wood burner and cosy up under a blanket, or head outside to the hot tub and take in the beautiful views of the surrounding Scottish countryside. The accommodation sleeps up to 4 in a both a king sized mezzanine bedroom and a bunk room and, despite it's original use, there are a number of mod cons to make your stay as memorable as possible.
2. Converted Barn - Cambridgshire
If there is something we love most when it comes to staycations it's HOT TUBS and this gorgeous barn conversion in Cambridgeshire has that and SO much more. Where do we start? From the modern interior? The statement master suite? Or the huge back garden with shepherds hut and western style fire pit area? We love it all with this barn. Sleeping up to 4 (or more if you fancy booking the shepherds hut accommodation), this is a great accommodation for those looking for a post lockdown get together. Pets are also welcome
There is shepherds hut in the garden, available in addition to the barn. If you'd like to book for more than 4 people, just message the owners and they'll let you know the additional price.
3. Converted Lookout - Kent
Awake to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach at this converted lifeboat look out tower. Located in Dungeness, Kent, this unique accommodation offers panoramic views of the coastline. Views can be admired from each of the number of floors. Sleeping up to 6, this stunning accommodation is perfect for those who are looking for a staycation that oozes personality. There's also a patio area running directly onto the beach - perfect for summer BBQs!
4. Converted Clock Tower - Norfolk
The Clock Tower was built around 1740, and is part of a Grade ll listed building located in the Norfolk town of Snettisham, close to the coast and offers a cosy, romantic staycation. The property oozes character with exposed beams and a cosy interior - perfect for a romantic weekend away from the stresses of modern day life. Due to it's location, close to the coast, there are a lot of walks for you to go on, or head into local seaside towns for a slap up meal whilst enjoying the views.
5. Converted Bunker - Cornwall
Offering a modern yet cosy stay close to the Cornish coast, The Bunker can host up to 6 across 4 bedrooms. There is an open kitchen and living area on site and if the sun decides to smile down on your staycation, there is a large outdoor area with alfresco dining facilities.
6. Converted Windmill - East Sussex
Set over two floors, this Windmill SUite takes up the majority of the space in the main converted building located in Rye, East Sussex - it even has some of the original working part exposed in the roof. A super comfy kingsize bed lies in the middle of the room and there is a door outside so you can enjoy the 360 degree balcony that goes all the way around the windmill, giving you great views over the Sussex. Head up the cast iron spiral stair case to your plush bathroom offering his & hers sinks as well as a huge bathtub. Breakfast and free WIFi is included in the price of this room.
7. Converted Chapel - Yorkshire
This stunning chapel conversion retains many original features such as beautiful stained glass windows, high solid wood ceilings, wall panelling and solid wood floors. The chapel has been renovated to a high, traditional standard, in keeping with it's original charm. Sleeping 4 and allowing pets the accommodation boasts a large open living area and a kitchen with everything you need to whip up a storm!
8. Converted Shipping Container - Dartmore
Given a second chance at life with a stylish florish, this old shipping contianer makes the most of the surrounding views. Take in the lush greenery behind the floor to ceiling windows. For the chillier evening, fire up the log burner for a cosy feel.
Have you stayed in a converted... something? Let us know in the comments. We love hearing about your travel stories!