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August 2007   


When the sun goes down early and the leaves turn brown, it's all too easy to opt for the sort of holiday pad where you can curl up in front of the fire with your nose in a good book. Which is very nice and cosy, but you're missing out on the action. Many of our properties in the UK and overseas offer all sorts of outdoor activities that are perfect for grabbing a hearty slice of the great outdoors throughout the autumn and winter months. Not only a recipe for a fun-fuelled adventure to make your holiday a memorable one; a blast of fresh air means you can tuck in to the gourmet fare and relax in a squishy sofa without bringing your own portion of extra cushioning back home with you. Here are just a few of Unique Home Stay's action stations to check out at home and overseas:



Eardisley Manor, Herefordshire
Up to 38 (Self-catering with caterers available on request)

In 11 acres of private gardens there's plenty of scope for country pursuits without even leaving the grounds of your exclusive manor house. Here you can take part in clay pigeon shooting and archery with your champagne flute and next gourmet feast at your fingertips. 

But to really make the most of the Herefordshire countryside on the doorstep, try the likes of kayaking, horse riding, walking, orienteering, mountain boarding and go-karting. Take to the skies with light aircraft lessons or a helicopter ride, or for something more traditional stick to a trusty round of golf.

How much: 3-night weekend from £5,500 for the main house (up to 32 people), plus £750 for the Coach House (6 people)
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Tremadog House, Tremadog, Wales
Sleeps? Up to 12 (Half board, full board and self-catering options available)

Bang smack on the Welsh coast and the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Tremadog House is a haven for hikers and coastal adventurers, and autumn and winter are the some of the best times to experience the wild romance of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in which it stands. 

Fuel up with a full Welsh breakfast prepared with locally sourced ingredients, hit the mountains or the beaches for a day of adventures, and come back to an elegant home where you can relax in comfort and style. And if you can't resist the top-notch Welsh country cooking on offer you can pre-arrange a mouth-watering dinner to satiate a well-earned appetite.

How much: From £1,500 exclusive hire (self-catering)
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Queenwood Exclusive Golf Lodge, Wiltshire
Sleeps? Up to 8 (Fully catered)

Nestled between the fairways of one of the finest championship golf courses in the south of England, this house party lodge is any golfer's dream come true. Enjoy complimentary golf and use of the Academy course, and lessons can be arranged for any level of golfer. 

Away from the golf course, this 19th Century manor is a domain of decadent luxuries, where a butler, housekeeper and private chef are on hand to ensure you enjoy a special stay. Tea, sandwiches and cakes will served by the open fire and exquisite dinners served in the grand dining room are created from the finest local ingredients available.

How much: From £980 - £1,525 per night inclusive
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Kinloch Mansion, East Lothian, Scotland
Sleeps? Up to 18 (B&B and fully catered options available)

The ultimate retreat in the Scottish countryside, this handsome Georgian mansion stands in a 1000-acre estate in the heart of a picturesque landscape just begging to be explored. 

Wrap up and feel the wind in your sails on a boat trip around Bass Rock, don your walking boots and explore the Lammermuir Hills, and take a shot at the classic pursuit of clay pigeon shooting. With no less than eleven golf courses nearby there's nowhere better for a cheeky round (or eleven), which leaves little time to plant yourself by the log fire, indulge in extravagant banquets and retire to your lavish chambers bedecked in antiques and fine furnishings.

How much: From £120 per person B&B; or £2,000 per night exclusive use B&B, up to £3,000 exclusive use fully catered.
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Lakes Weekend Club, Cotswolds
Sleeps? 8

This swanky lakeside property offers a location and lifestyle that weekends were made for: The Weekend Club was designed for active hedonists. 

Included in the rental of your plush Bond-style pad is a gamut of activities including windsurfing, tennis, volleyball, boules, croquet, golf and use of a gymnasium and sauna. And that's not all. For a little bit extra you can cast a line and catch some trout for dinner, try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, have a go at water-skiing and saddle up for some horse-riding. So by the time you get back to chill out you'll be in need of the walk-in power showers, flat screen TVs and five star comforts.

How much? From £678 - £1,044 for 3-night weekend
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Alinghi Beach House, Queensland, Australia

Winter on the horizon brings with it thoughts of escaping to Australia. And this five star eco-design beach house located near the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef is just the sort of dream holiday house that springs to mind. 

In a gob-smacking location on the coast of Queensland, Alinghi is an exotic, state-of-the-art hideaway with surfing, snorkelling, swimming with sea turtles, and diving on the doorstep. A catamaran ride will take you to the wonders of the Barrier Reef, and just a peep from any room will treat you to a beach sunrise and stunning oceanic view. Who said summer was over?

How much? £2,660-£3,000 per week for the whole pad; £450-£650 per week for the Bedroom Pavilion.
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Motty's, Alleppey, Kerala
Sleeps? Up to 4 (B&B or full board)

Guarantee an Indian summer and some gentle exercise that will take you close to nature in an exotic location. Whilst the UK turns to winter activities, South India is hotting-up for the summer, making it a prime time to enjoy the lush, watery landscapes of Kerala. 

Paddle your way into a warm and fascinating culture on an adventure along the backwaters in a dugout canoe, and return to a traditional family home where you will learn the secrets of Keralan cuisine.

How much: From 50 per person per night, full board
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St Nicolas Bay Hotel, Crete
Sleeps? Suites for a min of 2 adults (plus 1 child)

Enjoy Mediterranean warmth and flair, a private sandy beach, stunning sea views and range of water sports on the doorstep. Why on earth were you thinking of staying in the UK with this Cretan gem just a short flight away? 

Lap up the serenity from your sea-front suite and take a dip in the azure waters of Mirabello Bay whenever you fancy a scuba diving or water-skiing session. Stave off the winter blues by feeling summer-fit and sun-kissed - you can even opt for a personalised fitness programme in the Poseidon Health Club. This is truly the epitome of luxury and relaxation with a healthy does of exercise thrown in.

How much? From 260 per room per night, Luxury Beach front Villas with private pools from 450  per night
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Chateau de Charly, Loire Valley, France
Sleeps? 10-13 (B&B; dinners available at an extra cost)

Set in the sleepy French village of Charly, this chateau swaps the hectic pace of modern life for the steady indulgence of good food and the great outdoors. 

You might just want to come here to feast on sumptuous homegrown produce, or to sink into a roll top bath with a glass of fine wine in hand, but you'd be foolish to miss out on exploring the picturesque gems of the area. There are bicycles on which to enjoy a two-wheeled adventure, or you can discover the surrounding Loire Valley by horse back or kayak. As well as fishing lakes there are five golf courses within spitting distance, and if you still need to work up an appetite for the next slice of Roquefort tart you can always head to the in-house gymnasium.

How much: From 150 - 160 per room
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For More Information Contact Sarah Stanley or Jess Clark
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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