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The Coolstays team are in constant contact with travel journalists and bloggers around the UK and beyond. Any property on a Gold subscription and above are eligible for pitching for appropriate features, both online and in the papers.


House party: 15 extraordinary UK holiday properties for a group vacation

The Guardian

13th July 2021

"Sitting on the fringes of the Leeds Castle estate, a stunning wisteria-clad medieval manor is a magical space for a late summer break. Arrow-slit windows and heavy wooden doors lead to a grand wood-panelled banqueting hall that would make eating a Pot Noodle a special occasion. Timbered rooms are painted lovely mid-blues and boast antiques and fancy furnishings. It’s all very chic and spoiling. After romping through the grounds, visit the castle for falconry displays and a maze, returning for croquet and drinks on the lawn."

Property Featured: Battel Hall - Leeds, Kent

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The Best Holiday Homes to Rent in the UK

CNTraveller

20th May 2021

"Our edit of the loveliest holiday homes in the UK to rent, including the sharpest new cottages, manors and barns to take over as your own in the UK"

Property Featured: Lingholm Boathouse - Keswick, Cumbria. Kingshill Farmhouse - Minster-on-sea, Isle of Sheppey. The Riding House - Wimborne St Giles, Dorset. Shingle House - Dungeness, Kent.

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The Best Holiday Rental Companies in the UK

CNTraveller

17th May 2021

"If a cottage feels a bit too mainstream, look to UK-focused Cool Stays, which looks after more than 1,000 unusual properties, from treehouses to boat-hotels and windmills. In East Sussex you can stay on a converted London double-decker bus in the middle of the woods, while a lighthouse on Scotland’s Isle of Skye is surrounded by four acres of land. Top tip: scroll through the Editor’s Picks section for a more curated list of 50 of the smartest properties on the website."

Property Featured: All of them!

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10 of the coolest holiday rentals in Scotland

The Guardian

1st May 2021

"Renting a whole stately home or castle might be a stretch – both for your legally allowed group size and for your pocket – but the next best thing is the gatehouse to a grand pile. East Gatehouse Lodge, which has guarded Monzie Castle and its 400-acre estate since the 19th century, has been reincarnated as a neat and quietly well-decorated holiday rental. Beneath the imposing turrets of this gothic lodge, octagonal rooms with pale pink walls and white woodwork are made cosy with Middle Eastern rugs and sheepskins. The bathroom features an original Edwardian slipper bath nabbed from the castle, and there’s a spiral stone staircase through the middle to remind you where you are."

Property Featured: East Gatehouse Lodge - Crieff, Perthshire

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The Best UK Beach Cottages

The Independent

14th April 2021

"Located where the New Forest meets the Solent, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds – woodland and beach. The garden blends into the dunes of a semi-private beach which is hard for the public to access by foot or car, keeping it nice and quiet. Inside, it’s cosy, yet stylish, with a real sense of home – lots of character, quirky features and sea views from all five bedrooms. In the 18th century, this was an old smugglers’ inn and was one of the only places on the Hampshire and Dorset south coast where boats could dock and unload their contraband."

Property Featured: Pitts Deep - Lymington, Hampshire

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25 stylish self-catering pads with availability for spring

The Times

23rd February 2021

"This curvy cabin on a working farm comes with eco-credentials (living roof, sedum-planted sitting room) and a patio from which to admire the surrounding fields. Smug? You bet. If you want a break from the pastoral scene, Canterbury is a ten-minute drive."

Property Featured: Bumble Barn - Canterbury, Kent

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Eight of the UK’s Best Lighthouses You Can Actually Stay In

Suitcase Magazine

19th February 2021

"Children of the 80s might recognise St Anthony’s Lighthouse; it was in the opening credits of Jim Henson’s TV series Fraggle Rock. The lighthouse is set on the craggy tip of the Roseland Peninsula, so you’ll have to clamber down a 300m footpath from the cliffs above for a few days of sweet seclusion in its two-bedroom Sally Port Cottage. It has a country-style kitchen, wood burner and a brilliant observatory room – if these don’t keep you at base, St Mawes and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are within a half an hour drive."

