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Where are the UK’s best holiday let areas?

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Conor Shilling

Conor Shilling

6 April 2023

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Following a boom in staycations and UK holidays, now could be a good time to invest in a holiday let property.

But where are the best locations for holiday let landlords and what do you need to consider?

Where are the best places to invest in UK holiday homes?

Dorset in the South West, the Peak District in the North West, and Northumberland in the North East are the top three holiday let investment locations, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages.

Perhaps surprisingly there’s no place for Cornwall in the top 10, despite it being one of the UK’s best-known areas for holiday lets.

Although Cornwall remains popular with holiday goers, landlords may not be able to get a good return on investment due to higher property prices.

The rest of the top 10 includes coastal and countryside locations from across the UK, including Scotland and Wales.

Top 10 areas to buy a holiday home in the UK

The table below shows 10 of the best places to invest in a holiday let, based on data from Sykes Holiday Cottages.

The locations are ranked based on the potential annual rental return.


UK region

Max avg potential annual return

1. Dorset

South West


2. Peak District

East Midlands


3. Northumberland

North East


4. Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire and the Humberside


5. Somerset

South West


6. Devon

South West


7. North Wales



8. Highlands and Islands



9. North York Moors and Coast

Yorkshire and the Humberside


10. South Coast

South East


Buying a holiday home in Dorset

From Bournemouth through Weymouth all the way to Lyme Regis, Dorset is a county in South West England best known for its Jurassic Coast.

As well as its picturesque coastline, Dorset is also home to large areas of countryside including the Dorset Area of Natural Beauty nature reserve.

Where are the best areas in Dorset for holiday lets?

According to Sykes Holiday Cottages, three of the best areas for holiday let landlords to invest in Dorset are:

  • West Bexington
  • Broadmayne
  • Pentridge

How much do holiday homes in Dorset cost?

The average sold price for a property in Dorset in the last 12 months is £422,999, according to Zoopla. Semi-detached properties sell for an average price of around £370,000, while terraced homes and flats typically sell for between £255,000 and £315,000.

Returns for holiday let landlords investing in Dorset can be high. The average weekly rent for a two-bedroom property is around £300, rising to around £375 for a three-bedroom property, according to

For the most exclusive holiday homes, landlords can earn upwards of £575 a week.

Buying a holiday home in the Peak District

One of the UK’s best-known National Parks, the Peak District is a vast area of peaks, valleys, and countryside.

The Peak District covers over 550 square miles and branches out into five counties:

  • Yorkshire
  • Greater Manchester
  • Derbyshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Cheshire

Where are the best areas in the Peak District for holiday lets?

Three of the best Peak District locations for investors, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages, are:

  • Mossgate
  • Rudyard
  • Fulford

How much do holiday homes in the Peak District cost?

The average cost of a property in the Peak District is around £340,000, according to Zoopla. The top end for detached properties is closer to £550,000, down to just under £180,000 for flats.

Holiday let landlords who invest in the Peak District can earn up to £560 a week for larger, more exclusive properties. Meanwhile, according to, one and two-bedroom rental properties in Bakewell are commonly listed for between £250 and £350 a week.

Buying a holiday home in Northumberland

Bordering Scotland, Northumberland is a popular holiday spot in the North of England with well-known attractions including Bamburgh Castle and Hadrian’s Wall.

On top of this, it has a long stretch of eye-catching coastline with beach locations such as Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth, and Blyth.

Where are the best areas in Northumberland for holiday lets?

Some of the most popular locations for holiday home investors include Whitley Bay to the south, Eslington Park in the centre, and Tweedmouth to the north.

How much do holiday homes in Northumberland cost?

Landlords looking for holiday homes could get a good return on investment in Northumberland, with an average sold price of £238,989, according to Zoopla. Detached homes are more likely to sell for more than £400,000, while terraced and semi-detached properties typically sell for between £150,000 and £200,000.

The average weekly rent for two and three-bedroom rentals in Northumberland ranges from between £170 and £210. However, holiday homes at the top end of the market could generate upwards of £550 in rental income each week.

Berwick in Northumberland
Milosz Maslanka/

Buying a holiday home in the Yorkshire Dales

Another National Park, the Yorkshire Dales is popular with walkers and countryside enthusiasts.

Its best-known dales include:

  • Ribblesdale
  • Malhamdale
  • Wensleydale
  • Swaledale
  • Wharfdale

Where are the best areas in the Yorkshire Dales for holiday lets?

When it comes to buying a holiday home in the Yorkshire Dales, Sykes recommends the following three locations:

  • Ripon
  • Kirklington
  • Ilkley

How much do properties in the Yorkshire Dales cost?

The average sold price in this region is just under £350,000, according to Zoopla. Buyers of terraced properties could expect to pay in the region of £260,000, while semi-detached homes commonly sell for around £325,000.

Two and three-bedroom rentals in Ripon can generate up to £400 a week in rental income, while exclusive holiday homes across the area can fetch over £500 a week.

Buying a holiday home in Somerset

A county in the South West, Somerset is home to the Mendip and Quantock Hills as well as Exmoor National Park.

Somerset is popular with UK holidaymakers for its views and extensive countryside, as well as coastal hotspots Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, and Clevedon.

