Monday, 28 July 2014

There's Nothing Like A Staycation

I have a guest post for you today on a subject that is close to my heart - holidaying in the UK.  For the past three years we have spent our holidays in the UK and whilst we haven't always been blessed with great weather we have always had a fab time!  My passport has just run out and I am in no hurry to renew it, there are loads of great places right here in the UK we are yet to explore.  Plus I want to stay in that chapel!!

 (photo taken in Babbacombe)

When we think of summer holidays, it's often holidaying abroad that springs to mind.  But should we really be overlooking what's right under our noses?  Sure, the UK doesn't have the climate of Southern Europe or further afield but it does have plenty of other things going for it - and when the sun does shine you certainly know about it.  People are instantly happier, pub gardens are packed, people flock to the seaside, you can smell the barbecues going from about lunchtime onwards and, of course, there's the unmistakeable sound of the ice cream van doing its rounds.

 (Photo taken in Ilfracombe)
The UK has some amazing places to visit and something to suit every holiday preference, so what kind of accommodation can you stay in while you're exploring our green and pleasant land? Take a look:

Boats - That's right you don't have to stay on land if you want to holiday in the UK - why not take to the water and explore the beautiful canals and other waterways throughout England, not to mention those in Wales and Scotland too.  Perhaps stay on a beautiful canal boat and navigate along your chosen route, mooring up in a different place each night, sunbathing on deck in your swimming costumes (if you need a new one for your trip choose from the great range of George's swimming costumes), popping into the local riverside pub for dinner and discovering the pretty towns and villages along your way.

(Photo taken in Brixham)

Glamping - Camping is so much more than it used to be.  Gone are the days when you had to rough it in a field full of mud with only a shared toilet and shower to freshen up.  These days you can holiday in luxury yurts, tee-pees, pretty bell tents, beautiful huts in the woods, traditional gypsy caravans and even state of the art tree houses.  Four poster beds, heating, your own private meadow and stunning interiors await you if you fancy something a bit out of the ordinary.  A particularly unusual choice is The Chapel in the grounds of Walcot Hall in Shropshire.  Nestled deep in the trees, this beautiful chapel has been lovingly restored and was even featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4.

Unusual Choices - Of course you can't get much more unusual than a chapel in the middle of the woods for your holiday accommodation, or so you would think.  Why not stay in a lighthouse cottage, or even a windmill?  Perhaps you're a history buff and would like something more than staying in your very own castle or historic manor house.  Or maybe a working farm is somewhere you'd enjoy staying if you have a love of animals and the countryside.

In terms of accommodation to suit every taste, the UK really does have it all, so dream big and imagine where you would love to stay - chances are you'll find it right here!

 (Photo taken in Brixham)



  1. I'm all about staying in the UK Dorset and West Wales rival anything abroad xx

  2. Totally agree! We usually have one long haul holiday every couple of years but a lot of our holidays recently have been spent in the UK, there's sooo many beautiful places that I want to visit. Just came back from a weekend of camping in the New Forest which was wonderful, we couldn't have asked for better weather for it!

  3. I holidayed with my grandparents in a caravan on the Devon seashore as I child and loved it! I've never forgotten about that wonderful trip. I also stayed at the Welsh seaside and it was glorious. We're doing staycations here, too, and one day, we want to travel across Canada (my home) by train.

  4. I live in the states, but its funny because I was just talking to a coworker this week about how I have never done a staycation, she highly suggested it, and even doing one in the city we live in alone. How much fun it is to get away to a pampered room and maybe have some spa time! Your post has inspired me to do it sometime soon!


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