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October 26, 2017

The Most Luxurious Exclusive-Use Retreats Outside London

By Lauren Jade Hill

Bringing together a collection of exclusive-use properties in some of the most idyllic settings in the UK, Unique Home Stays provides guests with a luxurious base to explore from, with the unrivaled privacy of having a home away from home. We take a look at four of the most extraordinary properties that are within easy reach of London.


Tucked into the village of Cucklington just outside Wincanton market town, this country house provides a resplendent base to explore the surrounding countryside from, with Stonehenge, the city of Bath and Sherborne Castle all nearby. The Grade-I listed Georgian manor house sits within 70 acres of gardens, paddocks and parkland, overlooking the sweeping valley Blackmore Vale. A cinema room, gym, games room and steam room are to be found inside, with the addition of lawns to play croquet on, a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and helipad on the grounds. And while the main house encompasses eight en suite double bedrooms, an additional four bedrooms can be found in the converted cowshed. The property sleeps up to 24 guests and dogs are welcome too.

From $29,733 per week or $20,813 for the weekend.


This grand country house sits outside the historic town of Petworth in West Sussex, just an hour and a half from London. Cornucopia is then set within 40 acres of parkland featuring a private lake with boats and a jetty, manicured lawns and ancient oak trees that provide the property with even more privacy. A swimming pool, tennis court, trampoline and hot tub all feature outside, with a snooker room, bowling alley, cinema room, gym and sauna indoors. With its seven palatial double bedrooms, up to 14 guests can stay here at one time, and with its floor-to-ceiling windows it’s the grand master suite that provides the best views. This home is especially well suited to anyone visiting the nearby Goodwood Estate for one of its annual motoring festivals, but South Downs National Park and Cowdray Park—the home of British polo—are also in the area.

From $23,786 per week or $16,518 for the weekend.

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Situated just outside Burford in Oxfordshire, Honeystone Manor sits within the Cotswolds, which is undoubtedly one of England’s most idyllic regions. The property is set on over six acres of flourishing grounds complete with a walled garden, Victorian water garden with a network of ponds and streams, wild flower meadow, outdoor heated geothermal pool and tennis court. With eight double bedrooms and one bedroom with four single beds, the house can accommodate up to 20 guests. An additional converted barn then acts as a dining and entertaining area. This is the ideal location to explore the Cotswolds countryside from, and is also within easy reach of Oxford.

From $14,867 per week or $10,902 for the weekend.


This private seafront estate sits on the peaceful coastal stretch of Sandwich Bay. The property here has been carefully restored to preserve its heritage while bringing it up to date with contemporary interior décor, and by booking a stay here, guests have full use of the estate’s Butlery cottage and Restoratory beach house, as well as the main house, accommodating up to 18 people between its king-size, double and twin bedrooms. Guests can soak in the outdoor heated swimming pool, play table tennis and pool in the games room and explore the surrounding area. Owing to its coastal location, the estate is close to the Tudor town of Sandwich, Whitstable seaside town and the historic city of Canterbury, plus one of England’s most celebrated wineries, Chapel Down, which hosts vineyard tours and tastings.

From $13,149 per week.

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