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Impulse escapes

Car keys, travel bag, a quick booking and you're all set to head to golden sands or deep woodland: a last-minute cottage break is so much better than a weekend in the city, right?

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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Skyros

Skyros

Schull, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Lose yourself amidst the magic of the Emerald Isle by escaping to this unique coastal self-catering home at the foothills of Mount Gabriel in Schull. 

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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Elemental

Elemental

Pitlochry, Loch Rannoch, Scotland, UK

Quietly stylish and perched above a sparkling Scottish loch, Elemental's remote location promises hideaway magic for nature-lovers: just what faraway weekends are all about

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Four kayaks for the loch

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The Polo Farm

The Polo Farm

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Within a scene of tumbling hills, patchwork countryside and bluebell woods, this luxury self-catering homestay near Cirencester offers a picture-perfect escape in the rolling Cotswolds.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Cinema den, table tennis

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Barton Blanc

Barton Blanc

Chulmleigh, Devon, UK

Occupying a secluded spot above mid-Devon's River Tor is this sprawling rural retreat. Look forward to walled gardens in 30 acres of bluebell woods, chesterfields set around roaring open fires and beautiful monastic simplicity.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, games room with bar billiards, pool table and table tennis

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Evania

Evania

Bentham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Inspired by the colours and countryside of the Mediterranean, this Gloucestershire home with heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, is the perfect family retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), hot tub, games room with table football, pool table, table tennis and television

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Wool Merchant´s House

Wool Merchant´s House

Beckington, Frome, Somerset, UK

Classic and tasteful in style, with pops of modern artwork, a heated outdoor swimming pool and immaculate attention to detail, this Frome country home is an exquisite Somerset retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Heated outdoor swimming pool (May - October inclusive)

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Ever After

Ever After

Chiddingstone, High Weald, Kent, UK

Once home to the family of Roger Hargreaves (of Mr. Men fame), Ever After affords families the chance to shape their own stories within 57 private acres of rural Kent's High Weald AONB.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Hot tub, outdoor heated pool (May - September), multi-function games table, playhouse, putting green

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Guinevere

Guinevere

Shamley Green, Surrey, UK

Gifting views of the serene Surrey Hills and beyond, Guinevere's combines characterful charm with unique design pieces. Idyllically located on the outskirts of Shamley Green, just an hour’s drive yet a world away from the hub of big city life.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, heated swimming pool, steam room, gym, tennis court and projector screen

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Ellesmera Mill

Ellesmera Mill

Dartmouth, Devon, UK

This enchanting 400 year old millhouse is chock-full of old-world charm. Set in the South Hams near Dartmouth, the dreamy south Devon coast is almost within touching distance and short stroll through the valley leads to the sheltered cove of Blackpool Sands.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub, sauna, cinema room with table football

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Castle Trinity

Castle Trinity

Holywell Green, Yorkshire, UK

A luxury self-catering homestay for extended families and large parties, Castle Trinity is an exclusive kingdom of ritzy indulgence near the Peak District.

Sleeps: Sleeps up to 10 (+2)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two medium well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Heated indoor swimming pool, steam room, wellness and yoga room, outdoor hot tub, gym, pool table and piano

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The Old Beach Stores

The Old Beach Stores

Porthcothan Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, UK

Tucked behind soft sand dunes which rise from the beach like billowing hot air balloons, this luxury beach house on Porthcothan Bay is the perfect base for a family break on the north Cornwall coast.

Sleeps: Up to 11 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 7 & Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved, medium-sized dogs are welcome
Features: Garden room with hot tub and bar, games room with pool table, outdoor shower and dunk tank

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Rhapsody

Rhapsody

Haslemere, Surrey, UK

A utopia of surreal garden sculptures, topsy-turvy architecture and glass-like pools, Rhapsody has fallen head first through the rabbit hole and landed in the heart of Wonderland.

