10 properties that make you go ‘wow!’


Posted by Kate Atkin on 28th June 2023

West Pine Villa, Cornwall

Celebrating a special occasion, or just looking to treat yourself to an extra-memorable staycation? We pride ourselves in offering holidays with the wow factor and showcasing amazing places you’ll want to return to time and time again.

We’ve selected just ten of our current favourites below, which we’re sure you’ll never want to leave. These properties really have everything covered, from warming wood burners and rainfall showers to private beach access, an on-site spa and even the little extras, like fluffy dressing gowns, that really make all the difference when it comes to an exceptional luxury holiday. 

Tucked away in some of the UK’s most gorgeous rural and coastal locations, each of these properties is bursting with character and packed with unique features and tasteful decor.

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A luxury holiday cottage in Devon with wow factor

Seascape, North Devon | sleeps 8 + 3 dogs

Situated in one of the most esteemed locations in North Devon, this ample property, Seascape, boasts breathtaking views of Bideford Bay, best enjoyed from the enclosed garden with its raised decking area, BBQ and quality garden furniture. 

Enjoy an elaborate meal in the open dining area, with the backdrop of the stunning Northam Burrows and Westward Ho! Beach. In the evenings, relax in the soothing whirlpool bath before retiring to one of the lavish bedrooms.

Be wowed by:

  • The mesmerising sea views from inside and outside
  • An indulgent spa bath, perfect for pampering sessions
  • A kids’ corner full of toys to keep the little ones happy
  • The sandy beach of Westward Ho! only a mile’s walk away

What our guests thought:

“The view is everything and Seascape enhances the glorious position from every window, not to mention the 360-degree view from the garden and the individually built platform.”

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Burnside, Lake District

Burnside, Lake District | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

This architecturally spectacular property showcases luxury features at every turn. Tucked away in a rural idyll in the Lake District National Park, Burnside promises a relaxing and special retreat for up to six guests and their two four-legged friends. 

The striking open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner enjoys far-reaching countryside views – a vista which can be appreciated in winter, too, from the cosy warmth in front of the crackling wood burner. The striking mezzanine supports an intimate reading space, while the bedrooms are found on the ground floor. On warm evenings, fire up the BBQ and dine surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Lake District.

Be wowed by:

  • The breathtaking rural views
  • The arresting architecture
  • The cosy reading space on the mezzanine
  • The kitchen with all its mod-cons

What our guests thought:

"Perfect. Our family have just spent a blissful week here. Absolutely stunning property. Immaculate, practical, cosy, yet spacious, pristine and well-equipped. Stunning views, the evening view of Blencathra is special. The garden was lovely, nicely planted and plenty of space to relax and allow our dog to explore (we were careful around the bunnies and birds!). The location is perfect, especially as we had fell walks planned for that area. Will return." 

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This holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight has the wow factor

Bonchurch Waterfront Bliss, Isle of Wight | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

With direct access to the promenade of beautiful Bonchurch Beach from the garden, Bonchurch Waterfront Bliss provides the ultimate luxury coastal holiday. 

Ease yourself into your new tranquil surroundings with a glass of something chilled on the terrace and drink in magical sunsets over the crystal-clear ocean. Spend your days on the sandy shores surrounded by stunning coastline before returning to your comfortable beachfront cottage with mesmerising sea views.

Be wowed by:

  • The incredible views of sunsets over the ocean
  • It’s only a few steps away from sandy Bonchurch Beach
  • The luxurious decor with a nautical theme
  • A seaside-theme garden complete with deckchairs

What our guests thought:

“This is the most beautiful, clean and luxurious place we have ever stayed. This place has the WOW factor and lives up to and beyond the information on the website.”

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The Boathouse, Pembrokeshire

The Boathouse, Pembrokeshire | sleeps 4

A leafy retreat packed with traditional features and a warm welcome, The Boathouse effortlessly melds comfort with style, creating a relaxing haven for a family break. 

Within 100 metres of Glen Beach in Saundersfoot, its vaulted ceilings, soft lighting and greenery make it a wonderfully zen place to return to after a day of sandcastle building and swimming. An extravagant kitchen island, two beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms and a secluded outdoor dining space are just some of the property’s admirable features.

Be wowed by:

  • The Boathouse’s proximity to the beach
  • The sumptuous wet room in the master en-suite
  • The leafy mature garden
  • A crackling wood burner for cosy evenings in

What our guests thought:

"5-star rating! The Boathouse exceeded our expectations. The hosts thought of everything to make our stay comfortable. A true home-from-home experience. The location is just brilliant. We never tired of the experience of walking to the town centre via the beach! You won’t be disappointed if you book here. The hosts are professional yet friendly and genuinely care for you."

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West Pine Villa, Cornwall

West Pine Villa, Cornwall | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Every detail in West Pine Villa, an architect-designed abode near Portreath, Cornwall, has been styled to perfection, creating an aesthetic and comfortable space. Promoting indoor/outdoor living, a Mediterranean-style terrace is furnished with soft seating and an area for al fresco dining. 

Tucked away in a private corner of the patio is an indulgent hot tub, with sun loungers alongside for soaking up some Cornish rays. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the interior with light, illuminating a space which we’re sure you’ll find hard to leave, even if it is to explore the spectacular coastline around nearby Portreath.

Be wowed by:

  • The stunning garden with various seating areas
  • A luxurious hot tub
  • The immaculate interior (and exterior!) design
  • The elegant free-standing bath

What our guests thought:

“A wonderful week away, the villa was beautiful, stunning in fact. Everything you could possibly need and more. Immaculate inside and out. The hot tub was amazing and the views were lovely, loved the horse and sheep and chickens. In an ideal location to travel to places, St Ives, Porthleven, Penzance, and many more. The owner is lovely, so welcoming and friendly. Will definitely be returning. Thank you for a wonderful stay in this beautiful villa.”

