The perfect spot for a group gathering – a brand new house near Hay on Wye

Here at One Off Places we are rather thrilled to have taken on the brand new Cwm Pelved, a stunning 15th century house near Hay on Wye which has just started taking its first guests.  It’s a six bedroom house set on a private estate with a fascinating history that dates back as far s the 15th century.  Made up of three interconnecting buildings and retaining a wealth of historic features, it has been superbly restored and now offers an exquisite setting for a very memorable holiday.

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Peace (except the neighbouring sheep), privacy and escape are the watchwords at Cwm Pelved, as it’s set on a hillside and is accessed by a private drive.  The house looks out over the Cabalva Estate and the river Wye, as it winds through the landscape of the Welsh Marches.  Inside the house there’s a superb array of living space, with bedrooms at either end of the house making it the perfect spot for two or more families holidaying together.  Complete with double height rooms and glass walkways, it offers dramatic views over the Wye Valley from many of the rooms.

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Out and about, there are heaps of local activities on offer – hill walking (you’re on the doorstep of Offa’s Dyke), horse riding, canoeing, cycling, and exploring the charming town of Hay on Wye.  The owners can arrange you a fishing permit for fishing on the River Wye if you would like.

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A stay at Cwm Pelved costs from £1000 for a short break or from £1400 for one week.  That’s just £28 per person per night for a three night weekend away with your friends or family.

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For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in Scotland, a windmill in France, a medieval gatehouse in Wales, a safari tent in Italy, a merchant`s house in Morocco; as well as eco houses, church conversions, train carriages, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

A few juicy little deals for a rainy afternoon….

If you’re someone who doesn’t have to book your summer holiday during school holidays, then read on!  I have three fabulous deals for people wanting to holiday either with pre school children, or without children at all.  If you want to get a group of friends and / or family together, then go in June or September, rather than July & August, and you will save yourself a fortune!

Villa La Lavande is a four bedroom retreat in the Cote D’Azur.  It has huge gardens, several terraces, a private heated pool, sea and mountain views.  The accommodation is spacious and stylish, and the setting is peaceful, yet you are just 20 minutes from the bars and beaches of Cannes.

Villa in Provence

Villa in Provence

It is available from 21st – 28th June at a 30% discount.  Was £3499 per week, now £2449.30 per week.  It sleeps 8 people so at the discounted price it’s under £50 per person per night.

Or consider this exquisite four bedroom villa on the Greek island of Corfu.  Again, panoramic sea and mountain views, a private pool, several terraces, nestled in the olive groves under Mount Pantokrator.  It sleeps up to 8 people in four spacious bedrooms, and is just a couple of miles from the gorgeous coastline.

Villa on Corfu

Villa on Corfu

If you can go last minute, then this is one serious deal!  Available from 6th – 16th June, the owners are offering it at a 50% discount!  Was £3400 for 10 nights, now £1700 for 10 nights.

Alternatively, if you think you might save your holiday until after the summer holidays, then how about heading for this beautifully renovated cottage on a private wine estate in the gastronomic heart of France.  Here, aside from stunning hilltop views, and the opportunity to stroll through vineyards, there is also a pool and a tennis court for the more active guests!

Cottage in the Dordogne

Cottage in the Dordogne

In September / October a week at this lovely house costs just £750.  Go in July and August and you’ll pay £1500!

If you like the look of these, but want to see a greater range of properties, then just visit our website, www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.  You’ll find over 1000 properties ranging from treehouses and glampsites, to luxury villas and manor houses.  All over the world, to suit any size and budget.

Want to go away with a group of friends? Here we showcase our top three UK holiday houses for big groups.

If you’re considering a mass get together with friends and / or family, then look no further than One Off Places.  We have hundreds of properties on our website which can accommodate large groups, many of which are in the UK.  What better way to celebrate a 40th birthday, a silver wedding anniversary, or a long overdue meeting of cousins, than to book a big house for a long weekend.  Here are three possibilities – if these aren’t to suit, then you’ll find many more on our website.

Stormy Castle, Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales (sleeps 14)

Surrounded by six acres of private land, Stormy Castle sits on what might arguably be the most coveted spot in Britain’s first ever designated AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty). Behind you is undulating green countryside and in front of you sweeping views of Rhossili Bay.  A ten minute walk straight along the footpath to Rhossili Bay’s three miles of sandy beach.  Sleeps up to 14 people in six bedrooms.  Go inland a bit and you can go horse riding, visit cultural attractions, play golf at the beautiful Fairwood Park, and learn bushcraft techniques. On the beach you could try kite surfing or kite flying.  Off shore you can go boating or try your hand at kayaking, surfing, or paragliding.

