Last minute England breaks for the first April weekend of permitted travel from £50pppn

IT'S just a matter of weeks before holidays in England can restart for one household.

As we speed towards the date in most Brits' diaries – April 12 – it's time to consider a last minute short break to make the most of the first relaxation on travel restrictions.

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After Boris Johnson's roadmap announcement, holiday companies saw a surge in bookings and this has continued over the past few weeks.

UK holiday company LastMinute-Cottages.co.uk recently reported that they only have seven per cent of properties remaining for the weekend of April when travel can go ahead again.

Despite the bookings rush, there are still some properties available for April 16-19, just over three weeks away.

Here are some of the best last minute properties to book now.

The Smithy, Lincolnshire


Great for larger groups (there's room for up to eight people), The Smithy is a large barn conversion close to the coast in Lincolnshire.

Interiors are modern with open-plan living spaces and a private patio with countryside views.

There are loads of pubs and restaurants nearby, including in the village ofAylesby, a quiet corner of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The seaside resort of Cleethorpes and the bustling Roman City of Lincoln are also close by.

  • Stay from £50pppn

Quarterdeck Cottage, Kent


Unwind in rural Sussex close to Biddenden village, home to pretty cottages, tea rooms, shops and Michelin-star restaurant, The West House.

Guests at this converted farm building are surrounded by countryside and have a private decked area with a picnic table for enjoying breakfast or lunch with views over a lake.

Chapel Down vineyard is not too far, as is the Kent and East Sussex coastline, with beaches and seaside towns to explore.

  • Stay from £71pppn

Owl Cottage in Cayton, North Yorkshire


Just an hour's drive from York is Owl Cottage, which is based on a working farm in the Yorkshire countryside.

It's a great property for dog owners, with loads of walking trails right on your doorstep and the beaches of Scarborough and Filey just a short drive away.

The market towns of Beverley and Driffield are also not far and are great places to spend an afternoon wandering around the shops and market, then stopping at one of the many cafés or bistros around the squares.

  • Stay from £60pppn

Stable Cottage in Arundel, West Sussex


Nature lovers will enjoy a stay at this single storey barn conversion in West Sussex.

The property is located in 130 acres of pastures and ancient oak forest, and has views over a tranquil lake and manicured grounds.

It's easy to explore the Sussex countryside from here, with walking paths from the door and landmarks and scenic attractions just a short drive away.

  • Stay from £62.50pppn

Cottage in Bridport, Dorset


Based near Bridport in Dorset, this streamside cottage is ideal for a peaceful weekend escape in the English countryside.

The cottage has a spacious lounge with TV, DVD player and a wood burner to keep you cosy, and in the kitchen, there's a dining table for two and plenty of space for cooking or chatting with a glass of wine.

Just five miles away is West Bay, with its lovely beach, and close by is Eggardon Hill, the site of an Iron Age hill fort. Closer to home, a popular dog friendly pub is just a short walk from the front door. 

  • Stay from £71pppn

Studio in Totnes, Devon


Perfect for a couple wanting a romantic weekend away, this studio has room for two and is based in beautiful Devon woodland.

Offering the best of both worlds, the property is on a hedgerow-lined bridlepath for quick access to the countryside, but is also a seven minute stroll from central Totnes, full of bars, shops and restaurants.

Guests at the studio also get parking included.

  • Stay from £62pppn

Patio Flat in Bodmin, Cornwall


Head to Cornwall for a last minute stay using the Patio Flat as your base.

Set within a Georgian rectory in the heart of the county, there are three acres of flower-filled gardens just outside the property and guests get their own patio for sun-soaked drinks or lazy lunches.

Cornwall's North Coast with its amazing beaches and the charming fishing villages of the South Coast are both close by.

  • Stay from £60pppn

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