GOLF fanatics desperate for a hotel room this summer are being offered the chance to pay £400-a-night – to sleep in a shipping container.
The four-day Open Championship at Muirfield, East Lothian, is expected to attract as many as 160,000 fans and beds are at a premium.
So an enterprising estate neighbouring the celebrated course is putting up 160 “Snoozebox” rooms, charging up to £1,600 for a four-night stay.
The units will be set up in The Walled Garden on the Archerfield estate for stays between July 18 and 21.
The rooms boast widescreen TVs and en-suite bathrooms, and each container can include up to four rooms.
Snoozebox says its products are “based on ISO steel shipping containers with 9’6” height.”
Residents of nearby Gullane are renting out their houses for the tournament at eye-watering prices.
A four-bedroom house will cost £7,000 per week during the tournament, which is expected to draw as many as 160,000 fans.
Fraser Niven, Chief Executive of Archerfield Estates Ltd said: “We are delighted to announce this joint venture and see Snoozebox at The Walled Garden as a fantastic opportunity to build both these new brands and offer visitors to the Open a new way to stay nearby and enjoy both the golf and the hospitality we will extend to them.”
“It’s a natural fit for us as the Walled Garden is all about creating a destination for visitors to East Lothian and this will add to their experience even if it is only for this year’s Open week.
“Our normal focus is to attract different groups of visitors from families who will use the deli, restaurant and children’s play area; foodies keen to match craft ales and wines to our freshly produced dishes to business groups who will visit the microbrewery and restaurant as an alternative corporate day out.
“During the Open we will make the very most of the design and ample space of The Walled Garden with both indoor and outdoor viewing lounges for those watching the Golf action on Widescreen TV’s and there will be food served throughout the day with a room service option.
“Those staying in the Snoozebox rooms can start the day with a hearty breakfast or a continental for those who prefer a something lighter then head off to the Course where the real action is truly on our doorstep.”
Alex McKie, Group Managing Director of the Fusion Group UK who run Snoozeboxes in Scotland said: “This prestigious tie –up is taking Snoozebox to another new level and showing the product’s versatility.
“Snoozebox was first conceived as accommodation at sporting events – in the Grand Prix World – and it has many applications when it comes to eagerly anticipated sporting events with spectators wanting to stay as close as possible to the venue, which can come at a high cost.
“Here at The Walled Garden by Muirfield, we are giving our customers a strong offer – great value accommodation for a world famous event which is also quirky and fun to experience and a social setting amongst fellow golf lovers which will provide a great atmosphere including hotel style service and food.”