From £1400 – £1900 per week.  Short stays also available.

House by the beach in the Gower

House by the beach in the Gower

The Quarry, Ilfracombe, Devon (sleeps 13)

This large, luxurious and child friendly, detached Victorian house stand in ½ acre of private, terraced gardens and has exquisite views over Ilfracombe & out to sea. The house backs directly onto the South West coastal path, and has a privately owned beach just a five minute walk away. WoolacombeThe 3 miles of golden sands & great surf at Woolacombe are a 10 min drive.  7 bedrooms, sleeps 13.  North Devon has so much to offer. There are the stunning expanses of golden sand & surf at Woolacombe & Croyde. The tranquility of Exmoor & its picturesque villages, and the dramatic coastline – perfect to explore by boat. Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO world heritage site, is awe inspiring.

Price from £1750 – £3650 per week.  Shorter stays also available.

Child friendly luxurious house in Devon

Child friendly luxurious house in Devon

Alladale Lodge, Scottish Highlands (sleeps 14)

Spread out over 23,000 acres, Alladale is a truly unique wilderness reserve in the stunning Scottish Highlands. At the heart of the reserve is Alladale Lodge, a beautiful private house which provides cosy, comftable and sumptuous accommodation in an awe-inspiring landscape.  The very size and scale of the Alladale Wilderness Reserve is enough to give you a new perspective on life. Indoors you’ll find a cinema screen, gym and snooker room.  This lodge is the perfect place to go to enjoy a wide range of activities, from traditional highland recreations to culinary breaks and specialist photography. Country pursuits like deer stalking, trout fishing and clay pigeon shooting aare always popular and you’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful setting for sports like hiking, mountain biking and golfing on the nearby championship courses of Royal Dornoch. Alternatively, you can really get to know the reserve by taking a guided 4×4 safari or relax with a spot of local whisky tasting.

Price: 3 night stay from £4500.

Wilderness reserve in the Scottish Highlands

Wilderness reserve in the Scottish Highlands

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Holidays to write home about for under £500

So you’ve got a budget for your holidays, and every web search you do brings up some fabulous looking holidays, but which all cost the earth.  Here at One Off Places we cater for all budgets in our unique and distinctive holiday properties so today’s post is giving you some examples of a few sometimes quirky, sometimes luxurious, sometimes unique, and always distinctive, places where you (and your partner / sister / family) can go on holiday.  Here’s what £500 gets you:

£450 for four nights in the Isle of Wight’s only rentable Treehouse

This two bedroom Treehouse (sleeping up to six people) is set in beautiful peaceful surroundings, a mile from the coast on the Isle of Wight.  The treehouse is divided into two separate areas – the Living House and the Sleeping House. On site is a children’s play area, bikes to hire, and the delights of the Isle of Wight on your doorstep.

£450 for 4 nights midweek (£350 for a three night weekend)

Treehouse on the Isle of Wight

Treehouse on the Isle of Wight

£495 for two weeks in a Boar Hide in Portugal

The name ‘the Boar Hide’ is not just metaphorical or descriptive – this is an actual boar hide! Open the shutters, lay some bait on the terrace and wait…. We can guarantee you will never have stayed anywhere quite like this.  The Boar Hide sits within the grounds of an organic smallholding in mid Portugal, a rare place which is completely off-grid.  Enormous shutters open out onto a terrace where the boar will congregate, and there is also an outside dining area and river access.  Sleeps four.

£495 for 14 nights.

The Boar Hide in Portugal

The Boar Hide in Portugal

£450 for seven nights in a French windmill

A lovingly renovated 19th century Windmill in the Vendee region of France… an ideal setting for a special occasion.  The windmill is set over four floors and the bedroom at the top commands views across the beautiful countryside.  Secluded and peaceful.

£450 for seven nights.

Windmill in France

Windmill in France

£450 for seven nights in a former Gothic railway station in North Wales

Romantic, intimate and unique, this boutique artist designed apartment in the heart of Snowdonia is the ultimate bolthole for a twosome looking to get away. The apartment is housed in an old railway station right in the middle of Betws-y-Coed, a delightful village in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. And it boasts a private balcony which looks out over the station platform to the surrounding woods and hills.

