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Aside from work and a lack of sleep, can you guess what’s causing Brits to feel stressed?

Aside from work and a lack of sleep, can you guess what’s causing Brits to feel stressed?

Seven out of ten Brits feel stressed out about something in their home... For most people, stress is usually caused by an increased workload combined with a lack of sleep. But seven out of ten Brits also feel stressed out about something in their home… can you guess what it is? A new study has revealed that household clutter is causing Brits to feel stressed and lose sleep. This just goes to show that minimalism and organisation are the key to harmonious living.

Less Is More: Seven Out of Ten Brits Feel Stressed by Household Clutter

Less Is More: Seven Out of Ten Brits Feel Stressed by Household Clutter

Almost two thirds (62%) of people hold onto household items that they don’t need, with the average Brit having 71 unused possessions in their home – despite the fact that seven out of ten people (70%) feel stressed by clutter.When a room is filled with oversized furniture, it can feel cramped and claustrophobic. Jess Clark, in-house interior designer at Unique Home Stays, says that you should limit your furniture to key pieces.

Banish The Bland

Banish The Bland

There´s often a decorative disconnect between a bathroom and the rest of a home. Your sitting room, kitchen and bedroom may be full of character, incorporating a joyful miscellany of furniture, some handed down generations, others from the high street, textures and colours in your own personal edit. In the bathroom, you´ve got a matching suite of fitted furniture, in shiny operating-theatre white - add colour, texture and freestanding furniture to freshen up the bathroom.

Properties featured in this article: Voyager

Ellesmera Mill – A Bewitching Blend of Grace and Rusticity

Ellesmera Mill – A Bewitching Blend of Grace and Rusticity

I’ve been at it again. Reveling in the Unique Home Stays site for some good old fashioned escapism and fabulous interior design inspiration.My fantasy of a restorative break away usually involves a secluded location and an out-of-the-ordinary property. It’s all about roaring fires, whitewashed beams and rough stone walls. If that’s your idea of the perfect escape too, look no further than Ellesmera Mill.

Properties featured in this article: Ellesmera Mill

Where to Rent the Poshest Holiday Homes this Summer

Where to Rent the Poshest Holiday Homes this Summer

Beats Airbnb! The people with the pick of the poshest pads out there. Unique Home Stays take self-catering to the next level, with lovely British properties - we especially like their ´Luxury Love Nest collection´. Top pick for Cornwall.

A Luxury Pad in the Lakes

A Luxury Pad in the Lakes

Aquila is a modernist gem with a seductively clandestine appeal, set right on Haweswater’s sparkling shoreline within the tarns and fells of the Mardale Valley near Bampton. From relaxing affairs to adrenaline-fuelled adventures, this luxury retreat provides unique self-catering escapes in the Lake District National Park. Paradise found.

Properties featured in this article: Aquila

Charming English Cottage with Scarlet Red Interiors

Charming English Cottage with Scarlet Red Interiors

Welcome to Little Scarlet, a holiday home in Burford, Cotswolds, UK. The house is set in a stylish British rustic style and can be rented from Unique Home Stays. Until you visit, let´s draw inspiration from the beautiful palette of colours and country charm.

Properties featured in this article: Little Scarlet

This Fairy Tale Moorland Cottage in Poldark Country Gives Small Space Living a Boho Twist

This Fairy Tale Moorland Cottage in Poldark Country Gives Small Space Living a Boho Twist

You may recognise the name Warleggan from a certain TV drama – that´s right, Poldark. Warleggan is actually a real-life hamlet on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and is the setting of the romantically named holiday stay, Pixie Nook. This moorland cottage is a small but luxury self-catering hideaway, sitting in nature´s beautiful wilderness. Pixie Nook is Bohemian in style, with its wood burner and wooden beamed ceilings. The interiors throughout are bright and cheerful, with bold colours adorning the walls and furniture.

Properties featured in this article: Pixie Nook

This Pared-Back Cornish Hideaway with Silver Wood Shingle Walls is an Architectural Delight

This Pared-Back Cornish Hideaway with Silver Wood Shingle Walls is an Architectural Delight

The property was inspired by a bird hide, nestled amongst nature. The property, with standout silver wood shingle walls, sits at the end of country lane; a gem hidden in the wilderness.Though minimalist in design, comfort has not been lost, peep-hole windows create a dappled light in the living area and large suspended windows with bifold doors add to the abundance of light in the property.

Properties featured in this article: The Hide

This Dilapidated Country Barn is the Perfect Romantic Hideaway - Take a Look

This Dilapidated Country Barn is the Perfect Romantic Hideaway - Take a Look

Dating back to the 16th Century and Grade-II listed, this luxury self-catering barn has been lovingly restored to retain original timbers, stone walls and vaulted truss ceilings. So whether sampling the area´s medicinal spring waters, watching the sunrise from a soaring volcanic peak or simply romancing within the rough stone walls of your secret hideaway, this is the perfect couples´ retreat.

Properties featured in this article: Wishbone

Words of Wisdom: Catherine Weldhen of Unique Home Stays on Buying a Luxury Property

Words of Wisdom: Catherine Weldhen of Unique Home Stays on Buying a Luxury Property

I would recommend for any potential buyer to be patient. Finding the right property can take a considerable amount of time and effort. Do your research and stick to your maximum budget, consider the renovation costs (as these can be high!) and research the property pricing and market in the area.

Abandoned Barn or Stunning Retreat?

Abandoned Barn or Stunning Retreat?

The one-bedroom property – which comes with its own romantic ‘hayloft hideout’ – is available for two people to stay from £745 for a four-day weekend. Among the features of the romantic getaway, which is listed by Unique Home Stays, is an ancient apple orchard and a private fishing lake dating back to the 1400s.

Properties featured in this article: Wishbone

500-year-old ´Wishbone´ Could be Britain´s Most Magical Holiday Let

500-year-old ´Wishbone´ Could be Britain´s Most Magical Holiday Let

The perfectly named holiday rental, Wishbone, offers a chance for those who love the countryside to fulfil their dream holiday wishes. Nestled away in the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, Wishbone exudes tranquility and pastoral charm. Surrounded by 16 acres of green fields in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the hideaway is wonderful for couples looking for a romantic escape.

Properties featured in this article: Wishbone

A Luxurious Holiday Home Nestled Among the Pines with Spectacular Views

A Luxurious Holiday Home Nestled Among the Pines with Spectacular Views

I do love to browse the latest properties on the Unique Home Stays site. You can always find a romantic love nest, a get-away-from-it-all cottage, or an ultra modern home with spectacular views. And that’s just for starters. There’s no doubt that a week at Raffia would be a unique experience and an escape from day to day life.

Properties featured in this article: Raffia

Gateway to the Stars

Gateway to the Stars

Hidden at the end of a 1km driveway, Lost Cottage, in Treangarriv, Co Kerry, lives up to its name. Finding the holiday home, which is perched above Caragh Lake, between Glenbeigh and Killorglin, requires a detailed set of directions.

Properties featured in this article: Lost Cottage

Holiday Detox - How to Unwind on Holidays

Holiday Detox - How to Unwind on Holidays

A summer holiday is a perfect time to detox, for your health, but also from social media, work and the daily stresses of modern life. So pack up the desk and escape to calmer surroundings…For a place to stay in Dartmoor, Sojourn is the ideal setting. This quintessentially English cottage offers a haven away from busy city life, even including its own private spa room.

Properties featured in this article: Sojourn

Living Large In Small Spaces

Living Large In Small Spaces

Wishbone´s owners sum up the wonder of this place so well: "We were inspired to make this humble countryside building an interesting and beautiful place to stay and with the barn doors open and the amazing view of the Malvern Hills unfolded before you – it feels magical and a place unspoilt and changed by time and time to rediscover yourself". I couldn´t agree more. Seeing Wishbone inspires me to bring more magic into my own cottage.

Properties featured in this article: Wishbone

New Forest Country Chic Meets Upstate New York to Brilliant Effect in this Beautiful Bolthole

New Forest Country Chic Meets Upstate New York to Brilliant Effect in this Beautiful Bolthole

Hard to imagine, but this luxurious retreat — complete with hot tub, flaming fire pit and private garden skirting a nearby stream — was once completely overgrown with ivy and bamboo.‘We’ve named it The Sanctuary — it’s a mix of luxury coastal meets chic indulgent forest,’ says Juliette.

