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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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Aurora

Aurora

Freathy, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Facing the rise and fall of the sun as it journeys from day to night, Aurora and its al fresco hot tub clings to the tumbling cliffs above Freathy Beach at Whitsand Bay.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub

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The Herringbone

The Herringbone

Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

Perfectly placed right on the water's edge in the quintessential harbour of Mousehole (famously named by Dylan Thomas as the prettiest village in England), The Herringbone is a stylish net loft perfectly placed for romantic breaks by the sea.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two dogs welcome on prior request

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The Cotton Tree

The Cotton Tree

Cubert, Holywell Bay, Cornwall, UK

The Cotton Tree is a Queenslander-style clapboard cottage inspired by tropical beach houses and barefoot living. Set on the north Cornwall coast, Holywell Bay and Porth Joke beach are within easy reach.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub

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The Redes

The Redes

Ponsanooth, Mylor, Cornwall, UK

Radiating pure rustic romance this fairytale cottage settled on the edge of the magical Kennall Vale is the perfect refuge for both earth mothers and nature lovers alike.

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

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Little Portion

Little Portion

Cubert, Holywell Bay, Cornwall, UK

Crooked and charming, this pretty red tin cottage is the perfect couples' coastal retreat just a mile’s amble from Holywell Bay, with reclaimed finishes, trailing plants and an al fresco hot tub.

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

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Juneberry

Juneberry

Holywell Bay, Cubert, Cornwall, UK

Tucked away between the trees on Cornwall’s north coast, Juneberry is settled in the quiet idyll of rural bliss.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Yoga deck with mats and blocks

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Firefly

Firefly

Trebudannon, Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Nomadic types will love Firefly’s earthy, back-to-nature appeal. Handcrafted using rough cut timber and complete with a double smoking chimney, hot tub and wildlife pond, Firefly is an intriguing cottage hideaway in Cornwall perfect for couples.

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

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Little Inka

Little Inka

St Breward, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK

Hidden on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor, Little Inka's hot tub, roll top and king-size bed beneath a window looking up to the stars make this secluded escape the perfect couples' retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub and fire pit

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Sea Cabin

Sea Cabin

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall, UK

A luxury cliff-side beach cottage set in one of Cornwall’s most sought after coastal villages. Perched above the turquoise waters of Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes and with stunning views across the horizon, this is the perfect hideaway for couples in love.

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

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Pixie Nook

Pixie Nook

Warleggan, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK

This luxury moorland hideaway could easily be mistaken for Kate Winslet’s ‘The Holiday’ cottage. A secluded garden filled with beautiful blooms, wild strawberries and a hot tub makes it the perfect couples' retreat on the Cornish moors. 

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are very welcome
Features: Hot tub

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Somerby

Somerby

Trebudannon, Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Embrace the vibrancy of rural sunsets, the scent of flower-filled gardens and the warmth of flickering flames from the open fireplace at this luxury modern barn set in a sleepy hamlet.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Type 2 electric car charging point

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The Limit

The Limit

Holywell Bay, Cornwall, UK

As seen on ITV's 'Cornwall' with Caroline Quentin and George Clark's Amazing Spaces, this quirky 1930s luxury beach hut is becoming quite an iconic dwelling within the north coast of Cornwall. Its unique position with Holywell Bay’s sand dunes makes it perfect for romantic self-catering weekends by the sea. 

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub and fire pit

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Daydreamer

Daydreamer

Freathy, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Ever dreamt of your own private clifftop retreat complete with bubbly hot tub and never-ending views out across Barbadian blue waters?  Blissfully set on Freathy cliff in 'Cornwall's forgotten corner', Daydreamer offers just that and so much more.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two medium well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub

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Damselfly

Damselfly

St Neot, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK

Sat on the shores of the tree-tunnelled River Warleggan and immersed deep within an England saved only for the wild at heart, Damselfly feels almost stopped in time.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Fire pit and fishing available in the river on prior request

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Umber Cottage

Umber Cottage

St Agnes, Cornwall, UK

Umber by name and umber by nature, earthy tones and kilim rugs create a warm, bohemian interior at this stonewall cottage settled at the end of St Agnes' most famous terrace.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One large or two small dogs are welcome

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The Wool Shed

The Wool Shed

Trebudannon, Newquay, Cornwall, UK

With an off-the-beaten-track feel, but set within a pretty Cornish hamlet, The Wool Shed is a hand-crafted cottage exuding rusticity where scorched wooden floors, knotty textures and a palette of calm greys combine to create a modern-day holiday abode.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub and outside stone fireplace

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The Spyglass

The Spyglass

Gorran Haven, Cornwall, UK

Surrender to the call of the sea and let The Spyglass seduce you into a world of maritime Cornwall. Just a stone’s throw from the sea with access to the beach, this luxury self-catering beach cottage is one of Gorran Haven’s best kept secrets.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two medium well-behaved dogs are welcome

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Tangle Belle

Tangle Belle

St Martin, Helford, Cornwall, UK

Situated in acres of private woodland with the pretty stream meandering along beside, this wooden-cladded self-catering cottage near Helford is the epitome of rural charm and exudes oodles of rustic country character.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome

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Tempest

Tempest

Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Surrender to the majesty of Whitsand Bay with a luxury self-catering beach house break at Tempest. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves and gaze out to infinite sea and sky views as you let this 'forgotten corner' of Cornwall lure you under its spell.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One large or two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub

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Oska

Oska

Week St Mary, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, UK

Contemporary yet soft, new but still humble, this luxury self-catering barn is a joyous, modern retreat just five miles from the North Cornwall coast.

