Your honeymoon is the most exciting holiday of your life. It may be the only holiday you ever go on where it is allowed, and more so encouraged, that you raise the bar on your budget and treat yourself to the best luxury and extravagance that money can buy. It is the holiday that seals the deal on your wedding and is when your life together begins. But deciding where to go can be a minefield! Ther..
Think of Scotland and many things come to mind - whisky and bagpipes, deep lochs and rugged mountains, historic cities…..It’s true to say that Scotland has all of these things and more. There is no doubt that it’s mysterious, ancient and breathtakingly beautiful - this part of the UK has something for everyone. Lovers of mother nature will be in heaven - from the unspoilt splendour of th..
Your wedding is likely to be the biggest, best and (let’s be honest) most expensive party you’ve ever thrown so it’s important to get it right. No matter how many guests you’re inviting and what your budget is, the key thing about a wedding is its character - it should reflect you and your partner in every sense. And what better way to start showcasing that character than by choosing a ven..
This week's blog post features some of our finest One Off Places! The images alone say it all - there's not much need for words, but aside from showing what these stunning properties look like, there are some great offers which need highlighting! A beautiful Moorish casa in Andalucia, a former paper mill on a private island in France and a waterside coastguard cottage in Devon are just some of..
When you’re tired of the daily grind and looking for a change of scenery and a weekend of fun-filled relaxation (or debauchery!) then you need to choose the perfect setting. But it can be surprisingly hard to find exactly the right place. Are the guests family, friends or colleagues? How well do they all know each other? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want the ambiance to be traditional e..
See in 2019 in a Devonshire castle, a Norfolk windmill or a Brecon Beacons hill farm . Cosy up for a winter weekend in a chic Cotswold bolthole or a luxury riverside cabin in Cumbria with hot tub. Or bag yourself an amazing low season deal in Italy, France or Spain.
`The French air cleans up the brain and does good – a world of good`
Vincent van Gogh
It may have been said in the 1800s but remains true to this day, so this week's newsletter is in celebration of France! A dozen of our favourite French One Off Places are featured in today's newsletter, with almost 200 more to choose from on our website.
Lee and I have owned a holiday cottage in Lower Normandy for 10 years now, so we are quite familiar with all things “French”, including the stunning architecture. One thing newcomers to France may notice is a proliferation of Chateaux. Castles in the UK are few and far between and most are tourist destinations; many are looked after by The National Trust and other similar organisations. ..
A recent addition to the One Off Places portfolio, The Invergarry is a brand new luxury retreat in the Scottish Highlands. Luxurious, private and contemporary, it's an exquisite bolthole, designed just for two, with a private hot tub and surrounded by magical scenery. Once a gardener`s cottage in the early 1900s, the Invergarry has been imaginatively converted into a sumptuous retreat for two...
From gothic to fairytale and traditional to contemporary, castles and chateaux might just be the ultimate in self-catering for groups of friends, family gatherings, or big celebrations. Think grandeur, luxury, space and character – what’s not to like?
Scotland is a country of magnificent beauty, from the isolation of the islands and the wildness of the rugged coastline to the splendour of the mountains and the vibrancy of the towns. With that in mind, it is no surprise that it is such a popular holiday destination, and there are lots of hotels and cottages that will provide a fairly standard base for your trip. But if you’d rather find unique..
With huge bedrooms and bathrooms, a private cinema, four salons,a billiard room, a professional kitchen with huge dining hall, and a 14.5m heated pool in 5 acres of private grounds, Chateau de la Couronne is the ultimate escape. If you are after an exceptional venue in which to enjoy a celebration, milestone or family occasion, then this place is truly it.
Many parents of young children wonder whether there's any point in going on holiday - same stress, different place, is the general feeling. At a time of life when a holiday is frankly an absolute necessity, rather than a nice-to-have, this seems like a cruel blow. But, step forward Chateau de Gurat, a One Off Place in sunny rural France which will answer all your prayers.