Staycations in the U.K. have grown ever more popular recently and for good reasons. With potential uncertainties and rigmarole of travel abroad a holiday close to home reassures you with the prospect of no flying and shorter travel times, familiar food and that traditional holiday feeling. The U.K. boasts many fantastic beaches that seem to stretch on for miles, verdant countryside full of National Parks, forests and green spaces waiting to be explored, and fascinating cities abounding in colourful culture and long heritage. A U.K. staycation is a holiday trend which has brought with it stylish and comfortable accommodation to suit all budgets, plenty of exciting visitor attractions and activities to keep everyone occupied, and a variety of foodie experiences to suit all tastes, even if you’re self-catering. Charitable Travel can assist you in selecting the most attractive U.K. destinations, and has the latest insider knowledge of their best accommodation and activities. So whether you’re booking a long weekend break or a week’s getaway we’ve got it covered.

 

So which U.K. destinations are Charitable Travel’s top picks for a great staycation? In England we’d always start with London, the capital city, with its world-renowned institutions and events ranging from Westminster to Wimbledon and from Big Ben to the British Museum. For a long break away from the capital we’d recommend the quintessentially British cities of Oxford, Cambridge, York or Bath, but not forget to include visiting the great prehistoric stone circle at Stonehenge, revelling in the breathtaking landscapes of the Lake District, exploring Cornwall’s rugged coastline of bays and cliffs dotted with picturesque harbours and fishing villages, and taking in the magnificence of York, Durham and Lincoln’s Gothic cathedrals. In Wales we’d head straight to the Snowdonia National Park to hike or take the steam train up to the summit cafe on Snowdon’s peak at 1085m. Following the beautiful coastline around brings you to the impressive castles of Conway, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris as well as to the whimsical Italian style village at Portmeirion. In South Wales we’d suggest making Cardiff or Swansea as your staycation base to explore the industrial heritage of its valleys as well as the rugged hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Finally north to Scotland, where the panoramic view of the Firth of Forth from the top of Edinburgh’s castle is a sight not to be forgotten. Then venture further  into the Scottish Highlands for its beautiful landscapes of lochs and craggy peaks, sample a wee dram at one of the fine malt whisky distilleries, or even catch a ferry over to the achingly beautiful Western Isles and the remote beaches of the Outer Hebrides.

 

One of the great attractions of a staycation is that you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in the activities or interests you love but in a brand new setting. So if, for example, you’re a golf fan, Charitable Travel can arrange accommodation near to the classic courses of St. Andrews, Royal County Down or Sunningdale Old. Perhaps walking or cycling is more your thing – we have a full range of themed holidays for your staycation taking in the best of British cycling or walking routes. And if you’d prefer someone else to do the driving then how about a rail themed staycation or even an escorted tour through the British Isles? Whichever is your choice, Charitable Travel will have a staycation idea to suit, and don’t forget that we can arrange a whole variety of accommodation types ranging from homely Bed and Breakfasts to luxury stays in a castle. So go ahead and let Charitable Travel arrange your perfect staycation in the knowledge that you’re helping your preferred charity with your stay.


