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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 Homestays experiences.

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Simple Luxury

9th December 2019 by Francesca

Presenting the 2020 video campaign for Unique Homestays, depicting three parties on their luxury escapes in Britain. From cartwheeling around Antony Gormley sculptures to swimming in the rain and wending through country lanes in a Porsche 550 spyder, the series of three films showcase life’s simplest, finest luxuries enjoyed in extraordinary real homes.

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Artist in Residence - An Interview with Saul Cathcart
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Artist in Residence - An Interview with Saul Cathcart

Artist Saul Cathcart has been painting since the age of nine, honing an experimental style to portray the landscape he grew up in. His works exude freedom, rhythm and energy, and some of his latest pieces can be seen on the walls of homestay Aphrodite in Boscastle.

28th November 2019 by Tori

A Storm Watcher´s Paradise
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A Storm Watcher´s Paradise

Author Matshona Dhliwayo once said that the storm is an artist and the rainbow is its masterpiece. Here, we encourage you to embrace the flashing silhouettes that dance across melancholy skies and observe how they stimulate a new landscape.

20th November 2019 by Daniel

A Winter Warmer
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A Winter Warmer

As the temperature drops and frost blankets the ground, nothing beats a steaming bowl of something delicious. Celtic Fish and Game share their fish soup recipe, the ultimate winter warmer for those chilly nights in.

14th November 2019 by Tori

Christmas Styling Trends for 2019
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Christmas Styling Trends for 2019

Get your hands dirty when it comes to creating a festive flavour this year. A back-to-nature scheme is a way to create an authentic winter-wonderland look, so to spark inspiration, we share our top trends for styling your homes this Christmas.

1st November 2019 by Jess

Our Utterly Peaceful Yet Heart-Racing Weekend At Viola
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Our Utterly Peaceful Yet Heart-Racing Weekend At Viola

The wooden gates opened to reveal Viola’s stunning grounds, bordered by rolling hills, every inch built for relaxation.

31st October 2019 by Tori

Dog-Friendly Destinations
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Dog-Friendly Destinations

Amber-hued leaves floating off the trees, crisp morning walks and steaming bowls of comforting soup mean that autumn is upon us. As we depart from one season to another, the search for your next holiday destination complete with a canine companion in tow has begun.

25th October 2019 by Daniel

White-Washed and Whimsical
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White-Washed and Whimsical

Marketing Coordinator Robyn speaks with the owners and interior designers of Ammonite and Romany, to discover the inspiration behind their romantic white-washed cabins.

17th October 2019 by Robyn

A Wild Hearted Wedding at Charity
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A Wild Hearted Wedding at Charity

There is something about the sheerness of the towering Offa´s Dyke behind the farm and breathtaking Olchon Valley that opens up from directly below the front lawn; simply magical.  

8th October 2019 by Rebekkah

Hunter Gatherers
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Hunter Gatherers

Tapping into our human instincts, we celebrate the season of hunting and gathering, of bonfires and feasting and preparing for the first bite of winter, as we scout out our favourite trends for this autumn.

30th September 2019 by Francesca

A Unique Christmas for All
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A Unique Christmas for All

Whether you are a large gathering in need of a place to host the festive celebrations, a couple craving some ‘us’ time or someone looking to get away with their nearest and dearest, we have Unique Home Stays to cater for all.  

26th September 2019 by Tori

The Circle Contemporary Artists Behind our Properties
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The Circle Contemporary Artists Behind our Properties

When the perfect piece of artwork is found, it lends a focal point to extraordinary spaces. We share the artists behind pieces used in Linea, The Hide and The Stack and their inspiration.

18th September 2019 by Tori

The Interior Inspiration Behind our Scottish Hideaway
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The Interior Inspiration Behind our Scottish Hideaway

Digital marketing coordinator, Tori speaks with Kyn owner Michelle about the inspiration behind her contemporary retreat on the Isle of Skye, featuring pieces she used from homeware brand, House Curious.

10th September 2019 by Tori

A Weekend at Romany
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A Weekend at Romany

Romany was without a doubt exactly what we both needed for some R&R, and to spend quality time together without any need to be anywhere else in the world.

5th September 2019 by Joe

A Magic Moment at Northcott Beach House
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A Magic Moment at Northcott Beach House

Alone on top of the cliffs is the perfect location for a big family getaway or private wedding. The big fenced garden offers a dreamy spot for both sea view ceremonies and al fresco receptions above the waves.

29th August 2019 by Andrea

Getaway to the Green
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Getaway to the Green

Escaping the electric pace of the everyday world around us is something that we all crave, allowing us to take a step back and the historic game of golf has been a soothing tool utilised by many for generations.

19th August 2019 by Daniel

Honeymooning by the sea
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Honeymooning by the sea

Photographer Lloyd Evans and his new wife find post-wedding bliss at a Scandinavian-style beach house in Porthleven, Cornwall.

15th August 2019 by Lloyd

A Fairytale Stay at The Fable
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A Fairytale Stay at The Fable

It’s so exciting when you arrive, isn’t it? The Fable really felt like home from the second we stepped in. We adored the vintage farmhouse interior and felt so cosy and looked after.

7th August 2019 by Lila

Britain´s Best Journeys
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Britain´s Best Journeys

There is more to this island nation than one could ever imagine, if only you would take a moment to look beyond the well-trodden and explore further than where the guidebooks lead. We explore the country’s greatest journeys, by foot, rail, car and water.

31st July 2019 by Lauren

Wander Wiltshire this Summer
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Wander Wiltshire this Summer

In the lead up to and during the summer months, the words on everyone’s lips seem to be all about the seaside, coast and sandcastles. But if you´d much rather turn away from the clamouring beach crowds and bound merrily off into the wild, we´ve got the perfect place.

25th July 2019 by Robyn

Pop Culture Pilgrimages
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Pop Culture Pilgrimages

Television dramas have a way of completely consuming us, resulting in night-long Netflix binges and wondering what inspired such a story or dreaming of what it would be like to step into it, even for just a second.

18th July 2019 by Tori

Indulge in a Digital Detox
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Indulge in a Digital Detox

Counter those days hunched over a keyboard in one of our remotest homes across the United Kingdom, where the WiFi is often weak at best and soul-lifting escapes in nature are guaranteed.

10th July 2019 by Lauren

Haute Bohemian
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Haute Bohemian

The bohemians of the 70s channelled freedom and hope into their interiors and, following a revival on the catwalk last year, the era is making a firm come-back in high-end homeware. No avocado bathroom suites here though; think soft curves, lustrous velvets and big on botanicals.

1st July 2019 by Lauren

Meet The Maker – East London Parasols
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Meet The Maker – East London Parasols

East London Parasols blend modern-day design with age-old traditions from the colourful lands of India and Indonesia, to create fun and flamboyant one-off pieces. Founder Lucy Ferguson tells the story behind her unique brand.

27th June 2019 by Francesca

Escape The City
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Escape The City

Today, we round up our top homestays around an hour’s drive from London, yet worlds away from city life where deadlines and tube delays are swapped for fresh, countryside air and afternoon naps.

19th June 2019 by Tori

The Local´s Guide to Cornwall
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The Local´s Guide to Cornwall

With wild moorland and sweeping golden beaches, Cornwall is as diverse and it is divine. We talk to local home owners about what they think makes Cornwall so unique.

12th June 2019 by Daniel

Brave Travel
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Brave Travel

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

1st June 2019 by Lauren

Baby on Board
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Baby on Board

Today we talk to Melanie, Mum to the beautiful Benji, about the joys, challenges and top tips of travelling with a baby on board.

29th May 2019 by Tori

Birthday Celebrations at Scarlet Hall
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Birthday Celebrations at Scarlet Hall

We were warmly welcomed by Chris with Gail´s freshly baked chocolate cake and scones awaiting us! As well as such delights as artisan bread, local cheeses and Prosecco - it was the beginning of a very special time for us all.

22nd May 2019 by Maureen

Great British Vineyards
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Great British Vineyards

With almost 600 vineyards spreading across our green and pleasant lands, oenophiles no longer need to travel to France or Argentina to wander through vines to sip zingy fizzes or rich reds.

17th May 2019 by Lauren

The Greatest Summer Festivals of 2019
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The Greatest Summer Festivals of 2019

It’s time to dust off those Wellingtons, unpack the fascinators and plan your summer entirely on a jam-packed calendar of al fresco events. When it comes to summer festivals, the UK pulls out all the stops, and from sophisticated affairs to wild weekends, there’s a choice for every interest.

9th May 2019 by Tori

Wild Escapes
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Wild Escapes

With such inspiring landscapes spanning the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and a planet in the depths of a climate emergency, we ask one very important question; is international travel really a necessity?

