David Joyson

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David Joyson

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Updated: 28 Mar 2024


The UK is a popular holiday destination for overseas and UK-based visitors alike. With so many types of holiday homes on offer, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect location and holiday home for your getaway no matter what the time of year.

What’s great about holiday lets is that they can become a second home for a while, with space to enjoy all of the home comforts that you would normally. In large groups, holiday rentals can even be better value for money than traditional hotels, plus they often have better facilities and more privacy. (But in most cases you still need to make your own breakfast!)

They can be ideal for large families, particularly if you have small children or pets. With this style of holiday, you don’t have to put up with other families and restrictions from hotel staff. But you do need to consider a few essentials when researching your holiday let, like where the nearest supermarket is and what activities there are in the local area to stay entertained.

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Sometimes it can be more cost-effective for you and your family to make invest in a second home which you will visit again and again. The styles of houses that you can choose from may vary depending on the location in the UK; for instance holiday cottages are very common in Cornwall while holiday log cabins are plentiful in Yorkshire. The location just as important, if not more important, than the house itself.

Another important consideration when researching holiday homes to buy is how you will look after them. Your main residence may be in the next county or another country, so you should also research holiday lettings insurance.


A holiday cottage is usually a small house. Traditional cottages may well also be listed or heritage buildings if they are quite old, but modern cottages are typically recognised as modest buildings in rural locations. The perfect cosy getaway if you’re tired of city life.

If you are buying a holiday cottage then cottage insurance is a must-have, as standard home insurance will not be suitable.


As you would expect, a mansion is a much larger house and is suited to big families or breaks with a big group of friends. In some cases you’ll find that these sorts of holiday lets are part of a compound with access to lots of shared activities. If you’re interested in a more private setting then a mansion with its own games room, cinema, gym and swimming pool could be more up your street.


Lodges or gatehouses used to be the first gateway that protected the entrance to a castle or town. This would often be built as part of the enclosing walls. Many lodges were converted into luxury holiday lets (usually without the wall nowadays). Lots of them became a separate home but bear in mind that many remain attached to the original mansion and so you might be closer to your neighbours than you’d like.


In the past many English aristocrats and wealthy families would own two houses: a town house, which was usually their main residence, and a country house. Nowadays they can still be recognised as a stately home but most have been adapted into popular tourist attractions with lets available.


Formerly the typical residence for cattle herders in Switzerland and France, chalets have since become a popular style of holiday home that can be found in some parts of the UK. It is similar to a log cabin, and is usually found in the hills or mountainside.


While log cabins have been associated with poverty in many fairy tales and throughout history, modern cabins are becoming increasingly luxurious with all of the mod-cons you would expect from a hotel. They are quite often eco-friendly houses which has added appeal for those looking to get back to nature.

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