Here in the UK, we're inching closer, little by little, to the gradual lifting of lockdown. As at today, the self-catering holiday industry is hoping to be able to restart, in some form or another, in early July. Of course, things may change, but in our opinion, there's no harm in a bit of dreaming, in the hope of the dream becoming reality. Today's blog post highlights four of our favourite..
Imagine the scene…you’re on holiday in rural France, it’s early evening, you’re sitting under the shade of a sun-baked parasol, cool glass of wine in hand, nothing to interrupt your thoughts but the gentle hum of the crickets and the occasional flurry of birdsong. You take a sip of the fresh, crisp rosé which you discovered during your tour of the local vineyards, only a short drive from ..
If you want your business to thrive then team building is key - and one of the best ways to make your employees happier, harder working, more communicative and more productive is to get them together on a corporate retreat. Once upon a time that might have involved sitting in a colourless conference room in front of a screen but nowadays it’s possible to be much more imaginative, and there’s n..
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..
Sometimes we all need a bit of indulgence, and a holiday or a weekend away is the perfect opportunity to justify spoiling yourself. You may dream of an adventure in a camper van, a rustic glamping experience or a cosy unpretentious home-from-home, but if you’re someone who wants to relax in truly sumptuous surroundings then a UK luxury retreat is definitely for you. The great thing about ‘luxu..
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.
This summer we had the pleasure of a trip to Slovenia, incorporating a few days at one of our newer One Off Places, Ortenia Six Stars of Nature. What a place! If you want to head a little off the beaten track, and disappear with a loved one to a simply stunning part of the world, then we can't recommend Ortenia enough.
It’s probably fair to say that of all the unique holiday properties on One Off Places, treehouses are some of the most magical and memorable. There is simply nothing like the nostalgia of simple childhood memories, the escapism from the reality of life on the ground and the joy of being so embedded in a peaceful natural environment. All of those things are truly enchanting, so if you want to rel..
A dozen beautiful properties in southern England, all near the sea, which have discounted availability during the school summer holidays. We have teamed up with one of our partners to bring you this exquisite selection in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset & the Isle of Wight. We are pretty sure that they won't stay available for long!
A couple of weeks ago, Mr and Mrs One Off Places had the good fortune to be able to spend a couple of days at the idyllic Shepherds Hut Retreat in Somerset. We've had our eye on this place for a while, and can safely say that it's a wonderful choice for a couple of days away with a loved one. Set on an organic farm in rural Somerset, the first thing that strikes you when you arrive is that you..
There is so much going on in Herefordshire that we haven’t had a chance to do much more than scratch the surface. We moved into this seventeenth-century Blacksmiths house with an adjoining Forge from Sussex in 2015. We were charmed and fascinated by the buildings and set about unearthing their history. The Forge, located on Turnpike Road (though no-one calls it that anymore), was on a drovers’..
Gaucin is one of the most spectacular and unspoilt of the renowned “Pueblos Blancos”. 626 meters above sea level, with spectacular views to Africa, the Sierra de Ronda and The Alconocales National Park. Charming white washed houses range along a lofty ridge, vultures and eagles wheel overhead, surrounded by miles of sun-dried hills.