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What makes a perfect holiday is so often the perfect holiday home: our range of alternative hand-picked properties, from big barns to beach huts, are a cut above the norm when it comes to luxury self-catering breaks.

Knowing where to start is often the first hurdle when it comes to choosing the best place to stay for you and your group, whatever the size. Luckily, we've done the hard work for you, scouring the UK from top to bottom to hand-pick the very best self-catering homes, from rural retreats to luxury lodges. Here at Unique Homestays, it's tricky to say what our favourite property might be from the extensive collection we've grown over the years. For some of us it's that tiny cottage on the side of the Irish lake, surrounded by nothing but blue waters and ozone-scented air, and no noise except the chatter of birds right outside the window. Others would say it's the huge manor house in its own private gardens with the cinema room and tennis court – perfect for the ultimate clan gathering. Whatever your taste, group size and holiday requirement, from short-stay to long-term, cultural breaks, wilderness retreats, surf spots, pooch and baby-friendly homes, wedding venues and more, we can cater to your needs and organise special extras too. We've even found properties in film-shoot locations (think Poldark and Cornwall). Still don't know where to start? Give us a call to discuss your needs in person: however tall the order, we love getting stuck into a challenge!
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Peacock Blue

Peacock Blue

Holne, Dartmoor, Devon, UK

In the heart of Dartmoor National Park lies a sublime self-catering abode named Peacock Blue; the haute design and stylish interiors fuse with vintage finds and sophisticated flourishes to create a divine luxury homestay.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £750 per week, £595 per short break
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome

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Sea Sentry

Sea Sentry

Shaldon, Devon, UK

As featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, this World War Two guard tower nestled on the coast in Shaldon has been brought bang into the 21st Century with an armoury of quirky mod cons, making it the perfect retreat for two.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £795 per week, £650 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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Sojourn

Sojourn

Drewsteignton, Dartmoor, Devon, UK

Nestled within the wilds of Dartmoor near Chagford sits Sojourn; a luxury chocolate box cottage with spa room. A true English country escape with lavish finishes and beautiful linens.

Sleeps: Up to 2 people
From: £895 per week, £695 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Spa room with massage table.

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Wrey Mist

Wrey Mist

Lustleigh, Devon, UK

Bordering the pretty Dartmoor village of Lustleigh, this luxury self-catering cottage flaunts timeless tranquillity in its original cobbles, thick granite walls and neat slate roof, offering an indulgent couples’ retreat in Devon's wild heart.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £795 per week, £595 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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The Riddle

The Riddle

North Bovey, Dartmoor, Devon, UK

Plot your country escape to this luxury holiday cottage in North Bovey; one of Devon's most idyllic villages set within the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park. The Riddle is the type of cottage you might find on the pages of a storybook.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
From: £1,395 per week, £1,050 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, or three on prior request.

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The Creamery

The Creamery

Abbotsham, Appledore, Devon, UK

Far from the crowds, the Hartland Heritage Coast is a halcyon world of pebble beaches and Beatrix Potter wildlife backed by a deep blue sea. Set between Appledore and Clovelly, The Creamery was made for those hidden-away self-catering holidays in Devon.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
From: £1,250 per week, £925 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome with a third small dog on request
Features: Fire pit and summerhouse reading room

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The Pomegranate Tree

The Pomegranate Tree

West Anstey, South Molton, Exmoor, Devon, UK

Surrounded by evergreens on the edge of Exmoor National Park, The Pomegranate Tree is a peaceful self-catering escape chock-full of 16th century charm.

Sleeps: Up to 4 (+2) guests
From: £1,550 per week, £1,250 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One small well-behaved dog is welcome

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Phillimores

Phillimores

Woodleigh, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Flaunting all that is good and great about sunny South Devon, Phillimores is an intriguing self-catering holiday cottage blending the traditional and the stylish.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £995 per week, £695 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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Rydon

Rydon

Trusham, Teign Valley, Devon, UK

Enjoy some time out at this contemporary self-catering barn dwelling squirrelled away in the picturesque Teign Valley, Devon.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £1,250 per week, £950 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome (must be kept on leads in the grounds)
Features: Heated pool (from 6th May to 30th September)

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The Brandy Thief

The Brandy Thief

Lee, Ilfracombe, Devon, UK

Awash with history and swathed in character, this luxury coastal escape is a dreamy retreat for explorers looking to hunker down in North Devon.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £1,495 per week, £1,195 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome and two on prior arrangement

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Cinnamon Cottage

Cinnamon Cottage

Higher Ashton, Devon, UK

A thatched luxury cottage in the quaint village of Higher Ashton in Devon where traditional thatch crowns elegant and intriguingly beautiful interiors within.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £1,195 per week, £895 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome

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Beauport

Beauport

Newton Ferrers, Devon, UK

Nestled on the banks of the River Yealm in South Devon's yachty haven of Newton Ferrers is the oh-so-stylish Beauport. This stunning self-catering luxury cottage exudes a restful ambiance echoic of the rippling river which sits at the bottom of the garden.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £1,250 per week, £925 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Summerhouse and private slipway

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Zingara

Zingara

Axminster, Devon, UK

Spacious and grand with modern flourishes, this baronial manor with on-site beauty salon is a haven for visitors wanting to explore the nearby Jurassic coast.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £2,750 per week, £2,095 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, as well as a third on request
Features: Summerhouse with table tennis, pool table and yoga mezzanine

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Dusky Cottage

Dusky Cottage

Hope Cove, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Set between the yachting havens of Kingsbridge and Salcombe, Dusky Cottage sits on a country lane leading down to Hope Cove. Push open the sky-blue gate and you'll be smitten; this luxury thatched cottage is sure to capture the hearts of all the family.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £1,650 per week, £1,250 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Hot tub, summerhouse, climbing frame, swings

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Tamarisk Beach House

Tamarisk Beach House

Woolacombe, Devon, UK

Impeccable interiors, sea-salted air and panoramic views over Woolacombe Bay make Tamarisk Beach House an idyllic retreat for families and surfers looking for luxury self-catering accommodation by the sea in North Devon.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests (6 adults + 2 children)
From: £1,495 per week, £1,950 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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Linea

Linea

Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon, UK

Blending into the dramatic coastal landscape and perfectly positioned for watching the sun journey across the sky, Linea is a labyrinth of clean lines, shifting shadows and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £7,950 per week, £5,950 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool available all year, basement cinema room

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Ellesmera Mill

Ellesmera Mill

Dartmouth, Devon, UK

This enchanting 400 year old millhouse is chock-full of old-world charm. Set in the South Hams near Dartmouth, the dreamy south Devon coast is almost within touching distance and short stroll through the valley leads to the sheltered cove of Blackpool Sands.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £2,495 per week, £2,150 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub, sauna, cinema room with table football

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Maberly

Maberly

Chillington, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Simple and elegant, this large South Hams self-catering house near Kingsbridge offers the most peaceful of countryside getaways.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (with two or more children)
From: £2,495 per week, £1,995 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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