The top luxury short-let rental houses, from The Cotswolds to London, in the UK
Words Miriam Carey
Find your dream holiday house online, with our guide to short-term lets in the UK.
If you’re heading for a British holiday this summer it can be tough to find somewhere to keep the whole family happy. You probably have individual agendas and dragging each other around or mooching around in hotels isn’t always ideal. Renting a property for the weeks you are over there can be more convenient, economic, and relaxing than going from hotel to hotel; plus you can invite family and friends to come and stay with you, which saves you touring the country for six weeks.
We have picked the top luxury British rental companies across the country, which feature some of the cosiest countryside cottages, historic town houses, and impressive estates which can be rented for short-term lets. Perks can include airport pickups, champagne hampers, catering and housekeeping thrown in, to make life a little easier.
Rental companies are also happy to arrange activities from fishing to shooting, restaurant bookings and forward travel plans – just choose your location, from London to the Scottish Borders and get browsing.
North: Crabtree and Crabtree
Experts in the Scottish Borders, Northumberland, and East Lothian these chaps claim to know every mile of the terrain and every hidden gem in the area. Homes sleep between 2 and 26.
C&C can arrange fishing, shooting, and golfing trips; the salmon fishing and horse-riding in the Borders is world-class.
National: Unique Homestays
Unique Home Stays offer a wide range of beautiful hand-picked private homes right across the UK . Each has its own character, from historic manor houses to cliffhanger cottages, and hidden woodland cabins – and they have all size of property, from tiny to estate-sized.
The family-friendly homes are beautifully appointed; every little detail has been thought of so you can feel you’re in safe hands, whether you’re keen to relax there for weeks or just want a place to hang your hat.
London: Home from Home
With an array of upmarket properties across the captial, Home From Home offer 1-6 bedroom apartments in locations throughout Kensington, Chelsea, Nottinghill, Knightsbridge, Fulham, Shepherd’s Bush, Holland Park, and Parson’s Green.
Interiors are modern and tastefully decorated. They all offer self-catering facilities, the option for housekeeping, as well as airport transfers. Clients seem to really enjoy living in the city as a real Londoner – relaxing indoors, eating out, meeting up with friends, and making the most of the great shopping.
Cotswolds: Luxury Cotswold Rentals
The Cotswolds is one of the best-loved locations of the UK. This firm claims to have the finest selection of privately-rented properties in the Cotswolds; the selection includes stylish townhouses, classic cottages, and wonderful classic Cotswold stone gems. Their app can help you access local information and to help you plan your itinerary throughout your stay.
South East, South West: Oliver’s Travels
properties in a wide range of locations in Europe and the Caribbean, but also across the UK and Ireland, and if you’re having trouble choosing, their recommendations can help you to find the perfect base within Britain.
They have a marvellous choice of properties which includes Wales, The Midlands, Norfolk, Sussex, Devon, and Somerset.