You'd be hard pressed to find a hotel that doesn’t market itself as your ‘home away from home’ but these destinations featured in our guide to British luxury rental homes really are just that. Whether you’re looking for a romantic seaside escape, a country-side family gathering or a laid-back beach retreat, we’ve scoured rental homes across the country and have selected our top luxury homes to rent for an idyllic English getaway.
It’s all about beautiful design and simple comforts at the haven that is Loma Beach House in East Sussex. With everything that you could possibly want, (and nothing that you don’t), the Loma Beach House is a serene, open-plan home a stone’s throw away from the scenic dunes of Camber Sands Beach and one of the best beach homes to rent for a seaside retreat.
Mixing natural and industrial materials, with warm and homely touches, the design here is an appealing blend of minimalist Scandinavian decor and welcoming beach-house atmosphere. With floor to ceiling windows around the house offering stunning views of the ocean, spacious bedrooms, a spectacular kitchen and an outdoor entertaining space with a pizza oven, this is the perfect home to rent to enjoy quality time with family or friends amongst the beauty of the British seaside. For the eco-travellers among you, you’ll be interested to know that the space runs wholly on renewable energy and is dedicated to minimising its carbon footprint by using renewable materials and encouraging minimal waste-free living as much as possible.
With 5 bedrooms, the luxurious rental beach house comfortably sleeps 14 people and is dog friendly (as long as you keep your furry friends on the ground floor!).
A collection of five luxury boutique cottages located in the North Norfolk countryside, the Cartshed Cottages are perfect getaway homes for those looking for a relaxing retreat nestled in the English countryside. Depending on the group of your party, the collection offers five individually designed cottages that sleep between 2 and 4 people – ideal for couples, small families or groups of friends.
The rental cottages are housed in a lovingly converted cartshed and combine neutral earthy tones, natural materials, vintage pieces and contemporary touches to create stylish homes where you can put your feet up and relax. Expect sumptuous king-sized beds, deep free-standing bath tubs and plush sofas to sink into with a cup of tea and good book.
Situated in the beautiful grounds of a Jacobean manor house, it is easy to feel peacefully secluded during your stay here but the cottages are perfectly placed for those looking to experience village life in North Norfolk. From the nearby beaches and salt marshes to the stately homes, gastro pubs and galleries, there is much to explore and fill your days with during your stay here.
Not everyone can say that they’ve vacationed in a converted 1950s ambulance garage, but after a stay at St John in East Sussex, you’ll be able to boast exactly that. A unique stay for those looking for a British rental home that’s a bit different from the usual countryside manor, St John in East Sussex is a spectacular conversion that has been featured in many design publications as well as Grand Designs.
An ideal location for a weekend getaway with family or friends, the converted dog-friendly building is located in the quaint port town of Rye, one of the most fascinating medieval port towns in England. Conveniently located only a short walk from the historic buildings and cobblestone streets, the rental home is the perfect place from which to explore this picturesque village. With exposed brick walls, brushed stainless steel finishes, industrial style touches and a soothing neutral palette, the home boasts exceptional design throughout the large open-plan spaces and bedrooms. The four-bedroom holiday home sleeps 10 guests and is the perfect quirky British home rental for a long weekend away with friends.
Devon is known to be one of the most picturesque areas of Britain and a top destination for those looking to escape the hustle bustle of city life. Located at the top of the Salcombe estuary in South Devon, The Malthouse is a fabulous British rental home that captures exactly why people from around the world are so drawn to this part of England. Breathing new life into the original 19th century building, The Malthouse was originally part of the Phoenix brewery and is now the result of a loving reservation project which boasts some of the original features while embracing a stylish and comfortable modern interior.
The home is light-filled, spacious and airy and designed with a pops of vibrant primary colours set against white walls. An idyllic spot for both adults and children, The Malthouse comfortably sleeps 6 guests and is perfectly designed for families to really spend some quality time together.
Prepare to be swept away by mesmerising ocean views as far as the eye can see. For those looking to feel at home on the beautiful coast of North Cornwall, look no further than Barford Beach House , a charmingly quirky and homey rental house nestled in a secluded cove on the seaside. With 6 spacious bedrooms, the large house easily sleeps 12 people and is the perfect Cornish rental home for a family get together or large group of friends.
Featuring king-sized beds, eccentric artwork, an industrial-inspired kitchen, open fireplaces, and a gold free-standing bath-tub, the luxury home is stylish and eclectic but designed to make guests feel entirely comfortable and completely at home. The property boasts a games room with pool table and vintage pinball machine, a cinema room, a bunker bar and a hot tub and sauna –all making for the perfect party pad to rent out for a birthday or celebration.
Located on 5000 acres of private grounds tucked away in a peaceful corner of East Anglia is the Wilderness Reserve, a countryside haven where rustic comfort meets ultimate luxury and style. From romantic, electricity-free boltholes to restored farmhouses with private pools perfect for family bonding, the reserve offers a collection of unique serviced cottages and houses carefully designed to be the ultimate countryside retreats.
The property offers a vast range of outdoor activities to help you make the most out of the grounds during your stay. Enjoy mornings on a rowing boat listening to the sounds of nature as you merrily row across one of the pristine lakes on the property, try your hand at clay-pigeon shooting, archery, fishing or paddle boarding, then wind down the day gathered around a bonfire.
Here are our top three cottage picks on the Reserve:
Leave behind all distractions and focus on yourself and that special someone at the cosy Hex Cottage. Synonymous with romantic weekend getaways, this cottage on the Wilderness Reserve property sleeps two and is completely free from electricity encouraging a digital detox. Luxuriate in candlelit evenings and cuddle up by cosy fires in this truly magical little cottage.
If you’re looking for a little privacy and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Moat Cottage is the perfect choice. Perched on a hill and encircled by its own private moat, the restored Tudor farmhouse is one of the quirkiest properties on the reserve. Enjoy stunning views of the sunset as you take to the waters on your rowing boat, then enjoy a soak in the luxury hot tub before settling down to a scenic dinner on the outdoor terrace.
A quintessential countryside bolthole, this candy-pink cottage is a favourite on the estate. Perfectly balancing simple charms with stylish interiors and a whimsical colour palette, the fairytale farmhouse is one of a kind. With six individually designed bedrooms, it is ideal for a large family get together.