The beauty of self-catering is that you can do what you want, when you want. You won’t miss breakfast if you get up after nine and you don’t have to share the lounge with strangers. And contrary to popular opinion, self-catering doesn’t have to mean doing it all yourself. At least not when you select one of our Unique Home Stays that comes with the key with a range of (optional) facilities including private chefs, gourmet picnics, delivery of local produce and daily housekeeping. So while the UK is hip, these self-catering palaces are hot for spring, summer or autumn.
THE MANOR LODGE, Broughton, Devon
Flanked by the North Devon coast on one side and Exmoor on the other, this 1830s country home couldn’t be better located for beaches and rolling countryside. What’s more it’s right next to an organic farm, where you can stock up on the finest local produce to tuck into in your luxury lodge decked out in contemporary farmhouse style. Stunning seascapes, a welcome hamper of local goodies and a sumptuous place to stay.
Services on request: Caterers available to cook-up celebratory feasts in-house and local organic meats can be ordered in advance.
The basics: Sleeps up to 10 guests, children welcome.
Things to do for adults and kids: On the doorstep you can choose to go sailing and surfing, explore Exmoor, or sample an abundance of fresh seafood in local restaurants. Or, if you want to squirrel away indoors there’s a Playstation, table football, widescreen TVs and a stereo.
Costs: From £1,600 to £2,800 per week.
Find out more: www.manorlodge.uniquehomestays.com
THE SUTTONS, Camber, Sussex
Like to be beside the seaside? Then you’ll love staying here. Follow the boardwalk just footsteps from the garden and onto the beach, or kickback and enjoy the sea views from inside or the private sundeck. White walls and wooden floors add chic neutral tones to the beach scenes that stare through the windows, and thoughtful touches such as a Jacuzzi, a wood burning stove and a downstairs shower for rinsing sandy feet, make this the perfect pad for beach lovers.
Services on request: Pummel away any stress with spa treatments that can be arranged at the house. Although there are no in-house catering services, if you need a break from your marine-blue kitchen there’s a number of pubs and restaurants on the doorstep.
The basics: Sleeps up to 8 guests.
Things to do for adults and kids: For an adrenaline buzz on the beach try kitesurfing, windsurfing and water-skiing or feel the sea breeze on leisurely coastal walk.
Costs: From £1,500 to £2,400 per week.
Find out more: www.thesuttons.uniquehomestays.com
LITTLE TREBARWITH, Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall
Enjoy staggering views over the rolling farmland and the North Cornish coast, from a luxurious holiday barn that makes a perfect family hideaway or romantic retreat. A contemporary cottage-style interior – subtly bedecked with all mod cons and eco-friendly features – is brimming with the comforts of a wood-burning stove, squishy sofas and en suite bathrooms.
Services on request: A private chef can prepare feasts using fresh local fare, and a welcome hamper of Cornish produce can be organised in advance (charges applicable).
The basics: Sleeps up to 4 guests. An additional barn sleeping 8 guests is also available.
Things to do for adults and kids: Sip a sundowner on the deck, hike over the clifftops to Port Isaac or Tintagel, or learn to surf at Trebarwith Strand.
Costs: £1,500 to £1,950 per week
Find out more: www.littletrebarwith.uniquehomestays.com
TOWER HILL, Rutland, Lincolnshire
Enjoy some serious pampering when you take a break at this luxurious rural retreat. Once you’ve made use of the heated indoor pool, sauna, gymnasium, roll-top baths and extensive grounds, you’ll be about ready to kick back by the open fire and let someone else take over the DIY duties of your ‘self-catering’ break.
Services on request: Housekeeping, private chefs and drivers available (at an additional cost), plus champagne receptions and grocery shopping can also be organised in advance.
The basics: Sleeps up to 22 guests in generous sized rooms.
Things to do for adults and kids: Take a two-wheeled adventure around Europe’s biggest manmade lake, or go fly fishing on Rutland River.
Costs: From £8,000 (up to 16) to £9,000 (up to 22) per week. Weekends: (2 nights) from £3,360 (up to 16) to £3,860 (up to 22) / 3 nights from £4,820 (up to 16) to £5,420 (up to 22)
Find out more: www.towerhill.uniquehomestays.com
A SEA CAPTAINíS MANOR, Flushing, Nr Falmouth, Cornwall
When its owner fell in love with a Falmouth sea captain, she had her entire house moved from East Sussex to this secluded location right on the beach in Flushing. Estuary views grace spacious rooms and the beautifully landscaped gardens tier to the water’s edge where Falmouth winks from across the Carrick Roads.