A Selection of Holidays

Sea Garden Cottages 4* - Isles of Scilly Sea Garden Cottages, Tresco offer beautiful one-bedroom cottages boasting stunning sea views and luxurious accommodation — right at the water’s edge.   FEATURES The Sea Ga...
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Star Castle Hotel 4* - Isles of Scilly HUGH TOWN, ST MARY'S The Star Castle Hotel was built in 1593. This unique elevated Elizabethan castle is only a short walk into Hugh Town. Occupying magnificent views of the surrounding ...
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England Retreat: Cornwall - United Kingdom SUMMARY Explore the stunning windswept cliffs and headlands of Cornwall on this four-day Intrepid Retreats experience. Break away the everyday on the southwest coast with this unpack-once g...
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Cycle the Lake District - United Kingdom SUMMARY Explore the scenery that makes the Lake District so truly remarkable from the saddle of a bicycle. This four-day Intrepid Cycling experience offers a comfortable yet active way to d...
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England Retreat: Peak District - United Kingdom SUMMARY Take a break to Britain’s first national park and explore its forested valleys and small stone villages threaded by walking trails. This three-day Intrepid Retreats experience off...
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Scotland Retreat: Glencoe - United Kingdom SUMMARY Escape to the Highlands on this four-day active Intrepid Retreats experience and fall in love with the wild, brutal beauty of Glencoe. Make yourself at home in a rustic, comfortable...
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Hawkswood Country Estate - Scotland Hawkswood Country Estate is located in close proximity to St Andrew's which lies to the north east of Edinburgh. Three properties, fourteen bedrooms, sitting rooms, kitchens, private short ...
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Stuckgowan - Scotland is located at Loch Lomond and easily accessible from Glasgow airport, or take a train from Balloch or Tarbet Stations. Nine bedrooms, hot tub, gardens, loch views, lounge, log fire. Stuckgo...
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Stucktaymore - Scotland Stucktaymore is located at Loch Tay in the Scottish Highlands. Thirteen bedrooms, library, Loch views, indoor dining, firepits, modern kitchen, breakfast room. Stucktaymore is part of Stuck...
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The Best of British - United Kingdom   HIGHLIGHTS Celebrate the glorious green grass of home, with a leisurely drive through the British Isles staying in the country’s most iconic hotels and boutique properties along ...
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The Tastes of Ireland - Ireland   HIGHLIGHTS Discover the gastronomic delights of Ireland on this nine-day suggested itinerary. Enjoy a private tour of The Burren Smokehouse and taste the local salmon; attend class...
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A British Royal Journey - United Kingdom   HIGHLIGHTS Discover the locations and landmarks that make up Britain’s royal heritage. From the Scottish Wars of Independence to the Tower of London, learn the secrets of the mon...
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Scottish Whisky and Golf - United Kingdom   HIGHLIGHTS Tee-off on some of Scotland’s famous and most challenging golf courses, from the location of the Ryder Cup to the Carnoustie Championship Course. Enjoy the Old Course ...
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Gardens of Southern England - United Kingdom   HIGHLIGHTS Time to discover the secret gardens of England. From formal walled gardens to open parkland, the flora and fauna of these historic houses and conservation projects will ...
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Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa 5* - Jersey ST HELIER The Grand Jersey Hotel and Spa is a luxurious beach-front hotel situated on the promenade in St Helier overlooking the sweeping bay of St Aubins.   FEATURES At th...
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The Royal Yacht 4* - Jersey ST HELIER The Royal Yacht is a modern hotel and luxury spa set in an unrivalled position in the vibrant heart of St Helier.   FEATURES There are three restaurants: Sirocco,...
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Old Government House Hotel 5* - Guernsey ST PETER PORT Part of the Red Carnation collection, The Old Government House Hotel and Spa has a unique and rich heritage and is the most historic hotel in the Channel Islands FEATURE...
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St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort 4* - Guernsey ST PETER PORT Set in 35 acres of parkland, the luxury St Pierre Park Hotel, spa and golf resort offers a truly relaxing stay. FEATURES The Terrace Cafe Bar serves a selection of te...
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MacDonald Inchyra House & Spa 4* - United Kingdom STIRLING, SCOTLAND The Macdonald Inchyra House and Spa is a superb hotel with an idyllic location in the heart of Central Scotland surrounded by serene estate grounds and manicured gar...
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Isles of Glencoe Hotel 3* - United Kingdom FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND The Isles of Glencoe Hotel is situated in a breath-taking lochside setting at the foot of the dramatic Glencoe on Loch Leven, the hotel is a family-friendly hote...
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The Moorings 4* - United Kingdom FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND One of the most popular hotels in the Fort William area and it is easy to see why. An enviable canalside setting and spectacular views of Scotland’s highest mo...
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24 Royal Terrace 4* - United Kingdom EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND 24 Royal Terrace was built in 1820 and designed by renowned Scottish architect William Playfair; this historic hotel is situated in the longest row of Georgian town...
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Tregarthen's Hotel 3* - Isles of Scilly HUGH TOWN, ST MARY'S Tregarthen’s Hotel boasts some of the best views of any hotel on St Mary’s. It is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the slower pace of life the islands offer. Tr...
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St Mary's Hall Hotel 3* - Isles of Scilly HUGH TOWN, ST MARY'S St Mary’s Hall Hotel is a stylish hotel in a central location, and is perfect for couples and families alike. Just a two minute walk to Porthcressa Beach and five ...
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