From Devon to Suffolk, ebook your staycation now with considered one of our self-catering breaks

Fancy a stay with the kids this summer?

It might be worth booking now as companies are reporting high demand for the junior high school holidays and many of the best vacation homes and holiday parks are already reserved.

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Book your stay now as companies are reporting high demand for school holidaysCredit: 4Corners Images

According to Holidaycottages.co.uk, a self-catering specialist, bookings this week are up 85 percent compared to the previous week, an increase of 214 percent over those who want to take their dogs with them.

Matt Brayley of Holiday Cottages said, “So many of us rediscovered the joys of staying last year, which has resulted in a lot of people rebooking for 2021

“Together with the reservations made by our customers who have postponed their vacation, this means that significantly more properties will be booked from Easter.”

We’ve rounded up some self-catering stays for the school holidays that are still available now.

However, be sure to check the fine print on each booking page to make sure there are flexible policies in place if Covid continues to mess up your vacation plans.

We've rounded up some self-catering stays for the school holidays that are still available now

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We’ve rounded up some self-catering stays for the school holidays that are still available nowCredit: Alamy

Red Doors Farm, Devon

This cluster of six 5 hour cottages is set in beautiful countryside 3 miles from Honiton. The coasts of East Devon and Dorset are within easy reach.

There is a heated indoor pool with changing facilities as well as a petting area for animals and a soft play indoor area.

Red Doors Farm in Devon is 3 miles from scenic Honiton

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Red Doors Farm in Devon is 3 miles from scenic HonitonCredit: Alamy

There is a playhouse and swings on the premises. The owners provide a wide range of equipment at no extra charge, from baby baths to play pens, toys, stairs, monitors and much more.

The holiday homes can accommodate two to 14 guests.

A seven night stay for five people at Cider Barn arriving on August 20th costs £ 2,285 or £ 457 per person.

Or a week for six at Orchard Cottage arriving August 13th is £ 2,515 or £ 419 per person.

Information on booking can be found at Premiercottages.de or by calling 01404 890 067.

Tranmer House, Suffolk

Stay in this Edwardian former home of Edith Pretty, who commissioned Suffolk’s famous archaeological dig at Sutton Hoo, where an Anglo-Saxon grave ship was discovered.

The story of Sutton Hoo is told in the new film, The Dig, starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, which will be streamed on Netflix starting January 29th.

Tranmer House is the former home of Edith Pretty, who organized Suffolk's famous archaeological dig at Sutton Hoo, where an Anglo-Saxon burial ship was discovered

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Tranmer House is the former home of Edith Pretty, who organized Suffolk’s famous archaeological dig at Sutton Hoo, where an Anglo-Saxon burial ship was discoveredPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Two guest apartments in Tranmer House – Deben View and Wilford – can accommodate four people each.

They grant access to this National Trust website and an exhibition that celebrates their history.

Explore the nearby Rendlesham Forest and the Suffolk Coast, including the Orford Ness Nature Reserve.

Three nights in July and August are from £ 734 and seven nights from £ 1,199.

See nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays.

Swn Y Nant, Snowdonia

This inviting holiday home is located in the middle of the sensational Snowdonia National Park of Wales with its magnificent peaks.

Swn y Nant is the ideal starting point for hiking and mountaineering breaks.

Swn Y Nant is right in the heart of Wales' sensational Snowdonia National Park with its magnificent peaks

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Swn Y Nant is right in the heart of Wales’ sensational Snowdonia National Park with its magnificent peaksImage Credit: Shutterstock

The cottage has a log fire as well as its own enclosed garden, patio area with BBQ and even a hot tub – all great for kicking back and relaxing after a long day of exploring.

It sleeps six with one king-size double and four single beds.

Available for seven nights from August 21st or 28th, prices start at £ 1,399 or £ 233 per person.

See originalcottages.co.uk/cottage/bow192-swn-y-nant.

Canal boat, Cheshire

DISCOVER the historic city of Chester and other kid-friendly attractions during a canal boating vacation on the charming Shropshire Union Canal, part of which is in Cheshire.

Along the way you can visit the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm and Beeston Castle.

Explore the historic city of Chester on a canal boat vacation on the charming Shropshire Union Canal

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Explore the historic city of Chester on a canal boat vacation on the charming Shropshire Union CanalImage Credit: Shutterstock

You can explore the Roman city of Chester with its amphitheater, museum, city walls and castle.