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

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The Stack

The Stack

Trelion, Cornwall, UK

The Stack lies within a secluded valley overlooking the upper reaches of the magnificent Fal Valley. This 19th century engine house is sure to inspire those with a love for unique architecture, rough-luxe interiors and beautiful gardens.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Sunken hot tub, cinema room, al fresco kitchen with pizza oven

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Raffia

Raffia

Polperro, Cornwall, UK

Approached via a zigzagging path which tumbles down the cliff towards the cove at Polperro, this Scandinavian style off-grid retreat is blissfully unplugged.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome

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The Signal Station

The Signal Station

The Lizard, Cornwall, UK

Journey to the end of the earth to this iconic maritime home settled high on the cliffs of Cornwall’s wild Lizard Peninsula.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome

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Nautilus

Nautilus

St Mawes, The Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, UK

With a collated and collected vibe, this light-filled beach house is as perfect for families looking for a unique beach escape as couple’s seeking a laid-back yet indulgent retreat.

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

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Nevada

Nevada

Drift, Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

As the only residence on the Drift Reservoir, this award-winning copper-clad pad occupies an enviable location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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

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Under the Rose

Under the Rose

Crantock, Cornwall, UK

Under the Rose stands in all its chocolate-box glory, taking prime position in the heart of Crantock village. 

Sleeps: Up to 7 guests (5 adults and 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Hot tub, outdoor shower

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North Rock Beach House

North Rock Beach House

Sennen Cove, Cornwall, UK

North Rock Beach House is a spectacular luxury beach house overlooking the the sea and Sennen Cove in West Cornwall- voted by Conde Nast Traveller as one of Britain's best beaches. 

Sleeps: Up to 7 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (available from May-September)

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The Artist’s Retreat

The Artist’s Retreat

Michaelstow, Wadebridge, Cornwall, UK

Between the moors and sea in mystical North Cornwall, where folklore and truth twist to forge history, a bohemian home with an outdoor heated pool awaits.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Outdoor swimming pool (heated June - September), outdoor ping pong table, fire pit, croquet lawn, badminton

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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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Alba Beach House

Alba Beach House

St Ives, Cornwall, UK

A luxury pink cob cottage with a balcony overhanging the sands of St Ives' Porthmeor Beach, Alba Beach House is the ultimate self-catering family seaside retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two pets are welcome

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Serpentine

Serpentine

Portwrinkle, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Designed to follow the natural curve of the cliff on the western cusp of Whistand Bay in south Cornwall, this luxury self-catering beach house in Portwrinkle promises to bring a sense of freedom, escapism and pure relaxation to all who stay.

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

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Wildwood Holt

Wildwood Holt

St Martin, Helford, Cornwall, UK

Enveloped in birdsong and cradled in scrambling blooms, Wildwood Holt sits at the heart of a deep Cornish valley near Helford on the Lizard Peninsula with its own babbling brook and enchanting secret gardens.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome

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Mesmire

Mesmire

St Just In Roseland, The Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, UK

With the Fal Estuary ebbing and flowing with the tides below and a hot tub settled within architect-designed gardens teeming with tropical plants, this contemporary self-catering home on Cornwall's soft south coast was designed to calm.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Wood-fired hot tub

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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 and cinema loft, plus garden home office

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Morwell

Morwell

Calstock, 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 10 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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Amaia

Amaia

Plaidy Beach, Looe, Cornwall, UK

Seemingly floating above the ocean, with private beach access and a hot tub looking over the water, Amaia emerges from the Cornish cliffside with timeless beach house elegance.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Pets: One well behaved dog is welcome on prior request.
Features: Hot tub, private beach access, outdoor shower, fire pit, cinema room with bar

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Bellatrix

Bellatrix

Antony, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Gothic in stance but flamboyantly playful within, this large luxury self-catering manor house with outdoor pool sits within three acres of grounds on Cornwall’s long lost Rame Peninsula.

Sleeps: Up to 16 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 12 & Up to 8 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated pool (available May - September), treehouse, swing and slide

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Castle India

Castle India

Antony Passage, Tamar Valley, Cornwall, UK

Fantastical, extravagant and sublimely positioned at the edge of Cornwall’s luscious Tamar Valley, pass through the gates of Castle India and enter a world of pure imagination.

Sleeps: Up to 18 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor natural pool (available May - September), pool house, fire pit, ping pong table, football goals and trampoline

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