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Best Places in Britain for Summer Holidays

As the weather starts to warm up, thoughts turn to summer holidays and booking a break away.  Planning a ‘staycation’ in Britain can be an appealing idea, particularly for those with pets.  No one likes to leave their dog in a kennel and with a break in the UK you can take your precious pet pooch with you, without missing them whilst you’re away.

With summers getting warmer, the UK can be good weather-wise too, particularly for those that don’t like it too hot.  For a special treat, booking a holiday cottage with a swimming pool can help your summer break feel extra special.

If you’re short on ideas of where to go for your summer vacation, we’ve got some pointers for you on some of the best of Britain when it comes to summertime getaways.


Experience Coast and Countryside this Summer in England’s West Country

Dartmouth in Coastal Devon

Dartmouth in Coastal Devon

With award winning beaches and lush national parks, England’s West Country has to be one of the most popular parts of the UK when it comes to summer holidays.  Perhaps it’s by virtue of the South West being a good bet when it comes to sunshine in the summer months or on account of the renowned beaches in the area, but nowhere quite says summer holiday like England’s South West.

So popular is this area in fact that some families return year after year to this beloved part of England.   Whether Devon, Cornwall, Dorset or Somerset is your favourite, each part of the West Country has its own unique appeal and attractions.  Take note though, holiday cottages in the South West get booked up early, particularly the luxurious ones or holiday houses with leisure facilities such as a hot tub or a swimming pool, so if you want to stay somewhere special  in June, July or August then booking early is recommended.

Go Wild this Summertime in Wales

Pretty Pembrokeshire Coast

Pretty Pembrokeshire Coast

If there’s one thing  people long for when it comes to summer holidays,  it’s the chance to be by the seaside, feel the wind in your hair and breathe in fresh sea air.  Wales with its expansive coastline can be a wonderful place for a coastal holiday.  Whether you choose to explore the Snowdonia coastline (some of which falls within the National Park),  the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park or the Gower Peninsula, each part of coastal Wales has its own unique appeal to offer and charm visitors.

Explore Scotland’s Coast in June, July or August

It’s a little known fact that Scotland has a stunning coastline.  Summer can be the best season to visit Scotland as it’s the time of year when you’re least likely to get rain and most likely to get sunshine.  Everything looks better in the sunshine and Scotland’s coastline is no exception where the sea glistens in the sun and the sand glitters in the sun’s rays.  Whether you love walking, jumping from the sand dunes, boating or watersports, Scotland’s coast is wonderful for experiencing the great outdoors and all these activities are made all the better with the heat of the sun on your back.

One of Scotland’s most beautiful coastal areas is Argyll and Bute with its inlets, coves, beaches and quaint fishing villages.  This is a fantastic part of Scotland to enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits and see stunning sunsets.

Golden Sands of an unspoilt Aberdeenshire beach.

Golden Sands of an unspoilt Aberdeenshire beach.

If you want to truly get away from it all, head for the Aberdeenshire coastline in Scotland.  It’s a well kept secret that this area has miles and miles of golden sandy beaches (some of which can be deserted so you can enjoy them all by yourself!), pretty fishing villages and is one of the best places in Scotland to experience soulful scenery without crowds.    For those keen to explore the road less travelled, a tranquil holiday along the Aberdeenshire coast could be just what you need to feel relaxed and rejuvenated this summer.

We hope we’ve inspired you with our ideas on some of the best places in Britain to holiday in summertime.

Go Rural with a Farm Holiday in the UK

If you’re dreaming of getting away to a tranquil location for your next self-catering break where you can relax far from the hustle and bustle of town or city life, then a stay on a farm could be perfect for you.  The UK is rich in farms, unspoilt farmlands and countryside.  For those who want to enjoy a taste of country life, a farm holiday could be a great option.

Things to Do on a UK Farm Holiday

Relax, Relax and Relax!

Odle Farm Cottages in Devon

Odle Farm Cottages in Devon

Staying in the countryside without the distractions of a village or a town makes it easier to relax.  Listen to bird song, spend quality time with friends or family, meet the animals on the farm and just take it easy.  Many farms have good footpaths as well where you can get out and explore the local countryside at your leisure.

Get Active in the Countryside

Cylists on holiday in the countryside

Cyclists enjoying cycling in the countryside on holiday

Whether you enjoy walking, cycling or wildlife watching, the countryside can be a great place to enjoy one or more of these activities.  When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, some of the best things in life truly are for free.  Horse riding is another great activity, also available in many rural parts of the UK.

Enjoy Day Trips

After all that relaxation, you may want to get out and see some of the local attractions.  Each area in Britain has its own attractions and whether you love visiting historical sites, quaint villages or towns, choose a farm with an appealing choice of places to visit for days out within easy reach.

Types of Accommodation on Britain’s Farms

There are plenty of types of rural accommodation available on British farms.  Depending on the size of the farm, some smallholdings may have just one country cottage or holiday lodge whereas larger farms may have complexes of cottages or barn conversions, sometimes arranged around a courtyard setting.  Some even have fantastic leisure complexes with facilities such as swimming pools or hot tubs.

In short, Britain has an inspiring choice of farm-stay accommodation to choose from, when will you enjoy a taste of the good life?  For inspiration and ideas see our collection of farm cottages.