With mile-long rolling hills, beautiful coastline and country walks, the UK has plenty of accommodation options for the summer months.
Across the country, people will have the opportunity to visit some of Britain’s cultural attractions and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Outside of towns and cities, there are hundreds of options for couples retreats, family vacations, and trips with friends.
In addition to popular boutique hotels and hotel chains, there are countless self-catering accommodations around the country, offering guests a level of flexibility and affordability that appeals to travelers looking to Save money by cooking for yourself.
So whether you want a base from which to explore Devon’s beaches, somewhere to hit the hay after hiking around the Lake District, or an airy retreat from which to start. For leisurely walks around the Cotswolds, a self-catering holiday is right for you. A great option to cut costs while fully enjoying your freedom.
And independence have put together a list of some of the UK’s best picks to do exactly that.
Two-gun townhouse, Devon
This stylish yet modest townhouse is located on the banks of the Dart River (almost parallel to the Dartmouth), with lavish views of the English Channel and the surrounding town and countryside. The property’s two sleek balconies offer a comfortable angle to enjoy the view, with a paved ground floor terrace providing some shelter from the sun if needed.
The interior is contemporary in style, with sleek furniture, contemporary wooden floors and splashes of color introduced by artwork, rugs and a selection of furniture. The apartment can accommodate up to 10 people in 4 bedrooms, with the living room and master bedroom also offering sweeping river views.
Kingswear itself is a charming village. There is a passenger ferry service to Dartmouth, but visitors may also want to stay and sample the village’s more laid-back, relaxed pace. The area is also a great starting point for walking, with parts of South West Coast Road near.
How to stay
Rates start from £332 per night, with a minimum stay of three nights. Sleep 10. fresh-escape.co.uk
Silk Mill, Gloucestershire
With an idyllic location near Chipping CampdenSilk Mill House is an ideal base to explore Cotswold. A beautiful, honey-colored building typical of the area, the house is found in the village of Blockley, also within easy reach of Broadway. It sits behind a large pond, with a large patio and patio area overlooking the water and surrounding enclosed garden – perfect for al fresco dining.
The six-bedroom house itself retains much of its original charm alongside more modern touches. The interior is modern, with sleek, neutral interiors designed to make the most of the space and natural light enhanced by splashes of color.
While the games room, large living room and kitchen will give you plenty of opportunities to spend time together indoors, the local area is home to two Cotswold (and indeed British) towns. Chipping Campden and stage always popular with tourists, known for sites like the Broadway Tower and the 14th-century High Street of Chipping Campden. The area is also suitable for pedestrians, with several options along the path. Cotswold Road.
How to stay
Rates start from £760 per night, with a minimum stay of three nights. Sleep 12. luxurycotswoldretreats.com
Overlooking the beach, Pembrokeshire
A modern wonder on the Pemborokeshire coast, this home offers sweeping views of Freshwater East Beach and the wider Bristol Channel. The building was designed with these views in mind, with a large outdoor balcony and patio area overlooking the annex, which itself has another terrace area with a heated swimming pool.
Inside, the large windows and doors in each room (many also have sea views) also maximize views. The interior is minimalist and warm, with several large sofas, outdoor seating, couches and king beds.
The beach is just a few minutes’ walk away, while the larger area has award-winning beaches like Barafundle Bay.
How to stay
Rates start from £480 per night. Sleep eight. luxurycottages.com
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West Loch Tarbert Manor, Scotland
Located on the West Bank Lake TarbertThis manor house owns a large campus, a walkway leading to a private area of the beach and a beautiful view of the lake. Its peaceful, tranquil setting is the perfect contrast to the grand 19th-century watchtower building.
Although the dining room seems to remain traditional, the rest of the building resembles what you might expect from an upmarket Edinburgh hotel. The interior is elegant yet neutral (save a little of the weird colors brought on by the checkered chairs and patterned rugs), with furniture that matches the building and grand setting. The kitchen and game room still have the original stone walls, giving it a dramatic (and cozy) feel.
The picturesque village of Tarbert with its pubs, restaurants and working harbor is just a 15-minute drive away.
