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Guest Reviews

Discover what Unique Homestays guests think of their unique escapes


There are big houses and there are beautiful houses, and then there´s Zephyros; big and beautiful! Thank you for providing the perfect place to celebrate an important birthday with three generations from across the UK. We all had a wonderful time and felt very welcome and looked after, we would highly recommend Unique Homestays.

We came to stay here because we both have quite high intensity jobs and we desperately needed to recharge together. We were hoping for somewhere at the edge of the world where we could watch the ocean, read books and switch off. That is exactly what ´The Edge´ has delivered. We could not have been more thrilled by the stunning views, the hot tub, the amenities and the overall experience. Thank you for giving us a sanctuary when we really needed it!

This was our first time using Unique Homestays and we would absolutely use them again! It was such a wonderful surprise, the amenities and convenience of a vacation rental with the level of service and property aesthetics one would expect from a boutique hotel. The best of both worlds. Thank you so much for making it such a wonderful holiday for us.

Simone at Unique Homestays could not have been nicer. We will definitely be booking another holiday soon with Unique Homestays. Thank you once again for a lovely stay, we can´t wait to return.

We have used Unique Homestays a couple of times now, and the entire process from booking to completeing our holiday, has been trouble free. A great customer experience.

We had the best holiday! We had cancelled once, because of illness, so we were overjoyed when the property was still available and we managed to rebook. Thank you so much to everyone at Unique Homestays, it was the most perfect week, and one we shall always remember.

This is the third trip we´ve booked with Unique Homestays and now only use this site for our bookings. The properties are in fantastic locations, are well designed and the whole process is smooth and easy. 10/10 from us. Thank you.

Unique Homestays always provide plenty of information about the property, with loads of photographs, as well as the extremely useful guide to the area, including places to visit as well as to eat. This makes the holiday so much more enjoyable and easier. We were particularly impressed with the Welcome Hamper that was left, which included sparkling wine and some gorgeous granola! Everything was provided, it was a real treat for us all and our mums both had a wonderful time.

We had a really lovely time staying at Isla Windmill - definitely a Unique Homestay. We can see that your properties are a cut above others, and look forward to the next time we´re able to stay in one of your places.

The company have excellent customer care and provide as much information as you would need. I would recommend Unique Homestays to anyone as I had a wonderful and relaxing time.

Just to say you are such an efficient company and so lovely to deal with, nothing is a problem which is amazing. The property we stayed in literally blew us all away it was gorgeous.

Understanding the exact property type for those specific clients is rare these days and Unique Homestays have the ability, expertise and a fully comprehensive property portfolio to successfully provide this service.

Sublime quality, great customer service and information, modern stylish and unique properties, experiences and suggestions. Wish there were more properties that could meet the standard required for this portfolio, particularly in Central Scotland. For now though, South West England will do nicely!

It was entirely the best weekend we could have had to celebrate my husband´s 60th. All the guests thought Anthology Farm was outstanding, the quality of the rooms, the shared spaces, the grounds and the swimming pool. The owner was really easy to deal with and texted me throughout the stay to check all was well. We had an incredible time and will definitely use Unique Homestays again. Thank you to everyone for all your assistance throughout the booking process - it felt really easy and seamless.

As a founder of a number of small ventures, I have booked corporate get-togethers around the globe (mostly in Europe) for many years. One of the takeaways is that there are (rare) aggregators which really do a great job of curating a set of outstanding properties. It might be something to do with tastes being aligned, but mostly I think it has to do with consistency of vision behind the choice for including this or that property. With this in mind, I definitely think you are an outstanding aggregator for UK - great job!

I had been looking for a company like Unique Homestays for a while that offer something a little different and of great quality. I often travel alone and the choice of small beautiful properties is amazing. I shall definitely be booking again. I feel the company cares about making sure everything runs smoothly from the booking, to queries to feedback.

The place had a ´wow´ factor, we really were blown away. It was one of the best places we´ve ever stayed in the UK. The waterfront window was mesmerising and we felt like we were on the edge of the world.

We have stayed in a number of Unique Homestay properties in recent years, I think this is the seventh, and have never been disappointed. All have been very clean and well equipped with a wonderful variety of styles from ultramodern to more traditional but never boring!

The booking experience with Unique Homestays was smooth, professional and friendly every step of the way, I think I’ve found the last place I’ll need to book UK holiday homes through.

