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The UK’s best homes with pools (and what to eat poolside)The UK’s best homes with pools (and what to eat poolside)

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The UK’s best homes with pools (and what to eat poolside)

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The summer season is upon us and, with it, those from-the-garden suppers we yearn for. Here, we round-up some of the UK´s best homes with pools, and the al fresco feasts to eat poolside.

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The great British food renaissance
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The great British food renaissance

From pasties in Cornwall to sticky toffee pudding in the Lakes, here is our culinary roadmap of the UK’s most iconic and nostalgic eats. Let’s call it the great British food renaissance.

25th March 2024

Like father, like son
Owner Chronicles

Like father, like son

In our March chronicle, Henry tells us the tale of his mountain hideaway, Charity; whose old stone walls, and the family memories forged wherein, have lovingly passed from father to son.

11th March 2024

Food fables: Ian Ballantyne
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Food fables: Ian Ballantyne

January is behind us and, so, the season of that good winter grub resumes. Here, we speak with maker of feasts, fires, and friends Ian Ballantyne about what food means to him.

12th February 2024

Michelin-starred stays for 2024
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Michelin-starred stays for 2024

The results from the 2024 Michelin guide are in — here we round-up the newcomers and seasoned favourites, and the unique homestays conveniently based nearby.

9th February 2024

The disco donjon
Owner Chronicles

The disco donjon

Here lies a castle from storybooks. Yorkshire´s Castle Trinity is a place to escape from the everyday: be that in the form of discos after dark, or rambles through deer-speckled grounds. 

29th January 2024

How to Christmas, according to Cornwall´s top chefs
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How to Christmas, according to Cornwall´s top chefs

We´ve sung "bring us some figgy pudding" and "chestnuts roasting" for forever, as good food at Christmas is an age-old tradition. Here, we speak to the chefs who know how to do it best.

11th December 2023

Unique Homestays´ travel trends for 2024
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Unique Homestays´ travel trends for 2024

From all-immersive escapes to far-from-the-city “sleepcations” in Dark Sky areas — here’s what Unique Homestays predicts will be on the rise in the world of UK travel in 2024.

27th November 2023

A window to the world
Owner Chronicles

A window to the world

In celebration of "The British Nordic" this November, here we speak to the owners of The Glasshouse; a hygge-embracing riverside home on Wales´ Teifi Marshes.

13th November 2023

King and queen of the castle
Owner Chronicles

King and queen of the castle

This is the season inbetwixt. In our latest owner chronicle, we speak with Tina and Craig about their Gothic, "most Pugin-inspired property in Britain", Thornemead Castle in Somerset.

16th October 2023

Tales from a treehouse
Owner Chronicles

Tales from a treehouse

We speak with Jessica and Jason Green about their award-winning home, Verte, learning more about their aesthetic, inspiration, and favourite ways to pass the time together.

25th September 2023

Designer insider: Seamus Shanks
Guest Bloggers

Designer insider: Seamus Shanks

This month, we´re celebrating our architectural masterpieces and masterminds. Here, architect and owner of properties Elemental and Usonia, Seamus Shanks, welcomes us into his world.

18th September 2023

Into the woods
Owner Chronicles

Into the woods

What better summer house than this - a secret woodland hideaway near Cornwall’s glorious Helford estuary. Here, we speak with the proud owners lucky enough to call it home.

14th August 2023

Musings from The Marlings
Travellers' Tales

Musings from The Marlings

In a best-of-both-worlds escape to The Cotswolds, childlike nostalgia and sophisticated adulting come in equal measure.

7th August 2023

Celestial living in the Welsh mountains
Owner Chronicles

Celestial living in the Welsh mountains

Divine timing came into play when owner Ceri and her husband were seeking a mountain hideaway in the Beacons. Here, we hear the magical story of their celestial Welsh home.

17th July 2023

Britain´s best cabins to rent
Interiors

Britain´s best cabins to rent

Following The Cable Hut´s recent cameo on Channel 4´s Best British Beach Huts, we shine a spotlight on some of our favourite cabins to rent in the UK, from Kent to the Pembs.

13th July 2023

Adventures in the Beacons
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Adventures in the Beacons

This month, in celebration of Britain´s finest peaks, we head to Bannau Brycheiniog (the Brecon Beacons) to understand how action-packed escapes are a must for all that venture here.

10th July 2023

Channel 4’s Extraordinary Escapes
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Channel 4’s Extraordinary Escapes

Sandi Toksvig returns with a star-studded line-up of celebrity friends to showcase the very best homes across Britain and Ireland, with a few Unique Homestays visited en route.

26th June 2023

Family farmhouse to maximalist manor: Five decades at Gulliver’s Hall
Owner Chronicles

Family farmhouse to maximalist manor: Five decades at Gulliver’s Hall

Speaking to property owners Martin and Kate, in our latest chronicle we hear all about what it’s been like calling the grand and glamorous Gulliver’s Hall home for the past 56 years.

12th June 2023

The Cornwall food guide: 10 of the best places to eat
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The Cornwall food guide: 10 of the best places to eat

From Michelin-starred fine dining to farm-to-fork fare, Cornwall has become renowned far-and-wide for its flourishing food scene. Here is our pick of the county´s best foodie spots.

29th May 2023

Unique Homestays x TOAST
Interiors

Unique Homestays x TOAST

Unique Homestays joins forces with TOAST on an interior collaboration at Cornish engine house turned luxury homestay, The Stack.

15th May 2023

The culture club
Owner Chronicles

The culture club

In our latest chronicle, we speak with property owner Monty Whitebloom about how his eccentric Cornish home acts as a retrospective of the colourful life he has lived.

8th May 2023

Island makers: Harris Tweed
Guest Bloggers

Island makers: Harris Tweed

This month, we´re spotlighting our incredible isles and those lucky enough to call them home. Here, we speak with a well-known member of the Harris Tweed weaving family, Catherine Campbell, about the material´s iconic journey from its early island days to global acclaim.

17th April 2023

A life of new heights on a quiet Cornish cliffside
Owner Chronicles

A life of new heights on a quiet Cornish cliffside

Ukiyo (meaning “floating world” in Japanese) denotes the concept of living in the moment. In our latest owner chronicle, we speak with property owner Simon about how his modernist cliffside hideaway embodies its namesake.

11th April 2023

A fairytale of their own: Once upon a time at Charlotte’s Folly
Owner Chronicles

A fairytale of their own: Once upon a time at Charlotte’s Folly

In a land far away, amidst the glorious green acres of the Bradford Estates in Shropshire, resides the prettiest-in-pink cottage you ever did see. In our latest chronicle, its owner tells us just what life is like living in a fairytale of their own.

20th March 2023

From new build to ocean oasis; a life on the wild Cornish coast
Owner Chronicles

From new build to ocean oasis; a life on the wild Cornish coast

In our latest owner chronicle, we head down to Cornwall’s charming coastal village of Gwithian to speak with owner, Melanie, about her modern, chic beach pad; Senara. Expect Cornish magic and endless views over Godrevy and St Ives.

14th February 2023

Birthday celebrations at glorious Gwendolyn 
Travellers' Tales

Birthday celebrations at glorious Gwendolyn 

Having your birthday fall in January can feel like a disadvantage, what with the rest of the world mourning the festivities. But when a sepia-hued thatch overlooking the sea comes calling, all January blues are blown out the window.

6th February 2023

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