Best UK Staycations

If you’re planning a staycation, then a holiday cottage is the perfect place to enjoy some time out. There’s nothing more quintessentially English than a classic cottage in the country or a charming home in a hidden village off the beaten track. Discover thousands of cottages on offer in the very best corners of the UK.


Staycation cottages


Gone are the days of spending a fortune on an ‘exotic’ holiday just to have a great time. Instead, for your next break, opt for a staycation right here in the UK. You won’t have to get up in the middle of the night to make sure you catch your flight and you could be saving yourself a lot of cash. 


With the UK being home to great locations, you’ll find a great deal of places to stay. Whether you’re looking for a big, luxury home to celebrate a special occasion or perhaps a traditional cottage in the countryside - your dream holiday home is just a few clicks away. We’ll also make sure that you pay the lowest price so you can enjoy some time away without breaking the bank.


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For splendid staycation cottages, look no further...


If you’re looking to escape the humdrum of daily life for a few days, why not book a holiday cottage nestled in the countryside? You could even find one with its own private hot tub, for relaxing evenings spent stargazing and soaking your stresses away. We’ve also got a great choice of dog-friendly cottages, so you’re four-legged friends can join in on the adventure too.


If you like treating yourself to a bit of luxury on your holiday, then why not go for a stylish apartment in the city, or even better, by the beach? Staycations don’t get much better than this. For families looking to get away for a few days, our fantastic choice of child-friendly cottages is sure to please.

From coast to countryside, the choice is all yours


The UK is brimming with beautiful destinations. If you’re planning a holiday by the sea, then Cornwall and Devon should be first on your list for miles of golden sands and dramatic coastal cliffs. For a traditional seaside break, head over to Brighton and Bournemouth for funfair rides and ice cream by the beach.


For those who enjoy escaping to the countryside and discovering its wild beauty, the Lake District, Dartmoor, Snowdonia and Yorkshire Dales national parks are a perfect choice. Among these destinations are magical forests and wild heathlands awaiting your arrival.

Looking for some inspiration? 


If you need some ideas on what to do while you’re away, then we’re here to help you plan the perfect break. If you’re planning on spending your holiday on the beach, then have a read of our best beaches in the UK guide.


For those heading over to the countryside, take a look at the best summer walks in the UK. Depending on what time of year you’ll be visiting, we’ve also got great guides on the best winter walks in the UK and the ten best places to visit in spring.

Most popular british staycations revealed


70 years ago Staycations used to be the only way Brits could go on holiday, then international travel became more accessible and affordable, and so the general public hopped on a plane to go on vacation. 


In 2019 we reported that over half of 25 to 34-year-olds plan to increase their British vacations, and a third planned to spend more holiday time in the UK compared to previous years. The events of 2020 only served to speed up and amplify this trend. UK staycations are booming and will be extremely popular in 2021.


Staycations are an effective way to help lower the ever-creeping cost of going on holiday, not to mention they’re more convenient for a lot of travellers. You don’t have to consider flight prices, airport car parks, transfers, buying foreign currency or visas, so it’s no wonder they are rising in popularity again.


As a country, the UK has a lot to offer in terms of holiday destinations, with areas of outstanding beauty like the Peak District, and our protected coastlines attracting millions of international tourists every year. 


With that in mind, we decided to look at our booking and traffic data to find out which staycation destinations were the most popular in 2020.



























Some may be surprised to learn that traditional British holiday destinations like Cornwall or Devon aren’t necessarily the most popular, with only 2 of the top 10 in the South West. Rural breaks were big in 2020, so it's no surprise that 4 of the top 10 are great for exploring our National Parks.


Whitby was the most booked holiday spot of 2019 and maintained this spot in 2020, which isn’t actually surprising considering it’s a historic town surrounded by picturesque countryside and shores, and costs 8% less than the national average of a 3-night break..


What’s clear from our data is that over the last couple of years, the north of England has emerged as a top British holiday destination, with holidaymakers opting for areas like Cumbria and Yorkshire. 


We also thought we would celebrate the amazing holiday lets that facilitate British staycations, and so have put together a list of the most booked properties of 2020.



Most booked properties 2020


Garden and Stable Cottages


Little Saxon Barn


Drumwall - Annabelle's Den


Longwood Cabin


Highland 3-bed lodge


Powis Castle View


Kittisford Barton


Cwt Bach


Log Cabin in Scottish Borders


The Retreat


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