MARE-bnb! Quirky new hotel lets tourists bunk down with HORSES in self-catering stables from £250 a night
- Guests can feed carrots and mints to their four-legged friends from their beds
- Add ‘magic’ to staycations say Black Horses Ltd, Cumbria behind the scheme
- But don’t expect a blissful sleep as horses are often wandering around at night
Proof that staycations needn’t be boring. Tourists can bunk down with HORSES in self-catering stables in unique getaways which are the first of their kind in the UK.
The quirky accommodation based in Cartmel, Cumbria, allows guests to spend the entire night with a Friesian Horse or Shetland Pony, all within the luxury of a converted stable.
The setting includes a double and single bunk bed, mini fridge, microwave and an en-suite wet room with a shower and toilet.
Sleepover: Staycations needn’t be boring when you can bunk down with your four-legged friends
This quirky unique and magical experience is the first of its kind in the UK and is set to prove popular with children and adults alike
The horse, meanwhile, sleeps in a spacious stable section with an automatic water feeder and haynets.
There are dinner and breakfast buckets so guests can feed their four-legged roommates and a luxury grooming kit is also provided.
The room – which is lit up by twinkling fairy lights at night time – is separated using a see-through divider.
Stroke of genius: Guests can chat and stroke their horses from the comfort of their beds
Roommates can develop a rapport over dinner and breakfast with the horses at Black Horses Ltd, Cumbria
From the top bunk bed guests can stroke and chat to their horse as well as feed them treats such as carrots and Polo mints.
The unique experience, dubbed Stable Stays, is offered by Black Horses Ltd and prices start at £250 per night for the stable.
Tracey Alexander, owner of Black Horses Ltd, said: ‘As a child I used to read books about people who let their little Shetland Ponies in to sleep on their bed and it’s just something that’s stuck with me.
Pasture bedtime: Who wants to go to sleep when there is a four-legged friend to chat to?
Horsing around: Horses don’t sleep like we do so it may be a long night ahead for the guests
‘I am surprised no one has come up with the idea before.
‘The breeding of Friesian Horses is very closely monitored and they are known for being very people orientated, friendly and kind so this suits them perfectly.
‘Our little Shetland Pony is also really sweet, although I do have to worn people he is a bit nibbly sometimes.
We’ll drink to that! Guests are enjoying ‘Stable Stays’ offered by Black Horses Ltd which cost £250 per night
‘Horses don’t sleep like we do. They are up and down during the night and can often be heard wandering around or munching away.
‘We do offer ear plugs but people don’t come here for a full night’s sleep. They come for a unique and magical experience.’
Is it time for breakfast yet? Guests can feed their four-legged pals treats such as carrots and Polo mints