Properties featured in this article: The Sanctuary

There´s More to this than Meets the Eye

There´s More to this than Meets the Eye

At first glance, this just looks like an abandoned barn in the heart of the British countryside - but there´s actually a lot more to Wishbone. In fact, it´s the ultimate couple´s retreat thanks to its secluded location and cosy interiors - not to mention all of the luxurious amenities on offer.

Properties featured in this article: Wishbone

Next Month: A Fabulous Retreat in the New Forest

Next Month: A Fabulous Retreat in the New Forest

A derelict garden workshop will feature in the October issue. Hidden in the undergrowth, it has been meticulously converted into a luxurious and tranquil New Forest retreat with a beautifully landscaped garden. On top of The Sanctuary´s chic utilitarian living space, this pocket-sized private health farm comes complete with a Jacuzzi hot tub, fire pit and his´n´hers cruiser bikes for pedalling around the countryside

Properties featured in this article: The Sanctuary

Is this Britain´s Quaintest Holiday Rental?

Is this Britain´s Quaintest Holiday Rental?

Quaint and cosy, it would seem, have been taken to another level. A 500-year-old Grade II listed ‘rough-luxe’ barn conversion in the heart of the Malvern Hills – called Wishbone - is now available to rent. It hides between an ancient apple orchard and private fishing lake in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is the epitome of rustic charm. To stay here is to be transported to a land akin to the Shire in Middle-earth.

Properties featured in this article: Wishbone

You Will Not Find a More Charming Place

You Will Not Find a More Charming Place

One day deep in rugged north Cornwall, the charm of a miniature showman´s wagon sparked the imagination of a local man who embarked on a mammoth four-year project replicating the model vehicle – only ten times the size! Nomad marries two luxury gypsy wagons with a rustic bothy via a secret tunnel in a secluded location near Widemouth Bay, offering the ultimate unique retreat for two in Cornwall.

Properties featured in this article: Nomad

Homebuilding Holidays

Homebuilding Holidays

Looking for that extra bit of architectural inspiration for your self-build, extension or renovation - or perhaps a short break away from your project? Here´s an interesting option; stay in one of these homes designed, renovated or curated by some of the Uk´s most interesting architects and renovators.

Properties featured in this article: Filly Island

A Magnificent Victorian House on the Coast

A Magnificent Victorian House on the Coast

Atlas House sits on the banks of the Penryn River in the verdant west Cornwall village of Flushing. As bold as it is beautiful, this luxury homestay encompasses fresh coastal interiors, a private hot tub and gardens leading down to a secret beach, making it an idyllic coastal retreat for the young and young at heart.

Properties featured in this article: Atlas House

17 Great Alternatives to Rightmove in UK Today

17 Great Alternatives to Rightmove in UK Today

There are many other alternatives to Rightmove and Zoopla for those who want to list their properties. There are thousands of property sites on Google for listing properties. So I decided to write an article to help your ordeal for property searching and listing. Every website has some features that others don’t. It is up to you to choose a web portal for your search according to your needs and preferences.

Travel Porn: House By the Sea

Travel Porn: House By the Sea

So that you can dream of the beach, sea and relaxation we have seven rental homes for you right by the sea. All in Europe and all affordable. Maybe there is something for your next vacation but if not, you now have a few beautiful pictures in your head to enjoy!

Properties featured in this article: The Beach Hut

Take a Look Through the Keyhole of this Medieval Cottage

Take a Look Through the Keyhole of this Medieval Cottage

In the hidden hamlet of Treworthal down a quiet lane is one of the fairest cottages in the land. Seraphina is a Grade-II listed thatched cottage that is as quintessentially Cornish on the outside, as its interiors are eclectic and earthy with beautiful embroidery, copper accents and flourishes of folk style all chosen with care by its new owners.

Properties featured in this article: Seraphina

This Farmhouse in the Welsh Countryside Looks Like It´s Straight Out of a Storybook

This Farmhouse in the Welsh Countryside Looks Like It´s Straight Out of a Storybook

If we could bring our favourite fairy tale cottage to life, it would look exactly like Eirianfa in North Wales. Situated on 17 private acres, the entire home exudes a certain rustic charm, with doorways encased by aged wood beams, high-pitched ceilings, and exposed stone walls that seemingly tell the tales of time. We´re particularly fond of the home´s hot tub, which looks out on the property´s fields.

Properties featured in this article: Eirianfa

Stay In...A Coastal Cottage

Stay In...A Coastal Cottage

For fantastic views find Bramblewick set on the cliffs overlooking Robin Hood´s Bay, this luxury stone cottage is perfectly located if you want to explore the country. Head to nearby Scarborough or Whitby for fish and chips on the beach.

Properties featured in this article: Bramblewick

3 Connected Cabins

3 Connected Cabins

Nomad started life as little more than a daydream. Spurred on by a conversation in his local pub one evening, a Cornish craftsman had everything he needed to create his design masterpiece; materials from the landscape, support from the locals and a vision to create the most unique self-catering retreat in Cornwall.

Properties featured in this article: Nomad

The Parsonage is a Luxurious Worcestershire Retreat with the Great Outdoors on its Doorstep

The Parsonage is a Luxurious Worcestershire Retreat with the Great Outdoors on its Doorstep

The Parsonage in Ombersley, Worcestershire. Nestled in 12 acres of landscaped gardens with intricate topiary and uninterrupted views of the Malvern Hills. The nearest station is Droitwich Spa, which is a little over two hours by train from London Euston. Just the place for a staycation.

Properties featured in this article: The Parsonage

Recent Projects: Faraway House

Recent Projects: Faraway House

Our collections are widely used for refurbishments, renovations and new-builds in recognised hotels, restaurants, spas, home stays, offices and cruise ships. Our extensive range enables designers to create interior styles to meet the widest range of clients´ requirements, from contemporary boutique to country classic. Here Faraway House in Wales displays the Seraya outdoor fabric.

Properties featured in this article: Faraway House

5 of Our Favourite Historic Places to Stay in Sussex

5 of Our Favourite Historic Places to Stay in Sussex

From a castle with a working portcullis to country manors fit for royalty, there’s plenty of hotels and homes for history buffs to discover during a stylish Sussex staycation.Hummingbird House near Lewes was the home of Edwardian musical hall star Lily Elsie. She lived in the Grade-II listed manor house after soaring to fame first as a child star.

Properties featured in this article: Hummingbird House

Case Study: Unique Home Stays

Case Study: Unique Home Stays

Bringing vintage industrial style to a classic farmhouse kitchen, our Coolicon Industrial Pendant Lights in Turquoise look great in the hub of Unique Home Stays’ Hummingbird House. On a sheltered cliff top sits a holiday home with a simple but beautiful interior that is complemented by our Copper Coolicon Pendant Lights. Minimalism is the basis of this beautiful retreat, with crisp, white walls, soft grey furnishings and bleached wood floors.

Properties featured in this article: Delphin, Hummingbird House

Find Your Dream Holiday House Online

Find Your Dream Holiday House Online

If you’re heading for a British holiday this summer it can be tough to find somewhere to keep the whole family happy. You probably have individual agendas and dragging each other around or mooching around in hotels isn’t always ideal.

Properties featured in this article: Midsummer Wood

English Fairy Tale

English Fairy Tale

Unique Home Stays is a wonderful website for those who do not like big hotels and noisy towns, for those who when on holiday prefer to go to a secluded and quiet place. Here you will find a collection of the most unique homes all over England, which can be rented for the weekend or longer.

Properties featured in this article: Little Scarlet

A Galia Lahav Bride for a Luxe Jew-ish Wedding at the Lost Orangery, Euridge Manor

A Galia Lahav Bride for a Luxe Jew-ish Wedding at the Lost Orangery, Euridge Manor

We only saw a handful of venues, but we knew immediately that The Lost Orangery was the venue for us, as everything about it was wild and magical. We wanted a venue that was truly unique, that none of our friends and family had ever been before, or would ever go again. We wanted somewhere that felt like a completely different and always love getting out of London for long weekends in the countryside.

Properties featured in this article: Weddings at The Lost Orangery

Ever Wanted to Sleep Inside a Fairy-Tale?

Ever Wanted to Sleep Inside a Fairy-Tale?

It looks like a cottage that’s sprung forth from a pop-up fairy-tale book or that features in a Constable painting. Midsummer Wood is a 14th-century property in Bourton-on-the-Water a town in the Cotswolds known for being extremely picturesque – but even here this magical dwelling manages to stand out.

