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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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Sojourn

Sojourn

Drewsteignton, Dartmoor, Devon, UK

Nestled within the wilds of Dartmoor near Chagford sits Sojourn; a luxury chocolate box cottage with spa room. A true English country escape with lavish finishes and beautiful linens.

Sleeps: Up to 2 people
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Spa room with massage table.

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Sundance

Sundance

Trebudannon, Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Sundance is set off the beaten track on a country lane between Newquay and Watergate Bay. Rustic yet sumptuous, with heavy French linens and indulgent inside-outside living, this handcrafted wagon’s wild heart beats a free-spirited rhythm throughout.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome

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The Edge

The Edge

Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Set in a cliff top location with a bird’s eye view of Whitsand Bay and the surrounding coast, The Edge is the perfect eco-friendly luxury self-catering beach hut for honeymoons with a difference.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, heated outdoor shower

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Nare’s Yard

Nare’s Yard

Portloe, The Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, UK

Tucked away behind rolling fields on Cornwall’s long-lost, forgotten Roseland Peninsula, lies a luxury abode where beautiful simplicity and natural materials echo the outside world.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Wood-fired salt water hot tub, al fresco roll top bath and shower

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Fairlea Lodge

Fairlea Lodge

Mullion, Cornwall, UK

Hidden within the grounds of one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall, there couldn’t be a finer self-catering cottage in which to while away the days on the Lizard Peninsula.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub

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The Hamptons

The Hamptons

Mullion, Cornwall, UK

Nestled within the grounds of a country estate, The Hamptons is a New England-style cottage flaunting chic interiors, lying within easy reach of the blue waters and golden sands of Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula.

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

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The Hop Store

The Hop Store

Ledbury, Herefordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Set within 150 acres of perfectly aligned hop yards, rolling meadows and juicy apple orchards, The Hop Store is idyllically situated on one of the last remaining hop farms in the UK. 

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Heated garden room, games room with bar, pool table, dartboard and giant jenga

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Maison Blanche

Maison Blanche

Ripple, Deal, Kent, UK

A luxury self-catering Grade II listed home which has stood the test of time since 1647, every corner breathes harmony and cheer while outside a hot tub bubbles under twinkling skies.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub and art studio

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Little Red Lock

Little Red Lock

Claydon, Banbury, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

An English country home that truly embraces its idiosyncrasies, Little Red Lock's wooden picket fence and waterfront position on the Oxford canal oozes tranquillity, while inside its brick walls, a carnival of eclectic rustic charm awaits.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, fire pit, kayaks and life jackets for the canal

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Aquila

Aquila

Bampton, The Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Aquila is a modernist lake house with a seductively clandestine appeal, set right on the sparkling Haweswater shoreline within the tarns and fells of the Mardale Valley.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Tesla Powerwall home battery system and electric car charging point

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Novella

Novella

Braunton, Devon, UK

This cob cottage deep in Devon woodland is a storybook of a home, tucked down a lane and decked out in botanical prints, vintage embroidery and antique furniture, inviting imaginations to unfurl. 

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Hot tub, trampoline and outdoor kitchen (year-round) with table tennis available in the summer months

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Valency Wood

Valency Wood

Lesnewth, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK

This stunning family-friendly self-catering cottage is in a rural location, yet within striking distance of the Cornish coastal villages of Tintagel, Boscastle and Crackington Haven.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Three well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Jacuzzi hot tub

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Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn

Perranporth, Cornwall, UK

Nestled above the sand dunes of Perranporth beach, this elegant Cornish coastal cottage with hot tub and far-reaching sea views hides a treasure trove of modest, rustic riches.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests (+ 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are very welcome
Features: Hot tub, al fresco BBQ area

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Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks

Leominster, Herefordshire, UK

Wend through Herefordshire’s patchwork countryside and find this chalky Tudor cottage nestled on the banks of the river Arrow in the fairy-tale village of Eardisland.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests (ideally 4 adults and 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: From March 2022, Hollyhocks will have a William Holland hot tub and outdoor kitchen

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River House

River House

St Just In Roseland, Cornwall, UK

Contemporary self-catering coastal pad with far-reaching views over St Just In Roseland and Mylor harbour. From your hilltop vantage point overlooking Mylor harbour, watch the kites and gulls soar and the busy oyster boats trawling Carrick Roads. 

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Gym

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Atticus

Atticus

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Treacle-toned Cotswold stone, iron gates and heavy antique doors hint at this striking home’s colourful past. Once a court house and a later jail, Atticus can be found jostling amongst a row of fine period buildings at the end of Burfords' golden high street.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Baby Grand Piano and fire pit

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Whimplestone

Whimplestone

Gunnislake, Tamar Valley, Cornwall, UK

Tenderly cosseted by the arms of the Tamar Valley AONB, this stylish luxury self-catering farmhouse with natural outdoor swimming pool enjoys 1.5 miles of private river frontage.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Table tennis, natural outdoor swimming pool (available July - September)

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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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The Hatch

The Hatch

Beach Road, Crantock, Cornwall, UK

Taking guests on a tactile journey through earthen tones and organic textures, this luxury self-catering cottage has been crafted with soul. A cool coastal retreat just a short stroll from Crantock beach.

Sleeps: Up to 9 guests (+ 1 in trundle bed on prior request)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Three well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Games room with table tennis table and cinema loft, plus garden home office

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Amaia

Amaia

Plaidy Beach, Looe, Cornwall, UK

Seemingly floating above the ocean, Amaia emerges from the Cornish cliffside with timeless beach house elegance; its organic wood and soft grey tones blending with Mother Nature's shifting moods. 

