- Online booking specialist eviivo names Britain’s best book themed B&Bs.
- Harry Potter, Famous Five, comic book hero Batman and more celebrated by unique establishments across the country.
- B&Bs offer a live-in fantasy experience for a fraction of the price of theme parks.
British holidaymakers are used to travelling to New York to soak up the iconic landmarks of King Kong or to Disneyland to meet Mickey Mouse and friends. Now, thanks to the ingenuity of British B&B owners, guests can immerse themselves in amazing fantasy worlds for a fraction of the price of an international trip.
Analysis by eviivo, the online booking specialists, of more than 6,600 of the company’s B&B customers, has unearthed a unique selection of themed B&Bs in the UK, including Harry Potter, Famous Five and Batman-themed establishments, perfect for fictional fantasy holiday makers who are hunting for their next experience.
Ruth Whitehead, a director at eviivo, said: “The popularity of theme parks and adventure holidays has increased in recent years, and can turn an average holiday into an exciting and unique experience, but an expensive one. Now, for less than the cost of a family cinema trip to London’s West End, adventurous families can live out the fantasies immortalised in works of fiction with a stay at a B&B.”
Canongate Luxury Apartment in Edinburgh is a Harry Potter themed apartment, complete with a Hogwarts Express carriage room, and a Gryffindor dormitory common room and bedroom. Kitted out with artefacts, including a desk and a mirror both previously owned by J K Rowling herself, this B&B is a delight for any ‘Sirius’ Potter fan.
A sign outside reads ‘Wizards welcome’, but Ruth Whitehead assures potential guests that “muggles will be let through the Dumble-door too!”
Built in the 1700s, the property already has an old and rustic feel and the owner has made numerous creative modifications to evoke J K Rowling’s fantasy world, including authentic bookshelf style wall paper, and an intricate display of potions bottles. One of the rooms boasts a real wood burner, perfect for snuggling up with a hot espresso-patronum.
This magical experience is conveniently located amongst some of Edinburgh’s best Harry Potter tourist spots, including The Elephant House Café where J K Rowling wrote many of her early novels.
For holidaymakers looking for an action comic experience, the ‘Joker Boat’ is a buoy wonder. Docked in Liverpool, this swanky barge was brought over from LA to be restored to sleep 6 people, after originally being made exclusively for Jack Nicholson for his role as the Joker in Batman.
The boat is kitted out in Gotham-style noirish luxury, complete with leather seats, purple velvet bedding and a 3D 52in LCD TV. It is the perfect cosy spot for a dark Knight.
Making your way from the airport to your accommodation can be the 'Bane' of your existence, but in true Hollywood style, the owner is offering an optional chauffeur service from the airport, in the choice of either a Hummer or a Rolls Royce Phantom.
Families looking to escape to the fantasy world of the mid-20th century British countryside are advised to visit Enid Blyton-inspired Widbrook Barns. Situated in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside, this accommodation features a tuck shop, an original gypsy bow-top wagon and a shepherds hut, and comes complete with ‘lashings of ginger beer’ and ‘pick ‘n’ mix’, that will fuel any child’s adventures.
Ruth Whitehead added “Fortunately this accommodation sleeps up to 23, so even more than five can have a wonderful time”.