10 properties that make you go ‘wow!’

Posted by Kate A on 5th September 2019

Holiday in a property that has the wow factor
Idleour, 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 access onto the beach, a spa on-site 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, packed with unique features and tasteful décor.

Seascape, North Devon

A luxury holiday cottage in Devon with wow factor

“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.”

Situated in one of the most esteemed locations in North Devon, this ample property 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

Find out more about Seascape here.

Wharton House Mews, Lake District

Wharton House Mews holiday cottage

“Fantastic location and beautiful property for a perfect visit to L’Enclume and Cartmel Racecourse - thanks for everything.”

Set in the heart of the much-loved Lake District, Wharton House Mews is well placed to explore some of the area’s finest towns and villages as well as dine at the impressive L’Enclume. On lazy days, you can relax in the courtyard, visit the Lake District coastline or retire indoors to relax in exquisite décor. The stylish interior includes stunning details, fashionable furniture and a sleek, elegant kitchen space for cooking up meals. Evenings are made for sinking into the sumptuous sofa while a film plays on the wall-mounted TV.

Be wowed by:

  • Beautifully curated designer interior full of modern comforts
  • Just 3 miles to the coast or 7 miles to Lake Windemere
  • Nearby renowned fine-dining establishment, L’Enclume
  • Privacy ensured as it’s made up of two stylish properties for couples

Find out more about Wharton House Mews here.

Sea Shells By The Beach Cottage, Isle of Wight 

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

“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.”

With direct access to the promenade of beautiful Bonchurch beach from the garden, this stylish property 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

Find out more about Sea Shells By The Beach Cottage here.

Sugar Loaf Skies, Brecon Beacons

Sugar Loaf Skies holiday cottages in the Brecon Beacons

“This was just the perfect getaway and de-stress for us and my kids. The stove is fantastic and lovely to cook with. The beds are gorgeously comfy and the duvets lovely and warm. Quick run to the hot tub and time to really relax.”

Set at the bottom of Skirrid Mountain, deep in the countryside of the Brecon Beacons, Sugar Loaf Skies offers the perfect quirky holiday in a truly secluded location. An adorable back-to-nature escape complete with a luxurious hot tub, sheltered deck area and hot and cold running water – how often have you stayed somewhere like this in your lifetime? Plenty of comforts await inside, from its deep, comfortable bed to a cosy sofa and a warming wood burner.

Be wowed by:

  • A unique, back-to-nature experience with a luxurious twist
  • Far-reaching views across the rolling Welsh countryside
  • The wood burner for atmospheric evenings
  • A romantic private hot tub

Find out more about Sugar Loaf Skies here.

Idleour, Cornwall 

This holiday cottage in Cornwall has the wow factor

“We absolutely loved our stay at Idleour! There are no words to describe just how breathtaking the view is! Sparkling waters surround the property, as far as the eye can see, you really do feel as if you're shut off from the rest of the world.”

Perched atop a cliff face with a bird’s eye view over Whitsand Bay, Idleour is a very special coastal retreat. Enjoy eggs benedict at the dining table in the morning with the floor-to-ceiling glass doors wide open, letting the salty sea breeze wash through. Spend a relaxed day curled up in front of the glowing wood burner with a good book and as the sun begins to set, enjoy cocktails on the terrace, keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins in the surf below.

Be wowed by:

  • Panoramic sea views with the chance to spot dolphins
  • A short walk down the coastal path to Whitsand beach below
  • A warm and toasty wood burner for cosy nights in
  • Its peaceful and secluded location on the edge of a cliff

Find out more about Idleour here.

Cabin By The River, Sussex 

This holiday cottage in Sussex has the wow factor

“The Cabin by the River is a fantastic and quirky retreat for two. Luxurious in its own way but with rustic charm, this is a unique destination.”

Tucked away on the banks of the River Rother, yet just under a mile from the chic Sussex town of Rye, Cabin By The River is perfect for lovers of both country and culture. This is a comfortable and cosy place to escape from day to day life, with sun loungers on the decked area to make the most of the tranquil riverside surroundings. Bursting with an eclectic mix of artistic and retro furnishings, this is a romantic retreat for two that you won’t forget in a hurry!

Be wowed by:

  • The cabin’s retro interiors
  • Fish for your dinner from the jetty
  • Rye’s cultural and historical delights under a mile away
  • A sumptuous emperor king-size bed

Find out more about Cabin By The River here.

Deepdean Dexters Den, Forest of Dean 

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

“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.” 

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
  • Get up close to a variety of exotic animal species including meerkats

Find out more about Deepdean Dexters Den here.

The Lazy Sheep Barn, Exmoor 

This holiday cottage in Exmoor has the wow factor

“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!”

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 which 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

Find out more about The Lazy Sheep Barn here.

Treetops, New Forest

Luxury holiday cottages with the wow factor

“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.”

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
  • Majestic woodland views from every angle
  • An effortlessly cool décor throughout

Find out more about Treetops here.

1 Woodheads, Lake District

A luxury holiday cottage in the Lake District with wow factor

“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!”

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 this property 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

Find out more about 1 Woodheads here.

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 the traditional townhouse to lavish penthouse apartments across the UK. A large selection boasts family-friendly features and many welcome dogs too, so no one need be left at home.

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