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Glamp in a helicopter at this upscale Scottish retreat

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The renovated cockpit of a helicopter hotel room in Scotland.
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If historic hotels, yurts, or even fancy glamping resorts are just too pedestrian for your traveling style, how about a sleepover in a real helicopter? Located at Mains Farm in Stirling, Scotland, the Helicopter Glamping hotel room is a decommissioned Royal Navy ZA127 Sea King Helicopter.

In layman’s terms, that’s a fancy schmancy helicopter that was previously used for search-and-rescue. According to their website, Martyn Steedman and his wife Louise bought the helicopter at auction in March 2016 and have spent tens of thousands of dollars converting it into a luxurious—but quirky—hotel room.

The helicopter has been reworked inside and out, with the exterior getting new rotor blades, paint, and lighting. Inside, a surprisingly spacious interior sleeps a family of five (2 adults and 3 children) in three different beds: a double, a triple, and a single bed in the tail.

The helicopter also boasts a lot of light thanks to a sun dome and double glazed patio doors that were added to the side. The soothing interior is an all-white paint and pops of blues and reds lighten up the vibe.

Steedman replaced the bulky sonar station with a shower room and mini-kitchen, but he kept the helicopter’s cockpit. New swivel seats and a table provide a great spot to enjoy the views of the Carse of Stirling, and guests can still enjoy the original dashboard, roof panel switches and foot pedals.

A night in the helicopter costs £150 for two adults and includes all bedding. Helicopters not really your thing? Don’t fret, you could always stay in an airplane in Costa Rica.

The helicopter glamping hotel room at night.
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The sleeping options inside the helicopter.
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A new skylight and side door adds plenty of natural light.
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The view from the tail of the helicopter.
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The helicopter’s kitchen.
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