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Your 2017 Travel Bucket List
With 2017 predicted ´the year of self-love´, there’s no better way to embrace the top trend than by drawing up your very own travel wish list. Reawaken your senses and open the doors to a whole new world of opportunities, people and experiences by making Unique Home Stays your go-to travel gurus this year.
While you´ve got all the family together...
With the big day all wrapped up, now is the perfect time to plan your great escape for 2017. From cosy coastal retreats to sprawling country pads, get your next holiday in the diary while you have all the family together.
New for 2017
They say good things come in threes and our trio of new homestays certainly conforms to that. Will you whisk the family away for a luxury seaside escape at one of our two new beach houses? Or maybe you’ll forget the family altogether and opt for a romantic getaway at The Honey Bell, blissfully set within three acres of private grounds with only the birds and bees to disturb...
Welcome to Winterfell
Christmas has come early at Unique Home Stays this year! In fact, it arrived one crisp, sunny morning earlier this month when I walked into the office to discover a file named ‘Winterfell’ wrapped up and placed on my desk. Now in pride of place within the Unique Home Stays portfolio, we couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce you to our newest property arrival.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Winterfell
From watching nostalgic films to endless Monopoly marathons and ‘quality time’ spent with your nearest and dearest, for many of us the festive season can all get a bit too much. So if you’re not a tinsel loving, chestnut-cracking, November present wrapper, then escape the Christmas-come-early brigade with a bolthole break that affords you room to breathe and prepare for the festivities ahead.
The Style Edit
It’s been a month of bubbly, balloons and fireworks here at Unique Home Stays as we toasted to 15 years in business. To continue the milestone anniversary theme, this month we also celebrated the centenary of the fashion bible and collated a selection of our most ‘in-Vogue’ homestays.
The Found was originally built to defend Napoleonic forces in the 1800s and, after a stylish renovation, offers luxury self-catering accommodation with a difference. The Stack epitomises the true spirit of Cornwall. This engine house binds a classically Cornish Grade-II listed exterior together with vogueish interiors in a blissful marriage of contraries.
Islander is a paradise for pure escapism, idyllically positioned on the edge of Freathy cliff, overlooking Whitsand Bay in Cornwall. Whatever the weather, Islander´s beachside location, bubbling hot tub and Bahamas-inspired interiors provide a luxury homestay to rival those in the tropics.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Islander
Enchanted Winter Escapes
As we wave goodbye to the sultry days of summer, we´re lusting after cosy winter stays and rolls in the Cornish hay. So let us tempt you with a selection of festive escapes and Poldark breaks, sure to get the heart racing this autumn.
So you’re off for a luxury weekend in the country and Rover’s off for a kennel-cation... Definitely not! We know that long walks, pub lunches and evenings by the fire just aren’t the same without your four-legged friends, so we’ve hand-picked the UK’s finest homes which welcome your pets on holiday too.
Two seductive new arrivals...
Introducing Darcy House and Little Scarlet! These two new Cotswolds cottages are the picture of rural glam, perfect for romantic weekends in the country. Both Darcy House and Little Scarlet, set in the sought-after locations of Brockhampton and Burford respectively, are stuffed to the beams with history and dripping with opulence.
Introducing Our Grand New Arrival, Guinevere
Unwind in style at this unique 16th century country manor house set within 38 acres of private stately grounds. Gifting views of the serene Surrey Hills and beyond, Guinevere is a jaw-dropping luxury family estate idyllically located on the outskirts of Shamley Green, just over an hour’s drive from London yet a world away from city life.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Guinevere
The Summer of The (Home)Staycation!
It’s been dubbed “The Summer of The Staycation” and with over a third of Brits expected to holiday on home turf this summer, the trend has never been hotter. What could possibly be more romantic than whisking your loved one away for a last minute escape by the coast? Go on, be spontaneous!
Boom! Introducing Sea Sentry
Sojourn in one of the most unique holiday homes the UK has on offer with a luxury break at Sea Sentry. This WW2 guard tower nestles on the south Devon coast in sought-after Shaldon and has been brought bang into the 21st Century with an armoury of quirky mod cons, making it an ingeniously designed luxury bolthole for two.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Sea Sentry
Introducing Little Bear!
A cres upon acres of bluebell-swathed woodland provides the heart-stirring backdrop for this secret hideaway in the heart of the Weald Downlands in West Sussex. Forget Goldilocks and her three Ursidae visitors; this dreamy cabin in the woods complete with eco hot tub is a private grown-up celebration of stylish interiors and epicurean delights which have been thoughtfully-crafted with discerning pleasure seekers in mind.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Little Bear
Bouncing Balls and Garden Frolics
During this little lull between the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the start of Wimbledon on The English Season social calendar, we’ve been busy hand-picking some of Britain’s most beautiful homes to deliver you your horticultural and sporting fixes.