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Benchwood House, Sussex

Benchwood House, Sussex | sleeps 4

Benchwood House is an enchanting converted stable block, nestled on the outskirts of the village of Guestling, with footpaths into the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty straight from the doorstep. You’ll have to tear yourself away from this fabulous property first though, whose sumptuous and deliciously decadent interiors are sure to bewitch you with their charms. 

Outside offers multiple spaces to relax: a secluded patio with BBQ, a sunbathing deck, a tree platform for wildlife watching and seating around a fire pit. The property also benefits from a private boating lake, on which you can take to the water in a quirky Aqua Cycle pedal boat.

Be wowed by:

  • The sweeping spiral staircase up to the grand first-floor bedrooms
  • The abundance of outdoor space for dining, relaxing, sunbathing and wildlife watching
  • The unique Aqua Cycle pedal boat to glide across the private boating lake
  • The stylish and quirky furniture and fittings throughout the property

What our guests thought:

“The owners, Karen and Chris, are so warm and welcoming, taking great care to make sure their quests are extremely well looked after. The cottage is absolutely stunning, very well-equipped, beautiful grounds that blend in with the natural surroundings and the most amazing views. There is so much of this property to enjoy, with many areas to explore, finding something new each day and plenty of outdoor seating. Loved every minute of our stay. Thank you Karen and Chris for making it so memorable.”

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This holiday cottage in the Forest of Dean has the wow factor

Dexters Den - Exotic Animal Retreat, Forest of Dean | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs

Nestled in the heart of a peaceful valley, Deepdean Dexters Den enjoys acres of established gardens and wide-open countryside of which you are free to roam, making it great for lovers of the outdoors. 

Original features such as oak floorboards and beamed ceilings can be found throughout this 17th-century cottage, but the real wow factor is outside. As well as a lavish shared outdoor pool, the grounds of the cottage are also home to an exotic animal rescue sanctuary where you can meet over 30 different species of farm and exotic breeds dotted amongst the gardens, including alpacas, zebras and meerkats.

Be wowed by:

  • 360-degree awe-inspiring countryside views
  • The African thatched hut where you can watch wallaby, zebra and reindeer graze
  • An outdoor swimming pool, perfect for sunny days
  • You can get up close to a variety of exotic animal species including meerkats

What our guests thought:

“This is an utterly charming and unique place. The cottage was delightful, well thought out and perfect for the two of us and our two dogs. The wild animals which are accommodated on-site were a fascinating bonus.” 

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This holiday cottage in Exmoor has the wow factor

The Lazy Sheep Barn, Exmoor | sleeps 10 + 2 dogs

Discover rural Somerset at its finest from The Lazy Sheep Barn, a large five-star barn conversion full of indulgence. Its location alone promises the wow factor – set within 60 acres of picturesque grounds on the edge of Exmoor and within a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, you’ll find a plethora of scenic walks from the doorstep. 

It offers an idyllic countryside retreat, where farmhouse features, like the original wooden beams, are enhanced by luxuries that range from an enormous dining table to a private hot tub and an outdoor fire pit where you can end the night beneath the stars.

Be wowed by:

  • The 60 acres of gorgeous grounds to explore
  • A private hot tub with views across the land
  • The fire pit, where you can relax in warmth beneath the stars
  • Luxury furnishings and extras that make it a real home from home

What our guests thought:

“Amazing location, couldn’t ask for more. Owners were very helpful and unobtrusive, the hot tub was FAB and the views in the morning were simply delicious. Highly recommend!”

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Luxury holiday cottages with the wow factor

Treetops, New Forest | sleeps 5

Treetops is a truly magnificent upside-down property in the forest, boasting panoramic views of the Beaulieu River and enchanting woodlands. Modern and spacious, the interiors invite guests to explore every corner. 

Wandering through the local area will reveal an amazing maritime museum, an 18th-century shipyard and a number of friendly local ponies and donkeys grazing away. Return home to spend the evenings dining alfresco, lounging by the fire or playing table tennis. Treetops captivates all who visit.

Be wowed by:

  • Luxurious bedrooms with views over the woodland
  • The snug - a cosy, bean-bag-filled area perfect for the kids
  • Lovely veranda with garden furniture, the perfect spot for morning coffee
  • An effortlessly cool decor throughout

What our guests thought:

“Treetops is a gem of a house in a perfect location. We loved wandering from the door to Bucklers Hard and Beaulieu. A really relaxing and peaceful stay; we will definitely be back.”

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A luxury holiday cottage in the Lake District with wow factor

1 Woodheads, Lake District | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Stylishly decorated interiors, magnificent views of Grange-over-Sands and fine facilities such as a roaring wood burner are just some of the reasons why 1 Woodheads is extra special. 

This luxurious ground-floor apartment resides within a wonderfully elegant Regency-style villa and is perfectly placed to explore popular Lake District towns and attractions, the sand and sea of the Cartmel Peninsula and endless rolling countryside.

Be wowed by:

  • The far-reaching coastal views from the veranda
  • The luxuries and finishing touches offered in every room
  • A wonderful selection of pubs and restaurants nearby
  • Its great location close to Cartmel and Lake Windermere

What our guests thought:

“Five-star accommodation! Great view, beautiful property, a warm welcome of tea and shortbread. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay. Loved my fluffy bathrobe!”

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Luxury holidays in the UK

Feeling inspired to book a luxurious break full of wow factor? We offer a decadent selection of luxury holiday cottages presented to the highest standards - from traditional townhouses to lavish penthouse apartments across the UK. A large selection boasts family-friendly features and many welcome dogs too, so no one needs to be left at home.

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