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The Best Holiday Home Rental Companies in the UK

The Best Holiday Home Rental Companies in the UK

The UK is a wonderful place for a holiday, with sandy beaches, rugged landscapes, hiking trails and cosy pubs galore. Featuring Unique Home Stays, House & Garden have selected their favourite holiday home rental companies in the UK.

Rural Restoration

Rural Restoration

After a decade-long property search, Jo and Chris Ogden took on the renovation of a neglected 17th-century farmhouse, resulting in the luxury Whimplestone.

Properties featured in this article: Whimplestone

Homes for Garden Lovers

Homes for Garden Lovers

House & Garden have scoured their favourite property rental companies to curate a list of alluring homes that flaunt rolling lawns, wildflower meadows, orchards and azure pools, all with charming, stylish interiors to boot.

Properties featured in this article: Rhapsody, Felicity Park, Guinevere, Midsummer Wood

House Tracks

House Tracks

Rental properties have evolved in recent decades from cutesy cottages with lots of pine to remote shepherd´s huts and converted windmills. Here are Britain´s best places to hire for a summer staycation.

Properties featured in this article: Seren Mor

Gone to the Beach

Gone to the Beach

Following a visit from Lonely Planet writer, Amanda Canning, she states that she is confident that no 1930´s bungalow has ever been as stylishly remodelled as Ammonite, a holiday home squirrelled away down a bumpy track near Rye on the south coast.

Properties featured in this article: Ammonite

The Best Places to Rent for a House Party

The Best Places to Rent for a House Party

Whether you´re looking for a modern manor house or a statement dwelling, there´s nothing quite like the luxury of a private house for the ultimate getaway. Featuring Unique Home Stays, here is the Tatler pick of the places to go and the companies to book through.

Maritime Luxury

Maritime Luxury

Originally built in 1872, The Signal Station has become one of the most unique and secluded self-catering homes in the United Kingdom.

Properties featured in this article: The Signal Station

Castle-Chic at Home

Castle-Chic at Home

Located within walking distance of Weston-super-Mare beach, Thornemead Castle is a 240 year old gothic home bursting with treasures and antiques.

Properties featured in this article: Thornemead Castle

Alone With Nature

Alone With Nature

The Edge is enthroned high above Whitsand Bay with dizzying views over the sea and coastline.

Properties featured in this article: The Edge

Seven Castles to Rent in the UK

Seven Castles to Rent in the UK

Inspired by Country Living´s #CastleWeek, here are seven castles that need to be booked this year, featuring Castle Trinity in West Yorkshire.

Properties featured in this article: Castle Trinity

Grand Designs: The Hip UK Houses to Book

Grand Designs: The Hip UK Houses to Book

Take a break in a house owned by an architect or interior designer. Featuring Pearl´s Place, The Times take a look some of the UK´s best homes owned by designers which are available for hire.

Properties featured in this article: Pearl´s Place

British Beaches to Enjoy and Explore

British Beaches to Enjoy and Explore

Featuring Bramblewick above Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire, The Financial Times takes a look at some of the United Kingdom’s most desirable coastal locations.

Properties featured in this article: Bramblewick

50 Best Holiday Homes in the UK

50 Best Holiday Homes in the UK

Including The Hide, Aphrodite and The Signal Station, The Times takes a look at the best places to book now for the summer.

Properties featured in this article: The Hide, Aphrodite, The Signal Station

A Month on the Road With My Newborn

A Month on the Road With My Newborn

Jo Rogers enjoys a month of parental leave with her husband and new born son in the Cotswolds, including a weekend at Atticus – a luxury converted courthouse in the heart of Burford.

Properties featured in this article: Atticus

Cabins and Cottages: Bolt Holes for Two

Cabins and Cottages: Bolt Holes for Two

Featuring the Unique Home Stays properties Wishbone and Little Scarlet, The Times highlights the 20 best bolt holes for two.

