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Unique Home Stays

 PRESS RELEASE

November 2008 

A CRACKER OF A CHRISTMAS PARTY

Celebrate business success with a fantastic festive event

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. Lock up the office and head for the country, where you can indulge in some shameless pampering, gourmet cuisine and country pursuits, in a stunning location that offers all the mod cons you need for a Christmas party to remember. Whether you fancy a champagne reception, an extravagant lunch or an overnight stay; choose from lavish country estates where you can play Lord of the Manor, go retro with a 60's themed bash in a kitsch pad in the Cotswolds, or head to a unique house overlooking the River Dart where you can select and cut your own Christmas tree. Choosing a Unique Home Stay will show your clients and colleagues you mean business this Christmas.

PLUSH MANOR, Norfolk

Flee the city and head for the unspoilt Norfolk countryside, where you can host a decadent banquet in period style. Your private butler will welcome you into this grand Elizabethan Manor where you can enjoy cocktails by the roaring fire and the accompaniment of music played on the baby grand piano. By day you can get off the beaten track on a hike, take a helicopter or hot-air balloon flight, hire classic cars to explore the area or enjoy the buzz of go-karting. Then by night, well fed and well pampered, retire to four-poster suites and the lap of exquisite luxury.
Basics: Sleeps 14, butler service included.
Cost: from £2,500 for 2 nights
www.plushmanor.uniquehomestays.com 

TOWER HILL, Lincolnshire

Arrive in style by helicopter (opt for road or rail if you prefer) to a conveniently situated country estate just over an hours train ride from North London, 30 minutes from Leicester and 40 minutes from Nottingham. With the option of  housekeepers, chefs and drivers at your disposal, you can get down to the business of enjoying your snooker room, gymnasium and heated indoor swimming pool, while your private chef conjures up a festive feast. Or, you may prefer to talk business over a round of golf on the nearby course, go fly-fishing on Rutland Lake or take a leisurely bike ride.
Basics: Sleeps up to 22 guests between main house and the stables
Cost: From £2,500 for a midweek 2 night self catered stay
www.towerhill.uniquehomestays.com
 

LADY ELIZABETH'S HOUSE, Shropshire

The ultimate corporate venue just 2.5 hours from London and half an hour from Birmingham; Lady Elizabeth's House comes with 1,000 acres of parkland in which to enjoy every sort of activity from falconry to helicopter rides. Inside you will find an immaculate combination of history, exclusivity and luxury in regal surroundings. Take a seat in the grand dining room, host a dazzling dinner dance, and give your colleagues and clients a taste of adventure with ballooning, quad-trekking, off-roading or fishing.
Basics: Sleeps up to 52 guests in 28 lavish suites
Cost: £288pppn for 24-hr residence including all catering (breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner) – based on a min of 12 bedrooms (20 or more delegates – £270pppn). Cost of activities varies.
www.ladyelizabethshouse.uniquehomestays.com

BRECONSHIRE ESTATE, Brecon Beacons, Wales

A former shooting lodge restored to its elegant period glory, this exclusive corporate retreat stands in 50 acres of wild gardens and parkland at the foot the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. Offering a seamless fusion of traditional opulence and modern conveniences, every elegant room has wireless broadband connection. Just two and a half hours from London, invigorate your business strategies with a blast of fresh air whilst hunting, shooting, horse riding, paragliding, climbing, gorge walking, white-water rafting and hiking in the pristine countryside.
Basics: Sleeps up to 18 guests in 9 double/twin bedrooms
Cost: £1,250 per night (mid-week not including catering and activities)
www.breconshireestate.uniquehomestays.com

