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The Spyglass, Cornwall
Photograph: Unique Homestays

Amazing UK holiday rentals that still have availability this summer

Struggling to find a holiday cottage, rustic cabin or bell tent for your UK summer hols? We’ve done the digging for you

By Ellie Walker-Arnott
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After the year we’ve all had, we’re more than deserving of a break from ‘normal’ life. But the minute holidays in the UK were officially allowed again, it felt like everywhere was already booked up. Didn’t reserve your dream coastal cottage, glamping tent or treehouse fast enough? No stress – there are actually still loads of amazing properties out there if you know where to look. Here are some of our faves, which, at the time of writing, still have availability between now and the end of October. (Because, seeing as lockdown kept us inside until July, we’re going to stretch ‘summer’ out as long as we can this year.)

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Hen Coop Hideaway, Shropshire
Hen Coop Hideaway, Shropshire
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Hen Coop Hideaway, Shropshire

Forget all about the stresses of 2020 in this remote cabin with enviable views of the Welsh hills. There are great hiking routes nearby and a fire pit for chilling out next to at the end of the day. 

Availability? Second half of August, September and October. 

Lengthsman's Cottage, Warwickshire
Lengthsman's Cottage, Warwickshire
Photograph: Landmark Trust

Lengthsman’s Cottage, Warwickshire

This cutie has a fascinating history. Built around 1810, it was a home for a lengthman – someone who maintained the lock as well as the stretch of canal it sits on. Now it’s a sweet place to while away a weekend by the water. 

Availability? A couple of weekends in September and October. 

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The Gardener’s Shed
The Gardener’s Shed
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The Gardener’s Shed, Somerset

There’s no wifi or TV here, just acres of peaceful countryside, and the odd visiting farm animal, to keep you entertained. If it’s not a summer holiday unless you visit the beach, Lyme Regis, Beer and Seaton are an easy enough drive away. 

Availability? Some dates in August and September. 

Hush Glider Camp
Hush Glider Camp
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Hush Glider Camp, Sussex

A brand new glamping site, Hush Glider Camp just popped up in the lush South Downs National Park. You have the whole place to yourself, and that includes two bell tents, a covered living room, a kitchen, a real loo and a dreamy outdoor shower. 

Availability? Most of September. 

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Folkington Barn at Old Rectory Cottage
Folkington Barn at Old Rectory Cottage
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Folkington Barn at Old Rectory Cottage, Sussex

Decked out in bright, eclectic furniture, this flint barn would make a cosy stay in the South Downs. You’ll also find pretty Alfriston and the postcard-ready views at Cuckmere Haven within easy reach.  

Availability? A few nights in August, most of September and all of October. 

Penny Rope, Margate
Penny Rope, Margate
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Penny Rope, Kent

So locking yourself in a cell might not be the first thing you want to do after months of isolation, but what if that cell, which sleeps two in cosy bunks, was actually, really nicely done out and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Margate seafront? Sounds appealing now, eh.

Availability? Most of August, September and October. 

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Coed y Bleiddiau, Gwynedd
Coed y Bleiddiau, Gwynedd
Photograph: Landmark Trust

Coed y Bleiddiau, Gwynedd

This railway cottage, which sits right on the Ffestiniog Railway in Snowdonia National Park, has its own private platform, where you can alight from a steam train if you time your arrival right. 

Availability? Most weekends in September and October. 

The Spyglass, Cornwall
The Spyglass, Cornwall
Photograph: Unique Homestays

The Spyglass, Cornwall

Incredible Cornish sea views and your own private access to Gorran Haven beach? Yes please. This fancy cottage used to part of a fort, but now its chunky stone walls contain plush bedrooms and cosy living space for four. 

Availability? Two weeks in August. 

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Treehouse Retreat, Kent
Treehouse Retreat, Kent
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Treehouse Retreat, Kent

Near the coast and right in the middle of the Kent Downs, this treehouse has an actual leafy tree growing through the middle of it, like the treehouses of your childhood imagination. The vibe here is rustic – think chemical loos and no shower. 

Availability? Some in September, loads in October. 

Burnhead Bothies, Lanarkshire
Burnhead Bothies, Lanarkshire
Photograph: Canopy & Stars

Burnhead Bothies, Lanarkshire

Just north of Glasgow, this cosy hilltop cabin has floor-to-ceiling windows for admiring the dramatic Scottish landscape. It’s also an ace place for exploring Edinburgh or the nearby Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. 

Availability? End of September and all of October. 

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Van Goff, Powys
Van Goff, Powys
Photograph: Canopy & Stars

Van Goff, Powys

A converted 1970s caravan, Van Goff is more than its puntastic name. This retro spot is decked out with a log burner and a fire pit for warm late-summer evenings, plus acres of quiet countryside to explore.  

Availability? Good availability in September and October. 

Little Walnut Hut, Sussex
Little Walnut Hut, Sussex
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Little Walnut Hut, Sussex

It might be just a 90-minute drive from London, but a stay here will make lockdown in your flat feel like a distant memory. Days could be spent walking or generally being wholesome amid rich and diverse wildlife, and you’ll need a few hours to cook dinner as it’s a choice between a BBQ and the fire pit. No cooker here. 

Availablity? End of August and most of September and October. 

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The Gatehouse, Devon
The Gatehouse, Devon
Photograph: Airbnb

The Gatehouse, Devon

This unusual, round earth building is the gatehouse to an eco-friendly property that once starred in ‘Grand Designs’. The grounds are yours to explore, while Exeter and the pretty Devon coast are day-tripping distance away. 

Availability? Some in August and most of September and October. 

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