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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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