Get away from it all this Christ­mas

Cathy Hawker finds bolt holes for ro­mance, fam­ily gath­er­ings and grand house par­ties

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Christmas Holiday Homes -

IF YOUR idea of lux­ury is si­lence and splen­did iso­la­tion but you don’t fancy rough­ing it, then Lost Cot­tage, left and be­low, is for you. The owner was in­spired by min­i­mal­ist ar­chi­tect John Paw­son to take a red-roofed, white­washed cot­tage in Ire­land’s deep­est ru­ral south-west and cre­ate a be­guil­ing con­tem­po­rary home.

Large win­dows ex­pose the Emer­ald Isle’s beauty while a sunken bath sits un­der a glass roof, just the place to watch the night sky sparkle in Ire­land’s first Dark Sky Reserve. The goat, we think, is a model…

unique­home­s­tays.com el­e­gant Ge­or­gian pro­por­tions — think high ceil­ings and pe­riod mould­ings — ideal for an ex­tended fam­ily or group of friends who want their own front door at night.

scot­land.com AV­ENUE — and the com­pany’s founder, Annabel Brooks — pride them­selves on of­fer­ing some of the world’s most beau­ti­ful rental homes, from Bhutan to Mus­tique. Closer to home is Cricket Court, north of Chard in Som­er­set, close to Dorset’s Juras­sic Coast.

It has a history that dates back to the Nor­man NO, NOT Clarence House. This one is part of Wilder­ness Reserve, 5,000 acres of Suf­folk coun­try­side two hours from Lon­don. The grand manor house dates from 1827 but its facilities are to­tally 21st cen­tury: heated swim­ming pool, large cinema room, tennis court, gym and well­stocked games room that will ap­peal to all ages. Grand grounds, a large lake and a brim­ming wine cel­lar will en­sure guests feel like roy­alty.

the­wow­house­c­om­pany.com destiny Con­quest and a more mod­ern, on-trend claim to fame as the home of Alice Tem­per­ley, one of the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s favourite dress de­sign­ers. Tem­per­ley’s bo­hemian touch is on show in eclec­tic soft fur­nish­ings, mak­ing a colour­ful and amus­ing an­ti­dote to the clas­si­cal ar­chi­tec­ture — and you al­ways have those views over the Quan­tock Hills.

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