We work with over 11,600 properties ranging from stately castles and haunted hill-top hotels to snug shepherd’s huts and beachfront B&Bs. Each one is as individual and unique as the people who run them.

That's why we created an award to celebrate the unique and individual character of our owners, their properties, and the experiences they offer. The winner will offer a truly quirky experience for guests staying at their property. Think castles, shepherd huts, winery tours, feeding the farm animals, maybe even a haunted guest house!

Whatever it is that makes this property unique it will be something that ensures their guests leave with 'a tale to tell!'

See the 10 shortlisted properties below:

  1. Bayards Cove Inn in Devon 
     
    Charles of Bayards Cove Inn said: Bayards Cove Inn is a fantastic 14th century hotel with a young enthusiastic team who love to give the best customer service to our guests. We are all about fun and creating a relaxed yet exciting atmosphere for people of all ages. Whether it be supplying free crabbing equipment for our younger guests, stand up paddle boards for our more active guests or locally made dog treats for our canine friends we are always looking for new ways to impress and stand out from the crowd. Please take a look on our website and trip advisor pages and hopefully you will agree that we are quirky in a great way !!

  2. Snooze in East Sussex
     
    Tony and Paul of Snooze said: "We have a wide ranging appeal to all age groups, with the older generation liking us for the nostalgia and the younger people looking for something cool & quirky. If Quirky is to be unusual in an attractive or interesting way, then Snooze epitomises this definition completely. Snooze is packed with Funky & Quirky features, from top to bottom and wall to wall. This starts with all of our 8 rooms, all individual, all uniquely styled with well thought out design, definitely no themes!  Bold and brave design is how we operate, but with a considered selection of authentic, original era pieces. Using quirky items for different uses to furnish the rooms, like a vintage snare drum for a side table or an old Optometrists light box as a bed side lamp. Our breakfast /reception room sums up what the snooze style and attitude is all about. Incredible Graffiti art on our breakfast tables and overhead, our Hip Hop take on the sistine chapel ceiling centre piece! Old shop front lettering, vintage signs, retro pop posters, ‘80s advertising milk bottles & random boot fair crockery - its cool not to match! On our top floor we have 2 super cool 1970’s authentically designed suites complete with swirling hand painted wall art, laid back vintage leather loungers, wicked lamps, sunken beds and shag pile carpet.

  3. Craster Town Penthouse Apartment in Northumbria
     
    Fiona of Craster Town Penthouse said: Stay in a country house occupied by the same family for over 850 years, parts of which date back to the late C14. Enjoy the freedom of the whole of the top of the house, with its C18 drawing room, and make the most of the opportunity to enjoy a fine dinner on the gallery. How atmospherically sensitive are you. Will you see the ghosts? All this within 10 minutes stroll of some othe country's finest coastline, 15 mins from the Alnwick Garden, and 30 mins from the Cheviots - what's not to like?

  4. Castle at Edgehill in Oxfordshire
     
    Mark and Claire from Castle at Edgehill said: A truly quirky English Inn steeped in history, eccentric building of local Horton stone called the Castle at Edgehill. Built in 1740 to the designs of Sanderson Miller (1716-80). Our destination 'dining and accommodation' site sits where Charles I raised the standard for the battle of Edgehill. Our accommodation comprises of four ensuite letting rooms two of which are located in the octagonal tower. Follow the wooden bridge and climb the spiral staircase to these rooms to be greeted by 4 poster beds boasting views of 7 counties. Our menu is concise, seasonal and offers the very best of local produce. Our sympathetic refurbishment in 2014 breaths life into this amazing building. Our guests enjoy breakfast 'with a view' with our floor to ceiling glass dining area. We believe the Castle at Edgehill is up there with one of the most quirky places to stay in England. 

  5. Jabajak Vineyard in Camarthshire
     
    Amanda 
    from Jabajak Vineyard said: Jabajak is the original American White House according to President John Adams grandfather, sympathetically renovated into its restaurant with rooms status. In addition a cattle drovers yard, now a vineyard and definitely a non-conformist Welsh Rarebit with plenty of history and tales to talk about. We pride ourselves on our visitor experience but certainly don't let the politics interfere with our brand. We are recognised for our quality and achieve this through signposting fresh and seasonal fare. Grown on site, foraged or by taking advantage of the food offerings provided by the Pembrokeshire coast and hard working farming community. We have achieved international acclaim for our wine, which carries it's name sakes logo. However, we believe, the local wildlife are the real attraction.

  6. The Stables Deer Park Farm in the West Midlands
     
    Heather
    from The Stables said: The Stables Deer Park Farm a red deer farm where we once bred and culled the deer on site to serve local pubs and restaurants. The old abattoir is now our laundry room and store, the horse stables in the courtyard are now our self catering B&B chalets. We sit in a total of 60 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside yet we are only 15 minutes from the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham International Airport. The chalets are the original horse stables that we have sympathetically renovated to what they are now, retaining the stable doors, and adding on private en-suites. We offer a single chalet that was once a pony stable up to our largest chalet that was where we once stored the hay and tack, these now are luxurious chalets that sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children. We offer horse riding to our guests if they wish to participate and the horses and red deer are in the paddocks surrounding the chalets. My husband and I own and run The Stables business ourselves as well as the onsite livery barn , we have a small herd of red deer and 25 horses on site for our guests to enjoy. Once as farmers and now hoteliers is both challenging but immensely rewarding at the same time. 