Two brand new luxury boltholes on the Cornish coast
For those who dream of long balmy summers by the sea, let our new property arrivals seduce your wanderlust and take you on a bohemian journey down to two of our favourite coastal spots in Cornwall.
For the last 15 years we´ve been exploring the most far-flung corners of the UK, handpicking you the finest homestays for unforgettable family frolics and romantic escapades. Flaunting pools for splashing about in, grassy lawns for roly-polying along, and deep bathtubs for soaking beach bodies in before an evening of charades and champers beside the fire; take a look at our selection of beautiful homes.
Luxury Eco Escapes and an Exclusive Property Comeback!
Hurrah! Like the arrival of the birds returning for spring, this month we cheer “happy homecoming” to highland hideaway Supernova. Also, with spring greens in mind, let us inspire you further by turning your attention to our collection of luxury eco-friendly breaks; providing tonics for the soul, whatever the season.
Go Your Own Way
2016 is looking set to be the year when to ´go your own way´ and travelling solo will be a popular trend in which one in three Britons will indulge.
We have created inspiring Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook pages where you can share your own Unique Home Stays experiences as well as enjoy others´, we send you monthly updates of our latest property arrivals and now we bring you our all-new luxury travel blog: Live Unique!
Inspirational Escapes for the New Year
With the magic and mayhem of Christmas firmly put back in its box, now is the time to thumb a new chapter and start writing the agenda for 2016.
Coco Chanel once said "In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different" and we hope to radiate this philosophy in all that we do here at Unique Home Stays.
Ultimate Winter Indulgence
Luxury linens made for lie-ins, snuggly sofas and cupboards stocked with fresh butter and crusty bread; our properties have all the home comforts needed for your blissful wintertime escape.
Unique Festive Escapes
Crisp country walks, berry picking and pumpkin carving; the UK really comes into its own in autumn. The new season heralds some gorgeous new property arrivals, and looking ahead many of our owners are already preparing to fill their homes with magic for your festive escapes.
In Vogue Homes
Calling all trailblazers and trendsetters! It´s just a few days until London Fashion Week takes the UK by storm with seven days of apparel voyeurism, so let us dazzle you with a catwalk of our most show-stopping homes.
Unique Pet-Friendly Escapes
What better time than Autumn for a UK staycation with your canine companion? The holiday crowds retire home, many beaches lift their dog ban and the woody air is ripe for exploration!
For families who like to spend their holidays beside the seaside, our new property arrival will have landed just in time! Tempest is a stunning beach house sublimely perched on Tregonhawke cliff in Cornwall´s ´forgotten corner´.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Tempest
Become a Unique Home Stays Property Owner
With the British summer underway, what do you have in store for your grand getaway this year? Tennis marathons at Honeystone Manor, seaside picnics at Artists´ Beach House? Or perhaps it´s swimming in Eirianfa´s moonlit lake followed by fireside stories.
The Unique Home Stays marketing desk is forever piled high with dreamy interior magazines and travel books, but I recently found a quote by British explorer Freya Stark - “to awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world” - which makes me ask, when was the last time you invested in true ´me time´?
This month, let us take you on a Unique adventure... Imagine a world where the flowers are budding into bloom, the birds are singing a song of spring and their woodland friends are stirring from their winter slumber to feel the first rays of summer.
A Unique Kind of Luxury
What is luxury? This month sees the launch of a new exhibition at the V&A exploring conceptual ideas of luxury. Here at Unique Home Stays we believe that ´luxury´ is unique and means different things to different people...
Longer days, snowdrop posies, evanescent rainbows and migrating songbirds bringing a new dawn chorus: springtime has arrived! Unique Home Stays are passionate about the planet, so let us tempt you into taking a greener approach this spring with one of our stylish eco-friendly retreats.
A dose of wanderlust
The spirit of St. Valentine has well and truly cast its spell over Unique Home Stays HQ! This month we bring you something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue...
Valentine´s getaways and an exclusive reveal of our new Unique venture
Introducing the all new Unique Home Stays Property Finding Service! Looking for your dream home or property investment project? Let our Property Consultants use their inside knowledge and expertise to assist you in securing a Unique Home Stay of your very own.
Christmas sparkle and coastal retreats
Unique Home Stays HQ is ablaze with Christmas cheer as the holiday season approaches! Looking ahead to the New Year, a big dose of Vitamin Sea will be a welcome tonic for the soul after the festivities.
Don´t compromise on size
Our alternative group options give you and your party additional flexibility for finding your dream holiday home without compromise, so you can still experience a spacious coastal retreat or magnificent manor with just a select few of your nearest and dearest in tow!
How chic is your shed?
If you´re looking for a new home project this season, take inspiration from our luxury love nest collection and see how these bijou boltholes have been transformed into beautifully designed self-catering couples retreats.
The most wonderful time of the year!
