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Holiday homes 2-3 hours from London

Plotting a romantic escape from the city? These luxury retreats within two to three hours’ drive of London are just the ticket. Kick heels off under the office desk, throw a weekend bag in the boot and roll the windows down – the coast and country are calling!

Picture it. It is Friday afternoon, deadlines loom but you find yourself bending paperclips at your desk in desperate search of inspiration. Now imagine this. Within two to three hours you could be reclining on the veranda of your very own beach house, ice cold rosé in hand, sea salt on your lips and not a care in the world. Why imagine? With a hand-picked collection of luxury holiday homes, each personally visited and granted the Unique Homestays stamp of approval, your swift self-catering escape from the city has never been easier. Luxury car hire is also available for those without their own transport, or wanting to try a shiny new set of wheels for the weekend. Rental company, The Out, will deliver a car to any doorstep or airport in the capital. 

As the crowds pile into to London for the weekend in search of theatre and Soho nightlife, the clever ones are slyly departing. While the UK offers an array of luxury accommodation within two to three hours from London, self-catering homes are the perfect option for those wanting a little privacy. Choose from chic beach houses on the Kent coast, or hole-up with your loved one in a characterful country cottage where roll-tops and real fires come as standard. For big groups, gather the troops and burn down to a lavish country house in rolling Sussex countryside. Think indoor bowling alleys, at-home cinemas and outdoor swimming pools with not one novelty inflatable in sight. Waitrose delivery at the ready! We can even ask the housekeeper to pop the bubbly in the wine fridge prior to your arrival.

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The Ruby Barn

The Ruby Barn

Sandford St Martin, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Bringing a touch of Californian chicness to the Oxfordshire countryside, this luxury barn conversion has been fashioned with soul.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £2,695 per week, £1,850 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Children´s play area with slide
Distance: Approx. 62 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Inkwell Cottage

Inkwell Cottage

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Handcrafted, atelier in style and ever-so fun, this self-catering home in Burford is a pocketful of luxury throwing all conventionality out of its mullion windows.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £1,095 per week, £850 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Distance: Approx. 68 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Atticus

Atticus

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Treacle-toned Cotswold stone, iron gates and heavy antique doors hint at this striking home’s colourful past. Once a court house and a later jail, Atticus can be found jostling amongst a row of fine period buildings at the end of Burfords' golden high street.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £3,150 per week, £2,450 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Baby Grand Piano and fire pit
Distance: Approx. 68 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Little Scarlet

Little Scarlet

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

This luxury Cotswolds cottage is set in the heart of pretty Burford in Oxfordshire. Little Scarlet offers lovers a romantic retreat for stolen weekends and holidays in the rolling countryside, pottering between tea rooms and boutiques.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £1,650 per week, £1,195 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Distance: Approx. 68 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Dandelion

Dandelion

Kempsford, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Traditional on the outside but with flamboyance and flair within, this luxury Grade II listed manor near the Cotswolds has a rambunctious makeup of rich colour, bold patterns and unteachable taste.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (+2 children)
From: £6,250 per week, £4,695 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 18 guests
Pets: Pets are considered on request
Distance: Approx. 72 miles from central London as the crow flies

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The Aviary

The Aviary

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Traditional Cotswold stone provides the golden foundations for some striking modern flourishes at this luxury farmhouse retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 11 guests (10 adults and 1 child)
From: £7,000 per week, £5,250 per short break
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (May - September), tennis court, cinema room and trampoline
Distance: Approx. 74 miles from central London as the crow flies

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The Flower Press

The Flower Press

Bibury, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Emerald green in spring and fire red in autumn, creeper-clad cottage The Flower Press is a restful self-catering retreat nestled in the welcoming arms of quintessential Bibury. Snow-white walls, candelabras, chandeliers and vibrant gardens brimming with anemones bring a feel of modern-day Provence to this gorgeous old Cotswold manse.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
From: £1,850 per week, £1,450 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Distance: Approx. 76 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Midsummer Wood

