Summer holiday cottages in the UK or Ireland for 2021
Stay in a cottage in Britain for the summer holidays this year. You won't have to deal with exhausting heat, uncomfortable humidity, vaccinations or strange food. Discover the wealth that history and nature have bestowed on our green and pleasant land. Every corner of Britain has something special to offer and ever popular family favourite destinations include Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for beach holidays. Other popular choices include Scotland and Northern England. Visitor attractions abound in the UK and Ireland - we have everything from theme parks to castles, gardens, stately homes and beaches and the most glorious countryside in the world.
Summer Cottage Holidays by Date:
You will find the Cottage Search option especially useful in helping you to identify the best country cottage or apartment for your needs; just enter the proposed date of your holiday and tick the requirements that matter to you. Add the holiday cottages that you like to Favourites as you browse, then double check availability or ask relevant questions by sending the one email. Remember that accommodation in the summer months can be in high demand so booking early is usually advisable.
Where would you like to take a cottage break this summer?
Choose cottage holiday groups should you desire superior leisure facilities that often include a swimming pool, a gym, a sauna, a spa and a steam room. These small holiday parks also tend to have carefully tended gardens with picnic tables and bbqs, children's play parks and woodland to help you make the most of the sunshine.
A country cottage in Suffolk for the summer holidays
This detached country cottage in Halesworth enjoys a tranquil location in Suffolk, set within its own gardens.
Located in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, near Halesworth, is a great place for a relaxing holiday in the summer months. There are good opportunities for cycling and walking nearby. Cycle route No 1 passes close by, near to the garden gate. Discover nature reserves such as Minsmere, Dunwich and North Warren close by. Other places just an easy drive away include the coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold and the country market town of Halesworth.
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Summer is the best time for gardens overflowing with flowers and colour. If the image of roses over the cottage door throws you into raptures of delight, then do take a look at these country cottages named after flowers. They are sure to have the flower concerned in the garden.
Bluegate Farm Country Cottages, near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Two country cottages, on a farm, just an hour north of London, with good countryside views. Lots of availability - new cottages this summer.
Each cottage sleeps 2-6 people. Private garden area with furniture that is a blessing on warm days. There are innumerable places to visit and plenty of things to do in Bedfordshire and Greater London.
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, is only 10 minutes drive in the car. This expansive zoo covers many acres and offers animals a good living environment. Go for summer rambles in National Trust Ashridge Forest and Ivinghoe Beacon with fantastic views and many different walks for all abilities. Woburn Safari Park and Woburn Abbey - 15 minutes away. The centuries old village of Aldbury, just below Ashridge, with it’s famous stocks is well worth a visit. London is about an hour's drive away and convenient for day trips to museums, exhibitions, and tourist attractions. Do book anytime between May and September for the very best weather.
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Self-catering accommodation Cornwall
Tamar Cottage could be perfect for a summer holiday in the West Country. With 3 bedrooms, this holiday house is on a fantastic holiday park with excellent shared leisure facilities. Enjoy taking a dip in the shared pool, playing a game or two in the games room and keeping fit with activities like tennis and a fitness room on offer. Situated close to Looe in the Tamar Valley, enjoy days out exploring the Gribbin Head Polperro Heritage Coast with its lovely beaches. For days out in the countryside head to Bodmin Moor or Dartmoor National Park which are also within an easy travelling distance. Also within reach for a day trip is the Eden Project.
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A week of outdoor bliss near Keswick, Cumbria, in the Lake District - sleeps 10
Book a darling holiday home for the summer with a stay in Darling How. Brought to you by Sally's Cottages, with stunning views over the nearby fells as well as a very comfortable interior, this 5 bedroom cottage could be a great choice for a family or group of friends looking to enjoy a summer holiday in the Lake District National Park. The garden and patio area are wonderful for sitting out and soaking up those rays on summer days and the hot tub is wonderful for helping you fully relax.
