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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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Papilio Creek

Papilio Creek

Milborne Wick, Sherborne, Dorset, UK

Contemporary and idyllic, romantic and bright, Papilio Creek in rural Dorset is a celestial haven of harmony and joy where gentle relaxation and garden naps are the only things on the agenda.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
From: £1,350 per week, £1,150 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub, Sauna and steam room are available

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Prairie De Gorge

Prairie De Gorge

Shipton Gorge, Dorset, UK

Prairie De Gorge started life as two tumbledown cottages and has been tenderly renovated into a an elegaent luxury retreat near Burton Bradstock exuding country charm.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £1,095 per week, £795 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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The Carriage House

The Carriage House

Litton Cheney, Dorset, UK

A stylish luxury home for all the family to enjoy some time out close to Dorset's Jurassic coast in quaint Litton Cheney.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £995 per week, £795 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Use of tennis court

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Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray

Burton Bradstock, Dorset, UK

Huge sea views, bright interiors and an eclectic mix of furnishings make this clapboard beach house a unique Dorest stay.

Sleeps: Up to 6 (+2) guests
From: £2,250 per week, £1,695 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), shepherd´s hut and a trampoline

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The Woodlanders

The Woodlanders

Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK

If you're looking for a wholesome family break in the country, look no further than this luxury self-catering holiday cottage set amidst lush flower-filled gardens in the rolling hills of Wiltshire near Shaftesbury.

Sleeps: 6 guests
From: £1,295 per week, £975 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Heated garden house with shower facilities

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Elphinstone

Elphinstone

Studland, Dorset, UK

Looking out across Studland Bay and the rolling Dorset countryside, this modern home is the perfect base for summer holidays by the sea.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £2,500 per week, £1,995 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Cinema room, outdoor pizza oven, table tennis, games room with pool table

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Montana

Montana

Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Lyme Regis on the Devon border, this stylish architect-designed self-catering home boasts dramatic far-reaching woodland vistas.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £1,995 per week, £1,695 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome

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Orbis

Orbis

Milborne Wick, Sherborne, Dorset, UK

Available as a unique pairing of properties with Papilio Creek, Orbis offers simple and contemporary living in the heart of rural Dorset.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
From: £6,500 per week, £4,300 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub available. A sauna and steam room can be used when Orbis is booked with Papilio Creek

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The Old Monastery

The Old Monastery

Burton Bradstock, Dorset, UK

The Old Monastery in Burton Bradstock is a luxurious self-catering manor house exuding elegance and style located just a stone's throw from the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Nestled in tranquil gardens, there is plenty of space for all the family to enjoy.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
From: £3,295 per week, £2,525 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: 50" TV with home cinema system and Sonos, Tesla electric car charger

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Butterfly House

Butterfly House

Sherborne, Dorset, UK

Once a famous butterfly farm, this 16th Century manor near Sherborne flaunts a state-of-the art cinema room amidst its abundant art-filled living spaces. With the Jurassic coast less than half an hour away, one truly great escape awaits.

Sleeps: Up to 14 guests (10 adults and 4 children)
From: £4,150 per week, £3,395 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: State-of-the-art cinema room

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Kingfisher Farm

Kingfisher Farm

Long Bredy, Burton Bradstock, Dorset, UK

Surrounded by a wild meadow and with far-reaching rural views, this luxury self-catering farmhouse near Hive Beach in Dorset is the family holiday location of dreams. 

Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
From: £2,850 per week, £2,250 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 guests
Features: Table tennis, badminton, lawn croquet, bowls

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