It’s safe to say that the summer holidays have officially landed here in the UK, although for many people it may not feel like a lot has changed from the previous four or five months, having been locked down with our children at home.
So in our latest blog we have taken a look at some affordable UK staycation destinations for a family of four in the southwest, that are still available, using the alternative accommodation search engine Airbnb.
For many it has felt like the summer holidays started back in March when the government officially locked the UK down. However, now the real holiday period is here but it’s still too risky to go abroad it feels very different to how summer holidays have felt in the past. In most cases we are simply not allowed into the countries that we would normally have flocked to. In other cases you might be able to go but you would have to quarantine when you got back, which doesn’t sound fun or practical.
So what are the alternatives? We have done some research and checked out some of the more affordable vacation destinations here in the UK.
Dorset has been a popular spot for those holidaying in the UK for years now. Destinations such as Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch have a huge amount of low cost hotels and B&B’s to choose from and have both countryside and beach destinations to explore. You even have the option to pick an Airbnb location at some very competitive prices.
We had a good look and found a huge array of options. From double rooms that can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children for as a little as £71 per night totalling £496 for a week’s stay in the third week of August 2020, to entire flats that can accommodate your whole family for £126 per night for the week. That is £920 for the rental, with a £36 discount for a week’s booking, a £25 cleaning fee and a £154 service fee, totalling £1,063 for the week for four people in 5 star rated accommodation, you will have all the comforts of home at your disposal whilst still being able to explore a new area during the day.
Bearing in mind that most of the time you’ll be out exploring the coastline or the stunning beauty of the New Forest, you’ll spend very little time in your actual accommodation.
Devon is the next of the affordable UK staycation destinations we explored and has a huge range of exciting options available.
Again we scoured the options and found some amazing offers.
One that really stood out is the glamping option in Devon. You can rent a glamping bell tent surrounded by the beauty of Exmoor. The tents are advertised as having comfortable beds, with cosy quilts and a wood burning stove should the weather get cooler during the evenings. They even have an all-weather tennis court to use if you want to stay local for the day and a fishing lake if that’s more your style.
Devon has some amazing places to visit. From the awe inspiring Exeter Cathedral for those who love their historical architecture to the Plymouth Gin Distillery for those who love their…gin. It also has some stunning beaches such as Woolacombe where you can either stretch-out and relax on the soft sandy beach or alternatively, you can learn to surf if you’re up for a bit more excitement. There are so many things you can do in Devon. The hiking is second to none and the scenery is simply unforgettable.
The cost of the 5 Star rated Bell Tent Glamping experience is £101 per night with a £63 discount for a week’s booking. Add the service fee of £120 and you get a total of £828 for the week for two adults and two children. That would be one holiday in the UK you wouldn’t forget in a hurry.
The last of the affordable UK staycation destinations we found that sound like fun is in Cornwall. It’s the Volkswagen California Camper Van. For one week from Friday to Friday it would cost just £472 all in. That would accommodate two adults and two children and would also allow you to explore the area in and around St Ives in the van during the day, then come back to your designated spot to sleep each evening.
Cornwall has been a favourite holiday destination many across the UK for decades now. It has 250 miles of coastline and can boast over 300 beaches to choose from. However, when you get bored of sunning yourself on the lush sandy shores, you can hike the Cornish Coastal Path and take in the breath taking coastline, including the legendary Tintagel Castle of King Arthur fame.
You could even visit the Eden Project. It’s a full day out from adventure zip lines and adventure activities to the botanical gardens hidden in the famous domes. It’s like nowhere else you will find in the UK.
There are so many affordable options if you have a good look for where you want to go and then include the number of people you want to accommodate and for how long.
Simply visit Airbnb.co.uk, or do a Google search, enter the four basic search criteria: Where, check in date, check out date and how many people and the results will be listed in price order.
You could also try destinations like the Lake District, the Norfolk Coast, Kent and many more besides. It’s surprising how many affordable UK staycation destinations there are when you really start looking.
The above destinations and options were available whilst being researched however things are booking up quickly, so have a look for your particular options and find yourself a bargain.
We hope you find something fun and affordable to do for your summer 2020 holidays this year.