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Unique Home Stays


September 2009 


Perfect getaway pads 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 the next big getaway. For UHS owners, the season to be jolly provides the perfect excuse to bedeck their properties with festive flavour and winter warming appeal. If, after a summer spent with your nearest and dearest, top of your wish list is leaving them all behind over the festive period, we’ve beautiful homestays for two to tempt; or if you find yourself counting the days until the next family get-together; we’ve perfect party pads for a group gathering that will ensure you see the New Year in with a bang.

The Potting Shed, Nr Watergate Bay, Cornwall

A stone’s throw from some of the best coastal scenery in Cornwall; this idyllic retreat is the perfect base for a festive retreat

Spend crisp winter’s days: Making the most of the stunning North coast beaches for a spot of adrenaline-fuelled activities; from coasteering to surfing.
And cosy winter’s eves: After a day of wind-blasting, a long soak in the bath followed by a curl up in front of the logburner is probably all you’ll feel up to. Indulge in a luxury home cooked supper delivered to your door; as you count in the New Year in getting-away-from-it-all style.
Cost: A week-stay over New Year is £700 based on 2 guests.
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The Oyster Shack, Whitstable, Kent

This quirky seaside beach house is the perfect location for a festive family gathering

Spend crisp winter’s days: Walk into Whitstable or head to Deal to find quirky last-minute presents as well as stock up on lovely festive nibbles; you'll find a host of great shops and delis. Start the New Year with the best intentions… take the Saxon Shore Way from the house around the coast to walk off the festive excesses.
And cosy winter’s eves: Head out to the veranda with a blanket or two and a mug of mulled wine for a stargazing extravaganza.
Cost: Christmas and New Year currently available; week-stays at £2750 based on 8 guests
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Honeystone Manor, Nr Burford, Oxfordshire

A stunning and quirky country house perfect for a festive gathering in style

Spend crisp winter’s days: Exploring the curio boutiques of nearby villages such as Burford; heading to the buzz of central London for a spot of last minute present buying. Or simply make the most of relaxing in sublime comfort at the house... go the extra mile and hire a masseur to provide you with a pre-Christmas pamper.
And cosy winter’s eves: Sumptuous sofas, roaring fires and dramatic décor offer the perfect backdrop for a festive break to remember. The beautiful barn provides the ultimate fine dining setting; with fantastic local chefs available if you want to indulge (catering at an additional cost and by prior arrangement)
Cost: A week’s stay at Christmas is £9500; a 5-nt stay at New Year £7000 based on 14 guests
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Queen Mary’s Castle, Scotland

For the ultimate in relaxation this Christmas and New Year then escape to your very own fully staffed and catered Scottish castle

Spend crisp winter’s days: Trying out a plethora of country pursuits including fishing, clay pigeon shooting and archery on the 44-acre estate, or even partaking in a round of mini Highland Games.
And cosy winter’s eves: Getting into the Scottish spirit of things; whether whisky tasting a ceilidh or fireside tales from a Highland Storyteller take your fancy. You’ll be drawing straws for sleeping in the Tower Room, this romantic turret bedroom is accessed via a private staircase where a four-posted bed awaits.
Cost: Christmas and New Year breaks at £395 per person per night (based on a minimum of 12 guests, maximum 18) minimum 3-nt stay
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Candlewick Cottage, Painswick, Cotswolds

Hang your stocking on the fireplace and get into festive mode at this cosy cottage chock full of antique appeal

Spend crisp winter’s days: Donning your walking boots and heading out for windswept walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside. If that’s all a little too energetic for you, head to Bath Spas for an indulgent pre-Christmas pamper. After which you’ll be feeling far too relaxed to do anything other than sit in the conservatory with a good book and some festive nibbles.
And cosy winter’s eves: Snuggled up in front of the roaring fire. All you need is your other half, good food, wine and the obligatory Christmas board games and you'll be wishing for snow so you've an excuse not to leave the comfort of your country abode.
Cost: A week’s stay over Christmas or New Year costs £950 based on 4 guests
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The Tower House, Nr Warrington, Cheshire

For a stunning backdrop for festive photos this is the ultimate uber-chic contemporary haven