What a wonderful month September is; the holiday crowds have retired home and the pace of life seems to mellow under the late summer sun. Let your worries melt away and your biggest conundrum be deciding whether to head out for a last beach barbeque, or rather to curl up by the fire to plan your Christmas and New Year holidays. Oh, life´s big decisions!
Pawfect escapes for you and your pampered pooch
From the wilds of the highlands to the fine sands of Cornwall, unique dog friendly cottages your canine companions love a UK break just as much as you do...
Love is in the air!
This month, our loved-up guests have inspired us with tales of their romantic escapes; from the groom-to-be who got down on one knee with a bunch of roses hand-picked from the garden, to the couple who watched dolphins frolic in the sunset as they champagne toasted their engagement...
The Intrigue of Unique
As the summer zephyr greets us with fluttering butterflies and sweet blossom fragrances, we realise that no two things in nature are alike. Being unique means being one of a kind; matchless and beyond compare. Like Mother Nature´s creations, each home that comprises the Unique Home Stays portfolio is quintessentially unique.
Home grown luxury: because the grass is greener where you water it
This month we ponder the question: why holiday abroad? We invite you to quench your wanderlust with a luxury self-catering break at one of our beautiful private homes. After all, Britain isn´t called Great Britain for nothing…
Properties featured in this newsletter: The Parisian, The Oyster Shell, Summerleaze Villa, Twelve Penny Barn, Little Linhay (Old), Vesta Valentina, The Hop Store, Sea Cliff Cottage, The Retreat, Ellenglaze
Splendid escapes for you and your little ones
Warm Saharan winds have granted us some delightfully calescent temperatures over the last few weeks and with the railway re-opening at Dawlish, the red ribbon on the Great British holiday season has been cut!
For Garden Lovers- March Newsletter
The British fascination with the weather never ceases and, with the hottest summer on record promised and plans for May’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in full swing; what better excuse to embrace nature?
Spring has (nearly) sprung at Unique Home Stays
Here at Unique Home Stays we´re daring to glimpse beyond the rain and storms, and dreaming of the glorious British springtime.
A House in the Sea, Jamie Olivers Fifteen, and Lovebird Getaways
This month we launch the The High Life romance package in affiliation with Jamie Oliver´s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant, pure luxury for a Valentine break with style!
Properties featured in this newsletter: The House in the Sea, The Beach Hut, Figtree House, Snow Goose, Rose Cottage, Twelve Penny Barn, The Island Hideaway, Lofty, Blackberry Cottage, Bratton Mill Farm, South Lodge Thatch
Travel - Experience Everyday Things as if For The First Time
Our homes offer so much more than just luxury accommodation, our passion is tied-up in the stories behind the private houses, the owners and the guests that stay in them.
Stylish sophisticated travel doesn´t have to stop when parenthood starts...
Ignite your child´s lifelong passion for the diverse and spectacular British countryside with a stay at a luxury child-friendly Unique Home Stays property in the uk.
Be Among The First to Book a Stay at Stardust...
As someone who has enjoyed a stay at one of our romantic bolthole properties before, we thought you might like to be among the first to be introduced to our latest addition to the Unique Home Stays portfolio, the breath-takingly beautiful Stardust.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Stardust
Awaken Your Wanderlust
This autumn, why not embrace the changing seasons with a unique luxury break from the norm?
An Indian Summer?
With the high temperatures set to stay, the chance of an ´Indian Summer´ (or ´St Martins Summer´ to give it its British name), is looking very likely for the UK this year.
Why go abroad when you can stay on British shores and experience home-grown pleasures by staying at a unique home stay?
Unveiling the re-imagined House in the Sea!
We are privileged to unveil the breathtaking new interiors at the iconic House in the Sea in Cornwall following an eight month inspirational interior styling project.
Properties featured in this newsletter: The House in the Sea
The Allure of Unique
A wise man once said “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
The Intrigue of Luxury - May Newsletter 2013
The intrigue of luxury- May Newsletter 2013
Properties featured in this newsletter: Colenso House, Florin, The Osprey, Turtledove Hideaway, Pollyanna, Button Barn, The Butlery, Seapink Cottage, Quay Cottage, The House in the Sea, The Island Hideaway
For Garden Lovers- April Newsletter 2013
Our luxury private home stays not only have oodles of heart and charm aplenty, but they also boast exquisite gardens bursting with blooms, verdant lawns stretching down to the water´s edge, and magical hidden corners for squirelling yourself away with only birdsong to disturb your holiday.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Mill Pond Cottage, Scudamore, The Boat House, The Little Merchant, Foxglove Cottage, The Artists´ Retreat, The Writer´s Retreat, Larkhill Priory, Camassia Farmhouse
Homes With Heart
Brand new holiday properties and a selection of gorgeous homes with heart for your Easter break
Experience the only exclusive private island in the UK
For the first time ever, this beguiling luxury Cornish property set on its own private island off the coast of Cornwall is available as an exclusive self-catering home stay.
The greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places...
The famous and unique storyteller Roald Dahl once said; "And above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places...
Unique Home Stays Unveils New Website
The re-imagination of the Unique Home Stays website has been ten months in development; the recent unveiling of which reaffirms the luxury exclusive holiday home provider as a creative marketing force that excels in pushing boundaries.
Do You Like Our New Look?
The re-imagination of the Unique Home Stays website has been ten months in development, and today we are delighted to finally be able to unveil the fruits of our labour…
A Magical Christmas or a Stylish New Year?
Why not take a break from the norm this Christmas season, and whisk the family away to a beautiful private home for a magical yuletide experience they´ll never forget?
Introducing ´Rise & Dine´, plus Unique Writing Competition!
Here at Unique Home Stays we have taken the bold step of rejuvenating a British classic by turning the traditional B&B it on its head and sprinkling it with some style and magic. Enter our Unique Writing Competition to win a stay at a Breakfast Collection property!
Don´t Mention the ´C´ Word...
Christmas! Summer may be a mere flash in the pan, but the good news is that it´s not too late to add a little sparkle to your Christmas and New Year...
Is your outhouse in?
Here at Unique Home Stays we don’t shy away from the unusual or quirky, in fact we positively embrace it! Our guests have fallen head-over-heels for our luxury love nest collection.
Properties featured in this newsletter: The Watermill, The Edge, Landewednack House, Larkhill Priory, Foxglove Cottage, The Madison, Claridge House, Puffins Nest, Sweetpea, Teacup Cottage, The Merchant´s House
Explore - Dream - Discover
When was the last time you took a moment to gaze skyward at the wonderment of the night sky and the beauty of the vast blanket of twinkling stars above us?
Properties featured in this newsletter: The Looking Glass, The Limit, Beachcomber, The Parsonage, Love Lane Lodge, Worthyvale Mill, Camassia Farmhouse, The Wooden House, Honeystone Manor, Darley House
The Exclusive Collection
In this celebratory year of all things that are good and great about Great Britain, forget run-of-the-mill hotels, instead take a look at our glittering portfolio of exclusive private home stays and look forward to having your expectations exceeded...
How chic is your shed?
Set in breath-taking locations and with a style and charm all of their own, our bolthole properties may be small but there´s no denying their appeal.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Kingfisher Folly, The Limit, Beachcomber, The Watch House (Downderry), Larkhill Priory, Grittleton Manor, The Boat House, The Old Monastery, The Beach Hut, Shed Chic
Your very own Boutique Home Stay
Here at Unique Home Stays we are proud to have re-written, nay, torn up the rule book when it comes to Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
Properties featured in this newsletter: North Rock Beach House, The Merchant´s House, Sleepy Meadow Cottage, Villa Cortona, Silvanus, Pixie Nook, Eagle´s Rest, Dovedale Cottage, Seapink Cottage, Havana, Villa Caldera
Queens, Dogs and a House in the Sea
Here at Unique Home Stays we understand that for many of you a holiday just wouldn’t be the same without your four-legged friend, and so we´ve compiled a selection of dog-friendly self-catering and B&B properties to delight you and your canine companion.
February is a dreary old month; the glittery whirl of Christmas parties has finally ground to a halt, the “new year, new you” January resolutions are as forgotten about as the fairy lights in the loft, and the onset of Spring seems but a distant dream
Properties featured in this newsletter: Artists´ Beach House, Stargazers, Limpopo Safari Lodge, Dragonwood, The Andalucian Mansion, Rowton Manor, Grapevine Cottage, Admiral´s Cottage, Willow House, Saddlewood Manor, The Looking Glass, Kingfisher Folly, The Olive Grove
All new Unique news- January newsletter
A huge happy new year to all our subscribers, and welcome to our exciting shiny new-look newsletter!
Properties featured in this newsletter: The Fish Store, The Artists´ Retreat, Castle Fionn, River Cottage, Rose Cottage, Old Pilchard Press, Dreamcatchers, Bijou Cottage, Sea Cliff Cottage, The Sea Barn, Love Lane Cottage, Moonrakers
Unique Home Stays To Feature in New Primetime TV Documentary
Luxury accommodation provider Unique Home Stays is set to feature on the small screen after taking part in a brand new eight-part observational documentary series to be aired in January 2012; "Cornwall" with Caroline Quentin.
Unique Festive and New Year Getaways
It’s not too late to add a little sparkle to your Christmas and New Year!
Unique Gift Guide
Here at Unique Boutique we’ve everything from foodie hampers with a seasonal twist to inspired interior finds; our selection of unique gifts are designed with ´you-nique´ in mind. Whether you’re staying at a Unique Home Stays property this festive season or you’re just looking to add a sprinkling of Christmas cheer to a gathering at your family pad, let us ensure that your festive season oozes scrumptious seasonality. For gift inspiration less ordinary, our luxury finds provide truly memorable under-the-tree gift ideas; guaranteed to bring a unique twist to your celebrations.