£450 for seven nights

Apartment in a railway station

Apartment in a railway station

And if you think £500 is still a bit much, then we’ll happily do an under £300 category.  And then for the wealthy folk amongst you, we’ll show you some of the top end stuff.  Howzat?

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Tennis fans? Take your pick of our One Off Places with their own Tennis Courts

There are a few facilities and features that always make a holiday property seem exclusive and luxurious (swimming pools, hot tubs, walled gardens to name but a few) and one thing that definitely falls into this category is a tennis court. Properties with private tennis courts immediately seem somehow lavish – even if the cost in no way reflects this! With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of some of our favourite holiday rentals with tennis courts…

The traditional country house

If your idea of a tennis court is a Wimbledon-style grass court with a table of strawberries and cream next to it, then look no further than the charming Fingals in Devon. Informal and relaxed yet luxurious and full of character, this 10-bedroomed Grade II listed country house is situated in a beautiful valley and provides the perfect setting for a laidback family holiday. And never mind the tennis court, what about the croquet lawn?

Grass tennis court in Devon

Grass tennis court in Devon

The Lochside Abbey in the Scottish Highlands

Built in 1876 on the shores of Loch Ness, this Benedictine Abbey has been beautifully converted to create a number of stylish self catering properties.  Aside from the tennis court, the communal facilities at the Monastery also include a swimming pool, sauna & steam room, gym, snooker, table tennis, boules, croquet, giant chess, badminton & archery.  Not a bad selection!

Lochside monastery in Scottish Highlands

The French farmhouse

If you’re a large group of friends looking for somewhere you can spend your days lounging by the pool, playing games and BBQing your meals as you look out over stunning countryside, Arnauton is for you. Lovingly renovated and housed within 5 acres of grounds in the Midi-Pyrenees region, this is a gorgeous setting and is truly a place for relaxed and stress-free living.

French farmhouse for 16

French farmhouse for 16

The Spanish eco-farm

Back to Spain and the breathtaking landscape of Extremadura. La Lancha is an extraordinary place – a self-proclaimed ‘eco-luxury farmhouse’ set within 30 hectares of olive groves, fruit orchards and fields of Merino sheep. The grounds are truly exceptional in a way that makes the swimming pool and tennis court seem almost commonplace! If you want to take your friends and family to somewhere absolutely unique then this is the place.

Eco luxury barn conversion in rural Spain

Eco luxury barn conversion in rural Spain

Ultimate luxury in a villa in Morocco

Villa Alexandra has so many wonderful features that it is hard to say which is the most appealing. Is it the cool, classic interior and stunning architecture, the serene location, the large walled garden full of scented blossoms or the pampering for which it is famous? Whichever it is, you will fall in love with this piece of paradise.  Just outside the house (which sleeps 12) is a 20m by 5m swimming pool, which has a ‘beach’ area that children will love.  The grounds also contain a clay tennis court which is well-maintained with racquets available.

Luxury country house in Morocco

Luxury country house in Morocco

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One Off Places goes to Riverside Cottage in Hampshire

It’s always lovely when a member of the One Off Places team gets to holiday in a One Off Place. And it’s particularly special when that place not only meets but completely surpasses your expectations.

Riverside Cottage in Hampshire

This is what happened when one of our number took a group of girlfriends to Riverside Cottage in Hampshire for a weekend getaway. I don’t know about you, but when I picture the ‘perfect’ winter weekend in the country, I imagine a characterful thatched cottage, a roaring fire, long walks in mud-spattered wellies, glasses of red wine, lots of laughter round a big table, home cooked food and comfortable beds to sink into. But I also imagine contemporary luxuries. And that, in a nutshell, is what Riverside Cottage provides. Think beamed ceilings, a warming Aga, social conservatory dining and plenty of space for everyone to stretch out in. Somehow this is a place that manages to be cosy, quaint, light and spacious all at the same time!

Charming and characterful interiors

Charming and characterful interiors

And the great beauty of this cottage? That it is just as idyllic in the summertime. The only bad thing thing about our icy weekend was that we couldn’t make the most of the swimming pool, the well-appointed pool house and the extensive garden.

Large grounds

Large grounds

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a peaceful countryside break with friends and family, somewhere that is an easy drive from London and yet feels rural and remote, then look no further. You won’t regret it!

Riverside

Riverside!

