19 websites to book your stay that aren’t Airbnb

It’s vacation season and you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, a vacation close enough to avoid the hassle of covid testing and quarantine, but far enough away to get away from it all. Whether you’re looking for a quaint cottage in the woods, a beach house, or a luxury hotel, the nineteen booking sites in this article have something for everyone.

Don’t miss our article from last year 20 places to stay in the UK to get away from it all and scroll for additional recommendations, from jaw-dropping beaches to whimsical little nooks spread across the UK.

1. Kip hiding places

For small places with soul, Kip Hideaways offers off-the-beaten-path locations for up to six people. Shelters are wholesome and adorable, with a little something special about each one. To keep the site exclusive, there is a small membership fee for reading reviews and being able to book holidays.

Blackpool Sands Beach, Devon

2. Plum Guide

Plum Guide features the most gorgeous homes, carefully chosen to include only the best. The folks at Plum Guide proudly call themselves “sticklers” measuring everything from shower pressure to WiFi speed, so you’re one hundred percent comfortable even away from home.

Joss Bay, Kent

3. Boutique Retreats

For luxury chalets, Boutique Retreats is your go-to. From the beautiful website to the magnificent collection of homes, it’s an experience from start to finish. With over 200 properties to choose from, each location is generously sized with luxury additions. Relaxation is key here!

Port Isaac, Cornwall

4. Snaptrip

For the busy, the spontaneous and those who like things done at the last minute, Snaptrip is a marketplace of over 60,000 professionally managed last minute cabins at reasonable prices. Find apartments, lodges and cottages, sorted by area and type of holiday you are looking for, from bachelorette parties to beach breaks.

High Grove Gardens, Cotswolds

5. canopy and stars

It’s the year to finally tick glamping off your bucket list, Canopy & Stars has a huge collection of unique places for you to stay outdoors. From tents and caravans to treehouses and cabins, you’ll find something for every level of adventure. Browse their guides to dig deeper into the area or activity you’re looking for.

Isles of Scilly

6. Vrbo

With thousands of vacation rentals to browse, Vrbo gives you options and convenience.

Edinburgh Castle

seven. Booking.com

Similar to Vrbo, Booking.com has a variety of vacation rentals to choose from.

Porthcurno, Cornwall

8. At Kate and Tom’s

For extraordinary vacations, celebrations and adventures, Kate and Tom may have started with a family cabin, but have expanded to over 250 extraordinary places to stay.

Bath Abbey

9. Sykes Cottages

Thousands of cottages in the UK and Ireland, carefully selected and at reasonable prices.

Durdle Door, Dorset

ten. Coolstays.com

With the unique places in the Cool Stays collection, you’re likely to find something that perfectly matches your style, whether it’s quirky, remarkable or elegant.

Broads National Park

11. unique places

“Stay somewhere different”, One Off Places offers handpicked villas, cottages, glamping sites and quirky vacation properties.

Kynance Cove

12. A nice stay

As the name suggests, you will find the most luxurious vacation rentals at One Fine Stay.

Kensington Palace

13. Lanterns and larks

Lanterns and Larks is another site to make your glamping dreams come true this summer!

Framlingham Castle

14. Under the stubble

At Under the Thatch you will find remarkable Welsh cottages, tastefully curated to provide you with the very best.

South Stack Lighthouse

15. The historic trust

The Landmark Trust restores historic buildings in danger of being lost forever and rents them out for self-catering vacations. Choose from a variety of pavilions, forts and castles for your next occasion.

Peters Tower

16. Veeve

Handpicked homes for city breaks, Veeve has the best short-term homes in London and Paris.


17. Vintage holidays

Vintage Vacations offers Airstream caravan rentals, glamping and unique vacations throughout the UK.

Merlin’s cave

18. Luxury hideouts

Where stunning scenery meets luxury! Book a luxury pod in the countryside for the best of both worlds at Luxury Hideaways.

Redcliffe Parade, Bristol

19. Unique homestays

“Rose-Covered Cottages and Cliffside Shelters,” Unique Homestays truly understands the concept of home away from home with a selection of beautiful retreats and cottages.

Kiftsgate Cost Gardens

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