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Top Places for Cottage Holidays this September and October

Cottage holidays aren’t just for summer time. In fact, it can be even more important to get away outside of summer to keep your spirits up and to keep that sunny feeling. September and even October can still offer bright sunny days and can be a wonderful time to get out and explore the great outdoors. Why not book a short cottage reak and get away for a long weekend this September or October?

1. Britain’s National Parks

Burley village, New Forest National Park

Pretty Burley village in the New Forest National Park

For getting out and enjoying outdoor activities, cottage holidays in Britain’s National Parks can be perfect. Whether you choose to discover England’s, Scotland’s, Wales’ or Ireland’s parks, you will find that each offers its own unique appeal and landscape. With safe walking paths to guide you around and cycle paths available in some, as well as bridle paths, these nationally beautiful areas are wonderful for enjoying walking, cycling and horse riding, as well as a choice of other outdoor activities.

2. Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Dunstable Downs in the Chilterns

Dunstable Downs in the Chiltern Hills

With so many to choose from, Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are just wonderful for self-catering holidays where you can enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. Whether you head for forested areas, areas of stunning countryside, moorlands or coastline, you should find Britain’s AONBs enchanting places to spend time and like the National Parks, these are wonderful areas to enjoy a range of outdoor activities. On high up areas, activities like kite flying may be on offer and are great fun for adults and children alike. Dunstable Downs in the Chiltern Hills has to be one of the very best naturally beautiful areas for this sort of activity.

3. The Coast

Aberdeenshire Coast Cruden Bay

Aberdeenshire Coast by Cruden Bay

As an island, Britain is blessed with an expansive and stunning coastline. Why not enjoy a cottage break by the beach this September or October? Days out by the seaside aren’t just for summer. Fun activities like jumping from sand-dunes, paddling, throwing pebbles in to the sea, walking and breathing in that wonderful sea air aren’t just for summer. As a real treat why not book some horse riding along the beach, for a truly romantic notion.

Deals and Late Offers for Summer Holidays

Summer Holiday Inspiration

Book a Summer Holiday and take advantage of some Fantastic Special Offers

If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet, then now, when the sun is shining bright in the sky, could be a great time to get your cottage break planned. Good weather can really inspire you to get away and have that well deserved cottage holiday to look forward to. Britain is wonderful in summer time when the sun is out and you can really enjoy getting out there and discovering some of the best that countries like England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have to offer.

Whether you choose to holiday in the countryside or by the coast, Britain has some truly amazing places to visit and explore. If you need ideas, let our guides help advise you on some great places to visit. Or if you already know where you want to stay then check out our Deals and Special Offers page and find that bargain cottage holiday so you can have something special to look forward to.

Best Places to Discover Englands Natural Beauty

England is indeed a green and beautiful country with many stunning areas to discover on a short break or longer holiday. Those who enjoy walking will discover footpaths and trails which guide you through the greenery of the British countryside.

Yorkshire Dales England

Stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales

England’s National Parks
There are 10 National Parks in England to choose from, each of which has its own unique landscape and appeal. In the south of England choices include the New Forest and the South Downs, whereas in East Anglia there is the New Forest, in the West Country there are two parks; Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park whereas the north of England is blessed with five parks; the Peak District National Park, the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, the North Yorkshire Moors and Northumberland National Park. Staying in a holiday cottage within the greenery of one of the National Parks is ideal for those looking to enjoy rural tranquil surroundings.

Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The naturally beautiful landscape of the Chiltern Hills.

English Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
There are 33 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) protected by Natural England and these landscapes are renowned for their beauty and the quality of their countryside. For walks, cycling and taking photographs, these are protected, special places to visit where you can enjoy peace, tranquility and wonderful fresh air.

English Valleys
It is Wales that is best known for valleys but England too has a few valleys for those looking to discover beautiful unique landscapes on holiday. A few choices include the Suffolk River Valleys with its network of grasslands, rivers and heathlands, the tranquil rural farmlands by the Severn Valley and the Tamar Valley in Cornwall, a lovely river valley by the River Tamar nestled by woodlands close to Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor.