I am super impressed with our whole experience of Unique Homestays. From my very first phone call to make sure I could reach a human being if needed, I felt like we were in great hands, and every step of the way you have delivered a smooth and premium experience. I will spread that word as far as I can, and I expect to plan all of our future UK holidays around your wonderful properties.

We had such a great time that we did not want to leave! It was fantastic, absolutely loved it. We could not fault our time here, it was perfect! We already can´t wait to visit again- thank you!

I´m the "researcher" in our family and previously have spent so many hours finding suitable holiday accommodation. I found your site through a Telegraph article and from my first search I knew we would be booking with you repeatedly! It was easy to search sites and to see availability, the photography is excellent and the information provided is accurate. The house books did all the planning for us. We have forwarded your site to dozens of people now because it is too good to keep a secret.

Our stay at Juneberry has been truly wonderful. Being amongst nature and all it´s beauty is an innate and natural desire that we all commonly share. Juneberry blends nature with comfort to create an enchanting yet homely stay. Hearing the birds chirp and the trees blow each morning is a wake up call like no other and we have thoroughly enjoyed being able to experience it.

I can thoroughly recommend the property and also the brilliant help we had from the staff at Unique Homestays who answered all my questions in advance and ensured we chose the perfect property to celebrate my 70th birthday and my daughter´s 40th.

Eirianfa is fantastic. Both the homeowners and the Unique Homestays team are extremely helpful and went above and beyond to assist us. We´ve had the perfect holiday, thank you!

A lovely property in a great location. We will definitely return. This was also the first time we have used Unique Homestays and will certainly look at other properties to visit!

Thank you again Unique Homestays, for a seamless booking process. It was all so easy. Thank you to Julian for hosting us at this beautiful property, our stay at Isla Windmill is one we won´t forget!

We will most certainly use Unique Homestays again in the future. We have found the whole experience exceptional from start to finish. A superb website that is easy to use and filters the best-suited properties for your needs. The property portfolio gets better each year and the staff are brilliant. Thank you.

Fjall is the very first property we have stayed at with Unique Homestays and from this stay, we have been thoroughly blown away by the attention to detail of every decoration, accessory and equipment provided. We loved the architecture and interior design! Truly a 5-star experience. We are convinced that Unique Homestays have taken holidays to a whole new level and will definitely be looking to stay at another Unique Homestays property.

We are big fans of Unique Homestays and have used the company three times in the last two years. We love the little luxuries provided at the properties like the excellent bed linen, quality towels and thoughtful touches such as the fulsome welcome pack of local goodies, this is always much appreciated after a long journey!

Unique Homestays will always be our first port of call whenever booking trips from now on. Great service, great properties and great value. Your reps are incredible. Feels like Ritz Carlton level service, but with a genuine smile. The property was the perfect blend of personalised and stylish, homey but not feeling like your were tip toeing around someone else´s life.

We were looking for a house to accommodate our family and wanted something especially gorgeous beyond the usual ho-hum. This was above and beyond our expectations! Unique Homestays will always be our first port of call whenever we book a trip now: great service, properties and value. Your team is incredible, it feels like Ritz Carlton level of service, but with a genuine smile. Oska was the perfect blend of personalised and stylish, homely but not like you were tiptoeing around someone else’s life. I am already raving about both the property and your service to anyone who will listen!

The Cotton Tree looked beautiful on the website and was even more wonderful in real life. It was complete luxury for our family for the week. The house is practical whilst maintaining amazing boho decor and we can´t wait to book again. Unique Homestays always offer an amazing service and we would never dream of holidaying with any other company in the UK.

Ukiyo is just stunning; our fourth stay at a Unique Homestays property and everything was more than perfect! Thank you so much for making each stay such a unique and special experience. We highly recommend Unique Homestays to all our friends!

Everything about the castle is just perfect, all equipment is of good quality, the interiors look so special with the fire lit and the candles alight - a lovely welcome! Overall, the castle is well maintained, as are the grounds. The house manager is very helpful and explained everything well. Everything exceeded our expectations and we would definitely recommend Unique Homestays and Castle Trinity to all! Thank you.

The entire property is stunning. Everything is beautifully presented, the property has everything you would need for a little getaway. Arriving with the music on and a bottle of bubbly plus other lovely things was such a wonderful touch. And the fireplace is divine! We love design, attention to detail and beautiful interiors and everything is so beautiful and all the small details made our trip really perfect. Our experience with Unique Homestays was outstanding and we will definitely be going back for future holidays.

