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Inside the UK’s best holiday homes

by Staff

THE six best holiday homes in the UK have been revealed, recognising the most remarkable staycation properties available to rent.

The Vrbo Holiday Homes of the Year list features stunning beach view homes, unique cottage escapes, modern city stays and historical houses, all in the UK.

One of the properties has its own private pub for guests

This year’s destinations include Bath, Edinburgh, Dorset, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire and the Isle of Skye.

The properties all feature special outdoor amenities that are inspiring traveller booking choices in 2024. 

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Across the board, the homes offer fire pits, hot tubs and a heated swimming pool, as well as unique additions like a grand piano and even a cosy pub just for guests within the home.

Now in its third year, the Holiday Homes of the Year highlight Vrbo’s most spectacular, private holiday homes, representing a variety of popular holiday destinations and budgets.

The homes are selected from the more than 2 million properties available worldwide on the Vrbo platform, based on certain criteria.

In order to be considered, properties must have positive guest reviews, standout amenities and spaces for spending time together with friends and family, a 4.9 or higher star rating and be managed by Premier Hosts.

Isle of Skye

Guests at the Isle of Skye property can see seals from the deck and the living roomCredit: Vrbo

The list started with a contemporary retreat nestled along the enchanting high tide line of Tides, Uig, in the Isle of Skye.

Designed to embrace its coastal surroundings, the property offers panoramic views and the possibility of spotting seals from the deck or cosy living room.

Guests can delight in the company of diverse wildlife, from graceful wading birds exploring the shoreline to the playful antics of seals basking in the sun.  

The home Sleeps six people across three bedrooms and can be booked on Vrbo from £380 per night, or £63.33pp.


The thatched cottage has its own pool and its own pubCredit: Vrbo

Next up on the list is a magnificent thatched cottage in Wimborne, Dorset, that was built more than 300 years and was a broom factory in the 1900’s.

The heart of this picturesque home lies in its captivating, enclosed courtyard, featuring ample seating, a sizeable and inviting pool, an indulgent jacuzzi and sun terraces.

It is perfect for both relaxation and family gatherings and even has its own private pub for guests to make the most of.

It sleeps as many as 22 people in 10 bedrooms.

It can be booked on Vrbo from £1,362 per night, or £61.90pp.


The Meadow End Barn offers perfect access to the Brecon BeaconsCredit: Vrbo

Nestled in the serene village of Dorstone on the Welsh borders, Meadow End Barn is a 19th century barn that welcomes up to 12 guests to experience countryside tranquillity in style.

Surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, it is an ideal starting point for exploration and outdoor activities.

Whether you are a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful escape, this charming retreat promises a memorable stay in the heart of the countryside.  

It sleeps 12 people in six bedrooms and can be booked on Vrbo from £422 per night, or £35pp.


This modern home in Bath spans four floors and offers a glimpse into the pastCredit: Vrbo

In the city of Bath in Somerset, holidaymakers can find Mignon House, a residence that effortlessly marries elegance with modern comfort.

Spanning four floors and tracing its roots back to 1740, this historical property radiates the charm of the Georgian era, showcasing original features that offer a glimpse into the past.

Visitors may recognise the square just outside Mignon House, which played host to the filming of Bridgerton in 2022, adding a touch of glamour that set-jetters will love.

It sleeps 17 across six bedrooms, and can be booked on Vrbo from £469 per night, or £27.50pp.


This Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh offers modern comfort and historic charmCredit: Vrbo

Right in the heart of the Scottish capital, with stunning views of the city centre, its castle and Firth Forth, this Georgian Townhouse offers a unique blend of modern comfort and historic charm.

Centrally located amidst the bustling streets and vibrant atmosphere of the city, you’ll find yourself immersed in the rich tapestry of Edinburgh’s cultural heritage.

With six bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious living room, with a grand piano and cosy fireplace, there are plenty of spaces for families and groups to find comfort at this home-away-from-home.  

It sleeps 13 in 6 bedrooms and can be booked on Vrbo from £1,151 per night, or £88.50pp.


The Oat Barn in Faringdon has its own hot tub and exposed timber beamsCredit: Vrbo

The Oat Barn in Faringdon, Oxfordshire is a meticulously refurbished getaway property nestled in the picturesque English countryside near the Cotswolds.

The exquisite retreat invites guests to immerse themselves in the unique features, including such as a hot tub, exposed timber beams, and a welcoming open fire.

Outside the terrace and meticulously landscaped garden offer further spots to unwind after days of exploration in the nearby villages, towns, and countryside.  

It sleeps a total of 14 across seven bedrooms and can be booked on Vrbo from £1,361 per night, or £97.20pp.

Jon Gieselman, president of Expedia Brands said: “What stands out to me is the range in this year’s Holiday Homes of the Year.

“This year’s list is the best of the best but represents the high calibre of private holiday homes across Vrbo.”

Meanwhile, you can also stay in these quirky holiday homes in the UK.

And these six retro holiday homes are also available, with double decker buses and ex-fuel stations.

The properties were named as the best ones in the UK for 2024Credit: Vrbo

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