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 kitchen to indulge your culinary nuances or a Cornish riverside abode from which to beat the bounds set the targets for 2010 and indulge in a homestay to compliment.
Penkenna Beach Barn, Crackington Haven, North Cornwall
Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
The Homestay: Relax beachside at this gorgeous coastal abode. Dine on the lawn as the waves lap the wall and stretch out in the summer sun. Comfortable chic accommodation for up to six guests to kick back Cornish style.
Try your hand: If shaping up and getting fit is top of the list then what better way than to explore the natural beauty of Cornwall then taking to the coast path with a spring in your step. Penkenna sits along one of the most dramatic stretches of high cliffs and sea views.
The Price: From £1320 up to £2220 for a week-stay, 3-nts from £820
Tell me more: www.penkenna.uniquehomestays.com
Samphire House, Lee Bay, North Devon
Sleeps: Up to 15 guests
The Homestay: A beautifully furnished family homestay nestled in the charming village of Lee. Think sumptuous beds, bespoke furniture and Victorian charm combined with a real sense of space and calm. Throw open the double doors to the spacious terrace and garden beyond.
Try your hand: Rally the troops and head to the coast, spend more valuable time with your nearest and dearest this year. Samphire House is the perfect based for the young or simply the young at heart.
The Price: From £1750 up to £3050 per week, 3-nt stays from £1210. The house can also be taken for up to 9 guests out of season from £1400 week or from £980 for short stay
Tell me more: www.samphirehouse.uniquehomestays.com
River House, Nr Dartmouth , Devon
Sleeps: Up to 11 guests (8 adults and 3 children)
The Homestay: An unrivalled homestay perched high overlooking the picturesque River Dart. River House is an inspirational abode combining the luxury of an indoor pool amidst the integral design of this stylish home. The interiors have been simplified to create a calm semi -minimalist atmosphere that flows throughout the elegant simplicity of the grand oak structure.
Try your hand: If your resolution is to up the adventure then take to the high seas for some nautical adrenaline. Dartmouth is a mecca for all things maritime, try your hand at sailing; from buzzy dinghy sailing to more challenging yachts, this is the perfect base from which to enjoy a a week of tuition.
The Price: £6750 per week; 3 nt stays at £3000
Tell me more:www.riverhouse.uniquehomestays.com
Butterfly House, Nr Sherborne, Dorset
Sleeps: Up to 14 (10 adults and 4 children)
The Homestay: A beautiful luxury home nestled in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Characterful spaces bedecked in contemporary furniture provide a minimalist haven accessorised with striking artwork.
Try your hand: Tick the cultural boxes of your 2010 to do list and explore the historic villages and towns of Dorset. From the nearby ancient town of Sherborne to the mystic grounds of Stonehenge, make a base at Butterfly House.
The Price: From £4250 up to £6000 per week, 3-nt stays from £3000
Tell me more: www.butterflyhouse.uniquehomestays.com
Rose Mawgan Cottage, St Mawgan, North Cornwall
Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
The Homestay: Oozing Cornish charm, enjoy a real flavour of village life as you relax in comfort at Rose Mawgan; as perfect for a winter getaway as a spring retreat.
Try your hand: If 2010 is your year to indulge your taste buds, book a weekend at Rose Mawgan Cottage enviably placed between both the beachside resturant of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen and the tempting collection of Rick Steins eateries at Padstow. If you want to do more than simply enjoy good food, enrol yourself on a day course at the Seafood School; you'll leave inspired!
The Price: From £795 up to £1600 per week, 3-nt stays from £560 to £695. The cottage is also available for 2 guests from £560 week and from £395 for a short stay out of season.
Tell me more: www.rosemawgancottage.uniquehomestays.com
Artisan Farmhouse B&B, Nr Bodmin, Cornwall
Sleeps: Up to 7 guests (or individual rooms)
The Homestay: A quirky 18th century farmhouse packed full of Cornish charm and rural appeal. Neutral tones of wood and slate, with a mix of traditional and modern décor enhanced by the owner's artwork, a lovely home for a restful stay.
Try your hand: Unique art holidays under the wing of renowned Trompe L'oeil artist Janet Shearer, we can arrange a bespoke art break to suit your needs with themed courses available for all levels of budding artists - from first-time painters to art aficionados.
The Price: Monday to Friday stays from £740 to £880 inc 3 days tuition, or 3-nt weekends from £555 to £660 inc. 2 days tuition
Tell me more:www.artisanfarmhouse.uniquehomestays.com
Dragonwood, nr Oakham, Rutland
Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
The Homestay: The perfect country pad to spread out and get some fresh air, indulgent banquet feasts in the ornate dining room, roaring fires and thematic hunting paraphernalia adorn the walls.
Try your hand: Step out in Rutland and make 2010 the year of country pursuits. The house is nestled right in the heart of Englands hunting, shooting, fishing land, so whether you'd like to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, horse riding or game shooting, you won't need to leave the grounds of this 60-acres estate. Enjoy an action packed weekend with friends whatever the celebration.
The Price: From £4500 to £5500 per week; 3-nt stays from £2500 for 2 nights
Tell me more:www.dragonwood.uniquehomestays.com
Hele Linhay, Nr Ashburton, South Devon
Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
The Homestay: A wonderfully converted Coachman's house offering breathtaking moorland views. Fresh neutral hues blend well against the bespoke artwork and ornate Indian furniture.
Try your hand: Dig out your pinny and book into the Ashburton Cookery School for some culinary tips and tricks. Situated right on the doorstep of Hele Linhay you can retire home with cookery books in hand to try out your days recipe and chefing skills!
The Price: From £1550 up to £2700 weekly, shorter stays from £950 to £1150
Tell me more: www.helelinhay.uniquehomestays.com
For more information contact Sarah Stanley or Sarah Milligan
Tel: +44(0)1637 881183