For those who missed the boat on booking a UK break back in spring, or held out in the hopes of an overseas trip, the holiday landscape might now seem rather barren. But with ever-shifting restrictions, endless forms and testing requirements, there’s no shame in conceding defeat on jetting abroad and turning your attention closer to home.
While it’s certainly true that options are limited in terms of UK holiday rentals, securing a last-minute summer holiday doesn’t mean settling for the dregs. Last-minute cancellations and a steady stream of newly launched properties mean there are still gems out there.
From a converted Cotswolds stable to a Scottish island escape with its own harbour, here are 10 properties with availability between now and the end of August.
Stable Cottage Greenwich Lane, Oxfordshire
Those looking for that postcard-pretty summer break are in luck. Stable Cottage, a short jaunt from the likes of Burford and Charlbury, has all the hallmarks of a class Cotswolds break, with its honey-stoned exterior, wood-burning stoves, aga and and even a treehouse outside. Interiors are a cut above most holiday rentals, with a freestanding blue bath and painted floorboards among the design flourishes. The cottage sleeps six and is available for a good chunk of August.
Sleeps six. From £3,500 a week; luxurycotswoldrentals.co.uk