You don’t have to travel abroad for respite from the daily grind. There are golden coastlines and picturesque destinations right on your doorstep with the best UK staycations helping you gain some much needed relaxation. Plus, UK staycations are marginally less stressful than jetting off abroad given we’re still very much in a pandemic; not to mention currency exchange rates, transfers, visas, airport delays and language barriers are holiday hassles that don’t need to be factored into the British staycation.
We have found the best UK staycations in the form of Airbnb’s located in some of the UK’s best locations for holidays that will satisfy that overwhelming I-need-a-break malaise. So, get ready to pack a suitcase (and maybe a waterproof), jump on a train and make the most of what’s right under your nose with these amazing UK staycations…
The best UK staycations to book on Airbnb
St Ives is one of the UK’s most picturesque seaside destinations, and one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 European beaches. The quaint, cobble-coated town is situated on a peninsula, lined with golden beaches (Porthminster and Porthmeor are particularly popular). It is rich with history, heritage and culture – it’s even home to The Tate St Ives (one of only four Tate galleries).
Lantern Loft, St Ives
Sleeps 4, from £153 per night.
Lantern Loft is a 2-bedroom cottage that is moments from St Ives harbour beach, with front row seats to watch the sea from your window.
Immerse yourself in Scottish history by visiting its capital, Edinburgh. The two-tiered city melds medieval architecture with Georgian neoclassical buildings, boasting numerous historic monuments as well as the famous Edinburgh Castle. Roam around the city, dipping in and out of boutiques and coffee shops and soaking up its beauty.
Grand Georgian Home, Edinburgh
Sleeps 2, from £130 per night.
If you want to explore Edinburgh in style, you’ll love this glamorous flat as surrounded by bars and restaurants. Plus, the fact it’s just 15 minutes away from the city centre means you can pop back and forth to recuperate in-between shopping and exploring.
Brighton is praised for its culture, diversity and vibrancy – a complete assault on your senses. It is the crème de la crème of city beaches, with music beating across the seafront from bars, clubs and restaurants all day and all night. Summer is when Brighton is at its peaks as it plays hosts to a variety of festivals, parades, shows, and, of course, Gay Pride. For a high energy revitalisation, Brighton is the place for you.
Flat with Balcony Sea View, Brighton
Sleeps 4, from £135 per night.
This stylish seaside flat is right in the middle of all of the action, just seconds from the beach and city centre. Enjoy a slow morning by cracking open the windows during breakfast and enjoying the sea breeze and sound of seagulls. Then meander through the Lanes, explore the landmarks and relax on the seafront.
Jurassic Coast, Dorset
If you’re in a real need of an escape from the hubbub of the city, you will appreciate the whistling calm of the Jurassic Coast. It stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, and boasts some of the UK’s most breath-taking panoramic views. Put on your walking shoes and take a cliffside hike to fill your lungs with fresh air and exhale any stresses.
Stunning Seaside Studio, Dorset
Sleeps 2, from £120 per night.
This charming apartment is located in the village of Charmouth with views of Lyme Bay. It is a five minute drive to Lyme Regis – a peaceful coastal town – and is the perfect place to relax with a book and enjoy the sea breeze and 360 degree views of the countryside.
New Forest, Hampshire
The New Forest is one of the largest unenclosed tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. Located in Southern England, it spans across three counties: Hampshire, Wiltshire and Devon. Ponies, deer and cattle roam freely around the land and in-between the charming villages, so if you’re in search of some tranquillity and want to be at one with nature, a getaway to the New Forest will be a welcome break.
Family Cottage, New Forest
Sleeps 5, from £208 per night.
This cosy family cottage is located on the outskirts of Burley – a pretty village at the heart of the New Forest where you can spend long lazy Sundays relaxing in traditional British pubs with a glass of wine.
Gwynedd, North Wales
Gwynedd is a county in the north-west mainland of Wales. It is home to the Llŷn Peninsula, most of Snowdonia National Park, Bangor and also the picturesque village of Portmeirion, where the 1960s TV series The Prisoner was filmed. It is mostly Welsh-speaking and is sparsely populated, so if you want to escape to a faraway land and have room to breathe, Gwynedd is for you.
Siabod Huts, Gwynedd
Sleeps 6, from £100 per night.
These huts (two huts and one pod for extended family and friends) allow to you ‘glamp’ in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Get cosy at night next to the wood burner and in the morning, wake up to breath-taking views of the Snowdonia valleys.