1st May 2019 by Lauren

Sea Air and Salty Dogs
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Sea Air and Salty Dogs

There is a little corner of the East Sussex coast, just a little jaunt from the bright lights of London that sits happily on the seafront offering a quiet weekend of pared back designer homes, lengthy strolls, and evenings on the back porch.

24th April 2019 by Tracy

Cuddle in a Cake with Newquay´s Jam Jar Jess
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Cuddle in a Cake with Newquay´s Jam Jar Jess

This month we welcomed Jam Jar Jess to our modern rustic paradise, The Hide, to shoot her latest recipe of stem ginger, lemon and turmeric loaf.

17th April 2019 by Jess

A Culinary Retreat in the Quantock Hills
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A Culinary Retreat in the Quantock Hills

When it came to Valentine’s weekend this year, we wanted to celebrate by offering guests something that would last far longer than a dozen roses. Instead, we teamed up with culinary vacation experts Stirred Travel, who specialise in the nation’s first love.

12th April 2019 by Francesca

Modern Feminine
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Modern Feminine

This year we’re seeing fresh feminine hues and soft fabrics bring a touch of woman to our homes; where once there was grey is now emblazoned with floral prints, where there was navy is now pastel in shade.

1st April 2019 by Lauren

On the Vintage Trail at Hollyhocks
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On the Vintage Trail at Hollyhocks

What a dreamy weekend! I had the absolute pleasure of staying in Hollyhocks recently, where I indulged in my passion for all things vintage, reclaimed, reused and pre-loved.

28th March 2019 by Tracy

A Whimsical Wedding at Winterfell
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A Whimsical Wedding at Winterfell

This was our first encounter of a Unique Homes Stays property and we were completely blown away by Winterfell; it’s majestic name didn’t let it down and we were so excited to see what our wedding clients, Lindsay and Matt, had planned for their day.

22nd March 2019 by Silver

A Relaxing Reading Retreat at Scarlet Hall
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A Relaxing Reading Retreat at Scarlet Hall

I have been dreaming of hosting a reading retreat ever since the launch of my small book business, but trying to find a property which ticks all the boxes necessary was proving to be quite a difficult task. That was until I discovered Scarlet Hall.

12th March 2019 by Katy

The World is Your Oyster at Skyros
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The World is Your Oyster at Skyros

Even after driving through peaceful Schull until the sight of the sea was clear and far-reaching, I was completely unprepared for the tranquility that awaited me at Skyros. 

8th March 2019 by Tracy

Homes of The Makers
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Homes of The Makers

To enter an artist’s residence is to enter another’s creative mind. Experiencing day-to-day life in the home of a creator lends a feeling that transcends simply viewing their work on a wall. This month we delve inside dwellings that act as galleries, studios and inspiration for the artisans who call them home.

1st March 2019 by Francesca

Get Outside in Dartmoor National Park
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Get Outside in Dartmoor National Park

South West England’s largest expanse of wilderness hides a treasure trove of lush valleys, ancient woodlands and secret wild-swimming pools hidden beneath the watchful eye of electric blue dragonflies. Captivating and addictive, Dartmoor National Park will drag you back again and again.

21st February 2019 by Lauren

Luxury Homes for the Cheltenham Race Festival
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Luxury Homes for the Cheltenham Race Festival

Hat wearing, Champagne drinking and gripping horse races, the Cheltenham Festival has become one of the most prestigious events in any socialite’s calendar. Top it all off with a cherry on top of an already rather decadent cake with a luxury homestay just a short distance away.

15th February 2019 by Lauren

Haute Hibernation
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Haute Hibernation

The hunt is on for that all-inspiring location in which hunker down and admire the winter wonderland scenery all around. From mountain hideaways to white-washed yoga retreats by the sea, we round-up the best boltholes to book this Spring.

4th February 2019 by Francesca

A Birthday Bolthole
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A Birthday Bolthole

Sitting proudly along the coastal path overlooking Trevaunance Cove is Sea Cabin, our home for the weekend and the most wonderful bolthole making the most of the inside and outside space, perfect for a couple and a dog.

29th January 2019 by Ben

6 Wedding Trends to Inspire in 2019
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6 Wedding Trends to Inspire in 2019

Weddings are always exciting, but with 2019’s trends promising an explosion of colour and personalisation, the coming year is set to blow the wedding experience right out of the water.

29th January 2019 by Lauren

Unconventional Love
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Unconventional Love

Love deserves more than a wilting bunch of flowers picked up from the train station in a rush on the way home from work; it deserves sipping the finest red wine by glowing candlelight followed by long lie ins under thick French linens.

25th January 2019 by Lauren

Celebrate Burns Night in Style
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Celebrate Burns Night in Style

Year after year, tributes are paid to the cultural icon Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet and lyricist. Renowned as the pioneer of the Romantic poetry movement, our Scottish love nests are the perfect space to gather together for cosy celebrations amongst the most awe-inspiring settings hidden deep within this majestic land.

14th January 2019 by Charlotte

Make 2019 a Year to Remember
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Make 2019 a Year to Remember

Here we list our favourite boltholes which really pack some punch with personality, where long hikes and daring adventures are expected and the opportunity to really live is presented. The perfect beginning to 2019!

31st December 2018 by Lauren

Joules Christmas Photoshoot at Wishbone
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Joules Christmas Photoshoot at Wishbone

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wishbone ensured that it was the perfect backdrop to host a traditional Yuletide. With its rustic charm, bucolic style and roaring log burner there truly is nowhere better to host a small intimate Christmas.

17th December 2018 by Daniel

Decorating Your Home For Christmas
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Decorating Your Home For Christmas

From twinkling fairy lights to festive scented candles and foraged finds, Interior Designer Siobhan Hayles shares her three top tips on how to decorate holiday homes this Christmas.

10th December 2018 by Siobhan

Hideaway in the Highlands This Winter
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Hideaway in the Highlands This Winter

With the last of mainland Britain’s great wilderness crammed into its rather compact territory, Scotland harbours a landscape which remains loyal to its ancient, spectacular and turbulent past.

29th November 2018 by Lauren

Wedding Photographer Claudia Rose Carter | The Parsonage
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Wedding Photographer Claudia Rose Carter | The Parsonage

Set amidst a milieu of 12 acres of magical gardens, this grand Grade II listed country home makes for a truly stunning wedding venue. Photographer Claudia Rose Carter shares her images of a recent celebration hosted within the clipped topiary grounds.

21st November 2018 by Charlotte

A Winter Weekend at Libertine
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A Winter Weekend at Libertine

Poldark´s Eleanor Tomlinson spends her final days filming for the BBC drama series with a stay at Libertine near the coastal town of Perranporth.

14th November 2018 by Eleanor

Embracing Autumn at Maberly
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Embracing Autumn at Maberly

We arrived at Maberly when the first threats of an autumn storm were beginning to lick at the fallen leaves. Hurrying inside before the rain began to fall, we were immediately enveloped in the house’s charm and glamorous intimacy.

6th November 2018 by Lauren

A Cottage for all Seasons
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A Cottage for all Seasons

Just an hour from the bustling streets of Dublin, tucked away in the trees on the calm shores of Lough Ree, sits the haven that is Walden Lakehouse. Not once did I turn to a television, but instead curled up with a book in the sunshine, letting the serenity of the wild wash over me.

31st October 2018 by Tracy

The Wonders of Whitsand Bay
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The Wonders of Whitsand Bay

Press Officer, Daniel speaks with Tempest owner Tina to find out how she transformed a flimsy wooden hut with a tin roof into a luxury self-catering cliff-side home.

30th October 2018 by Daniel

A Whimsical Elopement Wedding
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A Whimsical Elopement Wedding

I’ve always had a soft spot for Unique Home Stays properties. It was a blissful birthday weekend away at a Unique Home Stay cottage that convinced my partner and I to move to Cornwall in the first place. So when it came to choosing a venue to shoot imagery for my new wedding planning business, I knew where to go.

26th October 2018 by Fern

Unique Homestays Autumn Get Together
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Unique Homestays Autumn Get Together

We gathered together with Unique Home Stays’ friends and owners for an evening of delicious morsels and sweet tipples to celebrate the end of the season at rock´n´roll country home, Pearl´s Place.

22nd October 2018 by Lauren

Mid-Century Chic
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Mid-Century Chic

Press Officer, Daniel speaks with Walden Lakehouse owner Egon to find out how he transformed his family cabin into Ireland´s Home of the Year.

