Unusual holiday: Britons can stay in shipping containers on a farm – ‘quirky’

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Holidaying in the country has never been more popular. The UK holiday boom which peaked in the summer is set to continue, and many holidaymakers are looking to make the most of everything the country has to offer.

Going to stay somewhere unusual is a fantastic way to make a UK holiday exciting.

Britons who think they’ve seen everything in the country should think again, as there are new experiences popping up all the time.

Peter Barrett launched the BOX BNB at the tail end of summer and is offering holidaying Britons a chance to stay in shipping containers.

Peter said: “You don’t need to fly away to have that unique holiday or experience.”

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Pre-pandemic, Peter partnered up with farmers outside Malton to offer three cabins in a beautiful setting.

With the North York Moors on their doorsteps and the “food capital of Yorkshire” Malton not far either, holidaymakers can make the most of the area from their converted cabins.

The idea came to Peter when he was in the US, and he said: “I stayed in a container in someone’s garden, basically. I just thought it was a great idea but they hadn’t done it very well.

“The concept was brilliant, you know it was on top of a mountain overlooking the whole of the city below.

“I started researching and there were loads of people interested in tiny house living and you know, for example the Scandinavians, they do a lot of cabins and stick them in the woods.”

Taking the concept to the UK, Peter took out reached out to farmers and found one farm in Yorkshire that was perfect.

“These guys in Malton were brilliant, young farmers, really innovative, looking at different ways to diversify their farm and they already had an existing tourism business on their farm.

“They have a barn conversion and are used to running tourism businesses.”

Combining sustainable, unusual holiday lets on farmland with beauty spots, the BOX BNB seems to be riding the UK holiday wave perfectly.

He continued: “People don’t just want to go near a beach anymore. They want to go and stay somewhere that is different, unusual, somewhere to tell their friends and families about.

“There’s quite a lot of research on people, especially younger people, spending more money on experiences than on things. And there is a huge interest in sustainable travel too. Our containers are sustainable and last over 40 years, it’s got longevity.

“We’re taking containers who were just sitting there and doing nothing and were probably going to be scrapped. And we repurpose them.”

This is just the beginning for the shipping containers’ business, with Peter looking to expand to more beauty spots around the country, “somewhere interesting to go, in beautiful locations, so people can get away from the city and into the countryside, but also somewhere you can go and work from”.

The converted containers have all the amenities holidaymakers would expect “from a high end, relaxing stay in the beautiful North York Moors: There’s running water, electricity, flushing toilet, power shower, wifi…”

Britons who have already stayed seem to enjoy their unusual stays.

On Tripadvisor, Fay Charlston said: “These cabins are fabulous, everything that you would possibly need and much more! Why stay in a cottage or hotel when you have these?!

“Definitely recommend if you are wanting to stay somewhere a little different. Brilliant!”

And user Lala wrote: “This is a quirky, peaceful and beautiful place. The accommodation has everything you need and nothing you do not, we spent our second night on the veranda watching the stars, which were spectacular.

“This is a place to chill, reconnect with nature and feed your soul with the stunning scenery. The picturesque traditional market towns of Pickering and Malton are only a short drive away with plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from. This is also an ideal site to explore the Yorkshire Moors, Scarborough, York and Whitby are all within driving distance.”
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