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Destination guide

Enchantment in England in holiday lettings

From the surf-washed beaches of the Cornish coast to the old mill towns of the North, the wild fells of the Peak District to the hip hubs of the Big Smoke, the land of Old Blighty is peppered with more enchanting England holiday rentals than you can shake a bag of vinegar-doused chips at. There are cosy little boltholes sitting snug on the Yorkshire Moors. There are country cottages with crackling fireplaces between Sussex and Shropshire. There are uber-swish penthouses in the City and elegant Victorian mansions dotting royal cities like Bath and Windsor. What will you choose?

History

Historic attractions near your Sussex holiday let

From the 11th-century Chichester Cathedral to medieval Arundel Castle, Sussex is alive with history. The ruins of the Fishbourne Roman Palace date to AD 75, and there's an elevated catwalk showcasing its beautifully relaid mosaics. Literature buffs flock to Lamb House, the handsome Georgian villa where renowned American writer, Henry James, penned the 1902 bestseller, The Wings of the Dove. From heritage-listed thatched cottages to elegant Victorian period houses, why not snap up a characterful holiday rental property in Sussex?

Things to do

Sightseeing near English holiday cottages

Albion is steeped in history and myth. Sights like the inexplicable Stonehenge stand naked on the landscape – a ghostly reminder of the ancients who roamed the plains of Salisbury some 5,000 years past. Muscular castles like Bamburgh, Windsor and Warwick are haunting Gothic silhouettes that herald another age of invasions and war. Even England holiday rentals in London have a medley of bucket-list draws right on the doorstep, whether that's Big Ben, the mummies of the British Museum or the studios where one Harry Potter was brought to life.

Activities

What to do near English holiday homes

An authentic glimpse of England requires an escape from the city. Leave the urban playgrounds of London or Manchester and roll out to see the sleeping giants that are the Pennines, to trace tales of opium-eating Romantic poets in mountain towns or wander ruined Roman settlements from millennia gone by. As you're getting to grips with the sceptre of the nation's long past, you're also bound to discover the adventure that awaits. England holiday rentals along the coast mean surfing lessons and seafood cooking like you've never tasted. Others mean fell running or challenging feats like the Three Peak Challenge.

Outdoor activities

Coastal hikes near your Sussex holiday rental

Just a stone's throw from Eastbourne, the Seven Sisters, Sussex boasts some of the county's best views. The path scales a series of chalky white cliffs and commands knockout views of the English Channel. Covering a sprawling 628-square-mile footprint, South Downs National Park is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. As you explore the park you'll discover a tapestry of chalky sea cliffs, rolling hillsides, ancient woodlands and chocolate-box villages. If connecting with nature is a priority, escape to serene Sussex holiday cottages in the heart of South Downs National Park.

Weather

Best time to travel to holiday homes in England

Just one glimpse of an English country pub in the height of summer should be enough to show that the people of Blighty know how to make the most of the little good weather that passes their way. If you're eager to enjoy warm days for walking and beachcombing, it's probably best to book your England holiday rentals for months like June, July and August. Before and after that is when things can get wet and chilly. Winter breaks, in December and January, are perfect if you want to see another, wilder side to the country.

Natural features

England from fells to ferocious seas

England's North is largely mountainous, soaring with Scafell Pike and rolling down to the undulating York Moors. The south is flatter and sculpted, peppered with quaint farmhouses and endless swathes of green fields. Real treats include the UNESCO Lake District, a land of waters and summits and rare eagles. Closer to London are the rugged cliffs of Cornwall, the chalk cliffs of Dover, wide beaches of yellow sand and reserves like the Jurassic Coast – keep your eyes peeled for fossils there.

How to get around

Getting around Sussex from your holiday rental

How you get around Sussex will depend largely on your itinerary. Destinations like Brighton, Eastbourne, Arundel and Chichester are easy to get around on foot, while a car offers the freedom to explore the region at your own pace. You'll also unlock access to secluded holiday cottages in Sussex, where you'll enjoy winding laneways, flower-filled gardens and sweeping views of the countryside.

Food & drink 

Experience regional cuisine in England

British cuisine encompasses a range of cooking styles, traditions and recipes inspired by other culinary cultures. Bread and cheese, roasted and stewed meats, game pies, boiled vegetables and seafood have ancient origins, though newer dishes take inspiration from modern fusion in other countries. Whether you want to experience an old favourite or try something new, you’ll find an array of restaurants near your holiday accommodation.

Essential info

Essential info for your Sussex holiday rentals stay

  • Pack layers, as Sussex can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Visit from Sunday to Thursday to beat the London weekenders that love to holiday in Sussex
  • Travelling with Fido? Pet-friendly Sussex holiday rentals are ideal for staycations
Maximise your budget

Budget-friendly attractions near English holiday rentals

If you’re travelling on a budget, England offers plenty of must-see attractions with free or low-cost admission. London has numerous free museums near holiday rentals, such as the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. You could also check out Liverpool’s World Museum and its natural history exhibits, the Changing of the Guard in Windsor or the historic sites of King’s Lynn.

How many holiday rentals are available around England?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 65,801 holiday lettings around England. From 27,672 cabins to 27,672 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in England?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in England. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • London: 10,829 holiday homes
  • The Cotswolds: 3,436 holiday homes
  • Saint Ives: 1,941 holiday homes
  • Yorkshire: 7,459 holiday homes
  • Cornwall: 9,201 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in England! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in England?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in England with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • London: 10,829 holiday lettings
  • Saint Ives: 1,941 holiday lettings
  • Bristol: 1,372 holiday lettings
  • Newquay: 2,898 holiday lettings
  • Blackpool: 280 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to England?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in England are:

  • Heathrow Airport (LHR): 10,482 self catering accommodations
  • Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA): 906 self catering accommodations
  • Stansted Airport (STN): 196 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in England?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in England. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ambleside: 1,913 holiday rentals
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: 8,911 holiday rentals
  • Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo: 1,474 holiday rentals
  • Mudeford Quay: 1,700 holiday rentals
  • Dover: 750 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around England listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around England

London
10,829 holiday rentals
Saint Ives
1,941 holiday rentals
Bristol
1,372 holiday rentals
Newquay
2,898 holiday rentals
Blackpool
280 holiday rentals
Whitby
1,915 holiday rentals
Ambleside
1,913 holiday rentals
Windermere
1,408 holiday rentals
Looe
1,784 holiday rentals
York
771 holiday rentals
Bideford
1,954 holiday rentals
Chichester
974 holiday rentals
Bath
901 holiday rentals
Dartmouth
2,097 holiday rentals
Bournemouth
1,157 holiday rentals
Birmingham
704 holiday rentals
Port Isaac
1,682 holiday rentals
Penrith
2,318 holiday rentals
Romford
652 holiday rentals
Kingsbridge
1,936 holiday rentals