1. Yorkshire Dales
Best for: Friendly locals and after-work hikes in the national park
If you’ve ever wondered why Yorkshire is called God’s Own Country, then a visit to the Dales will set you right. Rolling hills, waterfalls, Gothic architecture and picture-perfect villages give the Yorkshire Dales heaps of charm. And there’s always the prospect of catching the cast of All Creatures Great and Small on your lunch break.
Featured property: Prospect Farm Cottage
Star feature: The panoramic countryside views from the conservatory
The two-bed Prospect Farm Cottage is idyllically situated for a remote stay, yet with the convenience of a local pub only half a mile away. Situated in the village of Appletreewick, you have the Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep, as well as easy access to the market towns of Pateley Bridge and Grassington.
Best for: Nature reserves and stately homes
Norfolk offers work-from-homers the perfect balance of culture and countryside. Stately homes such as Sandringham and Holkham Hall are open for visitors, while the coast and the Broads are home to a number of nature reserves. Take a trip to one of the region’s best-loved bird-watching sites, The Cley Marshes.
Featured property: The Antingham
Star feature: The property has a heated indoor swimming pool on site
The Antingham is a two-bedroom barn conversion close to the fantastic Victorian seaside town of Cromer. Sunset walks on the beach are ideal to shake off your working day, followed by locally caught crab at one of the area’s many pubs. Alternatively, take a lunch-time dip in the swimming pool.
Best for: A lunchtime SUP session
With the longest coastal path in the UK, Pembrokeshire offers a beach stay with a difference. The South Coast has miles of long, calm shoreline, ideal for families or amateur paddleboarders. Whereas the West Coast is rugged and wild, excellent for adventure-goers who want to try coasteering or sea-kayaking.
Featured property: Apartment in West Wales
Star feature: The balcony – it looks out over Saundersfoot Bay
While there are plenty of larger cottages to be found in Pembrokeshire, the location of this Apartment in West Wales is hard to beat. With a balcony that looks out over the long sands of Saundersfoot Bay, you could be in the sea at lunchtime and dry within an hour.
4. The Peak District
Best for: Historic villages and endless walking trails
Sometimes overshadowed by its famous neighbours in the Lakes and the Dales, the Peak District doesn’t nearly get the recognition it deserves. Jane Austen fans should visit Chatsworth House, the filming location for Mr Darcy’s estate of Pemberley. Keen cyclists may also want to try their hand at well-known climbs such as Winnats Pass.
Featured property: Cottage in Derbyshire
Star feature: It’s located right in the heart of historic Bakewell
The charming market town of Bakewell is a superb spot for a Peak District stay, offering up good food, a beautiful setting and convenient access to all of the park’s fantastic scenery. Cottage in Derbyshire is slap-bang in the heart of town, with bike storage and al fresco dining on their raised terrace.
Best for: As close as you can come in the UK to guaranteeing good weather
The South West counties of Cornwall and Devon are what summer holidays in the UK were made for. Excellent seafood suppers, some of the warmest waters in the country, cliff top walks and great surfing are at your disposal. And the counties are also buzzing with culture, from Cornish art and literature to Roman and Viking heritage.
Featured property: Seagulls Nest
Star feature: Panoramic sea views from the wall-to-wall windows
For a home worker with a less-than-average desktop view, the aptly-named Seagulls Nest provides a magnificent change of scene. Early-risers can catch a beautiful sunrise, and there is an outdoor picnic table for al fresco dining.
6. Greater London
Best for: History, culture, food and nightlife
Ever fancied a visit to London but have been put off by the crowds? This could be your year, as international tourism is likely to be limited. London has many leafy areas with a tranquil neighbourhood feel, giving you a relaxing retreat just a stone’s throw from the excitement of the city.
Featured property: Alexandra Place
Star feature: The outdoor space is a bonus for London lets
At walking distance from Richmond Underground Station, spacious Alexandra Place is a large London property with plenty of room to combine working from home with a family holiday. Spot deer in Richmond Park, take a walk down the Thames or catch the tube into London for an evening out on the town.
Best for: Ruined castles and starry nights
Exploring England’s border county is a step back in time. William Wallace comes to life at Hadrian’s Wall, and Roman history is on display at the fort of Segedunum. You could spot puffins on the Farne Islands, stargaze at Kielder Dark Sky Reserve or take afternoon tea at Alnwick Castle. Eclectic and beautiful Northumberland has it all.
Featured property: Cottage in Northumberland
Star feature: The beach walk to Dunstanburgh Castle is right outside
Cottage in Northumberland is perfectly placed to discover the small town of Craster, a hidden gem on the Northumberland Coast. Try the seafood platter at the Jolly Fisherman, take a trip to nearby Alnwick and visit Barter Books, one of the UK’s best second-hand bookshops.
8. Scottish Highlands
Best for: Proper mountains
If you want a stay with a wild side, look no further than Scotland. The Scottish Highlands cover a wide swathe of the country, reaching up to its Northern Coast and encompassing mountains, lochs and beaches. Incredible hiking is possible – on the lesser-known munros, you may not see another person.
Featured property: The Big Barn
Star feature: It’s so remote you’ll forget about the real world
If you weren’t holding regular work Zooms you might forget how to interact with real people after a stay at the Big Barn. Located a short drive from Ullapool on the West Coast, or the mountains of the Highlands just inland, this barn offers the perfect combination of ocean and peaks.
Best for: Superb seafood along the Kent coast
Kent’s seaside towns of Whitstable, Deal and Margate have been making a name for themselves in recent years. Suddenly, the Kent seaside is cool. Sure, you have great fish and chips and the chance for a 99 on the beach, but you can follow that with a visit to a vintage shop or an art gallery.
Featured property: Periwinkle Cottage
Star feature: The huge bi-fold doors let the outside in
Located right in the centre of charming Whitstable, Periwinkle Cottage is the place to stay for a seaside retreat. Famed for its oysters, Whitstable is the quintessential fishing village, with a lively traditional harbour. It also has an eclectic arts and music scene for you to while away the post-work evenings.
10. Lake District
Best for: Wild swimming in the early mornings
The Lake District has been inspiring writers and artists for centuries. William Wordsworth declared it “the loveliest spot that man hath found”, and who are we to argue? If you need to get creative juices flowing, you couldn’t choose a more perfect location than the fells and villages of lakeland.
Featured property: High Rigg
Star feature: Its elevated position means superb mountain views
With a hilltop position just outside of Keswick, High Rigg offers superb lakeland views from every room. A secluded track leads to the property, giving you ample solitude for work, but with Keswick and plenty of hiking trails just on the doorstep, you won’t get bored here.