7 best Airbnbs for a half-term UK staycation

A castle in Scotland or seaside apartment in Brighton?

Airbnb stay in Cornwall
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Looking for staycation ideas? Then you are in right place because we have rounded up some amazing Airbnb stays from around the UK. And while yes the weather is... unpredictable and you probably won't come back with a great tan but there is so much of our beaut country to explore plus it's super easy to book a last minute getaway through Airbnb. 

So keep scrolling to check out our pick of the best Airbnbs you could pop to this weekend... Find out how to become an Airbnb host in our guide – or go to the bottom of this page for a quick lowdown.

1. A lodge on Lake Windermere 

Airbnb stay on Lake Windermere

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Oh what we'd do to be able to jump in that lake right now! This cute lodge on Lake Windermere, away from the main touristy spots but still only a five minute drive into town. You get breakfast included, all made from local products which sounds delish and it's served to you on the gorgeous dining area that has views out over the lake. 

Sleeps: 4
Price: £180 per night

2. A hideout on the Northumberland coast

Hideout airbnb stay in Northumberland

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When the weather is this nice it just makes sense to be near the sea, and this tiny hideout on the Northumberland coast is just a 20 minute walk away from the beach. You get everything you need in this adorable stay, bed (obviously), a living space, bathroom... there's no kitchen as such but there's an outdoor fire and BBQ. One for the brave.

Sleeps: 2
Price: £75 per night 

3. A bothy in the Cotswolds 

Airbnb stay in the Cotswolds

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Escape the city and head to the stunning Cotswolds for a few nights. This gorgeous self-contained bothy is decorated beautifully and there is so much room for two people – spacious living area, kitchen (complete with treats for when you arrive) and a large bathroom with a luxurious looking walk in shower. The location is perfect if you love walking and exploring, plus it's super close to the local pub an all important factor in our eyes. 

Sleeps: 2
Price: £158 per night 

4. A mansion on a beach in Cornwall

Airbnb stay in Cornwall

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Stay in the West Wing of the gorgeous Glenfeadon house! This mansion on the beach sleeps six so it's great if you are a larger group, and has plenty of living space, plus a huge kitchen to cater for everyone. It's literally 400m from the beach, so you can leg it into the sea (in a summer heatwave, obviously) and it is a great spot for exploring both sides of the Cornish coast.

Sleeps: 6
Price: £170 per night

5. A seaside apartment in Hove 

Airbnb stay in Hove

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Situated just a few minutes walk from the seafront in Hove, this seaside apartment is perfect if you want a mix of a city break and a beach holiday. The apartment itself is decorated beautifully, really elegant and spacious, perfect for two people. Plus if you are new to the area, your host can give you a tour!

Sleeps: 2
Price: £275 per night

6. A stay in a mini castle in Scotland

Airbnb stay in a castle in Scotland

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The temperatures might be slightly cooler up in Scotland, but when you could stay in a four poster bed in an actual castle, what's a few degrees, hey? A stay in this mini castle means a room (with ensuite) in the castle's turret; there's some amazing walking to be had in the area and it is just a 20 minute drive to the Highlands for more challenging hikes. It's located in a small village that has plenty of amenities, plus a train station so if you are looking for a place you can access via public transport this would be perfect. 

Sleeps: 2
Price: £71 per night

7. A cute cottage in Wales

Airbnb stay in Wales

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Oh the interiors of this cute cottage are just gorgeous! Traditional but trendy, one of our favourite combinations. It's situated close to Abergavenny, in South Wales and it's surrounded by gorgeous countryside, perfect if you like walking. There's a lovely courtyard outside plus a private garden that has amazing views of the fields. 

Sleeps: 2
Price: £90

How to become an Airbnb host

Let’s be honest. Holiday travel can be crowded, stressful, and most of all expensive. But you could possibly earn some of that money back with Airbnb. While you’re travelling out of town to visit relatives and friends, why not rent your empty room or home and maybe earn some extra money for the holidays? 

Becoming an Airbnb host is easy and creating a listing is always free. You’ll have the support of fellow hosts and Airbnb’s world-class customer service department to answer your questions along with lots of other tools to help you be successful. Airbnb may even cover your property up to a million dollars per stay in the unlikely event that an incident occurs. Airbnb gives you a chance to earn extra money by putting your unoccupied space to work  this holiday season.  

Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.