12th October 2018 by Daniel

The Best Places to Celebrate Bonfire Night
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The Best Places to Celebrate Bonfire Night

Before our minds get lost in a whirlwind of Christmas markets and present shopping, we remember that the 5th of November is just a few weeks away. With impressive fireworks set to blaze across our landscapes, we share our favourite bonfire night displays and the properties to enjoy them from.

8th October 2018 by Charlotte

Luxury Homes for a Christmas Break
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Luxury Homes for a Christmas Break

From large homes which can accommodate the whole family and the Christmas feasts that go along with them to small, romantic boltholes far from the hustle of bad traffic and small-talk, we’ve got a luxury home stay to suit every flavour this Christmas.

1st October 2018 by Lauren

TukTuk to Turkey – Unique Homestays gets involved
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TukTuk to Turkey – Unique Homestays gets involved

Trekking 273 miles along the Cornwall South West Coast Path, the Unique Homestays team are raising money to support our owner´s (Rachel and Bharat of Zamani) TukTuk to Turkey Voyage in aid of SUDEP Action - a charity very close to their hearts.

26th September 2018 by Francesca

The English Eccentric
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The English Eccentric

Unique Home Stays gives you exclusive access inside the lives and homes of inspirational, eclectic and ingenious individuals by handing you the keys to their absurdly beautiful abodes.

14th September 2018 by Francesca

Gather Together this October Half Term
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Gather Together this October Half Term

In a season where spiced lattes, welly boots and mum´s roast dinner reigns above all else, gather the brood in one of our large family-friendly self-catering homes this October half term.

14th September 2018 by Lauren

Milly in the Moontide
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Milly in the Moontide

Eager to escape the smog and endlessly increasing temperatures of London Milly decided to book a mini staycation with a friend to Moontide, the perfect escape from the grind of daily life. Just what the doctor ordered for two busy women with a never-ending to do lists.

5th September 2018 by Milly

English Country Escapes
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English Country Escapes

Embodying all that is English about England, the counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset offer a myriad of opportunities to experience pretty village culture, long hikes in the hills, cider drinking and of course, Glastonbury Festival.

27th August 2018 by Lauren

Vegan Shortbread With Jam Jar Jess
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Vegan Shortbread With Jam Jar Jess

This week, we invited Jess from Newquay´s Jam Jar Café to our rustic retreat Firefly. This rough luxe woodcutter´s cabin was the perfect backdrop for her to create delicious vegan shortbread decorated with edible flowers. Read on to discover Jess´ recipe.

20th August 2018 by Jess

Remote Luxury
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Remote Luxury

For us, romance and remoteness go hand in hand. The anticipation of driving into the hinterland solo, or with a loved one, is matched only by the triumph of finding your destination and feeling blissfully far from the madding crowds. We round-up the best secluded hideaway escapes.

9th August 2018 by Francesca

Art for Homes
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Art for Homes

There’s no set formula to what makes a Unique Home Stay and sourcing artwork for such individualistic homes can be a challenge. We asked CIRCLE Contemporary gallery to select a few of their favourite pieces and the homes in which they’d showcase them.

6th August 2018 by Jess

A Midweek Home from Home at the Limit
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A Midweek Home from Home at the Limit

Peeking out between the wild rhubarb, The Limit’s approach alone gives a sense of wonder, the feeling of being alone, finally, in this busy world of ours. The greatest part? Here there was no sound other than the birds, the sea, the wind whispering across the dunes.

27th July 2018 by Lauren

Summer Stories of The Stack
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Summer Stories of The Stack

It’s Friday the 13th July and Britain continues to bake in the longest heatwave since ´76. With not a drop of rain in the long range forecast, this weekend called for nothing but sea swimming and milling around in the Cornish sunshine.

20th July 2018 by Francesca

The Art of Disconnecting in Ireland
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The Art of Disconnecting in Ireland

In a world of smart phones and computer screens the world can feel both big and scarily small, but nothing can compare to exploring nature in all its raw beauty. We embraced this and more at the beautiful Skyros in Schull.

13th July 2018 by Ebony

Wales, Where all that Glitters is Gold
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Wales, Where all that Glitters is Gold

A culture deeply rooted in folklore and fiction, a mountainous landscape dominated by greys and greens and a language which fiercely distinguishes this Celtic nation from any other; Wales packs more beauty and personality into its compact mass of land than it would seem possible.

6th July 2018 by Lauren

Discover Poldark’s Cornwall
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Discover Poldark’s Cornwall

Handsome looks, dramatic lives and sweeping Cornish vistas; Poldark certainly knows how to showcase the best of Cornwall. Run away for a Cornish break to colourful moorland and turquoise waters hidden in secret, hard-to-get-to coves.

8th June 2018 by Lauren

The Hills are Alive
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The Hills are Alive

There´s something about life in the hills that truly makes one´s heart sing. We´ve searched high and low, throughout fells and valleys, to find Britain’s most inspiring cottages and hideaways. Flee the crowds and journey into the hills and far away.

8th June 2018 by Francesca

The Pursuit of Hoppiness
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The Pursuit of Hoppiness

Recently, I spoke with The Hop Store owner Lesley to find out a little more about one of the last remaining hop farms in the UK, how they came to acquire it and more information about the local area.

1st June 2018 by Daniel

Wedding Photographer Joab Smith | The Lost Orangery
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Wedding Photographer Joab Smith | The Lost Orangery

Based in Somerset yet capturing magical weddings across the UK, wedding photographer Joab Smith gives us an insight into of his most recent weddings at The Lost Orangery.

18th May 2018 by Joab

Exploring Cornwall’s Hidden Corner
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Exploring Cornwall’s Hidden Corner

Often overlooked by the masses, and all the better for it, Whitsand Bay and its four miles of gorgeous golden beaches and huge cliffs spread across the southeastern coast of Cornwall.

14th May 2018 by Lauren

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Ireland
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A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Ireland

Run away to the Emerald Isle where giant cliffs fall from the sky to the sea, clouds sit heavy in mountain valleys and colourful villages dot the landscape.

23rd April 2018 by Lauren

A Sanctuary of Style
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A Sanctuary of Style

Home Stay Specialist Kelly, talks to The Sanctuary owners Juliette and Tom to find out a little more about the property, local area and how their first few months with Unique Home Stays has been.

16th April 2018 by Hattie

Family Escapes for May Half Term Breaks
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Family Escapes for May Half Term Breaks

With May half term and the promise of sun just around the corner, it´s time to kick off those shoes and recline into a week of downtime. Read on to discover a collection of beautiful, exceptional escapes available for all the family.

10th April 2018 by Lauren

Relaxation and Rejuvenation
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Relaxation and Rejuvenation

You don’t simply escape when staying in this unique home, in fact, you absorb, embrace and connect with it. Thank you Aquila for helping us find ourselves again - James McVey

2nd April 2018 by James

Go Large or Go Home
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Go Large or Go Home

From stately manor houses to artsy party pads complete with disco balls and indoor pools, we round-up the best big houses that can be exclusively yours.

28th March 2018 by Francesca

Unique Wedding Trends for 2018
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Unique Wedding Trends for 2018

Tying the knot this year? We tell you six things you’ll want to know when it comes to planning your wedding day of dreams. From this year’s hottest venues to timeless décor with a difference; we’ve got your unique wedding covered.

27th March 2018 by Francesca

Easter Eats
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Easter Eats

Considered one of the best delicacies in the British vegetable world, Asparagus will soon be hitting the shelves of farm shops and supermarkets across the nation. In-house chef Joe Draper gives us his tips on the spring green, just in time for its prime season!

19th March 2018 by Joe

Wedding Photographers James and Lianne | Figtree House
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Wedding Photographers James and Lianne | Figtree House

Yorkshire based wedding photography duo James and Lianne share their experience capturing a beautifully rustic wedding at Figree House, set within 17 acres of rolling Cumbrian countryside.

14th March 2018 by James and Lianne

Unique Homestays Springtime Soirée
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Unique Homestays Springtime Soirée

This week saw owners and friends of Unique Homestays come together for a merry old time at Somerset´s favourite party house, Bohème.

9th March 2018 by Francesca

A Quiet Place Somewhere
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A Quiet Place Somewhere

Because sometimes you just need that quiet place somewhere. To wake up on Friday morning, pack the essentials and disappear off the radar.

5th March 2018 by Francesca

The Story of Skyros
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The Story of Skyros

Property Owner Consultant Harriet talks to Lyons, the owner of Skyros in West Cork to learn a little more about his unique Irish home and why he loves the area so much.

20th February 2018 by Harriet

Photographer Owen Howells | Weddings at Florin
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Photographer Owen Howells | Weddings at Florin

Professional wedding photographer Owen Howells tells us about his experience capturing weddings at Florin, our magical Welsh wedding venue near New Quay.