  7. The Mercury Hotel Blackpool in Lancashire
     
    Deborah 
    from The Mercury said: We decided to rewrite the book where the typical Blackpool B&B was concerned and threw out all the chintz and tat to create The Mercury. A music themed hotel named after Freddie Mercury with themed décor throughout with hand signed unique music memorabilia the likes of which is usually only found in The Hard Rock venues. Each room has something different, from our standard (Paris or New York) rooms to our suites. One suite themed in pink and gold how we think Freddie would like it featuring oil paintings, handmade chaise and opulent décor, and two music themed suites i.e. a 60’s music theme suite with its own mini cavern club featuring The Beatles and TV bed . Our 80’s rock suite with its unique wall of fame features many greats from 80's Rock, and a vinyl record display. The corridors have various rare pieces of mainly Queen related items on display including the hand written lyrics to two Queen songs. There are also signed pictures and posters from some of the greats of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s including UB40, The Osmonds, Sweet, Showaddywaddy and Elvis’s Hair. The bar has a Rock Ola style Jukebox and signed guitars by Queen and Bon Jovi along with over 60 other items for our guests’ enjoyment. We have never come across another hotel like ours in this country and neither have our guests. We also have constantly high feedback regarding our cleanliness and breakfast.

  8. Poshhuts in Northumbria
     
    Nicolette 
    of Poshhuts said:  In August 2002 Simon and Nickey Forster embarked on their rural dream and moved to Northumberland to live and open a business offering holiday experiences for people who maybe wanted a slice of the dream, but were committed elsewhere. So Falstone Barns became Nickey's baby and has been attracting visitors from all over the UK and abroad ever since. Then Simon left his job doing, 'Something in the City' and a new baby was born at Falstone Farm in the shape of PoSHHuts.... A Bit of History...  Traditionally, the shepherd's hut was used in the 19th and early 20th century as a moveable home to allow the shepherd to keep an eye on his flock during lambing and summer grazing. Often these huts were cobbled together from sheets of spare corrugated tin and timber sat upon a set of cast iron wheels. Inside, the huts were Spartan but practical with a stove for heating and cooking and a bed to retire too after a hard day in the fields. At PoSHHuts, we've taken the basic principles of the traditional shepherd's hut - and ramped up the glamour to a whole new level! Every inch a traditional shepherd's hut from the outside and every inch a luxury retreat in the inside. So, in a beautiful and private rural setting, in the heart of Northumberland National park and next to Kielder Water; these Shepherd's Huts provide a sublime retreat away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. With their own gardens overlooking woodland, river and forever and ever skies, this charming and glamorous glamping option is an idyllic romantic hideaway at any time of the year. Inside, beneath the sparkle of chandeliers, there is a great feeling of space and light, and yet of cosiness too A fabulous Kingsize bed, comfy sofa and roaring wood burning stove provide for both comfort and luxury after a day exploring the  countryside. Add on the best stargazing in Europe, a World Heritage site in the form of Hadrian's Wall, Kielder Water (Europe's largest man made Lake) and you've got a wonderful excuse to kick of shoes and join the gang at Falstone Farm. 

  9. Highland Bear Lodge in the Highlands, Scotland
     
    Mark 
    of Highland Bear Lodge said: "Highland Bear Lodge is a Scottish baronial styled luxury B&B set on a hillside in the Glenurquhart valley with spectacular views over Loch Melkie 30 minutes from Inverness and just 10 minutes from Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle and all its attractions.  We offer the following trips Stag & Whisky, Waterfall & Canoe and Northern Lights. The Baronial Style Lodge also has Quirky Items such as A wooden Ice axe signed by the first Brit Doug Scott to climb the SW Face of Everest. A climbing rope cut by the Star of the film ""Touching the Void"" Simon Yates. We also have pictures from Mark working with Hollywood star Patrick swayze and numerous shots with TV Celebrities such as Matt Baker from Countryfile to name a few."

  10. LIBRARY Members Club, Hotel and Restaurant in London
     
    Julija 
    of The LIBRARY said: LIBRARY, situated in the heart of London's theater-land provides bedrooms for members and their guests to stay over. Non-members and guests of members are welcome to book rooms at the Club. Each stay receives temporary membership for the duration with access to all facilities. LIBRARY is hosting regular events and cultural engagements. Guests of the hotel are invited to join in.  Not to mention beautiful St Luke's Kitchen Restaurant offering high-end cuisine with a twist. Working with publishers and author chefs – Saint Luke’s has a rotating food menu based on cookbooks – with bookmarkers to denote starters, mains and desserts.

Last years' winner

Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, Ceredigion

Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, Ceredigion

(Alex Fisher of Coast Magazine collecting on behalf of Cardigan Castle)

What the judges will be looking for:

Tell us what makes your property different and why?

  • Is it the building itself? - If so what about it?
  • Is it the activities you offer to your guests?
  • Is it you as hosts?

And some background:

  • How did the property come to be guest accommodation?
  • How did you get in to the wonderful world of running guest accommodation?

Winners will be announced at our 2016 award ceremony at Shakespeare's globe in London on October 18th.