More and more people are now choosing to remain in the UK for their holidays and it’s easy to see why. The UK really has it all – beautiful beaches, wild woodlands, calming countryside and despite what the rest of the world might think, amazing culinary delights!
Thinking about buying your own holiday home? Here are some great places you could buy in the UK.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
One of the best places you can buy a holiday home in the UK is Bury St Edmunds. Bury St Edmunds is known as Suffolk’s foodie town with everything from award-winning fine dining to quality Suffolk home-cooked pub grub so you’ll find a delicious meal to suit your taste buds. Greene King has been brewing beer in Bury St Edmunds for more than 200 years so if you’re a fan of a pint or two, you’ll be in luck here too.
There are beautiful outdoor spaces to explore and a plentiful arts scene including theatre, live music, film and art.
Bury St Edmunds is known for its history and the town can trace its origins back to the mediaeval period and boasts an impressive abbey, plus pretty churches and monasteries to explore. It also has a bustling high street with an abundance of independent and high street shops for those looking for a bit of retail therapy.
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
When you buy a holiday home in Forest of Dean, you’re buying a place where you can recharge your batteries, get off the beaten track and escape the everyday. The children and the dogs (our holiday parks are all dog friendly!) can run free and find their own outdoor adventures amongst timeless beauty and untamed nature.
However, you’re not just alone in the wilderness. This part of Gloucestershire is full of things to do and see. The nearby bustling market town of Coleford is well worth a visit, while Lydney boasts a historic harbour. That’s the best thing about Forest of Dean – it’s serene and secluded yet surrounded by a range of charming historic towns and villages where you can enjoy independent specialist shops, characterful cafes and pubs and historic monuments!
Set in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and on the banks of the River Otter, Honiton is a beautiful country town with a long industrial history and is a fantastic place to buy a holiday home.
It doesn’t get much more picturesque than Honiton and in fact, Daniel Defoe once described the view from Honiton Hill as ‘the most beautiful landscape in the world!’ However, Honiton is much more than just a pretty place. There are museums, art galleries, shops and an array of cafes and pubs so even on a rainy day, you won’t be bored.
There’s also loads to do just around Honiton. A few miles from the Jurassic Coast, you can take a day trip to Seaton, Sidmouth and Beer and admire the stunning coastal landscape, enjoy a day at the beach and of course some local fresh fish and chips or ice cream.
Whitstone is one of the smaller places on our list with a population of just 590 but it’s the ideal base to explore everything Cornwall has to offer. Buying a holiday home in Whitstone gives you the advantage of peace and serenity whilst being able to venture out to neighbouring towns and villages to get your hustle and bustle fix whenever you fancy it. Close to Widemouth Bay, with its stretch of famed golden sands, you can soak up the sun and paddle in the sea during the summer months or you can venture a few short miles to Crackington Haven, another popular beach with cliff top walks. Larger local towns include Holsworthy, which has several supermarkets and there are plenty of charming Cornish villages dotted around.
Newbury is an idyllic and picturesque market town in the very heart of rural Berkshire. It’s home to some of the UK’s most outstandingly beautiful countryside, but also lots of history including Donnington Castle and Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle.
Newbury is one of the places that’s a little bit of a contradiction in that it’s incredibly relaxing but also boasts a vibrant atmosphere. It’s a great place to buy a holiday home because there’s so much to do. Whether you want to get out and about on one of the many walking and cycling trails in the South of England, including the towpath along the Kennet & Avon Canal which passes directly through the town centre. Or you simply fancy keeping it indoors by visiting the many different independent and high street shops and restaurants, charter and specialist markets, and first-class arts and cultural experiences.