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October 2006   


When it's time to roast the festive turkey do you find yourself dreaming of a private chef? How about a luxurious house large enough for all your friends and family to host the New Year's celebrations? And your own housekeeper to clear up the mess while you nurse your hangover? Top it off with an exclusive coastal or countryside location, or perhaps a private yacht, and what you're looking for this Christmas or New Year is a Unique Home Stay. Our exclusive luxury houses in extraordinary locations make the perfect pads for hassle-free house parties with all the trimmings. We've still got a few venues vacant this Christmas and New Year, so there's still a chance to book-in for a unique festive celebration that doesn't involve you having to lift a finger.


NORTH ROCK BEACH HOUSE, Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Sleeps? 8 (+4 in sofa beds)

The ultimate hideaway in far west Cornwall, North Rock Beach House encapsulates the essence of luxurious coastal living. Floor to ceiling windows let in the staggering sea views, so you can enjoy the oceanic ambience from the comfort of a sumptuous interior. 

Carve the turkey with a view to the sea and the rugged coast, sip port in the squishy sofas by the fireside, and walk off your festive feast on a stroll to the beach down the private access path from the house. Perfect for a group of friends or family, North Rock sleeps eight adults, plus four additional guests in sofa beds.

How much? £3,000 per week
Available? Christmas & New Year
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THE TOWER, East Lothian, Scotland
Sleeps? 10-12

Spend Christmas in your very own fairytale castle. Flaunting a rich history and original features alongside state-of-the-art facilities, this 16th Century castle offers a truly magnificent place to stay in a secluded hilltop setting.

Log fires roar in the great hall, each of the individual bedrooms is both exquisite and well equipped, and lavish bathrooms boast antique baths and power showers. Dine in the grand, vaulted dining room, where chefs serve innovative dishes made using the best local produce, complimented by some of the finest wines.  

How much?  £1,000 per night based on 10 people self catering.  Reductions can be negotiated for smaller groups.
Available?  Christmas and New Year, self catering or B&B only
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Throw your dream Christmas party in a stylish 18th Century Cotswold Farmhouse, where good food, generous hospitality and luxurious accommodation are top of the festive agenda. 

Indulge in first-class banquets devised by the internationally renowned cook Caron Cooper, using locally-sourced ingredients. The accommodation is scattered between the Main House, the Stables, a Garden Cottage and the Dovecote, so there's plenty of room for privacy and to hideaway from family disputes. Furnished with a fascinating fusion of French brocante, English chintz and antique textiles, the rooms are well equipped and super-comfy, and the Garden Cottage has a master bedroom with a four-poster bed.

How much? A fully catered 3 day break over Christmas and New Year for up to 18 people costs £6,570 for Christmas and £5,220 over New Year.
Available? Christmas & New Year. Available on a fully-catered or self-catering basis
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Sleeps? 16

Enjoy all the luxuries of a five star hotel, within the privacy of a magnificent private retreat on the banks of the River Fowey. Glass and stone walls offer riverside views from every room, and the house is nestled in the literary landscape that inspired Daphne Du Maurier and Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows). 

The location and contemporary interior are second to none, but the icing on the festive cake comes in the form of the housekeeper, private chef and a skippered motor yacht. Indulge in freshly prepared traditional Cornish, or modern European, cuisine; choose a dinner banquet, breakfast on the balcony or a picnic; hop aboard your private yacht; or cosy up indoors in the library, games room or in front of the plasma screen TV.  

How much? £2500 per day fully inclusive (from 24th December)
Available? Christmas & New Year.
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Sleeps? 16-22 (6 in the Coach House)

Spend Christmas in a magnificent 18th Century Longhouse that offers a special place to stay and first class food in a fantastic location.

In this beautiful organic estate overlooking Dartmoor National Park you can guarantee the freshest local and homegrown produce for your festive feast. Banquets will be served in the elegant dining hall and you can burn off some of the festive feasting with walks and horse rides over the Dartmoor landscape in view. Back in the cosy folds of the longhouse recline in comfortable sofas, play pool, tuck into homemade cakes and retire to king-size or four-poster beds.  

