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5 alternative staycation destinations in England - and where to stay

Laura Hampson
·3-min read
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A cottage in Shropshire, anyone? (Sykes Holiday Cottages)

Holidays are (finally) on the horizon. With 12 April pencilled in as the date self-catering accommodation can possibly open in England, it’s time to start thinking about where you want to head first.

As we ease into summer, Cornwall and Devon are natural choices. But the warmer the weather gets, the more the crowds flock, so why not try an alternative staycation destination instead?

To help you plan a trip to an area you've not visited before, Sykes Holiday Cottages has done the research and put together a few of its stand-out homes based in lesser-visited locales.

Read more: The UK seaside cottages to book for your summer staycation

From the North York Moors to the rolling hills of Shropshire, here’s where to head this year to explore more of England.

Bailey Cottage in Bursledon, Hampshire

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(Sykes Holiday Cottages)

Based in the Hampshire village of Burlesdon, this 18th century abode looks as if it has been plucked from a fairytale. Inside, there’s a game room for the kids, a lovely light-filled kitchen and an expansive garden complete with a hot tub. New Forest and South Downs are just a short drive away, as are the towns of Southampton and Portsmouth.

Sleeps: 10

Price: £575 for 7 nights | Book here

Tricker's Cottage in Morton on the Hill, Norfolk

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(Sykes Holiday Cottages)

A barn conversion in the heart of Norfolk, Tricker’s Cottage is perfect for those looking for a socially-distanced escape. Behind its brick facade, there’s a very modern interior and it even comes with a deep soak tub to help you truly relax. The Broads are nearby, as is Marriott's Way, a 26-mile footpath, bridleway and cycle route.

Sleeps: 4

Price: £557 for 7 nights | Book here

The Byre in Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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(Sykes Holiday Cottages)

A stone cottage perched on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, The Byre offers a romantic break for two. After a day exploring the moors, it’s best to serve dinner al fresco in the summer or cosy up with a blanket on the couch during cooler evenings.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £405 for 7 nights | Book here

Tom’s Hut in Pembridge, Herefordshire

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(Sykes Holiday Cottages)

A luxury shepherd’s hut in the village of Pembridge in Hertfordshire, Tom’s Hut comes complete with a large hot tub for taking in the starry night sky. There’s also a wood-burning stove and shower, and it’s easy to set off for a hike through the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from here.

Sleeps: 2

Price: £405 for 7 nights | Book here

Swallows Cottage in Harley, Shropshire

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(Sykes Holiday Cottages)

Plonked in the pretty south Shropshire village of Harley, Swallows Cottage has oodles of character. Think ceilings with exposed beams, a large kitchen and a sun-soaked patio. The popular market town of Much Wenlock is nearby and there’s plenty of walks to do from your doorstep, too.

Sleeps: 4

Price: £642 for 7 nights | Book here

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