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Dad-friendly getaways for Father’s Day / Unique breaks to make his day

10 June 2016

Looking for a unique gift for Dad this Father’s Day? We are sure he already has plenty of pairs of novelty socks, a few garden hoses and various screwdriver sets, so how about something a bit different – a unique getaway at a Host Unusual property that will ensure your status as favourite offspring for at least the next year or so …
We have plenty of quirky and inspiring places to visit, but we have picked out a selection of holiday destinations that are guaranteed to please.
Coastguard Lookout, Hunstanton, Norfolk
Sleeps 4
This historic coastal lookout tower was originally built as a Marconi WirelessStation back in 1906 and played an important part in bothWorld Wars, intercepting German radio transmissions and tracing the Germanfleet. This key role even led to a visitfrom the Royal Family back in 1943. Dad is bound to be impressed by the 270 degree views from the tower’s lookout room! 
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Gainsborough Wharf Boatels, Hackney, London
Sleeps 2-4 per boat
If Dad fancies himself as a bit of a cool cat, how about a stay on a luxury self-catering houseboat in London’s vibrant East End. With every modern comfort including electricity, water and central heating, a fully fitted kitchen and the joys of a hot shower and flushing toilet, he might forget he’s on a canal at all! The boatel team are on hand for anything he might need during his stay, and can even arrange activities such as local tours, ping pong games or swing classes.
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Osea Island, Blackwater Estuary, Essex
A range of accommodation to suit parties from 2-22 guests.
What says ‘Thanks Dad’ more than a stay on an exclusive private island? This stunning retreat in the Blackwater Estuary is approached by an ancient causeway, providingcomplete seclusion at high tide. With a range of onsite amenities and activities available (including tennis, kayaking, a mini-cinema and even a recording studio), active dads certainly won’t get bored. Some properties on the island also accept pets, so man’s best friend can come along too!
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Belle Tout Lighthouse B&B, Beachy Head, Eastbourne
Sleeps 2 per room
For a quirky yet utterly relaxing break, this former working lighthouse is sure to deliver. Steeped inhistory, Belle Tout has in its time been a home, a teashop and a filming locationfor a cult TV classic. Situated atop the stunning white cliffs ofBeachy Head, it’s surrounded by views of the South Downs, theEnglish Channel and the legendary Seven Sisters. The original Lantern Room provides the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of spectacular sunsets with a drink in hand!
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Penny Rope Bed Chamber, Margate, Kent
Sleeps 2
For a novelty break with a real difference, how about treating Dad to a spell in jail? Don’t worry, he’ll be able leave in the morning with norepercussions! This quirky prison-cell themed bed chamber occupies a former cold store of a Georgian townhouse in vibrant Margate, and is certainly a lot cosier than a stay in a real prison cell. There are quirky themed details everywhere, and dad can even pose for aprison-themed mug shot as a memento for ‘doing time’!
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