10 Cool British Breaks for Your Stay at Home Summer
The Great British Summer is upon us and time to hang up the 9-5 for a week or two. Woohoo!
Some tripsologists have said poor exchange rates and uncertainty over Brexit has put them off going abroad and are planning to spend their downtime here instead.
If you’re looking for inspiration on what to do on home turf this summer… here are our top UK breaks for some super cool fun (hopefully in the sun!)
Romantic Treehouses for Couples – Glenshee, Scotland
Get set for some serious romance and fresh mountain air hanging out at these luxury treehouses this summer. Set on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, the two architect designed properties can be found on Dalnoid Holiday Cottages site in picturesque Glenshee.
They both look super cool and they even have a hot tub! Just imagine sitting in there with a nice bottle of fizz looking out on to beautiful mountain views with your other half. Both treehouses are available for couples only. No children or pets allowed and there’s a minimum stay of two nights required.
Book these amazing properties via www.quirkyaccom.com
Vintage Gypsy Caravan Experience – Somerset, England
Now for something truly unique…who hasn’t dreamt of staying in the same kind of caravan The Famous Five had one of their adventures in? Gypsy Caravan Breaks has exactly this and it looks so much fun. There are actually two caravans available to rent – one is called Ruby and the other is …yep, you guessed it –The Famous Five!
Located on a charming cider apple orchard in Somerset, The Famous Five caravan offers cosy accommodation for two – with room for a small, younger child if required.
The Ruby is positioned on a different spot in a private meadow nearby.
According to the website, the owners are happy to pull the caravans into the same orchard if your party consists of more than two people. This sounds like a wonderful experience for two couples or small families who want to take life at a much easier and slower pace. Ah bliss…
To book or enquire about the caravans contact the owners online at www.gypsycaravanbreaks.co.uk or call them on 01458 274944
Chilled out riverside retreat – The Boathouse, Kirkcudbright, Scotland
What could be more relaxing than taking a peaceful break by the river, looking out onto the water all day long? Take a look at this three-bedroomed hideaway which you can find in the sleepy historic town of Kirkcudbright in south-west Scotland. You’ll be right on the water’s edge yet still close to all the town’s amenities – ideal for stocking up on some food and drink to enjoy in your riverside bolthole. Or if you don’t want to do any cooking, you’ll find some nice eateries within a short walk of the property.
The house sleeps six, perfect for a group of friends or a family getaway. To book or for more information go to www.oneoffplaces.co.uk
Glamping in Yurts – various locations across the UK
If a taste of life in the wild is what you’re after but you still need your creature comforts, staying in a yurt could be just the ticket. Canopy & Stars have some absolute crackers that offer a homely camping experience yet with luxuries that you don’t often get in a regular tent such as proper beds, rugs and wood burning stoves.
This sounds ideal if you enjoy the outdoors and a bit of adventure but don’t want to have to channel your inner boy scout on your break. Best of both worlds.
UK Family Attraction Breaks
Ok, so you might not be digging out the buckets and spades this summer – unless the weather improves but if you have kids, you’ll need to keep them amused for a while during the holidays and what better way to put a smile on their face than with a fun theme park adventure? Britain has some great places to go for all the fun of the fair.
Choose from amazing attractions such as Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers, LEGOLAND® Windsor, Drayton Manor and Cadbury World. Superbreak have some good package deals on offer that include tickets and accommodation. Some even have the option of adding rail travel – perfect if you don’t fancy driving and listening to “are we there there?” every five minutes. Train journeys with kids can be a bit of an adventure in themselves.
Check out the latest prices and packages at www.superbreak.com
Walking and Rambling Breaks- get in touch with nature
Britain has some of the loveliest scenery, especially in the summer months when the flowers are in full bloom and the woodlands are lush with green foliage. You don’t have to spend much money to appreciate these beautiful landscapes – all you need is a decent pair of boots and you’re sorted!
Great Little Breaks have a nice choice of locations for your walking holiday. You could be stretching those legs and breathing in lots of fresh air in the Peak District, Snowdonia, Northumberland, Arrocher, North Yorkshire or even the glorious Lake District.
See what’s on offer at www.greatlittlebreaks.com
Dog Friendly Cottages – Don’t leave the pooch at home
Your furry friend needs a holiday too and we’ve found some amazing self-catering cottages where your dog will be made most welcome. That way you all get a break together without the heartache of leaving your canine companion behind at the kennels.
Choose from rural or coastal locations – both ideal for those big long walks. Staycation Holidays have some lovely places to stay with your four-legged friend such as Ullswater, Cotswold Water Park, Kilmington and St Agnes. Check them out at https://www.staycationholidays.co.uk
Top Spa Breaks – rejuvenate your mind, body and soul
It’s all about the chill factor and we’ve found you some of the most beautiful, blissed out spa retreats around the UK. Just the job if you’ve not got a big holiday booked but still need some pampering or some R&R!
Travel isn’t just about seeing new places and ticking off things to see – it’s also about enhancing our sense of well-being, relaxing and recharging the batteries.
Life can get stressful and we all need time out – in other words get our mojos back. Take a look at some of the stunning spa and wellness breaks on offer in some great locations too with www.spabreaks.com
Barge and Canal Boat Holidays
Canal boat holidays are ideal if you fancy a waterway adventure with friends and family – navigating locks and steering is all part of the experience…and the fun!
Waterways Holidays offer some fantastic breaks and no previous boating experience is required and full instruction will be given at the start of your holiday. Sounds perfect!
Be a Tourist in Your Home Town
Now this sounds like a lot of fun. Let’s face it; most of us don’t bother too much about the attractions or history on our doorsteps but wouldn’t it be cool to explore your own city or town like a visitor? Get out and about on home turf this summer and see the museums, see the galleries and visit places you’ve always known were there but have largely ignored. A good starting point is your local tourist information office or simply search for ‘things to do’ in your area.
We think this is a great idea and we reckon lots of your fellow tripsologists will be interested in what you uncover. You can then update your profile with hints and tips on what to do in your city – become an expert local guide.
Are you planning to stay at home this summer? If you’ve got a fun and quirky trip booked why not share your plans with the community and help inspire other tripsologists with your exciting plans.
Be sure to share some pics with us and wherever you end up, have a great time!