IT’S that tricky time of year again – you’ve got holiday days left to take at work but very little to spend on them.
A grand vacation doesn’t have to break the bank if you opt for a staycation though.
By skipping hotels and opting instead for cheaper holiday lets, it’s possible to have a weekend away for less than £150.
Nowadays, everyone from lords of the manor to hippy retreats open up their private homes to make some spare cash.
The autumn is the best time to staycation too, with long country walks and cosy pubs perfect for wasting a Saturday afternoon.
We’ve rounded up some of the best Airbnb properties on the market – that all cost under £100 a night.
From a former abbey in Loch Ness to a London penthouse, read on to find out more…
Private room in an 18th Century Castle in Midlothian
Melville Castle is home to 32 bedrooms and suites, ranging from classic doubles to grand four poster suites.
At one time the hunting seat of Mary Queen of Scots, the Castle was commissioned by the first Viscount Melville and designed by the renowned Scottish architect William Playfair in 1791.
The castle is set within a 50-acre estate of wooded parkland, just 20 minutes drive from
Edinburgh’s city centre.
Costs £89 per night for a room.
A former abbey at Loch Ness
Surrounded on three sides by water, St. Benedict’s Abbey is set on the southern end of Loch Ness in 20 acres of grounds.
This Airbnb is a one-bedroom apartment set over two floors in the secret writing room of the monastery.
Guests can also make use of the abbey’s Highland Club, which features a heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, gym, tennis court, badminton net, giant chess, BBQ-places, croquet lawn, outdoor table tennis and a Club Lounge with full sized snooker table.
Costs £85 per night for the apartment.
A coach house in the Peak District
This characterful and quirky one-bedroom flat with mezzanine and outside terrace is situated in a converted old coach house in the Peak District town of Wirksworth.
Wirksworth is an attractive town with old fashioned pubs and winding streets – on the doorstep of one of the UK’s most beautiful locations.
Costs £80 per night for the apartment.
A country bungalow with use of a private pool near York
This one-bedroom executive holiday home is sat in 1.3 acres of enclosed mature gardens and grounds in Bubwith.
Also available for resident’s private use, at times agreed with the owner, is a 10m x 5m indoor heated swimming and a sauna.
Costs £74 per night for the lodge.
Studio flat in a Grade 2* listed coachhouse near Stratford Upon Avon
A ground floor studio flat in a Grade 2* listed original coachhouse building in the grounds of Admington Hall – a mixture of Grade 1 and Grade 2* listed buildings dating from mid-16th Century.
In an original Georgian stable block, the Coach House Apartment sleeps two people.
Breakfast consists of a choice of home-made granola and yoghurt, freshly laid eggs off the farm, bacon, fresh fruit and seasonal produce from the kitchen garden.
Guests may also have agreed access to the tennis court, swimming pool and private gardens by prior arrangement.
Costs £84 per night for the apartment.
Panoramic views from a house in the Malvern Hills
This two-bedroom house in one of the most elevated positions in the Malvern Hills with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.
The Studio is part of Holywell Chapel’s grounds which adjoin the Malvern Hills Conservators land, accessed via a private gate directly to the bridleway, cycle and footpath networks.
Costs £96 per night for the apartment.
Private Suite at a Georgian Grade II listed house in Kendal
Large suite of rooms on the top floor of a Georgian Grade II listed house in Kendal town centre quietly tucked away at the head of an historic cobbled yard.
The flat comprises of a double bedroom, living room with basic kitchenette and double sofa bed, and bathroom.
All rooms have double height ceilings with exposed beams and views across Kendal’s rooftops to the hills beyond.
Costs £54 per night for the apartment.
Boutique houseboat with garden mooring in Cambridge
This one-bedroom widebeam houseboat has views across Stourbridge common and a secluded private mooring.
Situated on the River Cam a short walk from Cambridge city centre, this boat also has its own lawn and decking area.
Costs £99 per night for the boat.
A private room in a London penthouse with access to a rooftop pool
This one-bedroom penthouse suite is 15 minutes from the popular Brick Lane in East London.
The flat comes with a private terrace and access to a shared rooftop patio with heated pool.
Costs £90 per night for the room.
Cosy cottage adjoins 19th century windmill near Cambridge
This one-bedroom recently refurbished cottage is attached to a large tower windmill built in 1836, set in seven acres of grounds.
The property is within walking distance of the conservation village of Linton, south Cambridgeshire.
Costs £65 per night for the cottage.
An en-suite bedroom in an eco-house, surrounded by woodland near Bath
The bedroom opens onto a Moroccan-style indoor courtyard in a self-built eco house, surrounded by woods, 10 miles from Bath and Bristol.
The property sits next to a scrap yard and another part of the site is home to people who work at circuses, theatres and providing props for festivals like Boomtown and Glastonbury.
Costs £45 per night for the room.