We really enjoyed our stay at Valency Wood - the property is stunning and the location perfect. Having never used Unique Homestays before we were unsure of what to expect. The information provided before our trip was great and the welcome hamper was fab. The property had everything we needed, and the owner was a great host. He took us on a tour of his land and let the children drive his farm buggy! We would definitely recommend Valency Wood and Unique Homestays, and we can´t wait to stay here again!

We loved our stay at Wool Merchant’s House. We were so warmly greeted by the housekeeper and the welcome basket was abundant and impressive! It is stylish, charming, has multiple spaces to relax in and has both an open fire and a woodburner. We will definitely book the house again and we have been very impressed with our booking experience and the help from the Unique Homestays team. Unique Homestays has moved to the top of our list! We really look forward to using your services again!

We very much enjoy staying at properties that feel like a home-from-home, and The Flower Press is perfect. It is absolutely beautiful inside and out! It´s a stunning property, the attention to detail is spot on and also a lot bigger than we expected. Thank you for making the process very easy when booking with you. My parents and I have had a very relaxing break which is just what we wanted! We will definitely be booking with Unique Homestays again. Thank you to the owners for letting us stay in their beautiful home!

We have used Unique Homestays before and we simply love the properties that are available - they are unlike any we see anywhere else. The option to take the dog is great too!

We loved the whole experience of booking with Unique Homestays and the friends who stayed with us at Ellesmera Mill are looking to book somewhere for themselves! We cannot wait for our next holiday with you. Thank you.

Atticus is a mixture of history and modernity, everything in it is perfect. The interior design, the cleanliness, the attention to detail, everything made us feel at home. We didn´t want to leave! We have stayed with Unique Homestays before and it´s honestly always the best service we receive compared to other agents worldwide. You should expand your services across the globe, the Unique Homestays team and the housekeepers are very helpful. You are the best! Thank you again for everything.

What a beautiful retreat! We were able to relax just sat out on the porch in all weathers and let time just pass us by while enjoying this home. The music on the iPad, the well-appointed kitchen, the hot tub and fire were all fantastic. A great stay in a location that was within easy reach of everything we wanted. The Unique Homestays team could not have been more helpful and on hand within minutes! A great level of service which we very much appreciated.

We have had a lovely stay and The Matchbox is delightful, the standards of the property exceeded our expectations. The location is superb; very secluded and within walking distance to a very quiet beach. This is the second time we’ve used Unique Homestays for a special occasion, and the process has always been very professional, courteous and the properties are amazing. Thank you.

We have had a wonderful time at the Wool Shed - thank you. It is absolutely perfect and quite idyllic - a real gem! Thank you and the team for ensuring that our stay was smooth, as always!

This is the second time we have booked with Unique Homestays and have been very happy both times. We will definitely book again the next time we return to the UK. Atticus is an absolutely beautiful house and the host was very welcoming when we arrived. She was able to give us lots of great tips and advice about the local area, as well as making sure our stay would be a comfortable and relaxing one! Thank you so much for great service from start to finish! See you again soon!

We absolutely loved Filly Island, and it has a wonderful owner. This is the first time we have used Unique Homestays and we were certainly not disappointed. Many thanks for a great experience!

The level of service received and the quality of the home was excellent. We love the fact that there was ample amounts of everything we could have needed and more! Thank you, very much.

We love Unique Homestays! The properties are beautifully presented and always live up to the images and descriptions. A stay is worth every penny when you get so much luxury and home comfort in some of the most stunning parts of the UK.

Your level of customer service is a rare find indeed. You continued to excel every time we had any communication with you, whether this was verbally or electronically. I can endorse that Unique Homestays certainly do hold keys to homes with heart and provide the gift of specialising in remarkable luxury homestays that simply can’t be found elsewhere, thus enabling guests to indulge in and experience. You are without doubt, leaders in your field. Thank you, we look forward to staying once again sometime in the future.

I want to thank Unique Homestays for opening my eyes. You have somehow developed the ability to find places of true wonder, only matched by your ability to find the unique accommodation that resides there. We have used you a few times now and are always blown away. It really is trip-of-a-lifetime kind of stuff.

Both the property and Unique Homestays are excellent and we have already recommended both to a number of people. You are the most professional holiday let company we have ever dealt with. You thought of everything and anticipated all our needs. It was wonderful to receive all your timely emails to ensure we were fully prepared for our break and nothing was overlooked.

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all involved with our Unique Homestay. The accommodation was amazing and exceeded everyone´s expectations, simply 10/10! Your correspondence and information in the build-up to the trip was exemplary and the whole process ran smoothly from start to finish. I will definitely be using your services again soon.

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