If luxury, pampering, facilities and relaxation are all top of your agenda when it comes to a well-earned break, then don’t assume that you have to check into a top hotel. Whether it’s a romantic retreat for two, a family break, or a corporate getaway, you might be surprised to find that taking exclusive hire of an exquisite private property proves a more affordable and interesting alternative to a run-of-the-mill hotel.
If the appeal of the hotel stay for you is the chance to put your feet up and make the most of the butler service and daily housekeeping; to indulge in gourmet dining and fine wine; or simply the chance to pamper yourself; all this and more can be found at Unique Home Stays properties, where your holiday is a bespoke break suited to your needs.
So ditch the ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs and take exclusive hire of your very own boutique homestay. Whether luxury for you is a room with a view or the ultimate high-tech haven, choose from properties with designer interiors and jawdropping exteriors in locations that will take your breathe away. From stunning contemporary spaces to characterful historical bases, enjoy the freedom to make the space your own at a rate which means you can stay a week and not just a weekend.
Churchill Grange, Lincolnshire
Ballpark figure: £4,200 for a 3-nt weekend/4-nt Mon-Fri stay; £6,500 weekly based on 12 guests
Breakdown: £117pppn for a weekend break; £77 pppn based on a week-stay
Who needs a hotel? Arrive by helicopter to commence your stay in style. The perfect home for those of you looking for more than just a stunning property, there’s everything from a spacious Romanesque-style indoor swimming pool and spa to a snooker room, mini gym and hot tub. For a real sleeping-in-style experience, then The Grand Master Suite with walk in dressing room, decked balcony and super king bed is one to draw straws for. If you feel like really pushing the boat out, ditch the apron and hire a local chef to create mouth-watering treats on a nightly basis.
Take me there: www.churchillgrange.uniquehomestays.com
Rosewastis Manor, Cornwall
Ballpark figure: From £1495 based on 8 guests for a week stay, to £3500 based on 17 guests for a week stay. 3-nt breaks from £995 (8) to £1855 (17)
Breakdown: From £26 pppn based on a week stay for 8; to £29 pppn based on 17
Who needs a hotel? When you can relax in the surrounds of a beautiful and characterful 18C stone Cornish manor house just a stone’s throw from the North coast. A welcome hamper packed full of local fodder will greet you on arrival at this perfect family pad, where you can sink into sumptuous sofas after a day at the beach and admire the sun setting from your vantage point. Try your hand at everything from surfing to coasteering within 15-minutes of Rosewastis, and if you need a day out of the action, there’s green space aplenty to explore at the house.
Take me there: www.rosewastismanor.uniquehomestays.com
Cotswolds Medieval Manor, Warwickshire
Ballpark figure: £3000 weekly, £1800 for 3 nights based on 10 guests
Breakdown: Around £43 pppn based on a week stay; £60pppn for a weekend break
Who needs a hotel? As soon as you enter the grounds of this stunning listed Medieval manor house you'll feel a sense of history and heritage. Inside, Inglenook fireplaces, original flagstone floors, four-poster beds and claw-foot baths complete the sumptuous look. For those looking to do a little more than simply relax, there’s a tennis court, a small gym, a cricket pitch and games room at the house. Whether you want to hire your own chef for the evening, or simply be left to your own devices, what more perfect an end to a summers eve could you get than walking barefoot through your very own wildflower meadow – bliss.
Take me there: www.cotswoldsmedievalmanor.uniquehomestays.com
Ballpark figure: Weekly from £2000 to £3950 (exc Xmas and New Year) based on 8 guests. 3-nt breaks from £1250 to £1650
Breakdown: From £36 pppn to £71pppn for week stays; 3-nt stays from £52pppn to £69pppn
Who needs a hotel? Luxurious interiors combine with a breathtaking location at this coastal property. From unpacking your groceries pre-arrival to offering insider information on everything from local walks to great restaurants, nothing is too much trouble for the owners of this idyllic retreat. Ensconced in 50 acres of farmland, with panoramic coastal views stretching from Tintagel to Trevose Head, country cottage charm combines with high-spec finishes at Fentafriddle. Enjoy al fresco dinners on the terrace of a summer’s evening, take a pre-breakfast walk to the beach or simply snuggle up in the sitting room as the sun sets over the ocean.
Take me there: www.fentafriddle.uniquehomestays.com
Kingfisher Cottage, Devon
Ballpark figure: From £375 to £655 weekly, 3-nt stays from £265 to £460 based on 2 guests
Breakdown: From £27 to £47pppn weekly, from £44 to £77pppn for weekend/Mon to Fri breaks
Who needs a hotel? An idyllic countryside hideaway, perfect for two. This secluded riverside retreat is just 15 minutes from the coast; a plush pad bedecked with antiquities. As perfect for taking breakfast on the terrace whilst wildlife spotting, to battening down the hatches and enjoying a little ‘us’ time, as donning your walking boots and exploring the stunning countryside in which the cottage nestles. From linen and towels to bathrobes and toiletries, you’ll be spoilt rotten at this self-catered pad, where a bespoke break is top of the agenda.
Take me there: www.kingfishercottage.uniquehomestays.com
The Mowhay, Cornwall
Ballpark figure: From £560 to £640 weekly, from £420 to £480 for a 3-nt weekend based on 2 guests
Breakdown: From £40pppn to £45pppn weekly; from £70 to £80 pppn for a weekend stay.
Who needs a hotel? When you’ve got your very own room for two at this contemporary open plan cottage just two miles from the coast. With green views to enjoy from every window, this light-filled space is as ideal for cosying up in after a winter walk as flinging open the doors and letting the outside in of a summer’s eve after idling the day away in the suntrap of a garden. All your home comforts fit cosily into this cleverly designed space; which might be small but it’s perfectly formed.
Take me there: www.themowhay.uniquehomestays.com
Ivy Grange, West Sussex
Ballpark figure: From £2450 to £4500 weekly; 2-nt weekend at £1850 based on 12 guests
Breakdown: From £29 to £54pppn weekly, weekends £77pppn
Who needs a hotel? From afternoon tea on the lawn to a spot of tennis post-dinner and perhaps an early morning dip in the outdoor pool, the overwhelming ambience of this elegant and charming country pad is one of tranquillity. Exquisite artwork, bookshelves brimming with interesting reads and antique accessories provide talking points in every room. As perfect a pad for sitting fireside with all the family as simply absorbing the surroundings from a window seat with a good book in hand, the house provides the perfect base for a cultured break, whether your interest is golf, opera, sailing or polo.
Take me there: www.ivygrange.uniquehomestays.com
The River Chapel, Cornwall
Ballpark figure: From £560 to £750 weekly, from £395 to £450 for a 3-nt weekend based on 2 guests
Breakdown: From £40 to £54 pppn weekly, from £66 to £75pppn for a weekend break
Who needs a hotel? If it’s waterside living you crave, you can’t get any more on the water than this former Methodist chapel. Sink into the sofa of an evening and take in the stunning river views – idyllic. With a Cornish cream tea awaiting you on arrival, this contemporary pad has everything from underfloor heating to LCD TV and wireless broadband. But with an ever-changing vista to entrance, and lots of lovely waterside walks to enjoy you’ll probably find that good company alone will suffice at this Cornish haven.
Take me there: www.theriverchapel.uniquehomestays.com
For more information contact Sarah Stanley, Sarah Milligan or Lucy Thompson
Tel: +44(0)1637 881183