Unique Home Stays Turns Ten!
For the perfect celebration whatever the occasion you’re assured of finding a memorable venue with Unique Home Stays…
Ahead of the Games...
With the Olympics less than a year away, those of you lucky enough to have bagged a money-can’t-buy ticket will no doubt be looking for world class accommodation to boot.
Looking for Luxury That Doesn´t Cost the Earth?
We have a new wave of owners who appreciate that incorporating eco-friendly features into their accommodation doesn’t mean that luxury has to be compromised.
Celebrate In Style
From beach parties to birthday bashes, wedding gatherings to honeymoon getaways, celebrating is what you do best at our properties. Here at Unique Home Stays we need little excuse to crack out the bubbly, but this month we’re feeling especially jovial as we celebrate the launch of our sister company Unique Boutique.
Could Your Shed Be Chic?
The goldmine potential of creating a room for two...
New Properties Showcased
We are delighted to present to you the most recent additions to our unique exclusive portfolio
Members´ April 2011 Quarterly Newsletter
Spring is a gorgeous season in Cornwall; from daffodils prettying the hedgerows to blue sky beach walks, at last Spring is in the air!
Properties featured in this newsletter: The Olive Grove, The Beach Hut, Woodland Cottage, River Cottage, Romansleigh, Colenso House, The House in the Sea, Limpopo Safari Lodge, Crocodile Rocks, Highlander House, Millstream House, Castle Fionn, Bluebell Cottage, Wintergreen, The Old Parsonage, Firs Field House
The Personal Touch...
Experience intimate and luxurious B&B home stays where you will be treated like special guests
Dates For Your Diary...
Unique and inspirational places to stay to ensure you don’t miss 2011’s must-see events. Be inspired by our Unique Home Stays guide, which we’ve conveniently paired with the most breathtaking places to stay, ensuring that you’ve plenty to look forward to.
Properties featured in this newsletter: Trwyn House, Bluebell Cottage, Creekside Boat House, The Rushes, Pentonwarra, 4 First Street, Artists´ Beach House, Malvarrosa Beach Villa, River Cottage, A Sea Captain´s Manor, Island Sight, Woodland Cottage, Saddlewood Manor
Take a shot at winning a Unique Getaway
Take a shot at winning a Unique Getaway Enter our photography competition and be inspired this Autumn. Have you been lucky enough to capture the myriad of colours of a particularly breath-taking sunset from the vista of one of our properties? Did you have a blissful break away with family and manage to freeze that special moment in time with a great snap shot? Did you happen upon a rare wonder of nature whilst out for a ramble and want to flaunt your photographic expertise? Then we want to hear from you!
Good Tidings We Bring...
Unique Home Stays has this festive season all wrapped up? from majestic manor houses perfect for New Year holiday gatherings, to cosy Christmas boltholes that guarantee a romantic Christmas break.
Unique Home Stays - Corporate Events Less Ordinary
From bespoke getaways for corporate executives to incentive escapes and team building inspiration. Unique Home Stays now provide bespoke Corporate Events. So whether you´re looking for a memorable ´thank you´ gift for a valued client, a hotel-alternative for your next meeting or a team-building break to remember, we´ve properties to inspire.
Where Luxury Knows No Bounds
Quirky, interesting and breathtaking B&Bs, an alternative to a self-catered stay. Here at Unique Home Stays we´ve a selection of luxury Bed and Breakfast properties to choose from, whether you´re looking for a contemporary, antique-filled or coastal property. For the duration of your stay you will be thoroughly looked after...
Family Friendly Holidays
From follies to farmhouses, we´ve coastal and country pads made for sharing. When it comes to the finer things in life it’s good to share. From treating your other half, to getting away with your immediate family or planning that long overdue reunion, our family-friendly pads combine great settings with stunning interior décor.
From new challenges to feel-good days out, let us inspire you with our unique holiday experiences. Ensure your hard-earned timeout is spent doing something you really love. Whatever your passion, here at Unique Home Stays we can help you to tailor your stay to suit.
Unique Waterside Hideaways
Cherry pick your favourite waterside hideaway from our tempting collection of characterful properties; all you need do is choose the weekend, pack a bag and enjoy a restful break away from it all. Here at Unique Home Stays we go the extra mile to seek out luxury boltholes from charming cottages nestled on the river bank to stylish abodes offering panoramic water views - all guaranteed to make a splash!