Properties featured in this article: Midsummer Wood

British Employees Are More Productive in Minimalist Spaces

British Employees Are More Productive in Minimalist Spaces

Office-based workers could become more productive if they work in a minimalist environment, according to new research. A poll of UK workers which looked into the impact of our surroundings on productivity and wellbeing has found that seven out of ten people feel stressed by cluttered surroundings. Unique Home Stays Jess Clark offers advice on how to create the perfect minimalist space.

Summer Homes: Mid-Century Beach Chalet

Summer Homes: Mid-Century Beach Chalet

Peering over Freathy Cliff in Cornwall, Jane Ramage´s beloved family home, Islander, is starting a stylish new life as a luxury holiday home following a seven-month restoration.

Properties featured in this article: Islander

Rustic Charm

Rustic Charm

Converted buildings on a Somerset farm have been transformed in a luxurious ten-bedroomed home. If Marie Antoinette had a pad in the Somerset countryside, it is a fair bet that it would look something like this. Welcome to Bohème.

Properties featured in this article: Bohème

Now THAT´S a good place to park yourself for the night! Tumble-down carport is transformed into a luxury holiday home

Now THAT´S a good place to park yourself for the night! Tumble-down carport is transformed into a luxury holiday home

A former carport-turned-luxury dwelling is the perfect place for holidaymakers to park themselves for the night. The Hide in north Cornwall boasts an array of ritzy features including a hot tub, a built-in barbecue and yoga deck.

Properties featured in this article: The Hide

Blues and Views

Blues and Views

A rare chance to restore an Edwardian house by the water in Flushing, has proved both a challenge and a pleasure for one couple, discovers Sarah Pitt. Atlas House built in 1901, looks out across the Penryn river towards Falmouth docks and like it neighbours, might once have been home to a sea captain who docked his boat in Falmouth.

Properties featured in this article: Atlas House

Let´s Go

Let´s Go

You don´t have to go to The Hamptons to find a dream beach retreat. Barefoot Beach House at Camber Sands in East Sussex sits right on the sand. In fact, unless you have a 4x4, you´ll need to park in the beach car park, kick off your shoes and walk the last 50 yards.

Properties featured in this article: Barefoot Beach House

Coast To Coast

Coast To Coast

The British coastline is extraordinarily versatile, whether you hanker after long, dune-backed beaches or small, rocky coves; historic ruins or modern galleries; bandstands and buckets or boutiques and bars. Granted, you can’t always be sure the sun will shine, but a seaside holiday at home avoids airport hassles and exchange-rate uncertainties. Instead, there is miles of glorious home-grown beauty and, joy of joys, increasingly lovely places to stay.

Properties featured in this article: The Salt House

Pure Love

Pure Love

A unique wedding venue in Cornwall, The Stack is quite unlike anything that has come before it. This former 19th century engine house exudes a pared-back, rustic feel, providing lovebirds with a striking backdrop for the wedding of their dreams. If you´re looking for a stylishly intimate place to celebrate your nuptials then this Cornish wedding venue will be the perfect choice.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

The 40 Best Family Holiday Destinations

The 40 Best Family Holiday Destinations

Whether you have tiny tots, teens or tweens, we have compiled some of the must-have family holidays around the world. From no-expense-spared splurges to extremely affordable options, these priceless experiences will stay with you all for a lifetime. Once you´ve picked your destination, read these tips for a stress-free family holiday.

Properties featured in this article: Bohème

A Charming Country Home

A Charming Country Home

Some houses are worth saving. With a great passion and determination, this charming retreat on the England-Wales border has been renovated to make the most of the incredible location and mountain views.

Properties featured in this article: Charity

Three of The Best Romantic Getaways

Three of The Best Romantic Getaways

These enchanting UK boltholes are the perfect place for you and your significant other to get you all starry-eyed. Boltholes don´t come much more romantic - or indeed remote - than this converted chapel, Supernova.

Properties featured in this article: Supernova

Enter a Fairy-Tale World

Enter a Fairy-Tale World

Encompassing all the hallmarks of a fairy-tale home, this unique Grade II-listed millhouse sits amidst 11 acres of whimsical gardens within the gentle rolling hills of the Cotswolds near Burton-on-the-Water. Swags of soft purple wisteria festoon the honeyed stone façade, whilst trompe l´oeil murals mirror the pastoral landscape inside, blurring lines between reality and romance.

Properties featured in this article: Midsummer Wood

The Best Wine Regions to Travel to in Europe

The Best Wine Regions to Travel to in Europe

Wine lover or not, you can’t deny that sprawling vineyards make an idyllic setting. With rows of green vines swirling over hills, exquisite wine on tap and a warm climate nearly always promised, vineyard retreats should be your new summer holiday of choice. Read on to discover the continent’s best wine regions to escape to, this year…

Properties featured in this article: Arcalia

Retreat to Tolkien´s Family Home

Retreat to Tolkien´s Family Home

Surrounded by moorland and in the grounds of a property where J.R.R Tolkien’s family once lived, The Secret Holt in Dartmoor is a magical woodland cabin that will fill your imagination with hobbits, elves and enchanting creatures.

Properties featured in this article: The Secret Holt

13 Private Islands you can to Stay on

13 Private Islands you can to Stay on

We could all do with escaping reality sometimes and where better to do it than on your very own island? Private islands aren’t just for the super-rich, from simple log cabins and rustic lakeside lodges to luxurious but reasonable waterside retreats, we’ve sought out some spectacular places perfect for casting yourself away to for a few carefree days or weeks...

Properties featured in this article: Filly Island

The Best Things to do on the Suffolk Coast

The Best Things to do on the Suffolk Coast

With the weather warming up our thoughts are turning to seaside escapades. One of the best things about our region’s fine stretch of coastline is that it doesn’t have to be scorching hot to be enjoyed. For an escape like no other, where you’ll feel as though you’re the only person in the world, book a break at The Found; a luxury self-catering Martello tower set on the shores, a short distance from Woodbridge. This indulgent accommodation is a hidden gem.

Properties featured in this article: The Found

11 Love Shacks in Ireland for the Perfect Romantic Getaway

11 Love Shacks in Ireland for the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Few countries are as ideally suited to romance as Ireland, what with its vast stretches of beautiful, deserted countryside. Sure, there’s a chance of bad weather, but there is nothing cosier than settling in under a blanket and listening to the rain fall, especially if you’ve found shelter in one of these awesome rural hideaways.

Properties featured in this article: Lost Cottage

Ceredigion Party House: Florin

Ceredigion Party House: Florin

All manner of curiosities lurk behind Florin’s heavy wooden door, from stuffed birds to fake bookcases, but it’s the magical grounds that are the big draw - and an unexpected “grand design” at the bottom of the garden...

Properties featured in this article: Florin

Food & Travel

Food & Travel

Lindsey Bareham shares some of her favourite seafood recipes inspired by her family home, The Fish Store in Mousehole.

Properties featured in this article: The Fish Store

Owner´s Tip

Owner´s Tip

"If you have a dream project in mind then go for it and don´t accept it if people say it can´t be done. Find a way of making it work."

Properties featured in this article: Skyline

A Beautiful Home With A Scandinavian Style

A Beautiful Home With A Scandinavian Style

If you dream of a holiday retreat where you can enjoy tranquility, sea and sun then you will love Delphin. The owners have renovated the cottage and turned it into a fresh and contemporary home. Glass-fronted with clean, coastal interiors, Delphin exudes the coolness of a Byron Bay beach house with all the class of a beautiful English home.

Properties featured in this article: Delphin

High Hopes

High Hopes

For Nikki, Galleon is far more than just a house. Her father, Roger, built the detached granite property for himself and Nikki´s mother Margaret a few years ago, but tragically he died shortly after completing the project. "Dad put everything into this house", explains Nikki. "As a carpenter, he was busy running three businesses, and his own build had to be fitted in between jobs".

Properties featured in this article: Galleon

Dreamy Luxury Woodland Cabin in West Sussex: Little Bear

Dreamy Luxury Woodland Cabin in West Sussex: Little Bear

This woodland cabin is a luxurious self-catering retreat surrounded by wildflowers, located near Billingshurst, West Sussex, United Kingdom. This relaxing haven will help you to re-awaken your connection with nature and promises to help re-kindle romantic chemistry. If a dreamy cabin in the woods sounds delightful, Little Bear also comes complete with an eco hot tub (it’s wood-fired) and a spacious outdoor fire pit.