Services on request: Housekeeping services and a private chef available. Arrive to a hamper of Cornish produce or arrange to have a full grocery shop done in advance.
The basics: Sleeps up to 12 with a bunkroom decked out especially for kids.
Things to do for adults and kids: Make a splash in the outdoor pool, play croquet on the lawn, or hop on a ferry to maritime Falmouth.
Costs: From £2,900 to £4,950 per week
Find out more: www.seacaptainsmanor.uniquehomestays.com
SHIRE CASTLE, Halifax, Yorkshire
Play Lord of the Manor in your private Grade II folly that has been designed to replicate the style of a Norman castle. Inside battlements and towers that are surrounded by lush grounds and deer park, you’ll find a contemporary haven with sumptuous rooms, an indoor pool and a conservatory that overlooks a water wheel in the gardens.
Services on request: A local chef can prepare everything from home-cooked, heat-them-up delicacies to celebratory banquets. In-house spa treatments are also available.
The basics: Sleeps up to 10.
Things to do for adults and kids: Country pursuits from clay pigeon shooting, archery and quad biking can be arranged on site, or don your walking boots and explore the Yorkshire Dales.
Costs: From £6,000 to £8,000 per week; £3,500 to £4,500 for a 3-night weekend
Find out more: www.shirecastle.uniquehomestays.com
REGENCY MANOR, Piddletrenthide, Dorset
Take your horses on holiday when you take up residence in this quaint country hamlet set amidst an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the doorstep of the Jurassic coast. With a large indoor pool, tennis courts, stabling, and an 18th Century Church on site you won’t want to leave your lavish country house accommodation and picturesque grounds. But make sure you get at least as far as the famous local inn that awaits at the end of the long driveway.
Services on request: Local caterers available to provide bespoke culinary delights.
The basics: Sleeps up to 14
Things to do for adults and kids: Take country walks across Dorset Downs and Plush Hill, explore the Jurassic Coast, enjoy a day at Wincanton races or get fully pampered at the Summer Lodge Health Spa.
Costs: From £6,000 to £8,000 per week; £3,500 to £3,750 per weekend
Find out more: www.regencymanor.uniquehomestays.com
NORTH ROCK BEACH HOUSE, Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Enjoy the rugged coast of west Cornwall from a plush pad of your own. Plunge into the large outdoor heated swimming pool, watch the dolphins play in the cove below, or kick back on the terrace and enjoy the stunning sunsets over the sea.
Services on request: A chef is available to conjure all sorts of cuisine from banquets to barbecues.
The basics: Sleeps up to 8 (plus cot, travel cot and high chair)
Things to do for adults and kids: Stroll along the coast path on the doorstep, ride the waves at Sennen Cove, or watch a performance under the stars at the Minack Theatre.
Costs: £2,100 to £3,100 per week
Find out more: www.northrock.uniquehomestays.com
Other unique self-catering gems include:
LITTLE COBB, Nr Newquay, Cornwall
A beautifully converted cob barn with lovely rural views (sleeps 2)
Find out more: www.littlecob.uniquehomestays.com
LONGSHIPS HOUSE, Sennen Cove, Cornwall
A great coastal home just a mile from Lands End (sleeps 11)
Find out more: www.longshipshouse.uniquehomestays.com
SCUDAMORE COURT, Wiltshire
A Grade II listed 14th Century Hall House with an oak staircase and minstrels gallery (sleeps 12)
Find out more: www.scudamorecourt.uniquehomestays.com
ST IVES TOWNHOUSE, St Ives, Cornwall
A luxury holiday home a stone’s throw from Porthminster beach (sleeps 10)
Find out more: www.stivestownhouse.uniquehomestays.com
TRENMENHERE COTTAGE, St Keverne, The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
Eco-friendly woodland cottage just 1.5 miles from the beaches.
Find out more: www.tremenhere.uniquehomestays.com
For more information contact Sarah Stanley or Jen Morgan
Tel: +44(0)1637 881942