Planning a family staycation this year? Vrbo, a global expert for family holiday homes for more than 25 years, has thousands of holiday homes in the UK to choose from and makes picking the perfect one for your family easy and surprisingly good fun.
After 25 years of matching people and properties, Vrbo now offers more than two million holiday homes across the globe. So think of anywhere and there’s a good chance Vrbo have a holiday rental right there, ready, waiting and within your budget. Of course, in the UK this year most families are thinking staycation for spring or summer and looking for more peace of mind than ever when it comes to holiday bookings.
Not only does Vrbo have one of the UK’s widest selections of holiday homes to rent in 2021, everywhere from Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland is covered by a Book With Confidence Guarantee. On the planning front, Vrbo's new Trip Board feature lets families share the fun of choosing a holiday home; which keeps everyone happy and definitely de-stresses multi-gen family staycation plans. You can even get together and take Virtual Tours of a variety of Vrbo holiday rentals in the UK now too. And if a walkthrough isn’t quite enough to answer all your questions, just ask the Vrbo Virtual Assistant, available online 24/7 for help and advice.
So with the possibility of travel opening up from 12 April 2021, where would you like to plan a family staycation in the UK this year? Start with a look at 10 amazing holiday homes all over the country, handpicked by Vrbo with families in mind.
Set in the North Derbyshire village of Fenny Bentley, Yew Tree is a perfect English cottage right down to its flower-filled garden and picket gate. If your family staycation demands traditional charm and character, you’ll find it here, inside and out. But thanks to careful renovation by local craftsmen this lovely home also has a modern family kitchen, cosy living room with wood burning stove and two pretty double bedrooms to go with its original beams and fireplaces. Dovedale is nearby and the Peak District National Park is like a vast, natural adventure playground for kids, right on the doorstep.
Big sea views and even bigger beaches are on most family staycation wish lists this year. And Kittiwake cottage on the South Devon coast ticks both those boxes and sits on an elevated site too. So the sea views here aren’t just big, they’re close to panoramic, and everywhere, from the sitting room windows and bedrooms to the pretty garden patio. Kittiwake is a good choice for a multi-gen family holiday as it sleeps eight guests and is also pet friendly.
A 17th century cottage with a still working waterwheel is the type of holiday home that turns a family staycation into a fairy tale for kids. Mill Cottage’s pretty garden is also bordered by the River Caen, for a little extra enchantment. The nearby village of Braunton is a short walk away for shops, restaurants and even surfing supplies. And if you want to stretch your legs a little more, head for the beach at Saunton Sands, three miles walk to the west of Mill Cottage – or an even easier drive.
A holiday home as charming as Smithycroft and within easy reach of Dorset’s remarkable Jurassic Coast is what the best family staycation dreams are all about this year. This lovely thatched cottage is surrounded by South West countryside with its well marked paths and trails, so it’s made for family walks. And nearby Lyme Regis will thrill young would-be palaeontologists. The cottage itself has been thoughtfully renovated and mixes original features such as an inglenook fireplace with luxuries like a rolltop bath and a large, well designed family kitchen.
A boating holiday is an amazing adventure for kids, but mostly a lot of work for the grown-up crew. This houseboat on the River Ouse is a break for everyone. Moored just five minutes from the historic centre of York, it’s carefully designed to make a family staycation effortless, though still with a nautical feel. Think portholes and a cute, cabin-like sitting room; only no sailing necessary, just a lot of fun and some amazing memories of staying on the only houseboat in York with its own mooring.
Celebrate the welcome return of holidays with a family staycation at Pele Tower, a 13th century keep, close to Northumberland National Park. Barrelled ceilings, carved stone fireplaces and a full-size snooker table all add to the sense of grandeur here. But this comfortable family home manages to feel cosy and welcoming too. And as an extra bit of drama for kids, Whittingham Vale is just minutes from Alnwick Castle, better known as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.
Dalkeith House is a grand, but not even slightly stuffy, Georgian Manse in the Scottish Borders and the perfect setting for a large family staycation. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a big, well-equipped kitchen make for a great balance of together time and space to yourself. Kids will love the interesting garden – dogs too. And you’re right in the heart of the traditional border village of Newcastleton, minutes from mountain biking and hiking trails, and within easy reach of Northumberland National Park and the Dark Skies at Kielder Observatory.
There really are alpaca at this charming cottage in Frampton, Dorset. A herd of 14 to be exact, and they roam the neighbouring parkland, originally landscaped by Capability Brown and another reason why this property is so charming. If no family staycation is complete without animal encounters, kids can get close to alpaca at feeding time and even take them on guided walks. The River Frome is just a few minutes away – perfect for paddling. And Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a short drive south.
The Star Dome is an extraordinary, back to nature family staycation for dreamers, aspiring astronomers and kids who love getting close to the great outdoors, but with plenty home comforts. Just for a little extra magic, The Star Dome sits in a woodland glade, features a natural fire and even has access to a Scandinavian woodfired hot tub. Beautifully furnished and supremely cosy, this experience is likely to set the bar high for any future family glamping holidays.
There’s never been a year quite like 2021 for putting together a big, ambitious, once-in-a-lifetime family staycation. And if that’s what you have in mind, The Beach House is the ideal setting. An Arts & Crafts mansion house built in 1896 and recently restored, it’s a truly original holiday home. The sea views are spectacular. And if you don’t want to walk the few minutes to Exmouth Beach, there’s even a swimming pool in the large, landscaped gardens.