After more than 12 months in and out of lockdown restrictions, the UK is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Holidays and travel are back on the cards for most Brits, and from April 12th, it will be possible to book a stay in self-catering accommodation including campsites and Airbnb’s.
For a bit of inspiration, the team at Cloudy2Clear have scoured the web to find some of their favourite Airbnb’s that offer dramatic and breath taking views, stretching all corners of the UK.
According to a 2019 survey, ‘fantastic views’ came in third in the top 10 factors of a memorable holiday, clearly making it something that’s high on the priority list for travellers and holiday makers.
If a spectacular view is a must-have requirement for your next getaway, take a look at these 7 options below and see where your post-lockdown staycation will take you next.
According to a recent survey, the Scottish Highlands was high on the list of people’s lists of places to visit after lockdown, and it’s not hard to see why. The Highlands offer some of the most breath taking, unspoiled views and landscapes in the United Kingdom, with small villages and towns dotted around.
Situated right at the very top of the Highlands is our first Airbnb, this small dwelling offers two guests glorious views from every single window, with views of a stretching beach to the front, and vast countryside to the rear. This destination will suit anyone looking to immerse themselves in what rural Scotland does best; magnificent views and total seclusion from town and city life.
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides and well known for its dramatic, mountainous landscapes and beautiful stretches of coastline. Skye offers plenty for the active traveller amongst us, including fly fishing, watersports and a vast amount. of hiking trails to suit all types of walkers. These walks are ideal for anyone looking to take in the scenery and spot some of the local wildlife, which include red deer, puffins and the golden eagle.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Isle of Skye that’s as equally spectacular as the landscape, take a look at this timber-framed bungalow, recently built in 2020. Situated in a quaint little village of Dunan, this home is situated just above the shoreline and provides jaw dropping views of the neighbouring Island of Scalpay and the mountains of mainland Scotland. This place is ideal for those who love their creature comforts, but still want to be at one with nature.
Manchester City Centre
If you’re thinking about a UK city break, Manchester should be towards the top of your list for places to visit this year. Manchester has just about everything a thriving city should offer, from a fantastic shopping district, hundreds of bars and restaurants and a vast history stretching back 100s of years.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little quirky to stay whilst in Manchester, how about booking you and a guest on a boutique narrowboat floating on the city’s famous waterways?
Moored in the Castlefield Locks area of the city centre, this beautiful barge has recently been renovated and includes all the creature comforts you’d expect from a hotel, including it’s own pub-themed bar! The real reason why you’d choose this as a place to lay your head is the cracking views of the city it has to offer, where old mills and industrial structures meet the glamorous, glass skyscrapers of the 21st century.
Our next destination takes us Southwest to Whitsand Bay in the county of Cornwall. Cornwall is famous for a lot of things, including the legendary Cornish Pasty, surfing scene, old tin mines and of course, it’s large stretches of sandy beaches and rugged coastlines.
This beach house is situated just outside the sleepy Cornish village of Seaton, and offers guests a taste of luxury, whilst still keeping the charm of the local area. This property’s party piece has to be the view however, with vast, unspoiled views of the Atlantic ocean from practically every window. The view is guaranteed to make guests throw those windows open and absorb the alluring Cornish coast.
The city of London is the UK’s most popular destination for a city break, and it’s not hard to see why. Everything you could possibly want to do or need is right here on your doorstep! Whether you’re visiting to do all the famous tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, Natural History Museum and the London Eye, a shopping spree on the renowned highstreets or just here to soak in the culture and atmosphere of the capital, you’re sure to have a full itinerary for the duration.
And after a busy day of exploring, why not retire to your very own private penthouse, complete with breath taking views of the London skyline. The floor to ceiling windows in this top floor flat perfectly frames the city skyline from every angle, with views of the famous landmarks like the Gherkin, Walkie Talkie and the Shard Buildings in front of your very eyes.
Lake District – Windermere
If you’re looking for an active holiday in a rural setting, look no further than the Lake District. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to 16 lakes in total, with each one surrounded by rugged, dramatic mountain ranges that are ideal for rambles and hiking, as well as opening the area up to a wide range of water activities on a number of the lakes. The biggest lake in the area is Lake Windermere, which takes us to our next Airbnb on the list.
For those who love the great outdoors, but like to enjoy it in a comfortable, luxurious setting will love this 5 star lodge situated on the waterfront of Lake Windermere. It provides occupants with spectacular, uninterrupted views of the lake as you walk into the living quarters. Slide the floor to ceiling windows and walk directly onto your private decking that stretches right to the water’s edge, perfect for appreciating the fresh air and the tranquillity that the Lake District offers.
The small village of Elham in Kent is the kind of place you’d see on the front of a chocolate box, a typical old English setting that includes the usual country pub, village hall and village store. This town is also home to a very unique Airbnb, where travellers can be at one with nature. This is your opportunity to stay in your very own private treehouse!
The Elham Treehouse is a one off dwelling situated 20ft up an old Oak tree, constructed from recycled timbers to create a sustainable masterpiece. It’s not short of mod-cons either, featuring comfortable seating, a bed and even a coffee machine, all of which will add to the spectacular views of the Kent countryside as you peer out of the recycled windows. If you’re thinking about heading to Kent this year for a summer staycation, this place is definitely one to experience!
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