About the United Kingdom - Few places can cram in as much scenery, history, and culture as the United Kingdom. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, the United Kingdom (the UK or Britain) is a unique blend of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Want to take the time to explore the UK? Then book your accommodations with Owner Direct Vacation Rentals. From modern condo rentals to luxurious villa rentals, spacious apartments to charming cottage rentals, the lodgings you’ll find below provide all the comforts of home with an authentic British feel.
Where to Stay & Why - Whatever your vacation preference and the size of your group, the accommodations are equipped with a relaxing living room, a full kitchen, washer and dryer, WiFi, cable TV, comfortable beds, and spacious bathrooms. Head to the balcony that provides ample space and is ideal for alfresco dining, or just a lovely way to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Other amenities can include a pull-out bed, fireplace, parking, and you can request a cot if needed.
What to See & Do - Visit the Gardens of La Seigneurie, ranked as the finest in the Channel Islands, or take a ride in the Snaefell Mountain Railway or the reclaimed London Underground carriage with the Alderney Railway. Yachts and boat lovers are drawn to the Sark and Herm Island for the splendid sailing. Dolmens (Neolithic tombs) are common on the island - drop by the Dehus Dolmen and the Le Trepied. Watch some whales, sharks, and dolphins around the waters of the Isle of Man. St. Anne’s Church is a focal point, often referred to as the “Cathedral of the Channel Islands”, and is home of the Alderney Society Museum.
Where to Eat & Drink - Iconic cakes, splendid sandwiches, and heart-warming stews all hail from the UK. Don’t miss the full-blown afternoon tea with 3-tiered plates of cakes, sandwiches, and scones. Try the full-on British breakfast served with a cuppa, lovingly called “greasy spoons”, the Sunday Roast, chicken tikka masala, bangers and mash, and many more. For drinks, pubs are the most popular place to get a drink in the UK, often serving spirits, wines, beers, ciders, and alcopops accompanied by crisps, nuts, and pork scratchings. If they have it, try British real ales as they are amongst the best in the world!
How to Get Here & Getting Around - By plane, you’re most likely to arrive at one of London’s five airports: Manchester, Birmingham International, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Newcastle International, and Doncaster Sheffield. Take advantage of the extensive transportation near the vacation rentals.
When to Go - There’s never a bad time to visit the United Kingdom, but for the most reliable weather, come during summer when days are long and warm.