The ‘Rule Of 6’ implemented by the government in September has made it illegal for groups of more than six people to gather socially, which has had an impact on family life and holidays.
With the October half-term approaching, many families are looking for a get-away—and there are some great bargains to be had right now. Many larger holiday homes across the UK have reduced their prices in a bid to encourage smaller groups to book them up, meaning holidaymakers can get more space and additional facilities at lower prices.
We’ve been looking at some of the best holiday cottages that give you more room for up to 6 people:
The Great North Barn, Norfolk
Located just two miles from the Norfolk coast, this spacious barn conversion can sleep 10 people, but smaller groups can take advantage of a 22% discount for a three-night break in October.
The accommodation features five bedrooms – all with Freeview TVs – and a glass-ceiling area which is perfect for stargazing after a day spent walking on the beach.
The Great North Barn is a short drive to the quaint seaside town of Cromer, which is famous for its Edwardian pier, promenade and a host of independent shops and eateries. We also recommend a trip to Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads, where you can hire a day boat and explore the peace and quiet of this famous waterway.
Rennington House, Northumberland
Rennington House is an impressive Georgian Grade II listed building that is situated close to the village of Rennington, and just four miles from Northumberland’s stunning beaches.
For rainy days, the property has an adjoining games room where kids can stay entertained with table tennis, badminton and table football. The outbuildings also include kennels and stables, and the owners welcome dogs and horses at Rennington House too.
The nearby town of Alnwick is a short drive away and Alnwick Gardens is well worth a visit. It’s a contemporary garden that is home to an intriguing Poison Garden and a maze for the young (and young at heart) to explore.
Rennington House can accommodate up to 12 people, but to abide by the new rulings on social gatherings, smaller bookings of up to six will receive a 30% discount on 7-night stays until 1st December 2020.
Octavia Hill, Kent
Octavia Hill is a bunkhouse that’s designed to sleep 10 people. The accommodation is set in a former diary and farm building on the 80-acre Outridge Farm. Octavia Hill is part of the National Trust, who are currently offering discounts on all of their holiday cottages that sleep more than six people.
The location is ideal for an active family, with plenty of walking trails across the nearby down-lands and miles of ancient woodlands to discover. Venture further afield to Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill, which is also owned and maintained by the National Trust.
The property includes a small garden at the side of the bunkhouse, with a fire pit where you can relax in the evening with a glass of wine, a cosy blanket and watch the children toast marshmallows.
Raphael House, Burry Port, Wales
This detached house is recommended for its stunning sea views and accessibility to the harbour town of Burry Port. Raphael House is available at the bargain price of £385 for three nights, reduced from £511.
It’s a topsy-turvy house with bedrooms on the lower floor and living space upstairs to make the most of the outstanding sea views. Pets and children are both welcome at the property which sleeps up to eight people and has three bathrooms.
Burry Port is a 15-minute stroll from Raphael House, with its traditional Welsh pubs and coffee shops where you can watch the boats from the harbour side.
Kids will enjoy a day trip to nearby Pembrey Country Park which has 500 acres to explore by foot or cycle and also a dry ski slope and toboggan ride.
Raphael House is perfectly placed to explore the beauty of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, with the Gower Peninsula, National Botanical Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens all within a short drive.
Woodland Cottages, The Lake District
Hazel Cottage is one of the Woodland Cottages nestled amongst the trees on the eastern shore of the idyllic Lake Windermere. It’s a perfect location to spot local wildlife and enjoy the wildflowers growing in the hidden glade.
The cottage has been refurbished to a high quality, with open plan living and woodburning stoves making the cottage feel cosy, warm and homely even on the coldest of Autumn days. For a real touch of luxury, the cottage has a hot tub allowing you to soak up the impressive scenery in the most relaxing way—after a day spent exploring the lakeside town of Bowness, with its quirky shops and bars. If you have a golfer in the family, Hazel Cottage is located next door to Windermere Golf Club with its famously challenging course.
The cottage sleeps 12 people, but smaller groups of 6 or less will be able to book a 7-night break at a reduced rate—down from £ 2,044 to £1,495.
Check the rules and stay safe
While the new rules have allowed smaller families to take advantage of deals on larger cottages, there will inevitably be groups of more than six people whose holiday will be affected by these changes. The rules also differ between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island, so before making a booking we advise checking the government website for the latest guidelines.
If you have already booked a break for more than six people, you should contact your holiday provider to ensure you do not breach the new rulings.