Hey guys! The last few months have been so surreal but I hope you’re all good, taking care of your mental and staying safe ❤️
It feels so weird to be writing again because it’s been ages since I last posted and that’s for a number of reasons but I’ll save that for another post…
Now as we all know, coronavirus has had the whole world on it’s toes for a while now. So many plans have been thrown up in the air because of it – some of them being travel related. It may be a long time till some of us can go abroad but that doesn’t mean we can’t go on holidays or travel within our own country!
That’s pretty much what a staycation is – it can be a vacation where you stay in your home country or town and do activities local to you or it can be one where you visit a new town or city in your home country and stay there for a few days.
A really popular staycation idea is one where you get a big group of people together and rent a holiday cottage in somewhere rural for 2 to 3 days.
If you haven’t been on one before then now is the time to start thinking of doing one or start planning one for when lockdown is over! I’ve been on 2 big group staycations now and have had so much fun on both occasions.
I’ve put together a list of cottages, barns and mansions across England that are perfect for big groups ranging from 8 to 40 (yes 40) people. You’ll find that most of them have BBQs and gardens as a minimum which are great features to have especially if you plan on going away in summer.
As holiday accommodation in the UK including hotels, B&Bs and holiday rentals begin to open up on July 4th, you’ll find that a lot of people are beginning to have the same idea of doing staycations and places are getting booked up really quickly. With that in mind if you already have a group of friends who are keen on going away and are ready to book then I’d strongly advise reserving somewhere as soon as you’re able to!
Here are some of the places I found:
Location: Winchelsea, Sussex
Facilities: BBQ, garden, hot tub
Location: Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
Facilities: Shared gym and spa area, onsite cafe
￼Location: Haverhill, Suffolk
Facilities: BBQ, garden, pool house, games/cinema room, hot tub
Location: Padstow, Cornwall
Facilities: Garden, hot tub
Location: Deal, Kent
Facilities: BBQ, garden, snooker table
Location: Kingsdown, Kent
Facilities: BBQ, garden, outdoor swimming pool, games room, nearby beach
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Facilities: BBQ, garden, hot tub, shared tennis court
Facilities: BBQ, garden, cinema screen, steam room, hot tub
Location: Canterbury, Kent
Facilities: BBQ, garden, hot tub, pool table
Location: Crowborough, East Sussex
Facilities: BBQ, garden, pool house, hot tub
Location: Saltford, Somerset
Facilities: BBQ, garden, hot tub, sauna, pool table
Location: Alresford, Essex
Facilities: BBQ, garden, hot tub, orangery
Location: Carsington, Derbyshire
Sleeps: 19-35 (2 to 3 complexes)
Facilities: Garden, hot tubs, outdoor swimming pool
Location: Torquay, Devon
Facilities: BBQ, garden, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, nearby beach
*Minimum stay is 7 nights but message the owner if you’d prefer a shorter stay – doesn’t hurt to try!
Location: Richmond, Yorkshire
Facilities: BBQ, garden, games/exercise room
A friend of mine puts together staycations 2-3 times a year and one of them will be taking place at this cottage this summer! (Yes I’ll be attending and can’t wait 😆)
Location: Goudhurst, Kent
Facilities: BBQ, garden, games room, outdoor swimming pool, pool house, games room, silent disco with up to 50 headsets, tennis court
Location: Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex
Facilities: BBQ, garden, hot tub
Location: Doddington, Kent
Sleeps: 26-40 (4 complexes)
Facilities: BBQ, garden, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court
I stayed here a few years ago on my first big group staycation and would deffo recommend checking it out. Click here to read about my experience! I also did a visual recap of the trip on my instagram (check my highlights, it’s under ‘Summer Staycation‘).
Location: Belper, Derbyshire
Facilities: BBQ, garden, games room, outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, arctic cabin
Location: Ingbirchworth, Sheffield
Facilities: BBQ, garden, games room, cinema room, mini bar, hot tubs
This list is not exhaustive and I will continue to add more places that I find so that you have a wide range to choose from. If you book any of the accommodation options that you see on this page feel free to leave a comment down below, I’d love to know how your staycation goes!
Thank you for reading and stay safe!
Peace, love and flights,