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The best place for a UK staycation this summer, revealed

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a group of people on a beach near a body of water: Whitby has been named the most popular place for a UK break in a new survey revealing the best staycation locations for summer 2019. Followed by Salcombe and Dartmouth in Devon, and Keswick in the Lake District. © J Broughton Photography - Getty Images Whitby has been named the most popular place for a UK break in a new survey revealing the best staycation locations for summer 2019. Followed by Salcombe and Dartmouth in Devon, and Keswick in the Lake District.

Whitby has been named the most popular place for a UK break in a new survey revealing the best staycation locations for summer 2019.

It's no surprise that the Yorkshire seaside town, famed for its Gothic abbey which inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, topped Sykes Holiday Cottages' list. Whitby offers everything you need for the perfect UK break or staycation: a wonderful Blue Flag beach, some of the best fish and chips around and plenty of history.

a group of people in a large body of water: Whitby named best staycation spot for summer 2019 © ScreamingPixels - Getty Images Whitby named best staycation spot for summer 2019

The holiday rentals website found that more than 51% of Brits are planning to spend their main summer holiday in the UK this year.

Its Staycation Index – an analysis of cottage bookings data and consumer research into British breaks – revealed that the beautiful beach town of Salcombe, in Devon, was the second most popular destination, followed by the charming Dartmouth, also in Devon, and the Lake District's pretty market town Keswick, in fourth place.

Top 4 places for UK staycations in 2019:

  1. Whitby, Yorkshire
  2. Salcombe, Devon
  3. Dartmouth, Devon
  4. Keswick, Lake District
a large body of water with a mountain in the background: Picturesque Salcombe is the second most popular place for a staycation in 2019 © olliemtdog - Getty Images Picturesque Salcombe is the second most popular place for a staycation in 2019

If this latest staycation data has inspired you to book your summer break in the UK, you'll be pleased to know that we've got some lovely ideas for cottages you can book, whether you're travelling as a couple, a family or even with pets.

Where to stay in the top UK break destinations for summer 2019:

The Store Rooms, Whitby

This former auction house in the centre of Whitby sleeps up to three people and is ideal for couples looking to embrace what the town has to offer on a coastal escape.

a brick building: This is the most popular place for a staycation © Sykes Holiday Cottages This is the most popular place for a staycation

A two-minute walk takes you to the centre of town, while climbing the 199 steps up to the old St Mary’s Church is a must-do, as is a day on the beach and a visit to Whitby Abbey. Seven nights from £369.

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Tenby, Whitby

Offering plenty of room for the whole family, Tenby sleeps six and comes with a patio for barbecues and soaking up the summer sun.

a narrow road next to a brick building: This is the most popular place for a staycation © Sykes Holiday Cottages This is the most popular place for a staycation

Whitby's beach is just a five-minute stroll away, where little ones can spend the day crabbing, building sandcastles and enjoying donkey rides. Seven nights from £437.

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The Garden Cottage, Salcombe

This beautiful two-person traditional cottage is perfect for a romantic break, where keen walkers can get out and about to enjoy the stunning surroundings on foot.

a small clock tower in front of a house: This is the most popular place for a staycation © Sykes Holiday Cottages This is the most popular place for a staycation

The Garden Cottage is set within two acres of picturesque gardens, with a footpath that leads to local restaurants, North Sands Beach and the South West Coast Path. Seven nights from £496.

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Edinburgh House, Salcombe

Sitting on the top of a hill and providing unrivalled views across Salcombe’s estuaries, Snape’s Point and South Pool Creek, Edinburgh House is big enough for a family, sleeping six.

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Adventurous guests can try surfing or kayaking on the estuary, while evenings are best spent sampling the locally-sourced seafood served in the town's restaurants and pubs. Seven nights from £818.

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Kings View, Dartmouth

With its modern interior and panoramic views from River Dart to Kingswear and around to Dartmouth Castle, Kings View is a delightful base to explore Dartmouth.

It sleeps four and during your stay, you can get lost exploring ancient narrow streets lined with boutiques, before watching the world go by from one of the town’s many cafes. Seven nights from £535.

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Fairhaven, Dartmouth

This four-person apartment is located in the very heart of Dartmouth, where you can walk to the Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth Castle and the famous waterfront.

Fairhaven has retained many of its original features, including beautiful antique pine flooring, but also has a cosy 'snug’ room with bi-folding doors which open out onto a roof terrace acting as the perfect sun trap. Seven nights from £662.

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The Old Mill, Keswick

Set right in the centre of Keswick with the beautiful Lake District to explore from the doorstep, this four-person cottage is the ideal base for hikes around Derwentwater or sailing on the lake.

a large white building: This is the most popular place for a staycation © Sykes Holiday Cottages This is the most popular place for a staycation

Around Keswick, you'll find a range of antique shops, museums and art galleries, plus Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside just a short drive away. Seven nights from £407.

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White House, Keswick

This cottage near the shores of Derwentwater has enough space to sleep up to eight people, including four-legged members of the family.

Its location makes it a paradise for walkers (and dogs), with the option to walk around the many lakes close by or hike over the fells. Seven nights from £790.

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