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Curious country homes

Here lies a kingdom where chandeliers hang from trees, bookcases lead to secret rooms and real-life wishing wells await. No dream too big no dreamer too small.

Homes of makers, artists and bon vivants, here lie escapes made by those who dare to dream beyond the realms of normality. Each home within this collection holds a story. Some that can be told and others that will remain unearthed, like diamonds buried deep beneath the earth's surface. In one, an eccentric Welsh stamp collector lived, his hundreds of stamps purportedly lost in a house fire and last seen billowing out of the chimney like confetti over the hills of Snowdonia.

In another, concealed by Italian-inspired gardens, a famous London dandy created his secret retreat from society, only discovered decades later in a forgotten Devon valley. Like all fairytales, in each narrative lies a moral to be discovered. So throw caution to the wind, dive down that rabbit hole and explore wonderlands created by some of Britain's biggest dreamers.

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Cadence

Cadence

Petworth, West Sussex, UK

A 70’s sci-fi film was the unlikely inspiration for this playful modern retreat. Award-winning for its design and settled within poetic South Downs scenery; this architect's private home is a fine example of the new English country house.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £6,850 per week
Pets: Two well-behaved pets are welcome

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Ariabelle

Ariabelle

Iping, West Sussex, UK

Found at the end of a sweeping tree-lined drive, Ariabelle is the ultimate private country house, affording a luxury stay with lavish indoor pool and all the trimmings, all wrapped up within glorious South Downs countryside.

Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
From: £16,500 per week, £13,250 per short break
Pets: Pets are welcome on prior agreement
Features: Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, steam room and sauna, gym and bar

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The Art House

The Art House

Sutton, Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

An idyllic private retreat where art deco architecture sits in manicured lawns and wildflower meadows, you'll feel far removed from the everyday at The Art House with its outdoor pool, tennis court and natural swimming lake.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
From: £12,595 per week
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: 17-metre heated outdoor swimming pool, sauna, 50-metre wild swimming lake with jetty, tennis court, air hockey, pool table and fire pit

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Mill of Arun

Mill of Arun

Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK

A tranquil spot on the Arun River sets the scene for a grand self-catering getaway here in rural West Sussex. Throw in a magical four-story millhouse for the family, a romantic couples' barn and English topiary gardens - and the whole family are guaranteed a ball.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £3,250 per week, £2,295 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, two kayaks for the river, table football in the games room

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Mulberry Mill

Mulberry Mill

Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK

There’s something quite special about this romantic old mill on the River Arun. Sandwiched between the High Weald and South Downs AONB with beautiful topiary gardens, this charming country home on the edge of Billingshurst is a rural idyll.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £1,750 per week, £1,150 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two pets are welcome
Features: Canoes for the river, foosball room

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