If you’re thinking of buying a holiday home where you can kick back and enjoy the sun and fresh air or rent it out as a business, picking the right location is vital.
While it may seem the height of extravagance to buy a place where you are solely able to get some quality me time, purchasing a holiday home can also be a good investment for the future.
Here’s our guide to some of the heavenly locations you might like to start researching a little more deeply should you be looking to buy.
- The Coast of Yorkshire
Yorkshire is full of historic and picturesque villages but if you want to combine all that with sea and sand, heading to the east coast is a good option. Scarborough is a traditional seaside resort while Whitby is always worth a visit for those who love their gothic literature.
There a plenty of small coastal villages to choose from if you don’t fancy any of these more famous tourist centres and they all have a strong sense of history as well as stunning views of the sea. Further in land you’ll find a host of places to visit including the North Yorkshire Moors.
- North Wales
This region of Wales has just about everything that you could ever need. From the rolling mountains of Snowdonia where there are thousands of trails to walk, to the thriving coastal towns of Carnarvon and Llandudno, there are plenty of locations to set up home.
Everything is within a short drive, so if you crave the bustle of a city like Bangor or the quiet of an old slate mining town like Blaenau Ffestiniog, you have all you need in one place.
- Cornwall and South Devon
Made more popular in recent times by TV series like Poldark, Cornwall and South Devon have always been a popular attraction for those looking to buy holiday homes. While it’s often seen as a summer resort location, Cornwall has a decent draw throughout the year and can be a perfect place to buy a property.
Just up the road, Devon has just as much to offer and is also becoming popular for vineyards which you can visit during the summer and sample the local brew.
- The Cotswolds
Archetypically British in flavour, the Cotswolds are another great location for setting up a holiday home. With names like Stow-on-Wold, you won’t be surprised to find hundreds of small and timeless villages dotted throughout the region. There’s also some of the most beautiful countryside you could hope to see. Popular with tourists from London, it’s a good place to set up a holiday let if you have the money to invest.
- Aviemore and the Cairngorms
Not all the best locations for holiday homes are in England and Wales. Scotland certainly has its fair share and the dramatic countryside to match. Aviemore is a smallish town in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and there are some beautiful of lochs and forests to explore. While it’s great during the summer, it can be absolutely stunning in the winter when there’s snow on the ground.
- County Down
Finally, cross the Irish Sea and you’ll find a superb location for holiday homes in County Down. Rich in history and beautiful scenery, it may be slightly more isolated and less touristy than some other locations in the UK but it still has a lot to offer. From Crossgar to Pontaferry there’s no lack of traditional cottages and houses with stunning views of the Irish countryside that come at a respectable price.