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub, outdoor shower, cinema room with bar

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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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The Pandy House

The Pandy House

Rowen, Conwy, Snowdonia, Wales, UK

Accessed via a private bridge crossing the Afon Roe, in a world of its own, this mill turned luxury family home in Snowdonia has a personality as big as the national park itself. A perfect cacophony of colour, flamboyance and witty details.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests (8 adults, 2 children)
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Wood-fired hot tub, summer house games room, outdoor kitchen area

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Figtree House

Figtree House

Farleton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, UK

This exquisitely interior designed luxury self-catering home stay is set within 17 acres of rolling Cumbrian countryside, not far from the historic town of Kirkby Lonsdale and the Lake District.

Sleeps: Up to 10
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome on prior request
Features: Luxurious snug with TV and Blu-ray player

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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 small 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 Zen Garden

The Zen Garden

Chiddingstone, High Weald, Kent, UK

Embodying the very essence of the Garden of England in the High Weald AONB, this large luxury Kentish barn, its outside pool and immaculate grounds radiate pure relaxation.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor swimming pool (heated May to September), gym, cinema and playroom, aquarium room, outdoor kitchen

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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
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Basement den with gym equipment

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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)
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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Infinity

Infinity

Gorran Haven, The Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, UK

Infinity occupies a prime clifftop position overlooking the unspoilt cove and turquoise waters of Gorran Haven. With oodles of space, this luxury beach house sets the scene for fun-filled family holidays in Cornwall's stunning Roseland Peninsula.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Cinema room

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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 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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Forestkeepers

Forestkeepers

Fordingbridge, New Forest, Hampshire, UK

A bespoke treehouse, zip wire and outdoor swimming pool await discovery within the grounds, while a garden gate leads straight into the New Forest, tempting picnics in woodland glades, wild swimming and Gruffalo hunting.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests (+ 4 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Swimming pool (heated May to mid-October), treehouse, zipwire, trampoline, football goals, netball hoop, games room with air hockey and arcade machine, 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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Atelier Rose

Atelier Rose

Leominster, Herefordshire, UK

This luxury riverside home is a wonderland of vintage charm. Ring the old pull-string bell and push open the door to botanic coving, four-poster beds, an orangery with giant tin hot tub and secret topiary gardens.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (10 adults and 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Large William Holland hot tub, cinema room, pool table room

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Zephyros

Zephyros

Uplyme, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK

Settled high atop a ridge on the Dorset-Devon border with a feeling of floating in the clouds, Zephyros overlooks miles of undulating valleys and arcadian hills, with the Jurassic coast sparkling to the south.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Heated indoor pool, cinema snug, children´s play area with swings, trampoline and climbing frame, table football

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Charity

Charity

Black Mountains, Herefordshire, UK

Modern rusticity, clever artistry and divine seclusion combine to make Charity the ultimate wild retreat for friends and family gatherings; set down a winding mountain road in the Olchon Valley near the Brecon Beacons.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, sauna, outdoor shower, outdoor pizza oven, table tennis, snooker room, cinema barn

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The Aviary

The Aviary

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Traditional Cotswold stone provides the golden foundations for some striking modern flourishes at this luxury farmhouse retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (10 adults and 2 children)
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (May - September), tennis court, cinema room and trampoline

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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
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior arrangement
Features: Television room and trampoline

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Dandelion

Dandelion

Kempsford, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Traditional on the outside but with flamboyance and flair within, this luxury Grade II listed manor near the Cotswolds has a rambunctious makeup of rich colour, bold patterns and unteachable taste.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (+2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 18 guests
Pets: Pets are considered on request

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Clementine House

Clementine House

Hatfield Broad Oak, Bishop´s Stortford, Essex, UK

With a powder-blue front door, window shutters reminiscent of the Provence and delicate floral prints throughout the interiors, this luxury self-catering country home in rural Essex is postcard pretty both inside and out.

Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Heated outdoor swimming pool (available April - September), tennis court, electric car charging point

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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 guests
Features: Table tennis, badminton, football table, lawn croquet, bowls

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Benetfeld

Benetfeld

Binfield, Berkshire, UK

Ablaze against the green and pleasant fields of Berkshire, this unique country home is experiential, immersive and extraordinary; unlike any luxury private house rental before it.

Sleeps: Up to 16 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 10 & Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Pool table, croquet, golf net, gym equipment, yoga mats

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Pearl´s Place

Pearl´s Place

Frome, Somerset, UK

Hugged by a scrambling rose garden and woodland glades, this rock 'n' roll home brings together traditional country chic with gorgeous faded glamour. A unique setting for special celebrations and self-catering escapes.

Sleeps: 14 adults and 4 children
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Wood-fired hot tub, electric car charger

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The Sculptor´s Gardens

The Sculptor´s Gardens

Leominster, Herefordshire, UK

A luxury country escape overflowing in vintage fizz, this unique pairing of riverside properties offer the perfect retreat for large groups and families.

Sleeps: Up to 18 guests (16 adults and 2 children)
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: William Holland hot tub, tree house, cinema room, games room with pool table. From March 2022, there will be a second William Holland hot tub and an outdoor kitchen

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Gulliver´s Hall

Gulliver´s Hall

Bisley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Blending ancestral tales with elegant maximalism, Gulliver's Hall brings vitality to the soul; this is a secluded luxury self-catering home where escape where escapism and comfort are key.

Sleeps: Up to 21 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (April-October), sunken spa bath, sauna, steam room, outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, games and cinema room, grand piano, tennis court, croquet lawn

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Weddings at Charity

Weddings at Charity

Black Mountains, Herefordshire, UK

A big and beautiful celebration house hidden deep in the heather-clad hills of the dreamy Olchon Valley, yet just three hours from London, Charity embodies the very essence of wild and free.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests and accommodates up to 100 day guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 50 & Up to 30 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, sauna, outdoor shower, outdoor pizza oven, table tennis, snooker room, cinema barn

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