Guide to Cottage Holidays in the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Searching 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.
Find Cottages in 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.
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.
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:
In England's West Country:
- The Blackdown Hills,
- Mendip Hills
- Quantock Hills
- Tamar Valley
- Cranborne Chase AONB, North Devon and South Devon in the South West,
- the Cotswold Hills AONB in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
In the North of England:
In the South East of England:
In East Anglia:
East Anglian areas renowned for their beauty include the Norfolk Coast, the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley and Suffolk Coast and Heaths.
In the Midlands
The Lincolnshire Wolds are probably the best known Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Midlands.
In the Heart of England