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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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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: £3,095 per week, £2,295 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, two kayaks for the river, table football in the games room, fishing is available between June-March
Distance: Approx. 34 miles from central London as the crow flies

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Mulberry Mill

Mulberry Mill

Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK

Thereís 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, fishing is available between June-March
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 couplesí 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: £1,250 per week, £995 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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