You may have rushed in, but youíll float out. Itís the travel era weíve all been waiting for: new-wave well-being, deliberately unconventional wellness escapes that see your hot tubs and raise you eco-ponds, floating glass meditation rooms, surf hotspots within stone's throw, and garden pizza parlours. We know that well-being isnít a one-size-fits-all concept, so whether rejuvenation looks like a private yoga class, guided forest-bathing, or simply spying peregrines in a back-to-nature country wilderness retreat, we want to show you what an intentional wellness escape with Unique Homestays can look like.

Senara: the surferís haven

GP2588 - A wood and glass-clad house with a pool, set within green fields and with the ocean on the horiizon

Senara is what happens when a Colorado ranch, a surferís private estate, and an a-frame glasshouse combine, creating a laid-back beach house that oozes contemporary style. At this architecture-led retreat on a wild stretch of North Cornwall's coastline, the outdoor pool is heated from May to September, while the hot tub, fire pit, and Scandinavian sauna give the gardens year-round appeal. Inside, thereís crackling fires, circular bathtubs, hallways lined with competition-winning surfboards, and glass walls that make Gwithianís rolling dunes and hazy sea part of the interior.

Come here for: a luxury surfing holiday

Gulliverís Hall: the spa manor

GP2589 - A large stone manor house surrounded by the green countryside, with a pool and outhouses

A characterful Cotswolds manor met a Kandinsky colour scheme and the rest, they say, is history. At Gulliverís Hall, there are as many surprises as there are higgle-piggle stones; an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, a paella burner, and tennis court to name just a few. Among 320 acres of bluebell fields and peregrine hideouts, thereís an outdoor pool thatís heated from April to October and a sunken hot tub that could have been pulled from the Roman baths. The only place we know where gothic four-posters and modern ash-clad saunas live under the same roof, this luxury Cotwolds farmhouse is one of the countyís most eligible manors.

Come here for: a flamboyant country house break

Rhapsody: the rockíníroll health club

GP2592 - A manor houses surrounded by trees, with a swimming pool in a landscaped garden

A Tudor country home where British rockers Genesis, The Police, and Queen have performed flowerbed-raising garden concerts, Rhapsody balances cool clubhouse vibes with country character. Among manicured lawns and sculpture gardens, thereís glass-like heated pools, a private yoga studio nestled in the wilderness, and a fire-warmed glass meditation room that overhangs a crayfish pond. The home of a polo player, with the memorabilia to prove it, Rhapsody is a place where youíll picnic among the wildflowers, row across the lake to the hobbit-style grill house, and mix up cocktails in the Moroccan pool house.

Come here for: a group getaway close to London

Terrarium: the Grand Designs house

GP2591 - A modern home clad in white wood with a clear-water swimming pond and purple flowers

If itís giving you a feeling of dťjŗ vu, that might be because youíve spotted this iconic south of England safe haven on Grand Designs. Terrarium is an eco-home thatís settled on a marshen outcrop of Chichester Harbour AONB, one of the last remaining undeveloped shorelines in southern England. Everythingís here; from a self-purifying swimming pond thatís kept translucent by wild pond plants to wise old olive trees that bring breezy Mediterranean energy to the minimalist health club interior. Outside, thereís a miniature English jungle, a wood-fired hot tub, and an open fire to sip sundowners beside.

Come here for: a limited edition retreat

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