Holiday homes, destination inspiration and rental guides

Take the stress out of booking your next holiday with these handy and helpful guides to all things travel. There's information on what to expect from that deluxe log cabin with its own hot tub, the family villa on the coast of Spain and all sorts of lettings in besides. And there's oodles of exciting destination suggestions, which are sure to help you ferret out a place for you between the corkscrewing roller coasters of Florida, the green hills of the Lake District and the glistening islands of the Greek Aegean.

A guide to villa holidays

Villas

Villa holidays come in all shapes and sizes. From romantic boltholes for couples in a medieval city, to large houses with pools and decks that are ideal for big groups of friends, our guide will introduce some ideas for the best villa holidays. We also help you bag a bargain by picking some amazing locations at the best time of the year.

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Villas

Villa holidays come in all shapes and sizes.

An informative guide to Lake District cottages

Lake and Peak District cottages

You might not know it yet, but that adventure to the wild Lake District could be laden with luxury.

Pinpoint perfect cottages to rent

Cottage holidays

Learn all about the various sorts of holiday cottages you can pick from today.

Discover the perfect cottage

Characterful and cosy, cottages might just be the authentic accommodation type you've been searching for. They are available all over the UK, nestling deep in the Cairngorms of Scotland, studding the pebble stretches of Dorset or sitting wedged into the wooded vales of the Yorkshire Dales. The different types of cottage stays on the menu ensure that there are places that can suit a whole range of different travellers, no matter if you're bringing the dog with you, planning a rendezvous with the family or want something truly romantic. You might also discover some enticing cottages abroad, out with the stone-built villages of Normandy or down amongst the trulli homes of Puglia, for example.

Find your home base in holiday destinations worldwide

From the Sunshine State to St Ives, the beautiful Broads of Norfolk to the beach-fringed Balearics of Spain, there are all sorts of rental destinations to pick from around the world today. To really get your wanderlust a-flowing, this section comes replete with travel inspiration. It will tantalise with tales of the South of France and tempt with family-fun jaunts to Orlando's corkscrewing theme parks, all punctuated by snippets of salt-washed Cornish harbours, olive-clad Crete, hedonistic Ibiza and a whole load more.

Finding the best destinations for your perfect holiday

Choosing the right sort of place to have that next holiday can be as important as finding the right home away from home. The guides in this section will take you on a journey from the sparkling beaches to the high mountains to the buzzing cities, all in search of somewhere that really stokes the wanderlust. Packing in everything from the primeval landscapes of Iceland to the enchanting Christmas markets of Europe's capitals to the rolling countryside of Old Blighty, you might just be surprised at the spot that tickles your fancy.

Planning the perfect holiday

Taking a break from the routine of everyday life is invaluable to your well-being. It’s hard to match the enjoyment that you get out of going on holiday, so it’s important to make sure that the holiday you go for is the perfect one for you. We’ve listed the different kinds of holidays you might be interested in and give you the top destinations in the UK and even across the world for your particular type of holiday. We’d like to help take off the stress of planning your accommodation too, so you’ll find plenty of ideas for holiday rentals that fit your budget and holiday type.

Finding properties with the right amenities

There are several places around the UK where you can spend your hot tub break, from the Yorkshire moors to the Cornish countryside. You can also hop on plane to the French Alps for a ski break – hot tubs are a regular feature of holiday rentals near the slopes. There’s a wide range of options for you to explore, from romantic hot tub breaks for 2 to affordable last-minute breaks for you and your family.

Lodges with hot tubs and pools for you to enjoy

Delve into a mix of cottages with hot tubs and villas with private pools, discovering the sorts of features you can expect from different types of rentals. You might need help pinpointing the Welsh bolthole that's got space for your pooch or finding out what log cabins come with the best spa baths in the Lake District. Or, perhaps you're just trying to uncover some great places to secure a holiday letting with its own garden and swimming spot on the Greek Islands, the Spanish coast, the rolling hills of Tuscany – the list goes on.

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