Wierd and wonderful
A COMPEDIUM OF SILLY OR UNUSUAL FACTS ABOUT WELL KNOWN PLACES, AND QUIRKY PLACES TO VISIT OR STAY
Balancing Act, The Balancing Barn, Suffolk
I’ve been known to have had the occasional alcoholic beverage or two in my time, and you might be mistaken when you approach this accommodation that you might have just come out of the pub on a Friday night, but no, The Balancing Barn is one of a selection of unique and quirky properties designed by cutting-edge architects in remarkable locations.
Situated on the edge of a tranquil nature reserve a few miles inland from the Suffolk coast, you’ll discover the silver-tiled Balancing Barn, half of which projects off the side of a slope, hence my reference to alcohol
The interior has been wonderfully designed and as you would expect has a plethora of high-spec fixtures and fittings, and you can enjoy panoramic views over woods, ponds and meadows through the huge windows.
The Balancing Barn can sleep up to 8 people, it has four bedrooms.
The surrounding area has plenty to do, you can visit the traditional British seaside towns of Southwold and Walberswick, head out into nature reserves, and visit the Viking burial ground at Sutton Hoo.
For Bookings visit the Living Architecture website for details.
Carry on Camping, Ling Safari Tents
Ling Safari Tents offer a quality camping experience on a countryside farm location with a safari theme. West Midlands Safari Park is just opposite you may here the lions roar. A discount of 20% reduction in entry can be had for guests of Ling Safari Tents. Close to the historic market town of Bewdley and the Severn Valley Railways Station is nearby.
The tents have a double bedroom with handmade African carved bed and in a separate room a double bed/bunk and their own exclusive shower and toilet. Built on wooden floors with an external decking area, they also have an open plan lounge and well equipped kitchen.. There is a wood burning stove plus lighting from battery powered hurricane lamps. There is no compromise on comfort here.
Prices start at £85 a night off peak, to £150 a night at peak times.. A welcome basket is included on the first night with the basics, and extras for longer stays. Currently there is 1 tent for up to 5 people, and until more tents are added it is possible to discuss bringing your own tent alongside for a larger group.
Poldark Special! Camelot Castle Hotel
Located in Tintagel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Tintagel Castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, the stunning 64 bedroom Camelot Castle Hotel offers rooms with magnificent panoramic views over the rugged Cornish coastline from Hartland Point in the North, to Trevose Head in the South.
There are a variety of room choices at Camelot Castle Hotel - Atlantic Ocean views, views of Tintagel Castle ruins, single, twin, double, family, deluxe and special four-poster bedrooms. Four Poster Room with sea views from £144, classic Double from £83 with sea view, offer 3 nights out of season for £99 inclusive of breakfast www.camelotcastle hotel.com
James Bond Eat your Heart out, Level 8, Torquay
A stunning 80ft 2007 Italian Navalia Motor Yacht is available to book from April 2015 sleeping up to 6 easily. Available for overnight stays including breakfast in Torquay.
There is a TV/DVD in the lounge and in both double cabins. Music Systems in all cabins plus, Bose system in lounge and outside areas, a sunroof, large stern deck area with large mattresses at the bow for relaxing and sunbathing.
A chauffeured local transfer can be arranged, welcome drinks and continental breakfast are included.
There are a huge variety of restaurants and bars nearby, and it is just 3 minute walk to the High Street.
Level 8 can be moved to a location of your choice at request though transfer fees will apply. Dartmouth, Salcombe, Weymouth, Poole and Southampton. The home berth is at Torquay MDL Marina.
There is one luxury double stateroom cabin with full ensuite bathroom (bath/shower/double sink/toilet/bidet), a luxury double cabin with ensuite, and a twin ensuite cabin.
Level 8 can be booked out for a minimum of a 2 night stay for up to 6 people (3 rooms) for £580 per night. A 5 night stay would be £2500 and a 7 night stay for £3500.
No bus pass required
Big Green Bus, East Sussex, England
The Big Green Bus is available to hire in the heart of the Sussex countryside. With its own decking area and a fire pit a stay on the bus is the perfect getaway for up to 6 guests.
