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Party peo­ple with Kar­dashian pre­ten­sions

So how big are we talk­ing?

MAS­SIVE. Utopia may be called a hol­i­day “cot­tage”, but this pri­vate and highly chic hide­away is more like a vast MTV crib: 10 su­per- king­sized bed­rooms with lux­u­ri­ous en-suites (bag one with a free­stand­ing tub for bath-bomb bliss), a pool and a cosy cin­ema room. There are coastal views from the mod­ern open-plan liv­ing area and an open fire to warm things up in win­ter. The souped-up kitchen/din­ing area can han­dle up to 20 guests, and a cop­per-topped bar pro­vides the per­fect set­ting to host one hell of a party.

House high­light?

The large heated in­door pool. If there was ever a place for a photo shoot to ri­val one of Kylie Jen­ner’s, this is it. Set the scene, open the wall of bi­fold doors onto the ex­pan­sive ter­race, turn the lights down low and let the pur­ple spot­lights in the wa­ter do the rest. And who needs a DJ when you can sync up your best playlist to the Sonos sound sys­tem? Blast tunes wher­ever you are, from the pool to the bar.

And if you want to ex­plore?

Utopia’s a five-minute walk from one of Eng­land’s most de­sir­able and pic­turesque coastal spots, Lul­worth Cove. Head down to the peb­bly beach, then stroll along to the lime­stone Stair Hole cliffs for sun­set. If you’re feel­ing par­tic­u­larly ad­ven­tur­ous/ need to burn off last night’s food, ven­ture a lit­tle fur­ther to Dur­dle Door, a mag­nif­i­cent nat­u­ral arch­way formed on the shore. It’s a pretty hefty climb over the hill, but the views are worth the achy thighs. Tip: make sure you travel to Utopia by car as the area is quite re­mote and tricky to reach via pub­lic trans­port.

If you do ONE thing while you’re there, make sure you…

Book a pri­vate chef. Dinein­dulge of­fers any­thing from a six-dish plat­ter to an in­dul­gent nine-course tast­ing menu, so you don’t have to leave par­adise (or the sofa) while your own per­sonal ver­sion of Nigella takes con­trol in the kitchen.

Dur­dle Door: nat­u­ral arches to ri­val Cara DLV

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