IN WITH THE NEW
Kick start your New Year´s resolutions at a Unique Home Stay... As the Christmas decorations are boxed and stowed for another year and the snow begins to thaw, we can at last get to work on those New Year resolutions. Be it to shape up and get trim for the summer ahead or to spend more time with your nearest and dearest, enjoy a change of scene and tick the boxes with a Unique Home Stay. From a cosy winter hideaway to catch up on your reading, a country cottage or a Cornish riverside holiday from which to beat the bounds set the targets for 2010 and indulge in a homestay to compliment.
VIP GETAWAYS - Treat your top clients to a Christmas thank you to remember. For the ultimate winter country pad , you can´t fail to impress clients with the spacious Tower Hill; as perfect for an intimate Christmas party as a blue sky thinking day
LUXURY AUTUMN BREAKS
LUXURY AUTUMN BREAKS LEAVE THE KIDS BEHIND AND ENJOY A LITTLE YOU TIME. If you´re looking for a more relaxed getaway, then Autumn is the perfect time to head to the best UK travel destinations, where you can embrace the real essence of coastal hideaways and country retreats far from the madding crowds
CHRISTMAS CRACKERS...LUXURY CHRISTMAS BREAKS 2009
Perfect Christmas breaks for a festive escape less ordinary. Here at Unique Home Stays we’re already dreaming of roaring fires, mulled wine and windswept walks as thoughts turn to planning your Christmas break for this 2009.
Properties featured in this newsletter: The Potting Shed (Old), Artists´ Beach House, Honeystone Manor, Queen Mary´s Castle, Candlewick Cottage, The Tower House, Pentonwarra, Lady Elizabeth´s House, Admiral´s Cottage
HOTEL VS LUXURY HOMESTAY
Why book a hotel room when you can book the whole house? Taking exclusive hire of an exquisite private property proves a more affordable and interesting alternative to a run-of-the-mill hotel.
Swallows and Amazons - Luxury Family Holidays
Stay in style while enjoying a luxury family holiday adventures on lochs, lakes and rivers... Whether or not you’ve read Arthur Ransome’s books about the Swallows and Amazons, any holiday splashing around on rivers and lakes will bring out the adventurous child in you.
New Start, New Lifestyle
Has the recession made you think about downsizing to the coast or the country? The economic downturn isn’t all doom and gloom; it could be a chance to get your hands on a dream property and a more leisurely lifestyle.
Rejuvenate. Relax. Recharge - Beat the winter blues with a well-being break in a Unique Home Stay
Take the time and the space to revive and be pampered. With the festive frenzy of Christmas now over for another year and the ink not yet dry on your New Years resolutions, banish the winter blues and kick-start 2009 with a well-being break in a Unique Home Stay.
A Cracker of a Christmas Party - The Ultimate Corporate Venue
Pop the cork on the festive fun and celebrations for your little helpers, and host a Christmas party to remember at one of our unique corporate retreats. Ultimate corporate venue for an office party
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Intimate Wedding Venues, Romantic Wedding Venues
Intimate & romantic wedding venues to inspire. Take exclusive hire of one of our stunning wedding venues in breathtaking locations, whether your dream wedding is a laid-back beach house by the seaside or a Scottish Hideaway.
Properties featured in this newsletter: The Glasshouse, Artists´ Beach House, The Ranch, The Beach Hut, Scottish Hideaway, Wincanton Farmhouse, Panorama, Cedar House Cottages, Weddings at Artists´ Beach House
Designer Holiday Pads
Once again, Unique Home Stays brings you some of the most exquisite private holiday homes available to rent from around the globe. Whether it’s the stunning architecture or designer-led interiors, these properties are guaranteed to inspire. Whatever your passion, we’ve houses that range from sleek contemporary to understated antique. And it’s not just here at Unique Home Stays that we think our properties are some of the most exclusive homes in the UK and overseas; our prize pads include the winner of Channel Five’s I Own Britain’s Best Home – Shire Castle. One thing’s for sure, we can guarantee a hedonistic haven that’s top of the league for location, luxury and buckets full of style.
DRESSED TO IMPRESS FROM BED TO BREAKFAST
Discover a flawless union of luxury, style and service when you stay in one of Unique Home Stay’s boutique B&B’s. We believe that a first-class B&B has to be dressed to impress from its bed to its breakfast, and everything in between. Lavish creature comforts, mouthwatering cuisine and superlative service are guaranteed, but that’s just for starters; you can also expect extraordinary architecture, stunning locations and warm hosts that will welcome you into their immaculate homes.
DOES YOUR HOUSE HAVE THE WOW-FACTOR?
