Destination guide

Enchanting stays in England

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?

Things to do

Castles, kings and Harry Potter in England

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.


Escaping the cities in England

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.


England – it's not all rain and cold

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.

Where to stay around England?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 70,173 holiday lettings near England. From 20,758 Cabins to 20,758 Cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near England is on HomeAway.

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 travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cornwall: 10,229 holiday homes
  • Saint Ives: 2,006 holiday homes
  • London: 11,894 holiday homes
  • Devon: 9,205 holiday homes
  • Lake District: 3,740 holiday homes

HomeAway 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:

  • Saint Ives: 2,006 holiday lettings
  • London: 11,894 holiday lettings
  • Dartmouth: 2,294 holiday lettings
  • Whitby: 1,796 holiday lettings
  • York: 770 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): 11,522 self catering accommodations
  • Gatwick Airport (LGW): 617 self catering accommodations
  • Manchester Airport (MAN): 739 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 offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in England. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park: 2,088 holiday rentals
  • Peak District National Park: 2,076 holiday rentals
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: 9,909 holiday rentals
  • New Forest: 1,943 holiday rentals
  • Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo: 1,517 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around England listed on HomeAway 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.

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