Properties featured in this article: Wishbone, Little Scarlet

Seven Beautiful Cottages to Rent in the UK

Seven Beautiful Cottages to Rent in the UK

Inspired by Country Living´s #CottageWeek, here are seven cottages in order of how popular they were on Instagram. Little Eden, located in the Scottish Highlands and available through Unique Home Stays came out on top.

Properties featured in this article: Little Eden

A Month in the Country

A Month in the Country

Whether you head north on the South West Coast Path towards Mawgan Porth or south to Fistral Beach, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views far across the Atlantic. Return to Somerby for an open fire and a glass of local fizz.

Properties featured in this article: Somerby

Home Front: Moving On

Home Front: Moving On

A Cotswold haven of honey-coloured stone, chandeliers, antiques and tasteful interiors, The Flower Press looks good enough for royalty.

Properties featured in this article: The Flower Press

A Tower of Strength

A Tower of Strength

Paper and plaster have been peeled back at The Stack, a luxury self-catering former engine house in Cornwall, to reveal echoes of its industrial past.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

How to Book the Perfect Villa Holiday

How to Book the Perfect Villa Holiday

Deciding on a luxury self-catering holiday destination which suits you and your needs best can be difficult. The Telegraph lists Unique Home Stays among the ´Best of Britain´ companies with excellent local and national knowledge.

Luxury Queenslander Style Cottage

Luxury Queenslander Style Cottage

Set in a quaint Cornish hamlet, Sarah Stanley’s bespoke two-bedroom cabin, The Cotton Tree, provides an oasis of calm with an Antipodean feel.

Properties featured in this article: The Cotton Tree

Great British Drives: The Spectacular Welsh Borders

Great British Drives: The Spectacular Welsh Borders

Jeremy Taylor travels along the Welsh borders, whilst stopping off at the 17th Century cottage-style farmhouse, Alchemy Hill.

Properties featured in this article: Alchemy Hill

Island Weekends

Island Weekends

From bustling cities to otherwise unpopulated escapes, circumscribed pieces of land can offer boundless rewards. Cut off from their surroundings, islands appeal because of their leisurely pace and it doesn’t get much slower than on Filly Island.

Life on a Cliff Edge: Cornwall’s Coolest Coastal Holiday Let

Life on a Cliff Edge: Cornwall’s Coolest Coastal Holiday Let

A former signal station on Cornwall’s southernmost tip is now a bolthole with dazzling views.

Properties featured in this article: The Signal Station

Country Houses & Castles

Country Houses & Castles

What could be lovelier than a whole wedding weekend of celebrations? Many country houses and castles operate on an exclusive-use basis, meaning the whole place is entirely for you and your guests for the duration.

Properties featured in this article: Weddings at Florin

Lounging at Loch Lomond

Lounging at Loch Lomond

Gaby Soutar enjoys a life of luxury complete with underfloor heating at a refurbished former grain mill.

Properties featured in this article: Little Eden

A Culinary Retreat with Quo Vadis Chef Jeremy Lee

A Culinary Retreat with Quo Vadis Chef Jeremy Lee

Culinary vacation specialist Stirred Travel has collaborated with Unique Home Stays to create a long-weekend experience at the evocatively named Bohčme.

Properties featured in this article: Bohčme

Festive Fairytale

Festive Fairytale

Sarah Stanley has given her storybook thatched Cornish cottage a farmhouse look with a Scandi feel that is particularly bewitching in the winter.

Properties featured in this article: The Fable

Industrial Revelation

Industrial Revelation

Jess Clark has used reclamation yard finds to bring eclectic style and rustic chic to a historic Cornish engine house.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

New Year´s Eve Breaks: UK Ideas

New Year´s Eve Breaks: UK Ideas

From black-tie dinners in hip hotels to country houses you can rent with a gang of friends, these are the best places to book for New Year’s Eve.

Properties featured in this article: Kingfisher Farm

The Queen Mother’s Norfolk Family Retreat is Available for Rent

The Queen Mother’s Norfolk Family Retreat is Available for Rent

If you’re looking for a big celebration house by the sea to fill with a hoard of your closest friends, August House might just be worth keeping on your radar.