How much? £5,500 for 3 nights, based on 10 people (plus £1,000pn for extended stays); the luxury Coach House can be offered independently on a self catering basis from £1,100 for 5 nights.  
Available? Christmas only
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Sleeps? 8

Perfect for a festive celebration that would make any golfer's dream come true, Queenwood Lodge is situated in the heart of the Bowood Estate, between the seventh and eighth fairways of one of the finest championship golf courses in the south of England. 

Open the doors to a 19th Century Georgian Lodge where you can relax by the fireside, enjoy a candle-lit feast in the dining room and tee off right on the doorstep. The four lavish suites boast enviable features such as fireplaces, spacious ensuites, and stunning views over the 'Capability Brown' parkland. Your chef and lodge manager will ensure personal service bespoke to your requirements, leaving you to kick back and enjoy the festivities with friends or family.

How much? £2000 per night for a fully inclusive package, details of which can be provided upon request.
Available? Christmas only
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THE RIVER CASTLE, Tiverton, Devon
Sleeps? 30

Throw a grand Christmas party with all the style and glamour of the glitterati. Get away from it all in a luxury environment, and be treated like royalty in your own 14th Century castle by the River Exe. 

With 30-acres of grounds to roam you will be close to nature, yet enveloped in the folds of generous hospitality, historic architecture and immaculate modern décor. Dine on fresh, tailormade banquets in the Great Hall, and take the opportunity to eat out at one of the superb restaurants nearby.  

How much? 4 nights (24th-28th December), £19,207 (based on 26 people)
Available? Christmas Only
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THE TUDOR MANOR, Yoxford, Suffolk
Sleeps? 14

Whisk your friends and family away to the fairytale setting of a Tudor and Jacobean manor with a walled moat, set in 36 acres of immaculate parkland. 

You will spend your New Year in a location steeped in a rich and royal history, with seven luxurious suites designed to make you feel both indulgent and pampered. New Year's Eve is a black tie affair; a six-course dinner is served in the decadent surroundings of the Grand Hall, accompanied by a jazz trio. The extravagance doesn't wane for the champagne breakfast, and whether you choose to check out on New Year's Day or 2nd January is entirely up to you.  

How much? 2/3 night package, £15,000/£18,000
Available? New Year only
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SHIRWELL PARK, Barnstaple, Devon
Sleeps? 10-14

Become Lord of your very own manor in this exclusive country house on a 160-acre estate. Feel completely at home in the ultimate West Country retreat where you can enjoy discrete, attentive service tailored to your needs. 

The in-house team will lay on superb breakfasts and sumptuous banquets to bring in the New Year, and prepare picnics to take on revitalising walks over Exmoor. If you don't want to venture too far from your zone of luxury there are beautifully manicured grounds in which to stroll off some of the festive excess, as well as tennis courts and a multi-gym. 

How much? 3 nights from £7,500 / 6 nights from £11,500 (fully catered)
Available? New Year only
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BRYN MANOR, Powys, Wales
Sleeps? 14

Start your new year with the luxuries of a four-poster bed, roll top bath, four-course dinner and immaculate period décor. Perched on a small hilltop in the rolling countryside of the Welsh Marches, this spacious Georgian manor house welcomes you to a cosy abode with central heating and roaring log fires. 

Relax and enjoy home cooked feasts conjured up by your private chef, and enjoy the generous hospitality of your host Lady Linlithgow. Experience the tranquility of the location by the beautiful lake in the nine-acre garden, and enjoy a truly unique venue to bring in the New Year.  

How much? 3 nights over New Year from £5,000 plus VAT, four-course dinner included. You are welcome to BYO drinks.
Available? New Year only
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Sleeps? 20

Experience a stylish West Country retreat on the border of Devon and Somerset. Bringing the traditions of the country house party into the 21st century, The Lodge meets the demands of the modern hedonist with its fusion of contemporary and antique. 

Inside the features include wood and slate floors, sleigh beds and roll-top baths. Enjoy your own space and privacy, but with the discrete butler and housekeeping service tending to your every need. Wake up to birdsong, celebrate with a glass of bubbly and indulge in a memorable feast accompanied by fine wines. There is also a full-sized billiard table and smoking room, an oak-floored sitting room with log fire, and a fully stocked honesty bar.

How much? 2/3 nights from £4,720 / £6,085. Plus dinner from £35 per head
Available? New Year only
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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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