Wednesday 25 April 2018

Take Three: Unusual Hotels

Gemma O'Doherty

1 converted mill, Italy

In the middle of lush Venetian countryside, Locanda Rosa Rosae is a converted mill dating back to 1570. Now a stylish B&B, the rooms retain original features such as thick stone walls and heavy beams, with the mill stream running alongside.

Come evening time, the rooms and courtyard are lit with candles, where you can unwind with a glass of local wine. At weekends, the Italian owners serve up sumptuous feasts in the on-site restaurant, where you'll also devour an indulgent breakfast.

Venice itself is less than an hour away. Rooms start at €120.

2 Treehouses, France

Deep in the forest in the heart of the Loire Valley, Les Alicourts Resort comprises eight beautifully crafted treehouses, perfect for a rural escape. They may not be luxurious, but these rustic lodges are a dream come true for kids looking to go wild.

There's no running water (though toilets and showers are right next door) and you'll be relying on torches and candlelight, but the chance to sleep among branches and birdsong is a fair reward.

Treehouses start from €100 per night.

3 Fort, UK (pictured)

Once a fortress off the coast of Portsmouth, Spitbank Fort is now an exclusive private island hotel. There are nine suites, three dining areas, three bars and even a hot pool and sauna on the roof, so you won't miss out on the amazing views.

The best spot to take in the sunset is the fire pit, where you can cosy up with a hot chocolate while gazing out at the horizon.

The fort sleeps up to 18, and room rates start at €813 per night.

All properties can be found at Unusual Hotels of the World; see gounusual.com.

Irish Independent

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