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Country weekend breaks near London

Plotting a romantic escape or a big group gathering away from the city? Luxury country weekend breaks near London have never been so get-at-able; these private homes, from Shropshire to the South Downs, are all within two to three hoursí drive from the Big Smoke.

In a couple of hours, you could be reclining on the veranda of your very own beach house, rosť on ice, sea salt on your lips, and fondue melting on the Aga. The luxury private homes that form this collection of country weekend breaks near London have all been hand-picked, nitpicking-ly examined, and granted the Unique Homestays stamp of approval, meaning a swift self-catering escape from the city has never been so carefree. If the London Underground is your go-to mode of transport, we can arrange the hire of a†4x4 or country-ready convertible, so you can fill the trunk with ensembles and pull up to your weekend abode in style. You handle the spontaneity, we'll handle the spadework.

A city trend's astir. As the crowds shuffle in for their weekend revelries, London locals are slyly departing. From gathering with all the family in lavish mansions with swimming pools, to holing up with their beaus in romantic cottages where Champagne and real fires reign, city-escapers (often with dogs in tow) are turning to out-of-towners in as little as two to three hours. Go big with indoor bowling alleys, at-home cinemas, and secret gardens, or take the hygge highway to hot tubs†and fire-charred marshmallows. With oak doors aflung, baguettes in the hamper, and lavender-scented bubbles in the copper tub, the most luxurious self-catering homes in the UK are just a click away. The coast and country are calling.

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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: £4,550 per week, £3,295 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (both May - September), gym, tennis court, trampoline and small football pitch
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: £950 per week, £750 per short break
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Distance: Approx. 79 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 lifeís 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: £1,695 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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