May Bank Holiday and last minute breaks for self-catering country cottages in the UK

St. Margaret's Bay, Kent

last minute winter break in Kent - convenient for day trip to France, Bluewater shopping centre for salesBlow those cobwebs away with a winter break in a cottage on a cliff top in St. Margaret's Bay, Kent. 

The Gun Emplacement  (sleeps 2-6 in 3 bedrooms) is perched on the cliff top on Lighthouse Down, the National Trust's protected coastal expanse, which has come to be known as The White Cliffs. It was formerly the home of  the late Sir  Peter Ustinov who was billeted there during the Second War.  It is now a very comfortable one-storey, centrally-heated residence in a unique location, with uninterrupted views across the Channel to Calais, gardens back and front and offers total peace in glorious unspoiled countryside.   It's a seven minute walk to the nearest shingle beach, with sandy beaches a short drive away.  

Telephone: 0207 622 0897/020 8946 9394.

The Old Stables at Ladyhole House, Derbyshire

late availability self-catering cottageLadyhole House - the Old Stables cottage is set in beautiful grounds of an Edwardian country house, has a luxury 5 * ETB status and sleeps 6 -7 people very comfortably. There is also a tennis court and croquet for guests to enjoy as well as the glorious setting in quiet countryside. Well equipped, guests want for nothing, with host on hand to advise or help. Limited disabled facilities, and well behaved pets welcomed.


Telephone 01335 342 670 or click on photograph for more information.

Take a break in May in Essex - great for both London and the coast

great self-catering cottage for a holiday in Essex The Granary is a real treat for anyone who appreciates the finer things of life.  Not only does it provide comfort,  attractive decor and furnishings, but also a Finnish sauna, hot tub on the patio, TV and video in each bedroom, ice maker in the kitchen, and more.  Located close to some of the most beautiful landscapes in 'Constable Country', and close to the sandy beaches of Clacton and Frinton, book this cottage now before it's snapped up.   Telephone Robert on 01206 392166. 

Find out more about Essex and East Anglia here.

Best Visitor Accommodation 2002 – Leicestershire - some availability

cottages englandTreat yourself to a holiday or short break at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages in the Heart of England. 

Set amid the wheat fields of Leicestershire these 5 Star cottages have recently won “Self-Catering Holiday of the Year 2002 Gold Award – Heart of England Tourist Board” and “Best Visitor Accommodation 2002 – Leicestershire”. 

Many local places of interest including Bosworth Battlefield, Calke Abbey, National Forest Centre, Twycross Zoo, Tamworth Castle and many more.  Within an hours’.   drive of Warwick, Stratford, Nottingham and Birmingham.    

There is nowhere more beautiful than England in May, enjoy the blossom, wild flowers and often the best weather of the year.


Self-catering cottage, sleeps 2-3,  available during May


selfcatering cottage may bank holidayGranary Cottage - sleeps 2-3 at edge of Royal Forest of Dean

Granary Cottage is situated at the end of a quiet country lane at the northern extremes of the Royal Forest of Dean, in the small hamlet of Elton near Gloucester. The cottage was built in the late 17th Century and is set in the grounds of Upper Hall, a country farmhouse of the same period.

The cottage has been converted to a high standard with all modern conveniences whilst retaining the original character of the period. The cottage has a small private garden with garden furniture, barbecue and ample parking for 2 cars. 

Perfect cottage for touring the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

Telephone 01452 760243 or click on the cottage photograph for availability and bookings in May.

Pretty Cotswold Cottage, sleeps 1-3 near Chipping Campden - available May Bank Holiday

Cotswold Cottage near Chipping CampdenMay is a wonderful time of year to visit the Cotswolds and cool sunny days can be perfect for walking, cycling or exploring in this area.  With a location in the village of Blockley, close to the heart of the Cotswolds, Honeysuckle Cottage could be an ideal base for exploring this stunning area of outstanding natural beauty. With 2 bedrooms this welcoming holiday home sleeps up to 3.

Built out of honey-coloured Cotswold stone, this high quality cottage is appealing both inside and out. This characterful property boasts exposed wooden beams and is Grade II listed. It is an ideal place for a romantic break and has a pretty enclosed courtyard garden complete with outdoor seating. Well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement.

Please telephone 0121 426 6310,  or 07905497211 for availability and bookings, or click on the image for more details.

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