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Top picks from our newest One Off Places

The month of September has brought us a flurry of fabulous new properties, to add to our existing portfolio of unique, quirky and characterful places to stay around the world.  Here are our six favourite newbies – how about considering one of these for your next break, whether a romantic escape, or a family get together….

Glamping in Slovenia

Glamping in Slovenia

Glamping in Slovenia

Luxurious glamping tents by Lake Bled in Slovenia.  Private hot tubs, spa on site, mountain backdrop, a superb restaurant, and a plethora of outdoor pursuits.  From €160 per night.

Medieval Manor House in Herefordshire

Medieval Manor house in Herefordshire

Medieval Manor house in Herefordshire

This fifteen bedroom luxurious rural hideaway is in the grounds of a sprawling 800 acre Herefordshire estate and is the perfect spot for an unforgettable weekend away with friends or family.  Three interconnecting wings and decadent interiors.  From £1625 for two nights.

Historic house in Lanzarote

Bedroom views from Lanzarote house

Bedroom views from Lanzarote house

Situated in the valley of a thousand palms in the north of the island of Lanzarote, Casa Shanti is a typical Canarian village house which dates back about 200 years. Enjoy colourful interiors, year round sunshine and an atmosphere of tranquillity.  Sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms.  From €85 per night.

Converted monastery on the shores of Loch Ness

Monastery apartment on Loch Ness

Monastery apartment on Loch Ness

Right on the shore of famous Loch Ness this spacious two bedroom apartment within a historic converted Benedictine abbey at Fort Augustus offers luxury accommodation and a whole host of facilities and activities on the doorstep.  On site is an indoor swimming pool, a games room, a spa and a restaurant.  From £120 per night.

Country House in Croatia

Country House in Croatia

Country House in Croatia

Hidden within a 100,000m2 piece of land on the banks of the Korana river, the Old Oak House is a sensitively restored country home sleeping up to six people, which is characterised by peaceful isolation, wonderful views and a wealth of outdoor activities on your doorstep.  From €150 per night.

Farmhouse in rural Cornwall

Luxury Cornish farmhouse

Luxury Cornish farmhouse

Five bedroom farmhouse in a wonderfully tranquil setting just outside Falmouth, which blends rural isolation with holiday convenience.  A stylish and characterful property which boasts luxurious interiors, a fantastic garden and far-reaching countryside views.  From £1095 per week.

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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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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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Winter Sunshine and Safaris in Kent from One Off Places

So it seems that you don’t have to fly at vast expense to get yourself some winter sunshine and a dawn safari.  You could be forgiven for thinking that I’d gone mad, but no, it has just dawned on me that of all the fabulous regions we have One Off Places, our One Off Places in Kent are as diverse as they get.

Handcrafted treehouse

Handcrafted treehouse

For the romantic types, it’s all about the hand crafted treehouse, an exquisite labour of love which sleeps 2 people in luxurious surroundings, and has a bubbling hot tub at the foot of the tree.  Romance personified.

Livingstone Lodge safari tents

Livingstone Lodge safari tents

If you want to treat the children to a safari, without the expense, the malarial tables and the time off work, then head for a long weekend down to Livingstone Lodge or Elephant Lodge, a collection of safari tents in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park.  You’ll get the full safari experience – a tented lodge, a deck looking out onto a waterhole, and the opportunity to go out on safaris to get up close and personal with the animals.

Sun room in beachfront house

Sun room in beachfront house

And then we have the exclusive (but amazingly well priced) beachfront house with its very own Real Sunlight multi sensory room.  The perfect beach and summer holiday all year round – you can head a few steps out of your door to the beach on sunny days, and enjoy completely safe sunbathing in the sun room, and films in the cinema room, on rainy days.  It sleeps up to 6 people and the interior of the house is the height of luxury.

The Retreat near Canterbury

The Retreat near Canterbury

Also in Kent we have a detached glass fronted house right on the beach in Whitstable, a period house in the charming town of Deal, and a relaxation retreat near Canterbury.  To see our other Kent properties, click here.