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May 2007   






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
10-12 people, self-catering

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
Available? Christmas and New Year
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Du Maurier Riverside Hideaway, Polruan, Cornwall
Sleeps? Up to 16 guests, fully catered

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)
Available? Christmas
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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.
Available? Christmas
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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 simply relax.

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 New Year
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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)
Available? Christmas
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Tower Hill, Borders of Rutland, Lincolnshire
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).
Available? Christmas
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Chic Barns, Norfolk
Sleeps? Up to 20 guests in 8 doubles (2 of which can be twins) and a bunk room. Self-catering (caterers available).

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) £3,990.
Available? Christmas and New Year
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Queen Mary's Castle, Scotland
Sleeps? Up to 18, fully catered

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
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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 woodland.

How much? £4,620 per week (from 21st December)
Available? Christmas and New Year
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Park Country House, Midhurst, Sussex
Sleeps? 24-28 guests in 12 bedrooms

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
Available? Christmas and New Year
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Other available properties to checkout include:
(Contact us for rates, dates and room details)

Ruthern Valley Cottages, Cornwall
Hotchpotch, Helford, Cornwall
The Shooting Lodge, Devon   
Gentleman_s Residence, Herefordshire
Medieval Manor House, Herefordshire
Elizabethan Hall, Norfolk
Slade Manor, Somerset
Tynte Park, Quantocks, Somerset
Wincanton Farmhouse, Somerset 
The Malthouse, Somerset 
Priors Vicarage, Warwickshire 
Medieval Manor, Warwickshire
Nettleton Farmhouse, Wiltshire
Queenwood Exclusive Golf Lodge, Wiltshire
Blakedown Manor, Worcestershire

Breconshire Retreat, Brecon
Old Brecknockshire, Brecon
Boutique Hotel, Cardiff 
Llangollen Hall, Llangollen
Bryn Manor, Powys
Tremadog House, Tremadog

Troon House, Ayrshire 
The Tower, East Lothian 
Berwick Manse, East Lothian 
Kinlock Mansion, East Lothian



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




This is a small selection of our Unique Home Stays Country/Coastal retreats. Please see our website for more ideas and accommodation to suit you. We have properties in the UK, USA, Spain, South Africa, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, India, Greece, France and the Czech Republic.


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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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