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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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Peacock Blue

Peacock Blue

Holne, Dartmoor, Devon, UK

In the heart of Dartmoor National Park lies a sublime self-catering abode named Peacock Blue; the haute design and stylish interiors fuse with vintage finds and sophisticated flourishes to create a divine luxury homestay.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome

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Sea Sentry

Sea Sentry

Shaldon, Devon, UK

As featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, this World War Two guard tower nestled on the coast in Shaldon has been brought bang into the 21st Century with an armoury of quirky mod cons, making it the perfect retreat for two.

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

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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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The Riddle

The Riddle

North Bovey, Dartmoor, Devon, UK

Plot your country escape to this luxury holiday cottage in North Bovey; one of Devon's most idyllic villages set within the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park. The Riddle is the type of cottage you might find on the pages of a storybook.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, or three on prior request.

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The Creamery

The Creamery

Abbotsham, Appledore, Devon, UK

Far from the crowds, the Hartland Heritage Coast is a halcyon world of pebble beaches and Beatrix Potter wildlife backed by a deep blue sea. Set between Appledore and Clovelly, The Creamery was made for those hidden-away self-catering holidays in Devon.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome with a third small dog on request
Features: Fire pit and summerhouse reading room

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The Pomegranate Tree

The Pomegranate Tree

West Anstey, South Molton, Exmoor, Devon, UK

Surrounded by evergreens on the edge of Exmoor National Park, The Pomegranate Tree is a peaceful self-catering escape chock-full of 16th century charm.

Sleeps: Up to 4 (+2) guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One small well-behaved dog is welcome

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The Brandy Thief

The Brandy Thief

Lee, Ilfracombe, Devon, UK

Awash with history and swathed in character, this luxury coastal escape is a dreamy retreat for explorers looking to hunker down in North Devon.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome and two on prior arrangement

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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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Rydon

Rydon

Trusham, Teign Valley, Devon, UK

Enjoy some time out at this contemporary self-catering barn dwelling squirrelled away in the picturesque Teign Valley, Devon.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome (must be kept on leads in the grounds)
Features: Heated pool (from 6th May to 30th September)

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Beauport

Beauport

Newton Ferrers, Devon, UK

Nestled on the banks of the River Yealm in South Devon's yachty haven of Newton Ferrers is the oh-so-stylish Beauport. This stunning self-catering luxury cottage exudes a restful ambiance echoic of the rippling river which sits at the bottom of the garden.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Summerhouse and private slipway

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Zingara

Zingara

Axminster, Devon, UK

Spacious and grand with modern flourishes, this baronial manor with on-site beauty salon is a haven for visitors wanting to explore the nearby Jurassic coast.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
Pets: Three well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Summerhouse with table tennis, pool table and yoga mezzanine

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Dusky Cottage

Dusky Cottage

Hope Cove, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Set between the yachting havens of Kingsbridge and Salcombe, Dusky Cottage sits on a country lane leading down to Hope Cove. Push open the sky-blue gate and you'll be smitten; this luxury thatched cottage is sure to capture the hearts of all the family.

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

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Linea

Linea

Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon, UK

Blending into the dramatic coastal landscape and perfectly positioned for watching the sun journey across the sky, Linea is a labyrinth of clean lines, shifting shadows and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool available all year, basement cinema room

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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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Maberly

Maberly

Chillington, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Simple and elegant, this large South Hams self-catering house near Kingsbridge offers the most peaceful of countryside getaways.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (with two or more children)
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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