From a grade II listed property in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales countryside (complete with swimming pool and sauna to enjoy), to sea views of the Northumberland coast, here are five luxurious self-catering properties perfect for groups of friends or family (6 – 16 people) to enjoy for week-long trips or just weekend stays if exploring more than one place this summer.
Each property sits within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the views are breathtaking.
Luxury Staycation Properties – Craster Reach in Craster, sleeps 6 (from £694)
Craster Reach is a tucked-away terrace cottage in Craster Northumberland, situated in the heart of the intimate fishing village which nestles on the invigorating Northumberland coast. Craster Reach is the perfect coastal retreat for up to six family members or friends to share good times and exhilarating adventures in one of the most breath-taking parts of the country.
Luxury Staycation Properties – Middlerigg in Craster, sleeps 6 (from £788)
Middlerigg perches above the harbour on the aptly named Haven Hill. With its strong stone walls and elevated position, it’s removed enough to observe the activity below but close enough to feel part of it all. It is both homely and elegant—a palette of slate and oak, dressed with Welsh woollen blankets and warmed by a woodburning stove—ready for friends and family to gather. The glazed archway in the well-equipped open-plan kitchen-diner looks out to the immensity of the North Sea and a spellbinding coastline stiff with magic. The main lounge, downstairs, with its woodburning stove, Smart TV, wifi, and Sonos speakers, provides the perfect space for a cosy evening in with loved ones.
Luxury Staycation Properties – Rock Lobster in Craster, sleeps 8 (from £788)
Within walking distance of Rock Lobster is a brilliant Jolly Fisherman pub, The Shoreline Cafe, Mick Oxley Art Studio as well as the famous tiny horseshoe harbour and L Robson & Sons for your legendary Craster Kippers (not to be missed). Rock Lobster’s open plan kitchen/diner/living room dispenses with blinds or window dressings to take full advantage of the superb views out to sea. The elegant kitchen, with its cool blue hues and dining area, is the perfect place to watch the sunrise. An oven and warming drawer, induction hob, two dishwashers, American-style stainless steel fridge/freezer, and microwave makes feeding eight guests a breeze.
Luxury Staycation Properties – Tan Llan & The Coach House in Dolgellau, sleeps 16 (from £1,800)
If you’re looking to get thoroughly lost in thought, then escape to Tan Llan. Lying on the edge of the small village of Llanelltyd, Tan Llan dissolves into the gently sloping hillside. This handsome, grey-stoned country house shelters within fifteen acres of landscaped grounds. There are eight bedrooms in total, six in the Main House, three with luxury en-suites, and two in the adjacent Coach House, both en-suite. Quality bedding and sumptuous mattresses provide pure comfort. Melin Tregwynt Welsh woollen blankets and throws adorn the beds; simple in spirit, satisfying in quality and timeless in design.
Luxury Staycation Properties – Oughtershaw Hall in Buckden, sleeps 16 (from £2,813)
The magnificent, detached country estate of Oughtershaw Hall rests in splendid isolation within the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The property may date back to the 1600s, but don’t let this noble stone pile deceive you. Within its most Yorkshire of stone walls is more than the odd 21st-century surprise, non-more so than its own private heated swimming pool. Escape to peace, tranquillity & natural beauty with this unforgettable luxury retreat.