It’s hard to believe that anyone would want to stay in a prison-turned-hotel while on vacation.
But apparently Comrie Development Trust (CDT) — owners of Cultybraggan, the former high security Nazi prisoner of war camp in Perthshire, Scotland — is banking on that.
According to the DailyMail, CDT has plans to transform Cultybraggan into tourist accommodations.
The 64-acre camp was built in 1939 and used to house 4,000 German and Italian prisoners.
There’s even speculation that Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, was held there.
Historic Scotland is offering a conditional grant of up to 275,500 pounds (roughly $US400,600) for the restoration of the camp’s huts. The total cost of the project is estimated to cost about $US900,000.
Once the camp is transformed, guests will be able to sleep in bunkbeds used by former PoWs, but will have to provide their own food. While CDT has not released specific details on what exactly the accommodations will look like, it seems like the rooms will be communal and therefore comparable to rooms found at a hostel.
“Heritage hutting” or vacationing in unusual — and sometimes unappealing places — is the travel trend that helped inspire Cultybraggan’s restoration.
CDT sees the restoration as an opportunity for growth for both the town and local economy. The project, along with others, is predicted to bring an increase of 15,000 visitors to the town after five years. This growth would create the equivalent of 20 full-time jobs, boosting the local economy by 2 million pounds or roughly $US3 million.
As of right now, nine of the camp’s huts are available to rent for commercial accommodation. CDT describes the huts as “unique units set in the wonderful surroundings of the Camp,” and says they’re used by “an eclectic mix of people and businesses.”
One thing is for sure: It takes a special kind of tourist to stay at a place like this. Take a look at the photos below to see what the camp is like.
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