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As many holidaymakers are ditching international trips and instead opting for a staycation, the cost of a UK break has skyrocketed. A huge amount of rentals and hotels are fully booked or simply unaffordable, so we’re encouraging the British public to enjoy a maverick way of holidaying through home swapping! It’s the most cost-effective and fun way to travel – so to make your search easier, we’ve highlighted some of the best destinations for a UK summer break, the eye-watering cost of renting, and where to enjoy a home swap instead.

Our approach is really quite simple. We’ve calculated how much the average rental home would be in some of the UK’s top destinations on a well-known rental site, and how this compares to exchanging your home with Love Home Swap. We based these calculations on a 7-day holiday (Monday-Sunday) during the month of August for four people. We found the average cost based on the total search results for each of these destinations and we searched for these rentals during Q2 2021. 

 

Just a few of the best UK staycation spots (and where to home swap)

Cornwall
Cotswolds
Pembrokeshire
Scottish Highlands
Peak District
Lake District
Devon

 

 

Cornwall

With its turquoise waters, white sand beaches and higher than average UK temperatures, Cornwall is the UK’s answer to the Caribbean and should be on everyone’s must-visit list. Right at the tip of England, this small but mighty peninsular has its own unique culture – so much so, that it even has its own language! Boasting many top holiday destinations like Newquay, St. Ives, Penzance and Falmouth, there’s plenty on offer here.

Average cost of a holiday rental in Cornwall: £197 per night (£1,379 a week)

Cost of a Love Home Swap membership: £96 per year*

 

Where we’d home swap for instead: This barn conversion with panoramic sea views 

Located in an idyllic, secluded spot on the south coast of Cornwall on the Roseland Peninsula, this character-filled barn conversion has stunning sea views. Just a stone’s throw from a small town with boutique shops and a charming local pub, the home is a short distance from an array of beaches, lush countryside and miles of coastal paths and walks. 

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Cotswolds

With chocolate box villages and stately homes set against the backdrop of rolling green countryside, The Cotswolds is in one of the most picturesque areas in England. Spread across the counties of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, there’s no shortage of stunning places to explore. It’s hard to pick a top spot, but just some of our favourites are Castle Combe (which has been labelled 'England's prettiest village'), Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford. 

Average cost of a holiday rental in the Cotswolds: £128 per night (£896 a week)

Cost of a Love Home Swap membership: £96 per year*

 

Where we’d home swap for instead: This stunning family home in Stroud, Gloucestershire

Located in the picturesque Cotswold village of Stroud, this charming family home is just a short distance from all the best that The Cotswolds has to offer. The home is perfect for families looking to explore the area, particularly as it boasts a trampoline, football goals, table football and plenty of toys – plus there’s a park nearby. And better yet, guests at the house will have Claire’s two cats as company! 

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Pembrokeshire

Situated on the far west of the UK and surrounded by the sea on three sides, is the beautiful area of Pembrokeshire. A haven for water sports enthusiasts, this Welsh county is a mecca for surfers, kayakers, paddle boarders and swimmers. Plus, it boasts spectacular coastal walks and some of the best seafood you can find in the UK. We’d particularly recommend visiting the UK’s smallest city of St Davids and the Victorian seaside town of Tenby.

Average cost of a holiday rental in Pembrokeshire: £197 per night (£1,379 a week)

Cost of a Love Home Swap membership: £96 per year*

 

Where we’d home swap for instead: This large home in Tenby

Just minutes from the beach, with a fantastic array of shops, restaurants and tearooms within a short stroll (not to mention a Norman castle for added wow factor), this stunning home is located in a conservation area and has incredible coastal walks from the doorstep.

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Scottish Highlands

With majestic mountains, Insta-worthy lochs, epic castles and never-ending skies, the Highlands have an abundance of natural landscapes to explore, as well as a rich history, delicious cuisine and friendly locals. Our top picks for unforgettable holiday adventures are climbing the UK’s highest peak Ben Nevis and spotting dolphins along the Moray Coast.

Average cost of a holiday rental in the Scottish Highlands: £127 per night (£889 a week)

Cost of a Love Home Swap membership: £96 per year*

 

Where we’d home swap for instead: This boutique eco cottage in Moray

Fancy enjoying a woodburning stove, wood-fired hot tub and open-plan living? Then look no further than this stunning 2-bedroom home. From beaches and golf to whisky trails, there’s simply loads to do in the area. 

