UK rental properties that look like Europe – from a vineyard in Herefordshire to a Devon home with views to rival Amalfi


THOSE sticking to the UK for their holiday this year can pretend they’re on the Amalfi coast or in a French villa without even venturing far from home.

Dotted across the country are rental properties that wouldn’t look out of place in some of our favourite foreign travel destinations.

Always wanted to explore the Norwegian fjords? Stay at a lakeside UK property that makes a great alternative

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Always wanted to explore the Norwegian fjords? Stay at a lakeside UK property that makes a great alternativeCredit: Sykescottages.co.uk

Since Boris Johnson’s travel announcement on Monday, UK travel companies have seen a surge in bookings.

Sykes Holiday Cottages reported bookings were up 150 per cent year-on-year and that a booking was taken every eight seconds after the announcement.

With self-catered holiday accommodation set to reopen from April 12, many Brits will be keen to book a post-lockdown holiday.

And with these properties, you can get a taste of an overseas trip without having to travel abroad…

Bayview Tower – Lynton, Devon

Stay in a grade II listed property

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Stay in a grade II listed property
Enjoy Amalfi coast style views in Devon

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Enjoy Amalfi coast style views in DevonCredit: Sykescottages.co.uk

Feel like you’re holidaying on the Amalfi coast at Bayview Tower in Devon, which has panoramic views that resemble those along Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

The Grade II listed building was once home to CS Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, who wrote in his journal, “The view from the balcony was beyond everything I have ever seen”.

A short walk away is the centre of Lynton which has shops and galleries and the scenic walks along the South West Coastal Path are nearby.

Prices start from £565 for seven nights and the property sleeps four.

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The Folly – Weobley, Herefordshire

At this property you could be in the French countryside

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At this property you could be in the French countrysideCredit: Sykescottages.co.uk
Explore you own vineyard during a stay here

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Explore you own vineyard during a stay here

Stay in a French-style vineyard right in Herefordshire at The Folly. You get to the property through a beautiful vineyard, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were strolling through one of France’s wine regions.

The house is spacious inside, with Herefordshire countryside surrounding it, and the towns of Ledbury and Ludlow nearby.

Guests can relax on the large patio on summer evenings or go on day trips to the Cotswolds or Wye Valley.

Prices start from £386 for seven nights and the property has room for two.

Lakeside Retreat – Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Chill out at a New England look property

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Chill out at a New England look propertyCredit: Airbnb
Dine al fresco right by the lake

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Dine al fresco right by the lakeCredit: Airbnb

This New England style lakeside retreat is in the beautiful Cotswolds Water Park.

The clapboard-covered house comes with its own private hot tub and is right on the water’s edge.

Its outdoor terrace is perfect for drinking and dining al fresco in the summer.

Ten guests can stay here £2,182 for seven nights, which means if you fill the property it will cost from £31 per person per night.

Battel Hall – Kent

This house which is like a French villa is actually in Kent

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This house which is like a French villa is actually in KentCredit: Sykescottages.co.uk
There are beautiful gardens to explore

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There are beautiful gardens to exploreCredit: Sykescottages.co.uk

Try Kent for a staycation similar to the South of France.

A 14th century manor house in the grounds of the grand Leeds Castle Estate, Battel Hall has been fully refurbished to look like a French villa.

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The antique-filled rooms have their own unique colour scheme and style, including hand painted wallpaper and velvet seating.

There’s a beautiful garden for relaxing in the sunshine.

The property sleeps ten and costs from £2,226 for seven nights, which means a full-up property would cost from £32 per person per night.

Frost – Mitchell Wyke Bay near Far Sawrey, Lake District

Stay right on the water like you would in Norway

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Stay right on the water like you would in NorwayCredit: Sykescottages.co.uk
Inside rooms are simple and modern

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Inside rooms are simple and modernCredit: Sykescottages.co.uk

If you’ve always dreamed of escaping to the Fjord’s of Norway, Frost is a great alternative.

Once a scientific research station and boathouse, the cottage has been transformed into a lakeside oasis.

Couples can admire views of Lake Windermere from the balcony and try water sports or cruises during the day, before curling up next to the wood burner.

The property has room for two and costs from £319 for seven nights.

Finnish Lodge, Cornwall

You get your own hot tub and pool at this property

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You get your own hot tub and pool at this propertyCredit: Airbnb
It's decorated in a Finnish style

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It’s decorated in a Finnish styleCredit: Airbnb

Those who fancy some self care can rent this Finnish Lodge, a modern, Scandi style property in Cornwall.

Set on Carn Marth Hill, a World Heritage Site, it has amazing views of the Cornwall countryside. 

Guests can take a dip in the pool on hot days, or warm up in its hot tub on colder ones.

It costs from £936 for four nights to stay here and there’s room for six guests.

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