Properties featured in this article: August House

The Former Queen Mother´s Retreat can now be Rented

The Former Queen Mother´s Retreat can now be Rented

This is August House, an 18th century mansion that has been recently restored to maintain its original essence. Dwell in the purest British style in a house with links to the Royal Family for an unforgettable experience.

Properties featured in this article: August House

If the Walls Could Talk...

If the Walls Could Talk...

When Alex and Julia Smith bought a medieval manor on a whim, the resident ghosts were the least of their challenges.

Properties featured in this article: Avalon Manor

20 Big Houses in Britain to Book for Christmas and New Year

20 Big Houses in Britain to Book for Christmas and New Year

Get the whole gang together at one of these fabulous country homes this Christmas and New Year.

Properties featured in this article: Infinity, The Find

Great British Getaways

Great British Getaways

Standing the test of time since 1900, this luxury seaside manor house in Happisburgh has a colourful history of WWII defence and royals sweeping through corridors.

Properties featured in this article: August House

Norfolk Party House: Inside August House, Frequented by The Queen Mother

Norfolk Party House: Inside August House, Frequented by The Queen Mother

Through an unassuming gateway and up a tree-lined gravel drive, this is one of the few so-called ‘butterfly houses’ in the UK, an 18th-century arts and crafts mansion that everyone should have the good luck to visit at least once in their lives, let alone stay in.

Properties featured in this article: August House

A Star is Born

A Star is Born

A supernova happens where there is a change in the core, or centre, of a star. This converted 1920s church near Carbost on the Isle of Skye, aptly named Supernova, is certainly a star in the eyes of the MacAskill family – and the changes to its core are easily apparent.

A Month in the Country

A Month in the Country

Between an ancient orchard and a fishing lake in the midst of the Malvern Hills, Wishbone epitomises rural charm.

Properties featured in this article: Wishbone

Pared-Back Beauty

Pared-Back Beauty

With The Hide´s construction and appearance being anything but traditional, the minimalist aesthetic doesn’t compromise on comfort, including intricate design details such as silver wood shingle walls and peephole windows that create a dappled light effect, like sunlight through trees into the modern living space.

Properties featured in this article: The Hide

Britain´s Most Luxurious Holiday Rentals: Book Now For Next Summer

Britain´s Most Luxurious Holiday Rentals: Book Now For Next Summer

After experiencing the hottest summer for over 50 years, British travel trends have changed in 2018 with a noticeable rise in the staycation. The Times round up their favourite British holiday homes you need to book immediately for next year!

Properties featured in this article: The Sanctuary

The Alluring Ariabelle

The Alluring Ariabelle

Situated in 40 acres of the illustrious South Downs National Park and found at the end of a sweeping tree-lined drive, Ariabelle is a lavish home promising guests the ultimate luxury self-catering experience.

Properties featured in this article: Ariabelle (old)

A Rustic Paradise

A Rustic Paradise

Apifera epitomises rustic living in its finest form. After months of various restorations and renovations, the property was given a new lease of life with the use of salvaged items and upcycled materials.

Properties featured in this article: Apifera

Star of the Sea

Star of the Sea

For a traditional luxury self-catering family holiday in Cornwall, Stella Maris has it all. Awash with maritime decor, nautical brass finishings and royal blue velvet upholstery, all on a canvas of stripped floorboards and salt-white walls.

Properties featured in this article: Stella Maris

Why Women Should Travel Solo

Why Women Should Travel Solo

Featuring the property Dragonwood Boat House, this article explains why women should think about having a weekend away to themselves. With ´self-care´ holidays becoming a rising trend in 2018, there is no better time to book that relaxing getaway.

Properties featured in this article: Dragonwood Boat House, Atlanta

Escaping to the Cornish Coast

Escaping to the Cornish Coast

Situated amongst the tranquillity of the Cornish Coast, a former hayloft that has been transformed into a luxury home from home. Taking inspiration from its idyllic setting, Nautilus pays homage to the reclaimed, refound and repurposed coastal vibe that is portrayed throughout the house.