Property Featured: Sally Port Cottage - St Mawes, Cornwall

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The 30 coolest huts and treehouses in the UK

The Times

30th January 2021

"It’s only 10ft by 10ft with a separate composting loo and you’ll have to walk 270 yards up a steep path to get here, but wow. Built last summer at the edge of a giant boulder field in the Peak District National Park, this remarkable hilltop timber-and-glass box opens on to a raised deck with mighty views over forest and dale. You have a wood-fired cedar hot tub on a lower deck, an outdoor kitchen and a Flintstones-style outside shower fixed to ancient limestone slabs. Rowtor Rocks caves are only about a five-minute walk away."

Property Featured: Boulder Field Cabin - Matlock, Derbyshire

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16 of the Best Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

CNTraveller

9 December 2020

"Treverra Farm Cottage is a beautifully restored, 18th-century farmhouse in 14 acres just outside Rock, the destination of choice for young royals. Owner Liz Berman, who alongside her husband Charlie honed her hospitality skills running six gorgeous chalets in Verbier, has a keen eye for interior design. Swedish antiques and vintage furnishings give the house its charm (the networked Crestron music system, TVs, Sky boxes, Wii console and iPod docks are unobtrusively located). The sisal rugs, striped curtains and antique toys would look perfectly at home in a glossy interiors magazine, but that's not to say there are any airs and graces. "

Property Featured: Treverra Cottage - Rock, Cornwall

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10 of the best cosy holiday cabins in the UK

The Guardian

17th October 2020

"A private swimming pond right outside the door is, at certain hours of the day, just for the use of those staying at Dragonfly Cabin, a new remote-feeling lodge five miles from Cambridge, which opened in August as part of B&B Crafts Hill Barn. The cabin started out as a bird hide but now it’s smartly decked out, with a floor-to-ceiling picture window looking on to a little pebble beach, with a timber jetty to leap from."

Property Featured: Dragonfly Cabin - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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25 stylish UK self‑catering stays for 2021

The Times

15th August 2020

"No children under 12, please. Everyone else will be by turns giddy and gobsmacked at Cruggleton Lodge, which sits on a cliff near Garlieston on the Machars peninsula. This former estate cottage is smartly turned out in a blue-and-beige colour scheme, with an Aga and a wood-burning stove to keep things toasty when a gale blows in off the Irish Sea. Mostly, though, you’ll want to go off exploring — in the gardens at Galloway House, on the beaches where the Mulberry Harbour prototypes were tested in 1943, and at Whithorn, where Christianity is thought to have gained its first, 5th-century foothold in Scotland."

Property Featured: Cruggleton Lodge - Garlieston, Scotland

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Beautiful places, safe spaces: the best UK holidays this summer

The Guardian

13th June 2020

"Cool Stays lists hundreds of glampsites and unusual places to stay in the UK, including Birdholme Glamping (four adults and two children from £260 a night) in Stanton on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire. There are four safari lodges on stilts in 17 acres of woodland and meadow, each with a woodburner and a veranda with a hot tub."

Property Featured: Birdholme Glamping, Stanton on the Wolds - Nottinghamshire

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Staycation nation: 10 of the best UK beach holidays

The Telegraph

11th June 2020

"The best beach is the one that is all yours. And Eilean Sionnach offers just that – this handsome lighthouse cottage sits by a private beach, on a private island, just off Skye. Departure times are dictated by weather and tides; if stranded, there’s nothing to do but stroll and beachcomb, read and sketch, scan for dolphins, watch the storms (there’s no TV). Socially distanced heaven. "

Property Featured: Eilean Sionnach Lighthouse Cottage, Isleornsay - Sleat

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Plan now, go later: 30 fabulous self-catering stays in the UK

The Times

15th June 2020

"Straight off the pages of a Grimm’s fairytale, this enchanting turreted forest cabin in the grounds of a medieval manor outside the village of Husthwaite is reached via a boardwalk twisting through sycamore, oak and ash. The double-height lounge has knotted beams, timber walls, a wood-burning stove and a spiral staircase with rickety branches for banisters. Bunk beds in the mezzanine bedroom look as if they have been fashioned by a woodcutter. There’s a hot tub on the deck and a children’s den, accessed by a slide, with games console and a popcorn machine — it’s family holiday gold."

