For a romantic experience, try one of these one-bedroom foodie B&Bs. From a suspended crane treehouse to an architect-designed botancial garden suite, these tranquil mini rooms are the ideal weekend getaway for two
Roll up, roll up. For a limited time only (100 nights to be exact) you can bed down in a treehouse suspended in a crane in Bristol’s docks with Canopy and Stars.
This one-off experience might have a harbourside setting, but the quirky pad is laced with vegetation, the bed is made from reclaimed tree trunks, the shower from a watering can and there’s even a hammock for summertime snoozing.
Crane 29 is a carbon neutral and sustainable build and available for just four months, from June 2017 until the end of September 2017. Demand has been so high that there’s a ballot system to pick the lucky B&B-ers. Take a punt and you might just be lucky enough to enjoy a gourmet breakfast hamper high in the sky.
What’s more, all profits go to Friends of the Earth. Foodies can also make a beeline to newly opened Cargo 2 (wappingwharf.co.uk), a clutch of eateries in old shipping containers just along the waterside.
In 2005 Jeroen and Mandy Verhoeven bought an old farm dating back to 1730, near the village of Heeswijk-Dinther in the Brabant region of the Netherlands. After lovingly restoring the main farmhouse they turned their attention to the estate’s oak barn.
Using the same sustainable techniques, they converted this into a single luxury suite. Inside it’s sleek and chic with oak beams, a freestanding bath under painted rafters, a roaring log fire for chilly days and a private roof terrace for sunny evenings. There’s also a sauna and gym – just for you.
Breakfast is provided by the farmers in the village – bread, butter, milk, honey, meat, cheese and cereal are all produced locally. The eggs come from the couple’s hens and the Verhoevens also make their own jam. The name of the one room hotel? Fittingly, it’s Life is Good.
There’s a raindrops-on-roses-and-whiskers-on-kittens element to Caro, in the little town of Bruton, in Somerset. The cool cookware and interiors shop-cum-café-cum-B&B is stocked with owner Natalie Jones’ favourite things and this carefully curated (and artfully designed) boutique and guesthouse is a passion project.
Jones bought the 18th-century property in 2014 and created a lifestyle shop. A single, indulgent, guestroom was later created upstairs but closes at the end of August 2017 to make room for Natalie’s first baby (instead a new guest room will launch this October in the adjacent dovecot).
Downstairs local craft baker, The Bakemonger, supplies Jones’ cake counter with an ever-changing array of creations, while breakfast is served down the road at Grade II-listed restaurant At the Chapel (atthechapel.co.uk).
With a focus on West Country produce here, you can tuck into banana buckwheat pancakes and Brown Cow vanilla yoghurt or Somerset-baked ham, green eggs and toast.
If ever proof was needed that good things come in small packages Hotel Central is it. Ex-set designer Leif Thingtved’s bijoux bolthole, in Copenhagen’s lively and eclectic Vesterbro district, is a one-room gem above his pint-sized café.
All warm varnished wood and retro wallpaper it has an old-fashioned feel, with sleek Tromborg toiletries, a carefully curated minibar and gorgeous Geismars bedlinen, woven in a local mill. Offbeat touches include a foldaway table and chairs – and there are two bicycles to borrow.
You can have breakfast delivered to your room from the café – or opt to wander down the road to Thingtved’s larger café, the appropriately named Granola, and tuck into French toast with orange and berries or oatmeal with apple, banana, cinnamon sugar, hazelnuts and coconut.
Just around the corner from Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens, handily placed for trips to rustic café Earthy, is a smaller but equally pristine patch of greenery.
Behind a wooden door is a secret garden, a perfectly manicured lawn and tiny designer glass box-style hideaway. The Garden Rooms is an architect-designed contemporary apartment.
Think slate tiles (plus under-floor heating) and a bed which folds away into a black and white cityscape. There’s also a tiny kitchen kitted out with all the mod cons from a boiling water tap to Dualit toaster.
This is no ordinary self-catering pad, though. If you’d rather have someone else organise breakfast for you simply order a breakfast hamper (fresh fruit, muesli, yoghurt and croissants) and it will be delivered by the owners, who live upstairs.
Words | Lucy Gillmore
Images | Irish Thorsteinsdottir, bblifeisgood.nl, Emma Lewis, Jon Nordström, gardenrooms-edinburgh.com
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