Autumn seems to be earlier this year and following unsettled weather, the longer term weather forecast is good. Now is an excellent time to book self catering cottages near woodland and have a few days away to make the most of the countryside whilst the leaves are taking on red and gold hues. People picking mushrooms can be spotted foraging in meadows and in the woods. Rental prices are lower and plenty of good value self-catering breaks abound in the UK and Ireland. Browse through our last minute cottages for a surprise autumn break.