National Trust Gardens and Country Homes in England
The National Trust has a fantastic collection of gardens and country houses which are free for members to visit. These wonderful outdoor spaces are either beautifully maintained or left to grow wild to ensure sustainability and to keep England beautiful for future generations.

English Country Cottages and Holidays in England

There are plenty of choices available to you when it comes to finding the perfect holiday home for you and staying in an English country cottage is just one of the possible choices in the UK.

What makes English Country Cottages so Special

Stunning English Country Cottage

Beautiful and quaint timber framed English Country Cottage

Cottages in England come in a variety of shapes and sizes and English Country Cottages are no exception. Choose from thatched country cottages, cottages with beautiful gardens and character cottages and select a holiday home to match your personality. For those who love wide open green spaces, a stay in one of England’s National Parks could be absolutely perfect. Wherever in England you choose to go, have a fabulous time.


By Yvonne Christina

Last Minute Easter Breaks and Offers

Easter is just around the corner, have you booked somewhere to stay to make the most of this lovely spring we’re having? Blossom and flowers seem to be unearthing early this year and the Easter holiday gives us an opportunity to get out and about to appreciate this beautiful season. Often nowadays Early Bird Offers are available so it usually pays to book early. Having said that, with Easter just around the corner, you may well be able to find some great last minute deals and discounts. Book a getaway and look forward to Easter egg hunts and spotting bunnies with your family. Find somewhere nice to stay and have a fabulous Easter break.

Inspirational Cottage Holidays in Green and Beautiful Britain

When it comes to finding the best cottage for you, you may be in need of some inspiration. We aim to help you find an inspirational place to stay. Our collection includes hand-picked properties selected by agencies as well as holiday homes from independent owners. Compare the different available options and find a good value and high quality place to stay. See our holiday inspiration section for more information, hints and tips.

Top Places for Self-Catering Wildlife Watching Holidays

The UK and Ireland offer some stunningly naturally beautiful places where you can enjoy a cottage holiday along with some excellent wildlife watching. For best places to go, the National Parks along with Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty come highly recommended. In these open green spaces you can freely enjoy walks and time in the countryside. Whether you enjoy bird watching or looking out for deer or other animals, Britain is home to some fascinating sights and experiences. For inspiration on where to stay why not take a look at country cottages in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Britain’s National Parks – Special Places for Cottage Holidays

The National Parks in the UK and Ireland are often referred to as Britain’s breathing spaces.  With acres and acres of unspoilt countryside, these parks have to be some of the top places to go for rural retreat breaks.  What makes these places so inspirational you may wonder?  Well for one, these parks offer a variety of unique landscapes such as meadows, woodlands, wetlands and mountains which can be ideal places to explore on romantic breaks or family getaways.  For more information on what these special places have to offer for cottage holidays see our cottage holiday guide on England’s National Parks.  More information on the national parks of Wales, Ireland and Scotland coming soon!

Special Feature: Cheviot Holiday Cottages

If you are looking for an award winning place to stay for 2014 then read on for more information on Cheviot Holiday Cottages. These stunning holiday properties are located in Northumberland’s National Park and have won a number of prestigious awards including North East Tourism Awards, Visit England Gold Awards and were a finalist in the Best Unique Property Awards of 2013. With 8 stunning luxury cottages in their collection, this is a very special place to stay and if you are looking for some inspiration for your 2014 holiday then do take a look. For the very best, this place is hard to beat. For more inspiring places to stay, take a look at award winning cottages featured on Country Cottages Online.

Late Deals for Spring Self-Catering Getaways

Spring is officially here and there are some great savings to be made with numerous last minute cottage breaks and late deals available. Last minute cottage deals can represent excellent value for money and can be found throughout the country. We feature an inspirational collection of country cottages, log cabins, pet-friendly cottages and unique self-catering accommodation. With such great choice available, has there ever been a better time to book a last minute deal? Find out more information by taking a look at special offer cottages and late cottage offers.