[Skip to Navigation] | [Skip to Content]

Newsletters and press releases

Peruse the latest updates from Unique Homestays HQ in our Newsletter and Press Release Archive.

 
Unique Folk

Unique Folk

In homes that brim with folkloric influence, the spirit of these isles and the people that make them come to the fore; in all their creativity and craftsmanship. It is in such spaces, where hand-painted bowls of figs rest on driftwood tables brought in from the local beach, that we make ourselves most at home.

New Property Arrival - Pomona

New Property Arrival - Pomona

1969 was one of the most culturally defining years in history. While Armstrong took man´s first steps on the moon, British artist Terence Coventry was starting out again on the south Cornwall coast. In the latest chapter of his mid-century home, sojourning families can claim it all for their own. With its kidney-shaped pool, exclusive access to the sculpture gardens and glass walls that connect those inside to nature, this seaside studio oozes artistic allure.

New Property Arrival - Senara

New Property Arrival - Senara

Flamingo pink sunsets, pastries on the beach and morning dips in the ocean before even the keenest of surfers have made their way to Gwithian’s blue shores; life at Senara is an idyllic one. Inside, this contemporary beach house flaunts Scandinavian vibes and sweeping views of St Ives Bay, while the garden includes a pool, sauna and Minack-inspired fire pit area for late-night s´mores.

New Property Arrival - Tincture

New Property Arrival - Tincture

Within the secluded peaks of the Cambrian Mountains, Tincture is a true escape into the wild. The fairytale cottage was crafted using ingenious sympathy towards the land in which it resides; off-grid and intentionally simple to frame the hills which dip in and out of sight between the elements outside.

New Property Arrival - Idlewylde

New Property Arrival - Idlewylde

As comfortable within the wilderness as the peregrine falcons who soar above it, this remote cottage is an impossibly romantic retreat for couples. Transformed from tumbledown sheep shelter to luxury cottage, Idlewylde retains much of its heritage while merging a smorgasbord of centuries, cultures and countries between its Welsh stone walls.

Blue Sky Thinking

Blue Sky Thinking

Symmetrical facades, dark nooks or enormous windows inviting nature´s views to flood in; the way in which we design our homes has a profound impact on both our mood and wellbeing. This month we explore the field of neuroarchitecture, taking inspiration from fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Steven Holl who said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

New Property Arrival - Verte

New Property Arrival - Verte

Wraparound windows peering through the oaks, an angular grass roof and organic furnishings moulded from the surrounding estate; here is a treehouse in which even the most stoic of grown-ups can lose themselves in imagination. This RIBA award-winning home is part of our limited edition collection.

New Property Arrival - Solas

New Property Arrival - Solas

Just a stone´s throw from the paradisiacal shores of one of the UK´s best beaches, this modern home in the Outer Hebrides is seemingly perched on the edge of the world.

Rooms in bloom

Rooms in bloom

Fruiting banana trees, heritage orchards, natural swimming pools and banks of kaleidoscopic wildflowers; this month we explore some of our most exquisite gardens.

New Property Arrival - Gaia Farmhouse

New Property Arrival - Gaia Farmhouse

Restored by an architect inspired by minimalist Scandinavian design, this 16th century farmhouse embraces the ebb and flow of seasonality. Green for the fells, grey for the stones and burnt umber for the bracken which covers the landscape in a fiery blanket from September until the first snow; Gaia Farmhouse sings a song of Cumbrian soul from the inside out.

A love letter to summer

A love letter to summer

The longest day of the year and the largest music event in the country have marked the beginning of summer with heatwaves and glitter, sequins and sea swims. Windows are flung open and birdsong filters into our dreams from the early hours as the sun stretches into the sky, reminding us that there is so much to love about life.

Curious country escapes

Curious country escapes

It´s true what they say, a house in the country does not make it a ´country house´ but, while the film industry has bought us the likes of Aubrey Hall and Downton Abbey of late, we have been unearthing country homes that are altogether something quite different.

A summer of poolside glamour

A summer of poolside glamour

Name something better than floating in scintillating waters under the hot summer sun, or slipping under the cool surface of a natural pool for a moonlit dip while the rest of the world is in slumber. This month we present four paradisical destinations complete with private pools that invite you to escape the feverish heat of the city.