Properties featured in this article: Little Bear

The Stunning Georgian Mansion is Available to Rent For The Perfect English Summer

The Stunning Georgian Mansion is Available to Rent For The Perfect English Summer

If you have 24 fabulous friends, a few spare pennies and a weekend with no plans, then this beautiful Georgian mansion is awaiting your arrival. Set in 70 acres of picture-perfect British countryside, Gatsby country home in Somerset is available for weekends throughout the rest of the European summer.

Properties featured in this article: Gatsby

Sherlock´s Secret Cottage

Sherlock´s Secret Cottage

The Fourth Series of the BBC´s Sherlock will soon be back on German screens, but you don´t need to wait until then to enjoy all the mystery and magic. The Riddle is located in the most romantic and beautiful part of Devon, North Bovey. Look forward to moorland horse riding, rustic pub lunches and afternoons spent lazing in the glorious English country garden to the back of the cottage, where there is a patio area and enclosed lawn backing onto the pretty village allotments.

Properties featured in this article: The Riddle

Want To Be Lord of The Manor For a Night?

Want To Be Lord of The Manor For a Night?

If you´ve ever fancied yourself as lord or lady of the manor, then you can play out those dreams with these luxury rental properties. Some of the mansions have a range of mod cons, with private cinemas, bowling alleys and hot tubs to keep you entertained. If you´re looking for a grand entrance, why not land on your own helipad? Other fancy perks include private chefs and spa treatments on demand.

Properties featured in this article: Bartholomew, Gatsby, Cornucopia, Castle Trinity, Honeystone Manor

Style "Rustic Chic" for a Fantastic Cottage in Cornwall

Style "Rustic Chic" for a Fantastic Cottage in Cornwall

Perfect for couples or families longing to escape the hubbub of city life, Clapper Bridge Cottage is just ten minutes away from the picture perfect Helford river and golden stretches of sand and dramatic coastline which comprise Cornwall´s ´Wild West´.

Properties featured in this article: Clapper Bridge Cottage

The Sanctuary Offers a Delightful Forested Retreat

The Sanctuary Offers a Delightful Forested Retreat

The Sanctuary is a luxurious couples retreat surrounded by an idyllic rustic setting, nestled along the border of the New Forest, in rural Hampshire. This cosy haven features a mix of “New Forest country style with upstate New York cabin culture.” The retreat advertises itself as a “pocket-sized private health farm” offering amenities such as a Jacuzzi hot tub, fire pit and his and hers cruiser bikes for cycling through the picturesque countryside.

Properties featured in this article: The Sanctuary

5 of The UK´s Best Dog-Friendly Places to Stay

5 of The UK´s Best Dog-Friendly Places to Stay

If you´re looking to get away for a holiday or short break and want to take your dog with you, then it can be tricky finding places that tick all the boxes. Well behaved dogs are increasingly welcome in more and more places to stay, but in our experience there can be quite a considerable difference between those that ´allow´ dogs and those that are genuinely dog-friendly.

Properties featured in this article: Delphin, Tickety-Boo

Daydreamer Beach House

Daydreamer Beach House

Daydreamer is sublimely set on Freathy cliff in Whitsand Bay, one of Cornwall’s lesser known holiday destinations, with unspoilt sea views as far as the eye can see. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows blur the boundary between inside and out, filling the living area with natural light and giving the feel of a blue sky summer zephyr all year round.

Properties featured in this article: Daydreamer

The Best Holiday Companies - Chosen By Our Experts

The Best Holiday Companies - Chosen By Our Experts

Whether it’s the desire for privacy, peace, or a pool of your own, there are plenty of reasons to choose a villa holiday. With nearly 160 luxurious houses and cottages in the UK, Unique Home Stays are picked for great location, striking design or quirky features.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

Luxury Reclaimed From the Wild

Luxury Reclaimed From the Wild

Abandoned Irish cottages, some of which have housed only mountain goats in recent years, are being restored to command some of the highest prices for holiday homes in the country. Thick walls, thatched roofs and open fireplaces have been converted into five-star getaways and have caught the attention of tourists booking self-catering holidays. Lost Cottage in Glenbeigh, in the townland of Treangarriv, has been transformed into a romantic hideaway.

Properties featured in this article: Lost Cottage

Right Beside the Seaside

Right Beside the Seaside

The sun is setting over Camber Sands, famous for its vast skies, long, wide golden beach, and grass-fringed dunes that are softer under foot than a goose down duvet. Barefoot Beach House is a real home, which means as well as the guitar, it comes with books, board games, toys, fishing nets and framed family photos.

Properties featured in this article: Barefoot Beach House

Abandoned Irish Hill Shelter Which Was Home to Herd of Mountain Goats is Transformed

Abandoned Irish Hill Shelter Which Was Home to Herd of Mountain Goats is Transformed

An abandoned farmers´ shelter which was once home to a herd of mountain goats is transformed into a luxury romantic hideaway. The derelict shelter, called Lost Cottage, quickly became a winter refuge for wild animals after it was abandoned by farmers in the 1960s. But it has received a remarkable makeover and is set in 85 acres in the remote lakeside townland of Treangarriv.

Properties featured in this article: Lost Cottage

A Romantic Boho-Chic Cottage in Cornwall

A Romantic Boho-Chic Cottage in Cornwall

This romantic self-catering cottage by the sea is blissfully tucked away in Coverack Cove, commanding breath-taking sea views of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Oh, to be there now. Enjoying the long summer days, sultry evenings, and late sunsets of this stunning county. And if the weather turns, as it often does, where better to cosy up than this cosy cottage?

Properties featured in this article: Siren

9 Small Spaces That Are Bursting With Colour

9 Small Spaces That Are Bursting With Colour

From city apartments to vacation rentals and boutique hotels, a daring and creative use of colourful paint, textiles, and other materials can add loads of personality to a small space. The Ink in the village of St Agnes in Cornwall is a bold, bohemian-coastal home with bold wallpapers and plenty of blue everywhere.

Properties featured in this article: The Ink

Converting An Historic Property

Converting An Historic Property

When I saw The Stack, a 19th Century engine house with a Grade II-listed Cornish stone exterior, I knew there was something magical about it. The young family living there at the time had really embraced the history of the building, keeping the interior quite raw and industrial to enhance the original features.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

Botanical Inspiration By The Sea

Botanical Inspiration By The Sea

Seaglass occupies an enviable secluded position overlooking Whitsand Bay with completely uninterrupted views to the West, making it feel as though you are both on the edge of the world.

Properties featured in this article: Seaglass

Rough-Luxe

Rough-Luxe

This 19th century engine house is sure to inspire those with a love for unique architecture and rough-luxe interiors, having been stripped back to its brick bones to reveal a glimpse into its ancient mining heritage and offer a truly extraordinary escape.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

Welsh Ruins Brought Back to Life With A Retro Twist

Welsh Ruins Brought Back to Life With A Retro Twist

Comprising a small stone farmhouse with detached cottage set in two acres within unspoilt Welsh. Following a tender renovation incorporating vintage travel art, sumptuous old-school furnishings and a prized vegetable patch, this remote self-catering retreat near Crickhowell captures a sunny feeling of nostalgia.

Properties featured in this article: Faraway House

A Bohemian-Inspired Prairie Wagon

A Bohemian-Inspired Prairie Wagon

Now that the summer is truly here, comes the desire to get away and do something different. Sometimes it’s a sandy beach that I crave. Sometimes the thrill of exploring a foreign city. And sometimes I just want to kick back and enjoy a simpler life. Not forever. Just a few days. Sundance is the stuff of dreams for a short break exploring the countryside and coast of one of our country’s loveliest counties (Cornwall).

Properties featured in this article: Sundance

Hobbit House - Nomad

Hobbit House - Nomad

Grand plans hatched in the local pub rarely make it past the cold light of the morning hangover. But for Chris Jopling, a scheme concocted during a conversation in The Red Lion, Exmouth, ten years ago, not only outlived the Alka Seltzer but also resulted in one of Britain´s most enchanting hideaways.

Properties featured in this article: Nomad

New Directions: Our Travel Ideas Took Off!

New Directions: Our Travel Ideas Took Off!

Unique Home Stays Sarah Stanley tells Fiona Wright how she found a way to make her passion for travel and leisure into a thriving business.

Properties featured in this article: Gatsby, The Beach Hut, The Find, Little Bear

Win A Four-Night Stay For Two

Win A Four-Night Stay For Two

A wonderfully secluded and stylish retreat for sea-lovers and surfers, the cottage is sublimely positioned amid pretty woodland and within easy reach of some of Cornwall´s most spectacular beaches and finest surf breaks.

