As you near the end of a somewhat changeable financial year, take the time to reward and acknowledge your VIP clients. From indulgent dining with a festive flavour to mince pies and port curled up by the fire, take exclusive hire of one of our Unique Home Stays for some pre-Christmas time out. Swap the office emails for good conversation, the hubbub of city life for rural serenity. Leave the office garb behind, don wellies and waterproofs and spend crisp winter days partaking in adrenalin-fuelled activities; or simply relax and wind down amidst sumptuous surrounds.
TOWER HILL, Rutland, Lincolnshire
For the ultimate winter country pad , you can't fail to impress clients with the spacious Tower Hill; as perfect for an intimate Christmas party as a blue sky thinking day
Sleeps: Up to 22 guests
The Menu: If you'd rather leave the cook books at home, enjoy the culinary masterclass of a private chef or catering company. Enjoy the freshest of local fare with a festive twist to really kick off the celebrations in style.
For the explorer: If your party can bare to leave the luxury of your private swimming pool, tennis court and games room, explore rural Rutland with its plethora of lakes and cycle paths. If golf is your passion the champion course at Stapleford is a short drive away.
Budget: 2-nt weekends from £3,990 (sleeping 16) 2-nt mid week stays from £3000. Currently available for New Year at £8,500 (up to 22 guests) or £7,500 (up to 16 guests) for a 4 night stay.
Find out more: www.towerhill.uniquehomestays.com
FENTAFRIDDLE, Trebarwith Strand, North Cornwall
Perched high above Trebarwith Strand with the most enviable of coastal vistas, Fentafriddle offers the discerning guest a real luxury homestay to relax fireside and enjoy those storm watching days
Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
The Menu: With the freshest fish being landed at Port Issac you will be treated to a mouthwatering array of local seafood. Choose to dine in and have delicious homecooked meals delivered right to your door or book in at one of Rick Steins collection of eateries in nearby Padstow or even Jamie Oliver's much acclaimed 15 Restaurant.
For the explorer: Hit the coastal path and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the British Isles, follow the coast road south and explore the characterful fishing villages and coves or spend a day at The Eden Project as it readies for the festive season.
Budget: 3-nt weekend and mid week stays at £1,350 through November and December (exc Christmas and New Year)
Find out more: www.fentafriddle.uniquehomestays.com
REGENCY MANOR, Plush, Dorset
From the stunning indoor pool to roaring fires, extensive private grounds and quirky individual decor, relax and rejuvenate at Regency Manor
Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
The Menu: Whilst you will enjoy the well equipped farmhouse style kitchen to self cater, local chefs can be arranged in advance to offer bespoke menus for your stay. Fire up the wood fired Pizza oven Jamie Oliver style for an Italian twist.
For the explorer: Don your wellies and explore the extensive grounds through woods and Plush Hill, battle it out on the tennis court or lap the indoor pool. For the girls, spend a day pampering yourself at a local spa; whilst clay pigeon shooting is available locally for those in the group keen to enjoy crisp winter days.
Budget: 3-nt stays through November and December at £2,950; Christmas and New Year breaks also available at £5995 weekly or £3,450 for 3-nts.
Find out more: www.regencymanor.uniquehomestays.com
DRAGONWOOD, nr Oakham, Rutland
Packed full of country character and quintessential English charm, this manor house is as perfect for those looking for an action-packed stay, chock-full of country pursuits as a great haven at which your clients can truly relax and enjoy the country setting
Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
The Menu: Invite your clients and colleagues to join you for a gourmet banquet and a step back in time. Fabulous recommended caterers can be hired for your stay be it a simple supper on arrival or a delicious country fare feast in the thematic dining room complete with log fires and antique furnishings.
For the explorer: The in-house concierge service can compliment your stay by arranging any number of country pursuits from fly fishing on the lakes to clay pigeon shooting in the grounds.
