The best places in the UK to buy a holiday home for under £300,000

Many of us dream of having our very own bolthole where we can escape the woes of day-to-day life whenever we please without the hassle that comes with booking. Others might be looking to “speculate to accumulate” by renting a holiday home out for a little extra income.

But, whatever it is you are after, we have done the leg work for you. First, we looked at the most in demand spots to buy with a budget under £200,000 and later explored areas available to you with £250,000. Now, using data from estate agency Savills, we have found the locations with the highest levels of demand, where you can invest up to £300,000. 

With this budget, almost all of the locations have access to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or National Parks, and those without have the draw of the seaside. 

Tendring, north-east Essex

Britons do love to be beside the seaside and hundreds flock to Essex’s so-called “Sunshine Coast” every year. The area takes in Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Manningtree, with a particular highlight being the Naze – a stretch of headland on the east coast, which is important for migrating birds and boasts a small nature reserve. 





Beach huts in Brightlingsea, Tendring, where the average property costs £256,915


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Its popularity shows no signs of slowing with house prices rising by almost 6 percent since 2020 and costing an average of £256,915.

But investors hoping to tap into the market will have stiff competition. Tracy Churchwood, of estate agency Churchwood Stanley, said: “It has been busier than we’ve ever known it, busier than pre-2008 levels.”

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk 

Property in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk goes for an average of £275,073. House prices in the area have jumped by 7.7 percent since 2020, a trend which Grace Read, of estate agency Sowerbys, said was partially driven by out-of-area buyers willing to offer over asking price to secure purchases.





The Queen’s stables on the Sandringham Estate


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“We deal with a lot of buyers investing in a holiday let, and the villages close to the A148, the likes of Harpley and Grimston, have proven popular for this market,” she said.

“Here you are not paying the premium found on the coast, but the seaside is still a stone’s throw away.” 

Breckland and South Norfolk 

The neighbouring districts of Breckland and South Norfolk also enjoy unwavering popularity. Both regions are less than 30 minutes drive from Norwich train station, but the city soon gives way to the countryside, which is peppered with historic sites.

Property buyers can invest in a holiday home in Breckland with an average of £259,514, but those with a bigger budget can tap into South Norfolk, where the average house costs £293,808.





The market square in Harleston in South Norfolk


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Buyers searching in South Norfolk are drawn to its pretty period cottages, said Dominic Parravani, of estate agency Durrants. “We have seen huge demand from buyers searching for holiday homes in the area this year, particularly driven by those who maybe can’t afford to buy in the more expensive district of North Norfolk,” he added. 

The towns of Harleston and Diss, and their surrounding idyllic villages, have particularly piqued the interest of the holiday home buyers since 2020. 

Craven, North Yorkshire

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales lies Craven where, according to the Office for National Statistics, some of the happiest people in the UK live. This is perhaps no surprise when the district boasts two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Nidderdale and Forest of Bowland. 

Hikers holidaying in the area are spoilt for choice with the Yorkshire Three Peaks on the doorstep, and the Pennine Way national trail nearby. 





Settle in Craven in the Yorkshire Dales National Park


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Michael Leighton, of Leightons Estate Agency, in Cross Hills, said prospective buyers registering details in search of a holiday home in the area had never been higher. 

“We have certainly seen a surge in people looking either for a bolthole for themselves, or investors using it as an opportunity to secure extra income,” he said. 

The average property in Craven costs £263,656 and prices are more than 5 percent higher than 2020. Mr Leighton said cash buyers had pushed values skywards by offering “way over asking”. 

“There are a lot of people outside of the area purchasing in Yorkshire, but stock levels are so low. It is an incredibly desirable place to live,” he added. 

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