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July 2006   


Whether you fancy a beach house for two with uninterrupted views of the ocean, or an exclusive coastal retreat for friends and family, you'll find the perfect pad in our handpicked collection of UK seaside homes with the wow factor. The summer holidays are in full swing so it's that time of year when we all want to be beside the sea. And if you can hold your breath until September, you'll find deserted beaches, the ocean at its warmest and a crowd-free coastline to explore. So, where would you like to stay beside the sea? Will it be in a Scottish Fortress, a House in the Sea, a Lighthouse, an Old Granary...


Where? St Ann's Head, Dale, Wales
What? A dramatic and contemporary retreat situated on the ocean's edge in Britain's only Coastal National Park.

Hideout in luxury and style. The Old Lighthouse is oozing with contemporary style juxtaposed with its historical character and spectacular geographical location - arguably one of the most stunning on the entire Pembrokeshire Coast. Couples should opt for the exclusive Bed & Breakfast accommodation for two on the third floor of the tower, from where you can climb the winding staircase to your own observation lounge. And for parties of up to six people, the former coastguard buildings at the foot of the 17th century lighthouse tower have been thoughtfully converted into a stylish self-catering apartment.

How much? From £125 per night for the suite
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Where? Newquay, Cornwall
What? An exclusive and unique ocean-front retreat made-for-two on its very own island

This romantic hideaway is perched on its own private island off the coast of Cornwall's vibrant surf capital and foodie hotspot - Newquay. Reach your totally private abode over a 70ft drawbridge and relax in absolute luxury whilst you enjoy panoramic views of the North Cornish coast from the comfort of the sitting room, and watch the sunset or stargaze from the deck. Follow the steps down to the beach to feel the sand between your toes, and make the most of being just a stone's throw from Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, a plethora of surf beaches, Newquay airport and a whole host of Cornwall's gems.

How much? From £130 for the room per night
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Where? Kingsbridge, Devon
What? Luxurious Gothic style country house in beautiful South Devon

Old Castle stands in six acres of its own grounds with views over rolling farmland to Dartmoor and the ocean. Enjoy sumptuous furnishings, designer fabrics, huge beds and extensive views from two spacious guest rooms. For a unique dining experience romantics can walk (low tide) or take the sea tractor (high tide) to the silver sands of Burgh Island for a lazy summer lunch; or head for the gourmet delights of the Oyster Shack on Stakes Hill.

How much? From £80 per room per night
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Where? locations around the UK including Cornwall, North Yorkshire and KentO:P>
What? Stylish self-catering cottages boasting a bright and airy beach ambience 

Forget the chintz and be prepared for contemporary, stylish interiors, five-star luxuries and prime coastal locations in the UK. Discover the charming and enviably located Sea View Cottage with its delicious twist of Italian design and coastal chic, spill from your fisherman’s cottage to the unspoilt shores of Kingsdown by the Sea or perhaps head further north to Bay View offering a cosy and romantic bolthole perched on the stunning Yorkshire coastline, a luxurious pad whatever the season. If the breathtaking vistas and Cornish air beckon then enjoy the exclusivity and beach-side location of Pentonwarra, steeped in history this striking grey slate abode is a true gem from sundowners on the lawn to storm watching days from the tranquillity of your cosy sitting room. Whichever you opt for, make yourself at home with log fires, sumptuous furnishings, well-equipped kitchens and private gardens. Relax and fend for yourselves or kick back and hire a private chef to whip up a gourmet feast.

How much? from £630 per week Up to: £3000 per week
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Where? Woodbridge, Suffolk
What? A converted 18th Century Old Granary Cottage on the river's edge by Suffolk's famous Tide Mill

Sail past the wooded banks and sandy beaches of the Deben Estuary and moor close to your very own riverside cottage at Tide Mill. Open the door to a nautical-themed, unique and comfortable interior that boasts beautiful views to the quay, the river, Tide Mill and the marina. From a well-designed zone furnished with French and English antiques, enjoy the creature comforts of an open plan lounge and dining room, an enclosed galley kitchen and an alfresco dining area.

How much? From £35 pppn
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Where? Penzance, Cornwall
What? A secluded granite cottage especially for two, just footsteps away from the South West Coast Path.

Take shelter in a darling Cornish cottage. Open the door to a spacious, modern and contemporary interior, featuring underfloor heating, classic open-beams and all mod cons. Kick back in the living area or the private walled garden, let your inner chef loose in the well-equipped kitchen, soak in a double-ended deep bath and snuggle into a king-size bed. If you don't want to self-cater, breakfast and dinner (made from local and home produce) are available in the farmhouse. And in the main house there are guest bedrooms providing high-quality B&B accommodation for up to 10 people.

How much? From £330 per week for the cottage
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Where? Arbroath, Scotland
What? An ancient sandstone fortress on Scotland's east coast

Situated between the coast and the striking scenery of the Angus Glens, this ancient fortress is the crème de la crème of unusual accommodation. Relax in front of a roaring log fire; feast on produce from the kitchen garden of Scotland; climb the secret stairwell to an ancient chapel, and enjoy glorious views from the Tapestry Room. The bedrooms are exquisite, with super-king or four-poster beds, private bathrooms, sitting areas and views over the garden and courtyard.

How much? From £66pppn
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Where? Nr Porthcurno, West Cornwall
What? A luxury 17th Century farmhouse and granite court yard barns

Perfect for friends and family seeking peace and tranquility, this luxury farmhouse (for 12) and cottage (for 6) offer a unique self-catering place to stay in far west Cornwall. Make yourself at home in a luxurious abode just a mile from five secluded sandy beaches and within walking distance of the famous Minack Theatre. As well as a string of extraordinary features that make this the perfect retreat, the top floor of the court yard barn has been made into an amazing creative studio with oak flooring and north-facing roof lights. All-in-all an inspirational place to getaway from it all.

How much? Farmhouse from £2000 per week; Cottage from £1300 per week
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For More Information Contact:
Sarah Stanley
Tel:  +44(0)1637 881183



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Launched in 2001, Unique Home Stays offers the crème de la crème 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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