Curious about what people have been saying about the holiday accomodation near you?
England is currently in its third coronavirus lockdown; as a result non-essential travels and holidays have been banned.
Even when restrictions ease, Matt Hancock (health secretary) has cautioned against booking summer holidays abroad, encouraging people to have a ‘great British summer’ instead of travelling overseas.
According to research from Booking.com, 47% of people still plan to travel within their own country in 7-12 months’ time.
A spokesperson for the company added: “For Brits, there are many reasons why travelling domestically should be front of mind once it is permitted to do so.
“Firstly, the UK is home to some of the world’s most beautiful settings, which span incredible coastlines, stunning national parks and thriving cultural cities.
“Further to this, doorstep delights can often offer both cost and time savings, whilst also giving travellers more freedom over which method of transport to take when travelling to and from their chosen location.”
“[However], we strongly recommend that travellers book refundable/flexible room options in case of the need to cancel or reschedule.”
Luckily for us, there is some fantastic accomodation right on our doorstep.
From hotels to apartments, here are some of the best reviewed holiday accommodation in Bolton and Greater Manchester, according to Booking.com; will you be checking into any for your summer holiday?
Top-rated places in Bolton
(Prices based on two adults for a two night stay from 27 August to 29 August)
Wendover Guest House, Chorley New Road, Horwich
The bed and breakfast has been rated as ‘exceptional’ on the booking site with people praising the attention to detail and tentative owners.
Best of all, Wendover Guest House is a family-run business that has been established for over 50 years.
The contemporary rooms include a flat-screen television and each benefit from their own en-suite shower facilities.
Despite being one of the best-rated places to stay in Bolton, the bed and breakfast is affordable and priced at just £138 for a two night stay.
One happy customer left a review saying: “The bed room was ideal, the hosts were helpful, friend and accommodating.
“The rate was also reasonable and the breakfast excellent!
“I definitely recommend and will return if we’re up in the area again.”
Gordon Moon Suites, Bolton Centre Apartments, Market Street
These town centre apartments are highly sought after and usually booked up.
The apartments are fitted with modern amenities and guests also have access to their own private bathroom complete with a bath or shower.
For the bank holiday weekend dates selected, the price for two nights in £238.
One happy guest wrote “I wanted to stay longer- such luxury and the accommodation was HUGE.”
Another commented: “I always use this apartment if I want to get away- the rooms are fantastic, can never complain.
“I was cooking at the apartment for the first time on Sunday, I needed foil and it was in the cupboard which you wouldn’t expect if you stayed at another apartments. These small things make a difference to your stay.”
However, one guest added that parking was a “major problem” here, but still gave the “trendy little apartment” a high rating.
Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa, Hospital Road, Bromley Cross
Staying at this hotel would be a much-welcomed break from being stuck at home all day.
The hotel is a collection of historic 17th century farmhouses- but the hotel itself has many contemporary features such as a luxury spa and complimentary parking.
The Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa will cost you around £228 for a two night stay- but it’s worth it just for the spa facilities.
The spa offers a variety of luxury treatments and guest can feel free to relax in the sauna, take a dip in the hydro pool or melt their troubles away in the steam room.
The hotel has over 1600 reviews on Booking.com, the majority of which are positive.
One person gave the hotel a 9-star rating and wrote: “The [hotel] is beautiful and the staff are very accomodating and polite. Given the COVID tier restrictions, they managed this extremely well. I will certainly return should I stay in the area again.”
Another said this is the fifth time they have visited, praising the hotel’s beautiful countryside setting.
Some people thought the breakfast at the hotel left a little to be desired but another had high praise for the “fantastic” spa and pool facilities.
Top-rated places in Greater Manchester
If you are planning to stay a little further afield after lockdown, this is the best-rated accommodation in Greater Manchester- and what reviewers have been saying about them.
The Penthouse Sale, Northenden Road, Sale
According to Booking.com, this apartment is one of the best reviewed places to stay in Greater Manchester.
The apartment has been rated as ‘exceptional’ by happy reviewers and is currently priced at £429 for two nights.
Ideal for weekend getaway with friends, the apartment has two bedrooms and can sleep up to four people.
Best of all, the roof has a terrace fire place and logs can be delivered to you to burn.
Guests have high praise for the staff who were described as “helpful” and were said to pay close attention to detail.
One person said they “loved everything about the place” and another commented on how close it was to main travel routes, ideal for tourists hoping to travel to Manchester, Altrincham and Old Trafford.
Dream Apartments, Adelphi Street, Salford
This studio apartment is currently priced at £153 per night (for two adults).
Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen meaning you can eat there instead of shelling out for a restaurant.
It is just eight miles from Manchester Airport and the Royal Exchange Theatre is just around the corner too.
Guests praise the hotel for being great value for money and having excellent facilities.
One person wrote: “It is a friendly, clean and exceptional place.”
Ash Farm Country House, Park Lane, Little Bollington
Ash Farm Country House is a quaint little bed and breakfast that is held in high regard by previous guests.
Ash Farm is actually a National Trust building which dates back to the 18th century and was once used as a working farm.
In the modern day, the farm has been adapted to suit a contemporary guest; all rooms are en suite and all come with a flat-screen TV.
Many would argue that breakfast is the highlight of their stay, as it is served in the breakfast room which overlooks the front lawn.
One reviewer wrote: “The house was beautiful brick with ivy and lots of character in a country setting only 10 minutes from Manchester airport.
“The home-cooked breakfast was excellent (I had scrambled eggs on toast with big juicy mushrooms), the staff were attentive, and the pub nearby was a pleasant place to relax and eat after an evening walk across the river and through the fields.”
Currently, the hotel is priced at £190 based on a two night stay in August.
Have you ever spent a night at any of these places? Tell us about your experience in the comment section.