Budget: 2-nt weekend stayst at £2,500 through November and December; Mon to Fri breaks, £3,200. Currently available for Christmas and New Year at £5,500 for a week stay.
Find out more: www.dragonwood.uniquehomestays.com
HONEYSTONE MANOR, nr Burford, Oxfordshire
The most beautiful of Oxfordshire private homes, Honeystone Manor exudes style and elegance. This wonderful homestay is just 1.5 hours of London and makes the perfect pad for corporate entertaining in the bespoke dining barn complete with library and log fires.
Sleeps: Up to 12 - 16 guests
The Menu: Local talented chefs can be recommended to offer that little something extra be it a formal fine dinning occasion in the beautiful barn or a more informal affair. The perfect property for really indulging; think candlelit suppers that last long into the evening.
For the Explorer: Stroll the grounds amidst the recently discovered Victorian water gardens, head to the picturesque village of Burford with its collection of antique and curio shops, for some pre Christmas bargains spend the day at Bicester Village.
Budget: 3-nt weekends at £3,900 during November and December. The property is also currently available for Christmas week at £9,500. Enjoy a mid week stay, please enquire
Find out more: www.honeystonemanor.uniquehomestays.com
MAWGAN, St Mawgan, Cornwall
This is Cornish living at its finest. With space and comfort in mind each room has been individually designed offering a sensitive combination of contemporary chic with more modern order
Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
The Menu: The beautiful dining room lends itself to a dinner party to remember, enjoy the culinary skills of a local chef and enjoy the freshest ingredients Cornwall offers.
For the Explorer: Be it Christmas shopping in the Cornish villages and towns, enjoying a bracing walk along one of the many beaches or curling up fireside in a country pub, enjoy the tranquility of Cornwall this coming winter.
Budget: Take advantage of a shorter stay at Mawgan this winter and treat your VIP's, 3 night stays from £1,435
Find out more: www.mawgan.uniquehomestays.com
SHIRE CASTLE, Halifax, Yorkshire
A unique get-away-from-it-all country pad to impress. Enjoy this contemporary castle filled with the latest mod cons, an indoor pool and gym
Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
The Menu: Want to sit back and let someone else spoil you? Everything from homecooked heat-yourself delicacies to elaborate celebratory meals can be created for you by a local chef. Dine in style in the beautiful dining room.
For the explorer: With over 9 acres of stunning grounds and parkland to discover you really will feel king of the castle. With the Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep enjoy a plethora of activities from mountain biking to rock climbing.
Budget: 2-nt weekends at £3,000 through November and December. Enjoy the castle over the festive period; a 3-nt stay at Christmas is at £8,495; a 3-nt stay over the New Year £6,995
Find out more: www.shirecastle.uniquehomestays.com
ORIENTAL COTTAGE, Lamorna Cove, Cornwall
Packed full of cottage charm and sumptuous furnishings, Oriental Cottage offers a great base for an intimate corporate retreat with a Cornish twist
Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
The Menu: Cosy up by the fire with some local cheeses and a vintage bottle of red or enjoy homecooked meals delivered right to your door. Head to nearby Newlyn or Penzance for an evening of fine dining.
For the Explorer: Stroll down to the lovely cove of Lamorna with its impressive cliffs and seaviews, follow your nose towards Lands End and explore the myth and legend of the West of Cornwall.
Budget: 3-nt weekends/4-nt Mon to Fri breaks at £875 during November and December. The property is also available for a week stay over Christmas at £2,650, or enjoy a short stay over the New Year at £,1855 for 4 nights.
Find out more: www.orientalcottage.uniquehomestays.com
Whether you're still hunting for the perfect property at which to spend the Christmas break, or are looking for the wow factor when it comes to your New Year celebrations, we've a selection of smaller cottages www.uniquehomestays.com/self-catering-xmas-new-year.asp and larger houses www.uniquehomestays.com/xmas-new-year-house-parties.asp
available over the festive period
For more information contact Sam Lygo
Tel: +44(0)1637 881183