Holiday caravans coming to a rooftop near you
IT is likely to be one of the most unusual hotel rooms in Bristol but from this autumn visitors will get the chance to stay the night in a caravan perched on the roof of a city centre building.
The owners of a guesthouse right in the heart of Bristol have been given permission to push ahead with their latest project.
The plan is to place four 1950s American-style caravans on the roof of the bed and breakfast which overlooks the bustling St Nicholas market.
The Brooks Guesthouse is owned and run by husband and wife Andrew and Carla Brooks and is already one of the city's most popular locations.
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The couple took over the former backpacker hostel two years ago and turned it into an upmarket bed and breakfast.
They own a similar venture in Bath and have recently taken over a third hotel in Edinburgh which was rebranded and reopened in the autumn.
The plan is to place four vintage Airstream caravans on the roof of the guesthouse and the scheme has been granted planning permission by the City Council.
Mrs Brooks explained the thinking behind her unusual and unique plans.
The mother of two said: "I have always been a big fan of the 1950s and Americana and these caravans are very much a part of that style.
"A few years ago I was considering setting up a company importing the Airstreams into the UK but for some reason I never really got round to it."
Mrs Brooks added: "I recently went to visit my sister in Cape Town and there was a hotel with them on the roof and I just thought what a great idea.
"We have a flat concrete roof on the guest house which is strong enough to take the weight and I just thought why not go for it.We will be importing the caravans from the US and hopefully will have them ready for guests to use by the autumn."
The caravans will be specially modified to make them as comfortable as possible and customers will be charged between £80 and £90 for a double berth for the night.
The couple will be commissioning local artists and cabinet makers to carry out the work on the vintage Airstreams and the roof, which overlooks the market, will also have a garden commissioned by Steve Kelvin – a local landscape gardener who has worked on Brooks Guest- house in Bath, Bristol and Edinburgh.
Mrs Brooks said: "Because of its location the guesthouse in Bristol has always been quite trendy and different.
"Obviously there is the weekend market but we also get a lot of corporate customers. Because of the nature of Bristol we tend to get a lot of media and IT workers staying and I think people appreciate something that is a little bit different and out of the ordinary.
"We also believe the Airstreams will benefit the local independent business community by raising the profile of St Nicholas market to a national audience and generating more tourism in the Old City.
"I guess the caravans will sum up the spirit of the area, which is slightly quirky and a little bit different, but there is also a great sense of fun about the market and the area.
"We are really proud of the project because there is no other hotel in the UK which has this so it is something that will be completely unique to Bristol."
The scheme was given permission by city council planners with a number of conditions which included the style of lighting and the use of accommodation for guests only.