Pictured: The Pavilion in Dorset
THE Home Escape (THE) takes the concept of a West Country holiday to a whole new level. The properties are to die for yes, interior designed, with every comfort considered and spectacular views are mandatory. But it's all the added extras that sets THE Home Escape apart.
The brainchild of husband and wife team Andrew and Cleo Dickson, THE Home Escape, allows you to tailor-make your holiday to make it as luxurious as possible.
Let's take a look at the properties themselves all renovated to the same high standard. The Millstream, an 18th century farmhouse in Dorset sleeping up to 10, includes a hot tub, a cinema room, decking with outdoor sofas, a fully equipped playroom including Xbox 360 with Kinect. Then there are all the optional extras - artisan meals delivered to you daily, a private chef, an in-house spa therapist, a chauffeur. Basically the sky's the limit.
Pictured below: The Millstream
There are 4 properties on the books with others in the pipeline. What's unusual about this business is that Andrew and Cleo will take on suitable properties that need the 5 star treatment with options of investment, management and hosting to bring them up to THE standards.
THE cottage, a picture-perfect house in Somerset, not far from Bruton, "recently dubbed the new Notting Hill" is such a property. Originally it was renting through Sawdays but the Dicksons invested £20,000 in the Cottage and took over the rental for three years. Cleo is an interior decorator and set to work imbuing the house with her customary chic, soothing colours, gorgeous fabrics and uber-comfortable furniture everywhere. THE Cottage has a tennis court, country cottage garden and cinema room. It's also set in gorgeous countryside and you can walk to the lovely Three Horseshoes in Batcombe, which ticks all our boxes right there. Pictured below bedroom at THE Cottage
The Pavilion is the ultimate secret hideaway, somewhere to hole up and escape from the world. This pretty Dorset cottage has a sauna, steam room and hot tub under the stars - calling all honeymooners, surely. It sleeps 4 but if taken with close by THE Millstream and THE tent you can boost numbers to 16. We're seeing a serious celebration here.
We've fallen for THE tent in a big way. Tucked away in a beautiful Dorset hamlet with breathtaking views over the Blackmore Vale, THE tent realises the Dickson's long held dream to create an African safari setting here in the West Country.
Pictured below: THE Tent
Andrew, having spent some time in Africa staying in traditional camps, imported the tent from Kenya. Custom-built, there is so much to love here from the beautiful cedarwood decking and hot tub, a telescope for star gazing. Inside the tent you'll find a bedroom and ensuite bathroom featuring hot and cold running water and flushing loo. There's even a logburner and fully connected Smart TV. Now this is our kind of camping.
THE Home Escape properties are also available to hire as film locations and for weddings. More information here