14th February 2018 by Owen

Easter Holiday Destinations
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Easter Holiday Destinations

With spring now a beacon of light on the horizon, we round up the best destinations to enjoy what´s arguably Britain´s most beautiful season. Read on to discover a unique, hand-picked collection of luxury homes available for your extraordinary Easter escapes.

7th February 2018 by Charlotte

New Wedding Venues for 2018
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New Wedding Venues for 2018

Since Kensington Palace announced that the most high profile wedding of the year is due to take place this May, we’ve been royally buzzing with excitement! Here we exclusively unveil our new collection of magical wedding venues for couples looking to tie the knot in 2018 in style.

1st February 2018 by Charlotte

Key Design Trends For 2018
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Key Design Trends For 2018

Devon based interior designer Siobhan Hayles gives us her take on key trends to look out for in 2018, along with tips on how best they can be weaved into your home.

24th January 2018 by Siobhan

The Ultimate Garden Wedding
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The Ultimate Garden Wedding

Are you planning a luxury UK garden wedding in 2018, perhaps inspired by beautiful destinations such as the romantic Provence or the Tuscan hills?

16th January 2018 by Christina

The Best Events in 2018
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The Best Events in 2018

From art exhibitions and quirky age-old village traditions to festivals of music, literature and food, the British social calendar boasts a vast and colourful programme of events this year. We round up our favourites and showcase the very best luxury accommodation within easy reach.

15th January 2018 by Charlotte

Holidays for Lovers
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Holidays for Lovers

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon there is no better time to organise a special break away with the one, or few, you love. Whether a romantic couples’ retreat or country house with all your besties, this unique collection of homes promise a February 14th to remember.

10th January 2018 by Hattie

Bucket List Destinations For 2018
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Bucket List Destinations For 2018

In need of a stimulating staycation? From the shimmering shores of the Lake District to the chalky cliffs of Dorset´s Jurassic Coast, you´ll find our private homes in the most extraordinary locations. We reveal our favourite destinations for an unforgettable holiday on home turf.

3rd January 2018 by Charlotte

Atlanta in the Autumn
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Atlanta in the Autumn

I was going to stay at Atlanta, the latest property arrival to join the Unique Home Stays portfolio. Overhanging the cliff at Freathy, Atlanta flaunts a stunning seascape over the fine sands of Whitsand Bay and out onto the horizon beyond - a fine treat for a weekend away with my plus one!

6th December 2017 by Amy

Holidaying in the South Hams
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Holidaying in the South Hams

There’s no denying that the diverse county of Devon offers a divine sense of freedom for all who cross its craggy border. Closer than Cornwall but still far, far away from the buzz of the capital, this holiday hotspot is a haven for relaxation. We headed to one of Devon´s dreamiest destinations: the South Hams.

30th November 2017 by Francesca

A Unique Christmas
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A Unique Christmas

Fancy waking up on the 25th of December to the roaring sound of the winter ocean, a snow-capped Scottish mountain view or perhaps a mystical countryside landscape? The possibilities are endless with Unique Home Stays. We round up some homes which still have Christmas availability – but hurry! We don’t think they’ll be free for long!

28th November 2017 by Hattie

The Best Party Houses to Rent for New Year
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The Best Party Houses to Rent for New Year

Whether you’re plotting a cosy New Year just for two, or a raucous affair for a few… we’ve rounded up the best private homes available for your New Year’s celebrations.

20th November 2017 by Francesca

A Weekend at Serpentine
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A Weekend at Serpentine

When my friends and I had the opportunity for a weekend getaway at Serpentine there was not a moment’s hesitation; supplies were packed, cars were fuelled, and we converged on the property from Cornwall, London, and the Midlands.

20th November 2017 by Rewan

The Cosiest Cottages for Winter
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The Cosiest Cottages for Winter

Blustery walks, roaring open fires and delicious hampers stuffed with seasonal goodies should be just what the doctor orders as the temperature drops. Pack your wellingtons but leave the shovel at home, there´s nowhere else you´d rather be snowed in than at these luxury holiday cottages.

8th November 2017 by Francesca

Night Coasteering
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Night Coasteering

Newquay Activity Centre kindly invited The Unique Home Stays team to go night coasteering as a pre-Halloween treat under the shimmering moonlight.

31st October 2017 by Rewan

The Only Two People In The World
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The Only Two People In The World

Turning off the country road and onto Wishbone’s long drive the two of us began to feel the magic happening. Rows of autumn trees offered their amber salutes as we pressed on, going through the gate, and pulling up outside the stables where a friendly nose poked inquisitively out of the window.

13th October 2017 by Rewan

Banish the Beige and Make Space for Metallics
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Banish the Beige and Make Space for Metallics

There´s nothing wrong with playing it safe and focusing your décor scheme around neutrals. Don’t opt for any old neutrals however - be bold and banish the beige, instead choosing metallics branded the ‘new neutrals’ by the likes of Elle Décor. Read on to discover homes that have fully embraced the trend.

19th September 2017 by Charlotte

Unique Home Stays Garden Party
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Unique Home Stays Garden Party

This month we came together with owners and friends of Unique Home Stays for our annual end-of-summer gathering, hosted at the oh-so-gorgeous Valentina´s Lost Orangery.

12th September 2017 by Francesca

Autumnal Escapes
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Autumnal Escapes

Here at Unique Home Stays, we love nothing more than revelling in the beauty of Britain´s ever-changing seasons. As we fall into Autumn and ponder how summer seemed to slip by so quickly, we showcase the best in British staycations this season.

8th September 2017 by Helen

Our Top Five Dog-Friendly Destinations
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Our Top Five Dog-Friendly Destinations

Whilst we’re sure to miss the joys of summer (dry fur and no muddy footprints!), there’s no better time to embark on an autumnal break. We’ve rounded up our top five dog-friendly destinations to inspire your next getaway with your four-legged friends in tow.

7th September 2017 by Charlotte

The Making of Ellesmera Mill
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The Making of Ellesmera Mill

Stylist and interior designer Siobhan Hayles explains how she worked with the property owner of an enchanted old mill, sourcing furnishings from far and wide, to inject new life into this beautifully unique Devon home.

4th September 2017 by Siobhan

Clapper Bridge Cottage
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Clapper Bridge Cottage

We have long been lovers of Cornwall but with so many unique destinations to explore, we had never found the perfect area to live... until now! Our captivating stay at Clapper Bridge Cottage changed this and now our hearts belong to The Lizard Peninsula.

29th August 2017 by Mike

All-White Living
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All-White Living

Baring the nation’s unwavering love for neutrals, the pared-back aesthetic has dominated the design world over recent years. From the rustically white-washed to the whimsically romantic, we explore the depths and diversity of the white-on-white home trend.

15th August 2017 by Francesca

Eat, Stay, Live (Like a Local)
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Eat, Stay, Live (Like a Local)

Ditch the well-worn tourist trail and embrace life like a local when you stay with Unique Home Stays by following our top tips to ensure you’re fully immersed in Britain’s hidden beauty.

15th August 2017 by Helen

Our Top Five Romantic Boltholes For Two
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Our Top Five Romantic Boltholes For Two

Today marks the start of Re-kindle Romance Week and with Valentine´s Day a forgotten six months ago, what better reason to plot a romantic escape for two? Rediscover each other and relish the excitement that an indulgent couples´ escape can bring.

14th August 2017 by Charlotte

Britain´s Best Holiday Homes for Foodies
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Britain´s Best Holiday Homes for Foodies

We round-up four unique self-catering homes with the best kitchens for foodies. From sleek and sophisticated to romantically rustic, these luxury kitchens are anything but kitsch.

17th July 2017 by Hattie

Interiors in Bloom
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Interiors in Bloom

As well as being ultra-feminine, floral prints are a fine way to bring the great British outdoors in. Injecting the season’s blooms into your interior scheme can create an air of summer romance all year round. These homes show how flower power interiors are done best.

13th July 2017 by Francesca

The Living is Easy
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The Living is Easy

If you could imagine a quaint English village nestled on the banks of a Swallows and Amazon-esque river then you would have this little slice of paradise summed up perfectly. The creek upon which Beauport sits ebbs away at low tide revealing a walkway across to neighbouring Noss Mayo, making this the most wonderful destination for my recent staycation.

21st June 2017 by Hattie

Instagrammable Escapes
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Instagrammable Escapes

Just like promenading along seaside boulevards in the Victorian times, online posing is the sport of this decade. To keep all your social media followers swooning over your holiday snaps, we’ve hand-picked the most photogenic escapes for this summer.

