You've finally picked the perfect beach
pad to spend lazy summer days with friends and family. And whilst you
languor in the fine life and the sunshine, the question of what to do
for Christmas and New Year arises. Shirking responsibility for hosting
a Christmas feast at home you find yourself dreaming of a large and
luxurious house party pad where you can get away from it all. You could
opt for self-catering, or how about a private chef, butler service, and
a housekeeper to clear up the mess while you nurse your hangover? And
why not top it off with an exclusive coastal or countryside location,
gourmet cuisine and perhaps a private yacht? What a wonderful idea,
friends and family agree.
What you're looking for this Christmas or
New Year is a Unique Home
Stay. Our exclusive luxury houses in extraordinary locations are
perfect for hassle-free celebrations where you can self-cater or have
all the trimmings included. Here's a taster of some of the properties
still available for the coming festive season:
Victorian Water Tower, Cheshire
Sleeps? 10-12 people,
Grab a unique opportunity to
celebrate Christmas and/or New Year in the masterpiece of a
refurbished water tower that offers a blend of luxury accommodation
and contemporary living.
This award-winning, Grade II listed
home offers spectacular views of the countryside, and boasts a roof
garden, a hot tub, ambient lighting and a high-spec audio system.
How much? £3,000 for a short break 4 day break, £4,000 per week
and New Year
More Info: www.victoriantowerhouse.uniquehomestays.com
Du Maurier Riverside Hideaway, Polruan, Cornwall
Sleeps? Up to 16 guests,
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, the location and contemporary interior are
second to none, and the icing on the festive cake comes in the form
of the housekeeper, private chef and a skippered motor yacht.
How much? £2,500 per day, fully inclusive (from 24th Dec)
More Info: www.dumaurierhideaway.uniquehomestays.com
Morland Beck Mansion, Cumbria
Sleeps? 18-20 people, self-catering
in the Hall. Three cottages are also available, making room to
accommodate a grand total of 48 people if necessary.
Open log fires, a huge country
kitchen (with an Aga and a big squishy sofa) and views overlooking a
wooded valley - what more could you want for a festive break? If it's
tasteful accommodation, a crowd of family and friends, and gym to
work up an appetite, this is the place for you.
How much? The Hall £4,715; Cottages £1,030
(sleeps 8/10) / £1,172 (9/10) / £1,210 (7/8). Prices are per week, from
21st-28th Dec, and are subject to VAT.
More Info: www.morlandbeckmansion.uniquehomestays.com
Staverton Estate, Devon
Sleeps? Up to 36 guests,
self-catering in courtyard cottages
You can organise quite a banquet
around a dining table that seats 36, making Christmas celebrations at
the estate a grand and memorable affair.
Each of the four country cottages are
decorated and have a Christmas tree, and there's even an indoor pool
so you can keep the festive feasting off your waistline, a snooker
table for less exertive recreation and a hot tub to wallow in and
How much? Four cottages (sleeping 2-6) cost £656-£1,486 per cottage
(per week). Includes a bottle of wine, mince pies and a drinks
party in the main house on Christmas/New Years Eve.
Available? Christmas and
More Info: www.stavertonestate.uniquehomestays.com
Devon Longhouse, Okehampton, Devon
Sleeps? 16-24 guests. Up to 16 guests in 8
double en-suites (5 of which can be twins). There is also a 3-bedroom
Coach House (sleeps 6) a short distance from the lodge. Self-catering.
Make yourself at home in a luxury
lodge planted in a beautiful organic estate overlooking Dartmoor National Park. Indoors you
will feel snug, cosy and pampered in your country pad, whilst
outdoors you can enjoy the landscaped garden and a huge range of
outdoor pursuits on the doorstep.
How much? 3-nights £3,000; £5,000 per week; The Coach House offered
in addition at £1,000 (3 nights) or £1,500 (per week)
More Info: www.devonlonghouse.uniquehomestays.com
Tower Hill, Borders of Rutland,
Sleeps? Up to 14 in 7
bedrooms, plus a further double in the annex. Self-catering.
Lapping up the life of luxury in a
rural retreat with an indoor pool, sauna, gym and six bicycles for
your use, there is little chance that the festive trimmings will have
time to sit on your waistline.
However, with so much action you
might prefer to skip the DIY catering and call in a private chef,
maids and even a chauffeur.
How much? £2,400 for 2 nights; £3,500 for 3 nights over Christmas.
New Year, £5,995 for up to a week (from 29th Dec).
More Info: www.towerhill.uniquehomestays.com
Chic Barns, Norfolk
Sleeps? Up to 20 guests in
8 doubles (2 of which can be twins) and a bunk room. Self-catering
Get festive in this large 19th
Century barn that's been transformed into a chic party house where
you can get comfy amidst kitsch, style and luxury.
Toast the festive season in the
outdoor hot-tub and sauna, take a picnic to the private beach hut and
throw a lavish feast in the huge dining area - or call in the outside
caterers to prepare if for you (at an additional cost).
How much? 5-nights over Christmas (22nd-27th Dec) £3,960; Christmas
and New Year (23rd Dec-2nd Jan) £7,680; New Year (29th Dec-2nd Jan)
and New Year
More Info: www.chicbarns.uniquehomestays.com
Queen Mary's Castle, Scotland
Sleeps? Up to 18, fully
Throw a New Year party fit for
royalty in a castle that can be exclusively yours (plus 17 friends)
for the celebrations.
In addition to excellent service in
your regal pad, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner followed by a
Ceilidh and Hogmanay fireworks, and on New Year's Day go Clay Pigeon
shooting in the castle grounds.
How much? £450pp per night over New Year; any additional nights at
£315pp (based on a min of 12 guests for 3 nights). Price includes
breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, New Year's Eve feast,
Ceilidh, fireworks and clay pigeon shooting.
Available? New Year
More Info: www.queenmaryscastle.uniquehomestays.com
Jacobean Country House, Sussex
Sleeps? Up to 30 guests
across 4 self-catering apartments
In the grounds of a stunning period
house, the granary barn has been split into four cottage apartments
and a large dining area where a festive feast can be laid on (using
outside caterers if required).
Curl up by the Inglenook fireplaces
and enjoy a stunning backdrop of wild and formal gardens, meadows and
How much? £4,620 per week (from 21st December)
and New Year
More Info: www.jacobeancountryhouse.uniquehomestays.com
Park Country House, Midhurst, Sussex
Sleeps? 24-28 guests in 12
A beautifully situated Victorian
country house renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and historic
character fused with luxury trimmings.
Each of the bedrooms is an
individually designed en-suite boasting stunning views (3 rooms
adapted to accommodate disabled guests), and the fresh, homemade
banquets can be served in the dining room or the conservatory.
How much? A half-board, 2-night exclusive house party (Christmas
Eve/Christmas Day; New Years Eve/New Years Day) costs £12,000
and New Year
More Info: www.parkcountryhouse.uniquehomestays.com
Other available properties to
(Contact us for rates, dates and room details)
Ruthern Valley Cottages, Cornwall
The Shooting Lodge, Devon
Gentleman_s Residence, Herefordshire
Manor House, Herefordshire
Park, Quantocks, Somerset
Wincanton Farmhouse, Somerset
Medieval Manor, Warwickshire
Nettleton Farmhouse, Wiltshire
Exclusive Golf Lodge, Wiltshire
Breconshire Retreat, Brecon
Old Brecknockshire, Brecon
Boutique Hotel, Cardiff
Tower, East Lothian
Manse, East Lothian
Mansion, East Lothian