GOING on holiday with your mates can be the highlight of the year, and something many are eagerly awaiting to do again this year.
If the idea of renting out a big house or lodge with your best girlfriends sounds appealing, then these breaks fit the bill perfectly.
We’ve rounded up the best girly post-lockdown breaks so you can start planning now.
There are properties across the UK, from Cornwall and Dorset to Nottinghamshire and Cumbria.
Ranging from holiday park stays to cottages, houses and even luxury lodges,many of the properties have hot tubs or access to swimming pools, adding an extra dose of fun to your girl's holiday.
These are some of the best places to book for summer:
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Manorcombe 19, Drakewalls, Cornwall
With room for six this bungalow is the perfect place to chill out in after a day of exploring Cornwall.
It's in the Tamar Valley Resort in Callington in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a short drive from the sandy beach at Whitsand Bay and the beautiful scenery of Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor National Park.
Groups will love its open plan living space, modern decor and farmhouse style kitchen for evening meals and drinks.
Guests also get access to the resort's on-site facilities, which include indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, an onsite bar and restaurant and a shop.
- Seven-night stay from £26 per person per night
Bracken, Dorchester, West Dorset
For a break with friends in Dorset try Bracken, an eco retreat based on a working farm with amazing countrsyide views and room for six.
Inside it's light and spacious, with an open-plan layout, modern kitchen and cosy under-floor heating throughout.
If the weather takes a turn, there's a wood burning stove, but if there are clear skies, you can open the bi-folding doors and star-gaze in your very own wood fired hot tub.
Outside there's also a terrace and garden for al fresco drinks, and if you fancy a walk – the village of Ansty is nearby with a nice farm shop and a good local pub.
- Seven-night stay from £28 per person per night
Edwardian Country House, Woodborough, Nottinghamshire
There's room for a massive group of 12 at this country house, which has recently been renovated.
It's based in one of the most sought after villages in Nottinghamshire – Woodborough, which has great walks, nice pubs, shop and fine dining all a short walk from the house.
There's no less than 10 acres of private gardens at the property, with countryside views open countryside views, patio and whirl pool Jacuzzi. And did we mention there's a swimming pool, too?
Inside there are two large sitting rooms and an open plan dining room with a massive dining table for group meals.
- Seven-night stay from £27 per person per night
Silver Birch Cabin, Ardgartan Argyll, Scotland
This forest cabin has all the comforts of home plus your own hot tub on the decking.
Friends who stay here can expect high-spec fittings, including a modern kitchen and a flat-screen TV, through which you can order food and drinks to your cabin.
Chill out on the deck which has its own seating area, hot tub and disposable barbecue rack.
There's room for up to six people, all of whom get to use the luxurious, eco-friendly and gorgeously scented Anyah toiletries in the bathrooms.
- Four-night stay in June from £26 per person per night
Luxury Lodge, Hafan y Mor, North Wales
This luxury lodge comes with a well equipped kitchen, spacious living area with flat screen TV and private car parking.
Based at the Haven Hafan y Mor holiday park in North Wales, up to eight guests can stay in the lodge on a Stay + Play basis, meaning they get access to all the on-site facilities.
Groups can explore the wide selection of restaurants and takeaways, relax at the swimming pool and enjoy live evening shows and music.
- Seven-night stay from June 11 from £20 per person per night
How Bank, Ambleside, Cumbria
How Bank is a beautiful house in the Ambleside conservation area with room for a group of six friends and lots of great country walks on the doorstep.
It has a hot tub area which is right next to a river and, as an added bonus, it's under a roof so can be used in all weathers.
Outside there's also a dining area and a large patio with an outdoor sofa for relaxing with some Pimm's on warmer days.
- Seven-night stay from £37 per person per night
Woodland Lodge, Woburn, Bedfordshire
Sleeping up to six, this lodge has stylish interiors and open-plan living, ideal for groups.
There are three bedrooms and a well equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher, so there's more time for socialising.
In the living room are sofas, a flatscreen TV and a log-burning fireplace for cosy evenings.
From the private patio, you can enjoy a morning coffee while wildlife-spotting, or fire up the coals in the brick-built barbecue stand for group meals.
- Four-night stay from £15 per person per night
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