The best UK holiday cottages and homes you can rent for six people or less according to new gov rules

BRITS who had planned to go on a staycation with their friends and family have had their plans destroyed by the government's new Covid restrictions.

From Monday, more than six people are no longer allowed to meet up.

The new rules have already led to families cancelling their group bookings, as home owners and tour operators seeing a wave of calls and queries about their future plans.

The rules, which still allow six people from any household, as well as one household up to six to meet, has resulted in more chaos for the travel industry, which saw the staycation trend boom.

  • Three to seven nights in Wales with Snaptrip – from £254
  • Two to seven nights in Cumbria with Snaptrip – from £369

Thankfully, there are still lots of properties around the UK which welcome up to six people, from Devon and Cornwall to North Yorkshire.

Even better, lots of the large properties have their own hot tubs or indoor heated pools, with many dog-friendly too.

We've rounded up some of the most beautiful places you can stay, with some starting from £24 each a night.

Kittisford Barton, Devon – £28pppn

Set on a working farm in Taunton Deane, the glamping site is surrounded by 260 acres of ponds and woodland.

The safari tent has three bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, along with a twin room and bunkbed room, suitable for a family of six.

The best part is the wood-fired hot tub you can use along with an outdoor fire-pit for when the sun goes down.

  • Other Devon cottages and apartments – from £209

The Granary, Yorkshire – £38pppn

Situated in the village of Aldbrough St John, The Granary is the best place to explore the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

It is also close to the village pub as well as the town of Richmond with restaurants and tea shops.

The property is popular with groups and families keen for walking and cycling, with panoramas of the countryside.

  • Other North Yorkshire cottages and apartments – from £245

Barfield's Cherry Tree Cottage, Cornwall – £54pppn

The cottage, in Launceston, is ideally situated near the tourist towns of Padstow and Port Issac.

The main selling point is its indoor heating swimming pool, which you only share with the owner.

Feel free to take the dogs too, as the property is pet friendly.

  • Other Cornwall cottages and apartments – from £199

Waveney River Centre, Norfolk – £24pppn

The lodge, part of the Waveney River Centre holiday park faces the riverside in a private marina in Norfolk.

Each lodge has a private hot tub while there is also a shred indoor heated pool.

You can also visit Broads National Park, Britain's largest protected wetland

  • Other Norfolk cottages and apartments – from £109

The Old Piggeries, Dorset – £51pppn

Converted from a former barn, Bridport is just two miles away from the property, which is surrounded by local farmland.

Chesil beach also runs near the property, for families to enjoy the sun and sand.

Book a stay near Christmas and you can make the most of its Christmas decor.

  • Other Dorset cottages and apartments – from £299

If you're looking for something a bit different for later in the year, there are some great options from treehouses and safari tents to themed cartoon hotel rooms and castles.

Other weird properties include a hobbit hut in Wales and a Disney-inspired Snow White cottage.

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