Welcome to 2017!

If you’re anything like me, I love to give and receive gifts that are a little more unusual – from a stay somewhere to an activity or meal.

And what’s so fantastic is that there is an array of unusual, glorious gifts just waiting to be given.

So if you need a little bit of a helping hand, have no fear as the Brit Crowd has gathered together some great ideas for you.

Discover four rather unusual places to stay in the UK.

A night at the Zoo

Gir Lion Lodge at London Zoo Christmas Gift Guide activities in Britain

London Zoo, London

Have you ever wanted to go on safari but haven’t quite made it out into the wilds of Africa yet? Fear not – London Zoo now has it’s very own lodge, located in the ‘Land of the Lions’.

Here you can explore the zoo after hours with experienced tour guides, enjoy a dinner and sleep within short proximity of some of the world’s most dangerous animals.

They also run adult-only and family-friendly nights, and groups are deliberately kept small.

Price: from £189 per person incl. meals, entrance, accommodation & more.

Buy here 
Getting there: London Zoo is easily accessible from Regent’s Park tube on the Bakerloo line, in central London.

 Stay in a converted Lighthouse

Belle Tout Lighthouse in Eastbourne, England Christmas Gift Guide Visit Britain

Belle Tout Lighthouse is small but perfectly formed. Photo by Rwassell / Creative Commons

Belle Tout, Eastbourne

Are you bored with the standard B&B? Then try this out for size – an incredible lighthouse in Eastbourne, South East of England, situated one of the most spectacular cliff settings in Britain.

This beautifully restored 19th century lighthouse has 360 degree views of the English Channel, and the famous Seven Sisters cliffs. Don’t forget to check out Eastbourne, one of England’s beautiful old seaside resorts.

The view from Belle Tout Lighthouse in Eastbourne, England Christmas Gift Guide Visit Britain

The 360 degree view from the Lantern Room at the lighthouse. Photo by Rwassell / Creative Commons

It really doesn’t get more unusual – and it is one of the country’s best kept secrets.

You can even stay in the original lighthouse keeper’s bunker!

Price: From £155 per night
Buy: Book here
Getting there: Eastbourne is around 2 hours from London by car, or 90 minutes by train.

Play Kings & Queens on the Isle of Mull

Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland Christmas Gift Guide Love Great Britain

Spend the night in the splendid looking Glengorm Castle. Photo by Zambog / Creative Commons

Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Have you ever wanted to be the king or queen of your very own castle?

Now you can – stay in one of the very pretty tower rooms and you can wake up overlooking ‘your kingdom’ – the incredible gardens and landscapes across Glengorm Castle.

The self-catering apartment consisting of two bedrooms gives you ample space to spread out – you even get three living rooms!

There’s even a roll top bath with views over the stunning Scottish countryside.

Price: Apartment from £250 per night, other rooms available from £135 per night.
Buy: Contact the castle here for availability.
Getting here: Around 4 hours from Edinburgh & Glasgow, including the ferry crossing.


Star gaze in your own shepherd’s hut

Shepherd's Hut in the Brecon Beacons where to stay in the UK Christmas Gift Guide

The Castle Shepherd’s Hut, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons

If you’re a big fan of the countryside then this place is for you. With its very own log fire and cosy bed, and views to die for over the Welsh Brecon Beacons and black mountains.

It’s on the ‘bijou’ side of things, but with all the creature comforts, this is one of the more unusual ways to experience the Welsh countryside.

Even the pub is within walking distance! What could be more romantic than settling in-front of the log fire and enjoying the sun setting over the mountains.

Price: Seven nights from £395 – shorter stays available
Book: Availability and up to date prices here
Getting here: The Brecon Beacons is a few hours drive from the Welsh capital, Cardiff and around 4 hours from London. A car is the best way to get around.

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The suggestions above made by the Brit Crowd are not personal recommendations unless mentioned otherwise. You can be rest assured that all the selections are completely impartial and have been made without any application or input from the businesses shown.