There’s nothing better than a good old staycation, especially after the rollercoaster year of 2020. Minimising the travel time, as well as the complications of going abroad (thanks, Covid and Brexit), staycations offer you time to truly relax, as well as to get to know your backyard better. And what a wonderful backyard it is. Living in Great Britain, we are lucky to have an array of incredible locations to visit and explore. From the rugged, windswept Scottish Highlands to the sweeping, majestic Cornish coast, you could spend a year exploring the UK top to bottom and still not see it all.
To help you out, here’s a guide to the best kinds of UK staycations. So that, no matter where you decide to go, you’ll be doing it in proper style.
Large Cottages with Indoor Swimming Pool and Games Room
We’ve spent the last year missing family and friends, so why not make your next trip away together one to remember? Gather up all the gang and head to your own supersize cottage, complete with a swimming pool, open fire and games room. Whether you’re dreaming of a rustic farmhouse nestled in the middle of the Devonshire countryside or a magnificent manor house just steps away from the sand, you’re sure to find a heavenly hideaway for your next getaway which will delight all the group (even the pickiest ones!).
From long walks along the beach to cosy nights out in the friendly local pub, a staycation with all your nearest and dearest gives you a chance to catch-up properly and spend quality time with family and friends. Something we’re all hoping to do more of in 2021.
Log Cabin Breaks
Close your eyes and imagine a romantic log cabin nestled in an enchanted woodland. A special sanctuary where you can drift off and disconnect from the rest of the world. Focusing instead on the abundance of nature surrounding you and taking some time for yourself - something we all seem to forget to do. As many dreams as we had of sitting out 2020 in our own log cabin in the woods, it’s now 2021 and we’re hoping this year will make that dream a reality.
And, lucky for us, there’s an abundance of snug log cabins scattered all across the UK’s loveliest locations. What’s more, some of these cosy hideaways even come with their own private hot tubs, so you can sit in comfort, soaking up the incredible views and atmosphere. Pure bliss! One of our all-time favourites has to be the beautiful Roundhouse over in Bude, Cornwall. Looking like something out of the pages of a fairy tale, this gorgeous log cabin is cocooned on all sides by the charming Cornish countryside and features its own hot tub, wood-burning stove and a little porthole in the ceiling, through which you can stargaze from the comfort of the comfy sofa.
Hot Tub Breaks
Soaking in the warm bubbles, admiring the beautiful views, perhaps with a cool glass of bubbly (it’s always happy hour somewhere!)... Is there anything better than a hot tub holiday!? Come rain or shine, hot tubs are still great. What’s more, they are the perfect spot to relax in, no matter the time of day. Whether you want to watch the sunrise paint the morning sky with splashes of dusty pink and vivid orange or whether you’ve decided to indulge in a spot of stargazing, relaxing in the tub as the lights twinkle in the inky velvet night sky.
No matter the occasion, picking a holiday home with a hot tub elevates your staycation, making it truly special. And, whether you’re travelling as a couple, group of friends or family, you know before you set off where everyone’s favourite spot is going to be. We know plenty of great hot tub hideaways, but if we had to pick our favourite then it would be aptly-named The Cosy, nestled in the glorious Peak District National Park. Just for two (and the pup if you have one), this oh-so-snug spot has its own luxurious half-barrel hot tub out on the patio, where you can sit and enjoy the peaceful countryside scenery and each other’s company. Cheers to the best staycation yet!
Last Minute Breaks
With all the crazy events of the last year, last-minute getaways are definitely the hottest travel trend of 2021. And for good reason! Without knowing what’s going to be happening week by week, booking somewhere last-minute gives you all the flexibility and freedom you need. What’s more, it also gives you more opportunity to surprise your other half or best mate with an impromptu trip away.
Whether heading off for a weekend of walking in the Lake District or a blissful beach break on the Cornish Coast, leaving everything until the last minute gives you the flexibility to change your plans depending on the situation. And if the weather’s off at one end of the country, then you can always do a 180° and head to the other side instead. Gone are the days of being rained into your holiday cottage for days… Although you may well still catch us wearing our jammies all day and playing endless board games (fueled by endless cups of hot chocolate/mulled wine, of course).
Seclude in style at your very own isolated holiday cottage. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in your own tranquil oasis, far away from the madding crowd. After the business and indulgences of the festive season, the spring is the ideal time for a detox (health and digital). And what better excuse to switch your usual setting for something new and stress-free?
Escape to your own countryside cottage in the hills of Yorkshire, right in the middle of nature, with nothing to disturb you but the sound of the wind in the trees. Or else opt for a beautiful beach hut on the Devonshire Coast, where you can relax to the gentle lapping of waves on the sand and awake to magnificent sunrises over the sea. From top to bottom, we know some of the UK’s most secret holiday spots, places where you’ll be left completely alone to unwind and rejuvenate.