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Top 10 Staycation Locations

So Hawaii isn’t in the budget this year, no big deal. You can have plenty of sun, sea and sand right here on the coasts of the United Kingdom. We’re bringing you some of the most beautiful and scenic locations you can vacation in without even needing a passport.

Grab your hire car, pack your boot up, don’t forget the sun-cream and take a trip to these Top Ten destinations:


The Beach Vacation

We’re starting with a rather obvious one. Being on the south coast, Cornwall naturally gets the most sun, but the stunning shorelines, coves and cliffs make it one of the most visited counties in England during Summer.

There are plenty of five-star hotels running along the coast, some set in luxurious grounds that have played host to celebrity weddings and parties. The small-town charm has remained even through the hordes of tourists that arrive every year, with friendly, award-winning restaurants and bespoke gift shops littering the hotspots, Falmouth and Penzance for example.

One highlight is the beaches. Take a look at the photo below, would you even believe that was taken right here in England?

Famed for the best-kept beaches in the whole of the UK, Cornwall has white sand, turquoise water and clean surroundings for when the sun is out and the kids are dying for a swim!

From iconic sandy beaches to intimate sheltered coves, Cornwall’s 300+ beaches are gloriously varied. Dog friendly, family friendly, golden, pebbly, bustling or blissfully empty – we love them all!

Get out in the surf at Fistral Beach, dip your toe in turquoise waters at Porthcurno beach or hunt for crabs at Treyarnon Bay. Whatever you want to do and wherever you want to stay, beaches in Cornwall are some of the best in the world.


The Activity Holiday

With nearly 900 square miles of lakes, forests and mountains, the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District is the perfect antidote to the pressures of city living. If exploring, hiking and general outdoorsy activities are desirable to you then there are dozens of places in The Lakes suitable for a perfect nature holiday.

There is literally so much to do in The Lakes, you wouldn’t have time in just one holiday! River rafting, deep-wood camping, climbing mountains, learning to sail on the lake,  visiting country houses, exploring historic homes and castles, it’s every child’s dream adventure holiday destination.

If you’re simply looking for a quiet break, away from all the noise and commotion, you can enjoy a leisurely drive through beautiful scenery with the Ullswater drive, Buttermere drive or the tour of Furness Peninsula. During Autumn all the amazing colours come out when the leaves change so try to plan this one around October-time, a perfect opportunity for those seasonal photographs.


The City Break

Of course there are those of you dying for a city break. Shopping experiences to die for, tons of sights to see, cool places to drink and new foods to try, all at 1am! Well you can do pretty much all that with an exciting trip to our famous capital city, London.

For an unforgettable stay, you should book a room in Hotel 41, TripAdvisor’s #1 rated Hotel in London. For a more reasonable price, in the top areas try Jumeirah Lowndes in Victoria, Royal Garden in Kensington and Hotel Megaro in Kings Cross.

Being able to travel everywhere by tube means you won’t have much need for a hire car unless you’re leaving the city to visit friends or family. But it’s good to know we have a central London branch if you do need a car or want to drive down and drop off.


The Culture Trip

For a historic city full of interesting attractions, you won’t need to travel further than Scotland’s capital. The city’s backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh’s Waterfront make the city a remarkable place to stay. In just one day you can explore the city’s exciting new waterfront development, wander through the cosmopolitan streets of the Port of Leith, take a cruise on the River Forth and explore the volcanic setting of Edinburgh Castle.

Home to the best cultural festival (and arguably the best New Year’s Eve party) in the country – Edinburgh knows how to show its visitors a good time. Split into the Medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian new town, this historic hotspot offers great shopping and a vibrant night life set against a backdrop of stunning architecture, jagged hills and its imposing castle looming large over the city.


The Romantic Getaway

Carrying on the theme of Scotland, Inverness is seen as the capital of the glorious Scottish Highlands. A market town, a famous loch and busy river running through the middle make Inverness the perfect starting point for venturing into the Highlands and sampling the beauty and historic culture of the Northernmost part of our country.

Situated within the Great Glen and once a stronghold of the ancient and mysterious Pictish race, Inverness is steeped in history. The city centre boasts many houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Holiday homes in this charming old city will also allow you access to plenty of golf and watersports. The city is also an ideal base for visiting the renowned Loch Ness, where you can enjoy a monster spotting cruise.

