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Britain 2010: summer holiday booking guide

Sophie Butler offers advice on where to stay, what to do and how to keep down costs for a holiday in Britain.

By Sophie Butler
Published: 11:02AM GMT 25 Feb 2010
The Pembrokeshire coast is not only beautiful but offers great value for money Photo: Alamy

Last year's abortive "barbecue summer" dampened the spirits of many who decided to holiday at home. But it doesn't seem to have affected the prospects for this year. Companies from Center Parcs to holiday cottage agencies and country-house hotels have been reporting healthy bookings for summer. Clearly many of us believe that lightning can't strike twice.

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There are certainly good financial reasons to think about a holiday in Britain this year, though you have to be selective about where you stay. Good accommodation in some areas is eye-wateringly expensive during high season. It can be cheaper to buy a ferry crossing and rent a gîte in Normandy or Brittany than book a cottage by the sea in Devon or Cornwall. But if you choose your destination carefully, you can find very good value in Britain and save on transport costs.
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The beaches of Pembrokeshire, Norfolk or Northumberland are just as beautiful as those of the West Country, but accommodation is significantly cheaper. Instead of the Peak District or Lake District, where demand for honeypot villages pushes up prices, try the less sought after but equally beautiful National Parks of the Brecon Beacons or Exmoor.

If you do want to visit one of the more popular regions, stay on the outskirts. Prices are significantly lower for accommodation on the western boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park (around Kirby Lonsdale) than in Grassington or Settle. Rather than book around Windermere or Coniston in the Lake District, head for the quieter north-western lakes of Crummock Water or Loweswater. And if you are tempted by the gentler countryside and huge beaches of north Norfolk, look for accommodation in lesser- known, inland villages instead of in Burnham Market or Blakeney.

Similarly, in Devon or Cornwall you can save up to a third on a similar size and standard of property just by staying a mile or two from the coast. Of course, finding good accommodation – especially if we have another disappointing summer – is just as important as picking the right destination.

Here you will find our comprehensive guide to holiday properties for rent – from a cottage ideal for two to a grand house big enough for two or three families – plus advice on the best hotels, camping, activity- and special-interest holidays.

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