Properties featured in this article: Libertine

High Life

High Life

The Stack, a former engine house in Cornwall has been cleverly refurbished to reveal its industrial soul. This unique home binds a classically Cornish Grade-II listed exterior together with vogueish interiors in a blissful marriage of contraries.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

Cabins in The Wild With Dick Strawbridge

Cabins in The Wild With Dick Strawbridge

The cabins this time include a laser-cut project inspired by the legend of King Arthur, a double-decker tepee, and a luxury getaway on a sea fort, as well as two iconic Unique Home Stays properties; Little Bear and The Limit.

Properties featured in this article: Little Bear, The Limit

Stay In...A Watermill

Stay In...A Watermill

In the heart of the north Cornwall countryside this luxurious abode combines exposed stone with splashes of bold colour. Walkers can choose from coastal paths along rugged clifftops or rural hikes over Bodmin Moor.

Properties featured in this article: Worthyvale Mill

Featured Cabins

Featured Cabins

These are cabins that featured across the series in interstitial moments or for illustrative purposes. Many of these cabins are available to rent and visit. Cabins in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge airs at 8pm from Sunday 21 May on Channel 4.

Properties featured in this article: Little Bear

The Osprey Windermere

The Osprey Windermere

This luxury self-catering boathouse designed by Cassidy and Ashton overlooks the serene waters of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park and boasts some of the most enviable vistas imaginable.

Properties featured in this article: The Osprey

Mini (mini) Break

Mini (mini) Break

This gargantuan rustic barn sleeps 20 people, has a 15m indoor swimming pool and it’s own rowing boat and lake – think Pride & Prejudice meets Fortnum & Mason. It’s all crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets, projector screen cinema-style TV viewing and acres of grounds to go for a ‘quick turn’ if you’ve hit the rioja a little hard the night before.

Properties featured in this article: Bohème

The Best Hot Tub Holidays in the UK

The Best Hot Tub Holidays in the UK

A paradise for pure escapism, Islander is idyllically positioned as the first cliff-top cabin on arrival at Whitsand Bay. The show-stopping holiday rental for two has a bubbling hot tub with gorgeous views and Bahamas-inspired interiors.

Properties featured in this article: Islander

23 Quirky Places to Stay in the UK for the Perfect Staycation

23 Quirky Places to Stay in the UK for the Perfect Staycation

So-called ´Staycations´ have risen in popularity in the last year or so. And while there are plenty of beautiful locations to see, it´s often the accommodation that can make or break your trip.

Properties featured in this article: The Beach Hut, Winterfell, Nomad, Charity, The Stack, Firefly, The Found

Getting Married? Check Out These Classy Hen Party Ideas

Getting Married? Check Out These Classy Hen Party Ideas

A hen party has become a rite of passage, a final fling of freedom with your squad in tow as you celebrate the impending nuptials. These classy hen party ideas will leave you feeling spoilt and wedding-ready, rather than just red-faced…

Properties featured in this article: Charity

50 Reasons to get Really Excited About England

50 Reasons to get Really Excited About England

A wooden beach hut for two, with its own wooden deck and hot tub overlooking Cornwall´s pretty Whitsand Bay.

Properties featured in this article: Seaglass

Nomadic Living with Rustic Warmth

Nomadic Living with Rustic Warmth

Nomad was born as an open-minded dream. Inspired by a conversation in the pub, one evening, a Cornish craftsman decided to go to work and create his masterpiece of design.

Properties featured in this article: Nomad

Arts, Antiques and Collectibles

Arts, Antiques and Collectibles

Period homes are highly sought after and represent traditional Britishness, encompassing the development of British architecture from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times, and all the rich history associated with those periods.

Properties featured in this article: Zenith

Chic and Cosy

Chic and Cosy

Get away from it all and take refuge in a luxury cottage made of stone, in the middle of the countryside or on the water´s edge in Mousehole, Cornwall.

Properties featured in this article: Voyager, Winsmore Cottage

Luxury in the Lakes

Luxury in the Lakes

Imagine renting your own lake house in the heart of the Lake District, with views that stretch to infinity and a place so remote that you feel a million miles away.

Properties featured in this article: Aquila

25 of the Best Cottages by the Sea in the UK

25 of the Best Cottages by the Sea in the UK

It´s already May and it´s time to start planning your summer holiday if you haven´t already. There are plenty of destinations that make a perfect getaway, but this is the year to think closer to home - the UK has hundreds of beautiful places to stay by the coast from the wilds of Scotland to the cliffs of Cornwall.

Properties featured in this article: Barefoot Beach House, Bluebird Cottage, Bramblewick, The Cable Hut, The Butlery, Castaway, The Oyster Catcher, Snow Goose, The Found, Tide Mill View

Where to Take Your Brood in Britain

Where to Take Your Brood in Britain

Five staycation ideas for May half-term.

Properties featured in this article: Bohème, The Riddle

Five Staycation Ideas for May Half-Term

Five Staycation Ideas for May Half-Term

It´s not too late to book these British boltholes for May half-term. From a set of converted barns in Norfolk to the manor where the Gunpowder Plot was hatched, find your dream destination here…

Properties featured in this article: Bohème, The Riddle

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

When you want a holiday home to deliver serious seaside chic, you´d be hard pushed to beat Cornwall. The Salt House in Mousehole, close to Penzance, is a case in point.

Properties featured in this article: The Salt House

Siren Call

Siren Call

Forget twee seaside style - with vintage finds, clever use of colour and some nifty space-stretching tricks, interior designer Jess Clark has breathed new life into this cosy coastal cottage.

Properties featured in this article: Siren

This 14th Century Cotswolds Millhouse is Simply Charming

This 14th Century Cotswolds Millhouse is Simply Charming

This grade II-listed Midsummer Wood has a honey stone facade covered in purple wisteria and crawling ivy. It´s surrounded by 11 acres of grounds to explore, including rose arches, apple orchards and an enchanting woodland.

Properties featured in this article: Midsummer Wood

Win a Holiday to Cornwall

Win a Holiday to Cornwall

An exclusive opportunity for subscribers; you won´t want to leave this idyllic cottage, The Salt House, courtesy of Unique Home Stays. Enjoy three nights relaxing by the water´s edge in stunning Mousehole.

Properties featured in this article: The Salt House

Dreamy House in Cornwall

Dreamy House in Cornwall

A holiday surrounded by nature and close to the sea, it was my perfect trip. A month ago we stayed at The Potting Shed, a characterful house in Cornwall.

Properties featured in this article: The Potting Shed

We Can´t Decide if This 14th Century Cottage is Magical, Charming or Both

We Can´t Decide if This 14th Century Cottage is Magical, Charming or Both

If you want your next vacation to ignite your inner child, Midsummer Wood is calling your name. The 14th Century cottage is located in the small town of Bourton-on-the-Water in Britain, which is known for being extremely picturesque. But even in one of the dreamiest parts of the world, this stunning vacation rental stands out for many reasons.

Properties featured in this article: Midsummer Wood

The Cotswolds Cottage You Can Rent That Looks Like a House From a Magical Fantasy Land

The Cotswolds Cottage You Can Rent That Looks Like a House From a Magical Fantasy Land

It looks like a cottage that’s sprung forth from a pop-up fairy-tale book. Midsummer Wood is a 14th-century property in Bourton-on-the-Water – but even here this magical dwelling manages to stand out. What’s more, the unique Grade II listed millhouse is available for rent through Unique Home Stays!

Properties featured in this article: Midsummer Wood

Put Them On Speed-Dial

Put Them On Speed-Dial

Beats Airbnb! The people with the pick of the poshest pads out there.

This Renovated Farmhouse and Cottage in Wales Boasts a Charming Retro Interior

This Renovated Farmhouse and Cottage in Wales Boasts a Charming Retro Interior

Faraway House is a charming hideaway in the Brecon Beacons in Wales with a rough stone facade and a charming retro interior, surrounded by rolling hills and tumbling waterfalls.

Properties featured in this article: Faraway House

9 Places for A Brilliant British Break

9 Places for A Brilliant British Break

Planning a weekend getaway but don´t fancy getting on a plane? You´ve come to the right place - we´ve put together seven of the swankiest places to stay in the UK. Get booking now!

