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The Staycation Edition Part Two: Our Pick of Self-Catering Homes

Episode Summary

Incoming: we’ve got a whole host of UK staycation recommendations because, in case you missed the memo, exploring your home turf is 2020’s most sought-after adventure. In this episode, we find out which self-catering homes our editors are booking now, including humble bothies, honey-coloured Cotswold cabins and an avant-garde architectural gem in the South Downs.

Episode Notes

Join our travel editors as they lift the lid on some of their favourite UK self-catering stays, from twee Cotswolds cottages to Pembrokeshire houseboats. No longer just a crash pad for laying your head, this is the kind of accommodation at the forefront of the staycation stampede. Expect design-driven bothies in the Highlands, the South Downs’ most swanky stately homes and Norfolk cottages that have been given extensive makeovers.

We’ll also be joined by one half of the dynamic duo behind the award-winning Brownber Hall, arguably the plushest pad in the country. After upping sticks and moving from Hackney to Cumbria, Peter and Amanda Jaques-Walker opened Brownber Hall to rave reviews. Then the pandemic hit and they pivoted from running a boutique hotel to a self-catering bolthole. Peter shares their journey with us, his top Lake District picks – including a secluded wild-swimming spot – and introduces their new property, Brownber House.

We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at

Links and notes from the episode 

Peter Jaques-Walkers top Lake District tips:

Pendragon Castle with its River Eden swimming spot next door

The Black Swan for grub

Black Bull for Japan-meets-Cumbria food 

The bothy India waxed lyrical about?

Inverlonan, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Fleur’s glamping pick:

Glen Dye, Kincardineshire, Scotland

The glass-fronted homes hidden in the Scottish Highlands:

57 Nord

Croft 103

That dreamy Pembrokeshire houseboat…

Pembrokeshire Houseboat, Kip Hideaways

The most elaborate folly with Notebook-worthy boating lake:

The Walled Gardens, Bath

Fleur’s heading to this Cotswolds barn with her family in tow:

Bibury Farm Barns

… and India to this Pinterest-worthy darling in Norfolk:

Eden Hall

The showstopper of the episode:

Cadence, Petworth, West Sussex

Our pick of self-catering booking platforms:

Canopy & Stars for treehouses, airstreams and other quirky accommodation 

Airbnb Plus (obvs)

Living Architecture for Grand Design-worthy properties

Fish & Pips for all-out countryside party mansions