Where can I go on holiday? The UK’s best cottages, campsites, cabins and more for a self-contained ‘Covid-19 confident’ escape

From next Saturday, anyone will be able to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation in England "as long as shared facilities can be kept clean". The Prime Minister also advised that "most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will reopen if they can safely do so", which is good news for galleries, historical sights, museums, nature reserves and gardens that have also been struggling with revenue loss. The full report includes more guidance such as increased ventilation, mask use and extra cleaning of hand contact services.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced that from next Friday, the travel distance for leisure will be lifted and self-catering accommodation will be permitted, with outdoor hospitality following on Monday 6 July, the same date Wales is set to lift some of its restrictions.

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Several "Covid-safe" accreditation schemes are already underway; look out for the AA's Covid Confident assessment scheme, Visit England, Visit Wales and Visit Scotland's We're Good to Go self-certification, and the World Travel and Tourism Council's Safe Travels stamp.

The recent announcements have unsurprisingly created a rush on holiday bookings.

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The Rest Easy Group, which owns companies such as Snaptrip and Big-Cottages.com, has seen a 172 per cent increase in bookings compared to this time last year, and Canopy and Star's whimsical yurts and treehouses are almost fully booked until September. Sarah de Vere Drummond, co-founder of Kip Hideaways, says, "Traffic to the site is already more than five times higher this month compared to last.

While there are still pockets of summer availability, I would advise booking as far ahead as you can to avoid disappointment." If you have an existing booking anywhere in the UK, it's worth checking when you can go; some businesses have delayed opening so they can get the right cleaning protocols in places and ensure staff safety. For those without bookings, there are plenty of options still available.

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For self-catering accommodation, bypass the more established booking sites with dwindling availability and turn instead to local, independent agencies.

Crabpot Cottages (crabpotcottages.co.uk) have 24 cottages skirting Norfolk's windswept coast with a "master cancel" policy offering total flexibility on bookings this summer. Dog-friendly Old Bakery Mews is a snug stay for two in the middle of the charming seaside town Sheringham, or two-bed bungalow, Greenshome, is walking distance from Blakeney's quayside. Welcoming visitors to the Lake District, Coppermines (coppermines.co.uk) is a locally-run cottage company with availability this summer and a Covid-cleaning promise. The Stables at Knotts Farm is surrounded by rolling countryside above Windemere, and Badger's Nest is a one-bed bolthole with views across Coniston Water.

Sand & Stone (sandandstoneescapes.com) is a collection of properties throughout Devon, Cornwall and the Cotswolds. Its flagship property, Black Moon in St Ives, with floor to ceiling sea views, is available in August. Cabins and Castles (cabinsandcastles.co.uk) is a newish site offering pretty rentals around Sussex with flexible booking terms.

It still has availability inland including The Farmhouse, with a two-acre garden, close to The Witterings and South Downs Way House (sleeping up to eight) with sweeping views of its namesake.

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Forest Holidays (forestholidays.co.uk) are a good bet for families looking for uncomplicated fun in the woods. Self-contained cabins across all 10 locations, including Snowdonia, North Yorkshire and Hampshire, will open on 6 July and have availability throughout the summer. Those longing for a taste of the good life should take a look at Farm Stay (farmstay.co.uk), a collection of small, family-run farms that make extra income via campsites, B&Bs and holiday lets; risk assessments are underway to guarantee hygiene and safety standards.

Campsites across the UK on sites such as Cool Camping (coolcamping.com) and Pitch Up (pitchup.com) are going fast, but it's not too late. Pitch Up recommends switching more popular destinations such as Cornwall for less-in-demand Pembrokeshire, East Sussex or Norfolk - it has more than 25 Pembrokeshire sites with August availability. The appeal of a holiday rental's self-contained space is obvious, but hotels are meeting rigorous new hygiene standards while offering some tempting deals.

OYO (oyorooms.com) has 45 per cent reductions on summer stays at Bailbrook Lodge in Bath, Angel Townhouse in London and Cliffemouth Hotel in Whitby. Exclusive Collection is giving guests 30 per cent off summer stays. Offering a self-contained adventure on the open roads, waterways or seas, camper van and boat rental is also growing in popularity.

Camplify (camplify.co.uk), the caravan and campervan sharing network, has availability, including Indie (two nights ?270), one of the UK's first 100 per cent electric campers based close to the Yorkshire Dales.

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Le Boat (leboat.co.uk) is encouraging more customers to jump on board with new cleaning protocols and flexible booking - a one-week family break on the River Thames next month starts from ?332pp. Waterways Holidays (waterwaysholidays.com) has canal boats up for hire from bases in Cheshire and Warwickshire and Fairview Sailing (fairviewsailing.co.uk) has yacht charters available on England's south coast. If adventure calls, there are organised small group trips aplenty in the UK this summer.

Intrepid (intrepidtravel.com/uk) - which previously majored in adventure trips abroad - has launched six new three-five-day holidays in Suffolk, Cornwall, Scotland, The Peak District and Lake District. Cycling tours stop at independent accommodation, and "retreats" have been designed to support local communities. Each Intrepid trip will operate under new Safe Travel protocols outlined by the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Wilderness Scotland (wildernessscotland.com) has availability on a sea kayaking trip in the Outer Hebrides, Responsible Travel (responsibletravel.com) is selling camping wildlife safaris in Scotland and Compass Holidays (compass-holidays.com), specialising in cycling and walking, has launched new trips on the Cotswold and Pennine Way. With international travel still curtailed and a likely surge in domestic visits on the horizon, responsible tourism is critical. Tourist boards are urging visitors to respect local regulations, pre-book attractions so that they can control visitor numbers, minimise plastic waste, clean up after themselves and follow continued hygiene and social-distancing advice.

If taking a little more care means everyone can drift out of lockdown into a relaxed, summer haze, it's worth it.

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