The most beautiful holiday cottages in the UK for a socially distanced getaway

In a bid to slow the spread of Coronavirus and protect the NHS, foreign travel is still not permitted. But later in the year, it’s likely we may be able to move around the country a little more – if only from a social distance with other members of our household.

Let’s face it: hotels will be off the cards for a while – so you’re probably on the hunt for a secluded, remote and private alternative; some form of chic accommodation that you can escape to without seeing a single other soul. Bliss.

In a quest to find the most Instagram-worthy holiday destinations, it’s easy to overlook the UK. But now, as we’re forced to consider our home country as the only feasible escape for the foreseeable, we’re beginning to realise just how many hidden gems we have right on our doorstep – and how many we’re yet to explore. UK holidays are fiercely underrated; take it from a British countryside-obsessive.

Enter: the humble holiday cottage. Despite being reminiscent of childhood summers, but they can be just as chic as the Balinese treehouse you originally planned to stay in this summer. If only you know where to look.

Whether you’re looking for a property in the centre of London for a city staycation (likely), or a cute and quaint cottage in the middle of nowhere (more likely, ‘cos less people), we’ve found the most beautiful holiday cottages and apartments available to rent for a socially distanced holiday.

On Plum Guide (an interior lover’s DREAM that allows you to book stays in the world’s greatest homes) you’ll find all of the chicest properties available to rent in London. Airbnb is great for countryside escapes – with chic options in Cornwall, the Peak District, Herefordshire and beyond. We’re huge fans of this converted former abbey on the edge of Loch Ness. It sits within one of the finest old buildings in Northern Scotland and is a fabulous base for socially distanced walks aplenty.

Homestay is another great site to take a look through if you’re after a home-away-from-home in England, Scotland or Wales. Oxfordshire can be reached easily from London, and this quaint cottage sits at the end of a private street in Ashbury, next to the impressive St Mary the Virgin Church. If you need us, we’ll be sat in that garden sipping Champagne.

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