Quirkiest Place To Stay Award 2018 – Shortlist

The Quirkiest Place To Stay Award recognises the unique and individual character of owners, their properties and the experiences they offer. The winner of this award will offer a truly quirky experience for guests – think unusual buildings, conversions, themed interiors, or hands-on experiences.

Whatever makes the winner of this award unique, it’ll be something that ensures that guests leave with plenty of tales to tell to friends and family for a long time to come.

Quirkiest Place To Stay Award judging criteria

  • What makes this property different?
  • Is it the building itself? If so, what about it?
  • Is it the activities on offer to guests?
  • Is it the hosts themselves?
  • How did the property come to be guest accommodation?
  • How did the hosts get into the wonderful world of running guest accommodation?

We received 100s of entries for this year’s eviivo Awards, and would like to thank everyone who entered, allowing our judging panel to complete the difficult task of shortlisting for the Quirkiest Place To Stay Award.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted properties below, and best of luck when the winners are announced at the eviivo Awards 2018 ceremony on October 16th!

cley windmill

A much-loved and iconic landmark on the north Norfolk coast, this stunning windmill offers guests quirky charm by the sack load. Room names reflect the building’s past (Millers Room, Barley Bin) and at the top of the tower, guests have to climb a ladder to reach the circular Wheel Room, with 4-poster bed and amazing views out over the marshes to the sea.


Travel the world at Mama’s Inn boutique guest house. Modern, industrial, shabby chic, colonial and baroque styles were all used to create 10 themed rooms representing the world’s most beautiful cities. Be whisked away to Casablanca, with Moroccan style drapes, mirrors and Bedouin tent wardrobe, or be transported to Venice, Paris, Vienna and beyond.

harborside houseboat owners

This large, luxurious, 3 room, 3 storey houseboat is situated in Bembridge Harbour, facing the Solent. Built using reclaimed materials – including portholes – on a former military stores barge, it offers relaxed, spacious accommodation, private balconies, and fantastic sea views. Guests can experience a floating sensation twice a day, at high tide


Six bedrooms, each with its own décor with a quirky twist, complement the Wellington’s award-winning food and service at this historic former coaching inn. One room has a four-poster bed and 3 have free-standing baths next to the beds. Exposed beams and brickwork add to the ample charm of the stylish rooms.

Bethsaida B&B owners

Find a ‘room with a pew’ at this magnificent converted Welsh Baptist chapel. Each of the five guest rooms retains original stained glass windows and feature ingenious pew headboards. At the heart of the building is a breathtaking original wooden 1830’s pulpit and ‘sedd fawr’ (big seat), set before a magnificent arched entry into a comfortable breakfast room.


Experience ‘De-Stressage’ and yoga on horseback sessions at this beautiful thatched Devon longhouse on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. Here a unique project offers guests an insight into the horses’ world by observing herds of tame wild horses. The serenity provided by the backdrop of the Devon countryside offers guests a unique opportunity to see life from a new perspective.


This 18th century inn has long been serving travellers to Alnwick Castle and it continues to offer a warm Northumberland welcome. Six luxurious bedrooms complete with stunning bathrooms are stylishly furnished, offering a cosy, friendly and unforgettable experience in a quaint, historical building in fantastic surroundings.


Take a selfie with Dave the llama or settle down to watch the sunset at Skipbridge Farm, near York. Their romantic and intimate shepherd’s hut was built from all reclaimed materials and offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of life. The farm is a popular wedding venue and the shepherd’s hut is a popular choice for the bride and groom.

Fosse Farmhouse

Enter the world of Japanese anime at this charming B&B near Castle Combe in the Cotswolds. Having featured in a popular manga comic book ‘Kiniro-Mosaic’, this B&B achieved fame when the story was made into a TV series and film. Now anime fans worldwide head to Fosse Farmhouse to stay in the rooms they seen painstakingly recreated on screen.

Doghouse owners

The Doghouse started life as a corrugated iron kennel block to a Victorian shooting lodge and was recently converted into a guest-lodge with hot-tub. Many original features have been retained, such as the arched dog holes in the doors, the dog scratched wood panelling and sheets of flattened corrugated iron around the wood burner.