In The Press

We've been in all the papers, you know!

Well, rather, our properties have!
The CoolStays team are in constant contact with travel journalists and bloggers around the UK and beyond. Any property on a Silver subscription and above are considered for pitching for appropiate features, both online and in the papers. Have a look below at some of our recent coverage and their results.

Recent Features


Online & Print

50 best autumn escapes

The Times

9th Sep 2017

"This rustic-chic farm is a great place for a house party, with plenty of social space and accommodation cleverly divided into two parts. Four-bedroom Ludlow Barn is the social hub, with a table for 12, a stylish kitchen and wood-burner, and plenty of sofas to sink into."

Property Featured: Redford Farm, Shropshire

 

"Witness one of nature's great spectacles, a starling murmuration, in a nature reserve near this stylish three-bedroom cottage. From the bird hide at Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve you can see vast clouds of starlings dancing in the sky before they roost in the reed beds. Retire to the chic Godney Arts House, with its retro furniture, roll-top bath and flagstone floors. One of the three bedrooms has an extra pair of single beds."

Property Featured: Godney Arts House, Somerset

 

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25 of the best seaside cottages in the UK

Evening Standard

23rd May 2017

"From houses perched on private islands in Cornwall to old mills on the quayside in Suffolk, Kate Lough rounds up the best stays for summer"

Properties Featured:
Admiral's Rest, Deal, Kent
Ty Bach Twt Luxury Beach House, Gwythian, Cornwall
Tresillian, Sennen, Cornwall
The Beach Hut, Devon
Skye Woodhouse, Isle of Skye
Natural Retreats John O'Groats, John O'Groats, Scotland
Kiora, Whitstable, Kent
Pitts Deep, Lymington, Hampshire

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The 50 best cottages in Britain

The Times

4th March 2017

"It's the remote, rural location that makes this rustic cottage such a treat. Perched above the River Esk at the head of Eskdale, it's ideal for walkers and climbers, with Scafell Pike within easy reach. The rooms are all on one floor, with a cosy sitting/dining area, and one twin and one bunk-bedded room (you'll need to take bed linen and towels). There's no television or bathroom - you wash in the kitchen and use a loo in the old cowshed."

Property Featured: Bird How, Eskdale, Cumbria

 

"It will be hard to tear the children away from this woodland cottage, with its heated pool and games rooms. Two doubles and a twin are in the quirky 250-year-old cottage, which has uneven walls and low ceilings, while the restored oak stables across the garden have two playrooms, one with table tennis and the other with a tepee and toys for smaller kids. Chill out and read a book in a hammock surrounded by ancient oak trees and soaring pines. The New Forest is on your doorstep. "

Property Featured: Sunnydell, Burley, Hampshire

 

"This elegant Georgian house is a good base for an active break, with bikes to explore neighbouring Thetford Forest, six acres of landscaped gardens to walk in, a heated outdoor pool and hard tennis court. The Pool House doubles as a games room, with a ping-pong table, high-tech consoles and traditional board games. The interior is very country chic, with a mix of modern and traditional decor in the nine bedrooms. "

Property Featured: Vicarage House, Great Hockham, Norfolk

Estimated coverage views: 73k

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Go off the grid on a digital detox

The Sunday Times

5th Feb 2017

"Fleeces on, guitar ready: singing round the campfire at this isolated hilltop barn conversion, tucked away in woodland, is just one way to take your mind off the lack of wi-fi. There's a patchy mobile signal, too, so forget the outside world and get on with lazy lie-ins on the mezzanine kingsize bed, playing albums on the record player, taking long walks through the hills and gently poaching in the copper rolltop bath. If you think all that self-catering is going to get too much, you can arrange in advance for dinner to be delivered one night."

