You can stay in giant wine barrels complete with their own private saunas

A view of the wine barrel rooms at the Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren (Image: Booking.com)

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Wine enthusiasts can ditch a standard hotel room and opt to sleep in giant wine barrels instead at a hotel in the Netherlands.

Of course the barrels aren't filled with wine, but they have been transformed into some pretty swish accommodation – some even come with their own private sauna and whirlpool bath.

The Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren, located in one of the country's oldest towns Stavoren, has eight wine barrels on offer for guests, which used to be able to hold between 15,000-23,000 litres of wine.

Nowadays, they're cosy rooms with double beds, ensuite bathrooms and in some instances, a small living room with a TV.

Oh, and of course guests are welcomed with a bottle of wine waiting in their room, and can also head to the on-site restaurant for the extensive drinks and food menu.

A view of one of the barrels that also features a private sauna
(Image: Booking.com)

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A small number of the 'Wellness' barrels also offer a shower, sauna and indoor whirlpool tub for those looking for a touch of pampering.

With their round doors, the rooms look a little like something out of Hobbiton!

The barrels typically sleep two people
(Image: Booking.com)

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Prices from £162 a night on Booking.com based on two people sharing a stay in a wine barrel.

It's not the only hotel to offer a stay of this nature. In the town of Tequila, Mexico, one hotel offers holidaymakers the chance to sleep in giant barrels formerly used for – you guessed it – tequila. (It's also handily located right by a tequila distillery for guests who are interested in sampling the spirit and taking a tour of the site).

They're surprisingly luxurious
(Image: Booking.com)

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At the time of writing England, Scotland and Wales all have national lockdowns which include a ban on international travel.

You should also check the Foreign Office advice before planning, booking or going on a trip as there are ongoing travel restrictions due to the pandemic.

You can see the FCDO Netherlands advice for more information.

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