Here we come together with our owners, guests and friends to bring you inspiring blog posts to ensure that you can ‘Live Unique’ all year round, long before and after your own Unique Home Stays experiences.
With Christmas a distant memory, hedgerows peppered with snow drops and the sight of lambs frolicking in the fields beyond, this can only mean one thing – winter is finally over! After what feels like an age of icy windscreens, numb toes and lots of puddle-dodging, spring is upon us and we couldn’t be happier.
When the clocks go forward this weekend it will mark the official start of British Summer Time and, whilst the peak of summer is a hop, skip and a (rather large) jump away, what better time to embrace the beginning of the balmier weather and lighter evenings than by indulging in a luxury spring escape?
Be inspired by our hand-picked collection of homes and enjoy the serenity this time of year affords before the buzz of summer arrives with a unique springtime getaway.
This former piggery has been lovingly converted into the luxury self-catering homestay you see today. Bright colour injections, fusions of texture and luxurious touches throughout ensure that Libertine is a hit with all of those who are lucky enough to stay. Perfectly positioned and within easy reach of one of Cornwall's finest beaches, be sure to enjoy salty strolls on the golden sands of Perranporth before reclining fireside with your loved one. For walks closer to home, ramble through the rolling countryside on your doorstep and collect bunches of dew-covered bluebells as your Cornish souvenirs.
Goldhorn is a luxurious country home offering guests a warming welcome and flaunting eclectic interiors inspired by the owner’s extensive travels throughout Africa. Large grounds and a fragrant rose-covered facade ensure that Goldhorn is the quintessential rural retreat, just perfect for families. Having the impressive Barrington Court Estate as your nearest neighbour means there are a wealth of activities right on your doorstep for groups of all ages to enjoy. As the summer draws nearer, make sure you are booked in to experience this characterful home with all of the family.
Firefly is a traditional, rustic woodcutter’s cabin as luxurious as it is unique. Pull open the huge reclaimed sliding barn door and breathe in the fresh spring air to awaken the senses before rustling up breakfast on the Aga. Dip hot post-walk toes in the natural pool set within an oasis of wild flowers before heading to the rugged north Cornwall coast for a stomp along the cliff path and cream tea by the sea. Enjoy long evenings on the veranda next to the outdoor fire, sure to keep you toasty once the sun dips below the fields. With a pair of rocking chairs, chunky blankets and fur throws in abundance, this is the perfect vantage point to watch the stars prick through the velvet night sky.
This chocolate-box home offers guests the chance to stay in a traditional thatched cottage with luxurious interiors and a beautiful garden to match. Immerse yourself in an old-fashioned getaway and enjoy afternoon tea in the leafy garden, complete with a sweet children’s playhouse to keep the little ones entertained. Be sure to explore the local area and take in the Cotswolds beauty spots such as Stow on the Wold and Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon. After a busy day soaking up the local history, visit the nearby pub just a short stroll away to enjoy a nightcap before diving into the storybook-like bed.
The clue is in the name and Sweetpea is as sweet as they come. Beautifully finished with immaculate furnishings and lashings of extra touches from the owner, this luxury cottage is the perfect base to enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer. Take a stroll to nearby Trevilly Farm Shop to collect your organic spring greens and cook up a feast in the Range oven. The marble worktops and the vintage chandelier make rustling up supper feel like a dream. Sweetpea Cottage has a nursery complete with everything your little one might need and is dog friendly too so the entire family can come, whether they have two legs or four!
Figtree House is an impressive former farmhouse perched on the edge of the Lake District and is an excellent base to explore all that the area has to offer. A short drive away you will find the shores of Lake Windermere – the ultimate Lake District destination; from mountain hiking to placid lake cruises there is an activity for everyone here. After a busy day, return home to watch a film in the cosy cinema room (complete with log burner) then head upstairs where you'll find five dreamy bedrooms all boasting fine linens to ensure you'll wake up feeling utterly relaxed, ready for the next adventure!
If you’re searching for a completely unique seaside retreat then look no further! This cosy cottage sits just above the beautiful Trevaunance Cove in the village of St Agnes on the north Cornwall coast. Just a short stroll away you will find local pubs, a farm shop, butchers and a bakery, allowing you to have a day without even stepping in the car. Nothing beats watching the surfers catching the waves from the comfort of your king-size bed whist the sun rises on the horizon.
This is the perfect time of the year to have some much-needed rest and relaxation and you might just be lucky enough to have a beach or countryside stroll all to yourself! Contact a member of the team for more information or to make a booking – but get in quick before everyone else has the same idea!