Property Featured: Cruckbarn, Herefordshire

 

"No one will bother you at this secluded eco-hut for two on a private sheltered cove near Plymouth. There's no wi-fi or electricity, they can't call, as there's no signal, and they probably won't be bothered with the 15-minute hike from the car park down a steep cliff path to get to you. So you'll be on your own with the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, the Japanese-style hot tub, the woodburner, the solar lights, the barbecue and the cosy mezzanine double bed. "

Property Featured: The Beach Hut, Devon

 

Estimated coverage views: 11k

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The 50 best villas in the Med

The Times

4th Feb 2017

"A British artist discovered this when it was a roofless ruin and transformed it into a stylish rural retreat. The light-filled bedroom has a super-king-size bed with a handmade mattress, en suite wet room with Moroccan hand-beaten basin and three sets of French windows leading to terraces with breathtaking country views. The small pool has sunbeds, umbrellas and a covered pergola with a barbecue. Watch eagles and kites wheeling in the sky. Agni and Avlaki beaches are 20 minutes away. "

Property Featured: Ithica House, Corfu

 

"Help yourself to local wine, olive oil and brandy from the honesty box or pick herbs from the garden at this three-bedroom villa near the Istrian coast. Cook a Croatian feast in the outdoor kitchen complete with dishwasher and fridge, or at the barbecue by the 32-metre saltwater pool. Inside there's air conditioning, wifi and simply furnished rooms, some with beamed ceilings. The sea is 10 minutes' drive away. Pula, with its amphitheatre, and picture-perfect Rovinj are also close by. "

Property Featured: Casa Moreda, Vodnjan, Croatia

 

Estimated coverage views: 22k

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62 Brilliant British Hotels for Weekend Breaks

Condé Nast Traveller

Dec 2016

"Beat a retreat to this island hideaway in Scotland for New Year's Eve"

Property Featured:
Number One Carbost, Isle of Skye

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9 luxury cabin alternatives to Soho Farmhouse

Evening Standard

29th Nov 2016

"Looking for a Soho Farmhouse-style stay? Here's our edit of the cosiest cabins to escape the rat race in style"

Properties Featured:
North Star Club Woodland Suites, Yorkshire Wolds
Natural Retreats Lodges, Yorkshire Dales
Bivouac, North Yorkshire
Shepherd's Barn, South Downs

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14 Dreamlike, Snug, And Romantic Winter Hideaways In Scotland

Buzzfeed

21st Nov 2016

"Winter is coming, so why not hibernate in a snug AF log cabin with a hot tub, sauna, and all the whisky you can drink until spring?"

Properties Featured:
Dovecot Cottage, Edinburgh
Roulotte Retreat, Melrose, Scottish Borders
Knoydart House, Inverie, Highland
Natural Retreats, John O'Groats, Caithness
Croft 103, Durness, Sutherland
The Gypsy Palace, Kirk Yetholm, Scottish Borders
Stucktaymore, Killin, Perthshire
Innis-a-Chro Croft Cottages, Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire

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10 best country retreats with hot tubs in UK

Evening Standard

9th Nov 2016

"With temperatures plummeting this week, now's the time to plan your next escape to the country, bubbles as standard"

Properties Featured:
Moat Cottage, Suffolk
The Retreat, Northumberland
The Woodman's Treehouse, Dorset
Coln Lodge, Cotswolds
Hive Beach House, Dorset
Holly House Farm, North Yorkshire
Knoydart House, West Highlands
The Pumphouse, Norfolk
Brompton Lakes Lodges, North Yorkshire
Dimpsey Shepherd's Hut Glamping, Somerset

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Estimated coverage views: 29k

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Europe's 5 best windmills that you can holiday in

The Independent

24th Oct 2016

"Quirky conversions, from Norfolk to Greece"

Properties Featured:
Moulin 85, Vendee, France
Santorini Windmills, Santorini, Greece
Cley Windmill, Norfolk
De Verrekijer, Gelderland, Netherlands
Llancayo Windmill, Monmouthshire

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Estimated coverage views: 107k

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Winter sun: 50 affordable breaks

The Times

15th Oct 2016

"Throughout the winter months, temperatures in Lanzarote are in the low twenties, which makes glamping in an eco-yurt possible. Inside the eight yurts at Finca De Arrieta you'll find antique furniture and plush bedding, while outside there are exotic gardens, a solar-heated lap pool and the beach. Private bathrooms and kitchens are on the terrace. "

Property Featured: Lanzarote Eco Yurts

Estimated coverage views: 15k

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50 of the best UK cottages for Christmas and New Year

The Guardian

17th Sept 2016

"A fairytale hideaway in the woodlands of Middleton Hall Estate, The Folly is worth splashing out on for anyone looking for something extra special. Ample living space is spread over three storeys, the first-floor bedroom has french windows opening onto a balcony with a pretty Italian garden below, and stairs lead to a bathroom with free-standing bath. Just six miles from the Northumberland coast, there are stunning beaches and plenty of pubs in Belford village, should you venture out."

