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5 ways to create the ultimate staycation experience

You don’t need to jet off to the Caribbean to explore a beautiful island. The one we live on is pretty special too. With travelling abroad this summer looking unlikely, we want to inspire you to take a much-needed break right here in the UK. Our guide to creating an idyllic staycation will show you how to get all the rest and relaxation that comes with island life, without any long queues at immigration. 

1. Location, location, location.

Scratch that wanderlust itch by choosing somewhere completely different to spend your staycation. Crabtree & Crabtree have gorgeous properties buried deep in the beautiful countryside of Northern England and into Scotland. 

Love history? Live like royalty in Neville Tower at the 1,400-year-old Bamburgh Castle. It’s made truly special by its panoramic views over the Northumberland coast. To satisfy all your country living dreams, The Coach House on the Scottish Borders is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pentland Hills. 

Like The Coach House, lots of Crabtree & Crabtree’s properties are dog friendly, so the whole family can join you on holiday this year.

2. Play the tourist

Every UK destination has a story to tell. The best way to uncover its secrets is by playing the tourist. Whether you’re exploring country lanes or city streets, spend time getting lost. Buy postcards with cows on them. Look up at the sky rather than down at your feet. Maybe even take a walking tour of the local sights. You are, after all, in a foreign place. Even if you’ve not just stepped off a plane. 

3. Rewild yourself

There’s something primal about walking barefoot along the beach, warm sand between your toes. It fulfils our human need to be close to nature. You can recreate this feeling almost anywhere. 

Take the opportunity to go for a walk into nature and dare to take off your shoes to feel the cool grass beneath the soles of your feet. This practice of reconnecting with the Earth (called earthing) can actually boost your overall wellbeing. No wonder it feels so good.

4. Eat good food. 

We’re all about making your staycation as restful as possible. That includes dinner times. Birtelli’s pizza kits are quick and fun to make, and always created using fresh hand-selected, award-winning British ingredients. To make life even easier, we can deliver them straight to your holiday home – wherever you are in the UK. 

Your crafted pizza base or pizza dough arrives (if you want to get hands-on) with handy, pre-portioned toppings. Which means there’s no need to chop or grate. Simply top your base, bake and enjoy. 

Add craft beers, wine or Prosecco to your pizza kit delivery to create a complete alfresco dining experience. 

5. Catch up on some much-needed zzzs

You’ve rested. You’ve relaxed. You’ve got a little lost…and found yourself. There’s only one thing for it: sleep. Catching up on the rest we miss during our hectic day-to-day lives is an essential part of any holiday. Staycation or abroad. After all that fresh air and fresh food, who can resist dimming the lights, getting cosy and nodding off to a good book.