Properties featured in this article: Nautilus

Websites that Offer Chic & Exclusive Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Properties

Websites that Offer Chic & Exclusive Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Properties

With the world now at our fingertips, our desire to travel is assisted by the screen culture we are surrounded by. For savvy travellers that are interested in an authentic experience as opposed to resort stays, this is the perfect round up of what the UK has to offer.

Properties featured in this article: Valentina´s Lost Orangery

A Fantasy Filled Cottage

A Fantasy Filled Cottage

Located in the land of Poldark, Siren enjoys a sleepy hideaway corner of Coverack; a pretty coastal village with a whimsical charm. This boho-chic luxury cottage is just as romantic for artists and writers as it is for honeymooners wanting to escape it all.

Properties featured in this article: Siren

The UK´s Most Picturesque Coastal Cottages Available to Hire

The UK´s Most Picturesque Coastal Cottages Available to Hire

As the country is enjoying it´s best period of weather for a number of years, there is no where we´d would rather spend British Summertime than on holiday by the sea. Whether you are looking for the indulgence of a fish and chip supper on the rugged Cornish Coast or a remote fishing village on the coast of Scotland, this round up of wonderful rental properties has all bases covered.

Properties featured in this article: The Herringbone

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

A look at how James and Jane Humphreys have turned this Snowdonia based 1970´s log cabin into an authentic Welsh hideaway, made from local slate and railway sleepers salvaged from the Conwy valley line.

Properties featured in this article: Hinterland Cabin

The Eleven Best Country Retreats

The Eleven Best Country Retreats

With the heatwave set to continue, staycations are becoming more popular by the day. Whether you are in search of a home-from-home in The Cotswolds, a treehouse in Surrey or a waterside abode in the Lake District, this is the only guide you need to find exactly what you are looking for.

Properties featured in this article: Aquila

Wondrous Whites

Wondrous Whites

With white being so metamorphic, it is the perfect colour for transforming your interiors this summer! Whether you´re looking to showcase your reclaimed fixtures and fittings or simply aiming to give everything a freshen up, this is the laid back look for you.

Properties featured in this article: Winterfell

Gather the Whole Family for an Exuberant Staycation

Gather the Whole Family for an Exuberant Staycation

With this weather set to remain a little longer, stay-cations are more popular that ever! From family parties to weekends spent pampering with friends, Balthazar is as diverse as it is divine.

Properties featured in this article: Balthazar

The Best Summer Getaways

The Best Summer Getaways

If you haven´t booked your summer escape yet, this article rounds up the top 50 week-long deals from across the globe, all of which are under Ł750pp including flights!

Properties featured in this article: Charity, Apifera

Binky Felstead and Co Gather at Guinevere for Daughter India´s First Birthday

Binky Felstead and Co Gather at Guinevere for Daughter India´s First Birthday

Stars from the reality television series Made in Chelsea, Binky Felstead and her partner Josh ´JP´ Patterson share their daughter India´s ´festival-themed´ first birthday with HELLO! magazine.

Properties featured in this article: Guinevere

The Hide: A ´Rough Luxe´ Paradise

The Hide: A ´Rough Luxe´ Paradise

The Hide is a pared-back retreat designed with tranquillity in mind, taking inspiration from a bird hide immersed in nature. Visit the home that Sarah and Andy built, which portrays back-to-nature character in abundance.

Properties featured in this article: The Hide

A Charming Journey to Find the Lost Cottage

A Charming Journey to Find the Lost Cottage

Immerse yourself in the beauty that grasps the land as you set off on your adventure to Lost Cottage. Available to hire through Unique Home Stays, the self-catering hideaway located in Kerry will connect you to what’s real and silence what’s not: the truest luxury.

Properties featured in this article: Lost Cottage

Planning your Dream Wedding

Planning your Dream Wedding

An exquisite guide complete with expert tips on planning your big day! Eirianfa is the most alluring of venues to play host to your wedding reception, ending your magical day in unique style!