Property Featured: The Folly, Northumberland

 

"Promising a really special Christmas, Willow House, a glamorous six-bedroom, five-bathroom Georgian property near Richmond is somewhere Santa wouldn't want to leave. With three storeys, the family can spread out or cosy up around the roaring fire in the large sitting room. The open plan kitchen/dining room area, with Yorkshire flagstone floors and upcycled church pews, is perfect for feasting, while the orangery offers an alternative dining space with stars twinkling above. A wood-fired hot-tub in the garden and ground floor bedroom with wet room that's suitable for anyone with reduced mobility are other pluses. Such luxury comes with a hefty price tag at Christmas - but it's a good choice year-round when prices drop, with gastropubs aplenty nearby, from the Oak Tree Inn in Hutton Magna to The Shoulder of Mutton at Middleton Tyas, as well as the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales for endless romps in the great outdoors."

Property Featured: Willow House, Yorkshire

 

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The 50 best UK holiday cottages for summer 2016

The Guardian

16th April 2016

"Carved into a sandstone cliff in pretty private woodlands, Rockhouse Retreat offers a luxury take on cave living. The cave, close to a babbling brook in the Habberley Valley near Kidderminster, dates back over 700 years and has been cleverly turned into a magical, romantic bolthole. Inside it's all pebbled whitewashed walls, handmade wooden furniture, rustic tiles and a cosy living room that's perfect for candlelit dinners. "

Property Featured: The Rockhouse Retreat, Low Habberley, Worcestershire

 

"One for art lovers, Godney Arts House is a traditional three-bedroom cottage that has been turned into a stylish bolthole with flagstone floors, retro furniture (think copper-top dining table and velvet sofas) and interesting artwork throughout. The award-winning Sheppey Inn is a few minutes away and there are lots of great walks - the Westhay Moor national nature reserve (where up to eight million starlings take refuge in reed beds) is one of several in the area and the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury Tor are on the doorstep. Just a little away further is Cheddar Gorge, offering climbing and potholing."

Property Featured: Godney Arts House, Nr Wells, Somerset

 

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Britain's best beach cottages

The Independent

6th July 2016

"Overlooking the Solent, the beach is your back garden at Pitts Deep, and because you reach it via an isolated country track, it's lovely and remote. Its location in the New Forest means you'll also have plenty of woodland on your doorstep. Meanwhile, the interior has oodles of character, stylish nautical decor and quirky features and the conservatory is a must in the summer."

Property Featured: Pitts Deep, Lymington, Hampshire

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10 of the best mountain cabins and lodges in Europe

The Guardian

6th June 2016

"A family home, featuring minimalist design, and surrounded by eight acres of pine forest, this contemporary lodge in Aragon is in a mountainous area near two rivers. This means there are opportunities for wild swimming, such as at the Balneario de Font Calda a limestone gorge with deep natural pools. The local wine offers another way to relax and the house is close to the "Cathedral of Wine", Pinell de Brai, a brick temple dedicated to the drink. The house itself is an architectural treat: a spacious, glass-fronted domed decorated with contemporary furniture, full of light, with large glass panes that let you gaze over the treetops, whether you're having a meal in the cool dining room, or lazing in bed."

Property Featured: El Caracol, Spain

 

"For those planning a group trip, this modern four-bedroom (sleeps eight) "concept lodge" in Austria's Dachstein mountains will provide space for everyone to relax, with plenty of opportunities for activities to suit varying tastes. The recently built lodge has an open-plan living area across the top floor, with panoramic views from the windows and balcony. There are minimalist design features throughout, while the glass-fronted sauna and yoga room on the ground floor offers a place to wind down after hiking, biking, rock climbing, or, if you're there during winter, a place to stretch after ripping up the ski slopes."