How to stay
Rates start from £917 per night. Sleep 17. plumguide.com
Angmering-on-Sea Beach House, Sussex
With space for up to 20 people, this 5,550-square-foot New England-style beach house in West Sussex is a perfect getaway for large family gatherings. It is located right next to the beach, with sea views whether sitting inside or enjoying the different outdoor areas. There’s a large deck overlooking the ocean – with a hot tub for seven – and two private gardens in front of the beach, with plenty of al fresco dining options.
Inside, an open plan living and dining area flanks the modern kitchen (all with more sea views), with dozens of seating options from smaller leather chairs for two to sofas Huge comfort. Upstairs, two of the bedrooms have private balconies.
near, East Preston will provide basic amenities for your trip, while Worthing and Littlehampton are good options if you want to visit a proper seaside town. The actual beach house is located on East Preston Beach, but Kingston and Ferring Beach are two other attractive local options.
How to stay
Rates start from £3,200 for a three-night weekend. Minimum stay is two nights (low season) or three nights (mid season), although peak times like Christmas have a minimum stay of seven nights. Sleep 20. luxurybeachhouserental.co.uk
Lingham Houseboat, Cumbria
This Scandinavian-style cabin is located right on the shores of sprint in one of the most beautiful locations in the Lake District. This small, secluded houseboat is perfect for couples, and features a deluxe double bedroom with a king-size bed and a freestanding tub with water views. Stepping outside, there is a small balcony area with sitting space hovering over the lake.
The kitchen is attached to the spacious, open plan living room, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide the best possible views. The interior maintains the Scandinavian theme with modern furnishings and functional, minimalist décor.
The houseboat is part of the Lingholm Estate on the western shore of the lake. As well as obvious swimming opportunities, falls like skiing and Gratedale Pike, as well as walking paths such as the popular Catbells routes are nearby. Keswick – one of the most popular markets in the area – is only a 10-minute drive away.
How to stay
Rates start from £520 per night, with a minimum stay of two nights. Sleep two. thelingholmestate.co.uk
The ballroom has only been taking reservations for a little over a year, but it has quickly established itself among the premium offerings in this part of Norfolk. This luxury accommodation stands out for its sweeping views Blakeney estuary and salt marsh, terrace with sunken fire pit, garden and wide veranda.
Moving inside, the renovation has maintained many of the property’s period features, with ornate columns, original fireplaces and spacious rooms. Modern interiors have been added around these features (think marble finishes, parquet and slate floors as well as neutral rugs and rugs), with stylish beds, sofas and chairs add splashes of color throughout.
The village of Blakeney makes a great base from which to explore the northern part of Norfolk, including famous sites like hokham and Wells-next-the-Sea. The village is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with Blakeney National Nature Reserve nearby (home to the country’s largest herd of gray seals and 160 hectares of freshwater grazing marsh).
How to stay
Rates start from £2,475 for three weekend nights and from £3,071 for a week. Sleep 10. theballroomblakeney.com
Beaver Croft, Derbyshire
Another stunning stone building, Beavers Croft is a 17th-century warehouse conversion near Bamford in the Derwent Valley area of District peak. Set in beautiful countryside, the barn is right next to Howden Dam and acres of woodland, though it boasts its own 2-acre landscaped garden, plus a terrace complete with outdoor furniture and barbecue facilities.
Inside, the building has been lovingly converted into modern accommodation while retaining original features such as exposed brick and stone walls and vaulted ceilings with wooden beams. The living area features casual looking comfy sofas along with a range of board games – right next to the open plan kitchen and dining area – with high ceilings and exposed stone creating the feel of was in a castle rather than a barn.
The area around the warehouse is perfect for walking and biking (as well as the entire Peak Area), as well as more adventurous activities like mountain biking or longer walks. Bamford has a number of shops, pubs and cafes, while the local reservoirs are a great choice for relaxing by the water (although make sure you don’t swim in them).
How to stay
Rates start from £325 per night, with a minimum stay of three nights. Sleep eight. coolstays.com
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