You don’t need to travel far to get away from it all. From a cottage in Devon to a lodge in the Cotswolds, here's a round up of great places to stay right here in the UK.
A staycation hasn’t many of the usual stresses that you associate with longer journeys. No queuing at the airport and you can pack just as many liquids as you like. Hoorah.
You may not be guaranteed sunshine, but there is no denying the stunning beaches, country walks and vibrant cities that the UK has to offer. Situated in beautiful places, get inspiration from our round up of five UK staycation accommodation via Homeaway that are perfect to visit with friends.
1. Live Like Royalty in Anglesey, Wales
Let down your hair with your nearest and dearest in stunning Anglesey, an area of outstanding natural beauty in northern Wales. Photographers and Wildlife enthusiasts will find ample opportunity to spot creatures great and small, from peregrines nesting on the cliffs to great crested newts chasing the sun, while foodies can enjoy just-off-the-boat shellfish for supper in the nearby seaside village of Cemaes Bay. It’s also a great place for outdoorsy types to climb, hike and dive ‘til their heart’s content.
Live like royals do in a rambling country mansion, Llanlliana House, set in 168 acres of private estate featuring a private beach, coastal cliff top walks, views of St Patricks Island and the most northern point of Wales. Fancy.
With ten spacious and comfy bedrooms to fight over, it’s perfect for a weekend away with a large group of friends.
2. Eco Luxury in Sussex
Close to London and full of beautiful countryside, Sussex is filled with cracking cities and unspoilt landscapes aplenty. Travel to the coast and visit buzzy Brighton or bohemian Hastings or journey inland for jaunts to Ashdown Forest and picnics in South Downs National Park.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, you’ll find Oak Farm, a collection of grade II listed farm buildings and luxury eco-lodge tree houses nestled in a vast estate in the East Sussex Countryside, a sweet escape for couples and groups alike. Sleeping up to 18, the self-catering buildings include a barn, cow shed, grain store and stables with a private courtyard, plus two eco tree houses - more than enough space.
With a stunning vaulted, open plan main barn, you and your friends can gather here to rustle up some food, dine at the huge table or simply relax in front of a movie.
3. An Oldy Worldy Cottage in Dartmoor, Devon
Dartmoor in Devon will surprise. Spend the afternoon exploring ancient towns like Tavistock, go on a circular walk with trails ranging from two miles to ten plus or release your inner Bear Grylls on an extreme activity. Or simply chill, and we have just the place to do so.
The uber sumptuous, historical Brooks cottage is perfect as a double date retreat. Built into the landscape of the Devon countryside, the cottage has a lavish interior featuring cosy seating, luxury bedlinen on comfy beds, a grand open fire and high ceilings.
The property is 20 minutes away from a fresh water lake, perfect for a dip or a spot of night swimming and a tennis court nearby to play doubles. Failing that, just kick back by the fire. Bliss.
4. Loft Living in St Ives, Cornwall
Instagram-worthy and just downright cool, the Cornish town of St Ives is home to four amazing beaches: Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Harbour beach and Porthminster and is also known for having the UK’s mildest climate (sun cream at the ready); not to mention its surfing culture, boutique shopping and top notch eateries. Teeming with restaurants and bars, you’ll have plenty of choice.
If that’s enough though, there’s plenty of extreme sports to get your adrenaline pumping such as coasteering, racing, rock climbing and scuba diving for your group to consider. Or if relaxing is more your thing, grab some sun chairs or have a picnic out in the sunshine.
With more than enough room for eight of you, we recommend staying at Upper Saltings, an architect designed converted loft, as it’s not only stylish but slap bang on the beach. Perfect for morning swimming and frolicking in the sand dunes.
5. Lodging at the Lakes in the Cotswolds
From the lakes to the hills, The Cotswolds is full of Instagram-worthy eye candy. Walking and cycling are the usual activities but there’s tons more to do, from kayaking down river to fishing for crayfish and trout.
It’s hardly surprising that looking for somewhere lovely to stay here is not a hard task. If you fancy being at one with nature, luxurious Larchwood Lodge is surrounded by 6 clear water lakes. Idyllic and tranquil, it’s situated in a private nature reserve and has its own spa. Yes, really.
Try out a spot of jet-skiing while your friends egg you on from the veranda or have a barbecue out on the deck overlooking the view.