Property Featured: Ferdi mountain base, Austria

 

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The UK's 6 best treehouses

The Independent

6th May 2016

"Fulfil your childhood fantasies in a room amid the treetops"

Properties Featured:
West Lexham Treehouses, Norfolk
Living Room Treehouses, Wales
The Treehouse, Somerset
Treetops Treehouse, Devon
The Birdhouse, Somerset

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Estimated coverage views: 87.6k

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The 50 best UK holiday cottages for summer 2016

The Guardian

16th April 2016

"Carved into a sandstone cliff in pretty private woodlands, Rockhouse Retreat offers a luxury take on cave living. The cave, close to a babbling brook in the Habberley Valley near Kidderminster, dates back over 700 years and has been cleverly turned into a magical, romantic bolthole. Inside it's all pebbled whitewashed walls, handmade wooden furniture, rustic tiles and a cosy living room that's perfect for candlelit dinners. "

Property Featured: The Rockhouse Retreat, Low Habberley, Worcestershire

 

"One for art lovers, Godney Arts House is a traditional three-bedroom cottage that has been turned into a stylish bolthole with flagstone floors, retro furniture (think copper-top dining table and velvet sofas) and interesting artwork throughout. The award-winning Sheppey Inn is a few minutes away and there are lots of great walks - the Westhay Moor national nature reserve (where up to eight million starlings take refuge in reed beds) is one of several in the area and the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury Tor are on the doorstep. Just a little away further is Cheddar Gorge, offering climbing and potholing."

Property Featured: Godney Arts House, Nr Wells, Somerset

 

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12 great houses by the sea

The Times

16th April 2016

"This green-and-white striped cottage has bags of seaside charm with wraparound windows maximising the views. It's a sociable space with a long refectory table and church-pew seating, a large corner sofa and day bed with lots of cushions. There are two double bedrooms and a bunk room with two sets of beds, one suitable only for children. A private terrace has steps leading to the beach. "

Property Featured: Valetta, Thorpeness, Suffolk

Estimated coverage views: 16.1k

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The best holiday villas in Spain for summer 2016

The Independent

15th April 2016

"With balmy temperatures that hover in the 20s year-round, the Canaries are an attractive option - particularly for families - as the mainland swelters in high summer. Environmentally-conscious holidaymakers will love CoolStays' (coolstays.com) latest beachside property, set on the sprawling Finca de Arrieta estate in the less-touristed northern tip of Lanzarote. The Eco Luxury Farmhouse, sleeping eight, is one of 15 properties on the estate, which generates its own electricity and has a heated pool. A hybrid car is also available for the duration of your stay."

Property Featured: Eco Luxury Farmhouse, Arrieta, Las Palmas

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9 of the best coastal cottages in the UK

Evening Standard

12th April 2016

"We round up nine of Britain's best places to stay by the seaside - from beach huts to converted lighthouses"

Properties Featured:
Belle Tout Lighthouse, East Sussex
The Cuttlefish, West Cornwall
The Dell, South Cornwall
Skye Window House, Scotland
Shaldon Beach huts, Devon
Seabank, West Sussex
Kiora, Whitstable, Kent
Hive Beach House, Dorset
Dune Beach House, North Cornwall

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Estimated coverage views: 29.4k

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20 best places to stay in Sicily

The Times

19th March 2016

"This grand 19th-century mansion is on a 40-acre organic estate on the lower slopes of Mount Etna. The 20 rooms, some rustic with lava rock walls, some more luxurious with hot tubs on the terrace, feature contemporary art, Italian designer furniture and sleek en suites. Hike or take the cable car up Mount Etna, then relax by the infinity pool and enjoy the incredible vistas. Breakfast is a treat: local cheeses, fresh bread and home-produced eggs, all laid out beneath the wooden shaft in the wine-pressing room. "

Property Featured: Monaci Delle Terre Nere, Zafferana Etnea

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The 50 best cottages in Britain

The Times

13th Feb 2016

"Yes, the name gives it away - this one-bedroom apartment is set in a former fish cellar that's more than 300 years old. While it draws on historical features such as exposed stone walls and wood floors, it combines them with super-chic décor and modern touches, including rain showers, underfloor heating, a Blu-ray player and an iPod dock. The pubs and restaurants of Mousehole harbour are a short walk away."

Property Featured: The Old Fish Cellar, Mousehole, Cornwall

 

"Set among the dunes of Cornwall's north coast, this hip offering overlooks one of the county's top surf beaches and comes with a sea-view deck surrounded by bamboo windbreakers. Inside, it's a stylish three-bedroom affair with eclectic artwork and a bright white colour scheme."

Property Featured: Dune Beach House, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

 

"Surrounded by four of the Munro mountains and overlooking the sea at Loch Nevis, this ultrachic one-bedroom pad comes with a host of mod cons, including a running machine, a Nespresso coffee-maker, an infrared sauna, and a private hot tub on the balcony. Wallow in the water and you can spot roe deer, stags and eagles, or head down to the sea for orcas and porpoises. It can be booked on a self-catered, B&B or fully catered basis."

