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Unique Homestays to escape to this year

Explore these idyllic British retreats to bring in the New Year

Jessica Harding
By Jessica Harding, Senior Creative Buyer
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Whether you live in the city or the middle of the countryside, an escape for your day-to-day is always something lovely to look forward to. This year, with the unpredictable weather, it's just as important to stay in a beautifully decorated space as it is to choose a wonderful location.

Founded on the understanding of just how much holidays matter, Unique Homestays boast a curated selection of some of the UK’s most desirable rentals for a chance to step away from everyday life and enjoy some much needed relaxation. Think rose-covered cottages and cliff side hideaways, sea views from every window and local goodies in the fridge and you wont be dissapointed. Here’s a peek into six of their most enviable homes, all available for New Years -  but be quick, they get snapped up fast.

Unique Homestays The Sorting Office. Red brick cottage to rent |
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The Sorting Office

Set on the fringes of the New Forest, this gingerbread house with a thatched roof  (featured in the header), could very easily have been plucked from the pages of Hansel and Gretel. Through the stable door and fairytale charm makes way for crisp luxury interiors and chic country living; The Sorting Office is a rural retreat which ticks all the boxes for an escape from the city to mark the end of the festive season.

Unique Homestays The Meadows. seaside cottage to rent |
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The Meadows

There's a hint of Balearic island style to this rustic stone retreat. Tucked away seven miles inland from Crantock and Watergate Bay in rural north Cornwall, this enviable barn is a haven for the new year. With an uplifting whitewashed aesthetic, hot tub and floating egg bath overlooking the swaying wildflower meadow, this is country living on modern terms.

Unique Homestays Thornemead castle. Somerset castle  to rent |
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Thornemead Castle

Step back in time to a bygone era of burgundy smoking rooms and vaulted ceilings at this 240-year-old Gothic castle on the Somerset coast. Within walking distance of Weston-super-Mare beach and the famous Donkey Bluebell Fields yet secretly hidden away within 10 acres of grounds containing beehives and ancient trees, Thornemead Castle is ideally placed for exploring Bath and the Mendip Hills.

Unique Homestays Tempest. Cornwall house  to rent |
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As one of the largest beach house abodes on Tregonhawke Cliff, surrender to the majesty of Whitsand Bay with a luxurious weekend at Tempest. With its vast views of the sea, fresh interiors and laid back feel, this is the perfect choice for those wanting to embrace the new year with a walk along the coastline and a warm fire awaiting their return.

Unique Homestays Gwendolyn. Cornwall house to rent |
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Nestled above the sand dunes of Perranporth beach, Gwendolyn is the epitome of laid-back coastal living. With an understated design edge, this cottage is a haven for those seeking a family-friendly escape to the Cornish coast. A truly tranquil setting, combining sea views, a hot tub and a calming interior scheme, Gwendolyn is a property for those looking for a beach house less ordinary.

Unique Homestays Hollyhocks. Hereford house to rent |
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Wind through Herefordshire’s patchwork countryside to find Hollyhocks nestled on the banks of the river Arrow. Tucked away in the fairy-tale village of Eardisland, the Tudor timber-frame hints at what's inside. A chalky vintage style, irregular lines and a polished parquet floor dating back to the Roaring 20s combine to create one curious self-catering cottage you'll simply never want to depart.