RAF base control tower transformed into unusual Airbnb

A former RAF base offers the perfect alternative to a regular caravan in Skegness.

The new owner of RAF Wainfleet, near Friskney, turned the coastal base into an Airbnb and it has been hailed as one of the most remarkable places to stay in the country.

LincolnshireLive reports that Wainfleet Tower has been identified as potentially the UK’s most unique Airbnb by Life is Art, a visual art agency based in Leamington Spa.

The company embarked on a nationwide hunt to find the most unusual places to eat and sleep, and the best properties were turned into a 3D virtual reality tour.



Panoramic view from the old control tower

Life is Art’s description said: “Based near Skegness, it is perfect for a ‘stay’ and can accommodate up to 24 guests on five unique digs.

“All on the RAF theme, you have the converted five story watchtower, three converted bunkers and a glamping pod made from an old helicopter!

“Honestly, there’s no point in us saying more – take a look, you’ll be blown away.



The new Jetstream, which is now a chamber

The tower, which costs £ 160 per night, can accommodate six people and as well as three king bedrooms, each couple has their own bathroom. There is also a hot tub.

But it’s the fourth floor that’s the jewel in the crown with living space in the glass observatory overlooking the famous Dambusters bombing zone, and a 360-degree view of the mudflats, across the swamp to to The Wash and north to Norfolk. littoral.



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As a nod to history, the bunkers were named after planes – Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster. Also on site is a Westland Lynx helicopter, which seats two and has a mini-fridge and TV, along with a brand new addition – a 43 Squadron Jetstream, which seats five.

Farmer Will Roughton, owner of the vacation rentals, said: “It’s nice to be recognized.

“It’s a real success. We opened the tower three years ago and converted the other buildings in the compound as we went.

“We wanted to be full 30 weeks a year and that’s between 35 and 40. Last year we only had ten days that weren’t booked.

“We added the Jetstream this year, so we haven’t opened at full capacity yet.”

The interior of the Jetstream was ripped out to create sleeping quarters and a pilot’s seat for the kids to pretend to be piloting the plane.



Not great if you want to climb a mountain, however

Commenting on the Airbnb website, a former visitor to Thurlaston, Leicestershire said: “Beautiful unique place to stay.

“Well maintained, perfectly placed for seclusion but close enough to Boston or Skegness amenities.

“The Barley Mow pub was in a perfect walking distance and felt like you’ve earned your beer and great food.”

Another visitor, from Oadby, commented: “Great location, we had a great time. I would book again.

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