At this time of year, it can be hard to find a holiday in the location you want. The most popular destinations get booked up early on in the year and if you’ve had to leave it until the last minute, it can be frustrating when you can’t find what you’re looking for. Here at Sykes, we know everything there is to know about holidaying in the UK. If there isn’t an available holiday in the area you wanted, we’ll use our expert knowledge to provide you with some alternative options in an area that will match all of your holiday requirements but that you may not have previously considered. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Instead of Cornwall… try Dorset
Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK but with popularity comes a shortage of last-minute options. We do still have some fantastic cottages in Cornwall with availability for this summer but if you can’t find what you’re looking for in Cornwall, have you thought about Dorset instead? Like Cornwall, Dorset also offers spectacular coastline (think Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove), sweeping countryside, charming villages and plenty of walking and cycling opportunities. There are family attractions aplenty here and there’s lots of history and heritage to discover. Don’t miss out on a fantastic holiday spot just because you weren’t as familiar with it as other South West destinations!
Instead of the Lake District… try the Eden Valley
We’ve all heard of the Lake District, but have you heard about Cumbria’s best kept secret, the Eden Valley? The Eden Valley is a real hidden gem, situated between the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales. It has all the sweeping valleys, lush green countryside and characterful villages of the Lakes, as well as being located along Britain’s most scenic railway line, from Carlisle to Settle. Its quieter status means that you’re more likely to find some availability here and what’s more, the Eden Valley offers the best of both worlds as you’re still within driving distance of the Lakes if you had your heart set on venturing there.
Instead of the North Cotswolds… try the South Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are one of the most charming places in the country with picturesque, quintessentially English villages, quaint country pubs and bags of history. Most visitors to this area flock to the North Cotswolds, where you’ll find villages such as Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. However, last year, the Lonely Planet listed the South Cotswolds as one of the Top 50 ‘secret’ holiday destinations in Europe. The South Cotswolds are just as beautiful as the North and don’t come with the same level of tourist footfall, offering a slower pace of life and often a more authentic feel. Villages such as Castle Combe, Malmesbury and Lacock are perfect spots for a South Cotswolds holiday.
To see our full range of holiday cottages, please visit our website. We have over 5,500 fantastic self-catering cottages for you to choose from across the UK and Ireland and we’ll do our very best to find you the perfect holiday for your trip.