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Unique Home Stays


April 2008 


Luxury family holiday experiences for the whole family

The southwest is a destination for the young and the young at heart to plunge into the waves of adventure, indulge in gourmet local fare and experience a whole range of activities on the coast and in the countryside. Which is why Unique Home Stays offers accommodation that combines the finest things in life with pure family fun. It’s not just an abundance of facilities such as games rooms, play areas, swimming pools and tennis courts that make our properties family havens; it’s the likes of super-plush suites, wine cellars, private chefs on call and spa treatments that ensure they are pleasure zones for adults as well as children.  And when hectic schedules and busy lives often mean little time to really relax and take some time out as a family, our inspiring portfolio of luxury self-catered homes offer a fresh approach to bucket and spade days in the sun. In addition to a plush pad, we will also blow you away with a smorgasbord of activities on the doorstep. There’s everything from surfing to coasteering and kayaking to tempt; whether you’re a family of adrenalin-junkies or are just looking to have some fun whilst trying something new together.  A ‘Unique Family Home Stay’ is truly unforgettable and certainly one for the family album!

CREEKSIDE HAVEN, Helford Estuary, Cornwall

An exclusive family haven on a sub-tropical estate by the river

For Big and Little Kids: Heated indoor swimming pool and spa, games room with snooker and pool, CD/DVD players, Sky+, X-Box 360, sunroom and sun terrace.
Just for Kids: Cot and highchair available
Adults Only: Bag one of three super-king master suites (two of which have Jacuzzis), enjoy exclusive use of a 14ft motorboat during July and August (available for hire out of season) and call in the caterers for anything from BBQs to picnic hampers.
On the doorstep: Explore the waterways under sail or by power boat; try kitesurfing on the north coast; cast a fishing line on river or sea; grab your racquets and clubs for golf or tennis; or take a short stroll to the family pub to quench your thirst after a busy day messing about with boats.
Basics: Sleeps up to 20 guests in versatile zip-link beds that can be doubles or twins.
Costs: From £3,000 per week
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VENNA BARNS, Nr Liskeard, Cornwall

Five contemporary barns built for family fun
For Big and Little Kids: 142 acres of private countryside, an off road cycle track, 3-metre cinema screen, Sky and iPod docks, Xbox 360, panoramic views, plush family bathrooms and a function room for bands and parties.
Just For Kids: Nothing the adults won’t want to share!
Adults Only: Spacious kitchens if you want to DIY and local caterers available if you don’t.
On the doorstep: Canoeing on the River Fowey, surfing on the beaches of the north and south coasts (half an hour away), a village pub within 20 minutes walk and a handful of golf clubs within easy reach.
Basics: Each of five barns sleeps from 2-8 guests (exclusive hire for a total 22), making it a great bolthole for a group of families and friends.
Cost: From £3,100 for a 2-night weekend
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An exclusive country manor house perfect for fully-catered family gatherings in royal style

For Big and Little Kids: Alice in Wonderland gardens, tennis court, outdoor heated pool, croquet lawn.
Just For Kids: Extra Z-beds
Adults Only: Fine wines and a selection of malt whiskies; a full house of staff so you don’t have to lift a finger – including a private chef that has won the property three AA Rosettes for its cuisine.
On the doorstep: Enjoy archery and clay pigeon shooting on site, go fishing or sailing in nearby Looe, Polperro and Fowey, or explore the coast and countryside of Cornwall and Devon.
Basics: Sleeps 20 (plus 2 extra children) in nine double/twin rooms with zip-link beds and a family suite.
Cost: From £2,400 per night (exclusive use, fully catered)
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THE VICKERS, Nr Salcombe, Devon

A fusion of state of the art facilities and country comfort in a refurbished vicarage
For Big and Little Kids: Games room with table football, American pool, air hockey, PlayStation 2 and a 50-inch plasma screen.
Just For Kids: En suite bunkrooms
Adults Only: Cook up a storm in the 4-oven Aga or call in the services of a local chef and kickback on the terrace with a sundowner
On the doorstep: Located a stone’s throw from the coast the property offers sea views, a range of seafood restaurants including the famous Oyster Shack at your fingertips, and an abundance of water sports from sailing to surfing can be arranged.
Basics: Sleeps 17-21 in range of doubles, bunkrooms and family rooms.
Cost: From £1,950 for a 2-night weekend; from £3,750 per week
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REDLON MANOR, Tavistock, Devon