The bus facilites are bath/shower, bunk beds, cooker, dining area, fridge, kitchen, plus radio and board games.
Included in your stay are bedding and towels, complimentary toiletries, and few essentials like tea, coffee, milk, herbs and oil. Logs are supplied free. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the downstairs of the bus for £10 per night.
The bus can sleep up to 6 people, but the price varies depending on the occupancy - £165 per night then £35 per adult (15+) after that or £25 per child (0-3 go free). Minimum stay of 2 nights. Additional people could sleep in tents for a small fee. http://www.biggreenbus.co.uk/
Tarzan and Jane, Thorpe Forest Cabins
Launched in spring last year, Thorpe Forest Cabins lie in woodland on the banks of the River Thet, close to where the Norfolk and Suffolk borders meet. Here you can escape to a luxury cabin, a tree house even, with between one and five bedrooms, some with hot tubs!
You can choose to stay within the forest, or in a delightful open glade. The forest itself is a collage of pines, heathland and broadleaf trees, and supports a vibrant community of domestic wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, woodlarks and nightjars.
The cabins are designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Under floor heating is provided by air source heat pumps and wood pellet boilers which reduce harmful emissions.
The Golden Oak Tree house is the ultimate forest experience. The main cabin which sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms is connected by a rustic wooden bridge to an exclusive, en-suite room for 2.
The Golden Oak Hideaway is decadent and romantic with a hot tub and hammock on the decking, a wood burning stove, a sunken bath and panoramic forest views. Perfect for 2.
The Golden Oak Tree house is the luxury forest encounter. The main cabin which sleeps 8 is linked by a wooden bridge to a private, en-suite room for 2.
The Golden Oak Hideaway is romantic, with a hot tub and hammock on the decking, a wood burning stove and sunken bath.
Golden Oak Cabins come in different sizes sleeping 2-8 in 1-4 bedrooms, include a hot tub on the decking, towelling robes in the en-suite, an inviting log burning stove in the ample living area.
There is a 3 night minimum stay, with prices for this starting from around £380 for 2. Changeover days are Monday and Friday. www.forestholidays.co.uk
Good Enough for Leo and Kate, The Titanic
This is a must for those who are interested in the Titanic story this is a great apartment/boat. It sleeps up to 9 with 3 bedrooms. The décor is sumptuous, there are crystal chandeliers and even the floor has been copied from the original 1st class lounge on the original Titanic.
Right in the heart of the Albert Dock, this is impressive accommodation, and a great location in the heart of Liverpool. Facilities include 3d 52 inch TV, 12ft 3d projector TV, Sky TV all sport and films. All bedrooms have en suite facilities, with TV and DVD player.
Not suitable for stag or hen weekends or parties that might get a little raucous, a £300 security deposit required. Please note the price quoted is for the whole boat. Individual bedrooms not rented - you do not share with strangers. Prices start at £185 per night midweek.
Silly laws in New York
It is illegal to shine shoes after 1:00 on a Sunday afternoon
Jaywalking is legal, as long as it’s not diagonal. That is, you can cross the street out of the crosswalk, but you can’t cross a street diagonally.
It is illegal to jump off the Empire State building.
You can teach your pet parrot to speak, but not to squawk.
Donkeys are not allowed to sleep in bathtubs
You may only water your lawn if the hose is held in your hand.
It is illegal for a father to call his son a “faggot” or “queer” in an effort to curb “girlie” behaviour.
During a concert, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks.
Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
On Nov. 28, 2012, not a single murder, shooting, stabbing, or other incident of violent crime in NYC was reported for an entire day. The first time in basically ever.
It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times.
There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
More than just an old Hut
If glampings for you, Knepp Wildland campsite is located in the heart of a unique 3,500 acre re-wilding project, on the site of an old farm, a short walk from a quaint Sussex village. Tranquil, beautifully designed, eco-friendly and surrounded by stunning wild countryside this campsite is perfect for those who love wildlife and want a unique glamping experience. Nature rules and you have the chance to encounter some of the UK’s rarest and most spectacular wildlife within walking distance of your tent or shepherd’s hut. There are guided Safaris throughout the week. Sleeps 2-12 from £70 per night