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Top Ten Bolthole Escapes under two hours from London

Here’s one for all you London folk – for those of you who are a slave to your city jobs, but in desperate need of an escape from the Big Smoke every now and again.  Do not fear crossing to the other side of the M25 – there’s a lot of good stuff out there!  So here are our Top 10 Boltholes, all under two hours from London (though don’t blame us if it takes you longer at 5.30pm on a Friday evening….).

1. Waterfront Luxury in Suffolk

Secluded lakeside log cabins with luxury interiors, private hot tubs, wood burning stoves, and your very own dining decks.  An idyllic rural retreat in the very heart of the Suffolk countryside.  From £455 for a short break (3 night weekend / 4 night midweek).

Luxury Suffolk cabins

Luxury Suffolk cabins

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2. Recycled huts in Sussex

Charming, unique and romantic huts on a farm in East Sussex.  Hand built using reclaimed, recycled and locally sources materials, the huts are finished to an exceptionally high standard and come with hot showers and hampers of local produce, should you so choose.  From £79 per hut per night.

Recycled huts in Sussex

Recycled huts in Sussex

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3. Windmill B&B in the Cotswolds

This quirky and historic windmill stands on a hill amongst the trees, just above the medieval Cotswold town of Bradford on Avon.  Ornate spiral staircase, gothic windows, and three exquisite rooms (one bed is circular, another is a queen sized water bed).  From £89 per night.

Windmill B&B in the Cotswolds

Windmill B&B in the Cotswolds

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4. Thatched ‘chocolate box’ cottage in Buckinghamshire

This thatched, stone, grade two listed cottage dates from 1650 and is a truly romantic hideaway for two which simply oozes character.  Inside a vaulted bedroom and open beams; outside a pretty conservation village which has been used many times for filming – the quintessential English village.  From £150 per night / £280 per week.

Chocolate box cottage in Buckinghamshire

Chocolate box cottage in Buckinghamshire

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5. Showman’s Wagon near the sea in Hampshire

This beautiful Showman’s Wagon has been stunningly restored by one of the last trained gypsy wagon painters in the country.  In the grounds of a working pottery just outside Milford on Sea, the wagon has an opulent gypsy chic interior, a sumptous breakfast is provided, and you are walking distance from the beach.  From £80 per night.

Gypsy Wagon in Hampshire

Gypsy Wagon in Hampshire

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6. Interior design meets the environment in Oxfordshire

A chic Cotswold cottage dating back to the 1850′s, in the heart of one of England’s areas of outstanding natural beauty.  Flagstone floors and inglenook fireplace meets luxurious bathrooms and designer kitchen.  From £1350 per week.  Shorter stays also available.

Chic Oxfordshire cottage

Chic Oxfordshire cottage

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7. Hidden gem near Shakespeare`s Stratford upon Avon

Luxurious cottage in the heart of a Warwickshire Village.  Stratford just four miles away, and the delights of the Cotswolds on your doorstep.  Charming, stylish and homely – the perfect escape from the urban whirlwind.   From £480 per week.

Luxurious cottage near Stratford

Luxurious cottage near Stratford

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8. Glamping in rural Wiltshire

Stylish glamping in bell tents in rural Wiltshire, just five miles from the city of Bath.  Comfy, cosy and well equipped, there are hot showers, and even an indoor pool a ten minute walk away at the farm.  A perfect place for relaxation, and escaping the rat race. From £79 per night.

Glamping in rural Wiltshire

Glamping in rural Wiltshire

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9. Boutique hotel by the sea in Sussex

The perfect romantic refuge!  Eight bedroom boutique hotel in St Leonards on Sea.  Spa style bathrooms and Egyptian cotton bed linen.  A funky restaurant on site and individually designed bedrooms, some with panoramic sea views from floor to ceiling windows.  From £99 per night.

Boutique hotel in Sussex

Boutique hotel in Sussex

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10. Medieval Hall House in Suffolk

14th century one bedroom medieval hall house in the pretty riverside village of Nayland.  Flagstone floor, exposed beams, inglenook fireplace and beautiful interior design.  The delights of Suffolk on your doorstep.  Short breaks from £270 / one week from £495.

Medieval house in Suffolk

Medieval house in Suffolk

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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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