Where are the best areas in Somerset for holiday lets?

Street and Taunton are popular locations to explore the Somerset countryside, while Burnham-on-Sea is one of the area’s best-known seaside towns.

How much do properties in Somerset cost?

The average property in Somerset sells for around £340,000, according to Zoopla. Detached properties typically sell for around £500,000, while flats and apartments can be bought for around £150,000.

Landlords rent out holiday homes for over £500 a week, with prices dropping to between £220 and £295 a week for one and two-bedroom properties.

The average rental and house prices used in this article are based on 2023 data, and it's important to note that the amount you can charge for renting out a holiday home varies throughout the year.

Buying a holiday home in Devon

Devon is popular for its mix of market towns, cities, National Parks, and picturesque coastline.

Alongside neighbouring Cornwall, it’s arguably one of the UK’s most popular holiday locations.

Where are the best areas in Devon for holiday lets?

Sykes picks out the following three locations as the best spots to buy a holiday home in Devon:

  • Seaton
  • Satterleigh
  • Challaborough

How much do properties in Devon cost?

The average Devon property costs around £350,000, according to Zoopla data.

Detached homes typically sell for well over £525,000, while terraced and semi-detached properties sell for between £260,000 and £320,000.

Rental prices for two and three-bedroom properties range between £260 and £350 a week, according to

However, top-end properties in Devon could see holiday let landlords earn in excess of £500 a week.

Buying a holiday home in North Wales

From the Isle of Anglesey and Gwynedd to Flintshire and Denbighshire, North Wales is known for its distinctive culture and rich landscapes.

Popular coastal locations include Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, and Porthmadog.

Where are the best areas in North Wales for holiday lets?

Alongside Anglesey and Llandudno, Sykes names medieval town Conwy as one of the three best investment locations for holiday let landlords.

How much do properties in North Wales cost?

Lower average property prices in this region mean investors could generate a healthy yield.

According to Zoopla, the typical North Wales property sells for £232,993, rising to around £330,000 for detached properties.

Holiday homes at the top end of the market can be rented out for £505 a week, dropping to between £250 and £300 a week for smaller properties.

North Wales coastline
James Powell/

Buying a holiday home in the Highlands and Islands

This area covers the Scottish Highlands and the groups of islands in Orkney, Shetland, the Inner Hebrides, and the Outer Hebrides.

This part of Scotland is known for its dramatic coastline and landscapes, as well as globally renowned tourist attractions such as Loch Ness.

Where are the best areas in the Highlands and Islands for holiday lets?

According to Sykes, three of the best areas to invest in a holiday home in this area are:

  • Inverness
  • Corran
  • Peinachorrain

How much do properties in the Highlands and Islands cost?

Properties in the Highlands sell for an average of £230,000, Zoopla data shows. The typical price for a detached property is nearer to £300,000, while investors could pick up a flat or apartment for as little as £140,000.

Exclusive holiday homes can generate rental income in excess of £500 a week. suggests that the average price for a rental in this area is around £220 a week for a three-bedroom property.

Buying a holiday home in the North York Moors and Coast

Situated in North East Yorkshire, the York Moors National Park is known for its abundance of heather.

The area is also home to some popular coastal locations including Whitby, Scarborough, and Staithes.

Where are the best areas in the North York Moors and Coast for holiday lets?

As well as the coastal locations, Pickering, Rosedale Abbey, and Lealholm are some of the popular areas for holiday homes on the North York Moors.

How much do properties in the North York Moors and Coast cost?

Homes in this area typically sell for around £265,000. The average detached property will cost around £320,000, while investors can buy flats and apartments for approximately £210,000.

Landlords with holiday homes in the North York Moors and Coast could expect to earn just under £500 a week for high quality, in demand properties.

Buying a holiday home on the South Coast

Stretching from the Kent coast all the way through to Dorset, the South Coast has over 400 miles of coastline.

As well as some of the country’s best beaches, this area is also home to cities Brighton and Hove, Portsmouth, and Southampton.

Where are the best areas on the South Coast for holiday lets?

According to Sykes, some of the best South Coast areas to invest in a holiday home are:

  • West Hougham
  • Lower Swanwick
  • Totland

How much do properties cost on the South Coast?

The average sold price in Portsmouth and Southampton is closer to £300,000, while this rises to £550,000 in Brighton, according to Zoopla.

Across the whole of the South Coast, holiday home investors can expect to earn a maximum of around £465 a week in rental income.

What do you need to consider when buying a holiday home?

Once you’ve decided on a location to invest, you’ll need to find a property that’s suitable to rent out as a holiday home.

You’ll then need to think about whether you need a specialist holiday let mortgage, how you’re going to manage the property, what kind of tax you’ll need to pay, and what kind of insurance you'll need.

Read our holiday lets guides for more information:

Where do you think is the best UK location to invest in a holiday let? Let us know in the comments below.

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Conor Shilling

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Conor Shilling

Conor Shilling is a professional writer with over 10 years’ experience across the property, small business, and insurance sectors. A trained journalist, Conor’s previous experience includes writing for several leading online property trade publications. Conor has worked at Simply Business as a Copywriter for three years, specialising in the buy-to-let market, landlords, and small business finance.

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