The gateway to summer

The gateway to summer

Here marks the gateway to summer. The beginning of al fresco dining, late-night dancing at festivals and zinging salsas created from fresh garden produce. This coming month the UK sings its finest, most vibrant song; it was the author Maud Hart Lovelace who said, "It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside."

Britain´s buds of May

Britain´s buds of May

May is the unsung hero of British springtime; reliable sunshine, blossoming cherry trees littering pavements with confetti and long evenings of barbecues and wine. With schools still in session before the Jubilee weekend and half term, May makes for the perfect time to explore the UK.

New Property Arrival - The Ruby Barn

New Property Arrival - The Ruby Barn

A hidden gem on the edge of the Cotswolds AONB, this luxury barn conversion was designed by a celebrity stylist and fashioned with a heart full of love.

Enchanted Cottages

Enchanted Cottages

Concealed by scrambling roses, hidden in valleys and in woodland glades filled with birdsong, lie some of the UK´s most enchanting stone dwellings. Delve into the land of fairytales with a Unique Homestays cottage escape this summer.

New Property Arrival - Bellatrix

New Property Arrival - Bellatrix

Inspired by Kit Kemp´s fearless Firmdale Hotels, this Gothic manor house in Cornwall´s forgotten south-east corner is a family escape where the whole gang can congregate together.

New Property Arrival - The Glasshouse

New Property Arrival - The Glasshouse

Perched on the banks of the River Teifi on the west Wales coast, luxury retreat The Glasshouse seemingly sits between two worlds. An elemental aesthetic brings together reclaimed wood from the garden, local slate, a roaring woodburner and hot tub right on the riverbank.

Grand Gatherings

Grand Gatherings

The veil of hibernation is slipping from our faces as we begin to come back together to embrace, to dance, to sit around large dining tables sharing never-ending stories.

New Property Arrival - Castle India

New Property Arrival - Castle India

A wild celebration of Mother Nature, Castle India is a luxury retreat perched on the banks of the River Lynher that offers an immersive experience of botanical beauty. Inside itīs all bold prints and entertaining spaces, while outside a natural pool awaits within nine acres of sub-tropical gardens.

Cold Water Therapy

Cold Water Therapy

Whether Britainīs cerulean seas, moorland rivers or Highland waterfalls, immersing into cold water fills the body with tingling vitality. A therapy not prescribed in doctorīs surgeries, but an age-old connection to some of our wildest landscapes, we invite you to run far from the UKīs concrete jungles to dip your toes in our effervescent shores and cascading streams.

New Photoshoot Locations

New Photoshoot Locations

This month we introduce two new arrivals to our exclusive photoshoot collection. The woodland setting of In Clover will set the scene for new fashion lines, while Skyfall’s cornucopia of facilities will inspire anyone looking for a luxury country location not far from London.

New Property Arrival - The Railway House

New Property Arrival - The Railway House

Scandinavian design and English elegance go hand in hand at The Railway House, with Turkish rugs, lofty ceilings and sculptural chandeliers creating a cosmopolitan yet cosy feel. Outside, heady herbs line the pathways while, beyond the walled garden, a river saunters through the surrounding farmland, tempting long walks alongside the resident otters and egrets.

Fantastical Castles, Towers and Follies

Fantastical Castles, Towers and Follies

This year, escape the shackles of the everyday by running away to a home where individuality, romance and frivolity are embraced.

New Property Arrival - Huntlington House

New Property Arrival - Huntlington House

The former Jacobean hunting lodge, Huntlington House has put down its working boots for the last time, entering its golden years where no luxury is spared and no desire too far-fetched. Refined, elegant but with hints of playful rascality throughout, this lavish manor ensures a jolly good time.

New Property Arrivals: White Beach Cove, Isla Windmill and Saffron Tower

New Property Arrivals: White Beach Cove, Isla Windmill and Saffron Tower

Seemingly at the ends of the Earth, between mountains and sea, this trio of unique dwellings offers sublime escapism from strident city living. Island windmill, fairytale tower or white stone cottage, which will you choose first?

Winter Wishes

Winter Wishes

As 2021 draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your support during another extraordinary year. We hope that this Christmas brought you together with friends and family to enjoy each other’s company, to share laughter over food and wine, and plot new adventures for the year ahead.