Property Featured: Rufus' Roost, Husthwaite - North Yorkshire

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15 secluded holiday cottages and huts to escape to this summer

Evening Standard

26th May 2020

Whether you want your own private beach or thousands of acres of woodland to explore, Laura Hampson rounds up the best socially-distant stays for summer"

Property Featured: Wood h, Isle of Skye - Scotland Tresillian, Sennen - Cornwall Pitts Deep, Lymington - Hampshire

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The Best Holiday Rental Companies in the UK

Conde Nast Traveller

20th May 2020

"Best for: unique hideouts - If a cottage feels a bit too mainstream, look to UK-focused Cool Stays, which looks after more than 1,000 unusual properties, from treehouses to boat-hotels and windmills. In East Sussex you can stay on a converted London double-decker bus in the middle of the woods, while a lighthouse on Scotland’s Isle of Skye is surrounded by four acres of land. Top tip: scroll through the Editor’s Picks section for a more curated list of 50 of the smartest properties on the website."

Property Featured: Eilean Sionnach Lighthouse Cottage, Isleornsay - Sleat

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The Best Log Cabins in the UK

Conde Nast Traveller

12th May 2020

"Surrounded by silver birch, cherry, oak and chestnut – as well as muntjac deer and red kites – you’ll find a fire-heated hot tub and wood-burning pizza oven in this forest glade. Light floods the large living area with its vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace where squishy velvet armchairs gather around the log burner. But there’s more than just the basics here: the deep-soak bathtub is positioned in front of a mirror TV, heated floors invite barefoot living and a pontoon and canoes make for a good splash about on the nearby lake."

Property Featured: Knotting Hill Barn House, Ashby Folville - Leicestershire

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The Best Holiday Homes to Rent in the UK

Conde Nast Traveller

7th April 2020

"It might only be just over an hour from London, but the 3,300-acre wetlands that make up Elmley National Nature Reserve feel far more remote... This elegant six-bedroom space was a brick shell when the Fultons started work, an original 18th-century farmhouse with a Victorian addition fused onto one end. They’ve taken it back to the bones, restored and modernised it, adding a glass-sided kitchen extension to make the most of the nature-filled views and sky-blazing sunrises... This is a pace-resetting spot to flock to in a special corner of the country. "

Property Featured: Kingshill Farmhouse, Minster-on-sea - Isle of Sheppey

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40 extraordinary places to stay in the UK

The Guardian

14th March 2020

"A special place to stay can make a holiday – but also break the bank. We’ve found 40 unique spots with bags of personality for £100 a room a night or less"

Property Featured: The Studio Fiscavaig, Isle of Skye - Inner Hebrides Burnhead Bothy, Glasgow - Lanarkshire Sussex AirShip, Nr. Billingshurst - West Sussex Ty Twt, Denbigh - Conwy The Danish Cabin, Trebarwith Strand - Cornwall

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The 20 Best UK Cottages to Cosy up in this Winter

The Independent

28th November 2019

"You’ve got it all here – babbling brook, thatched roof and rustic Elizabethan charm including original cob-built walls, flagstone floors and a huge stone fireplace with a wood burner. During the day, we recommend the six-mile walk between Hartland Quay and Hartland Point, which includes some of the most dramatic and challenging sections of the South West Coast Path. For dinner, head to the Wreckers Retreat Bar at the Hartland Quay Hotel – honest pub grub and a spectacular backdrop of unspoilt north Devon coastline. Sleeps two (plus two at a pinch)."

