Guide to Cottage Holidays in the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural BeautySearching for ideas for a cottage holiday in one of Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)? Britain’s AONBs with their big open green spaces are indeed wonderful places to holiday.

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Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, wildlife watching or other outdoor activities, the UK’s AONBs are special protected places and are amongst the best places in the country to enjoy the great outdoors.

A holiday in a cottage or pine lodge in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty promises good views from your holiday accommodation and when out and about.

If you’re in need of some ideas and inspirations on Britain’s AONBs and what they have to offer, let us help inspire you on what they have to offer. You may also be interested in reading our guide to self-catering holidays in Britain’s National Parks.


England’s AONBs:

There are an impressive 33 areas of outstanding natural beauty in England and 4 in Wales. The Wye Valley is another AONB that is partly found in England and partly in Wales.

Some of the best known AONBs in England include:

Quantock Hills AONB

In England's West Country:



In the North of England:

Northumberland coast AONB



In the South East of England:

Surrey Hills AONB in England's South East


In East Anglia:

Dedham Vale AONB
East Anglian areas renowned for their beauty include the:


In the Midlands

Lincolnshire Wolds AONB

  • The Lincolnshire Wolds are probably the best known Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Midlands.

In the Heart of England

Shropshire Hills AONB


Wales AONBs:

Areas of outstanding natural beauty in Wales include the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, Gower Peninsula, Llyn and the Isle of Anglesey.

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Northern Ireland has its own collection of AONBs.

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