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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 hours’ drive from the Big Smoke.

In a couple of hours, you could be reclining on the veranda of your very own beach house, rosé on ice, sea salt on your lips, and fondue melting on the Aga. The luxury private homes that form this collection of country cottage 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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Mill of Arun

Mill of Arun

Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK

A tranquil spot on the Arun River sets the scene for a grand self-catering getaway here in rural West Sussex. Throw in a magical four-story millhouse for the family, a romantic couples' barn and English topiary gardens - and the whole family are guaranteed a ball.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £3,395 per week, £2,595 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, two kayaks for the river, table football in the games room
Distance: Approx. 34 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Mulberry Mill

Mulberry Mill

Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK

There’s something quite special about this romantic old mill on the River Arun. Sandwiched between the High Weald and South Downs AONB with beautiful topiary gardens, this charming country home on the edge of Billingshurst is a rural idyll.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £1,850 per week, £1,350 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two pets are welcome
Features: Canoes for the river, foosball room
Distance: Approx. 34 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Figgy Court

Figgy Court

Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK

A 700-year old rustic grain barn reinterpreted - this charming self-catering couples’ retreat affords a slice of country living on modern terms. Honey-hued oak beams and hand-crafted furnishings are a celebration of yesteryear, with little luxuries like the riverside hot tub adding lashings of romance.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £1,550 per week, £1,250 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub
Distance: Approx. 34 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Studio Fold

Studio Fold

Nutbourne, Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

Meticulous design and eco-friendly credentials have seen this former water pumping station in Pulborough's sought-after village of Nutbourne transform into an award-winning self-catering home.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £2,895 per week, £2,150 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Distance: Approx. 42 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Cadence

Cadence

Petworth, West Sussex, UK

A 70’s sci-fi film was the unlikely inspiration for this playful modern retreat. Award-winning for its design and settled within poetic South Downs scenery; this architect's private home is a fine example of the new English country house.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £7,195 per week
Pets: Two well-behaved pets are welcome
Distance: Approx. 42 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Photoshoots at Skyfall

Photoshoots at Skyfall

Steyning, Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK

A shoot location that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of a Bond film, Photoshoots at Skyfall has oodles of inspiring spaces for creatives to work their magic on.

Features: Outdoor heated pool, gym, infra red sauna, al fresco kitchen, golf simulator, full sized pool table, private bar and aircraft hangar
Distance: Approx. 43 miles from central London as the crow flies

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The Art House

The Art House

Sutton, Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

An idyllic private retreat where art deco architecture sits in manicured lawns and wildflower meadows, you'll feel far removed from the everyday at The Art House with its outdoor pool, tennis court and natural swimming lake.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
From: £13,450 per week
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: 17-metre heated outdoor swimming pool (June - September), sauna, 50-metre wild swimming lake with jetty, tennis court, air hockey, pool table and fire pit
Distance: Approx. 46 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Ariabelle

Ariabelle

Iping, West Sussex, UK

Found at the end of a sweeping tree-lined drive, Ariabelle is the ultimate private country house, affording a luxury stay with lavish indoor pool and all the trimmings, all wrapped up within glorious South Downs countryside.

Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
From: £17,500 per week, £13,995 per short break
Pets: Pets are welcome on prior agreement
Features: Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, steam room and sauna, gym and bar
Distance: Approx. 46 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Terrarium

Terrarium

Bosham, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

Floating over a crystalline natural pool that starts where the sleek interior ends, this iconic Grand Design's house is wellness architecture embodied; a British lesson in biophilic design and eco-conscious family home that stands the test of time.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests (+4 children)
From: £6,995 per week, £5,250 per short break
Pets: Two well behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Natural swimming pond (unheated, chemical-free water), wood-fired hot tub, tennis court, Indian canoe and paddleboard.
Distance: Approx. 57 miles from central London as the crow flies

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