Cheap accommodation during the Diamond Jubilee
If you want to avoid exorbitant hotel rates during the Diamond Jubilee, holiday rentals can work out up to 50% cheaper than similar standard hotels, plus provide more space and facilities. According to figures from Santander, some hotels have increased prices by up to 223% for this year's celebrations, significantly more than the premiums charged during the Royal Wedding last year. For a better value alternative, HomeAway.co.uk, the UK's number one holiday rentals website, advertises more than 700 London apartments that are still available during the event, with prices starting at just £30 per person per night.
Alternatively, for those wishing to escape the tourist crowds at home, there are hundreds of special offers on villas and country houses worldwide to choose from on HomeAway.co.uk. Head off to the Costa Blanca and enjoy a 25% discount in a modern Andalusian-style villa, or relax in the heart of the Tuscan countryside in a traditional hilltop home. Cyprus has great weather, is easy to get to and offers excellent value for money too; a modern villa with pool in Paphos works out at just £100 per person per week in June.
So ditch the hotels this year and choose from one of the holiday rentals below.
Prices quoted are per property during the Diamond Jubilee and correct at the time of going to press. All properties still had availability during the event.
Modern double studio apartment near Regent's Park
Sleeps 2. £60 per property per night
This double studio apartment benefits from central heating, fully equipped kitchenette, double bed and TV. The kitchen area has fitted cupboards and worktops, refrigerator, kettle, toaster, oven and grill. The apartment is located in an elegant area with tree lined avenues, restaurants, pubs and cafés, as well as Hampstead Heath and Regent's Park a short stroll away.
Stylish apartment in West London
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. £150 per property per night
A modern, stylish, beautifully designed, apartment with garden complimented by modern fixtures and fittings and floor to ceiling windows leading directly to the garden. The apartment has recently undergone extensive refurbishments: contemporary, stylish kitchen; fully tiled neutral bathroom with heated towel rail; spot lights with independent dimmer switches in every room and wooden-effect flooring throughout. In the reception room, an L-shaped leather sofa and a dining table seating six provide more than enough room for a group of four or maximum five staying at the property.
Stunning apartment overlooking Hyde Park
1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. £200 per property per night
On the third floor of a characterful 1920s mansion block, this fabulous apartment is spacious and well proportioned. Newly refurbished to the highest of standards, the large reception benefits from wood floors, dining table for four people, large flat screen TV and a double sofa-bed. The comfortable double bedroom has a large double bed and ample storage. A contemporary bathroom with bath and shower is tastefully decorated and a compact kitchen has cooking facilities, fridge and washing machine. Also included with the apartment is exclusive free access to the 24 hour concierge service.
Andalusian style villa with pool, sea view and garden on Costa Del Sol
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. £400 per property per week
Special Offer: 25% off in May and June
A stylish and comfortable villa with a large living and dining area with sea views, a spacious, fully equipped kitchen and three bedrooms with mountain views. The property has a large pool with plenty of space around it to sunbathe, a pergola and a dining terrace looking down to the coast. The coastal town of Torre Del Mar is a 15 minute drive from the villa.
Unique traditional house on a hilltop in the heart of Tuscany
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. £570 per property per week
Special Offer: 30% off in May and June
Located in the Val d'Orcia valley declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, the house has its own private garden and terrace, access to a swimming pool and amazing 360 degrees views. The house nestles between the hilltop villages of Montisi and San Giovanni d'asso. There are two generous double bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and a large fully fitted traditional kitchen on the ground floor. There is also a separate dining and living room leading out to a private garden and terrace for al-fresco dining.
Villa with private pool at The Secret Valley Golf Resort, Paphos
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. £600 per property per week
Special Offer: 30% off in May and June
This beautiful villa offers residents the perfect base for any type of holiday. Relax and unwind in the professionally landscaped garden, have a dip in your own private pool and sit back and enjoy the peace and serenity of The Secret Valley location. Light and airy with a spacious open plan living and dining areas that open out onto the terraces and pool area. The large covered terraces provide an excellent space for outside dining and entertaining or shade from the mid day sun. The garden has been professionally designed and landscaped to provide a beautiful, relaxing and private area. Paved areas, lawns and decking provide plenty of outdoor space to sunbathe around the large private pool.
For more information, visit HomeAway.co.uk.