A beautiful manor house on a private organic estate with a resident chef and housekeeper
For Big and Little Kids: Outdoor heated pool (May to September) in secure gardens that are part of the 500-acre estate; a top-floor games room with a home cinema, DVDs, Sky TV, card table, full-size snooker table, chess and darts; plus an additional summer games room with table tennis.
Just For Kids: Swings, trampoline, slide, farmyard animals including Dartmoor ponies, donkeys, pigs, chickens, cows and sheep.
Adults Only: An Emperor-sized bed, dressing room and roll-top bath in the master suite; and a treadmill if you want to work off some of the feasts that your private chef will conjure up from delectable organic meat and produce reared on the estate.
On the doorstep: Horse riding stables, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, golf and walking trails.
Basics: Sleeps 14 (10 in the manor house plus 4 in the coach house).
Cost: From £5,500 for 2 nights / £6,500 for 3 nights / £14,000 per week
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MEADOWVIEW COTTAGE, Nr Boscastle, Cornwall

Luxury barn conversion in 30 acres of countryside just 15-minutes from the stunning north coast
For Big and Little Kids: Go-karts
Just For Kids: Large, well-equipped play area (ROSPA inspected).
Adults Only: A private sauna in a Scandinavian log cabin, and exercise equipment for fitness conscious parents.
On the doorstep: A huge range of local produce is available in a variety of farm shops and restaurants; the rugged Boscastle and Bodmin Moor are within easy reach; and if you want to try surfing the sandy beaches of Bude are just 15-minutes away. Horse riding and golf are also available nearby.
Basics: Sleeps 6 (+1 infant in a cot) in a super-king double/twin, one double and one twin room.
Cost: From £495 to £1,990
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River House, South Hams, Devon

An oak-framed eco-design family home built for tranquillity and comfort
For Big and Little Kids: Indoor swimming pool, professional storytelling, hands-on bushcraft courses, nature walks, night walks and activity walks that showcase the local wildlife, the natural world and the nocturnal world.
Just For Kids: Children’s bunkroom with access to a ‘secret’ attic playroom and a single cabin.
Adults Only: Spa treatment room, yoga, tai chi, woodcraft and cookery classes with seasonal produce. Or settle for sundowners in the Mediterranean courtyard.
On the doorstep: Sailing on the River Dart (lessons and yacht charter available), canoeing expeditions
Basics: Sleeps 11 (maximum of 8 adults)
Cost: From £4250 to £6250 per week
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A fully staffed, lavish country retreat in a pretty Cotswold village
For Big and Little Kids: Zip wire, outdoor chess, swimming pool, tennis courts and games room.
Just For Kids: Children’s play area, children’s bedrooms with a rocking horse and dolls’ houses.
Adults Only: A fabulous wine cellar, fishing lakes and a gym. Plus there’s an estate manager, housekeeper and private chef to ensure the smooth running of your holiday.
On the doorstep: The beautiful town of Burford and the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds.
Basics: Sleeps 12
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A lakeside, luxury holiday home for quality weekends with the family
For Big and Little Kids: In addition to flat screen TVs, Freeview and luxury living with Bond-style mod cons, the likes of tennis, volleyball, boules, croquet, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing is included in the rental of the property.
Just For Kids: Plenty of activities to wear them out (see above).
Adults Only: Free golf for up to two people per day, a gymnasium and wireless broadband
On the doorstep: The property leads directly onto the lakeside where an abundance of water sports and fishing is available (children should be supervised at all times). Clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and polo are also offered nearby.
Basics: Sleeps up to 8 in 4 doubles.
Cost: From £745 per weekend
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BLAKEDOWN MANOR, Worcestershire

The king of properties for a unique family experience
For Big and Little Kids: A cinema room with a wall-sized projector screen, DVD player and microwave for your popcorn; a snug with a TV/DVD, PlayStation, karaoke machine and disco lights; a games room with darts, table football, American pool and a CD player; a basement band room with guitars, a drum kit and a mounted TV screen to watch yourselves play. Plus, there’s a heated swimming pool indoors, and a tennis court, tree hammocks, croquet set, giant chess board, golf practise net, rugby pitch and quad-biking circuit outdoors.
Just For Kids: Dedicated children’s room with 3 beds, and there’s enough listed above to keep them well entertained!
Adults Only: A wine cellar stocked with the finest vintages, gourmet meals made to order if required, a private sauna and an ambience of superior luxury in which to unwind.
On the doorstep: Take a ride on the Severn Valley Railway; don your walking boots and explore the beauty of the Shropshire, Malvern or Clent Hills; go horse racing at a number of courses nearby.
Basics: Sleeps from 14-19 guests
Cost: From £9,300 per week
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For more information contact Sarah Stanley or Jen Morgan
Tel: +44(0)1637 881942


* 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 creme de la creme 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.