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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.

Owner Chronicles

Love at first sight: from a tumbled down boathouse to a luxury seaside retreat

19th June 2020 by Tori

We speak with musician and artist pair Andy and Fran who share the story and design behind Cornish seaside retreat, The Boat House.

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Meet the artists behind the UK´s creative hub
Guest Bloggers

Meet the artists behind the UK´s creative hub

We speak with Katherine Sorrell and Anya Rice, the creators of Make: Cornwall: A Celebration of Modern Craftspeople from the South West.

22nd May 2020

Soundtrack: A flavour of France
Lifestyle

Soundtrack: A flavour of France

In a series of holiday playlists shared by the Unique Homestays team, Tori shares the songs she listened to on her travels from Cornwall to Bayonne by van. Two weeks exploring countless beaches, French wines and waking to a new unimaginable view each morning.

27th April 2020

Sticky cauliflower with coconut rice and wild garlic sauce
Fare

Sticky cauliflower with coconut rice and wild garlic sauce

Using cupboard staples and farm shop finds, one of our guests’ favourite private chefs Dave Sargent shares his sticky cauliflower and coconut rice recipe.

24th April 2020

Meet the maker - Zee van Gils
Guest Bloggers

Meet the maker - Zee van Gils

Dutch artist Zee van Giles discovered her obsession for resin while working with surfboard shapers in a tiny fishing village in Lombok, Indonesia. Now she creates layered ocean-inspired artworks that feature in homes worldwide.

16th April 2020

Rosemary scones with rhubarb, vanilla and rose jam
Fare

Rosemary scones with rhubarb, vanilla and rose jam

To celebrate the incoming of England´s favourite pink vegetable, we share the perfect springtime recipe of rosemary scones with homemade rhubarb, vanilla and rose jam, baked in our 19th century engine house, The Stack.

25th March 2020

Unique Easter Retreats
Lifestyle

Unique Easter Retreats

Daffodils are starting to bloom and seas of snowdrops are poking their heads out from hibernation as the first glimpse of spring is visible on the horizon. Here, we showcase six family-friendly homestays available for Easter.

28th February 2020

Our Top 10 Valentine´s Day Boltholes
Lifestyle

Our Top 10 Valentine´s Day Boltholes

Think rolltop baths for two, quintessential English cottages and rural hideaways oozing the feeling of complete seclusion. We share our top 10 Valentine´s Day retreats, suiting all types of romance.

9th January 2020

Bold, Evocative and Alive
Interiors

Bold, Evocative and Alive

Discussing her style, painting techniques and what inspired her to become an artist, we sit down with Sophie Fraser, whose work turns heads in our modern Devonshire homestay, Linea.

27th December 2019

Artist in Residence - An Interview with Saul Cathcart
Interiors

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

A Winter Warmer
Fare

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

Our Utterly Peaceful Yet Heart-Racing Weekend At Viola
Travellers' Tales

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

A Unique Christmas for All
Lifestyle

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

The Circle Contemporary Artists Behind our Properties
Interiors

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

The Interior Inspiration Behind our Scottish Hideaway
Owner Chronicles

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

Pop Culture Pilgrimages
Lifestyle

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

Escape The City
Lifestyle

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

Baby on Board
Guest Bloggers

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

The Greatest Summer Festivals of 2019
Lifestyle

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

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