New Property Arrival: Aurora

New Property Arrival: Aurora

Clinging to the cliffs above Freathy, this cosy cabin for two flaunts a front row seat to natureīs changeable moods where days are spent rambling along the South West Coast Path or with toes dipped in sand on the beach below. As the sun sets and starry skies twinkle above, crack open the fizz and sink into the al fresco hot tub.

New Property Arrival - The Artistīs Retreat

New Property Arrival - The Artistīs Retreat

Between the moors and sea in mystical North Cornwall, where folklore and truth twist to forge history, lies a bohemian home festooned in wisteria.

At Home with Sarah

At Home with Sarah

As we near the end of 2021 we bring our focus back to our roots and to Unique Homestays founder, Sarah Stanley. Here, she tells us what she thinks makes the perfect homestay, as well as gives an insight into her new home in Cornwall and how she will be spending Christmas.

New Property Arrival - Heddwen

New Property Arrival - Heddwen

A Welsh farmhouse with sweeping views of Cardigan Bay in one direction and Mount Snowdon grazing the clouds in the other, Heddwen welcomes visitors with open arms, offering the warm embrace of a grandmother not seen in years.

Green is the New Black

Green is the New Black

We are flipping Black Friday on its head; rather than flash sales or added gifts wrapped in plastic, we will be doubling our donations to Rewilding Britain for any 2021 bookings made up until midnight on Monday 29th November.

Curious Escapes

Curious Escapes

Throw caution to the wind, dive down the rabbit hole and explore wonderlands created by some of Britainīs biggest dreamers.

New Property Arrival - Pearlīs on Sea

New Property Arrival - Pearlīs on Sea

A reinvented coastal shack embodying the spirit of faded glamour, Pearlīs on Sea is brimming with bohemian tempo and just a ten-minute stroll from Winchelsea Beach.

A Maximalist Christmas

A Maximalist Christmas

This month we share homes available over the festive season with more than a hint of va-va-voom, for a Noël like never before.

New Property Arrival - Little Inka

New Property Arrival - Little Inka

Tucked within an alpaca farm on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Little Inka pays homage to Cornwallīs founding elements of granite, slate and copper.

New Property Arrival - The Hatch

New Property Arrival - The Hatch

Earthen tones, organic textures and sinkable linen sofas; The Hatch is a feast for the senses in the heart of Crantock. Beyond the grounds, Crantock Beach and the South West Coast Path are just a stroll down the lane.

The Cosy Club

The Cosy Club

As nature blazes with one last hoorah to the sun before it sinks into a nourishing slumber, itīs time to rest beneath the earth and gather energy to emerge in spring again.

New Property Arrival - Benetfeld

New Property Arrival - Benetfeld

Ablaze against Berkshireīs green and pleasant fields, new arrival Benetfeld is experiential, immersive and extraordinary.

New Property Arrival - Amaia

New Property Arrival - Amaia

Seemingly floating above the ocean, Amaia emerges from the south Cornwall coast with grace and elegance; its organic wood and silver tones mirroring the view of its private beach below.

New Property Arrival - Limehouse Cottage

New Property Arrival - Limehouse Cottage

Hidden in a land where mountains, valleys and lakes collide Limehouse Cottage serves up luxury living with one hand and raw, organic beauty with the other.

New Property Arrival - The Makerīs House

New Property Arrival - The Makerīs House

Transporting groups far from the rhythms of everyday life, The Makerīs Houseīs Mediterranean vibes are reminiscent of lazy hedonistic holidays on Tuscan hills.

Britain in Wonderland

Britain in Wonderland

From woodlands hiding shining red toadstools to wide expanses of heathered moorland, plunging waterfalls and ridgelines so high one could reach up, grab a cloud and hitch a lift to the moon if they so wished; each odyssey leads to enchantment, every peek into the undergrowth reveals alchemy. Donīt let the love affair with homeland holidays end.

New Property Arrival - Oska

New Property Arrival - Oska

Echoing the shift of seasons within the surrounding countryside, Oska is a modern home that perfectly blends with its rural North Cornwall surroundings.

New Property Arrival - Forestkeepers

New Property Arrival - Forestkeepers

Designed with family enjoyment in mind, a treehouse and zipwire will captivate the imagination of children, while secluded courtyards hidden within colourful blooms provide the perfect setting for grownups to enjoy a quiet hour sipping coffee.

