The Story of Our Highland Castaway
We first came upon Altnaharrie completely by chance in 2002. For 25 years we had lived in Cornwall but we had reached that stage in life, having spent many holidays there, where we yearned for the wild beauty of the Highlands...
I was so excited to be personally invited to stay at Artists’ Beach House and had been counting down the days until my short break in Whitstable. I felt a tingle of excitement as I glimpsed the typically British colonial seaside home where I would be staying.
I was visiting Waterstone Barn with my mum and hoped it would be the perfect place to spend some time together and really unwind.
When the owner of Bluebell Grey went to check their treasured guest book, inside they found an endearing acrostic poem which had been written by a rather talented visitor…
My Great British Staycation at Pixie Nook
In searching for something different and wanting to combine local exploration with a comfortable weekend break, I happened upon Unique Home Stays. Like many travel secrets, bountiful once discovered, I had no idea there are an infinite array of rental properties in all shapes and sizes, scattered across the UK.
An Invitation I Could Not Refuse
When the owner of Pelsham Manor sent me an invitation to stay at The Madison, I simply could not refuse. It was a gloomy November morning, I swung my chair around to ask my fellow romanticist and ‘froleague’ Charlotte if she’d like to join me for a long weekend away in the country!
Wedding Planning at Aphrodite
Not knowing what to get my sister for an engagement present, I booked Aphrodite on a whim. I knew just how frenzied she would be in the lead up to the big day and thought a peaceful break at this rural retreat would allow us to indulge in some rest and relaxation before the wedding mania began!
Kingfishers and Quality Time at Colenso House
From the moment we arrived at Colenso House in Cornwall we were enchanted - which is somewhat of a feat for two world-weary parents and two twenty-something daughters (not to mention the two dogs)! We walked across the little bridge with the stream running underneath and it was like walking into a fairytale.
Once Upon a Honeymoon Time
The journey into Cornwall by train was a lovely experience; endless coastline and dramatic seascapes built up the suspense. Was Mousehole and our little holiday cottage going to be everything we wanted it to be in a magical honeymoon?
Time Out at The Beach Hut in Cornwall
Travelling has always been a big part of my life but since we welcomed our new family member (Errol the Golden Retriever) it has been much harder to pack up and fly somewhere, so this time I chose The Beach Hut in Cornwall.
Little Loventor started life as an orangery in Georgian times, but has undergone a recent transformation into a luxury self-catering retreat welcoming it’s very first guests- and I was lucky enough to be one of them!
Babymoon at Stardust
I took my partner and baby bump on a journey from the tip of England’s toe right up to the Western Highlands of Scotland, to a place which felt like the gateway to the edge of the world...
The Beach Hut Weekend With My Sister
Weaving down the country lanes on a dusky spring evening with my sister and puppy Ted on board, we knew instantly when we’d found the secret spot.
Unique Affiliation with Jamie Oliver´s Fifteen Cornwall Restaurant, Watergate Bay
Luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays have teamed up with Fifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay, to create the tempting High Life Romance Package to inspire lovebirds looking for a very special valentine´s break away.
The Magical Secret Holt
The Magical Secret Holt, The owl hoots, whispering trees and the stars viewed through the bedroom skylight took us back to a time when life was simple and we enjoyed wild camping, yet the mod cons and home comforts made us not want to leave the blissful sanctuary...
Cute As A Button
Button Barn was a truly romantic escape and made our anniversary a very special celebration. The barn is positioned in an ideal location in Warwickshire with a multitude of historical, cultural and entertaining attractions close by.
The Island Hideaway
In a peaceful area of the garden I used to dream about building a special place to retreat to, to read or paint or just to be. Inspired by a childhood love of beach huts, I set about designing what became the summerhouse...
Cornwall with Caroline Quentin
Cornwall with Caroline Quentin tv show, following the huge success of the first episode, luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays is set to make a return to the small screen in the second series of Cornwall with Caroline Quentin
There is something special about a holiday break when you park the car on arrival and do not restart it until it is time to leave one week later. And so it was when we stayed at The Old Pilchard Press in Mousehole during September 2012.
(Out of) Season´s Greetings
Head towards the rugged coastline of the iconic Lizard Peninsula, towards the point where the fields meet the sea and you’re bound to find a charming fishing village nestled in a hidden cove or corner of a sweeping bay.
A Stay in St. Mawes
I surveyed the lot before me, contemplating various permutations in my head. They had potential. Real potential. I was twenty points down, so close. There was still a chance.
The Apple Store
“Wouldn’t you rather go somewhere else? Some place... warm? Sunny?” That’s what most people said when I told them my husband and I were going on holiday. In England. In October. “Oh, but the rain!” they said.
The Beach Hut
It was our honeymoon; we had spent the first week in New York staying in mid-town Manhattan. After 22 hours of travelling by bus, plane, train, taxi and car we arrived at The Beach Hut for our second week.
The Call of the Sea
To avoid the Summer throng of holiday makers in England means planning a holiday after the schools have returned and putting a date in the diary long after any chance of the sun appearing has passed.....we did both....by choosing late September
Unique Home Stays Wins First Prize
Luxury holiday accommodation specialist Unique Home Stays is awarded first prize for ‘Best Non-Agricultural Trade Stand’ at the Royal Cornwall Show 2012.
Unique Home Stays To Feature in New Primetime TV Documentary on ITV
Caroline Quentin presents ITV1 prime time show about Cornwall, featuring luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays. Cornwall show set to air on ITV1
Unique Home Stays Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary in Style
To mark the milestone, the company is throwing an autumnal rustic feast on 7th October 2011 at one of its exclusive unique country manor houses in Cornwall.
Over 100 people, including staff, property owners and local press will attend the birthday bash which will feature live Celtic music and a traditional Cornish hog roast inside a tipi tent.
Unique Home Stays to star in new primetime TV documentary
Luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays is set to become a star of the small screen after being chosen to take part in a brand new eight part observational documentary.