The best UK breaks to have a rest from contracting

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Sarah Henderson
11 May 2021 @ 01:05 pm
in category: Contracting Life

It’s fair to say that the coronavirus pandemic has been hard on everyone, not least contractors who have either had to struggle with working throughout the pandemic or contend with not being able to work at all. Whichever camp you fall into, it’s likely that you need a bit of a break from the contracting rat-race – especially since it’s likely you’ve not had a holiday in more than a year. 

The good news is that, since April, self-contained accommodations are already open and, from 17th May, hotels are set to join them. This means you have plenty of choice when it comes to places to go, whether it’s an escape to the country or a sightseeing city break. And if you’re reading this thinking that you could really go for a break but can’t afford the time off, why not think about a self-catering holiday rental with wi-fi? You could take your work with you but enjoy a change of scenery. The peace and quiet might be just what you need to get that big project over the finish line and you can enjoy some downtime while you’re there too, without the stresses of day-to-day life. It’s worth bearing in mind that due to the current restrictions on travelling abroad, the demand for UK breaks has increased dramatically, so you may need to be flexible with your travel dates or location.  

But what are your choices when it comes to UK holidays at the moment? The Kingsbridge team have gathered together some of the best ideas so there’s bound to be something here for you. 

Self-catered accommodation 

There is so much choice when it comes to booking self-catered accommodation in the UK, there is something to suit any budget, taste, and party-size. Top sites and apps include, and Sykes Cottages to name but a few. 

Perhaps you’re after a riverside cabin in Cornwall or a luxury barn conversion in the Lake District? Maybe you fancy a quirky cottage hidden away in the rambling streets of Whitby, or a boutique apartment overlooking York Minster? Perhaps sea views on the Northumberland coast are your thing? Or possibly a cutesy country cottage in the Cotswolds? Whatever your taste and however much you’re looking to spend, there’s a holiday let out there somewhere that’s perfect for you. 

And the great thing about self-catering is you can choose just how much you do and don’t do, where you go and when. You can have all your food delivered and sequester yourself away for a week, or you can go out and about on day trips, eat out every day, and walk for miles. The choice is yours. 

Camping and caravanning 

If you already have your own camping equipment or caravan, then this is a great low-budget way to do a UK holiday. 

There are campsites and caravan parks dotted all of the UK in some of the best tourist spots, some independent, some owned by larger holiday companies, so there is plenty of choice. Some have more facilities than others, such as shower blocks, clubhouses, and even laundry facilities. However, with some COVID restrictions still in place, it’s important to check which facilities will be open before you book so you don’t get caught short. 


If lockdown hasn’t been kind to your budget, or if you don’t feel comfortable travelling yet, you might want to consider a staycation. In some areas of the media, the word ‘staycation’ has become a bit confused with simply going on a holiday within the UK, but a staycation is actually where you take time off work but stay at home, making the most of your house, garden, local days out. 

What you do on your staycation will very much depend on where you live and what there is to do. Walks, zoo trips, afternoons in the local beer garden, visits to the park, and (once they’ve opened up) trips to galleries and museums are all excellent staycation activities. Or you may just want to hang out in your garden, getting it all spruced up for you to enjoy the summer sun (assuming it reappears sometime soon). 

Something a bit different… 

There’s a good chance you’re thinking something along the lines of this: “You know what? I didn’t get a holiday last year, and there’s a good chance I won’t be able to go abroad this year. I’m tired, I’m stressed, and I just want something different.” You certainly wouldn’t be the only one. 

There are some great options for breaks that are a bit different to the usual holiday rental or camping trip. Canopy & Stars, for instance, offer luxury treehouse glamping holidays (among other glamping options) in some of the UK’s most beautiful locations. Forest Holidays, part of Forestry England, have access to some of England’s most spectacular forests and allow you to book luxurious secluded cabins and treehouses that are perfect for time spent hiking, mountain biking, and soaking in the hot tub. 

The National Trust also has glamping options, with pods, yurts, tree tents, safari tents and shepherds’ huts. These are fantastic if you don’t quite have the budget for a luxury treehouse, but want an unusual and beautiful base for a remote, relaxing holiday that supports the Trust’s work. 

Get away from it all 

However you choose to spend your holiday, there are loads of options to give you a break from contracting and let you enjoy some time with your family. Hopefully, you’ll be able to put some of the strains of the past year behind you and be ready to move on to a brighter future with lots of opportunities. 

This is not a sponsored article and neither Kingsbridge nor our staff has received any kind of promotional gifts or payment for featuring the above websites or services.   

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