Sleeps: Up to 12 (10 adults and 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), with jet stream, sunken hot tub, yoga studio, glass reading room overhanging the pond and cinema room

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The Find

The Find

Cranham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Dynamic pairing of luxury architect-designed properties in a beautifully secluded valley location in the Cotswolds.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Trampoline, rowing boat

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Avalon Manor

Avalon Manor

Upton Scudamore, Wiltshire, UK

Superb 14th century large self-catering Manor House in Wiltshire. Stylish and historic, it's the perfect luxury country house.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (+ 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome (restrictions apply)
Features: Games room, mini gym and tree house for children. A cedar hot tub and outdoor, woodfired BBQ and pizza oven will be available from September 2020.

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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)
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (both May - September), gym, tennis court, trampoline, small football pitch, table tennis and tree house

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Kilnwood

Kilnwood

Wells, Somerset, UK

Tucked into the rolling Mendip Hills with views of Glastonbury Tor, this set of restored barns offer a rustic-luxe retreat in the heart of rural England.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (10 adults and 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 & Up to 6 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Enclosed outdoor heated swimming pool and outdoor heated shower (May - September), fire pit, trampoline and table football

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The Tapestry

The Tapestry

Witney, Oxford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Muted greens and blues, thick drapes and stone floors, this Oxfordshire farmhouse oozes tranquility, with all the luxurious home comforts a weekender could wish for.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior arrangement
Features: Television room and trampoline

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Winterfell

Winterfell

Windermere, The Lake District, Cumbria, UK

In a land far, far away, nestled between the majestic mountains and forested hills of the Lake District, lies this luxury private lake home near Lake Windermere in Ulverton. 

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 & Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Fire pit

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The Wilds

The Wilds

Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

This family home sat beneath the peaks of the Brecon Beacons has been sympathetically renovated into a countrified yet stylish abode, complete with a hot tub on the private sun terrace.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Hot tub

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Viola

Viola

Butleigh, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK

Between the rolling hills of Somerset, not far from Glastonbury, lies Viola, a luxury home of two wildly different personalities.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome or two on request
Features: Spa Jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pool, plunge pool, a lake, two full motion Formula 1 racing simulators (ages 14 and above only), full motion aeroplane simulator, laser tag guns, tennis court, three hole golf course and badminton

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The Botanist

The Botanist

Fowey, Cornwall, UK

Just a 20-minute stroll from the heart of Fowey, The Botanist is wonderfully placed for exploring the south coast of Cornwall.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub and games room

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Ariabelle

Ariabelle

Stedham, Midhurst, West Sussex, UK

Found at the end of a sweeping tree-lined drive, Ariabelle is a lavish home promising guests the ultimate luxury self-catering experience all wrapped up within the South Downs National Park.

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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Kingfisher Farm

Kingfisher Farm

Long Bredy, Burton Bradstock, Dorset, UK

Surrounded by a wild meadow and with far-reaching rural views, this luxury self-catering farmhouse near Hive Beach in Dorset is the family holiday location of dreams. 

Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 & Up to 6 guests
Features: Table tennis, badminton, lawn croquet, bowls

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Bohème

Bohème

Stawley, Somerset, UK

Luxury self-catering boho farmhouse blends original features with stylish interior design in the most fashionable modern-rustic manner, all wrapped up in 100 acres of pastoral paradise.

Sleeps: Up to 20 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 10 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: 15 metre heated indoor pool, Tesla electric car charger, universal electric car charger, table tennis, pool table, fire pit, entertainment room with cinema projector

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Scarlet Hall

Scarlet Hall

Malpas, Chester, Cheshire, UK

Warm and welcoming, grand and rural, this luxury self-catering former farmstead offers the perfect spot for long family holidays and reunions.

Sleeps: Up to 22 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 12 & Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Indoor heated pool, sauna, games room, snooker table, cinema room, badminton hall, boules, golf, table tennis, croquet

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Weddings at Scarlet Hall

Weddings at Scarlet Hall

Malpas, Chester, Cheshire, UK

Festooned with greenery and surrounded by sweeping lawns, Scarlet Hall is a magical exclusive-use venue for the dream country wedding.

Sleeps: Up to 22, with 58 wedding guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 22 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Wedding barn, indoor heated pool, sauna, games room, cinema room, table tennis and croquet

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