Isle of Skye, Scotland
Perched on a hillside in the Scottish highlands is an upside down converted chapel just big enough for two. Not quite on the coast, not quite inland, it overlooks 50 miles of glistening lochs and snow-capped mountains. This location is secluded enough to almost guarantee no phone signal (excellent) and the sparkling night skies are sure to give you that standing on the edge of the world feeling. All crisp white bed linen and shaggy fur rugs, inside Supernova you'll be close to nature without having to compromise on an ounce of comfort.
THINGS TO DO:
Stargaze using the telescope in the living room.
Take a hike in the hills before soaking your feet in the sauna and spa bath.
Warm your cockles by the fire with a glass of Talikser's finest malt - distillery just down the road.
2. THE CABLE HUT
South Wales is littered with secret beaches and The Cable Hut (over 100 years old) is tucked between two: Abermawr and Aberbach. Both are on the only stretch of coastline in Britain to be protected as a National Park - so you know they're top notch. The only neighbours at this 'off the beaten track' bolthole are the cows, so you can count on the fact you won't be disturbed. Slip into the plunge bath after a day hiking along the headland and look out onto the sea, only 400 metres from your front door.
THINGS TO DO:
Go horse riding with Nolton Stables - they'll take you deep into their private woodland where foxes, rabbits and pheasants roam free.
Play a game of golf - nearby Tenby is one of the oldest (and best) courses in Wales.
Keep your eye out for dolphins, seals and puffins.
3. THE SALT HOUSE
Stuffed with plump cushions and soft grey furnishings, this Grade II listed cottage is a home away from home. It's the kind of place you'll step inside and never want to leave - although you will want to, if only to spot seals from the terrace while the sun sets. Original features such as wooden beams, flagstones and latch doors hint at the property's previous life as a fisherman's house. Top tip: make sure you take your breakfast in bed, the sea views from the master bedroom are simply stunning. Now if that isn't luxury, we don't know what is.
THINGS TO DO:
Catch your own supper on one of the fishing trips that run regularly from the harbour.
Explore the South coast - it's known for offering some of the best walks along the shoreline in the UK.
Or simply put your feet up and read a book in front of the log burner.
All these homes can be rented from luxury travel specialists Unique Home Stays.
Book online at www.uniquehomestays.com or speak to an agent by calling +44(0) 1637 881183