Boutique Retreats – a collection of over 60 highly sophisticated self-catering properties across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and the Cotswolds – introduces several striking new properties.
Plus, there’s still availability – albeit limited – over the summer months throughout the portfolio – take a look!
Whether you’re looking for a long weekend away or a full week’s holiday, there are bijou cottages for two, large properties sleeping up to 14, and plenty of family-friendly options in between. Each has been carefully chosen for its striking interior design, charm, exclusivity and location. Dogs are welcome at over 30 properties.
Cornwall: Stylish St Ives seclusion for couples
East Penthouse and West Penthouse (each sleeps two) are both super-sleek apartments in St Ives, occupying what is probably the most sought-after position in the pretty harbour town – each overlooking the sea from a balcony, and only a stroll away from Porthminster beach. There are mod-cons aplenty, plus mood lighting, black walnut and stainless steel kitchens, and walk-in showers for two. A three-night stay costs from £374 pp (£747 total).
Cornwall: Fabulous Fowey à la Farrow and Ball
Dolly’s Plaice (sleeps four), painted throughout in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Skimming Stone’, overlooks the River Fowey and the glistening sea beyond. Start the day with a strong coffee (there’s a Nespresso machine) on the terrace before strolling into town or to the beach. In the evening, soak in the claw foot bath before heading out to one of the many excellent local restaurants for dinner. A three-night stay costs from £258 pp (£516 total).
Cornwall: Artistic St Ives retreat with children’s hideaway
Whistler’s View (sleeps eight) – named after the famous American artist, James McNeil Whistler, who stayed at the house in 1884 – has been beautifully renovated with artistic flair and overlooks Porthmeor and Porthminster beaches, and St Ives itself. The top floor of the house, named ‘The Lookout’, is ideal for children over five (and the envy of adults) with its twin bedroom, Smart 3D 4K TV, Bose sound system and a Play Station 4. A three-night stay costs from £153 pp (£1,218 total).
Hampshire: Luxury in Lymington with vintage appeal
Yachtsman’s Cottage (sleeps four) is a whitewashed abode close to Lymington’s quay and its historic old town, packed with good restaurants and pleasing places to enjoy a coffee. A stylish and cosy property with vintage touches, it has a courtyard garden where you can dine al fresco. The wild-pony-filled New Forest is nearby for those who wish to explore it on foot or by bicycle. Guests are welcome to bring one dog. A three-night stay costs from £225 pp (£900 total).
Cotswolds: 300-year-old thatched cottage in Chipping Norton
Yarrow Cottage (sleeps four) has been renovated in highly-sophisticated style and yet cleverly retains its historic charm (exposed beams, stone walls and wooden floors). Vaulted ceilings in the Indian and Balinese-inspired bedrooms create an airy feel, and the bathroom’s enormous copper bath is impressive. You‘re three minutes’ walk from the village green, pub and church. Guests are welcome to bring one dog. A three-night stay costs from £238 pp (£950 total).
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Cornwall: Stone barn conversion with staggering sea views
Fentrafriddle (sleeps eight), near pretty Port Isaac, is a sell-out in summer but, owing to a cancellation, now has a key week free. This enormous and immaculate barn conversion has dreamy coastal views, mod cons (surround sound theatre system, Smart television plus Sky package, Blu-ray player and Wi-Fi) and a Roundhouse with a large wood-burning stove. Guests are welcome to bring up to two dogs. A week’s stay arriving Friday 17 July costs £563 pp (£4,500 total).
Cornwall: Four-storey, family-friendly St Ives townhouse
Pier View (sleeps six) is steps from the beach and impeccably designed. Decorated in subtle, soothing tones throughout, children can enjoy Netflix and the PlayStation 3 in the snug whilst you select something from the wine fridge and settle down with the papers. One bedroom, specifically designed for children, has toys hung on pegs all around.A week’s stay arriving 17 or 24 July (Fridays) costs £600 pp (£3,600 total).
Devon: Über-modern house in the Otter Valley
Highwood (sleeps six) is a ‘Grand Design’ style retreat set on a woodland ridge close to the East Devon Jurassic Coast between Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth. A first-floor glass gallery is a great vantage point over the ground floor, which flows around a central wall housing an open fire and media centre. Guest are welcome to bring a dog. A week’s stay arriving 14 or 21 August (Fridays) costs £490 pp (£2,935 total).
Somerset: Secret Himalayan garden in the Quantock Hills
The Quantock Hide (sleeps four), watched over by a majestic group of 500 year-old English beech trees, has a hint of a noble hunting lodge in its décor and many equestrian-related artefacts. The landscaped gardens (complete with a Tibetan striped hammock) are divided into three distinct ‘rooms’, each overlooking moorland and the sea. Private catering can be arranged, as well as in-cottage beauty therapies. Up to three dogs are very welcome and the local pet-shop offers a dog food delivery service, pet grooming and doggie day care. A three-night stay arriving Friday 10 July costs £280 pp (£1,119 total).