The cheapest UK destinations for a last-minute couples holiday this September

August 8, 2023

The cheapest UK destinations for a last-minute couples holiday this September

There are still thousands of great value deals available for a quiet couples break this September. Last Minute Cottages has crunched the numbers to highlight the best value options on self-catering cottage and lodge stays in the UK.

The East Riding of Yorkshire is currently offering the best value at an average of £53 per person per night (pppn), 34% cheaper than the most expensive (Hampshire, £81) and 27% cheaper than the most popular by bookings (Cornwall, £73).*

The Welsh County of Powys deserves a special mention, as it is the only area to appear in our cheapest overall, cheapest dog-friendly and cheapest hot tub lists, whilst also making the list of most booked destinations.

Last Minute Cottages has analysed over 47 thousand holiday offers across the UK from over 20 suppliers for properties sleeping two.

Read on for information containing; the cheapest, most expensive, most popular, cheapest pet-friendly and cheapest hot tub destinations, as well as illustrative examples of how switching destinations can lead to savings.

Where are the cheapest UK destinations for a last-minute couples holiday this September?**

1 - East Riding of Yorkshire -£53 pppn

2 - Powys - £53

3 - West Yorkshire - £55

4 - Shropshire - £56

5 - Lincolnshire - £57

6 - Chesire - £57

7 - Staffordshire - £58

8 - Gwynedd - £58

9 - Derbyshire - £58

10 - Ceredigion - £59

Where are the most expensive UK destinations for a last-minute couples holiday this September?**

1 - Hampshire - £81 pppn

2 - Swansea - £80

3 - Perth & Kinross - £78

4 - Oxfordshire - £74

5 - Gloucestershire - £74

6 - Cornwall - £73

7 - Dorset - £72

8 - Devon - £72

9 - Suffolk - £71

10 - East Sussex - £71

Top 10 most popular*** counties for couples taking breaks in September**

1 - Cornwall - £73 pppn

2 - Devon - £72

3 - Cumbria - £70

4 - North Yorkshire - £61

5 - Norfolk - £65

6 - POWYS - £53

7 - Northumberland - £62

8 - Dorset - £72

9 - Somerset - £66

10 - Gwynedd - £58

Can you switch up to save?**

Cornwall V Pembrokeshire*

Both have an abundance of natural beauty, beaches for surfing and distinct histories and culture to enjoy, but a trip to West Wales instead of South West England could save you an average of £91 per person over seven days. The below example illustrates a 57% saving.

Prosecco Cabin | Cornwall

Prosecco Cabin, source:

This cool chalet with fully-fitted kitchen, private entrance and garden is ideal for hikers looking to make the most of the Cornish countryside.

  • £1040 for seven nights from 15/09/23 (£75 pppn).

Y Cwtch | Pembrokeshire

Y Cwtch, source: Sykes Holiday Cottages

Sandy beaches, whale watching and coastal walks will fill your days in Pembrokeshire, while at night you can hunker down behind the stone walls of this cosy cottage.

  • £446 for seven nights from 29/09/23 (£32 pppn).

North Yorkshire V The East Riding*

Though it is true that the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the rugged coastline are more than worth visiting, choosing the East Riding offers nature aplenty on its own coast in the form of Bempton Cliffs and the Spurn Heritage Coast, and could save you on average £56 per person over the course of the week. Our example below illustrates a 40% saving.

The Pig Barn | North Yorkshire

The Pig Barn,

This handsome barn conversion on a working farm offers a great mix of rural Yorkshire living but keeps you within easy reach of York and Leeds.

  • £758 for seven nights from 08/09/23 (£55 pppn).

Plough Cottage | East Riding

Plough Cottage, source: Sykes Holiday Cottages

Another barn conversion on a working farm, this one is a great base for exploring Yorkshire’s coast, including Scarborough and the RSPB site at Bempton Cliffs.

  • £453 for seven nights from 22/09/23 (£33 pppn).

Norfolk V Lincolnshire*

A slow pace of life, fresh air aplenty and home to the marvellous Broads, Norfolk’s charms are clear to see, but a trip to the other side of the Fenlands to highly under-rated Lincolnshire is worth it for a visit for the Wolds alone, and could also save you on average of £49 per person on a seven day break. Our below example illustrates a 21% saving.

The Maltings | Norfolk

The Maltings, source: Rural Retreats

This award-winning cottage is very well placed in the quiet countryside for walkers and cyclists, but is still close enough to the city of Norwich and some very nice parts of the Norfolk coast.

  • 7 nights here from 11/09/23 will cost from £1028 (£74 pppn).

Rosie’s Cottage | Lincolnshire

Rosie’s Cottage, Lincolnshire source:

  • 7 nights here from 29/08/23 would cost from £803 (£58 pppn)

An equally inviting historic cottage space, Rosie’s Cottage also offers great access to walks and woodland countryside. You’ll swap sea vistas for river views on this trip compared to the one above.

Which areas have the cheapest dog-friendly properties?**

1 - East Riding of Yorkshire - £46 pppn

2 - Powys - £52

3 - Lincolnshire £53

Which areas are cheapest for properties with hot tubs?**

1 - Powys - £63 pppn

2- North Yorkshire - £70

3 - Somerset - £72

Last Minute Cottages CEO, Matt Fox says: “After children go back to school, September is a great time for couples to enjoy cheaper getaways with smaller crowds. We have compared over 47 thousand staycation offers from more than 20 suppliers to find the best value places to go.

“Hopefully it serves a dual purpose of celebrating the amazing value to be found in beautiful places like Yorkshire and Wales, while also helping couples to bag a bargain.”


Notes to editors

Last Minute Cottages is part of the Snaptrip Group, a holiday marketplace whose aim is to provide the best choice and value on holiday cottages, lodges and hotel stays in the UK and beyond.

All prices and availability are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.

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*All pricing is shown as an average of price per person per night (pppn) based on the stated max occupancy of the properties of two people sharing.

**All destinations have more than 30 properties and 100 offers available.

***Reflected in booking numbers to date.