Property Featured: Philham Water Cottage, Hartland - North Devon

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The world's best eco-friendly places to stay

The Times

1st September 2019

"Wales is way ahead of the rest of the UK when it comes to sustainable eco-living, and these conkers in Newbridge-on-Wye — so-called because they’re shiny, spherical, copper-clad orbs — offer the experience of a greener, cleaner future. They were designed by Jag Virdie, a former aerospace engineer who seeks to “change the way buildings are designed today by disrupting the norm, challenging construction practices at their core”. The conkers, which sleep two, have 8in of insulation. They can harvest their own rainwater, to be reused in the shower, and there’s a dynamic heating system that traps and recirculates warm air. Outside, features include a compostable loo, a firepit, a terrace, an outdoor kitchen, private woodland and green views across the Cwm Hirnant Valley."

Property Featured: Red Kite Conkers, Newbridge-on-Wye - Powys

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No wifi, no problem: the best off-grid places to stay in the UK

The Times`

17th August 2019

"Bag a little piece of ski-resort chic with a Scottish Borders stay at this cosy Austrian-style chalet with solar-powered electricity and the patchiest of phone signals. Owned by Christa Dobson, who hails from the Germany and Austria border, it features wood-clad walls and Scandinavian-inspired decor. The king-size bed is dressed with German down duvets and Belgian bed linen, and there’s a large south-facing veranda with a hot tub. Continental breakfast is delivered daily."

Property Featured: Alpnhaus, Nr Newcastleton - Scottish Borders

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Everybody yurts: glamping in the UK just got even more magical

The Telegraph

3rd August 2019

"Staying in a yurt is about having a bit of an adventure,” says Claire Wills, of coolstays.com, 'and Barefoot Yurts is a Mongolian sanctuary, hidden in England’s South East.' This canvas mini-complex comprises a spacious lounge yurt (for lolling, stargazing, playing games), a bedroom yurt (with show-stopping oak-carved bed) and an eco-cabin with kitchen and bathroom. Best is the decor: doors and rafters are hand-painted with oriental blues and intricate patterns."

Property Featured: Barefoot Yurts, Brede - East Sussex

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Great British isles: 20 of the best

The Times

20th July 2019

"Isle of Shuna, Hebrides - This lovely island is a privately owned working farm and a model of sustainability about 20 miles south of the Hebridean tourist hub of Oban. Solar panels and a small wind turbine generate power, and there are no roads and no telephones to provide distractions. There are six holiday cottages, including the wood-panelled Boathouse, a three-bedroom property offering a huge open-plan living/dining area and luxe touches such as a wood-burner and an Aga Rangemaster. The property comes with a boat to explore the surroundings, including the island’s castle."

Property Featured: Isle of Shuna - Boathouse, Oban - Argyll

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CoolStay of the Week

Evening Standard

Ongoing

Inspiring the Evening Standard's readers every week with a selection of our favourite properties.

Property Featured: Hoot's Treehouse, Sussex Starbed Hideaways, Dartmoor Fallen Angel, Cornwall The Cabin, Scotland Tregulland Cottage & Barn, Cornwall Cruckbarn, Herefordshire The Woodsman's Treehouse, Dorset The Old Piggery, Devon Brownscombe Cabin, Devon Walden Lodge, Wales

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The Arctic Hideaway: Inside Norway's most remote cabin stay

Wanderlust

14th May 2019

"As the Northern Lights fade, discover another side to the Arctic: a sleekly-designed dream sleep on a lonely island retreat, where summer smoulders on and the sun never sets..."

