Whilst it is still early days, it looks as though the trend to holiday in the UK is continuing – although the economy is finally emerging from recession many of us are worrying about the uncertain job market and two expensive foreign holidays a year have become a thing of the past. Endless flight delays and cancellations last year (due to volcanic ash (remember that?!), strikes and snow) have also encouraged people to explore the delights of Britain.
Over the last two years many people have enjoyed their first ever holiday at home and discovered that there are plenty of wonderful things to see and do here – so having had great holidays in the UK in previous years, people are now booking for the third year running. Renting large self-catering houses and joining up with another family or two is also growing in popularity as this can be incredibly cheap if you work out the cost per person per week. Larger houses often have a lot of extra facilities on site, such as a trampoline/ tennis court/games room etc which is another benefit as with so much entertainment provided you can save even more money by not leaving the property all week!
Looking for a place in Scotland?
Take Ormidale Mill House which is a stunning house situated on a 21 acre estate in Argyll on the West coast of Scotland. In addition to its 9 bedrooms, the house has use of an indoor swimming pool, tennis court and a games room perfect for those wet days or if you just want somewhere for all the children to have fun without having to get in a car! The estate’s woodland walks extend into 1000s of acres of forestry commission land and the immediate area is just beautiful. It’s an ideal house for a family self-catering holiday or a family reunion.
Wales – ideal for a family holiday
Another option to consider is Four Ashes on the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. This beautiful detached 6 bedroom house has views across the water. Situated in Pembrokeshire National Park, the property offers easy access to the unspoilt Pembrokeshire coast and coastal path, glorious sandy beaches and abundant wildlife. This Welsh holiday property has its own tennis court and to top it all a boathouse and moorings! So it is ideal for any boat fanatics – not many properties can boast their own boathouse.
An English Holiday Gem
For the larger groups Stonnwall Manor is a truly magnificent Grade I listed Elizabethan Manor that provides self-catering accommodation for up to 19. It stands amidst its own private, beautifully landscaped gardens set within a Local Preservation Area. There is a croquet lawn and games room in addition to all the stunning features of this 16th century manor house. This English gem is really worth considering if you would like to find a luxury holiday let in England.