THE VICARAGE, North Devon

Host a cocktail party, a lavish festive feast or a full-blown house party in this characterful rectory ensconced in the Devon countryside. On-site there’s a full-size snooker table, a cinema lounge, a sauna and an outdoor hot tub. Offsite, head into the Dart Valley for a number of outdoor pursuits or a group hike into the hills, returning to a massage and some pampering, prior to an apéritif by the fireside and a gourmet banquet made from fresh local fare.
Basics: Sleeps up to 24 guests (18 in the main house, 4 in an adjacent cottage, 2 in a studio apartment)
Cost: From £2,500 for a midweek stay
www.thevicarage.uniquehomestays.com 

SCOTTS PARK, Dunbar, Scotland

Enjoy exclusive hire of this stunning country house set in 150 acres of park and woodland, located just 30 minutes from Edinburgh. As well as fishing on-site, there’s plenty of opportunity for golf and shooting (grouse, partridge, pheasant and roe deer) on the doorstep, and the Scottish coast is just a 10-minute walk away if you fancy a blast of briny air and a spot of sea fishing. If you’d rather stay indoors, indulge yourself in the grandeur of the country estate, talk business by the fire, tuck into exquisite cuisine served at the 1840’s Cuban mahogany dining table and make the most of the billiards and cinema rooms.
Basics: Sleeps up to 32 (in the main house and cottages)
Cost: From £6,500 for 2 nights B&B in the main house for 18 guests
www.scottspark.uniquehomestays.com

THE SOMERSET RESIDENCE, Somerset

Conduct business and pleasure in this historical residence simply oozing with opulence. A Grade I listed mansion with sweeping staircases and spacious rooms, the period character of the property is infused with modern luxuries such as a rooftop hot tub. Nestled in the Quantock Hills, you can try your hand at a number of outdoor activities from horse riding and golf to fishing and shooting, or simply enjoy stunning views, explore follies in the grounds and relax with in-house spa treatments. Whatever activities you choose, a festive banquet in the grand dining hall will surely be the highlight of your stay, whether you opt for a four-course feast or buffet style dinner.
Basics: Sleeps from 24 to 40 guests (can seat up to 90 guests for dinner)
Cost: Mid week one-night stay from £165 pp per night to include a 3 course meal and entertainment. (minimum of 20 guests)
www.somersetres.uniquehomestays.com

SCUDAMORE COURT, Wiltshire

Host an intimate office house party for up to a dozen guests in this manor house nestled in the Cotswolds. Easy to reach from Bath and Bristol, and just a couple of hours from London, here you can enjoy falconry and archery in the grounds, or opt for the likes of hot-air ballooning, shooting, golf and sailing nearby. Aside from outdoor action, indoors you can get tipsy by the fireside, sip fine wine and champagne in the light-filled conservatory and dine in style in the grandeur of the dining hall. And, if you want to keep the party going, the local gastro pub is within 200-yds of the front door.
Basics: Sleeps up to 12
Cost: From £1000 For a 1 night mid week self catered stay
www.scudamorecourt.uniquehomestays.com

THE WHITE HOUSE, Gloucestershire

Celebrate in chic, sleek style in this designer townhouse with an inspired interior bedecked in black and white. From huge plasma screens to a high-tech kitchen, this place is uber-cool with comfort, space and a shed-load of mod cons thrown into the mix. Beyond the Philip Nixon-designed garden – where you can play croquet if the weather dictates – you can have a go at horse riding, golf, clay shooting and track racing, or the less adventurous can settle for a spa day at Calcot Manor. Back in the comfort of your plush pad, a private chef can cook to order, or the Michelin-starred Whatley Manor is just a short drive away.
Basics: 16-30 guests
Cost: From £2500 for a 2 night stay
www.thewhouse.uniquehomestays.com
 

For more information contact Sarah Stanley or Sarah Milligan
Tel: +44(0)1637 881183
Email: sarah@uniquehomestays.com
Web: www.uniquehomestays.com

Notes:

* 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.
* Please contact Unique Home Stays in the event of featuring any of our properties.
* A selection of high-resolution images is available.
* We can organize press trips for select journalists and we work alongside a handful of professional journalists who can provide bespoke write-ups if required.
* 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.

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