9th June 2017 by Francesca

Top 10 Things to do near The Lizard
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Top 10 Things to do near The Lizard

From hidden coves to tranquil gardens and rumbustious affairs, we´ve put together our top 10 things to do when holidaying near the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.

9th June 2017 by Charlotte

Dive into Summer
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Dive into Summer

With spring well into your step, dive into the new season with a splash by organising a staycation at a luxury holiday home with swimming pool this summer.

2nd June 2017 by Helen

Horticultural Homes
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Horticultural Homes

With RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 in full swing, we have lost ourselves ogling at the colourful explosion of darling dahlias, carefully curated clematis and edible kitchen gardens. Here we round up the Unique Home Stays for garden loves, affording you the chance to enjoy a little slice of the UK´s best green spaces too.

24th May 2017 by Hattie

Going Solo
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Going Solo

It doesn’t have to be a gap year or sabbatical, a long weekend or short break can be enough to reset and recharge. Going solo often means a little self-discovery too – what will you pick on the menu with no fear of potential food envy? What radio station will you choose to sing along to on your journey?

12th May 2017 by Hattie

Celtic and Co Spring 2017 Shoot at Whimplestone
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Celtic and Co Spring 2017 Shoot at Whimplestone

Celtic & Co shoot their beautiful Spring 2017 collection at Whimplestone in the verdant Tamar Valley.

10th May 2017 by Emma

Sitting Pretty
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Sitting Pretty

The occasional chair: as the name suggests, not an entirely essential home furnishing. But if there’s one piece that can transform a living space from standard to statement then it’s one of these. Here’s a selection of Unique Home Stays showing how it’s done best.

5th May 2017 by Francesca

The Best British Homestays with Hot Tubs
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The Best British Homestays with Hot Tubs

Unique Home Stays offer the most rejuvenating breaks imaginable in beautiful locations stretching from the Scottish Highlands right down to the Cornish coast. We’ve picked ten tantalising homestays with hot tubs, so plot your unique escape to get your hot tub fix!

4th May 2017 by Helen

The House With The Round Window
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The House With The Round Window

Over four years ago I was looking on Pinterest for an idea about decorating and came across a photo of a bedroom with crisp white sheets and a view of the blue ocean through a perfect round window. I fell in love and that photo became my screen saver for years.

18th April 2017 by Timathea

Farm Shop Fodder
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Farm Shop Fodder

You will often find the guys and gals from Unique HQ exploring the country in search of the best farm fodder so we’re ‘in the know’ when our guests want advice on stocking up for their self-catering holidays - it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it! We’ve rounded up our favourites so you don’t miss out.

12th April 2017 by Hattie

Hero Headboards
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Hero Headboards

Statement headboards play a key feature in today’s most impressive bedrooms, adding an undeniable element of excitement to any sleeping space. Here we showcase the most daring, seductive and OTT beds on the Unique Home Stays portfolio.

28th March 2017 by Francesca

Hello Spring
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Hello Spring

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.

21st March 2017 by Charlotte

Holidaying on Home Turf
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Holidaying on Home Turf

Flanked by flower-clad cliffs and crooked fisherman’s cottages, Boscastle is impossibly photogenic. There’s always been a ‘magic’ about the village. Having grown up here as a child, when Aphrodite joined the portfolio it was the most perfect excuse to visit my old haunt.

15th March 2017 by Francesca

The Bulrushes
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The Bulrushes

Interior Designer Siobhan Hayles explains the unusual inspiration behind our old flour mill´s recent makeover, in the latest striking Unique Home Stays interiors revamp.

8th March 2017 by Siobhan

Be Our Guest! Stay in this Exclusive Beauty and The Beast-Style Castle
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Be Our Guest! Stay in this Exclusive Beauty and The Beast-Style Castle

The live action release of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast will be hitting theatres on March 17th, but it´s not the talking candelabras that’s captured our attention, it´s that wondrous castle in all its majesty that makes this particular romance an unforgettable tale, as old as time.

28th February 2017 by Melanie

Can You Spot the Changes in our Moontide Makeover House Tour?
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Can You Spot the Changes in our Moontide Makeover House Tour?

Here at Unique Home Stays we love nothing more than a dazzling interiors revival. This month there was a flurry of excitement when the new photographs of one of our favourite luxury lovenests Moontide arrived. Join us for a house tour of the Moontide makeover.

23rd February 2017 by Melanie

Family Time at Infinity
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Family Time at Infinity

After a busy festive season we needed a break! As soon as January was upon us, we decided on a family holiday to Cornwall - always our destination of choice. Yes, it´s lovely to bask on the beach and eat as much ice cream as possible, but visiting outside the peak months meant there were quite different delights to uncover.

17th February 2017 by Tony

A Unique Valentine´s Day
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A Unique Valentine´s Day

There is one particularly auspicious, heart-fluttering day that leaps from our calendar this month; The 14th of February is the day to celebrate love, so dare we ask what you’ve got planned? Why not whisk your beloved beau away for a little luxury this year?

8th February 2017 by Melanie

Spring Greens
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Spring Greens

As the key trends for 2017 are announced to the nation, there´s none stirring quite the amount of interest in the interior design world as that of Pantone´s Colour Of The Year. We take a look at our luxury homestays with greenery-inspired interiors, giving you the opportunity to stay in the UK´s most on-trend homes this year.

20th January 2017 by Francesca

2017 Bucket List
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2017 Bucket List

With 2017 being predicted to be “the year of self-love”, there’s no better way to embrace the top trend than with the self-gift of travel. We’ve compiled a list of the UK’s top five destinations for 2017 so whether you’re a solo traveller, luxury-loving couple or adrenaline-fuelled family, we’ve got your bucket list covered.

15th January 2017 by Hattie

Home Stay Specialist Kelly Gets to Know Galleon
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Home Stay Specialist Kelly Gets to Know Galleon

Kelly caught up with Nikki, the owner of luxury homestay Galleon to find out a little more about her home and inspiration behind the retro coastal interiors.

12th January 2017 by Hattie

From The Vamps to The Wilds
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From The Vamps to The Wilds

Nestled up in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons is the most delectable barn conversion offering a two bed getaway haven.

11th January 2017 by James

Photographer Jessica Raphael | Weddings at The Lost Orangery
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Photographer Jessica Raphael | Weddings at The Lost Orangery

We invited professional Lifestyle photographer Jessica Raphael to tell us about her time shooting for Polly and Rob´s wedding at The Lost Orangery.

5th January 2017 by Jessica

Unique Wedding Venues for 2017
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Unique Wedding Venues for 2017

Did you get a sparkly diamond ring this Valentine´s Day? Picking your special venue is the first step to creating a truly unique occasion. Here is our pick of the most romantic wedding venues the UK has on offer - imagine the photographs!

30th December 2016 by Francesca

Behind The Scenes: Styling For Christmas
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Behind The Scenes: Styling For Christmas

That wonderful time of the year is fast approaching, when we gather with loved ones to enjoy laughter and good food. It’s a time for family traditions and memory making, so let’s keep things simple to ensure you don’t get your tinsel in a tangle! Styling for Christmas really doesn’t need to be complicated.

6th December 2016 by Hattie

Wandering Wild
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Wandering Wild

The greater the wilderness, the greater the revelations. Being in the back of beyond allows us to loosen the ties that bind us to the familiar world and rediscover the simple pleasures in life. Let these remote retreats inspire your next great escape, into the wild.

2nd December 2016 by Francesca

The Unique Gift Guide
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The Unique Gift Guide

Whoever you are treating this Christmas, give the gift of time together and the promise of new memories with loved ones. The Unique Home Stays gift voucher allows the lucky recipient to pick the escape of their dreams.

2nd December 2016 by Melanie

A Jolly Weekend In the Country
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A Jolly Weekend In the Country

We chose Bartholomew in Tresham for a short weekend stay earlier this Autumn, and we had the most wonderful time. The house and the location was everything we could have hoped for and more.

28th November 2016 by Anna

Cosy Pre-Christmas Escapes for Two
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Cosy Pre-Christmas Escapes for Two

The penultimate month is upon us! The clocks have turned back, we’re adjusting to the reality that 6pm bears resemblance to 10pm and what seems to have been a lengthy decent to Christmas has suddenly gained momentum, leaving us to ask the question - mid-November, how did you get here so fast?

15th November 2016 by Melanie

Nature´s Call to Get Cosy
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Nature´s Call to Get Cosy

As the autumnal darkness gently creeps in and the air turns cooler, there’s only one comfort that keeps me from booking a six month plane journey to finer climates and that’s my tradition of creating a warm cosy nest - safely burrowed indoors.