There is a wealth of great walks in Cumbria and after a day out exploring the fells you will be longing to return to the many delights this hideaway offers. With numerous lakes to discover in addition to Windermere, Grizedale Forest and aerial rope adventures, mountain biking, a wildlife park in the northern Lakes near Bassenthwaite - days out on holiday during the summer are laden with promise.
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Harmony Cottage in the Forest of Dean, sleeps 9:
Detached and set on the hillside in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, the Grade II cottage is a wonderful retreat surrounded by mature gardens on various levels from which to absorb the glorious views which are far reaching and take in the River Severn.
Harmony Cottage sleeps 9 and offers much warmth, charm and character with inglenook fireplaces, beams and flagstone floors at different levels. This property has central hearing and is ideal for family get togethers and small walking groups because it has a dining hall plus three separate sitting rooms affording much space.
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Newly available 3 bedroom self-catering cottage in the Gower Peninsula, Wales
Fantastic 3 bedroom family holiday cottage, ideal for a family holiday along the Gower Peninsula. Located in the south of Gower, this holiday home sleeps up to 8 and is situated in the village of Oxwich close to the award winning sands of Oxwich Bay (this beach has been voted as one of the top beaches in the UK and even one of the top beaches in the world). The views are splendid and on a good day, you can look out to Lundy Island and over towards Pembroke.
The cottage is comfortable furnished with a modern, stylish interior and the property has double glazing and central heating. All of the accommodation is arranged on the one floor and the doors, hall way and bathroom are wide for easy access, so this cottage may be suitable for those with limited mobility.
This holiday home features an open plan living space with lounge, dining area and kitchen. The lounge area features a comfy leather sofa and arm chairs, TV, DVD player, selection of novels and books on Gower. From the lounge and dining area you can look out on views over Oxwich out towards Three Cliffs Bay. The family bathroom features a walk in shower cubical with power shower, separate bath, wash basin and toilet. The kitchen/diner is well equipped with dish washer, fridge, freezer, microwave, electric cooker with timer, steamer, toaster, kettle and iron.
Outside there is a generous patio with an elevated decked area and garden furniture where you can sit back, relax and look out over the wonderful views of Oxwich Bay, Cefy byn, Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Castle. Ample parking is available.
Full week lets in summer only. Short breaks are available out of season – Friday to Friday rental.
Self-catering Cottages in Scotland
Lots of holiday cottages available over the school holidays. We cannot praise the scenery in Scotland enough - there are just so many stunning locations inland or on the coast. It remains unspoilt and great to tour because of little traffic outside cities.
Grampian has a superb coastline with some of the longest and cleanest sandy beaches in Britain. In May and June, the coastline alive with noisy breeding gulls and other sea birds. There are castles and whisky distilleries to visit, museums, art galleries, golf, and parks to enjoy.
Take a look at the cottages in Grampian, in the Scottish Highlands and the West of Scotland. Scotland is a brilliant summer holiday destination for families, it's close to some of the best sandy beaches, picturesque harbours and fishing villages. You will discover a new freedom. Go fishing, sailing, walking, bird watching. A truly wonderful holiday can be yours.
holiday cottages in Scotland - choose a holiday cottage or pine lodge for your next summer holiday.
A little further south in Scotland, why not enjoy sunny summer weather with a round of golf on one of Britain's most prestigious golf courses: Gleneagles. Book a self-catering house or apartment for a golfing holiday. Golf, special events etc. can be arranged. Take a look at golf holidays available here.
Back to Yorkshire this summer
Scarborough is a long-standing summer holiday town for seaside breaks. Come for a week or a weekend - it's always good to breathe in that fresh sea air, to walk along a promenade or to get some sand between the toes and a paddle. These apartments are family friendly and provide cots, highchairs and facilities for babies and toddlers. Families would enjoy a beach holiday in Scarborough, there is the choice of days on the sand with entertainment and plenty of eateries.
A venture into the Yorkshire Moors national park or into the Wolds is possible if you have your own transport. Summer days and long evenings are for going out and about, so make the most of your annual holiday and bring the kids to Scarborough.
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