Places to Stay in the Midlands

Are you planning your next getaway in the Midlands and need some inspiration regarding your accommodation options? Then read through our list of unusual and interesting accommodation venues in this attractive part of the country.

Stay in a yurt without travelling to Mongolia

Yurts are those round structures that nomads use throughout central Asia. The concept has been recently adopted by the hospitality industry, and nowadays some holiday operators run 'glamping' holidays in modern yurts. You can now stay a few minutes away from the stunning Peak District national park and spend the night in a comfortable and fully equipped yurt near Ashbourne, Staffordshire. The facilities include a hot tub, a fireplace, luxury down duvets, handmade furniture, and stunning views to the surrounding countryside. Other amenities on offer include a sauna room, a wellness therapy centre, locally sourced produce for sale, and faultless hospitality.

The Rotunda, Birmingham

If you are interested in going on a city break but do not want to stay in the typical run-of-the-mill hotel, consider booking a stay at The Rotunda, an apart-hotel that has become one of Birmingham's most representative landmarks. One and two-bedroom fully equipped apartments are available for short stays. Those who want to splurge can book the various penthouses available. Some of the key highlights of this venue include its central location (2 minutes' walk from New Street and just around the corner from the Bullring shopping centre), modern facilities, spacious rooms, and panoramic views of the city. The owners have taken care of every detail to ensure that a stay here is as unique as the building's design. Expect to find high-end espresso machines, iPod docks, Mac laptops, and memory foam pillows.

The House of Correction

If staying at unusual accommodation is your thing, you simply cannot go wrong with a stay at a former prison. Despite its intimidating name, the House of Correction offers fine hospitality in a gorgeous natural environment. As for the history of this venue, you should know that the original structure was a medieval castle (moat included), which functioned as a fortress until the 19th century, when it became a penal institution for minor offenders. The interiors are unassuming and welcoming, so don't be put off by the history of this venue.

St Winifred's Well, an intimate accommodation venue

If you are planning a special getaway in the Midlands with your significant other, it just doesn't get any more cosy and intimate than St Winifred's Well. This tiny cottage in the heart of rural Shropshire and has an interesting history. The main structure of this building dates from the 15th century, which is an oddity in its own right, as not many timber buildings have survived the passage of time. Back in the Middle Ages, pilgrims flocked to this spot as they believed that the waters of St Winifred's Well could cure them of their many ailments. A small chapel was built above the well, and in the late 1980s the chapel was acquired by the Landmark Trust and turned into an accommodation venue. Luckily, not many people know about this historical building. St Winifred's Well is hidden away in a remote forested area, offering privacy and seclusion. This venue sleeps two people and has all the amenities necessary for those who want to get away from it all.

Stay in a medieval monastery at Coombe Abbey Hotel

The Coombe Abbey Hotel is a 12th century building that functioned as a monastery until the 16th century. Afterwards, Coombe Abbey became the residence of royalty and later went into private hands. Today, Coombe Abbey is a Grade I listed building that boasts an unbeatable location in the heart of England, sumptuous decoration, and impeccable service standards. This venue is located near Coventry (Warwickshire) and within easy reach of Birmingham. Guests are often dazzled by the exquisite interiors, and also by the hotel's reputation as a haunted venue, where the cloaked ghost of an Abbott roams free. However, you are more likely to be distracted by the wide range of facilities on offer and by the tempting menu offered at Coombe Abbey's restaurants, which includes a 4-course medieval banquet that has become the highlight of a stay in this unique venue.

The Old Mill Hotel

Also located in Warwickshire, the Old Mill Hotel is an interesting accommodation venue whose original construction dates from the 19th century. This is a four-star hotel that overlooks the River Sowe, which flows through the quiet village of Baginton. The venue has been renovated so as to preserve the original 18-feet watermill, which is clearly the hotel's main attraction. The Old Mill offers cosy interiors, a peaceful atmosphere, and excellent value for money in terms of food and accommodation. Don't miss the restaurant's extensive wine list, which has been carefully selected by renowned master of wine and journalist Tim Atkin.