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Horse lovers can have a sleepover with a pony in Cumbria – with bunk beds built right into the stables

HORSE lovers can now spend the night with the animals at a luxury converted stable – the first of its kind in the UK.

Located in Cumbria, Stable Stays allows guests to spend the entire night with a Friesian Horse or Shetland Pony, all within the self-catered stable accommodation.

The setting includes a double and single bunk bed, mini fridge, microwave and an en-suite wet room with a shower and toilet.

The horse, meanwhile, sleeps in a spacious stable section with an automatic water feeder and haynets.

There are dinner and breakfast buckets so guests can feed their four-legged roommates and a luxury grooming kit is also provided.

The room – which is lit up by twinkling fairy lights at night time – is separated using a see-through divider.

From the top bunk bed guests can stroke and chat to their horse as well as feed them treats such as carrots and Polo mints.

The unique experience is offered by Black Horses Ltd and prices start at £250 per night for the stable, which is based in Cartmel, Cumbria.

Tracey Alexander, owner of Black Horses Ltd, said: “As a child I used to read books about people who let their little Shetland Ponies in to sleep on their bed and it’s just something that’s stuck with me.

“I am surprised no one has come up with the idea before.

“The breeding of Friesian Horses is very closely monitored and they are known for being very people orientated, friendly and kind so this suits them perfectly.

“Our little Shetland Pony is also really sweet, although I do have to worn people he is a bit nibbly sometimes.

“Horses don’t sleep like we do. They are up and down during the night and can often be heard wandering around or munching away.”

“We do offer ear plugs but people don’t come here for a full night’s sleep. They come for a unique and magical experience.”

Other animal-themed holidays in the UK include a Disney cottage based on Snow White, with alpacas and emus in the garden.

Head to Surrey and you can go llama trekking.

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