Key Features

  • Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms
  • Dining table to seat 10
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Village pub just a 1 mile walk away

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Still looking for an Easter Holiday Getaway? More last minute availability & discounts from One Off Places

Eco Barn in Yorkshire – £25pppn

Situated in an elevated position in the heart of Cragg Vale, Old Cragg Hall Barn is an eco-friendly award-winning conversion with outstanding views over the valley. Fabulous views, contemporary furnishings, abundant wildlife – this multi award-winning 5-star self-catering holiday home has it all. Sleeps six in three bedrooms.

Deal: Good Friday – Easter Monday for £895 (3 nights) or £1050 for seven nights from Good Friday.

Old Cragg Hall Barn Terrace views

Old Cragg Hall Barn Terrace views

Skiing in Chamonix – £80pppn, fully catered

Situated on the sunny side of the Chamonix valley this eight bedroom chalet has a large terrace with hot tub from where you can enjoy amazing views of Mont Blanc whilst sipping your favourite tipple.  Luxurious interiors, delicious food and easy access to all skiing areas.

Deal: Now £565 per person for a seven night fully catered stay throughout April (was £730).

Ski chalet in Chamonix

Ski chalet in Chamonix

Yurting in the Peak District – £19pppn

On the edge of the Peak District National Park, with stunning views across the Staffordshire Moorlands, you will find an award-winning cluster of yurts which offer the ultimate glamping experience.  Each yurt sleeps up to four people.

Deal: £200 for 2 nights / £300 for 4 nights from 7th – 11th April.

Yurt holiday in the Peak District

Yurt holiday in the Peak District

Cottage on organic farm in Wales – £12.50pppn

Venture down a leafy country lane & over an ancient stone bridge to find Penyrallt Fach Cottage, a 19th century former piggery, now a delightful two bedroom cottage on a secluded organic dairy farm overlooking the beautiful Teifi Valley in West Wales. Wood burning stove and 30 minutes to the beaches.

Deal: Was £450 per week, now £350 per week.  Available 12th – 26th April.

Welsh cottage on an organic farm

Welsh cottage on an organic farm

Manor House for the Easter Weekend – £60pppn

A beautiful stone manor house set in a stunning location, Chaffeymoor Grange sleeps 20 guests in comfort. It offers a superb and unforgettable venue for the traditional country house party weekend, whether you are a large family celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or a group of old friends organising a reunion weekend.

Deal: £4800 for 4 nights.  Available from 14th – 24th April.

Country House in Dorset for Easter

Country House in Dorset for Easter

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in the Scottish Highlands; a treehouse in Somerset; a roundhouse in France;  a houseboat in Amsterdam; a yurt in Portugal; a safari tent in Italy; a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; a holiday in a yurt, glamping, a big house to rent, a holiday in a tipi, quirky places to stay, a Scottish holiday, a stay in a shepherds hut, treehouse holidays, a villa in Galicia, villas in France, villas in Spain, windmills, castles, eco houses, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

 

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Notes for editors: One Off Places  was launched in 2008. Named A Top 10 Hot Travel Website (Times Online). The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk or 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.

Over £800 off during Easter Holidays at selected One Off Places

Croatia  – 33% discount

On top of a hill with magnificent views over Motovun and the Mirna Valley is this stunning villa, built in 1770 and now beautifully renovated with a Venetian-style exterior and spacious, contemporary interiors. Private and luxurious in a breathtaking setting, this is an idyllic Croatian retreat.  4 beds / sleeps 8.

Deal: Was £1235, now £825 for all bookings from 12th April – 10th May.

Villa in Croatia

France – 25% discount

Nestled amongst the serene foothills of St Barthelemy, surrounded by hilltops and untouched natural beauty as far as the eye can see, Lei Chambris is an idyllic exclusive-use estate set within 10 acres of tranquil grounds rich with poplar forests and streams. Cook and masseuse on site!  6 beds / sleeps 12.

Deal: 25% discount for Easter week.  Was £3295 per week, now £2470 per week.  Includes

Includes welcome aperitif & dinner, Easter day lunch and an Easter egg hunt in the poplar woods!

Country House in Provence

Country House in Provence

Greece – 20% discount

A traditional country house on the Greek island of Lefkas decorated with antiques yet offering all modern amenities.  Superb countryside views and just a few minutes from world famous beaches.  3 beds / sleeps 8.

