Published: 26.01.2024

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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Why Holiday in one of Britain's AONBs?

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.  Stunningly beautiful and dotted throughout England and Wales, the AONBs are great places to enjoy tranquillity and time in nature, and are typically quieter than the Britain’s National Parks.

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 .  


Which of the UK's AONBs do you want to discover on holiday?

When it comes to AONBs, there is plenty of choice; 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.  Northern Ireland is also home to its own collection of AONBs.

When deciding which to visit, it's first best to decide, do you want to discover?


England’s AONBs:

If you are flexible about which English AONB to discover on holiday, search for holiday accommodation in any of the AONBs.

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

With so many AONBs on offer in England, there are plenty of options, whether you want to holiday in England's South West, South East, in the Heart of England or Northern England.

Wales AONBs:holiday cottages Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty Wales

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 Irish AONBs

Northern Ireland has its own collection of AONBs.  Areas of outstanding natural beauty in Northern Ireland include the Causeway Coast (home to the magnificent Giant's Causeway), Sperrin AONB, the Antrim Coast and Glens, amongst others.

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Whether you want to book a holiday in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, there is an AONB to suit you! We hope we've inspired you with the available options. Which will you discover on your next break?

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