Properties featured in this article: Eirianfa

A Dream Rental Success by the Sea

A Dream Rental Success by the Sea

Seaglass is an example of an opulent holiday home that will earn its keep while you are elsewhere, through luxury rental agency Unique Home Stays.

Properties featured in this article: Seaglass

Irish Holiday Homes With A Difference

Irish Holiday Homes With A Difference

From traditional thatched cottages to modern architectural masterpieces and miniature medieval castles, Ciara McDonnell rounds up some of Ireland’s most unique holiday homes.

Properties featured in this article: Skyros, Lost Cottage

A Touch of Whimsy Will Bring Romance As Well As Wonder To Your Home

A Touch of Whimsy Will Bring Romance As Well As Wonder To Your Home

We’re all prone to bouts of nostalgia — and now we can indulge them in our interiors. Because designers are flirting with whimsy. Check out the fairy-tale bathroom at Little Scarlet.

Properties featured in this article: Little Scarlet

Britain´s Most Alluring Glamping Sites

Britain´s Most Alluring Glamping Sites

Perched near the enchanted Widemouth Bay, Nomad comprises of two exquisite 19th Century style showman wagons complete with a hidden tunnel leading to a Hobbiton esque bothy hole.

Properties featured in this article: Nomad

Why Are So Many Of Us Now Choosing to Travel Alone?

Why Are So Many Of Us Now Choosing to Travel Alone?

Telegraph Travel examine the rising trend of going it alone, to see how it is impacting everything from hotel bookings and Airbnbs, to cruises and British cottage breaks.

Rooms With a View: The Very Best of British Seaside Architecture

Rooms With a View: The Very Best of British Seaside Architecture

Say goodbye to the big white boxes of the noughties - these impressive coastal retreats offer a twist on traditional styles and blend in with the natural landscape.

Properties featured in this article: Serpentine

The Sky and Sea are the Limit

The Sky and Sea are the Limit

The last thing on most self-builder´s minds is to rent out their home. But as an alternative source of income it´s becoming increasingly commonplace, especially for those with alternative accommodation or who have built their house as a holiday retreat in the first place, as was the case with the owners of Skyros in County Cork.

Properties featured in this article: Skyros

The Vogue Edit: What We´re Loving This Week

The Vogue Edit: What We´re Loving This Week

Looking for a distractingly beautiful location in which to embark upon a social media detox? Get thee to Lost Cottage, in County Kerry. Formerly a shepherd’s hut that’s been sensitively converted into a rustic hideaway with breath-taking views of the Caragh lake, it’s a wonderful bolthole to repair to after a windy walk on nearby Skellig Michael, a stunning island just off the coast (wannabe jedis will recognise it as the remote refuge of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi).

Properties featured in this article: Lost Cottage

The Best Holiday Houses for Couples in Britain in 2018

The Best Holiday Houses for Couples in Britain in 2018

Sheep graze in the fields surrounding this stylishly converted chapel overlooking Loch Harport. Supernova´s living area feels very cosy, with faux furs and underfloor heating. Climb the bespoke spiral staircase to the kitchen and another lounge, with picture windows framing the stunning views.

Properties featured in this article: Supernova

The Best Holiday Houses for Families in Britain in 2018

The Best Holiday Houses for Families in Britain in 2018

Acres of glass maximise the views from this curvaceous, cliff-side house. A wildflower grass roof also helps to blend the house, surrounded by a half-acre garden, into the coastal landscape. The open-plan living area has a sleek kitchen, suspended wood-burner and sliding doors on to the terrace.

Properties featured in this article: Serpentine

The UK´s Finest Beach Getaways

The UK´s Finest Beach Getaways

Clinging to the cliffs above Whitsand Bay, The Edge is a romantic cedar-clad beach cabin for two, with crisp blue-and-white interiors, log burner and sun deck with hot tub and uninterrupted sea views. Clamber down the steep path to the vast golden sands of Whitsand beach for surfing, swimming and rock-pooling.

