With all its natural beauty, millennia-old historical treasures and diverse array of cultures, it would probably take a lifetime or more to see and experience all that the UK has to offer. From ancient fortresses to marvellous skyscrapers, from quaint seaside villages to bucolic countrysides, there's always something to explore. Head to Bampton in Yorkshire in springtime to watch seabirds breed, take the kids to a summer beach holiday in Devon or celebrate a festival in autumn or winter. And with the abundance of holiday cottages with indoor pool and games room, good times go on even in bad weather.
Holiday homes in England for a great staycation
Want to add extra oomph to your holiday in merry old England? Consider one of the many luxury cottages with indoor pools that are spread throughout the country. The magnificent structures of big cities are just waiting to be rediscovered, from the world-renowned Westminster Abbey in London to the 18th-century Smeaton's Tower in Plymouth to the 11th-century Norwich Cathedral in Norfolk. There's likewise no shortage of relaxing retreats in charming towns and villages beside the sea and in the English countryside to delight the whole family. And don't worry about leaving your furry friend at home; there are plenty of pet-friendly holiday cottages with swimming pools to choose from.
Holiday lettings for romantic and family escapes in Devon
The county of Devon in southwest England boasts numerous options for a carefree family holiday. For a seaside break, book a holiday cottage with a private indoor pool in the village of Hartland and be near the beach, the wild headland of Hartland Point and charming craft shops in the village centre. Thinking of a romantic getaway? Consider the village of Croyde, where you can stroll hand in hand along Croyde Bay at sunset and have an intimate drink or two in its cosy pubs before heading back to your holiday home. Or go on a hike at Dartmoor National Park, home to ancient tors and iconic Dartmoor ponies.
Explore the great outdoors from holiday cottages in Norfolk
A land of diverse landscapes and nearly a hundred miles of unspoilt coastline, the county of Norfolk in East Anglia has more attractions than you can shake a stick at. For a fun-filled holiday on the coast, choose a holiday cottage with a private indoor swimming pool set in convivial towns like Cromer, where you can bask on wide, sandy beaches, surf the beginner-friendly waves and learn more about the Cromer Shoal Chalk Bed, a marine environment so ecologically rich that it's called Britain's Great Barrier Reef. Go bird-watching at the 9,600-acre Holkham National Nature Reserve, and admire architectural landmarks at both the 11th-century Norwich Cathedral and the ornately decorated Blickling Hall, a 17th-century Jacobean house.
Relive the distant past from a Yorkshire holiday home
With a colourful past that includes a Viking and Roman heritage, the Northern England county of Yorkshire is a great destination for both quick getaways and longer holidays. Bring your furry family member and stay in a pet-friendly holiday cottage with a swimming pool in the resort town of Scarborough, where you'll find the 12th-century medieval Scarborough Castle and the equally old St. Mary's Church, where English novelist Anne Bronte is buried. Or book a holiday home near the historic walled city of York and explore landmarks like York Minster, a Gothic-style medieval cathedral, the Jorvik Viking Centre's reconstructed Viking village and the award-winning National Railway Museum.
Holiday cottages for a visual and cultural feast in Scotland
With its magnificent Highlands, beguiling lowlands and picturesque islands, it's no wonder Scotland has inspired artists, poets and novelists throughout the centuries. Plan your Scottish getaway and you'll find that there's no shortage of holiday cottages with indoor pools and games rooms throughout the land to accommodate all sorts of travellers, from families to couples to groups of friends. Stay in the town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands and explore the towering Ben Nevis Mountain area, or hike to the spectacular Steall Waterfall. Or book a villa rental near Loch Lomond, roughly a 20-minute drive from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery Museum and other cultural treasures in Glasgow.