staycation ideas united kingdom

“What is a staycation?” I can hear you asking… Well the definition of staycation is a holiday in one’s home country. For example, if you live in London, you might consider a staycation in Cornwall rather than going abroad to Europe or beyond. There are many reasons why Brits are now opting for the staycation over going further afield, these include:

  • It’s cheaper because you don’t have to pay for flights
  • You can get to know your own country better
  • You don’t have to worry about culture-shock and language-barriers

We’ve chosen our 5 best holiday cottages in the UK and given you some staycation ideas to get you inspired! If you’re looking for what to do on a staycation then look no further…



1. Heydons House – Sidmouth, Devon

This cottage has 4 bedrooms, an Aga, and is just 3 minutes’ walk from the sea!

Cottage to rent in Sidmouth, Devon

What to do in Sidmouth:

  • Go for a walk up the 500ft Peak Hill to enjoy the panoramic views of Sidmouth and the coast
  • Have a beach day
  • Take the kids to Crealy Park – one of Devon’s theme parks – or Bicton Gardens for a picnic and train ride



2. The Croft – Rothbury, Northumberland National Park

This traditional cottage has been lovingly restored, has 2 bedrooms and is perched above Rothbury – the gateway to the Northumberland National Park.

Cottage to rent in Northumberland

What to do in Northumberland:

  • Take a boat trip to Farne Island to see the puffins
  • Explore the Cragside house and gardens in Mortpeth
  • Learn about the moon and stars and everything in between at the Kielder observatory


3. Eastfield Cottage – Alnwick, Northumberland

This charming holiday cottage is situated on Chesterhill Old Farm, it has 2 bedrooms, and comes with a complimentary bottle of wine and fresh free range eggs daily!

Cottage to rent Alnwick Northumberland

What to do in Alnwick:

  • Visit the enchanting Alnwick Castle and gardens which date back to medieval times
  • Have a beach day down at Low Newton by the Sea
  • Take a wander through the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle


4. Garden Cottage – Near Fife, Scotland

This traditional stone cottage is nestled in the heart of a large, green estate where deer can often be spotted early in the morning.

Cottage to rent near Fife Scotland

What to do in Fife:

  • The Fife Agricultural Show is held within the ground of the estate and is held every year in May
  • Follow in the footsteps of golfing legends at one of the many world-class golf courses
  • Take a stroll on the beach and in the forest at Tentsmuir – you might even catch seals basking in the sun


5. Happy Union Stables – Powys, Wales

This beautiful barn conversion has 2 bedrooms, a spacious and light interior and is located within a stunning historic village with ruins of Cistercian Abbey.

Cottage to rent in Powys Wales

What to do in Powys:

  • Take a walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park where you can see waterfalls and caves
  • Go canoeing in Hay-on-Wye, or if you’re visiting at the end of May, then the Hay Festival of Literature is a must
  • Learn all about sustainability at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth


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