The UK government recently warned those citizens planning to take foreign holidays that currently “no travel is risk-free.” To avoid the potential for exposure, many UK citizens are thus altering their vacation plans and choosing to travel locally this summer, rather than venturing abroad.
Staycations are increasingly becoming the optimal method of tourism for Brits still looking for a summer getaway. Instead of hopping on an airplane, travelers are turning to local gems in their own backyard for that much-needed vacation. And short-term rentals, which greatly reduce the risk of exposure compared to traditional hotels, are becoming the popular choice for accommodation.
To help you find your ideal, secluded UK summer getaway, we have compiled a list of the top staycation rentals across the country, all operated by property management companies using Guesty to power their business.
Turn Your Staycation into a WFH Experience
Although lockdown restrictions are easing in some countries, 68% of employees across the UK are continuing to work remotely to avoid unnecessary risk. These digital nomads – more often than not very well connected, millennial travelers – are looking to trade in crowded cities and escape to isolated and spacious rentals in more rural areas, as long as they provide the necessary amenities to work productively and comfortably.
Seven Living, a boutique property rental company, provides luxury accommodations and outstanding guest services to meet anyone’s work-from-home expectations. With 140+ rentals across the UK, in cities such as Birmingham, Slough, and Ashford, guests are guaranteed to find staycation options suitable for remote work that are within 2-3 hours driving distance. Seven Living’s properties come equipped with wireless internet and laptop-friendly workspaces, making it the ideal destination work-from-homers.
Relax on the UK’s Beautiful Coasts
Traveling this summer may be more difficult for those looking for a beach staycation, with many beaches shut down due to overcrowding and concerns over health and safety. Roost is a UK-based property management company providing a variety of safe and socially-distanced properties along England’s coastline. Their rentals provide access to some of the UK’s best ocean views and attractions, so even if guests can’t physically go to the beach, they can still relax in a seaside environment.
Roost properties are ideal for traveling families looking for a sandy holiday, while still respecting and adhering to COVID-19 restrictions. Most are located directly on the shoreline, and are customized to provide a relaxing space with the goal of guests feeling recharged post-stay.
Take an Extended Staycation
Many travelers, whether families or working individuals, are seeking out accommodation for an extended period of time. These “cityscapers” are heading to rural areas where they can isolate while enjoying beautiful scenery and the great outdoors.
Airhost For You, an Airbnb property management company, with properties in Brighton, Hove, Kempton, and Hanover, will fulfill any traveler’s long-term staycation needs. The company provides guests with the amenities they need for a stay of 14 days+, including washer and dryers, appliances, hot-tubs, and more. For those guests who may be wary of dining in public restaurants during the pandemic, Airhost For You’s fully-equipped kitchens ensure that they can prepare all meals themselves. Additionally, each property has flexible cancellation policies, giving potential guests peace of mind that they can cancel without penalties due to circumstances out of their control.
Adapting to the Staycation Trend
While international travel is currently unpredictable, local staycation destinations provide alternate options for anyone looking to get away this summer and explore the UK’s local attractions. Hosts worldwide, these aforementioned property management companies included, are making the necessary changes – from implementing flexible cancellation policies and offering high speed WiFi to promoting socially conscious activities – in order to ensure guest safety and comfort during their stay.
To read more on how property management companies are navigating the new normal, visit our Coronavirus Infocenter.