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Last-minute luxury breaks in the UK

Stuff a suitcase with knitwear and nibbles: now is the time for throwing caution to the wind. Why have a humdrum weekend at home when there's last-minute luxury breaks in the UK up for grabs?

There's nothing quite like slinging some bits in a weekend bag, dashing to the train, and making yourself at home in a one-of-a-kind retreat to add a little impulse into life. We all need to escape the rat race from time to time, and our last-minute luxury breaks in the UK are just the ticket for seekers of spur-of-the-moment escapes. If spontaneity's missing from your schedule, these blink-and-you-miss-it medley of homes with eleventh hour availability are just what the wayfarer ordered. We're sure the dog-friendly spots will send tails wagging, too!

These luxurious homes in the bustling villages and rural wilds of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland will have you striding out on long walks, tucking into fireside suppers, and plunging into hot tubs in no time. All available for at least three nights within the next fortnight, we encourage you to take advantage of a rare free weekend, throw caution to the wind, and book a last-minute luxury break; whether you choose a coastal retreat or wilderness escape, where you choose to indulge in some serious down time is up to you. Out of office, officially on.

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Little Scarlet

Little Scarlet

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

This luxury Cotswolds cottage is set in the heart of pretty Burford in Oxfordshire. Little Scarlet offers lovers a romantic retreat for stolen weekends and holidays in the rolling countryside, pottering between tea rooms and boutiques.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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Filly Island

Filly Island

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Blending style with a big dose of ingenuity results in something truly quite magical here at Filly Island. This unique cottage near Cirencester is sat upon a tiny island accessed by a humpback bridge. Pre-loved finds are revivified to bring about the unique interiorscape at Filly Island. 

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

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Elissa

Elissa

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Surrounded by miles of undulating countryside, this luxury self-catering home is all about life’s simple pleasures; drawn-out pub lunches, rural rambles and evenings in the hot tub.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests (2 adults and 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub

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The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden

Dyrham, Bath, The Cotswolds, UK

Perhaps the most ornate vegetable store in the whole of England, The Walled Garden began life as a potato house for Dyrham Park. This romantic retreat sits on the western edge of the Cotswolds, not far from Bath and all its gleaming treasures.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One small well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Fire pit, use of the owners´ tennis court

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The Flower Press

The Flower Press

Bibury, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Emerald green in spring and fire red in autumn, creeper-clad cottage The Flower Press is a restful self-catering retreat nestled in the welcoming arms of quintessential Bibury. Snow-white walls, candelabras, chandeliers and vibrant gardens brimming with anemones bring a feel of modern-day Provence to this gorgeous old Cotswold manse.

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

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The Ruby Barn

The Ruby Barn

Sandford St Martin, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Bringing a touch of Californian chicness to the Oxfordshire countryside, this luxury barn conversion has been fashioned with soul.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Children´s play area with slide

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Burdock Fox

Burdock Fox

Chippenham, Castle Combe, Wiltshire, The Cotswolds, UK

With its wisteria clad façade and knock-your-wellies-off interiors, Cotswolds lovers are sure to adore a break at Burdock Fox.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests (+ 2 children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Basement cinema room

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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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Midsummer Wood

Midsummer Wood

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

This magical Cotswolds millhouse calls you to run wild in private woodland, get lost amidst secret wildflower meadows, dive into a 12-metre indoor pool and unfurl within lavish Jacobean interiors.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Indoor heated swimming pool, two steam rooms, tennis court and games room with ping pong, gym and large TV

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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, or three on prior request
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), hot tub, games room with table football, pool table, table tennis and television

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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 11 guests (10 adults and 1 child)
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 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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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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Dandelion

Dandelion

Kempsford, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Traditional on the outside, but with flamboyance and flair within, this luxury Grade II listed manor with a hot tub and bohemian yurt 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
Features: There is a yurt, wood-fired hot tub, and DJ decks.

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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 15 & 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, paella burner, games and cinema room, tennis court, croquet lawn

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