Properties featured in this article: Aquila

7 English Cottages to Rent this Summer

7 English Cottages to Rent this Summer

Often, some of the most relaxing holidays are the ones that involve very little travel. This summer, instead of packing up and hopping on a 12-hour flight, why not try something a little closer to home? Here are 7 luxury cottages for you to rent this summer – enjoy.

Properties featured in this article: Infinity, Moontide, Tickety-Boo, Filly Island, Firefly, Dragonwood Boat House, Twelve Penny Barn

A Rustic Contemporary Nest in Cornwall

A Rustic Contemporary Nest in Cornwall

A short distance from the beaches of North Cornwall, a dwelling vintage has been transformed into a precious nest open hospitality.

Properties featured in this article: Gypsea Rocks

Win a Luxury Break in Cornwall

Win a Luxury Break in Cornwall

One lucky Times subscriber will win a three-night break for four people in a luxury cottage in Mousehole, Cornwall, courtesy of Unique Home Stays.

Properties featured in this article: The Salt House

Our First Holiday as a Family

Our First Holiday as a Family

A couple of weeks ago I felt ready to slowly emerge from the baby bubble and get back into the real world by taking our first trip away to celebrate my first Mother’s day. We were invited to stay at one of the many beautiful homes managed by Unique Home Stays in the magical wooden cabin, Firefly, located in a small hamlet in Cornwall.

Properties featured in this article: Firefly

Witness the Incredible Transformation of a 19th Century Piggery

Witness the Incredible Transformation of a 19th Century Piggery

A wonderfully secluded and stylish retreat for the city surfer, this fashionista’s cottage is sublimely positioned amidst a peaceful milieu of pretty woodland and is within easy reach of Cornwall´s finest surf breaks.

Properties featured in this article: Libertine

Let´s All Have A Place To Escape

Let´s All Have A Place To Escape

We all yearn for a little peace and quiet from time to time. You won’t find distractions like television or Wi-Fi at Little Bear, allowing those in pursuit of a digital detox a deliciously luxurious haven in which to re-awaken their connection to nature and re-spark the simple passion which first ignited their romance.

Properties featured in this article: Little Bear

A Castle Rental in Yorkshire That Was Voted Britain´s Best Home

A Castle Rental in Yorkshire That Was Voted Britain´s Best Home

Ever wanted to have a castle party with a few of your closest friends in a real English castle? Castle Trinity is a 19th-century castle in the Peak District which lets you live out your own fairytale. You can rent this castle set in 12 lush acres from Unique Home Stays.

Properties featured in this article: Castle Trinity

Shabby Chic Rustic Accents in a Birlingham Cottage

Shabby Chic Rustic Accents in a Birlingham Cottage

This Birlingham Cottage looks like it was removed from the pages of a fairy tale story book. Rustic and shabby chic decor accents bring a special charm to the interior and can be rented as a luxury home stay.

Properties featured in this article: Pollyanna

Style and Order in Suffolk

Style and Order in Suffolk

Tickety-Boo which is an English expression meaning "everything is all right and in order" is set upon a corn field around the green English countryside. For two people, in Suffolk, near the village of Long Merlford, the bucolic setting of this small cabin is where you will find peace and serenity.

Properties featured in this article: Tickety-Boo

50 Best Cottages for Summer

50 Best Cottages for Summer

Planning a Brexit-inspired staycation? We track down great British boltholes of all styles and sizes — all with peak-season availability.

Properties featured in this article: Charity, The Found, The Edge, Blue Point, Aquila

22 Ways to Have the Best Honeymoon Ever

22 Ways to Have the Best Honeymoon Ever

Whether it’s a villa, pied-à-terre, or cabin, you’ll probably wind up with more amenities than you can take advantage of in a week. More importantly: Total. Privacy. Luckily, each of the three sites from the previous slide will work; we also love uniquehomestays.com.

Escape For a Weekend Away at One of These Cornish Retreats

Escape For a Weekend Away at One of These Cornish Retreats

For anyone who holds a weakness for charismatic cottages in the British landscape, we´ve done some research to find 10 cosy retreats that are more modern than you´d expect.

Properties featured in this article: Delphin, Libertine, The Oyster Catcher, Siren

Homes You Will Love with All Your Heart

Homes You Will Love with All Your Heart

From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, we share these three inspirational homes all available to rent through Unique Home Stays. Each home has their own tale to tell and inspired interiors to match.

Properties featured in this article: The Ink, Little Scarlet, The Honey Bell

Intimate Weddings At The Stack Cornwall

Intimate Weddings At The Stack Cornwall

If you’re looking for somewhere a little unusual to hold your wedding ceremony, then let me introduce you to The Stack. A converted 19th Century Cornish Engine house set in the idyllic hamlet of Trelion, Cornwall, it really is a magical place to have an intimate, house party style wedding for up to 40 guests. Getting ready in the Princess bathroom is a dream come true and you’ll feel so well rested after sleeping in one of the ridiculously comfortable beds.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

A Very Stylish Cornwall Stay

A Very Stylish Cornwall Stay

A couple of weeks ago, Matt, Elle and I hopped ten miles down the road to stay at The Stack, a higgledy piggledy rustic luxe Cornish Engine House, which is available for holiday lets, weddings and events. As soon as I stepped through the door, I knew I had to share it with the Rock My Style readers – so today I’m talking interiors.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

The Sounds of Somerset

The Sounds of Somerset

After a stressful few weeks trying to figure out that modern-day conundrum of how to combine full-time work with a travel blog, I’d been dreaming of a few days away; somewhere to forget about deadlines, unit objectives and office quarrels that fixated on the volume of a radio. Already a devoted fan of Unique Home Stays – I leapt at the chance to retreat to their fairytale inspired Bluebell Grey cottage, in rural Somerset.

Properties featured in this article: Bluebell Grey

House Crush - Cornish Siren

House Crush - Cornish Siren

I’ve been dreaming of the simpler life lately – a slower pace, an idyllic view, and a day or two out of the frantic scramble of work/life/London. A seaside holiday is just wistful thinking at this point, but in amongst my search for possible holiday getaways I found this gorgeous cottage and thought I’d share with you guys. We can all dream of holidaying right?

Properties featured in this article: Siren

Top 10 Wedding Venues in Cornwall

Top 10 Wedding Venues in Cornwall

Dreamy castles, wooded wonderlands and outdoor beach domes; Cornwall has a venue to suit every couple’s dream. A former 19th-century engine house turned exclusive wedding venue, The Stack can sleep up to six guests and features huge opulent gold mirrors, a cosy snug cinema room, hot tub and enough parking for 20 guests. Overlooking the Fal Valley, the venue is yours to dress up with fairy lights, organise garden games, host an al-fresco feast or hire a live band to play under the stars.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

The 50 Best Cottages in Britain

The 50 Best Cottages in Britain

From a Scandi-chic bolt hole near Southwold to a beach house in Cornwall, here are some great places to book.

Properties featured in this article: Barefoot Beach House, Rydon, Little Bear

Meet the Designer: Jess Clark of Unique Home Stays

Meet the Designer: Jess Clark of Unique Home Stays

The Layer Team are passionate about unique designs. So when we came across Unique Home Stays, we lost a few hours browsing their stunning properties. Here, we chat to their interior designer Jess, who shares her love for mid-century design and the vision behind her latest project The Stack (just look at these images – seriously swoon-worthy!)

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

Take it to The Limit

Take it to The Limit

Pastel historic beach huts make for a delightful holiday home by the sea near Newquay. At the end of Holywell Bay is The Limit, which was rescued from brambly overgrowth and renovated by a local couple.

Properties featured in this article: The Limit

Three Coastal Getaways

Three Coastal Getaways

Salty sea air, rugged cliffs, rolling waves and brisk dog walks in the sand... when the sun is shining (and even when it´s not) there´s no lovelier place to drop anchor and stay awhile, interested? Read on because these are, the three best luxury homes right by the water´s edge.

Properties featured in this article: Supernova, The Cable Hut, The Salt House

Décor Inspiration | Places: A Coastal Cottage in Cornwall

Décor Inspiration | Places: A Coastal Cottage in Cornwall

The village of Mousehole, almost at the tip of Cornwall in the South West of England, is one of those storybook villages that makes you feel like you may have stepped onto a film set. It´s picture perfect cottages cluster around a tiny harbour full of colourful boats that still fish the seas around the coast to this day.

