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Perfect stays in Devon and Cornwall

When I first glimpsed these luscious holiday homes over on Hero’s blog for Muddy Oxon and Herts, I thought they were in New Zealand, but no, these super-stylish properties with knockout views are right here in Blighty and they’re not even as expensive as you’d think if you can rustle up some mates or extended family. There are a few dates left for this year or you can get smugly organised for next. Over to Hero…

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Sometimes I come across stuff that’s so cool that I get a bit overexcited. Pour myself a large glass of wine, refill for politeness’ sake (look, it’s a ‘me’-date),  scoff some crisps, refill, stare out of the window for a while in soporific happiness…


… and then shout something like OMG CHECK THIS OUT!!! from the top of my fingertips (this being the computer and all).

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It’s been interesting over the last few years watching the rise of self-catering accommodation – think how mainstream Air B&B has become for example – and how renting a place now genuinely can compete with a hotel stay. This is the space into which Perfect Stays classily slinks, its properties (mainly across Cornwall and Devon but also into Somerset and North Yorkshire) so beautiful and stylish, ticking all the boxes of a half term, summer or special occasion boxes that I’m almost tempted to give myself the challenge of working my way systematically through them.

Perfect Stays describes itself ‘a luxury letting company’ but fear not, this company is not in that buttock-clenching price bracket where you think that only friends of bankers and landed gentries will ever actually go there especially, if as I do, you like going away with your friends and splitting the cost of things.

It’s probably easiest to show you want I’m talking about. Get your peepers around these properties.

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Here’s this one (above) – a 6 bedroomed, sea-viewed, pet-welcoming, 12-14 people open plan modern beauty in North Cornwall property in Harlyn Bay, that costs £2400 per week. Share that with two other families and it’s £800-1150 a week. In Cornwall! See what I mean?!!

Or this number in Devon (below), a 5 bedroom, 10-12 person house looking out over the beach in Bigbury-on-Sea (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), for £1600 per week in winter or -£3400 in the summer. That’s three family of fours, so just over a grand each. For this view.

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Shall we do one more just for fun? I feel on holiday just looking at them. This one, in Rock, has its own funky swimming pool looking out over the estuary

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It has a tennis court too if you can be bothered to move from this view.

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This house fits 8-10 people and costs £2000 low season per week, going up to £3,250 – £5k for June orJuly week. Bad luck for the school summer hols though, this one is fully booked and no flippin wonder.

I think for me the big selling point of these properties is that they are so beautifully, stylishly appointed in every room. Everything is immaculate. You feel like you’re stepping into the pages of Homes & Gardens or Elle Deco, and although there are some period properties, the interiors of the majority of these properties are clean and modern.

And there are so many photos of the properties on the website that you won’t get any nasty surprises of the ‘single room actually a broom cupboard’ variety. To top it off, there’s an in-house conceige service that’s part of the price, which basically means someone local with insider knowledge who can help you book restaurants, tell you cool places to go (though *ahem* no need for that in Cornwall or Somerset as Muddy Stilettos is well and truly alive and kicking in those counties) and generally help out to make your holiday totally brilliant.

The places are already looking very booked up – some of them are sold out for summer already – so my advice would be to get onto it zippily, or snap one up for 2017 with mates.

Happy hols!

Hero x

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