My Top 8 Staycations: Getting Away Without the Hassle

Britain is brilliant – we know this. But never before has its diversity, beauty and culture been brought so sharply into focus. 

With so many destinations to choose from, I thought I’d give you a helping hand by sharing my top 8 places to stay in the UK. 


It’s our French Riviera of sorts – there’s sun, sea, art, history… and don’t forget the boats. Yes, Cornwall has everything you could want from a holiday in spades (see what I did there). So whether it’s a getaway for two or a family foray, you can’t go wrong with a Cornish break. It’s famed for its ice cream and fresh fish – two of my favourite things. In short, there’s a reason it’s such a go-to destination. 

The Lake District

Lakes aside (which honestly are drop dead gorgeous… you think you know how beautiful they are but until you’re there you just don’t… it’s something else), the Lake District is also famed for its walks, the pubs and the landscapes that inspired Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, to name but two. Whether you choose to pen a poem about it or not, the Lake District is not to be missed. 

Sussex by the Sea

Ok, ok, I know I’m biased (because, for those of you that don’t know, I am lucky enough to call Sussex home). But seriously – Sussex is amazing. There are sandy beaches for miles at the Witterings, the South Downs National Park, offering incredible vistas galore, history and castles galore …and then there’s home of all things bright, bold and bohemian – Brighton. A stone’s throw (or a short train ride) from London and you’re there. 


They make cream, they eat scones, they are incredibly friendly and oh-my-goodness is Devon beautiful or what? (Rhetorial – it is). Rolling countryside, postcard-perfect seaside towns, historic houses and vibrant towns. It’s a must visit. 

The Outer Hebrides, Scotland

These islands are called ‘outer’ for a reason – this is seclusion and solitude at its best. Fancy a break without the crowds? This is it. The scenery is jaw-droppingly stunning, the wildlife is a wonder to behold, and wherever you go, the cultural heritage is proudly displayed for all to see. Warm… no no no, but quiet, stunning, packed with walks and delightful local produce …oh yes.

Pembrokeshire, Wales

Spectacular flora and fauna, rocky cliffs and golden sands make Pembrokeshire a watersport lover’s delight. Take in the sea air and et your walking boots on, go dolphin-watching or just sit outside a pub of your choice. (I think we can all agree at this point that the latter sounds incredibly appealing).


The earth may not be flat but Suffolk is. Ok not entirely… but compared to the downland of Sussex it’s an interesting step-change. The coast here is gorgeous, as are the towns and villages that line it, and there’s plenty to see and do. Racing, historic houses and fishing excursions, to name but three – but I could go on and on. 


Between Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders you’ll find Northumberland. Home to the world famous Alnwick Castle and its gardens (where some of the scenes from Harry Potter and also Robin Hood Prince of Thieves were filmed, fact fans), you’ll also find some fantastically rugged scenery and beaches here, as well as a whole lot of history. 

Want to discuss any of this further? Me too! Give me a call and let’s talk about your next break.


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