For those prone to sleepwalking, it’s probably not the most sensible place to bed down. For £600 a night, daredevil holidaymakers can sleep on canvas dangling from the Dorset cliffs 60ft above the English Channel. The ‘portaledge’ B&B idea is the idea of climber Eddy Young, 35, who says you need ‘a sense of adventure and a head for heights’.
So far only six people have been courageous enough – and wealthy enough – to take on the challenge.
‘The experience is unique,’ said Mr Young. ‘You have normal camping in a field and glamping, but this is next level. If people are looking for an adventure then this is for them.’ He added: ‘I understand it’s quite niche and it’s aimed at professional, high-earning people who have got that spare cash, done a bit of climbing before and want to take it to the next level.’
The experienced mountaineer’s idea has a five-star rating on Trip Advisor.
Mr Young, from Poole in Dorset, said that, unlike the back-ache inducing experience of sleeping on the ground, the ‘portaledge’ offers a comfortable stay. He said he was hoping the trips would fund a climbing expedition in Yosemite National Park in California.
He said he decided to capitalise on the increased interest in climbing, adding: ‘I run my own outdoor pursuits company anyway, and I decided to try this last year. ‘Since then I’ve done the cliff camping with six paying guests.’
He sets up the equipment before meeting his clients, who descend to the platform down a rope ladder. A local restaurant supplies a picnic hamper, which he can lower down to his clients. ‘The clients will stay tied to a harness and the portaledge sinks a bit in the middle to stop you rolling off.’ For those needing the loo, it’s a climb back up to the top – or a bucket.