Property Featured: The Arctic Hideaway - Nordland, Norway

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20 best glamping sites in the UK - yurts, cabins and huts

The Times

11th May 2019

"This luxurious supersized hut - actually two joined together - in the Blackdown Hills couldn't be farther removed from a traditional shepherd's hut. The first hut has a bespoke, fully equipped kitchen with a Belfast sink, dining area and wood-burner, as well as a toilet and a copper-lined shower. In the second hut you can stargaze through the curved skylight from your double bed, or take a soak in the copper slipper bath. Doors lead out to a private deck and wood-fired hot tub. There's good food near by and the Jurassic Coast is only a short drive."

Property Featured: Dimpsey Yonder Shepherd's Hut, near Chard, Somerset

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Ten great villas to book in Portugal

The Times

5th April 2019

"Beside the Douro River, two-bedroom Rocks is the most memorably situated of Casas de Pousadouro's four stone villas, with romantic watery vistas from its deck, a garden and a pool. Inside, things get arty, with chunks of exposed original stone bordering various flamboyant chairs. Huge windows offer fine views over stone bridges and the vine-lined hillsides. Breakfast is included, and there is a kitchenette. Days out can be spent port or wine tasting at the Douro's finest estates, or on cruises or hill walks."

Property Featured: Casas de Pousadouro, Santa Cruz do Douro - Baiao

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50 best holiday homes in the UK

The Times

2nd March 2019

"Wake up to birdsong in this romantic, hand-crafted cabin for two in a tranquil, wooded valley just north of Abergavenny. Colourful blankets, cushions and a wood-burner keep things cosy on the inside, while on the outside there's a large oak deck with a hammock and a chimenea for toasting marshmallows. Bring your walking boots or bikes; the Brecon Beacons and Wye Valley are within easy reach."

Property Featured: The Writer's Cabin, Monmouthshire

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Cabins and cottages: bolt holes for two

The Times

9th Feb 2019

"This converted 19th-century railway carriage, on the doorstep of buzzy Burnham Market, is at the back of the Railway House - a boutique hotel that's a sister property of the Hoste. It has been lovingly restored with an open-plan living area, and has an antique brass bed topped with velvet furnishings."

Property Featured: The Railway Carriage at the Hoste, Norfolk

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Ten of the best villas in Greece

The Times

26th Jan 2019

"This group of three new two-bedroom windmill villas (sleeping five) has been done out with surprisingly good taste. Set on the less-inhabited northeast coast, they're well spaced out. Inside, decor is a modern take on island design and their gardens all have pools. "

Property Featured: Windmills, Santorini

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Cosy UK country cottages for a great New Year getaway

The Guardian

15th Dec 2018

"Tresillian is a spacious, dog-friendly farmhouse with sea views, great walks and a good local pub. Beamed ceilings, an inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove create a cosy feel, and the four bedrooms share two bathrooms. Nearby Sandpipers, sleeping two, can be rented, too."

Property Featured: Tresillian - Sennen, Cornwall

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Inside a cosy Higland holiday home ideal for a winter break

The Scotsman

10th Oct 2018

"A radical redesign and the work of local artists has made the Mackays' former Highland abode irresistible to holidaymakers. Fiona and Robbie Mackay have been growing their holiday business in Durness for the past 16 years, and when in 2015 the opportunity arose to renovate their own home and add it to their portfolio, they had plenty of experience to draw on to make it something rather special."

Property Featured: The House at Mackay's, Durness - The Highlands

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Tour an architect designed holiday home in a beautiful Highland setting

The Scotsman

15th Aug 2018

"If your grand design is an oak frame property, then a stay in Tigh Darach could be just what you're looking for or you could just enjoy it for what it is - a beautiful and very comfortable holiday home."

Property Featured: Tigh Darach, Oban - Argyll

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British vineyards - a perfect place to stay

The Times

28th July 2018

"At the foot of the South Downs, the Tinwood Estate produces three fine sparkling wines. Combine a vineyard tour and tasting with a night in one of the estate's cool wooden lodges. Each comes with its own hot tub for two, a cork-filled wall and a fridge full of wine. Kick back post-tour in the wine barrel-shaped sauna before more wine on the terrace. In the morning, a breakfast hamper will be brought to your door."