The Great British Summer Holiday

The Great British Summer Holiday

The summer holidays are here and with foreign travel limited, the UK is seeing a revival of love. Rally the troops and rediscover its marvels next summer in one of our most sought-after properties for 2022.

New Property Arrival - The Darton

New Property Arrival - The Darton

Conjuring all the fond imaginings of what a modern English country escape should be, The Darton is chock-a-block with flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces and deep velvet sofas tempting long afternoons sipping wine, nose in a good book.

New Property Arrival - The Sorting Office

New Property Arrival - The Sorting Office

Bordered by greenery and with public footpaths through Hampshireīs rolling hills accessed from the garden gate, The Sorting Office is the perfect springboard for rural adventures both small and mighty.

New Property Arrival - The Summer Folly

New Property Arrival - The Summer Folly

Hidden within the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle and Gardens, this whimsical folly hides a surprising interior of hand-painted frescoes, Moroccan tiles and bursts of sunshine yellow.

New Property Arrival - Elderwood Manor

New Property Arrival - Elderwood Manor

A 19th century house which proudly sits between Exmoor and the Hartland Heritage Coast, Elderwood Manor is perfectly placed for Famous-Five style adventures. Through the front door and itīs all sweeping staircases, grand hallways and botanical wallpapers while outside, a hot tub entangled within a giant rhododendron offers magical evenings with unrivaled views of rural Devon.

New Property Arrival - Deco Beach House

New Property Arrival - Deco Beach House

Hiding behind golden sand dunes and swaying grasses in the sheltered cove of Portmellon, Deco Beach House is an unabashed celebration of 1920īs coastal style. Outside, curved walls and a private foreshore await while the interiors are awash with crittall glass doors, antique mirrors and geometric patterns.

New Property Arrival - Maison Blanche

New Property Arrival - Maison Blanche

Graceful, fun and confident without losing sight of tradition, if Maison Blanche were a person, they would be the most charismatic in the room. Tactile and joyous at once, wander through beds of heady lavender, snooze to the soundtrack of birdsong and sink into a burbling hot tub under scintillating skies.

New Property Arrival - Gulliverīs Hall

New Property Arrival - Gulliverīs Hall

Wellness is key at Gulliverīs Hall and whether your days involve hopping between swimming pool, spa and sauna or are spent embracing nature in the expanse of wild woodland, the sunken stone hot tub will be a fine place to conclude the day.

Hedonistic Hideouts

Hedonistic Hideouts

This month we invite you to give in to indulgence and explore the homes within our illustrious isles which offer true liberation from everyday routine. Destinations designed for the hedonists.

New Property Arrival - The Zen Garden

New Property Arrival - The Zen Garden

Radiating rest and relaxation, The Zen Garden is a home of two opposing yet harmonious halves; on one side crooked timber beams foraged from abandoned ships crisscross the ceilings, while the other is a contemporary haven.

New Property Arrival - Dandelion

New Property Arrival - Dandelion

Open the front door and enter a world of flamboyance and flair, where giant disco balls refract shimmering rainbows and twisting succulents convolute across enormous windows. Sophisticated, playful and ever so elegant, Dandelion is a rambunctious escape for reunions, family gatherings and celebrations.

New Property Arrival - Fernden Lane

New Property Arrival - Fernden Lane

Just an hour by train from both central London and the balmy south coast, this 16th century farmhouse is perfectly placed for enjoying all that England has to offer. On arrival, twisting blooms clambering around mullioned windows extend the prettiest of welcomes, while oodles of country-luxe charm awaits inside.

New Property Arrival - The Pandy House

New Property Arrival - The Pandy House

Built with eccentricity in its bones and peace in its soul, The Pandy House encompasses the very essence of Snowdonia; elaborate as the National Parkīs rich tapestry of valleys, forests and raging rivers, calm as the mountain peaks which sit high in the clouds.

A Weddings Revival

A Weddings Revival

Farewell matching bridesmaids, adieu neat bouquets and auf wiedersehen jet-lagged elopements on foreign soil; now, the UK weddings scene welcomes style and taste, over-the-top arrangements and foot-stomping parties which will leave wedding couture fraying at the hems.

