Designing inspirational holiday experiences


Unique Home Stays create holiday properties that are truly individual and breath-taking; 'wow factor' properties that simply can’t be found elsewhere

WHAT DO you remember about your last holiday? Did you have an experience which inspired you, or changed the way you see things? Unique Home Stays offer so much more than just luxury accommodation; their passion is tied-up in the stories behind the houses, the owners and the guests that stay in them.

Every member of Unique Home Stays staff works together in order to help form a unique, surprising, charismatic holiday environment. This includes a full interior design and re-modelling service, if requested.

And Jess Clark, the company’s in-house interior design consultant is the lady with the unique vision to bring it all together. Jess has been working with Unique Home Stays since the very beginning — her passion and talent for creative Interior Design hallmarks their top UK properties, including recently Firefly and The Fisherman´s Knot. She has also worked in collaboration with Cornish art consultancy firm Art Eye on a very special project; The House in the Sea (Newquay, Cornwall) — the only exclusive private island in the UK. Here, Jess helped bring Art & Design together to create a beguiling experience filled with personality, which references the unique location.

We love inspiring guests every step of the way, with a luxury experience to linger in minds for years to come

Sarah Stanley, Director, Unique Home Stays


After an 8-month interior re-modelling project, beginning early in 2013, the results at The House in the Sea were simply breathtaking: a re-imagined pallet of greys and chalky whites evokes thoughts of dramatic Cornish granite outcrops and windswept walks, whilst the cool New York vibe — where the property owners live & work — adds an apt, stylish flourish.

And this relaxing, 'cool but contemplative' sense of style was also applied to the art. As part of the design process, Art Eye was approached to source art pieces which would not only amplify the design concept, and form part of the owner’s treasured collection, but also reflect upon the property location — set amidst Newquay's local fishing history, it’s famous Huer's Hut & harbour.

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So, after detailed chats between the owners, Jess and Art Eye's Creative Director Jen Larkin; Cornish artist James Eddy was commissioned to create a stunning 1m-diameter aluminium ‘fish shoal’ wall sculpture for the main bedroom (see top photograph).

This project really sparked something off, getting lots of press interest from the beautiful interior design photoshoots, featuring James' work in situ. Art Eye have since commissioned James to produce many of these stunning pieces of art for private clients across the UK, including The Sail Loft Restaurant, on St Michael's Mount - another magical Cornish island location. 

Staying in a Unique Home Stays property is always a wonderful experience, creating inspiration through exciting Art & Interior design, working in close collaboration with the property owners. The fantastic guest reviews, increasing weekly rental income and repeat client base, are the facts which prove the theory! You can read more about the project, via this Sunday Times article link.

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different

Coco Chanel

More about Unique Home Stays:

As pioneers in the luxury holiday rental market, Unique Home Stays are passionate about marketing properties which are  inspiringly original, offering an exclusive portfolio of nearly 140 exquisite home stays, across the UK.

More about Art Eye:

Like Unique Home Stays, Art Eye is a company which sees things differently, and helps to create spaces which are truly unique and breathtaking, along with giving all their clients insanely good service. What they do is certainly not ‘the norm’, and both firms are entirely dedicated to supporting creativity and celebrating sustainable, home-grown British Luxury. 

James Eddy & Art Eye have recently created a collection of limited edition ‘fish shoal’ designs, now available via Art Eye’s NEW online store: Art Eye Studio Editions


Words by Jen Larkin

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