26th October 2016 by Melanie

Spellbinding Charity
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Spellbinding Charity

Hot tubs at dusk, snooker and movies into the evenings, good sounds, lounging around the fire enjoying convivial meals at the table. Everyone who stayed was reluctant to leave, all having completely fallen in love with the calm grandeur of the setting and Charity itself.

24th October 2016 by Ian

Three Have Fun in the Welsh Wilds
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Three Have Fun in the Welsh Wilds

Our Friday late afternoon arrival at The Wilds was full of eager anticipation, as we climbed the narrow mountain road before following the byway to the house, shimmering in the Autumn twilight within the folds of the mountains – we had finally reached the Welsh wilderness!

19th October 2016 by Paul

A Wonderful Stay At Mackerel Skies
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A Wonderful Stay At Mackerel Skies

We enjoyed a wonderful stay at Mackerel Skies in July. This holiday home was truly unique and proved to be our little oasis near the sea.

18th October 2016 by Anonymous

In-Vogue Homestays
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In-Vogue Homestays

To celebrate the centenary of the fashion bible, we’ve collated a selection of the most ‘Vogueish’ homestays on the Unique Home Stays portfolio. From a rustic, peacock-themed barn conversion to an orangery embellished with dripping chandeliers and lemon trees, take a look inside some of the UK’s most decadently stylish private homes.

11th October 2016 by Francesca

Unique Home Stays Turns 15!
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Unique Home Stays Turns 15!

Last weekend we celebrated Unique Home Stays´ 15th birthday, which topped off a stellar three months for the business. Staff and owners gathered for a merry evening of live music, canapés and Prosecco on tap.

5th October 2016 by Francesca

6 Artful Ways to Create Inspirational Spaces
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6 Artful Ways to Create Inspirational Spaces

So, you’ve found and renovated the perfect retreat, in the most beautiful place. It’s time to think about adding that extra little ‘bit of magic’ to share with those lucky enough to step inside. Here’s a few artful pointers to help give your prize home that final flourish of style…

26th September 2016 by Jen

Behind The Scenes with Celtic and Co at Firefly
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Behind The Scenes with Celtic and Co at Firefly

Shooting an Autumn catalogue during Spring, is always a challenge for us at Celtic. Not only can the weather can be unpredictable and changeable here in Cornwall - but everything about the location of the shoot needs to scream of the season we are trying to emulate, Firefly by Unique Home Stays was the perfect fit.

31st August 2016 by Emma

Delphin | A Scandi Style Cornish Coastal Hideaway
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Delphin | A Scandi Style Cornish Coastal Hideaway

“I’m sure it’s along here somewhere” I reassured my husband as we retraced our route back down the tiny Cornish cliff top lane we’d just driven along, because the first thing that strikes you on arriving at Delphin, is just how incredibly private it is.

15th August 2016 by Helen

A Jolly English Seaside Holiday
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A Jolly English Seaside Holiday

Never would I have thought I´d have the opportunity to stay in a WW2 guard tower but here I was, holidaying in one of the UK´s most unique and historical homes with my partner, and right on the seafront. How lucky we were!

10th August 2016 by Bryony

Mrs Duck and a Crayfish
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Mrs Duck and a Crayfish

You really can’t believe you are staying on an island, but that is exactly what you find when you arrive at Filly Island. It’s located in South Cerney; a truly picture perfect village set in the heart of the Cotswolds.

4th August 2016 by Hannah

An Ode to The British Countryside
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An Ode to The British Countryside

Following the referendum, the question of British Identity has been brought into focus, my weekend homestay in the glorious British Countryside was the perfect staycation, an opportunity to reconnect with the motherland, all from the comfort and luxury of a Cornish stone barn, aptly titled Somerby.

25th July 2016 by Melanie

Unique Surf Day
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Unique Surf Day

Despite our prim and preppy appearances, we like to think we’re quite the team of action women here at Unique Home Stays. So when Cornish Wave invited for some expert surf tuition (all in the name of guest recommendations), we quite literally jumped at the chance.

13th July 2016 by Francesca

What Makes A Unique Home Stay
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What Makes A Unique Home Stay

It’s no news that we pride ourselves on bringing you the most distinctive homes that the UK has on offer, but what exactly comprises a unique home stay?

5th July 2016 by Annabelle

The UK´s Top Ten Festivals Not To Be Missed
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The UK´s Top Ten Festivals Not To Be Missed

Ah, summer: the season of cocktail parties, royal regattas, and what Britain does best in my opinion – music festivals.

23rd June 2016 by Annabelle

Sugar Fame and African Style: Stories of Goldhorn Manor
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Sugar Fame and African Style: Stories of Goldhorn Manor

Once leased to Colonel Lyle (of Golden Syrup fame) for £1 per annum, our gorgeous Goldhorn Manor has a fascinating and colourful history. We stole a moment with owner Julia, who told us a little more about her very unique home.

20th June 2016 by Francesca

Solving The Riddle
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Solving The Riddle

The Riddle in the idyllic Dartmoor village of North Bovey is quite simply the most perfect thatched cottage. As I drove to my home for the weekend I couldn’t wait to explore every nook and cranny...

14th June 2016 by Bryony

A Bohemian Revival
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A Bohemian Revival

We´ve collated a collection of our most boho-chic homes to inspire your inner wanderer, adventurer, vagabond or gypsetter. Let us take you a luxury Bohemian adventure you won’t ever want to leave.

6th June 2016 by Francesca

An Intimate Wedding at The Lost Orangery
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An Intimate Wedding at The Lost Orangery

I was thrilled when Candice contacted me about arranging the wedding flowers for her special day which took place at The Lost Orangery.

31st May 2016 by Jill

Fascinating Lives of Incredibly Interesting People
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Fascinating Lives of Incredibly Interesting People

Our unique home owners are an enthralling collection of inspirational individuals who harbour the most fascinating stories and backgrounds.

24th May 2016 by Claire

A Cultured Weekend at Hummingbird House
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A Cultured Weekend at Hummingbird House

Five of us arrived on a glorious sunny May afternoon at the gates of Hummingbird House – a quick call on the buzzer and the wooden gates swung opened to reveal a stunning wisteria-clad Wealden farmhouse in the most glorious of settings

16th May 2016 by Paul

Viva la Wild Garlic!!
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Viva la Wild Garlic!!

Spring is officially here in the South West and our in-house chef Sam Rom couldn´t think of a better place to live. Viva la wild garlic!!

16th May 2016 by Sam

A Slice of Heaven in Dartmoor
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A Slice of Heaven in Dartmoor

As soon as I arrived it was easy to tell that Sojourn was designed with pure relaxation in mind, the owners had everything covered down to the smallest details and I could not wait to slip into luxury holiday mode.

12th May 2016 by Sarah

A Place for Friends to Reconnect and Rejuvenate
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A Place for Friends to Reconnect and Rejuvenate

Phillimores near Kingsbridge was the perfect place for friends to reconnect and rejuvenate

9th May 2016 by Claire

Four Go To Woolacombe
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Four Go To Woolacombe

The house was divine. Built in the 1930s, its position overlooking Woolacombe Bay was breathtaking. "Let´s explore!" exclaimed Juliana, as she turned the key in the lock and dashed down the hallway.

5th May 2016 by Trish

Coco Wolf Shoot at The Lost Orangery
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Coco Wolf Shoot at The Lost Orangery

In a recent collaboration with Holland and Sherry, my brief was to find a property that wasn´t too far from London, had beautiful gardens, backdrops, photo opportunities and a place to stay. The Lost Orangery ticked all of the boxes and more.

28th April 2016 by Rebecca

Made By Mouse
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Made By Mouse

We ask Mouse why she fell in love with this little island in the heart of the Cotswolds and what inspired the unique interiors of her kooky cottage Filly Island.

27th April 2016 by Mouse

Happy Birthday Ma´am!
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Happy Birthday Ma´am!

To celebrate the Queen´s 90th birthday, we explore beautiful private homes set in extraordinary locations where guests can experience what it’s like to live just like a queen (or king!).

19th April 2016 by Claire

1930´s Dreaming
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1930´s Dreaming

My return to work after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend was made somewhat sweeter on Friday when I was presented with the ultimate treat – a short break at The Limit in Holywell Bay! The Limit is a short 15 minute drive from our countryside offices and having previously only seen pictures of this quirky 1930’s home, I was really intrigued to see it in the flesh.

12th April 2016 by Hattie

Escape From The City
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Escape From The City

A weekend away at The Restoratory with friends was exactly what I needed for relaxation and rejuvenation. Coming down from London, we were on what felt like our own private beach in less than two hours – minus the hassle of airports and security queues.

