Get away from it all this Christmas
Cathy Hawker finds bolt holes for romance, family gatherings and grand house parties
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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