This conversion of a helicopter into a cozy, and very unique hotel, takes the concept of repurposing and recycling to a whole new level. Both those practices are, of course, a must in achieving a more sustainable future. This one-of-a-kind hotel is located in Stirling, Scotland and was created out of an old Sea King helicopter.
This so-called Helicopter Glamping retreat is actually quite cozy inside, and features a living area, kitchenette, shower and several beds. The owners bought the Sea King helicopter for $9,125 a few years back at an online auction. They transported it to the build site by land, then used a crane to place it at the campsite. They first sanded down the exterior then repainted it. The rotor blades were missing, so they found some like it on eBay to add to the Sea King. They also kept all the original lights and markings, to retain the authentic look from the outside. The interior had to be changed up quite a bit, though.
They insulated the walls, and covered them with wood paneling to create a uniform look, which is reminiscent of “an upturned hull of a boat”, as they put it. The interior is large enough to sleep five people comfortably, since the hotel contains two large beds, as well as one twin bed. To let in more natural light, they built a sun dome and also added glazed patio doors to one side of the helicopter. They also added a deck.
One of the things they had to remove from the interior was the original sonar station, which was donated to The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare. This created enough space for a shower and small kitchen. The cockpit was left as is, and now offers amazing panoramic views over the Carse of Stirling. As an added touch they also retained the original dashboard, as well as the roof panel switches and foot pedals, so guests can pretend they are flying the helicopter on a mission.
Staying at this hotel is certainly an unforgettable experience. It can be rented for $195 for two adults per night. For more information, visit Helicopter Glamping.