Do you have a fabulous home you don’t use year-round? A plush weekend pad, a country manor, a rock star villa overseas, or perhaps a beach house in Cornwall or Bermuda? Have you inherited a grand country pile that might prove profitable if you opened its doors to paying guests? Unique Home Stays is currently on the hunt for magnificent properties to add to its hugely successful Exclusive Hire property portfolio.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOUSE PARTIES
The southwest is a destination for the young and the young at heart to plunge into the waves of adventure, indulge in gourmet local fare and experience a whole range of activities on the coast and in the countryside. Which is why Unique Home Stays offers accommodation that combines the finest things in life with pure family fun. It’s not just an abundance of facilities such as games rooms, play areas, swimming pools and tennis courts that make our properties family havens; it’s the likes of super-plush suites, wine cellars, private chefs on call and spa treatments that ensure they are pleasure zones for adults as well as children.
SUMMER’S COME EARLY
The beauty of self-catering is that you can do what you want, when you want. You won’t miss breakfast if you get up after nine and you don’t have to share the lounge with strangers. And contrary to popular opinion, self-catering doesn’t have to mean doing it all yourself. At least not when you select one of our Unique Home Stays that comes with the key with a range of (optional) facilities including private chefs, gourmet picnics, delivery of local produce and daily housekeeping. So while the UK is hip, these self-catering palaces are hot for spring, summer or autumn.
CLASSIC HOUSE PARTY RETREATS A STEP BEYOND DUBLIN AND CORK
With flights now linking every corner of the UK to the Emerald Isle, it has never been easier to visit the home of Guinness. But you don’t have to follow the crowds into the city hubbub and settle for your fill of the black stuff with a dose of pre-packed culture at an Irish dancing show. The wild beauty and gourmet gems of Ireland await just a short hop beyond the tourist centres; which is why we’ve selected a handful of unique house party properties within an hour or so of Dublin and Cork.
Winter Warmers: Last Minute Unique Festive Escapes
From windmills to manor houses, country farmhouses to cosy coastal cottages, embrace the festive season in style with Unique Home Stays. We’ve a finite selection of fantastic properties that are still available for Christmas and New Year 2007, whether you’re looking for a property that’s large enough to share Christmas with friends and family, or a romantic bolthole to see in 2008.
Corporate Christmas House Parties: Unique festive treats where you can blend business and leisure
Celebrate the festive season with clients and colleagues, at a unique corporate retreat where you can indulge in a heady mix of business and pleasure. Swap the office for a classic manor house, contemporary coastal escape or a historic castle, where you can blend networking, team building and boardroom meetings with gourmet feasts, fine wines and country pursuits.
FOODIE HAVENS: GOOD TASTE GETAWAYS
The best weekend breaks and holidays go hand-in-hand with good food. It´s all very well to find a fabulous B&B or a stylish self-catering cottage, but you don´t want to travel miles to track down the gourmet treasures of the area. Which is why we´ve decided to highlight a few of our favourite places to stay within a stone´s throw of some fantastic restaurants. Opt for one of our Unique Home Stays foodie havens and prepare for a full-pelt holiday feast of luxury accommodation, stunning scenery and fine food served in style. Tuck in and enjoy...
ACTION-PACKED ESCAPES IN THE LAP OF LUXURY
Unique Active Nreaks for Autumn and Winter. When the sun goes down early and the leaves turn brown, it´s all too easy to opt for the sort of holiday pad where you can curl up in front of the fire with your nose in a good book. Which is very nice and cosy, but you´re missing out on the action. Many of our properties in the UK and overseas offer all sorts of outdoor activities that are perfect for grabbing a hearty slice of the great outdoors throughout the autumn and winter months.
ECO-FRIENDLY LUXURY RETREATS Unique accommodation that doesn´t cost the earth
When it comes down to finding somewhere fabulous to stay, doing your bit to save the planet doesn’t have to mean scrimping on style and luxury. Many of our Unique Home Stays incorporate eco-friendly features that lessen their impact on the environment without lessening their wow-factor. Leave your car at home and getaway the greener way, staying at one of our properties that encourages recycling, offers on-site activities, uses eco-friendly cleaning products or heats its water with solar panels. Most of our catered properties flaunt menus brimming with fresh local ingredients, and at self-catering properties arrive to hampers of local produce and organic veggie boxes (by arrangement). Of course, here at Unique Home Stays we’re doing our bit to reduce our carbon footprint too. Instead of a printed brochure, you can find all the details for the properties below, and many more, listed on our website
PAINT A PICTURE OF LUXURY AT AN ARTIST´S RETREAT. IT CAN DO WONDERS FOR YOUR HEART AND SOUL
Discover your artistic flair or rekindle creative passions on a unique art break. Under the tutelage of an internationally acclaimed Trompe l´oeil artist, improve your painting technique whilst enjoying the luxuries of a Unique Home Stay.
SUMMERS SORTED, SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
You´ve finally picked the perfect beach pad to spend lazy summer days with friends and family. And whilst you languor in the fine life and the sunshine, the question of what to do for Christmas and New Year arises. Shirking responsibility for hosting a Christmas feast at home you find yourself dreaming of a large and luxurious house party pad where you can get away from it all.