Property Featured: Knoydart Hide, Inverie, Scottish Highlands

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Cosy up: 20 best holiday cottages for winter

The Independent

16th October 2015

"This purpose-built sustainable holiday home is set among the private woods of the rather larger country house next door. Its modern décor and large windows will appeal to those who find old, thatched cottages constraining and it's got a log burner and comfy sofas, which are a godsend in the winter months. The owners can arrange breakfast and meal hamper from local suppliers."

Property Featured: Tack Barn, Sussex

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Top 10 affordable family summer holidays in Europe

The Guardian

8th June 2015

"Set on a pristine beach on a finger of land in northern Greece, Areti Camping and Bungalows is a four-hectare, family-run site with a beachfront restaurant and shop. There are plenty of on-site activities, including tennis, volleyball and watersports. Beyond the site you can take a boat, or even swim, to one of three nearby islands to snorkel the clear waters, or explore ancient sites, including Mount Athos."

Property Featured: Areti Camping and Bungalows

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The UK's best holiday homes

The Independent

25th May 2015

"This cosy, stylish cottage has an intriguing history and is nestled within a stunningly picturesque valley. The lounge has a fireplace and breathtaking views across the valley, and the dining room, kitchen and bedrooms are all charming. There are bicycles all ready for you to explore the area, which is also perfect walking country. Edinburgh is an hour's drive away..."

Property Featured: The Gypsy Palace

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40 best holiday villas and apartments in Europe

The Guardian

7th March 2015

"Part-riad, part-pared down Scandi retreat, this cool, three-bedroom townhouse in the traditional white town of Sedella is set over three floors. The owner is Norwegian so the decor includes lots of candles and a minimalist wood-burning stove. There are hints of rustic Spain, too, in the shape of wooden shutters, colourful fabrics and bottom-sagged rush chairs. A rooftop terrace is a nice spot for sunny summer breakfasts looking out across terracotta-tiled roofs to the mountains. If you want sand rather than soil, the coast is a 45 minute drive away."

Property Featured: Casa Katrine

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Cool Holiday Cottages on the South-west coast - in pictures

The Guardian

21st March 2014

"Beach huts, yes, but not as you know them. Inside these newly built hideaways you'll find Neff kitchen appliances, travertine-tiled floors, kingsize beds, futons, underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi. Each hut also has its own little terrace, overlooking the sea..."

Property Featured: Shaldon Beach Huts

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The Hottest New Rentals in Europe

Condé Nast Traveller

"In glorious isolation in the countryside of Umbria, Chiesa del Carmine has been converted from a little 11th-century church and an adjoining 18th-century farmhouse. The ancient walls and original features remain, but the interior has been restored and sparingly decorated in a trad-meets-contemporary style...."

Property Featured: Chiesa del Carmine

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In Print

The Worlds Best Villas

BA Highlife Magazine

March 2016

"Teetering on the shores of the tiny island of Hamnoy, which is just off the coast of mainland Norway, this miniature rustic retreat is an ideal getaway for two. Your days can be filled with a refreshing mix of fishing, hiking and kayaking, while you can spend your evenings on the private deck, perfectly positioned to scour the skies for the northern lights."

Property Featured: Eliassen Rorbuer


The 50 best bargain breaks for summer

The Times

20th June 2015

"The turreted Chateau Chamborigaud in the Cevennes national park, an hour from Nimes, looks as if it's come straight out of a fairytale. In a five-acre park, it has a heated outdoor pool, and 11 elegant bedrooms for 18, with seven bathrooms and some stunning public rooms..."

Property Featured: Chateau Chamborigaud


Hot Hotel - Kiora Cottage

Elle UK Magazine

April 2015

"When the sound of the waves is the first thing you hear in the morning, you know you are in for a blissful day. Throw open the windows at Kiora, a former fisherman's cottage, and you realise the much-used brochure phrase 'overlooking the sea' really applies here..."

Property Featured: Kiora


Glamp it Up

Grazia Magazine

July 2015

"Think glamping is just posh yurts and twee crockery? Think again. These days it's altogether cooler, with futuristic domes, caravans on stilts or chic thatched huts..."

Properties Featured: Elmley Nature Reserve and A Little Bit of Rough.


Competitions

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