Properties featured in this article: The Herringbone

Five of the Best Holiday Cottages for Foodies in the UK

Five of the Best Holiday Cottages for Foodies in the UK

Check out our top 5 UK holiday cottages for foodies. Cuddle up by the fire in Pembrokeshire, go foraging in Monmoutshire or hide out in a fishing village in Cornwall. Think bespoke foodie hampers, private cooking courses and fully equipped country kitchens.

Properties featured in this article: The Fish Store

A Fairy Tale Home

A Fairy Tale Home

This luxury, self-catering country house in the heart of Wiltshire, is a dreamlike home where guests are invited to escape their daily worries and find paradise. Inside there is a tasteful mix of modern and rustic elements.

Properties featured in this article: Faerie Door Cottage

Must-See Wedding Venues in the UK

Must-See Wedding Venues in the UK

Looking for venue inspiration for your upcoming wedding? Look no further! Bridebook has compiled a list of our favourite stunning wedding venues across the UK. Browse the list below, click the links to find out more and message each of these beautiful venues. There are photos, videos and more for each of these truly fantastic locations.

Properties featured in this article: Valentina´s Lost Orangery, Weddings at The Lost Orangery

Artists and Lovers

Artists and Lovers

Augustus John was a philandering creative genius who sired generations of hard-living and beauty-loving-bohemians - not least Ben John, furious smoker, wonderful whittler and creator of Charity, his rural hideaway, now restored by his son, the artist Henry John.

Properties featured in this article: Charity

Unique Home Stays: Dragonwood Boat House, Oakham, England

Unique Home Stays: Dragonwood Boat House, Oakham, England

The Dragonwood Boat House is a hidden gem, nestled in 15 acres of luscious private grounds just outside of Oakham, Rutland.This idyllic country dream is one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe. There is much to see and do; wildlife tours, romantic cycle rides, archery, shooting and fishing.

Properties featured in this article: Dragonwood Boat House

This Quirky North Cornwall Property is Joined by a Secret Tunnel

This Quirky North Cornwall Property is Joined by a Secret Tunnel

Luxurious features include a cast iron slipper bath, super king-size bed, open fire, and a hot tub, all overlooking the rolling hills of Cornwall. The interiors are rustic and bohemian, with stone walls and sheepskin rugs. Quaint ornaments adorn the walls of the rooms to add to the countrified feel.

Properties featured in this article: Nomad

In The Land of Fairies

In The Land of Fairies

The Fable takes you on a whimsical journey of luxury and indulgence through ambrosial countryside, the prettiest of rose gardens and inside to where vintage farmhouse interiors and a log fire await.

Properties featured in this article: The Fable

Gypsy Wagons Connected to Rustic Bothy is Bursting with Fairytale Charm

Gypsy Wagons Connected to Rustic Bothy is Bursting with Fairytale Charm

Located in Marhamchurch, near the picturesque setting of Widemouth Bay in north Cornwall, Nomad is an extraordinary property that joins two 12-foot gypsy wagons with a bothy. Bursting with character and fairytale charm, Nomad epitomises the traditional bohemian theme.

Properties featured in this article: Nomad

When all you Desire is to Retire in Your Cosy Nest

When all you Desire is to Retire in Your Cosy Nest

As the world becomes increasingly agitated when society no longer seems to find tranquility because of various economic and political events, people think about how to create home as a place of refuge.

Properties featured in this article: The Fable

The Bathroom and Bedroom are Showman Carts on Wheels

The Bathroom and Bedroom are Showman Carts on Wheels

If you see Nomad from the outside, you´d think this house had two carts parked in the garden, but if you step inside you realize that these carts form two rooms, that are all connected. The owner worked for more than four years to materialize the dream, now it is one of the biggest attractions in Cornwall, available to rent through Unique Home Stays.

Properties featured in this article: Nomad

Cave, Castle or Yurt?

Cave, Castle or Yurt?

If you are looking for peace and quiet amongst nature and you can do without hotel services, you should visit Unique Home Stays. The English portal does not have any hotels on offer, but 160 private luxury cottages, which can only be booked through the website - from historic cottages to modern, beautiful miniature beach uts on cliffs by the sea.

This Cottage is as Close to Magical as You Can Get

This Cottage is as Close to Magical as You Can Get

This countryside cottage totally proves that you don´t have to be Harry Potter to have a mystical, storybook getaway in England. Called the Faerie Door, this beautiful rental is hidden away in Wiltshire, England and is simply oozing woodland charm.

Properties featured in this article: Faerie Door Cottage

Valentina’s Lost Orangery Evokes Romance and Magic

Valentina’s Lost Orangery Evokes Romance and Magic

Just the name, Valentina’s Lost Orangery evokes romance and magic. The place itself certainly lives up to that! It’s an idyllic retreat in The Cotswold’s and the setting of this beautiful shoot by Susan Arnold Photography which is filled with refined details, elegance and luxe touches! The colour palette of light creamy tones with the lush green tones of the grounds – is so on trend for Pantone’s colour of the year!

Properties featured in this article: Valentina´s Lost Orangery, Weddings at The Lost Orangery

The Hop Store –  One of Unique Home Stays Luxury Properties

The Hop Store – One of Unique Home Stays Luxury Properties

Meandering up the farm track towards The Hop Store instantly immerses you in life on the farm. Away from the hustle and bustle of urban existence, the exquisitely appointed property sits in peaceful surroundings amidst the beauty of the Malvern Hills. Row upon row of perfectly aligned hop bines surround the converted red brick barn, on one of the UK’s last remaining hop farms.

Properties featured in this article: The Hop Store

The Perfect Bolthole Getaways that Embrace Winter

The Perfect Bolthole Getaways that Embrace Winter

Here at Neptune, we believe in celebrating each of the seasons. Rather than jetting off for an escapist dose of winter sun, we prefer weekend breaks that rejuvenate in harmony with all that nature has to offer. Even if, in January and February, that means layering up with plenty of hats and scarves.

Properties featured in this article: The Oyster Catcher

A Stylish Retreat from Unique Home Stays in the Wilds of Dartmoor

A Stylish Retreat from Unique Home Stays in the Wilds of Dartmoor

It´s safe to say that as you wind down the lane which leads to Peacock Blue, slowing to pass wild ponies on the way, you have little idea of what awaits ahead. Situated deep in Dartmoor National Park, at the heart of this most rugged and dramatic landscape, a former farmstead has been transformed by its interior designer owner into an unbelievably chic retreat.

Properties featured in this article: Peacock Blue

Solve the Riddle at this Sherlock - Inspired Cottage

Solve the Riddle at this Sherlock - Inspired Cottage

As Sherlock returns to our screens for the fourth series, Conan Doyles´ master detective has sprinkled his mystery and intrigue through the twisting narrow roads of North Bovey in Devon. Luxury thatched cottage The Riddle has been inspired by the mystery and seclusion of the moorland´s breath-taking surroundings; recently re-designed to flaunt its own quirky stylish Sherlock-inspired touches.

Properties featured in this article: The Riddle

Regency: The Fable

Regency: The Fable

Set in the beautiful Cornish village of St Agnes and just a few miles from Trevaunance Cove and Perranporth Beach, The Fable is a story-book thatched holiday cottage decorated with a vintage farmhouse interior style.

Properties featured in this article: The Fable

From Cornwall to the Lake District: The best dog-friendly cottages in Britain

From Cornwall to the Lake District: The best dog-friendly cottages in Britain

From grand cottages built by monks to Gothic summer houses, there´s an incredible array of pooch-friendly, self-catering accommodation to choose from. Gorgeous decor, walks on tap and dog-friendly pubs on the doorstep - these are the 17 best cottages in Britain for a holiday with your furry friend.

Properties featured in this article: Filly Island, The Riddle

This Idyllic English Cottage Couldn´t Be More Charming

This Idyllic English Cottage Couldn´t Be More Charming

From the exterior alone, this whimsical thatched cottage located in Birlingham, Worcestershire, looks like it has been plucked straight from the pages of a storybook. It´s hard not to stop and admire this cottage, which is even more magical thanks to a wishing well, a candy-colored playhouse, beautiful surroundings of pink lupins, hollyhocks and foxgloves, a magnolia tree, and an apple and pear orchard

Properties featured in this article: Pollyanna

Country Charm

Country Charm

We introduce you to a renovation project that has succeeded in creating an exceptional home to balance the soul and invites contemplation, peace and beauty. Winterfell is immersed within the green serenity of The Lake District in England and certainly is a Unique Home Stay.