SEARCHING FOR UNIQUE PROPERTY - LOOK NO FURTHER THAN UNIQUE PROPERTY SEARCH
The hardest part of acquiring a dream home is finding it. Which is why we have recently set up our Unique Property Search service. With a nose for only the most extraordinary properties, and years of experience in the unique property market, we take the hard work out of your hunt for the perfect property.
EXCLUSIVE COUNTRY RETREATS A STONES THROW FROM THE NORTH CORNISH COAST
It´s no surprise that North Cornwall is one of the UK´s hottest locations to holiday, with its sweeping sandy beaches, rugged sea cliffs, Atlantic breakers and king foodie reputation. But why fight the crowds for a beachfront room when some of the area´s most exclusive accommodation is squirreled away in the undulating countryside on the brink of the coast?
A home away from home... and a step ahead of the rest
The accommodation business has undergone a face-lift in recent years - we´ve seen chintz swapped for chic, butlers opening manor doors to exclusive house parties and even self-catering now comes with luxury knobs on. And as more accommodation companies crowd the market in the competitive race to catch the latest fads, Unique Home Stays has remained at the centre of the game for quality, unique and simply gob-smacking places to stay. Since 2001 we´ve been sourcing the most luxurious, unusual and outstanding venues to retreat in style - whether you want to cosy away with a loved one or celebrate a special occasion with friends and family.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM UNIQUE HOME STAYS
It´s that time of year that you´re all winding down in time for the festive break, or you´re manically busy wading through the workload to ensure you can take time off for Christmas! So we won´t bog you down with any more work or too much to think about. On behalf of the team at Unique Home Stays, we would just like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
A UNIQUE WAY TO DO BUSINESS: EXCLUSIVE CORPORATE RETREATS
You don´t have to be in London to do big business. Swap the hustle and bustle of the city for a corporate retreat, where inspiration, action and decision-making can be undertaken with a breath of fresh air and all the trimmings you need to impress clients and colleagues.
LUXURY HOUSE PARTY HAVENS... exclusively yours
Milestone birthdays, Christmas, New Year, reunions, anniversaries and special occasions all deserve a unique celebration. So why not throw a luxury house party? All you have to do is choose the house of your dreams from the Unique Home Stays Exclusive Collection.
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...
When it´s time to roast the festive turkey do you find yourself dreaming of a private chef? How about a luxurious house large enough for all your friends and family to host the New Year´s celebrations? And your own housekeeper to clear up the mess while you nurse your hangover?
Ditch run-of-the-mill hotels for personal service in luxury home stay accommodation
Book into a big luxury hotel and you can guarantee it will have all the trademarks of plush accommodation all over the world? But more and more people are looking for somewhere a bit special to stay. Somewhere unique, that still offers the predictable trimmings of the five-star hotels - the quality linen, the huge comfy beds, the stylish décor, the gourmet food and the pampering. Which is why Unique Home Stays has hand-picked a collection of extraordinary, intimate accommodation that offers personal service and a bit of pizzazz in outstanding locations across the UK and overseas.
Luxury House party Havens... exclusively yours
Milestone birthdays, Christmas, New Year, reunions, anniversaries and special occasions all deserve a unique celebration. So why not throw a luxury house party? All you have to do is choose the house of your dreams from the Unique Home Stays Exclusive Collection, discuss your requirements with the private chef and the owner, then send out the party invites. From Scottish castles, Devonshire fishing lodges, and country manors, we can offer you the most glamorous and simply unique venues for lavish parties, intimate gatherings or royal banquets. All properties are available for hire on an exclusive-use basis.
UK COASTAL RETREATS WITH THE WOW FACTOR
Whether you fancy a beach house for two with uninterrupted views of the ocean, or an exclusive coastal retreat for friends and family, you´ll find the perfect pad in our handpicked collection of UK seaside homes with the wow factor.
Unique locations for hen parties, weddings and honeymoons
Spring has sprung and love is in the air. And to help you plan the perfect wedding, Unique Home Stays has hand-selected some glamorous havens for hen parties, extraordinary locations for civil ceremonies and romantic retreats exclusively for you and your lover.
TAKE A UNIQUE SELF-CATERED HOLIDAY: A NEW WAVE OF LUXURY SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION HAS ECLIPSED ITS CHINZY IMAGE OF YESTERYEAR
Do you want all the luxuries of an exquisite country house hotel with the privacy and independence that comes with self-catering accommodation? Take a break in one of our luxury cottages in the UK or overseas and your perceptions of ‘self catering’ accommodation will be changed for good.
Pamper to your green-fingered fancies and take a blomin´ good look at the spring gardens of the west country
Take a unique and luxurious route along the plant-lovers’ trail, visiting the paradise gardens scattered from the tip to the toe of the West County. Unique Home Stays presents a tantalising array of garden tours that include secret gardens, horticultural gems, exquisite accommodation and sumptuous cuisine.