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Peak District

We can't think of a better place to experience the best of English countryside and wildlife than the Peak District. The national park is famous for its stately homes and charming towns, all bursting with incredible tearooms and antique shops! Chatsworth House and Chesterfield Flea Market are two of the top places you'll want to visit.

Average cost of a holiday rental in the Peak District: £197 per night (£1,379 a week)

Cost of a Love Home Swap membership: £96 per year*

 

Where we’d home swap for instead: This architect-designed home just outside The Peak District

Nestled on the edge of the Peak District in the town of Duffield, this stunning home was completed in 2020 by award-winning architect Blee Halligan. With 5 bedrooms, outdoor BBQ area, a family lounge and separate playroom, this home is perfect for a family getaway.

 

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Lake District

It’s no wonder that the Lake District has global recognition as a great place to holiday. With spectacular scenery, history and wildlife – and well-known for its outdoor pursuits such as hiking and mountain biking – there’s simply loads of places to visit and things to do in The Lakes.

Average cost of a holiday rental in the Lake District: £176 per night (£1,232 a week)

Cost of a Love Home Swap membership: £96 per year*

 

Where we’d home swap for instead: This cottage with a riverside garden

Set in the lush green Lake District, with a fully-equipped kitchen and cosy woodburning stove, this

charming cottage is the perfect spot for a family getaway. But what really makes this home stand out is what’s outside! With an impressive garden featuring a river-view patio, it’s the perfect spot to watch local wildlife including kingfishers, otters, red squirrels and more. Located in the town of Bampton, the home is within a short distance of some of the most famous lakes, Ullswater and Windermere.

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Devon

From the calm and gentle north coast and the wild cliffs of the south coast, to the rugged landscapes of Dartmoor and the charming seaside villages scattered throughout, there’s something for everyone in the diverse county of Devon. Just a few of our must-visits are the towns of Clovelly, Appledore, Hope Cove, Croyde, Woolacombe and Salcombe. Wander up and down cobbled streets, and enjoy fish and chips by the sea.

Average cost of a holiday rental in Devon: £167 per night (£1,169 a week)

Cost of a Love Home Swap membership: £96 per year*

 

Where we’d home swap for instead: This stunning modern home in South Devon

Nestled in the Avon Valley, this home boasts incredible views over southern Devon with easy access to the popular seaside towns of Salcombe and Knightsbridge. The home has four bedrooms, so there’s plenty of room for the whole family, plus two large reception rooms and a cosy log-burner for the evenings. To top it all off, this stylish pad is set on two acres of land – so children will love the freedom to run around and explore. 

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What is the cost of home swapping vs. renting holiday accommodation?

You’ll make a huge saving by home swapping over renting for your holidays. Love Home Swap works on a membership basis, which provides you with unlimited access to thousands of homes across the world. You simply message other members to agree a swap, and hey presto, you’ve saved a fortune on travel costs!

We have two fantastic ways to swap, a Classic Swap (you go to theirs, they come to yours - either at the same time or on different dates) with no additional costs. Or if you’re after something more flexible, you can enjoy Points Swaps which allow you to travel to someone’s home even if they don’t stay at yours.  This incurs a small cost starting from just £49 per swap. Find out more about Points Service Fees here.

Sometimes our members may ask for additional fees to cover the costs of the home swap. This commonly will be cleaning fees or sometimes if it’s a longer swap, you might agree to cover some household bills. Members typically include these costs in their profile, but we recommend reading listings thoroughly and also confirming if there are any additional costs prior to agreeing your home swap, as these are all handled outside of the Love Home Swap platform. Professional cleaning is not required in order to enjoy home swaps and is completely up to the individual home swapper. If you’d like to find out more, you can read our cleaning guidelines.

 

Get started home swapping

Big or small, urban or rural, there’s a home swap for everyone. If you’re interested in trying home swapping, why not enjoy a two-week free trial? If you’d like to discuss home swapping more, then book a call with a member of our team – we’d love to hear from you.

 

*Membership plans start at £96 per year and rise to a maximum of £144 per year, depending on the plan that you choose. 

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