Midsummer Wood

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

This magical Cotswolds millhouse calls you to run wild in private woodland, get lost amidst secret wildflower meadows, dive into a 12-metre indoor pool and unfurl within lavish Jacobean interiors.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £5,495 per week, £3,500 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Indoor heated swimming pool, two steam rooms, tennis court and games room with ping pong, gym and large TV
Distance: Approx. 76 miles from central London as the crow flies

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The Palladian

The Palladian

Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Georgian in style and grand in nature, this self-catering Cotswold manor offers a true countryside escape perfect for multi-generational groups.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (6 adults and 6 children)
From: £4,350 per week, £3,150 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (both May - September), gym, tennis court, trampoline, small football pitch, table tennis and tree house
Distance: Approx. 78 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Filly Island

Filly Island

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Blending style with a big dose of ingenuity results in something truly quite magical here at Filly Island. This unique cottage near Cirencester is sat upon a tiny island accessed by a humpback bridge. Pre-loved finds are revivified to bring about the unique interiorscape at Filly Island. 

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £995 per week, £750 per short break
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Distance: Approx. 79 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Zamani

Zamani

Cheltenham, Hawling, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Ancient Cotswolds barn meets contemporary charm at this luxury self-catering country house near Cheltenham. A stylish sanctuary for large family gatherings and a perfect private retreat to retire to with friends after fun-filled antics at the races.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £4,250 per week, £3,195 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Pool table
Distance: Approx. 81 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Photoshoots at Anthology Farm

Photoshoots at Anthology Farm

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

As diverse as it is large, the 500 acres of Anthology Farm are an inspiring location in the heart of The Cotswolds with ample space, inside and out, to suit any creative brief.

Distance: Approx. 85 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Anthology Farm

Anthology Farm

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

With acres of space and oodles of old stone style, these two traditional barns in the heart of the Cotswolds are perfect for large family gatherings or big celebrations.

Sleeps: Up to 18 guests
From: £7,995 per week, £6,395 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 10 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Heated indoor swimming pool, cinema room, tennis court and electric car charging point
Distance: Approx. 85 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Elissa

Elissa

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Surrounded by miles of undulating countryside, this luxury self-catering home is all about life’s simple pleasures; drawn-out pub lunches, rural rambles and evenings in the hot tub.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests (2 adults and 2 children)
From: £1,750 per week, £1,295 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub
Distance: Approx. 89 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Gulliver´s Hall

Gulliver´s Hall

Bisley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Blending ancestral tales with elegant maximalism, Gulliver's Hall brings vitality to the soul; this is a secluded luxury self-catering home where escape where escapism and comfort are key.

Sleeps: Up to 21 guests
From: £8,250 per week, £6,650 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (April-October), sunken spa bath, sauna, steam room, outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, paella burner, games and cinema room, tennis court, croquet lawn, two type 2 electric car charging points
Distance: Approx. 89 miles from central London as the crow flies

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The Find

The Find

Cranham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Dynamic pairing of luxury architect-designed properties in a beautifully secluded valley location in the Cotswolds.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
From: £15,895 per week, £14,895 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Trampoline, rowing boat
Distance: Approx. 89 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Evania

Evania

Bentham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Inspired by the colours and countryside of the Mediterranean, this Gloucestershire home with heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, is the perfect family retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £4,850 per week, £3,850 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), hot tub, games room with table football, pool table, table tennis and television
Distance: Approx. 89 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Burdock Fox

Burdock Fox

Chippenham, Castle Combe, Wiltshire, The Cotswolds, UK

With its wisteria clad façade and knock-your-wellies-off interiors, Cotswolds lovers are sure to adore a break at Burdock Fox.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests (+ 2 children)
From: £1,850 per week, £1,395 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Basement cinema room
Distance: Approx. 91 miles from central London as the crow flies

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The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden

Dyrham, Bath, The Cotswolds, UK

Perhaps the most ornate vegetable store in the whole of England, The Walled Garden began life as a potato house for Dyrham Park. This romantic retreat sits on the western edge of the Cotswolds, not far from Bath and all its gleaming treasures.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
From: £1,450 per week, £1,095 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One small well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Fire pit, use of the owners´ tennis court
Distance: Approx. 97 miles from central London as the crow flies

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