The August bank holiday often feels like the last chance to squeeze in a holiday before the summer slips away. If you thought you’d missed the boat when it comes to booking a rental, think again! There are still hundreds of places with availability, just waiting to be booked.
We’re featuring seven destinations where there are still quite a few options, and we’ve picked out a handful rentals in each place to get you started…
Lush green glades, sparkling waterfalls and magical caves make the Brecon Beacons one of the most picturesque places in the UK, if not the world! With over 600 miles of bridle paths, it’s perfect for pony trekking and horse riding. You can even book a picnic with an adorable miniature donkey! They’ll carry the supplies to your chosen picnic spot. Scale the heights of Pen-y-Fan mountain where you can see an abundance of wildlife, including Red Kites; these magnificent birds of prey are common here. And when you’re feeling like you need a pick-me-up, enjoy a freshly-made scone and a coffee at one of the pretty farmhouse cafés in the area.
This delightful two-bed cottage in Llangattock is less than a mile away from the ever-popular Crickhowell and is available for the August bank holiday weekend. Or how about this family-friendly rental in Pontneddfechan? It’s ideal for anyone wanting the best of both worlds: a bit of peace and quiet but still plenty of attractions and facilities close by.
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With its Roman roots, Viking invasions and Victorian innovators, this beautiful cathedral city is steeped in history. Unleash your inner trainspotter at the award-winning National Railway Museum. Discover what life was like for the Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Centre. Hop on a boat and take a tour of York from the river or take to the saddle and see the city at your own pace. You’re sure to have a full itinerary for your August bank holiday break!
See the sights with ease when you stay at this centrally-located town house for seven people. Or if you want something closer to the countryside, this Edwardian farmhouse nestled in the fields is ideal for families.
Look for a weekend break in York
Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the UK’s most loved historical towns, and when you’re strolling along the cobbled streets past Tudor buildings, it’s easy to see why. Enjoy a romantic weekend in this lovely town where you can hire a boat and row to a picturesque bank before unpacking the picnic hamper. Or book tickets for a Shakespeare play at the world-renowned RSC before enjoying a nightcap at one of the town’s quaint pubs. For families, check out Stratford Butterfly Farm (perfect on a drizzly day!), take in a film at the Picture House or ride the giant ferris wheel.
For couples, this cosy cottage sleeps two and is in an ideal location for exploring Stratford and the surrounding area. If you like to be surrounded by stunning countryside, wildflower meadows and woodland, Cherry Blossom cottage is the rental for you.
Find a last-minute escape in Stratford-upon-Avon
With its sweeping crescents and Georgian architecture, this splendid city is a firm favourite for bank holiday weekends in the UK. Enjoy a picnic in the leafy Alexandra Park, visit the Jane Austen Centre or take a dip at the Thermae Bath Spa open-air rooftop pool. You’ll find a wide range of excellent cafes and restaurants in this elegant city, but a trip to Bath isn’t complete without sampling a sweet bun at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum.
This Georgian townhouse is just a mile from the city centre and sleeps eight, so it’s great for families or groups of friends. If it’s just the two of you, this contemporary apartment in a conservation area offers everything you’ll need for relaxing stay.
Known as ‘The Garden of England’, this stunning county boasts beautiful beaches, enchanting castles, and scrumptious cuisine. It’s perfect for short (or long) family holidays as there’s so much to do, whether it’s exploring the underground Canterbury Roman Museum or visiting Whitstable in the north, with colourful cottages and harbourside fish market. And with more than 4,000 miles of foot and cycle trails, it’s ideal for anyone who loves walking and cycling.
If you want to get away from it all, take a look at this romantic retreat in Romney Marsh. Or how about this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner in Ashford? It sleeps three and offers great value-for-money.
Escape to Kent this August bank holiday weekend
Dumfries and Galloway
With sublime landscapes, it’s hard not to fall in love with the great outdoors while visiting this county. Whether you’re on foot, bike or boat, you’ll lose entire days exploring Dumfries and Galloway’s picturesque fishing villages and brilliant beaches. Kids will love the Dino Park, whilst budding botanists should head to the stunning Castle Kennedy Gardens for a fantastic floral treat.
If you’re after a bit of rest and relaxation, head to this Victorian cottage with its indoor heated swimming pool. And if you like nothing better than spending the day on the beach, this idyllic rental in Garlieston will be the perfect fit.
Choose a last-minute stay in Dumfries and Galloway
Devon is a classic choice for August bank holiday breaks. With its steam railways, art galleries and stately homes, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Take the kids to the beach for the day or pull on some wellies and go for a refreshing walk through Haldon Forest. Visit Torquay’s Dinosaur World to learn more about these amazing creatures, or take to the saddle at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. If your favourite tipple is gin, take a tour of the Salcombe gin distillery before heading back to your rental for a family meal.
This delightful rental in Yelverton has availability for August bank holiday, as does this fantastic family-friendly apartment overlooking the sea in Ilfracombe.
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Featured rentals were available for the August bank holiday weekend (Mon 26 August) at the time of publication.
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