Properties featured in this article: The Edge, Barefoot Beach House

Britain’s Cosiest Cabins, Pubs and Hotels

Britain’s Cosiest Cabins, Pubs and Hotels

The best places to relish the winter months. You won’t want to leave this seriously cool hideaway in Cornwall. Firefly, a woodcutter’s cabin sleeps two in a snug bedroom with wood-panelled walls, hide throws and a corrugated iron roof. The quirky design continues in the cool kitchen with granite worktops, cast-iron kettle and utensils hanging from the walls.

Properties featured in this article: Firefly

My Remote Farmhouse Retreat in the Black Mountains

My Remote Farmhouse Retreat in the Black Mountains

When his father died, Henry John took on his passion project, moving heaven and a lot of earth to create a spectacular retreat. Henry John describes the mountain road that leads to his Herefordshire home as “biblical”. Sheep stand in the road and hawks soar overhead; there are views of the Olchon Valley on one side and the Brecon Beacons on the other.

Properties featured in this article: Charity

Best Romantic Countryside Getaways in the UK

Best Romantic Countryside Getaways in the UK

We´ve hand-picked some beautiful British boltholes that offer a memorable stay all year round... Supernova is a former chapel, this island hideaway features a reverse-level design – upstairs, the living space makes the most of captivating views across the craggy terrain. The Cable Hut sits between the beaches of Abermawr and Aberbach, and was built to house the first telephone lines laid across the Atlantic.

Properties featured in this article: Supernova, The Cable Hut

House Happiness

House Happiness

A beautiful Grade-II listed 17th century former net loft idyllically located directly on the harbour´s edge in the quaint harbour town of Mousehole, West Cornwall, England. The stylish and charmingly elegant Oyster Catcher boasts one of the most coveted positions in the village.

Properties featured in this article: The Oyster Catcher

5 Romantic Boltholes for Couples

5 Romantic Boltholes for Couples

If you’re plotting a romantic weekend escape, minimoon or honeymoon, you need somewhere cosy to hunker down with your lover. From seaside cottages to secluded shepherd’s huts, here’s our pick of the best couples’ retreats. For loved-up couples wanting a bohemian seaside hideaway, Siren is the place.

Properties featured in this article: Siren

18 Houses to Book Now for a New Year Party

18 Houses to Book Now for a New Year Party

Fancy doing something different this New Year´s Eve? Then don´t stay at home! Gather the family, call up friends and book one of these beautiful escapes to welcome 2018 in style. From seaside hideaways to grand castles, snap these places up quickly before they go!

Properties featured in this article: Goldhorn, Islander, The Found, The Beach Hut

Country Houses & Castle Venues

Country Houses & Castle Venues

Enter a world of gracious living and romantic refinement with these timeless spaces, for a celebration to remember. If privacy is your priority, a country house or castle could be your perfect space. Many venues of this type offer exclusive use-indeed, some are only available on this basis-so it´ll just be you and your loved ones on the day.

Properties featured in this article: Weddings at The Lost Orangery

Holly, Holidays & Heritage

Holly, Holidays & Heritage

Jess Clark has used reclamation yard finds to bring eclectic style and rustic chic to a historic industrial building. ´I fell in love with this amazing Victorian engine house as soon as I saw it from the top of the long path that leads down to it.´ Take a closer look at The Stack in Cornwall.

Properties featured in this article: The Stack

Coastal Classic

Coastal Classic

Mark and Fiona Collier decided the best way to ensure the future of a home owned by the family for generations was to knock it down and start again - the result is a six bedroom house with stunning sea views.

Properties featured in this article: Infinity

Modern Extensions to Period Homes

Modern Extensions to Period Homes

Injecting 21st-Century style into a traditional property can breathe new life into an old home - as these projects that juxtapose two architectural eras prove. Rachel Sumaria and her husband were living in a small cottage in the Cotswolds - after returning from a 10-year stay in Kenya - when they fell in love with Zamani, Gloucestershire.

Properties featured in this article: Zamani

High Achiever

High Achiever

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Trisha Bond has converted a 1930´s bungalow into a beautiful two-story home. Trisha was already familiar with the property when it came up for sale and since it was a bungalow, Trisha knew she´d have to make some radical changes to achieve what she wanted.

