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Last minute luxury breaks

Car keys, travel bag, a quick booking and you're all set to head to golden sands or deep woodland: an impulse escape is so much better than a humdrum weekend at home.

There's nothing quite like slinging a few items in a weekend bag then running to the train station to adopt a new hometown. We all need to escape the rat race – especially for a last minute holiday. Impulse escapes are the very watchword in hedonism, leaving us free of all responsibilities; that dash of much-needed spontaneity is often all that's needed to recharge the batteries. Here at Unique Homestays, we've sourced luxury homes in the wilds of rural England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to offer country cottages that will have you striding out on long walks in no time, tucking into a fireside pub supper at the end of the route, or plunging into a hot tub with a cool sea breeze washing over your cheeks. These one-of-a-kind homes are available for a 3-night stay within the next fortnight, so take advantage of a rare free weekend; throw caution to the wind and book one of our last minute luxury holiday cottages, lodges, or coastal castaways, where you can be free to indulge in some serious down time. Out of office, officially on.

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The Fourth Wall

The Fourth Wall

Covent Garden, London, UK

Step back in time to eccentric Victorian London at this self-catering apartment in Covent Garden, where the bizarre and wondrous rule high above the sparkling city.

Sleeps: Up to 3 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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A classical country retreat in the High Weald

A classical country retreat in the High Weald

Rye, East Sussex, UK

Tucked away within the realms of private 600-acre estate near Rye, this elegant family retreat conjures all the fond imaginings of what a modern English country home should be. Think flagstone floors, rustic beams and deep velvet sofas set around huge inglenook fires. 

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome

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St Quentin´s

St Quentin´s

Lutterworth, Leicestershire, UK

In the same family since 1697, this Grade I listed manor is anything but ordinary. Quintessential in form but sidestepping conventionality through its conservation projects, St Quentin's challenges all preconceptions of the English stately home.

Sleeps: Up to 9 guests (plus 2 children at an additional cost and on prior request)
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Lakeside yurt, wild swimming lakes, treehouse, fire bowls, croquet, badminton, snooker room, table tennis

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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
Pets: Pets are welcome on prior agreement
Features: Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, steam room and sauna, gym and bar

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