12th April 2016 by Claudia

Arts and Crafts
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Arts and Crafts

We have lusted over the interiors at The Butlery and The Restoratory since they joined the Unique Home Stays portfolio three years ago. We recently grabbed a moment to chat with the owner and busy mum of two, Francesca, who told us a little more about the inspirations behind her exquisite renovation.

4th April 2016 by Hattie

A Luxury Break at Libertine
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A Luxury Break at Libertine

Since joining Unique Home Stays, Libertine was one of those properties that caught my eye right from day one with its wonderful interiors and brilliant location. So I was over the moon when I was invited to stay for a couple of nights!

1st April 2016 by Bryony

The Top Five Unique Places for Afternoon Tea in the UK
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The Top Five Unique Places for Afternoon Tea in the UK

Being advocates of all that is unique, we set ourselves the task of finding you the most unusual and downright spectacular places to enjoy afternoon tea in the UK and are delighted to present our findings

14th March 2016 by Claire

Twins That Travel visit Cornwall
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Twins That Travel visit Cornwall

This spring we invited popular travel blogging duo Twins That Travel to spend a cosy weekend in Cornwall. Just over four hours from London, with perfect hosts and a cosy wood burner for post-beach walks, what better place to match them to than The Little Charcuterie? Laura tells us all about her adventure.

11th March 2016 by Laura

Alice in Scandiland
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Alice in Scandiland

Cornwall is a pretty inspiring place to live with the moorland, coast and woodlands, three totally different worlds, all within easy reach of one another.

4th March 2016 by Alice

Magical Millook
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Magical Millook

I fell in love with The Beach Hut the first time I visited Millook back in 2013, with its small, dark pebbled cove sheltering below the geometric rock formations, it seemed other-worldy! Little did I know I would get the chance to stay myself one day very soon.

19th February 2016 by Hattie

Interiors to Knock Your Wellies Off
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Interiors to Knock Your Wellies Off

Tall, stylish and handsome, Burdock Fox is certainly a head turner. Owner of home interiors brand Rascal & Roses Verity Coleman explains how she gave this cool Castle Combe cottage a contemporary country look.

17th February 2016 by Verity

Wonders of Whitstable
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Wonders of Whitstable

This trendy seaside town on the Kent coast has long been a hot spot for Londoners looking for a weekend away without having to stray too far from the comforts of the city. Here we explore the wonders of Whitstable!

8th February 2016 by Claire

Leap Year Proposals
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Leap Year Proposals

Luxury love nests for your lucky leap year proposals.

3rd February 2016 by Francesca

The Story of Smuggler’s Cottage
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The Story of Smuggler’s Cottage

Owner of Smuggler’s Cottage, Simon, purchased the cottage following a stay with Unique Home Stays and having utterly fallen in love with Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsular. We chatted with Simon about how he found his dream home-from-home and why he decided to open its doors for others to enjoy.

2nd February 2016 by Francesca

Top Ten UK Surf Breaks
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Top Ten UK Surf Breaks

Surf´s up! We round up ten top UK surf breaks and showcase the best luxury coastal retreats which will provide that much needed R&R after a day riding the waves.

1st February 2016 by Annabelle

Our Stay at The Honey Pot
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Our Stay at The Honey Pot

I found this cottage on Unique Home Stays´ ´romantic hideaways for 2´ tab and instantly fell in love with The Honey Pot. It was picture perfect; so English, so adorable and so very Cotswolds.

21st January 2016 by Rebecca

Isle of Ewe Stardust
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Isle of Ewe Stardust

‘I love you’ rolls off the tongue almost by accident here; I can certainly recommend Stardust as the ideal destination to spend the days after your wedding, reminiscing, reflecting, relaxing in the perfectly placed hot tub, essentially wallowing in each other whilst the natural beauty of the west coast of Scotland lulls you back to normality. ‘Isle of Ewe’ Stardust ;-)

19th January 2016 by Zena

Cornish Charcuterie
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Cornish Charcuterie

When it comes to creating Unique Home Stays’ luxury welcome hampers, we hand-pick the best products on the market so that we can make our guests feel at home with a selection of the UK’s finest foodstuffs. We spoke to Kate from one of our longest running product providers, Cornish Charcuterie, to see what makes their products so special.

15th January 2016 by Francesca

Peacockish Interiors
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Peacockish Interiors

We talk to Siobhan Hayles, interior designer and owner of Peacock Blue, on the unique design and renovation process behind her exquisite Dartmoor holiday home.

14th January 2016 by Annabelle

A Unique Property Finding Service
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A Unique Property Finding Service

Whether you dream of owning a place where you and your family can escape the routine of the everyday, or are charmed by the idea of owning a property which can earn you a healthy second income, many of us have pondered the possibility of owning a second home.

11th January 2016 by Claire

Where My Girlfriend Agreed to Marry Me...
Travellers' Tales

Where My Girlfriend Agreed to Marry Me...

The rich spicy sweet scent of rose petals with their varying hues and silky nap adorned the floors. The glasses on the table fizzed delightfully and the fire glowed hot, representing our hearts content and warm within.

11th January 2016 by Toby

A Perfect Family Weekend in Porthcurno
Travellers' Tales

A Perfect Family Weekend in Porthcurno

We parked up on the driveway and stepped through the white double French doors into the light, bright and beautifully finished home. The children excitedly ran off to decide who was going to get top bunk!

4th January 2016 by Anonymous

Daydreaming
Travellers' Tales

Daydreaming

One thing I love about Unique Home Stays properties is that they each have the ability to make you feel utterly at ease, like the warm, welcoming homes of old family friends. Daydreamer was no exception!

11th December 2015 by Reanne

Little Charcuterie; a Writer´s Retreat
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Little Charcuterie; a Writer´s Retreat

Some of the greatest writers always talk about the importance of having a space to write. A sanctuary where they can create fantasy worlds through their words with no interruptions...

4th December 2015 by Amanda

Our Firefly Experience
Travellers' Tales

Our Firefly Experience

Having already stated our live feedback in the leather bound log book nestled in the bureau in the living room, we also wanted to write you this. Having provided daily support for the most iconic and established central London Hotels for some time now, we tell you this without agenda.

6th November 2015 by Mark

Mum’s Fabulous 50th at Mackerel Skies
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Mum’s Fabulous 50th at Mackerel Skies

When it came to organizing a weekend away for Mum’s 50th Birthday, we decided staying close to home would mean more time for relaxation and celebration. Our stay at Mackerel Skies was so wonderful, it made us realise that you don’t have to be a million miles from home to feel as though you are.

3rd November 2015 by Elizabeth

A Foodie Fall Escape
Travellers' Tales

A Foodie Fall Escape

This fall we wanted a large holiday house close to the coast. Close proximity to fresh scones, clotted cream and open countryside with plenty of muddy puddles for the children and dogs were a must. So with gorgeous bathrooms for post-walk pampering and a real fire to warm up by, Camassia Farmhouse ticked all the boxes.

21st October 2015 by Anonymous

A Dose of Vitamin Sea at Tempest
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A Dose of Vitamin Sea at Tempest

Walking inside Tempest took my breath away, resting on the cliff edge, the view was completely unbroken and the ocean unfolded in front of us. Tina kindly provided homemade scones with jam and clotted cream - and I couldn´t have thought of a better way to kick off a weekend in Cornwall!

15th October 2015 by Hattie

Baby´s First Holiday
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Baby´s First Holiday

Searching for a place which combines the glamour and luxury of a boutique hotel with a new found need for an extra bedroom for a small person? We found it here at The Restoratory.

6th October 2015 by Gemma

A Heart-Stirring Luxury Welsh Hideaway
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A Heart-Stirring Luxury Welsh Hideaway

Our time in Wales couldn’t have been more relaxing, our every need was catered for and we were left wanting for nothing.

18th September 2015 by Sarah

On The Edge of a Winter Wonderland
Travellers' Tales

On The Edge of a Winter Wonderland

We knew we´d chosen the perfect place to celebrate our recent engagement as soon as we hit those ´forgotten´ rugged cliffs of Whitsand Bay. We bumbled down a little coast path and a circular window reflecting patterns of the sea and sky caught my eye... we smiled at one another knowing we had arrived at The Edge.

20th August 2015 by Kelly

A Summer Engagement at Twelve Penny Barn
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A Summer Engagement at Twelve Penny Barn

My partner and I booked Twelve Penny Barn to celebrate our 10 year anniversary together. After a weekend of coastal castles, sea swimming and Wimbledon finals by the fire, little did I know what was in store for my last evening...

