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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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Fawn Wood

Fawn Wood

Hartfield, High Weald, East Sussex, UK

A treasure trove of enchanted stories and romantic entanglements, this unique luxury retreat started life as a granary and enjoys a sylvan setting on the edge of Winnie-the-Pooh's Ashdown Forest.

Sleeps: 6 (+2) guests
From: £2,995 per week, £2,295 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two pets are welcome
Features: Small-scale outdoor heated pool (available May - September inclusive), professional golf simulator and SimWay Hunt Pro shooting simulator (advance booking required, incurs an additional cost), outdoor pizza oven, chiminea
Distance: Approx. 29 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Photoshoots at Alcázar

Photoshoots at Alcázar

Hartfield, High Weald, East Sussex, UK

Classical English castle meets modern country house at this unique shoot location in Hartfield, where contemporary glass pendants hang from original timber beamed ceilings, and checkerboard floors sit alongside curved brick fireplaces and a slick grand piano.

Features: Cinema room, gym, golf simulator (available on prior request)
Distance: Approx. 29 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Hummingbird House

Hummingbird House

Lewes, East Sussex, UK

Once home to a famous Edwardian music hall starlet, this unique luxury self-catering manor house near Lewes in East Sussex steals the show with her subtle glamour and undeniable grace.

Sleeps: Up to 7 guests
From: £1,750 per week
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: A hot tub in the garden, steam room shower, competition standard table tennis table
Distance: Approx. 40 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Roserai

Roserai

Waldron, East Sussex, UK

A stately house in its own lush grounds with little luxuries inside and out that every weekender wishes for, this is one dream home that guests won't ever want to leave. 

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £4,895 per week
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs or one large dog welcome on prior request
Features: Daily use of heated swimming pool is between 10am and 6pm (available between mid-April - September). The hot tub, sauna, steam room and pool house is available between 10am and 10pm.
Distance: Approx. 42 miles from central London as the crow flies

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The Residence

The Residence

Waldron, East Sussex, UK

Ensconced within a 10-acre East Sussex estate, this Grade-II listed manor house complete with outdoor pool, hot tub and yoga studio has been designed with group gatherings in mind. 

Sleeps: Up to 20 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 12 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Daily use of heated swimming pool is between 10am and 6pm (available between April half term - October half term). The hot tub, sauna, steam room and pool house is available between 10am and 10pm.
Distance: Approx. 42 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Pearl´s on Sea

Pearl´s on Sea

Winchelsea, Rye, East Sussex, UK

Adorned with a mosaic of shells and brimming with bohemian tempo, Pearl's on Sea is a laidback luxury East Sussex shack with hot tub and outdoor pool, just a ten-minute stroll from Winchelsea Beach.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £6,250 per week, £6,450 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (April - October) and Swedish wood-fired tub for two
Distance: Approx. 55 miles from central London as the crow flies

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The Matchbox

The Matchbox

Winchelsea, Rye, East Sussex, UK

Natural, bright and just a five minute stroll from the sea, The Matchbox is an organic luxury beach house overlooking Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £1,995 per week, £1,595 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Distance: Approx. 55 miles from central London as the crow flies

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