Properties featured in this article: Tamarisk Beach House

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Put Them On Speed-Dial

Put Them On Speed-Dial

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

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

New Year´s Eve 2016: The Best Last Minute Staycations

New Year´s Eve 2016: The Best Last Minute Staycations

New Year´s Eve in London is a mixed bag. Sure, the fireworks are nice but tube delays, crowds and constant threat of rain can put a dampener on things. Best to pack up the champagne and head for the country. Staycations are fuss-free. Just grab a group of friends and - this is the UK - pack for all weather conditions. From a bohemian cottage on the Cornish coast to a sleek cottage on the banks of the River Yealm in Devon, there´s a staycation for everyone.

Properties featured in this article: Aphrodite, Siren, Beauport

Magnificent 16th-Century Farmhouse with Stunning Rain Shower and Pool House

Magnificent 16th-Century Farmhouse with Stunning Rain Shower and Pool House

Stay at the house that Jackie Chan ´blew up´: The house in Surrey’s Shamley Green was used as a film location by Jackie Chan and is now available to rent

Properties featured in this article: Guinevere

Travel...Where to Get Your Brit Fix

Travel...Where to Get Your Brit Fix

Welcome to your considerably better home from home: River House. When the current owners rented this coastal property for their own holiday they vowed to snap it up should it ever come on the market.

Properties featured in this article: River House

Britain´s Best Holiday Cottages With Pools

Britain´s Best Holiday Cottages With Pools

Where to make a splash this summer, featuring Rydon and Swallowtails.

Properties featured in this article: Rydon, Swallowtails

My Last Supper

My Last Supper

When it comes to her last meal, author Lindsey Bareham wants a Cornish send-off looking out to sea at her family home in Mousehole.

Properties featured in this article: The Fish Store

Secluded Seaside Sanctuaries UK

Secluded Seaside Sanctuaries UK

From lighthouse keepers’ cottages to an old tearoom, here are the country’s most dramatic coastal hideaways

Properties featured in this article: The Beach Hut, The Cable Hut

An Evening at Glyndebourne: A Black-Tie Opera and Picnic in the English Countryside

An Evening at Glyndebourne: A Black-Tie Opera and Picnic in the English Countryside

On summer afternoons if it isn’t pouring, some of the best people-watching in England is at the Glyndebourne opera in East Sussex. On a recent trip we rented a four-bedroom farmhouse through Unique Home Stays called Hummingbird House, which is fifteen minutes from the opera by car.

Properties featured in this article: Hummingbird House

10 Stylish Beach Houses In Cornwall

10 Stylish Beach Houses In Cornwall

Wondering where to holiday at home this summer? Head to the south-west, says Emily Mathieson, and rent one of these 10 houses for a classic British beach break in style.

Properties featured in this article: The Limit

Working With White

Working With White

Paul, owner of the Oyster Catcher in Mousehole has mastered the art of working with white while turning his homes in both London and Cornwall into oases of calm. Here, he praises the decorative power of pure white.

Properties featured in this article: The Oyster Catcher

Six Party Houses to Rent For Christmas

Six Party Houses to Rent For Christmas

Magical mansions that are still available over the festive period - yay!

Properties featured in this article: Cornucopia

The English Countryside’s New Breed of Bucolic Retreats

The English Countryside’s New Breed of Bucolic Retreats

Gone are the days when Downtonesque grandeur was the only option for a stay in the English countryside. A surprisingly diverse new breed of bucolic retreats — from upscale woodcutter’s cabins to remodeled pig shelters — are reinventing down-on-the-farm hospitality.

Properties featured in this article: Firefly

A Week in Mousehole: The Most Charming Little Town on the English Seaside

A Week in Mousehole: The Most Charming Little Town on the English Seaside

The small stone houses that characterise Mousehole are weather-beaten and idyllic, and there is a wide selection available for holiday rentals. One of the most striking is The Herringbone.

Properties featured in this article: The Herringbone, The Oyster Catcher

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