14 July 2014

Staycations – Five places to stay in the UK

Holidaying in the UK doesn’t have to mean holiday camps or hotels. We take a look at five unusual staycation options that offer something a little bit different.


Staying in a treehouse is one way to hit new heights on your holiday. It’s the stuff of childhood dreams, enabling you escape to your very own secret hideaway. Holiday treehouses are less basic than you might imagine; some are kitted out with modern facilities and are surprisingly spacious. Many feature play areas for the kids. You might find yourself crossing a rope bridge over a pond to reach your destination, or even soaking in a hot tub on the terrace!


If you really want to get away from it all without spending a small fortune, this is a seaside holiday with a difference. Many old lighthouse keepers’ cottages across the UK have been converted into holiday homes, and some even have a swimming pool or jacuzzi. What they all have in common is spectacular views, but they also offer great opportunities to spot wildlife and go rock climbing, or you can simply relax to the sound of lapping waves.

Lighthouse holidays are often in far-flung areas of the UK, so make sure you’ve got travel insurance in case of transport delays, or cancellation.


Cruising down Britain’s waterways on a narrowboat is a tranquil adventure like no other.

Wending your way in and out of locks and under bridges, you can settle back and enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside, occasionally stopping off at canal-side pubs when you get peckish. Canal boats are perfect for couples and families alike, with some sleeping up to 12 people. They can be hired for a long weekend, a week, or longer. And the best thing is, you won’t have to endure the stress of getting held up in traffic.


If you like the idea of camping, but don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, luxury camping – or 'glamping' – is for you. It’s ideal if you want to economise, but still stay in plush accommodation. You can enjoy some wonderful surroundings in unusual locations, getting close to nature and sleeping under the stars.

Teepees and yurts are becoming very popular with holidaymakers and festival-goers. They come complete with proper beds, cushions, rugs and storage facilities. Many also have wooden floors and rain caps, giving you the ultimate, comfortable camping experience.


You can be king of the castle or lord of the manor when you stay at a holiday home run by English Heritage.

All of their accommodation offers a unique experience, and you’re surrounded by history. You’ll be staying in a stylish apartment with all mod cons, so there’s no need to worry about languishing in a cold, dark dungeon.

Among the sites on offer are Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, where you can walk the ramparts before bedtime, and the sergeant major’s house at Dover Castle, which has wonderful views of the Channel. Couples can snuggle up in the custodian’s house at Pendennis Castle in Cornwall, which was built by Henry VIII to defend the south coast from attack.


If you opt to book a staycation this summer, it’s important to remember that you’ll still need travel insurance to protect you against lost luggage or cancellations. Look out for current accounts which offer travel insurance, such as Nationwide's FlexAccount, which offers free European travel insurance (provided by UK Insurance Limited) for eligible customers.

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