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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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Orlagh

Orlagh

Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Perched high above the golden sands of Cornwall's Whitsand Bay, a fusion of designer-led interiors and Miller-esque seascapes combine at Orlagh.

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

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Sundance

Sundance

Trebudannon, Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Sundance resides off the beaten track ten minutes inland between Mawgan Porth 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 Hide

The Hide

Callestick, Perranporth, Cornwall, UK

An unexpected discovery at the end of a Cornish country lane, this luxury self-catering hideaway near Perranporth beach combines rusticity with contemporary clean-line appeal.

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

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Aphrodite

Aphrodite

Trevalga, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK

Nestled between the popular villages of Boscastle and Tintagel, Aphrodite flaunts magnificent sea views and secluded romance. Set over five floors, this unique holiday home offers an unforgettable escape to Cornwall's north coast.

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

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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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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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Little Portion

Little Portion

Tresean, 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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Islander

Islander

Freathy, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

A luxury cliff top cabin set on Freathy Cliff overlooking Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, Islander is a Bahamas-inspired retreat with a tropical beat running through its soul. A sea-view hot tub is the cherry on top of this already oh-so-sweet piña colada pie.

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

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Atlanta

Atlanta

Freathy, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Studded into the cliff face, Atlanta promises an unforgettable escape in Cornwall’s forgotten corner. Panoramic views of Whitsand Bay's golden sand, azure waters and rugged coastline create an enchanting destination for holidays beside the sea.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Italian spa bath, heated outdoor shower, hot tub

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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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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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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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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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The Crafters´ Hut

The Crafters´ Hut

Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

Whether in the Swedish wood-fired tub or beneath the pergola watching the rain over the sea, an intoxicating vista is guaranteed at this architect-designed cabin overlooking Mousehole harbour.

Sleeps: Up to 3 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: A Swedish wood-fired tub, summerhouse, fire pit

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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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Gypsea Rocks

Gypsea Rocks

Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall, UK

Gypsea Rocks nestles between the soaring cliffs of a hidden valley in north Cornwall, 500 metres from Trebarwith Strand beach. This luxury self-catering cottage is a perfect seaside haven combining vintage finds with rustic flourishes.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is 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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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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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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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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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 Boat House

The Boat House

Downderry, Cornwall, UK

With luxurious contemporary interiors, The Boat House near Cawsand is a very special gem in the forgotten corner of Cornwall. The gardens are a nature lover's paradise with five acres of secluded wooded grounds leading down to the beach.  

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

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Pomona

Pomona

Coverack, Cornwall, UK

On an isolated clifftop close to the Cornish fishing village of Coverack, this mid-century modern home is a celebration of art, nature and retro style. A hidden gem tucked within the Terence Coventry Sculpture Park.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Dogs will be considered on prior agreement
Features: Heated outdoor swimming pool (available May- September inclusive), cinema den, table tennis

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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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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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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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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: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub, outdoor shower

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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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Galleon

Galleon

Portreath, Cornwall, UK

This luxury beach house with a pool has been cleverly redesigned into the cliffside to make the most of the spectacular views over Portreath beach. Welcoming families and friends to beach break in style. 

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Geothermically heated indoor swimming pool

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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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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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Elowen

Elowen

Trethewey, Porthcurno, Cornwall, UK

Settled high on a hill among West Penwith's patchwork fields, this luxury self-catering home just a stone’s throw from Porthcurno Beach and the Minack Theatre includes a pool and hot tub.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (April - October), hot tub, games room

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

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The Fish Store

The Fish Store

Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

This iconic fish store turned family home celebrates the beauty that a passage of time brings to a home, offering luxury living by the sea in Mousehole harbour, west Cornwall.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Cinema room, table tennis, steam room

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Ellenglaze

Ellenglaze

Cubert, Holywell Bay, Cornwall, UK

Those looking for a sublime holiday home close to the beach, boasting indoor swimming pool, cinema room, hot tub and mod cons need look no further! Ellenglaze in Holywell Bay will enchant families wanting the ultimate holiday home from home.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Cinema projector, indoor heated pool and hot tub

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Senara

Senara

Gwithian, Cornwall, UK

Just a mile from Gwithian’s rolling dunes and pounding surf, Senara is a cool, architectural beach house complete with outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), hot tub, sauna, gym, outdoor kitchen, yoga deck

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Northcott Beach House

Northcott Beach House

Northcott Mouth, Bude, Cornwall, UK

A breathtaking cliff-top large self-catering beach house in north Cornwall offering large luxury accommodation near Bude in north Cornwall for up to 16 guests.

Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome

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