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19 Websites to Book Your Staycation on That Are Not Airbnb

by in Culture on 11th August, 2022

cottage and flowers

It’s staycation season and you’re looking for a place to getaway to, a holiday close enough to avoid the hassle of covid testing and quarantining but far enough to sweep you away from the everyday. Whether you’re after a quaint cottage in the woods, a beach house or a luxury hotel, the ninteen booking sites in this article have something for everyone. 

Don’t miss our post from last year on 20 UK Staycation Spots for You to Get Away to and scroll through for additional recommendations, from beaches that will take your breath away to little whimsical nooks spread out over the UK. 

1. Kip Hideaways

For small places with soul, Kip Hideaways feature off the beaten path places for up to six people. The hideaways are wholesome and adorable, with a little something special in each. To keep the site exclusive, there’s a small membership fee to read reviews and be able to book holidays.

Blackpool Sands Beach, Devon

2. Plum Guide

Plum Guide features the most gorgeous homes, carefully chosen to include only the best. The people at Plum Guide proudly call themselves “sticklers” measuring everything from the shower pressure to the WiFi speed, so you’re a hundred percent comfortable, even away from home. 

Joss Bay, Kent

3. Boutique Retreats

For luxury cottages, Boutique Retreats is your go-to. From the beautiful website to the gorgeous collection of homes, this is an experience from start to finish. With over 200 properties to choose from, each place is generously sized with luxury add-ons. Relaxation is key here! 

Port Isaac, Cornwall

4. Snaptrip

For the very busy, the spontaneous and the ones who just like things done last minute, Snaptrip is a marketplace that brings together over 60,000 last-minute, professionally managed cottages at reasonable prices. Find apartments, lodges and cottages, narrowed down by area and type of holiday you’re looking for, from hen parties to beach breaks.

High Grove Gardens, Cotswolds

5. Canopy and Stars

This is the year to finally tick off glamping from your bucket list, Canopy & Stars has a huge collection of unique places for you to stay outdoors. From tents and caravans to treehouses and cabins, you’ll find something for every level of adventure. Go through their guides to delve deeper into the region or activity that you’re looking into. 

Isles of Scilly

6. Vrbo

With thousands of vacation rentals to sift through, Vrbo gives you options and convenience. 

Edinburgh Castle


Similar to Vrbo, has a variety of holiday rentals for you to choose from. 

Porthcurno, Cornwall

8. Kate and Tom’s 

For extraordinary holidays, celebrations and adventures, Kate and Tom’s might have started with one family cottage but have expanded to over 250 extraordinary places to stay. 

Bath Abbey

9. Sykes Cottages

Thousands of cottages in the UK and Ireland, carefully vetted and reasonably priced. 

Durdle Door, Dorset


With the unique places in Cool Stays’ collection, you’re likely to find something that’s the perfect fit for your style – whether that’s quirky, noteworthy or stylish. 

Broads National Park

11. One Off Places

“Stay Somewhere Different”, One Off Places features handpicked villas, cottages, glampsites and quirky holiday properties. 

Kynance Cove

12. One Fine Stay

Just like the name suggests, you’ll find the most luxurious vacation rentals at One Fine Stay. 

Kensington Palace

13. Lanterns and Larks

Lanterns and Larks is another site to fulfill your glamping dreams this summer! 

Framlingham Castle 

14. Under the Thatch

At Under the Thatch, you’ll find remarkable Welsh cottages, tastefully curated to bring you only the best. 

South Stack Lighthouse

15. The Landmark Trust

The Landmark Trust restores historic buildings in danger of being lost forever and rents them out for self-catering holidays. Choose from a variety of pavilions, forts and castles for your next occasion.

Peters Tower

16. Veeve

Handpicked homes for city stays, Veeve offers the best short term homes in London and Paris.


17. Vintage Vacations

Vintage Vacations offers airstream caravan rentals, glamping and unique stays all over the UK. 

Merlin’s Cave

18. Luxury Hideaways

Where gorgeous scenery meets luxury! Book a luxury pod in the countryside for the best of both worlds at Luxury Hideaways. 

Redcliffe Parade, Bristol

19. Unique Homestays

“Rose covered cottages and cliff side hideaways,” Unique Homestays really understands the concept of home away from home with a selection of beautiful retreats and cottages. 

Kiftsgate Cout Gardens

Selina Bakkar

Selina Bakkar

I'm a simply striving to be better and improve in different areas of my life through more self awareness, experiences and learning more about the deen. You'll find me talking about community, connection, planting & growing, seeking the truth in an age of propaganda and misinformation. This year I want to document more to do with food heritage and history so watch this space or reach out. Have a listen to the Amaliah Voices podcast where I talk passionately about Islam, nature, motherhooding and back home. Link in bio peeps. To join the Amaliah Writer Community email me at IG: SelinaBakkar