Merlin, a 62-foot narrow boat that sleeps up to four, is available for a midweek break from August 2-6 from £ 1,025, including gasoline, parking, lessons, swimming aids, first-time pet and bed linen, and towels.

See drifters.co.uk or call 0344 984 0322.

Safari tents, New Forest

GREEN Hill Farm Holiday Village in Landford on the edge of the New Forest has five new luxury safari tents ready for summer.

The dog-friendly park has been rated 5 hours by the AA and has many activities to keep kids entertained, including segways, bike rentals, mini golf, archery, trampolines, splash guards, and a playground.

Green Hill Farm Holiday Village in the New Forest has five new luxury safari tents ready for summer

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Green Hill Farm Holiday Village in the New Forest has five new luxury safari tents ready for summerImage Credit: BonneJourneePhotography

The safari tents have furniture and real beds and a wooden hot tub.

Each tent can accommodate up to eight people.

A four night stay in August costs from £ 962 (approximately £ 120 per person when fully occupied or £ 1,718 per week.

To book, call 0333 200 2790 or visit lovatparks.com.

Cofton Holidays, Devon

There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy at this park near Dawlish.

The blue flag beach at Dawlish Warren is just a short walk away. On site you can use an indoor pool and sun loungers with hydrotheraphy as well as outdoor pools and a gym, gym, steam room, sauna, soft play area and sports fields wall, restaurant and pub.

Dawlish Warren's Blue Flag Beach is just a short walk from the park

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Dawlish Warren’s Blue Flag Beach is just a short walk from the parkCredit: Alamy

You have access to fishing lakes, bike paths and nature trails.

Free fun includes forest adventures with zip lines, climbing cages, rope ladders, and climbing nets.

There are caravans, lodges or cottages and apartments available in August.

Prices from £ 680 for four nights in a four-person caravan arriving August 2nd.

See coftonholidays.co.uk or call 01626 890111.

Beach Lodges, Bournemouth

It’s all about the location with the beach huts just steps away from the safe and sandy beach.

They offer stylish accommodation for up to four adults and two children, each with its own fully equipped kitchen, toilet, shower room and WiFi.

The Beach Lodges are just steps from the safe and sandy Bournemouth Beach

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The Beach Lodges are just steps from the safe and sandy Bournemouth BeachImage credit: Lynk

The Beach Lodges have a child-friendly tree house atmosphere and are a perfect mix of living comfort and holiday fun. With breathtaking ocean views from the raised terrace just above the prom.

The lodges are also dog friendly and there is still some availability for July and August.

Three or four night stays cost a total of £ 720.

See bournemouthbeachlodges.co.uk.

Chalet, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Just a short walk from the beach and has plenty of on-site facilities including indoor and outdoor play areas, a kids’ club, trim trail, and family entertainment center.

Richardson’s Holiday Park is also close to other attractions, including the mega maze farm Hirsty’s Family Fun Park and the landscaped grounds of Thrigby Hall with a collection of rare animals from Asia.

Great Yarmouth lifeguards have fun spreading the word about safe swimming

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Great Yarmouth lifeguards have fun spreading the word about safe swimmingImage Credit: Shutterstock

Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile is also nearby.

One week self-catering break at Richardson in an Orlando chalet for up to four people in a double and twin room from £ 719 from July 30th.

See richardsonsholidayparks.co.uk or call 01493 809 903.

Ferguson Cottage, Northumberland

SPORTY families have shared access to the indoor pool, sauna and tennis court at Ferguson Cottage in the village of Warenford.

The property is part of a collection of cottages and sleeps six people plus a dog. It has three en-suite bedrooms and a spacious kitchen-cum-living room as well as a lounge with TV and free WiFi.

Ferguson Cottage in the village of Warenford sleeps six plus a dog and has three en-suite bedrooms and a spacious eat-in kitchen and lounge with TV and free WiFi

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Ferguson Cottage in the village of Warenford sleeps six plus a dog and has three en-suite bedrooms and a spacious eat-in kitchen and lounge with TV and free WiFi

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Bamburgh with its extensive sandy beach and castle is just down the road.

A week’s stay this summer costs from £ 157 per person or £ 942 total.

Call 01665 661273 or see Cottagesinnorthumberland.co.uk.

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