For a truly romantic stay, Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Chez Roux offers an elegant experience as a contemporary, upscale hotel. Couples rooms feature plush, colourful fabrics and have flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making equipment; deluxe rooms have lavish bathrooms with free-standing tubs and glass walk-in showers, one has a private patio with an outdoor tub. There’s a chic restaurant offering French-influenced Scottish fare, and a sleek cocktail bar, plus a 5-minute walk into town and you can enjoy the heart of the city’s restaurants and bars.


The Coastal Holiday

A holiday destination for a purely peaceful getaway with the family. If you are seeking the serene and picturesque surroundings of Wales then Anglesey has plenty of reasonably priced holiday homes to let. Get there by car using our Liverpool or Cardiff branch and you’ll find attractions such as coastal walks, a 5 Star Spa, Beaumaris Castle, an ancient prison and The Isle of Anglesey’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Holyhead Mountain.

Accessible by ferry and road, this island off the North Coast of Wales has so much scenery to take in, even just driving around the island’s circuit will entice you. Accommodation is varied with both small holiday cottages available to hire and luxurious hotels in the main town. True seaside nature is not far to find and the local seafood is a must-try delicacy. A perfect choice for holidaymakers looking for some tranquil R&R.


The Cottage Holiday

It doesn’t get more dreamily British than the thatched roofs, chicken farms and afternoon teas of the Cotswolds in Summer. Rolling green hills, medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone are the literary-famous setting of a perfect English staycation.

Look out for magical Giffords Circus as it travels its way around the Cotswolds. Families will also enjoy the Times Science Festival and Wychwood Music Festival. Other key events include the Three Counties Show, Tewkesbury Medieval Festival and the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford.

People usually get away to France for the warm weather, the comforting food and the pretty little shops and vineyards. Thankfully the Cotswolds has plenty of charm and a variety of cottage-lets and 5-Star Hotels as well as authentic day trips to the counties best farms, parks and museums.


The Relaxation Holiday

Situated in a beautiful Wiltshire Estate, Longleat Forest Center Parcs is one of the biggest holiday resorts in the UK. The spectacular landscape is home to hundred-year old Giant Redwoods and magical Treehouse accommodation, and you can cycle, walk or catch the land train to explore. Located in the valley is the lake, the perfect day trip or short break location where you and your family can spend time relaxing on the beach or out on the water.

The luxury Treehouses can host eight guests each and include an outdoor hot tub, secluded terrace, free WiFi and daily maid service. Children are well catered for with activities and clubs such as swimming, jet skiing, segway riding, aerial tree trekking, climbing and abseiling. For the adults there are a variety of entertainment venues, a range of tasty restaurants and a relaxing spa.

Pictured below is the park’s Subtropical Swimming Paradise made up of over 7 different pool varieties including Spa Pools, Wave Pools, Outdoor Pools, Flumes and Rapids for that exotic Hot Springs experience.

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The Seaside Holiday

If a typical Seaside holiday is on the list this year, full of funfairs, beaches, hotel restaurants and nightlife then look no further than Cardiff Bay in Wales. Not only does Cardiff have the traditional attractions, it’s city is now a vibrant, bustling pool of culture with hundreds of restaurants, fantastic shopping centres and some of the UK’s best Summer events.

Rich in ancient history, with it’s own Cardiff Castle this is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples and groups just 2 hours by train from London and with an Easirent branch at Cardiff Airport. During the Summer, Cardiff hosts the Cardiff Comedy Festival, a schedule of Open Air Theatre shows and the Cardiff Festival 2016.


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The Unique Experience

A vacation with a difference – the Finn Lough Resort Forest Domes feature 180° transparent walls allowing you to truly immerse yourself within the beauty and tranquility of nature. Escape the noise of the outside world and enjoy stargazing in comfort for the perfect romantic break in Northern Ireland.
Featuring bespoke four poster bed, en-suite bathroom, Nespresso coffee machine, fluffy robe and slippers and daily breakfast.

Other options on this rather secluded pennisula of Aghnablaney are 6-sleeper lodges and cottages. The marina, tennis court, restaurant, childrens’ playground, bike trails and walks offer a wide range of activities in the immediate vicinity.

One reviewer wrote: “We loved every minute spent at Finn Lough Resort, it is such a relaxing place. We stayed in a Bubble Dome, what an experience! We weren’t sure what to expect but the dome was lovely inside and we found it to be very private and quiet. Our dome had its own gate and you are surrounded by forest.

We were made to feel very welcome by all the team and we will definitely be back! If you want to get away from it all and experience something special, this is the place to go!”

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