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August 2006   


Milestone birthdays, Christmas, New Year, reunions, anniversaries and special occasions all deserve a unique celebration. So why not throw a luxury house party? All you have to do is choose the house of your dreams from the Unique Home Stays Exclusive Collection, discuss your requirements with the private chef and the owner, then send out the party invites. From Scottish castles, Devonshire fishing lodges, and country manors, we can offer you the most glamorous and simply unique venues for lavish parties, intimate gatherings or royal banquets. All properties are available for hire on an exclusive-use basis.

16th CENTURY CASTLE, Scotland
Sleeps? 18
A fully staffed 16th Century Castle set within a 44-acre estate north east of Edinburgh.

A five-star fairytale abode simply oozing with historic charm and creature comforts. Pamper your guests with a champagne reception, sip the exclusive castle whisky by the log fires, and retire to the nine luxurious bedrooms that await. Feast by candlelight in the grandeur of the dining hall, enjoying mouth-watering culinary gems created from the finest local produce by your award-winning chef. With over 100 golf courses (including the famous St Andrews) within an hour's drive, this wins the handicap for golfers at any time of year; and over the festive season the Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations create a truly magical atmosphere.

How much? Fully inclusive from £4,200 for a 2 night stay based on a minimum of 6 people, up to a maximum of 18 guests at £10,620. Christmas from £13,500 or New Year from £16,200 for a 3 night stay based on 12 people.
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A luxury barn conversion perched on the cliff tops of North Cornwall
Made for intimate house parties, this coastal retreat epitomises the art of country-living-on-sea. Enjoy every imaginable home luxury needed for a special celebration. The kitchen, with far-reaching coastal views, is equipped with everything you need to throw lavish dinner parties, including a private chef on demand, and your groceries ready and waiting in the fridge (by prior arrangement). Cool in summer and cosy in winter, the open-plan living space downstairs opens up to a terrace with a large dining table, barbecue and floodlights - perfect for al fresco entertainment. Back inside the bedrooms are super-plush, and the slate, stone and oak features of the interior have been finished with a stylish blend of traditional and contemporary décor.

How much? Exclusive hire from £800 per week to £2,200 over Christmas and New Year.
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Sleeps? 8
The ultimate exclusive retreat for small groups, complete with personal service and your own chef

Nestled between the fairways of one of the finest championship golf courses in the south of England, this house party lodge is a golfer's dream come true. Owned by Lord and Lady Lansdowne, this 19th Century manor house is a domain of decadent luxuries, where a butler, housekeeper and private chef are on hand to ensure you enjoy a special celebration. During the winter open fires blaze, and when the weather is fine, aperitifs, afternoon tea and even dinner can be served on the terrace overlooking the pretty garden and golf course. Candle-lit, royal feasts are served in the grand dining room, created from a bespoke menu prepared from dishes based on the finest local ingredients available, many of which come from the estate itself.

How much? From £980 per night inclusive; £2000 per night for Christmas and New Year, maximum of 8 people.
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Sleeps? 8
Make yourself at home in a lakeside retreat kitted out for relaxation and adventure.

Just an hour-and-a-half from London, ensconce yourself in a private lodge situated by the largest lake in the Cotswold Water Park. This brand new lakeside property offers a location and lifestyle that weekends were made for. Enjoy spacious, open-plan country living, boasting a five-star feel - huge flat screen TVs, Indonesian teak furniture, walk-in showers and wireless broadband. And it's not a place for just lazing around; the Weekend Club was designed for active hedonists. Various lakeside activities including windsurfing and dinghy sailing are included in the rental of the property, as well as tennis, volleyball, boules, croquet, a gymnasium and sauna and free golf for up to two people per day. Water-skiing and other activities are available at a discounted rate.

How much? From £678.00 for a 3-night break, to £1,140 for 4-nights over Xmas and New Year.
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Enjoy luxury accommodation, sumptuous organic food and a wide range of sporting activities.

Treat your guests to traditional home cooking using the very best organic and local produce, including the estate's renowned home-produced Aberdeen Angus beef and lamb, as well as organic vegetables from the walled garden. Alongside the mouth-watering menu, the elegant dining room also serves up delicious views over Dartmoor, where you can get out and enjoy a huge array of country pursuits. Eight stylish suites have been designed to make you feel pampered in understated luxury, whilst the extension of the coach house can sleep an extra four guests to accommodate larger groups.

How much? From £1,000 per day; 3-night Christmas and New Year breaks from £5,000 (based on 10 people)
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Sleeps? 16
An exclusive country manor and estate for unique house parties and country pursuits.

Hold a house party just a nudge over the Welsh border, in an exclusive Georgian Manor perched on a small hilltop in the undulating countryside of the Welsh Marches. With 9 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms there's plenty of room to spread out, and the antique-laden interior opens out onto a 9-acre garden and 40 acres of oak studded parkland. Roaring log fires create a warm country house ambience, whilst the billiard room, library, four-poster beds and roll-top baths emphasise its decadent luxuries. Work off the sumptuous home-cooked feasts with a dip in the summer swimming pool, a game of tennis or a stroll around the lake; or try your hand at a plethora of country pursuits on offer.

How much? 2-night stay £3,000 (+VAT) per night (dinner incl.); closed Xmas, open New Year at a cost of £5,250 for 3 nights, additional nights from £1,650.
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A charming and luxurious lodge in a private 20-acre oasis at the heart of the Exe Valley.

Share a few days with friends and family in a charming lodge adorned with tasteful country furnishings. Spend lazy summer days on the banks of the river Exe and slurping aperitifs on the terrace, and in the winter warm up by the log fires. Enormous rooms boast sleigh and four-poster beds, whilst for dining you can choose from the warmth of the country kitchen with its Aga and farmhouse table, or the spacious, cool setting of the dining hall. Cross the fields to an exclusive ½ mile beat on the Exe where you will find your own fishing hut and seven named pools where you can catch Grayling (also known as 'the lady of the river') up to 15 inches in size.

How much? From £600.00 per week up to £1,995 over Christmas and New Year.
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Please contact us about availability for Christmas and New Year.

For More Information Contact:
Sarah Stanley
Tel:  +44(0)1637 881183



This is a small selection of our unique home stays. Please see our website for more ideas and accommodation to suit you. We have properties in the UK, USA, Spain, South Africa, Portugal, New Zealand, Italy, India, Greece, Germany and France.


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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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