The last couple years have seen a dramatic rise in staycations, with many families embracing the beauty of local towns and villages as airplanes stayed grounded. However, even with many borders reopened, the popularity of British holidays is likely to stay. That’s why we’ve put together our best British holiday homes 2022 list – so you can get started with planning your next not-so-far-away trip.
Best for: cosy country escape
Wisteria Cottage – Somerset
Sip morning coffee on the sunken patio, lounge out in front of the fire or watch the world go by from the bubbling hot tub – Wisteria Cottage is the place to go for a cosy country escape. In recent years, the Grade II listed cottage has been lovingly modernised and today boasts contemporary interiors and elegant furnishings throughout, while managing to retain its original character and charm.
Price from: £49
Best for: book lovers
Austen House – London
Once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Henry, this characterful home stays true to the Regency period with its stylised furnishings, exquisite antiques and various trinkets on display. It also serves as a wonderful base to explore the surrounding area of Marylebone, allowing you to become part of London’s wider society, before heading back to the Jane Sitting Room for a spot of afternoon tea.
Price from: £306pppn
Best for: multi-generational families
If you’re looking for a great location with plenty of facilities that can also hold all of your large family, Kyles of Bute House may be the one for you. Just a short drive away from Argyll’s beaches, this Victorian villa comes with a games room, pool table, boules and table tennis to keep active kids entertained, while spacious living areas let you all come together for some special quality time.
We’d suggest whipping up a feast in the open-plan kitchen-diner in winter, while the terrace with barbeque and firepit is made for those warm summer nights.
Price from: £40pppn
Best for: two couples
The Little Cottage – Lake District
Relax and unwind among the elegant furnishings and contemporary interiors of The Little Cottage. Found within the picturesque village of Elterwater, this restored luxury cottage can accommodate two couples looking for a romantic Lake District getaway. Dine outside during the summer months, perhaps taking a relaxing soak in the hot tub, before getting cosy beside the woodburning stove – drinking wine or melting marshmallows? You decide.
Price from: £71pppn
Best for: garden fun
Comforts Place – Surrey
The clue is in the name when it comes to Comforts Place – this 15th century Surrey home holds everything you need for a rejuvenating escape, boasting a swimming pool, tennis court, games room and sauna. However, we love it most for the location, surrounded by 20 acres of countryside and award-winning gardens.
Thanks to its 10 bedrooms, you can get the whole family together here, featuring multiple entertaining spaces for when you’re not exploring the great outdoors together.
Price from: £75pppn
Best for: seaside getaway
The Breakers – Kent
At The Breakers Beach House, you can wake up with a view of rolling waves right outside your window. A south-easterly facing spot, it benefits from stunning sunrises and sunsets alike, allowing you to enjoy panoramic views throughout the year – you can even spy France in the distance on clearer days.
Whether you prefer takeaway fish and chips on the sand or walk to the nearby village of Sandgate for some gourmet dining, this beautiful home allows you to taste some much-needed, fresh salty air.
Price from: £82pppn
Best for: large groups
Catchfrench Manor – Cornwall
Whether you’re marking a reunion, special birthday or family celebration, Catchfrench Manor will serve as an amazing backdrop for all of your staycation festivities. Situated near the Cornwall/Devon border with easy access to the South West Coast Path, this Grade II-listed home is bursting with history you’ll be eager to explore.
Multiple entertaining spaces will be at your disposal, while the two independent apartments on the lower ground floor allow those looking for some peace and quiet a welcome reprieve. Otherwise, let the party go on beside gothic windows, behind panelled doors and next to a polished marble hearth.
Price from: £49pppn
Best for: sustainable living
The Cobblers Cottage – The Cotswolds
Ready to escape your worries and head to the countryside? Us too. And The Cobblers Cottage is the perfect spot to disconnect from it all. Ideally located to explore the local wildlife and family parks as well as many Cotswolds villages, it has been wonderfully modernised while retaining traditional features like beautiful beaming ceilings and a fireplace.
The real draw here is its impressive sustainability credentials – the owners have won numerous awards for their work on ethical, responsible approach to tourism, insulating this quaint cottage while equipping it with LED lighting that uses green electricity. Looking to keep that good work going overseas? Explore our full sustainable villa collection.
Price from: £41pppn
Best for: room with a view
Hilltop Lodge – The Highlands
It’s not surprising Hilltop Lodge is included in our top British holiday homes 2022 list – it was also named one of the best UK houses to rent by Conde Naste Traveller last year. It offers the most jaw-dropping views over the surrounding Highlands; from hazy mornings to midday sunshine and onto moonlit nights, you’ll find yourself living on the lodge’s private deck.
However, when you do spend time inside, a warming, contemporary space awaits, crafted to an open-plan design that allows for socialising with friends and enjoying meals together. Then, venture out across the 5.5 acres of private ground, taking plenty of tranquil snaps along the way.
Price from: £89pppn
Best for: history fanatics
Rose Hall – Suffolk
Those hoping to live like royalty will relish a stay at the beautiful Rose Hall. Giving you enviable access to the wetlands, beaches and waterways of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, this recently renovated home is brimming with historic details, with its oldest parts dating back to the early 1700s.
Alongside homely furnishings, you’ll find contemporary paintings and artful trinkets, while olive trees fill the garden room – what could be more classically appealing than that?
Price from: £110pppn
That’s not all! We have plenty more UK holiday homes for you to scroll through and find your perfect 2022 getaway. Our knowledgeable Oliver’s Travels concierge team are on hand to help book your luxury cottage or villa in the UK. Whether you’re looking for romantic escapes or beachside breaks, our holiday homes to rent will be just what you’re after.