You could be waking up with a reservoir on your doorstep. Most of us have, by this point, given up hopes of getting an overseas holiday in the diary this summer. But just because flights remain largely grounded doesn't mean you can't get a change of scenery.
Government confirmed that many areas of the hospitality industry will be allowed to be reopened. That includes hotels, campsites, self-contained accommodation and bed and breakfasts.It's the next stage in the easing of lockdown, which will also see pubs, restaurants, visitor attractions and hairdressers open again for the first time since March.
There will be rules and safety measures in place, such as increased cleaning regimes and contactless key collections. If you're keen for a change of scenery without having to travel far from your front door, here are some amazing accommodation options near Greater Manchester. You could be spending the night in a helicopter in just over an hour's drive.
These bell tents are available to rent for a staycation (Image: Airbnb)
For those who like to be even closer to nature, these bell tents in Lancashire are a clear winner. It's a chance to strip it back to basics but still have little luxuries, such as double beds and fridges. The best part of all is that there's a permanent taproom on site from the Rivington Brewing Co, which is open every Saturday and Sunday.
You could spend the night in an actual helicopter (Image: Airbnb)
Roomy? No. But it's not every day you get a chance to spend the night inside a helicopter. This 1982 Westland Lynx XZ676 chopper has been converted into a tiny studio apartment, containing sleeping space for up to four people, a fridge, microwave, and LED TV.
The helicopter is parked up at the Ream Hills holiday village in Preston, meaning visitors can take advantage of the aqua park on site when it reopens. Stays start from £110 per night.
A cosy tiny house with a fire pit and barbecue (Image: Airbnb)
If you're desperate for a change of scenery (and after months of lockdown, aren't we all) without spending a fortune, this tiny house in High Bentham is ideal. The cabin sits in a quiet garden with grapevines all around, with cows checking in on you from the field nextdoor.
It's located on the fringes of the beautiful Forest of Bowland and comes with a mini kitchen, a bathroom, a barbecue and a fire pit. Prices start at £53 per night.
The 'Nut House' comes with its own pool (Image: Airbnb)
It's got a pool, it's got a hot tub, you'll get breakfast brought to your door - but it's not a luxury hotel, it's a tiny wood cabin in Lancashire. Known as 'The Nut House', the accommodation is essentially a summer house set within a garden that's packed with wood sculptures (including a lifesize steam train), flowers, and wildlife.
Guests will have private access to the on-site swimming pool and hot tub, and it's all in driving distance of both the Lake District and Manchester. It's a little pricier at £115 per night
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