The look and feel of this Oxford-based site just works: it has great photography that makes you go ‘ooh’. It has a curated selection of places to stay, often with have nice, rustic, picturesque things like exposed walls and stoves, and deserves a bit of a pat on the back for presentation alone. Visit Sheepskin Life.
Canopy and Stars
This initiative from Alistair Sawday – patron saint of the glammed-up B&B – is all about glamping, treehouses and caravans; anything about the Great British Adventure, as the home page puts it. Eco-pods, yurts, shepherd’s huts and lashings of free-standing baths: C&S has it all, and links back to Sawday’s main B&B offering, should you find too much open air oppressive. Visit Canopy and Stars.
UK Holiday Swap Shop
Home swapping (for most of us, one of those ideas you’ve toyed with but haven’t tried) is a godsend to the thrifty and the socially curious. In the past it had a hands-across-the-water sentiment: in the hands of UK Holiday Swap Shop, it puts you in touch with your fellow Brits, and allows you to swap Wimbledon for Whitby, or whatever suitable Brit-swappage you can find. Visit UK Holiday Swap Shop.
Day Out With The Kids
It’s that staple Bank Holiday question: what to do with the children (or grandchildren)? This is the site to help you out. With an interactive map and an age key, it’s the perfect place to find ways to keep kids happy on those long, forgotten days that parents hate so much. You could almost call it a fully-fledged public service. Visit Day Out With The Kids.
It does have little daisy graphics and a slightly crowded feel. But Pitch Up has become the go-to site for campers, glampers, caravans, pods, pitches and all other kinds of nomadic holiday-making facilities. Go to its site and you’ll see the full gamut of Britain’s open air holiday-making fun. For fun it is, people. Visit Pitch Up.