Property Featured: Tinwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex

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The top summer villas in Mallorca

The Times

23rd Jun 2018

"Panoramic views of the three bays of Cala Sant Vicenc, Pollenca and Alcudia in north Mallorca make this villa something special. And that's before we mention the ultra-hip interior design, stone-built barbecue and dreamy bedrooms with private balconies. You can fight your friends for the Bali bed, which faces out across the countryside, or gather by the gorgeous pool or fireplace. There are lots of steep slopes and steps in the extensive private gardens, so you might want to keep this stay adults-only. It's a ten-minute drive into Pollenca. "

Property Featured: La Font, Pollenca

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10 spiritual places where you can spend the night

The Telegraph

29th May 2018

"'Champing' (that's right - Church camping) has risen in popularity across the UK in recent years, with 25 functioning churches in England and one in Orkney offering the opportunity to stay overnight. There are also a number of converted churches that you can stay in, such as The Chapel at Walcot Hall."

Property Featured: The Chapel at Walcot Hall, Lydbury North - Shropshire

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10 spiritual places where you can spend the night

The Telegraph

29th May 2018

"'Champing' (that's right - Church camping) has risen in popularity across the UK in recent years, with 25 functioning churches in England and one in Orkney offering the opportunity to stay overnight. There are also a number of converted churches that you can stay in, such as The Chapel at Walcot Hall."

Property Featured: The Chapel at Walcot Hall, Lydbury North - Shropshire

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50 best holiday houses in Britain in 2018

The Times

10th March 2018

"A shingle beach is only a few steps away from the garden of this three-bedroom 1930s timber-framed bungalow. It has been given a modern makeover, with wooden floors, eclectic furniture and a wood-burner in the living area, where French doors open on to a sea-view deck with a dining table and fire pit. There is a cot and high chair and lots of toys."

Property Featured: The Beach Hive, Pevensey

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The 50 best villas in the Mediterranean

The Times

3rd Feb 2018

"This five-bedroom modern villa certainly has the wow factor, with an infinity pool perched on top of the building offering stunning views from practically every angle. Acres of glass maximise the bay views and allow light to flood in. A terrace on the ground floor gives access to a small pebble beach. Each of the five bedrooms has an en suite bathroom and terrace. There's also table tennis and a cinema room."

Property Featured: Villa Brac West, Croatia

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Love nests: Great places for two

The Times

3rd Feb 2018

"This futuristic new-build cabin on the north shore of Loch Nevis is only accessible by car or by boat. It's a stylish little pad, with a freestanding bath that looks out across the loch, wraparound balcony and a hot tub. It makes a brilliant base for exploring the wilderness - the trouble is, you won't want to step outside."

Property Featured: Knoydart Hide, West Highlands

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Private chefs and gorgeous beaches - the best villas for groups

The Times

2nd Dec 2017

"This four-bedroom tropical hideaway overlooks a fine white-sand beach on the idyllic island of Zanzibar. Light floods in through picture windows into a large open-plan living area and there are high woven Makuti ceilings throughout the rustic-chic interior. Two of the four bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and private balconies. Chefs create authentic Swahili and fusion dishes using plenty of local fruit, vegetables and seafood, while butlers and housekeepers are also on hand. Don't miss a boat trip to nearby Mnemba Island, world famous for snorkelling and diving."

Property Featured: Che Che Vule, Zanzibar

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Heart of the Country - Gamekeeper's lodge becomes a romantic hideaway

Scotland on Sunday

5th Nov 2017

"If two's company, intimate and cosy High Lodge in Dumfries & Galloway has everything you need. Ella McCreath met her husband Finn in 1997 and by 1999 she had swapped her media life in London for the Dumfries & Galloway countryside."

Property Featured: High Lodge, Scotland

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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

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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"

Property 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

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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

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