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Best Private Houses in the UK

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Craving a holiday with the family? Looking for your own space? A private house may be the perfect answer, and with hundreds all over the country there’s bound to be one just right for you. From coastal retreats to idyllic Highland getaways, these are the best private houses in the UK right now.

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Some reviews are taken from this year’s Great British & Irish Hotels Guide. You can read the full reviews online or purchase your print Hotels Guide here


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Best Private Houses - The Malthouse

The Malthouse – Kingsbridge

The coastal light simply floods into this recently converted 19th-century former brewery, located at the very top of the Salcombe estuary in south Devon. There’s space for four across the two modern, pared-back double rooms, plus two children will be happily ensconced in the colourful mezzanine floor. It is a delightful mix of airy spaces and sleek design. At the heart of the private house rental is the purpose-built courtyard, accessed through tall French windows that can be pulled right back to create an amazing indoor-outdoor space that’s perfect for entertaining.


Best Private Houses - Two Bare Feet

Two Bare Feet – Winchester, Hampshire

Hannah McIntyre, the owner of this quirkily designed and utterly unique house, has a knack for finding properties that feel a little lost and turning them into modern hospitality spaces. Two Bare Feet was an office before Hannah beautifully refurbished it with her eye for splashes of colour amid serene spaces, and respect for the building’s original charm. Now a state-of-the-art self-catered property, it makes a perfect base for exploring Winchester’s picturesque cathedral city. Hire the whole place and make use of the excellently equipped kitchen for a family weekend away.


+44 (0)7730 510663 /

Rutland Retreats

Rutland Retreats – Oakham, Rutland

Hidden among nature within a green and leafy gated estate are Rutland Retreats’ stunning, eco-built timber- and cedar-clad two and three-bedroom cottages. With log burners, sedum roofs and smart finishes, the Retreats are ideal staycation accommodation for families. Each one has open plan living and dining spaces, master bedrooms with French doors that open onto the garden and a patio – perfect for sunlit morning coffee. Dine out at the adjacent Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, where fresh, locally sourced produce goes into the restaurant’s sumptuous dishes, cooked by Executive Chef, David Bukowicki.


+44 (0)1572 724678 /

The Coastal Townhouse

The Coastal Townhouse – Whitby, North Yorkshire

Think bracing walks, fish and chips (try the Magpie Café) and a warm Yorkshire welcome. A stay at this super-cool four-bedroom house, overlooking the bustling harbour in Whitby, offers the best of both worlds. Just a ten-minute walk from the charming narrow, medieval streets of this fabled fishing port – don’t forgo booking Andrew Pern’s newly opened The Star Inn The Harbour, an energetic climb up the 199 steps to the Church of Saint Mary or a peek at the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey, which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.


+1 (833) 483 0366 /

Honeybridge Estate

Honeybridge Estate – South downs National Park, Sussex

Honeybridge Estate has been under private family ownership for over 40 years and is now open to discerning travellers to create their own memories. With 17 acres of blissfully secluded grounds, it overlooks the South Downs National Park boasting a fishing lake, all-weather tennis court, cricket pitch, zipwire, treehouse and a games room. The House calls to mind a Bridgerton set with an eclectic art collection spanning four centuries. Its interiors are country house-chic and the indoor spa features a breath-taking 14’ infinity pool, jacuzzi and sauna.


+44 (0)1403 597097 /

Dun Aluinn

Dun Aluinn – Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Looking for an unforgettable Highland experience? Find it at Dun Aluinn. An exquisitely stylish private house accommodating up to 18 guests across nine individually designed bedrooms, it is perched on a hill overlooking the lively town of Aberfeldy in Perthshire. The sweeping views from the five-plus acre estate encompass the River Tay and the snow-capped peak of Schiehallion. These are best taken in from the wood-fired hot tub outside or from the terrace, which comes complete with a fire pit and comfortable outdoor seating.


+44 (0)7850 857550 /

Holly House

Holly House – Worstead, Norfolk

A tree-lined driveway is a suitable fanfare to the 300 acres of 16th century estate of Worstead Park in Norfolk. With its own working farm and online farm shop, the vast swathes of this estate’s magnificent private grounds are criss-crossed with quaint footpaths and bridleways to explore on foot or horseback. In the heart of it all is eight-bedroom Holly House, a short drive from the wedding venue and the estate’s pièce de résistance. The fresh interiors nod to Worstead’s Georgian roots, along with rooms decked out in a heritage palette which lead into a spectacular walled garden, complete with its own hot tub.


+44 (0)1692 536226 /

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