Properties featured in this article: Winterfell

10 Enchanting Modern-Rustic Bedrooms

10 Enchanting Modern-Rustic Bedrooms

Give your sleep space a modern rustic look by celebrating the natural architecture of the room and adding stripped-back materials, unfinished woods and global-inspired textiles. Check out these 10 beautiful bedrooms for some inspiration.

Properties featured in this article: Firefly

Idyllic Chocolate Box Cottage in the Cotswolds full of Whimsical Charm

Idyllic Chocolate Box Cottage in the Cotswolds full of Whimsical Charm

It´s hard not to stop and admire Pollyanna cottage, which is even more magical thanks to a wishing well, a candy-coloured Wendy house, beautiful surroundings of pink lupins, hollyhocks and foxgloves, a magnolia tree, and an apple and pear orchard.

Properties featured in this article: Pollyanna

The Perfect Weekend Retreat

The Perfect Weekend Retreat

The Parisian is a luxurious 18th century cottage, designed perfectly for two. It was originally a humble stable and subtle nods to its past still remain, such as the row of nails set into a beam with paper pinned above, some of which still denotes the faded name of the horse whose tack would have hung beneath.

Properties featured in this article: The Parisian (Old)

Minimooning in a Cosy Cornish Cottage

Minimooning in a Cosy Cornish Cottage

After our stay in Mousehole, we moved up the coast a for a stay on the Roseland Peninsula. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long while, hearing great things about St Mawes and the pretty coastline surrounding it. Luckily for us there was a brand new Unique Home Stays property in that area, a chocolate box thatched cottage named Seraphina and wow she was a beauty.

Properties featured in this article: Seraphina

A Luxury Nest by the Sea

A Luxury Nest by the Sea

Set like a pearl overlooking the sea, is this mid eighteenth century Cornish home. During a visit to the quaint town of Mousehole the owners fell in love with the property and couldn´t leave without making it their home.

Properties featured in this article: Voyager

The RMW Reader Survey  - Win a Stunning Coastal Mini Break

The RMW Reader Survey - Win a Stunning Coastal Mini Break

We’ve got a favour to ask this morning – we want to know what Rock My Wedding features you love, what you’d like to see more of and how you’d like to see your favourite wedding blog evolve. By completing the survey you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a three night stay at gorgeous coastal property Seaglass from the wonderful Unique Home Stays.

Properties featured in this article: Seaglass

The World is Quiet Here

The World is Quiet Here

I’m not sure when I started waking up and instantly checking my emails. I remember I used to enjoy seeing what had been sent, however at some stage that initial enjoyment soon turned into a feeling of dread. There aren’t many luxury cottages that are dog friendly that look quite as attractive, so a few clicks of the mouse later, we were all set for a digital detox at Little Gillyflower.

Properties featured in this article: Little Gillyflower

Our Week in Cornwall - Exploring Mousehole

Our Week in Cornwall - Exploring Mousehole

Whilst staying at Unique Home Stays’ gorgeous fishing loft The Herringbone in Mousehole, we set about exploring all that the area has to offer. We adore Cornwall with the sheer amount of beaches, cute fishing towns, great restaurants, seafood and countryside but have never visited in January before - and were we in for a treat!

Properties featured in this article: The Herringbone

Minimooning in Cornwall at The Herringbone

Minimooning in Cornwall at The Herringbone

When planning your minimoon, or a few days away in the UK, you might automatically think boutique hotel, but my mind actually turns to something even more special... a Unique Home Stay. I’m not sure if you’ve ever visited Unique Home Stays´ website but if you’re anything like me you’ll be swooning over their insane properties to rent or even just getting interior inspiration as they feature the most amazing places you could ever dream.

Properties featured in this article: The Herringbone

A Venue For All Seasons

A Venue For All Seasons

Do you fancy being surrounded by spring blooms? Or tucked up in a country house with roaring fires? Whatever season you prefer, we´ve found the perfect venue.

Properties featured in this article: Weddings at Artists´ Beach House

All Ages Getaways

All Ages Getaways

Take a trip with the extended family and let generations mingle. Naturally, Wi-Fi is on the must-have list-for the surfing silvers with their iPads. Here´s our pick of pads with pzazz!

Properties featured in this article: Charity

Our Week in Cornwall Part One | The Herringbone

Our Week in Cornwall Part One | The Herringbone

This year, Cornwall beckoned and where better to look than Unique Home Stays for somewhere beautiful {and trusted} to stay. I don´t know about you but I often find myself browsing their website just for the interior inspiration, the properties they have on their books are so so dreamy and this one was no exception.

Properties featured in this article: The Herringbone

A Classic Home

A Classic Home

Designed as a dower house for Brockhampton Park’s Lady of The Manor, this luxury self-catering cottage is stuffed to the beams with history and dripping with opulence. From Champagne afternoon teas in the sitting room to roaming the golden Cotswolds villages with a parasol in hand; here couples can play out their wildest romantic period drama fantasies.

Properties featured in this article: Darcy House

Christmas Escapes

Christmas Escapes

From majestic country manors to cosy cottages, we have picked some of the best places for festive breaks.

Eclectic Home Tour – Filly Island

Eclectic Home Tour – Filly Island

On a tiny island in the Cotswolds of England lies Filly Island and this charming cottage. This tiny 35 foot x 10 foot structure has lived many lives including it’s original use in the 1750’s when it housed a cart that a horse pulled for the mill up the stream. It later became storage space for apples from the village orchard and later a garage and play house for the local kids – who are now 80+ years old!

Properties featured in this article: Filly Island

What Will 2017’s Most Popular Trends Be? Ask a Design Blogger

What Will 2017’s Most Popular Trends Be? Ask a Design Blogger

Here at Houzz, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to images of beautiful homes, freshly made-over, renovated, restyled and uploaded to the site. Combine this insider knowledge with trend tips from some of the most design-obsessed – and popular – homes bloggers out there and you’ll get a pretty good steer about what we’re going to be doing to our own houses throughout the year.

Properties featured in this article: Firefly

Sweet Pea Cottage - Love at First Sight

Sweet Pea Cottage - Love at First Sight

Situated on the coast of Cornwall Sweet Pea boasts an old stone facade, crooked, imperfect walls, tiny windows, all will welcome you when you visit the cottage, which at first glance looks as if it were straight out of a fairy-tale.

Properties featured in this article: Sweetpea Cottage

Top 10 Dog-Friendly UK Holiday Cottages

Top 10 Dog-Friendly UK Holiday Cottages

A holiday cottage is perfect for a weekend getaway, made even better when you get to take your dog along too. Whether its unrivalled views, a rural retreat or beautiful beaches you’re after, read our guide to the 10 best dog-friendly holiday cottages in the East of England.

Properties featured in this article: Tickety-Boo

Branch Out in Style

Branch Out in Style

It is the focal point of any festive display, but how can you make your Christmas tree really stand out? Chrissy Harris asks the experts for their top tips.

Properties featured in this article: The Fable

The Best Barn Conversion in Cornwall

The Best Barn Conversion in Cornwall

Could this former barn which once welcomed Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi be Cornwall´s most beautiful barn conversions? The Honey Bell was originally a stable to the local manor and carriage house at Golant and nestles on the west banks of the river Fowey.

Properties featured in this article: The Honey Bell

The House of Sherlock Holmes

The House of Sherlock Holmes

The Riddle, set in the idyllic Dartmoor village of North Bovey is quite simply the quirkiest thatched cottage. The bedrooms have their own individual themes including a Sherlock Holmes master suite, creating a sense of mystery for each lucky guest.

Properties featured in this article: The Riddle

Mountain Hideaway

Mountain Hideaway

Henry John has spent several years physically rebuilding the secluded 15th century Herefordshire retreat which as a child he helped to renovate with his father. The historic stone cottage named Charity is situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, the highest mountain range in Southern Britain.

Properties featured in this article: Charity

Step inside this idyllic thatched cottage with Scandi interior

Step inside this idyllic thatched cottage with Scandi interior

Built in the late 17th century, The Fable has two bedrooms with later additions. The owners, a holiday property company owner and a builder, fell in love as soon as they saw the painted rubble and cob thatched cottage near the north Cornish coast two years ago. ‘It was magical’ they say.

Properties featured in this article: The Fable

Welcome to Winterfell

Welcome to Winterfell

Welcome to Winterfell; a majestic, fairytale home surrounded by walled gardens and four acres of private meadows.

Properties featured in this article: Winterfell

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