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The big five: safari on home soilThe big five: safari on home soil

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The big five: safari on home soil

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These days, safari extends beyond the deltas and deserts of the Okavango and Kalahari. We’re rounding up our big five: the properties with a front-row seat to all that’s wildlife and wilderness.

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A pool of one´s own
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A pool of one´s own

On your marks, get set, splash! Since April marks the grand reopening of our piscinas, we´re rounding up where to go for a pool of one´s own, with 19 of Britain´s best homes with private pools.

1st April 2024

Meet the storybook homes
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Meet the storybook homes

With turrets and follies, islands and eiderdowns, these are the real-life residences that welcome you to fall down the rabbit hole to a life of fairytale proportions. Meet the storybook homes.

7th March 2024

Finding the family tree
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Finding the family tree

We’re finding the family tree; homes made for the inner child and sitting with sister in the garden. One of life’s great nostalgias is rooted in a falsehood. You can go home again.

1st March 2024

Foraging on the Cornish coast with Simon Greenwood
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Foraging on the Cornish coast with Simon Greenwood

The coast is a reliable habitat for foragers: winkles, whiting, rock oysters, and rosehip in their tangier-and-tangy hundreds. Here, Simon Greenwood creates a dish to be eaten by candlelight.

26th February 2024

10 places to stay in the UK and Ireland in 2024
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10 places to stay in the UK and Ireland in 2024

From luxury homes on Cornwall´s coast to hot tub hideaways in the Welsh hills, we´re rounding up 10 places to stay in the UK and Ireland in 2024. Think hot pools, saunas, and copper tubs.

22nd February 2024

At-home epicureans
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At-home epicureans

It’s about time we returned to the dinner table, where poppadoms are piled and honey pitchers are passed. To the Tucci´s and Nigella´s of the world, let fly your at-home epicurean.

1st February 2024

Where was Saltburn filmed? (And 8 real-life estates you can rent this summer)
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Where was Saltburn filmed? (And 8 real-life estates you can rent this summer)

Filmed in Lowick, Northamptonshire, at Drayton House, the façade of Saltburn´s stately backdrop might be locked behind a fortified gateway, but we have the key to places just as bodacious.

29th January 2024

The year of AI: Architectural Integrity
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The year of AI: Architectural Integrity

Not anti-AI, but antidote. Architectural Integrity our counter-float. Craft is who we are, trust is what we offer... and from cloister to cantilever, nothing about us is artificial.

1st January 2024

To the ends of the Earth
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To the ends of the Earth

Ah, the ends of the Earth. From Ittoqqortoormiit to Alaska, all explorers have their own idea on the matter. But the notion that an “end” exists reveals a truth so often missed. Call it a reawakening.

30th November 2023

The Great British Spa-cation
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The Great British Spa-cation

Put the wrapping paper down and the feet up. This year, the most sought-after winter stays are all about warm water therapy, palatial living, and never missing out on poolside Champagne.

20th November 2023

The British Nordic
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The British Nordic

We owe much to The Nordics. Givers of Edvard Munch and the Moomins, of saunas and smörgåsbords. Here, we offer up our most earthen homes, built on hygge foundations.

1st November 2023

The best houses to rent for a New Year’s Eve getaway
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The best houses to rent for a New Year’s Eve getaway

From glittering affairs where grandparents waltz under crystal chandeliers to romantic getaways in cottages with hot tubs, New Year’s Eve parties are as unique as the folk who make them.

26th October 2023

A photographer´s "Secret Garden meets Gatsby" manor
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A photographer´s "Secret Garden meets Gatsby" manor

On the walls, there are original works by Testino. On the bookshelves, there´s hardbacks on Weegee. There’s even a portrait of Kate Moss in its loo. A photographer´s home — surely.

24th October 2023

The season inbetwixt
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The season inbetwixt

Curators of memories, now´s the time to find a place that´ll see you through from Hocus Pocus to Home Alone; a home where the devil (and the angel) is in the detail.

1st October 2023

The Whimsies: behind the scenes
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The Whimsies: behind the scenes

Our new digital and London Underground campaign, The Whimsies, is a celebration of the anti-norm from a brand who know that it takes unique people to make unique places.

11th September 2023

Meet the architect-designed homes
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Meet the architect-designed homes

Here, we celebrate some of our most intentional architect-designed homes; the ones that stand out, sink in, defy gravity, or might as well be brandishing invisibility cloaks.

