Unusual B&Bs Part II

July 21, 2010 at 11:51 am 1 comment

You may have read our previous post on the world’s most unusual B&Bs – well here are a few more…

HMCS Onondaga in Rimouski, CanadaVying for the title of Canada’s quirkiest B&B is the HMCS Onondaga, an old military submarine which is now a museum by day and a gîte by night.

Located in Pointe au Pere near Rimouski in Québec, the last-surviving Oberon-class submarine was headed for scrap at the end of its service in 2000, when it was rescued and converted into this unusual accommodation.

Guests staying at the HMCS Onondaga take part in regular drills staged for visitors, which include loading torpedoes and donning survival suits. Sleeping arrangements are on fold-out bunks, with separate quarters for men and women, and showers are rationed to 20 seconds.

If you don’t care about WiFi, TV or even phone reception, HMCD Ondaga is certain to provide an unforgettable experience. If you’d rather spend your holiday without someone barking orders at you, perhaps you should try somewhere else…

…like the Old Railway Station Guesthouse in Petworth, England. Businessman Gudmund Olafsson has created the train spotter’s dream B&B, converting old Pullman carriages into luxurious accommodation.

The Old Railway Station Guesthouse in Petworth, EnglandBuilt in the 1920s and 30s, the Pullmans were originally designed to be “Palaces on Wheels”, meaning Olafsson has had to change very little to make them suitable for 21st-century guests, and the carriages have been kept very much in their original condition.

There are only around 100 Pullman carriages left in the world, so having the chance to stay in one, even if it is stationery, is something quite special.

The rest of the guesthouse is set in the old station house, dating back to 1982, where guests can enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea.

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Where’s the most unusual place you’ve ever stayed? Can it compete with these? Leave us a comment to let us know.


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