New Property Arrival - Clementine House

New Property Arrival - Clementine House

Within only an hour of London, this large Grade II listed home and its clambering roses are a welcome tonic for anyone looking to escape the city. Clementine House exudes dollīs house charm, with exposed timber beams, blousy florals, pretty china and a powder blue front door.

New Property Arrival - Kohtalo

New Property Arrival - Kohtalo

With their paths entwined from the very beginning, the owners of Kohtalo first met on this very site on the edge of Exmoor way back when they were children. Now, this sleek modern home is a true manifestation of a life well lived, with furniture, artwork and decor tastefully collected from across the world.

New Property Arrival - St Quentinīs

New Property Arrival - St Quentinīs

As though plucked from the set of a period drama, this Grade I listed country house sits within seven hundred acres of private estate. Encompassing tree avenues, lakes for wild swimming, rewilding schemes and a permaculture-led community farm, St Quentinīs is anything but ordinary.

New Property Arrival - Fjall

New Property Arrival - Fjall

Settled on the hillside of a soaring wooded valley, influenced by Japanese and Scandinavian principles of simple living, Fjall brings together the very best of the world beneath its blackened wood exterior.

The English Garden

The English Garden

Over the past 12 months our personal growing spaces, both large and small, have become our sanctuaries away from the world but now, as hospitality reopens, we invite you to kick off your shoes and wander across the cushioned meadows of some of our finest English garden escapes.

New Property Arrival - Wildwood Holt

New Property Arrival - Wildwood Holt

Sitting deep in a valley near Cornwallīs illustrious Helford River on the remote Lizard Peninsula, this rustic-luxe riverside cottage is an idyllic retreat. Enveloped in birdsong and cradled by an abundance of scrambling blooms, weary travellers will soon forget any thoughts of city dwelling.

New Property Arrival - Mesmire

New Property Arrival - Mesmire

Conceived by a botanical artist, luxury self-catering home Mesmire was designed to draw eyes across the water and embrace every ounce of magic that this secret fold of the Roseland Peninsula has to offer, fusing organic materials, eco-friendly features, and clean living with Scandi styling.

New Property Arrival - Elissa

New Property Arrival - Elissa

Strong in its stature but invitingly cosy on the inside, Elissa is a 120-year-old converted chapel nestled between Stroud and Cirencester, brimming with community tales and rich history.

New Property Arrival - Harlequin House

New Property Arrival - Harlequin House

Positioned between blossoming orchards on the Rutland border, Harlequin House displays a fusion of texture, colour and designer patterns. Playfully renovated by two sisters, this 120-year-old Edwardian cottage is now the modern-day answer to the quintessential English country escape.

New Property Arrival - Zephyros

New Property Arrival - Zephyros

Flaunting views across the Jurassic Coast and the rolling countryside, Zephyros is a contemporary abode with a zingy aesthetic. High ceilings and large windows gives a sense of infinite space, while a sprawling lawn, adventure playground and indoor heated swimming pool ensure that there is enough to keep the whole family entertained.

New Property Arrival - Alcazar

New Property Arrival - Alcazar

Once a hunting retreat for Henry VIII when he was courting Anne Boleyn in the early 1500s, this history-laden private home is now available for commercial photoshoots and filming.

Nomadic Instinct

Nomadic Instinct

As humans, we were born to roam; to follow the seasons and to chase the hunt, to be in motion with the sun, to pack up camp and follow the constellations.

The Alchemy of Architecture

The Alchemy of Architecture

This month we shine a light on modern homes which ride the wave of trends and evolving lifestyle throughout the ages; homes which work with nature, as if by magic, to truly stand the test of time.

A 2021 Love Story

A 2021 Love Story

2020 was the year we stayed home and fell back in love with tradition. Home-cooked farm produce, paper books you can grasp between your fingers and sustainable staycations were all in high demand. With those elements in mind, weīve been busy devising inspiration for your post-lockdown escapes. We start the year with a romantic elopement story from the Cornish coast, plus new arrivals and private catering options for your next break away.

2022 - 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Follow us @uniquehomestays

InstagramInstagramInstagramInstagramInstagramInstagram

[Top of Page]

We use a small number of cookies on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to their use. More information