Spend crisp winter’s days: Cycling the local Trans Pennine Trail, perfect for youngsters with lots of lovely pubs en route. Or head to the sales in Manchester for a little New Year spending!
And cosy winter’s eves: For those of you brave enough to make the dash outside, the roof garden hot tub is certainly a unique way to welcome in the New Year; and the perfect vantage point for firework watching.
Cost: Christmas and New Year breaks at £3500 for 3-nts or £7000 for a week based on 10 guests
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Tower Hill, Borders of Rutland, Lincolnshire

Toast in the New Year in luxurious style at his stunning party pad

Spend crisp winter’s days: A bracing round of golf before lunch maybe? Perhaps a lakeside cycle? Alternatively just batten down the hatches and make the most of all that's on offer at this fantastic property; where everything from snooker to a large indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art cinema room, and even a five-a-side football pitch will keep kids and big kids alike amused for hours.
And cosy winter’s eves: More of the above! And for a real treat ensure that you take at least one night off kitchen duty to get the professionals in to cater for you; whether you're opting for a gourmet buffet or 6-course candlelit dinner to see the New Year in in style. (catering at an additional cost)
Cost: A week’s stay over the New Year period is £11,500 based on 22 guests
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Pentonwarra, Trevone, Cornwall

Get close to the elements to see in the New Year at this coastal haven

Spend crisp winter’s days: For those brave enough, go on the hunt for the saltwater pool carved into the rocks a short distance from the house and welcome the New Year in with a rejuvenating dip. Don’t forget to pack your walking boots to head out of the house for a daily windblast along the coast path.
And cosy winter’s eves: Take to the piano and enjoy a good old singalong in the ‘music’ room; the dining room with stunning sea views is the perfect location for a special dinner.
Cost: A weeks stay at New Year is £3000 based on 8 guests
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Lady Elizabeth’s House, Shropshire

A luxurious stately home exclusively yours, bedecked with festive flavour and fully staffed and catered, for a festive getaway to remember

Spend crisp winter’s days: Exploring the 1,000 acres of parkland in which the house is set. Everything from falconry displays  to ballooning and quad trekking can be arranged (at an additional cost) Or simply curl up with a good book in the Victorian Library which has over 3,000 books from which to choose.
And cosy winter’s eves: Enjoying a plethora of delicious seasonal fare. If you want to get into party mode, everything from casinos to murder mystery can be arranged (at an additional cost) or for a culinary treat, arrange a cheese and port tasting evening in the candlelit cellar.
Cost: £750 per person (plus VAT) based on a 3-nt stay (minimum 20 guests, maximum 52)
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Sea View Cottage, Nr Deal, Kent

Enjoy chic coastal living in this beautiful traditional fisherman's cottage, as perfect for a romantic festive break with your other half as a cosy family Christmas

Spend crisp winter’s days: Climbing up and over the White Cliffs of Dover, an enviable vantage point of the dramatic seas below.
And cosy winter’s eves: Soaking in the bath watching the sun set over the sea before snuggling down to indulge in festive fare in front of the crackling log fire. Fall asleep to the calming sound of the waves on the shore - bliss.
Cost: Christmas and New Year currently available; week-stays at £1400 based on 5 guests
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For more information contact Sarah Stanley or Sarah Milligan
Tel: +44(0)1637 881183


* This is a small selection of our Unique Home Stays Country/Coastal retreats. Please see our website for more ideas and accommodation to suit you. We have properties in the UK, USA, Spain, South Africa, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, India, Greece, France and the Czech Republic.
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* Launched in 2001, Unique Home Stays offers the creme de la creme of privately hosted accommodation that offers a unique alternative to run-of-the mill hotels. Having travelled the world, MD Sarah Stanley knew what she expected from top quality accommodation: Intimate and luxury hospitality, pristine homes oozing with character, excellent regional cuisine and comfortable bedrooms with all the trimmings. Today Unique Home Stays offers superior accommodation in over 100 homes scattered over 14 different countries. The properties include castles, priories, rectories, windmills, water mills, townhouses, coastal homes and even a house in the sea.
* Unique Home Stays cannot accept any liability for any misrepresentation by the Owner or any change made by the Owner since our inspection.

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