1st September 2023

The summer house
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The summer house

From grand villas with crooning Salzburg appeal to playful clapperboards that feel more Colorado than Cornwall, here is our round-up of the best summer houses in Britain and Ireland.

1st August 2023

Stories from the hills
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Stories from the hills

When we were kids, they were our Himalayas. The rivers were lava, and the ledges were crevasses, and there were always cheese sandwiches in the hamper. They’re still there, you know, those hills.

1st July 2023

The best surfing beaches in the UK and Ireland
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The best surfing beaches in the UK and Ireland

Surfing nirvana needn´t be confined to far-flung places. Whether a seasoned boarder or a born-again “grommet”, surf trips on home soil know how to pack a punch (and stay under the radar).

19th June 2023

Wedding wanderlust: The UK´s best wedding and honeymoon destinations
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Wedding wanderlust: The UK´s best wedding and honeymoon destinations

This wedding season, it´s all about "the scene". Though there´s much to love about embroidered veils and Swiss meringue, modern lovers know that such sweet details don´t hold a candle to the destination. That´s where we come in.

1st June 2023

Five UK honeymoon ideas for a romantic getaway
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Five UK honeymoon ideas for a romantic getaway

Whether your day is set to be a humble affair or a grandiose event fit for the silver screen, one thing’s for sure: you’ll want to stay in the newlywed fog a little longer. Discover our five UK honeymoon ideas for a romantic getaway.

24th April 2023

On island time: places in Britain that feel like private islands
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On island time: places in Britain that feel like private islands

Here’s the rules: we have cake for breakfast, harmonise Bohemian Rhapsody in the tub, and never go a day without getting our feet wet. On island time, we make our own commandments.

1st April 2023

Things to do in Devon this Easter
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Things to do in Devon this Easter

While Easter brings familiar foil-wrapped traditions by the pitcher, it´s one of the sweetest times to come out of your shell; with little ones on a break from phonics and numeracy, there´s days to be filled under the West Country sun.

24th February 2023

The most beautiful pub walk in the Peak District
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The most beautiful pub walk in the Peak District

There’s pub walks in the Peak District, and then there’s the most beautiful pub walk in the Peak District; read on to discover our ale-laden amble of choice in the Derbyshire Dales, the six-mile-long Chatsworth Estate Circuit.

20th February 2023

Valentine´s breaks in the UK: things to do, places to stay
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Valentine´s breaks in the UK: things to do, places to stay

Laying on a blanket, picking out constellations... If a Valentine’s break in the UK is whispering sweet nothings in your ear, beckon your beau to the sofa and pick a place to hole up for a long weekend (before the other lovers beat you to it).

7th February 2023

Our round-up of new-wave well-being escapes
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Our round-up of new-wave well-being escapes

You may have rushed in, but you’ll float out. It’s the travel era we’ve all been waiting for: new-wave well-being escapes that are deliberately unconventional. Think eco-ponds, floating glass meditation rooms, and garden pizza parlours.

1st February 2023

Our top dog-friendly walks in the Lake District
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Our top dog-friendly walks in the Lake District

It’s time for the dogs to kiss their city park cronies goodbye and take their place in the rabbit-sniffing country; find out where to go with your pack in our round-up of the top dog-friendly walks in the Lake District, from Windermere to the Knotts.

23rd January 2023

A love letter to winter
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A love letter to winter

The salt and pepper months; when the sun puts her hat on and the moon ushers in, taking a high path through the sky and pouring silver nectar into the last remaining pockets of darkness.

1st December 2022

Five unique experiences for a luxury family holiday in Dorset (and where to stay)
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Five unique experiences for a luxury family holiday in Dorset (and where to stay)

With thousand-year-old castles telling tales of treachery, bracing clifftop trails where dinosaurs roamed, and island wildlife sanctuaries where red squirrels reign, family holidays in Dorset have a lot to offer.

21st November 2022

The season for lovers
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The season for lovers

From dog-friendly cottages containing lots of little luxuries to hot tub hideaways that hang over secret Cornish beaches, what lovers don’t wish for a winter getaway?

1st November 2022

The Unique guide to autumn
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The Unique guide to autumn

Autumn´s here, bringing hallways lined with wellies and walls hung with woollen scarves, just in time for the Unique Homestays guide to the best things to do and where to stay this Autumn.

26th September 2022

A love letter to autumn
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A love letter to autumn

The turn of axis has begun, and Earth rolls out a carpet of copper leaves that whish and fissle underfoot: a catalyst for squirrelling away in second-hand bookshops.

22nd September 2022

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