Deal: 20% off week long bookings between 29th March – 26th April.  Was £865, now £690.

Ionian island villa in Greece

Ionian Island villa in Greece

England – 18% discount

The Quarry is a large, luxury, child friendly, detached Victorian house standing in ½ acre of private, terraced gardens. It has magnificent views over Ilfracombe & out to sea. This unique, self catering villa backs directly onto the South West coastal path, and has a privately owned beach a 5 min walk away. 7 beds / sleeps 13

Deal: Easter now available as a short break or a week stay. Weekend 3 night stay £2000, week £2550 (was £3100). Both start on Good Friday (18th April).

Coastal & family friendly in Devon

Coastal & family friendly in Devon

England – £700 discount

Built in 1687 Incleborough House is a Grade II listed Norfolk property set in magnificent landscaped walled gardens which overlook the village green. Stunning architecture, creative interior design and a classical feel – all just 300 metres from an award-winning beach. This house has the wow factor.  7 beds / sleeps 16.

Deal:  £700 off a three or four night Easter break.  Available 4th / 7th / 11th April.  Includes free champagne, wine, welcome pack and breakfast.

Country House in Norfolk

Country House in Norfolk

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in the Scottish Highlands; a treehouse in Somerset; a roundhouse in France;  a houseboat in Amsterdam; a yurt in Portugal; a safari tent in Italy; a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; a holiday in a yurt, glamping, a big house to rent, a holiday in a tipi, quirky places to stay, a Scottish holiday, a stay in a shepherds hut, treehouse holidays, a villa in Galicia, villas in France, villas in Spain, windmills, castles, eco houses, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.

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Notes for editors: One Off Places  was launched in 2008. Named A Top 10 Hot Travel Website (Times Online). The site specialises in individual and characterful holiday rentals worldwide and has a wide selection of properties catering for all different tastes, group sizes and location specifications.  Its website offers users the chance to enquire about their chosen property directly with the owner. For further information about One Off Places, please visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk or contact Tabitha Symonds on tabitha@oneoffplaces.co.uk or 01285 750713.  Further images available on request. Press trips may be available for selected properties.

Sea View Holiday Properties

We’ve just launched a new search category on our site – ‘sea view’.  In fact, we’re not quite sure why we didn’t do it before.  172 of our fabulous One Off Places have sea views!  A lot of people a very specifically looking for a holiday villa with a sea view, so now there’s an easy way for them to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

So without further ado, here are some pics of some of our favourite sea view properties.  To view the full collection, just click here.

If you’re not fussed about sea views but want a specific type of property, then have a look here to view all our property types.

And if you know where you want to go, then head for our destinations pages.

Brand New Treetop House in the Scottish Highlands

One Off Places is thrilled to announce the launch of Treetop House which is opening for its first guests in April 2014.  It is a uniquely designed holiday house perched on a wooded hillside with panoramic views across Loch Broom and out to Scotland’s Summer Isles.

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Treetop House has been beautifully designed to create a romantic and intimate retreat.  Inside you’ll find a luxurious living space including woodburning stove, sauna and luxury freestanding bath.  The views from every room are spectacular; panoramic seascapes and landscapes, dramatic Highland skies and waterfalls.

Treetop-chimney-stack

Tabitha Symonds, founder and director of oneoffplaces.co.uk, said of this brand new addition to the portfolio; `Treetop House offers truly out of the ordinary accommodation in on of the most spectacularly scenic parts of Scotland.  This is a flagship property for One Off Places`.

Ullapool-from-the-Hill-path

Treetop House is a ten minute walk from the centre of Ullapool, combining rural isolation with the village experience.  The house backs onto the Ullapool Hill Path network, and there are endless opportunities for climbing and mountain walking in the vicinity.  Golden sand beaches are nearby, as well as golf courses, castles, hill forts, sea kayaking and boat excursions.

Coigach-Hills

Price from £900 – £1600 per week.  Shorter stays available during low season from £150 per night.  [NB Treetop House is perfect for two, but there is an additional, small, single bedroom if you wish to accommodate a third person.]

For more information on these and the other unique properties in the collection, including a truck conversion in Scotland, a windmill in France, a medieval gatehouse in Wales, a safari tent in Italy, a colonial villa in Sri Lanka; and a merchant`s house in Morocco; as well as eco houses, church conversions, train carriages, tents, tipis and yurts; visit www.oneoffplaces.co.uk.