If you're planning a staycation once restrictions ease and accommodation can safely reopen, let this list of unusual accommodation in Bristol give you some inspiration on where to stay. Explore some of the more unusual places to stay in the city, from lakeside glamping to a grand Tudor castle. 

Lakeside glamping at The Camp at The Wave

Wake to the sound of waves, metres away from the most consistent surf break in the UK (yes, in Bristol). The Camp at The Wave is the inland surfing destination's glamping accommodation. There are 25 furnished tents kitted out with comfortable beds, a kitchenette, private toilet and a large balcony. It's the perfect space to escape the everyday, connect with nature, enjoy great food, spend quality time with loved ones and of course, surf until you drop. 

The Camp at The Wave - dining table in glamping tent

Image - The Camp at The Wave

Crack open the bubbly at Hotel du Vin Bristol

In this converted 18th century sugar warehouse, every room is named after a wine or a vineyard – the ultimate being the glamorous Verve Clicquot room. With a king-size bed, velvety, earthy décor, a loungey lounge and a pair of side-by-side roll-top tubs in an indulgent bathroom, the split-level city suite has got honeymoon written all over it.

Bath tubs in the Verve Clicquot room at Hotel du Vin

Image - The Verve Clicquot room at Hotel du Vin 

Royally spoilt at Thornbury Castle

Okay, so it didn’t turn out too well for the young Queen, but this magnificent Tudor castle once played the love-nest for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. And the places oozes history, atmosphere and original features – like the dungeon dining room and a suit of armour in the panelled hall. The 16th century castle comes with vineyards, Tudor gardens and 28 splendid bedchambers. And the beds are truly king-size: the 10-footer in the Tower Room is said to be the widest in Britain.

King Henry VIII Suite at Thornbury Castle

Image - The King Henry VIII Suite at Thornbury Castle 

High living at Brooks Guesthouse

This is glamping city style. On the rooftop of this boutique guest house, a small collection of gleaming ‘Rockets’ – similar to the classic American Airstream caravan – sit in an astroturf garden, four storeys above St Nick’s Market. Each shiny metal-clad Rocket-on the-Roof has a double bed, eco-heating, a micro bathroom, disco-colour LED mood lights and views of the spires and rooftops of Bristol’s Old City.

Caravans on the roof at Brooks Guesthouse

Image - Rockets on the roof at Brooks Guesthouse 

Relax in an eccentric home from home at Artist Residence

Located just a stone'w throw from Bristol's city centre, this Georgian townhouse & old boot factory is brimming with quirky features and creative flair. Bedrooms at Artist Residence are individually designed with exposed brick, remnants of graffiti, and Georgian cornicing.

Looking for an extra special experience? The ‘Artist Suite’ is the best in the house, overlooking leafy Portland Square with floor-to ceiling windows throughout, a carved wood bed and 19th century style bathtub in the bedroom. Alternatively, stay in The Lookout, tucked away in the eaves of the building, with a spiral staircase leading to a separate living room & roof terrace.

The Club Suite at Artist Residence Bristol
Image - Artist Residence

Step back in time at Tyntesfield Estate

In the grounds of one of the National Trust’s most beautiful properties, stay in a magical Victorian estate cottage. The three-bedroom Chaplain’s House, was built in the 1890s in the Gothic Revival style, for Tyntesfield’s own chaplain (the family church is next to the mansion). The two-bedroom Chaplain’s Lodge was built as a gate-keepers lodge in the 1840s, and later became a home for the family butler. The quaint Summerhouse Cottage is the perfect retreat for two.

The Chaplain's House at Tyntesfield

Image - The Chaplain's House at Tyntesfield Estate

Enjoy some retro indoor camping at Towed Town Camping

Choose from five cosy and lovingly revamped vintage caravans at Towed Town Camping, an indoor campsite located in a warehouse  close to Bristol city centre. You'll also find a communal 'hangout' area complete with pool and table tennis tables, books, games as well as an honesty shop.

Towed Town Camping in Bristol
Image - Towed Town Camping

Brook Lodge Farm Camping & Caravan Park

Hire a bell tent for a rural camping experience snuggled beneath the Mendip Hills. Brook Lodge dates from the 18th century and Cowslip Green, where it is located - just outside Bristol - is considered by historians to be a heritage site of considerable significance. The countryside surrounding the camping park is excellent for walking, bird watching and cycling.  

brook lodge farm

Image - bell tents at Brook Lodge Farm Camping & Caravan Park

From Banksy to Brunel at Mercure Holland House

As part of Mercure-Accor’s My Room project, members of staff were given a budget and a free rein to dress a room in any style. So, Laura came up with a painterly Street Art Room (graffiti above the bed and hints of Banksy), James batted for a manly Cricket Room and Veronica engineered a Brunel Room (Isambard Kingdom Brunel would no doubt approve) and sunny Sardinia rooms also feature in this Redliffe hotel.

Street art room at Mercure Holland House

Image - The Banksy-inspired street art room at Mercure Holland House

You can also find more unusual places to stay in our Accommodation Experiences, featuring campsites, country houses and even the option to have your own personal shopper at a city centre apartment.

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Wake to the sound of waves in one of the 25 furnished tents, located just a short walk from the shore of The Wave's surfing lake - where perfect waves are guaranteed.

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Thornbury Castle is a beautiful 16th century building, which was once owned by Henry VIII and stands in 15 acres of regal splendour, surrounded by Tudor Walled Gardens.

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An eccentric Georgian townhouse & old boot factory with 23 bedrooms in the heart of the city. Downstairs, you'll find a relaxed all-day hangout, serving breakfast and drinks all day.

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Uniquely located in a renovated warehouse, just a stone's throw from Bristol city centre. Towed Town Camping is the ideal setting for a city break with an imaginative twist.

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Unique rural camping park nestled in Mendip Hills, ideal for visiting Bristol and the surrounding area