UK’s best holiday homes for British staycations ranked from barns to windmills

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  • Plenty of Brits are still keen for a holiday this summer, but not necessarily abroad.

    Staycations within Britain eliminate the faff of going to the airport or converting money.

    While the weather might not be as sunny, there’s something to be said for throwing your luggage in the car and exploring our very own beauty spots.

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    From Scotland to Wales and the Lake District there’s a whole range of gorgeous places to visit within the UK.

    Those who prefer to have their own space will also love hiring out a holiday home or cottage rather than a hotel

    Today, Vrbo has revealed its 2023 Holiday Homes of the Year.

    The travel company looked at all of the options available to them to find those that were the most exceptional.

    Holiday Homes of the Year range from idyllic rural escapes to captivating coastal retreats and quirky renovations and represent a variety of popular UK destinations and price points.

    Vrbo chose these homes based on strict criteria which includes having a 4.9 or higher star rating, number of guest reviews, Premier Host status, and standout amenities and spaces for spending time together with family and friends.In the end, the incredible options were narrowed down to boltholes in Edinburgh, Cumbria, the Cotswolds, Devon, Anglesey and Monmouthshire.

    Check them out below…

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    Lovingly restored from ruin, The Old Millhouse is a tranquil base 20 mins from Edinburgh's city centre. It has a concierge service that can hook you up with extras from hiring a private chef to setting up fishing lessons on the home’s stretch of river.

    Or you can even use their driver for tours around Scotland. After a busy day of activities, sink into the heated Swim Spa Hydro Pool then wake up refreshed in the comfy beds waiting for guests.

    Sleeps 10 (5 bedrooms), from £1,293 per night.

    Cumbria, England

    At the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, High View Barn is a huge stone cottage with something for everyone. There's a mezzanine games room, full size bowling green, private sauna and a large outdoor jacuzzi.

    Its modern open plan living room, impressive kitchen and dining area are perfect for hosting a group. Plus, the patio dining and deck area with built in BBQ are heaven on a sunny day.

    Sleeps 16 (6 bedrooms), from £485 per night.

    Abergavenny, Wales

    Those who love the unusual should look no further than Llancayo Windmill. Standing tall in picturesque Abergavenny in Wales, Llancayo has six bedrooms and multiple reception rooms over four floors.

    With a spacious kitchen and dining room, as well as living room with balcony access, and even a snug at the top of the Windmill, there are plenty of spaces to explore. The countryside surroundings are also great for hikes and picnics.

    Sleeps 12 (6 bedrooms), from £459 per night.

    The Cotswolds, England

    Mulberry Barn, a Cotswold barn conversion, dates back to the 17th century and offers plenty of luxury The home marries original features with high quality contemporary touches across 6,000 sq ft.

    Mulberry Barn offers has plenty of indoor and outdoor social spaces alongside quieter spots for those wanting privacy. Look out for the welcome pack full to the brim with local produce.

    Sleeps 12 (6 bedrooms), from £1,122 per night.

    Devon, England

    Anyone who wants to gaze out at the sea on an evening will love a stay at Thorpe. The modern coastal home has outstanding views over Woolacombe Beach from the sofa, with seaside walks on its doorstep.

    It also has a kitchen for those who prefer to self-cater and plenty of living space for multiple generations or groups to stay together. The luxury feel extends outside, with glass bi-fold doors leading to a sun-trapped terrace with a sunken hot tub.

    A jukebox with hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s will provide the perfect soundtrack to your stay. You just need to sit back and enjoy the music while looking out at the water and sandy beach.

    Sleeps 10 (5 bedrooms), from £656 per night.

    Anglesey, Wales

    This contemporary house set on the peaceful island of Anglesey, sleeps 10 across five ensuite bedrooms. After exploring the pretty surroundings, there’s plenty to do at home: hop in the seven-person hot tub, kick back in the cinema and games rooms, or make use of the sensational dining room with its double-height cathedral ceiling and glass windows onto the patio.

    The home is pet-friendly so you can bring your pooch along with you. Look out for their welcome gift of local jam, cheese and wine.

    Sleeps 10 (5 bedrooms), from £212 per night.


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