3rd August 2015 by Chloe

Halcyon Days at Goldhorn
Travellers' Tales

Halcyon Days at Goldhorn

Driving through the famous Barrington Court Estate as the day drew to a close, the late sun etched a dazzling golden outline of the ancient buildings into the skyline and I could tell that what awaited us at the end of this long sweeping driveway would be something quite special...

1st July 2015 by Reanne

Relaxing at Swallowtails
Travellers' Tales

Relaxing at Swallowtails

Would I recommend a stay at Swallowtails? I would like to say absolutely not and keep it as a secret to myself but that is selfish so the answer is a big yes, absolutely, no hesitation, a must!

15th June 2015 by Steven

A Serene Dream
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A Serene Dream

It is impossible not to notice the magic that is present in this delightful cottage situated right by the water’s edge. The cottage is a sensory delight, like taking wonderful mouthfuls of delicious food that bring alive all the senses. Beauport Cottage was everything I had hoped for, with special memories forever in my heart.

2nd June 2015 by Deborah

Waterstone Barn
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Waterstone Barn

I was visiting Waterstone Barn with my mum and hoped it would be the perfect place to spend some time together and really unwind.

18th March 2015 by Charlotte

Our Highland Castaway
Owner Chronicles

Our Highland Castaway

After a quarter of a decade spent living in Cornwall, Nigel and Lou Middleton decided they wanted a change. It was the pull of the real authentic wilderness and majestic natural beauty that saw them head to the Scottish Highlands to discover Castaway.

10th February 2015 by Nigel

Bluebell Grey
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Bluebell Grey

When the owner of Bluebell Grey went to check their treasured guest book, inside they found an endearing acrostic poem which had been written by a rather talented visitor…

5th February 2015 by Emma

My Great British Staycation at Pixie Nook
Travellers' Tales

My Great British Staycation at Pixie Nook

In searching for something different and wanting to combine local exploration with a comfortable weekend break, I happened upon Unique Home Stays. Like many travel secrets, bountiful once discovered, I had no idea there are an infinite array of rental properties in all shapes and sizes, scattered across the UK.

29th January 2015 by Marianne

An Invitation I Could Not Refuse
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An Invitation I Could Not Refuse

When the owner of Pelsham Manor sent me an invitation to stay at The Madison, I simply could not refuse. It was a gloomy November morning, I swung my chair around to ask my fellow romanticist and ‘froleague’ Charlotte if she’d like to join me for a long weekend away in the country!

19th January 2015 by Francesca

Wedding Planning at Aphrodite
Travellers' Tales

Wedding Planning at Aphrodite

Not knowing what to get my sister for an engagement present, I booked Aphrodite on a whim. I knew just how frenzied she would be in the lead up to the big day and thought a peaceful break at this rural retreat would allow us to indulge in some rest and relaxation before the wedding mania began!

11th November 2014 by Charlotte

Kingfishers and Quality Time at Colenso House
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Kingfishers and Quality Time at Colenso House

From the moment we arrived at Colenso House in Cornwall we were enchanted - which is somewhat of a feat for two world-weary parents and two twenty-something daughters (not to mention the two dogs)! We walked across the little bridge with the stream running underneath and it was like walking into a fairytale.

8th September 2014 by Karen

Once Upon a Honeymoon Time
Travellers' Tales

Once Upon a Honeymoon Time

The journey into Cornwall by train was a lovely experience; endless coastline and dramatic seascapes built up the suspense. Was Mousehole and our little holiday cottage going to be everything we wanted it to be in a magical honeymoon?

22nd August 2014 by Tara

Time Out at The Beach Hut in Cornwall
Travellers' Tales

Time Out at The Beach Hut in Cornwall

Travelling has always been a big part of my life but since we welcomed our new family member (Errol the Golden Retriever) it has been much harder to pack up and fly somewhere, so this time I chose The Beach Hut in Cornwall.

10th July 2014 by Andrea

Lovely Loventor
Travellers' Tales

Lovely Loventor

Little Loventor started life as an orangery in Georgian times, but has undergone a recent transformation into a luxury self-catering retreat welcoming it’s very first guests- and I was lucky enough to be one of them!

1st May 2014 by Anonymous

Babymoon at Stardust
Travellers' Tales

Babymoon at Stardust

I took my partner and baby bump on a journey from the tip of England’s toe right up to the Western Highlands of Scotland, to a place which felt like the gateway to the edge of the world...

31st March 2014 by Kahdine

The Beach Hut Weekend With My Sister
Travellers' Tales

The Beach Hut Weekend With My Sister

Weaving down the country lanes on a dusky spring evening with my sister and puppy Ted on board, we knew instantly when we’d found the secret spot.

21st March 2014 by Charlotte

Unique Affiliation with Jamie Oliver´s Fifteen Cornwall Restaurant, Watergate Bay
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Unique Affiliation with Jamie Oliver´s Fifteen Cornwall Restaurant, Watergate Bay

Luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays have teamed up with Fifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay, to create the tempting High Life Romance Package to inspire lovebirds looking for a very special valentine´s break away.

14th January 2014 by Claire

The Magical Secret Holt
Travellers' Tales

The Magical Secret Holt

The Magical Secret Holt, The owl hoots, whispering trees and the stars viewed through the bedroom skylight took us back to a time when life was simple and we enjoyed wild camping, yet the mod cons and home comforts made us not want to leave the blissful sanctuary...

17th December 2013 by Angela

Cute As A Button
Travellers' Tales

Cute As A Button

Button Barn was a truly romantic escape and made our anniversary a very special celebration. The barn is positioned in an ideal location in Warwickshire with a multitude of historical, cultural and entertaining attractions close by.

11th November 2013 by Nathalie

The Island Hideaway
Travellers' Tales

The Island Hideaway

In a peaceful area of the garden I used to dream about building a special place to retreat to, to read or paint or just to be. Inspired by a childhood love of beach huts, I set about designing what became the summerhouse...

18th September 2013 by Gillian

Cornwall with Caroline Quentin
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Cornwall with Caroline Quentin

Cornwall with Caroline Quentin tv show, following the huge success of the first episode, luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays is set to make a return to the small screen in the second series of Cornwall with Caroline Quentin

2nd January 2013 by Claire

The Bench
Travellers' Tales

The Bench

There is something special about a holiday break when you park the car on arrival and do not restart it until it is time to leave one week later. And so it was when we stayed at The Old Pilchard Press in Mousehole during September 2012.

18th December 2012 by Chris

(Out of) Season´s Greetings
Travellers' Tales

(Out of) Season´s Greetings

Head towards the rugged coastline of the iconic Lizard Peninsula, towards the point where the fields meet the sea and you’re bound to find a charming fishing village nestled in a hidden cove or corner of a sweeping bay.

12th December 2012 by Matt

The Apple Store
Travellers' Tales

The Apple Store

“Wouldn’t you rather go somewhere else? Some place... warm? Sunny?” That’s what most people said when I told them my husband and I were going on holiday. In England. In October. “Oh, but the rain!” they said.

12th December 2012 by Huma

The Beach Hut
Travellers' Tales

The Beach Hut

It was our honeymoon; we had spent the first week in New York staying in mid-town Manhattan. After 22 hours of travelling by bus, plane, train, taxi and car we arrived at The Beach Hut for our second week.

12th December 2012 by Dale

The Call of the Sea
Travellers' Tales

The Call of the Sea

To avoid the Summer throng of holiday makers in England means planning a holiday after the schools have returned and putting a date in the diary long after any chance of the sun appearing has passed.....we did both....by choosing late September

11th December 2012 by Julie

Unique Home Stays Wins First Prize
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Unique Home Stays Wins First Prize

Luxury holiday accommodation specialist Unique Home Stays is awarded first prize for ‘Best Non-Agricultural Trade Stand’ at the Royal Cornwall Show 2012.

11th June 2012 by Claire

Unique Home Stays To Feature in New Primetime TV Documentary on ITV
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Unique Home Stays To Feature in New Primetime TV Documentary on ITV

Caroline Quentin presents ITV1 prime time show about Cornwall, featuring luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays. Cornwall show set to air on ITV1

28th December 2011 by Claire

Unique Home Stays Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary in Style
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Unique Home Stays Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary in Style

To mark the milestone, the company is throwing an autumnal rustic feast on 7th October 2011 at one of its exclusive unique country manor houses in Cornwall. Over 100 people, including staff, property owners and local press will attend the birthday bash which will feature live Celtic music and a traditional Cornish hog roast inside a tipi tent.

28th September 2011 by Claire

Unique Home Stays to star in new primetime TV documentary
Travellers' Tales

Unique Home Stays to star in new primetime TV documentary

Luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays is set to become a star of the small screen after being chosen to take part in a brand new eight part observational documentary.

22nd September 2011 by Claire

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