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Best Places to Discover England’s 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.

Top 10 Rural Retreat Destinations

If you have in mind a country holiday for 2013 and are in need of some inspiration then we can help with our top 10 recommended destinations for rural retreat holidays.  We have featured destinations in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  Our guide takes you through some of the best places in the UK and Ireland for a tranquil, relaxed getaway.  Don’t forget that not only can we help with providing you with information on some amazing places to visit but we also feature a fantastic collection of rural cottages and retreats, ideal for a stress free holiday.  Find out more and read our Top 10 Destinations for Rural Retreats.

Inspiration for your self-catering holiday in 2013

Dreaming of your ideal cottage holiday for 2013?  We can help.  It isn’t always easy deciding where to go and how to spend your time.  Read our area guides for information and inspiration on some of the best places in the UK for self-catering cottage holidays.  From the Cotswolds to the Highlands of Scotland, there is plenty of choice and many beautiful places to discover.  If you don’t mind where you visit, why not save with a last minute cottage deal?  Being flexible on location may mean that you are likely to get the best possible price.

We’ve also compiled a list of best picks of the most inspirational cottages and self-catering accommodation that we feature.  To find out more information, take a look at our top 10 cottages for inspirational self-catering breaks.