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Winter Holiday Inspiration for 2019

Cosy up at a cottage this winter

Cosy up at a cottage this winter

What are you doing this winter? If you don’t have a break booked to look forward to, now could be a great time to think about booking a short break or a week away to recharge and unwind in the run up to Christmas. Winter time is typically low season which means that there are some great deals and offers to be found, and it’s one of the best times of year to snap up a bargain.


Cosy Cottage Breaks by the Fireside

Cosy up by the fireside in winter

Cosy up by the fireside in winter

When it comes to winter breaks, few experiences compare to staying in a holiday cottage where you can enjoy the warmth and glow of being by the fireside. There’s something so comforting about enjoying the warmth of a fire indoors when it’s cold outside.

Wrap up warm and winter can be a magical time to explore the UK, where the morning frost can give the countryside a special sparkle and lights twinkle as the early nights set in.

Whether you opt for a cottage with an open fire or a woodburner where you can watch the logs crackle and glow, Country Cottages Online features a great selection of
cosy cottages to choose from.

Hot Tub Holidays

Bubbly hot tub

Bubbly hot tub

Popular year round, but also very appealing for winter holidays, hot tub holidays offer warmth and comfort. During winter time, renting a holiday home with an indoor hot tub can make a lot of sense, as not everyone wants to brave wandering across a garden in the cold.

In winter time, having use of a warm bubbly indoor hot tub to enjoy could be just what you need for a warming relaxing holiday. After enjoying a day out exploring or enjoying a country walk, few things are more relaxing than a long soak in the soothing waters of a bubbly hot tub.

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Christmas and New Year Getaways

Another popular choice when it comes to winter holidays is to escape for Christmas or the New Year.

Christmas tree

Christmas tree

Christmas in a holiday cottage can be a great opportunity to celebrate the festive season with family. Some holiday houses even decorate the property ready for guests’ arrival with tinsel and other seasonal decorations meaning you get to enjoy all of the magic of Christmas without a lot of the stress and hassle.

Remember the best cottages book up early so booking early for Christmas cottage.

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Celebrate this festive season

Celebrate this festive season

New Year is a time for celebrating with family and friends and large houses in particular are popular with those looking to party together and see in the start of another year in style. If booking a large party house look out for properties with a large dining room where you can all dine and celebrate altogether.

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Whenever you choose to get away this winter, whether in early December or for a festive break, we hope you’ve found our ideas and suggestions inspiring.

Festive Holiday Ideas 2019

Cosy up this Christmas

Cosy up this Christmas

Although we’re still enjoying summer, with September just around the corner, it’s not long before many of us will be thinking about our next holiday, which is usually Christmas. Getting away for the festive period is a popular option nowadays, and whether you’re dreaming of escaping for Christmas or New Year, Country Cottages Online has some great ideas to make sure you have the best festive holiday yet in 2019!

Christmas Markets

For festive shopping and enjoyable days out, there are a good choice of Christmas markets scattered across the UK. Popular markets run in the big cities like London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bath, Manchester and Belfast, as well as other large towns. Some like to stay in the city or in large towns but for a more chilled out break this festive period, why not rent a country cottage in the countryside near to one of the Christmas markets that interest you?

Big Family Gatherings

For some, what makes Christmas and New Year truly special is the chance to get together with close family and often extended family too. Gathering together with brothers, sisters, parents and even family members like cousins and even aunts and uncles can make festive celebrations all the more special.

If you’d like to get together with family this Christmas or New Year, renting a large self-catering holiday house could be the perfect option for celebrating and holidaying altogether.


Pooch-Friendly Festive Rentals

Christmas and New Year are times of year when you want to spend time with family and that includes the family pooch! We feature a great range of pet-friendly properties where your happy hound will be just as welcome as the rest of the family. Some festive holiday homes even come complete decorated for Christmas with a tree and tinsel (as the owner or agency prior to booking if you’re looking for a holiday home decorated for Xmas).


Relax and Unwind this Christmas

For some people Christmas can get a bit stressful and if you’re someone who finds the pressure of the festive period stressful then renting a holiday home with leisure facilities could be just what the doctor ordered! Country Cottages Online features holiday rentals with hot tubs, and even properties with indoor swimming pools, perfect for relaxing and de-stressing this festive period.

Forget your cares and worries as you lie back and unwind in a hot tub cottage or swim your troubles away in a holiday home with a pool.

Some of the Best Cottages for Hot Tub Holidays in 2019

We love spa-style holidays at Country Cottages Online and to help inspire you on some of the great places to stay across the UK we’ve compiled a list of some of the best cottages for hot tub holidays in 2019. Properties selected to make this list include those with stunning views where you can not only lie back and relax whilst jets massage you and warm waters caress you, but also treat your eyes to the delight of looking out to spectacular vistas.

Hot Tub Holidays in England

Chilterns View Hot Tub Lodges

Chiltern View Hot Tub Lodges

Chiltern View Hot Tub Lodges

Chiltern View Hot Tub Lodges have a welcoming rural feel inviting you to relax and unwind on arrival. Set within the stunning Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a beautiful part of England, just 16 miles from Oxford.

The hot tubs are pretty special too with a location by fields and farmlands where you can lie back, relax and soak up views as good as the warm bubbly waters.

For a relaxing rural retreat break Chilterns View Hot Tub Lodges in Oxfordshire are hard to beat.

Dancing Hill, Somerset

Dancing Hill Hot Tub

Dancing Hill Hot Tub

With one of the most spectacularly located hot tubs, who wouldn’t love to holiday at Dancing Hill in Somerset? This is a wow-factor holiday home with a wow-factor hot tub to boot!

The roof terrace at this high quality 6 bedroom holiday home is something truly special with not only an inviting warm bubbly 8-person hot tub, but also a 4-person swim spa and superb views out to the Quantock Hills that stretch for miles and miles.


Rower Fort

Rower Fort near Honiton

Rower Fort near Honiton

Ever dreamt of staying in a tower house on holiday? Rower Fort near Honiton in Devon is just that! An impressive historical tower house and manor house that you can rent for a holiday to remember. With an indoor swimming pool, this 8 bedroom historical property is an ideal place to relax and unwind with friends and family.

The location of the hot tub is truly inspiring as it’s sited right at the top of the tower! Truly mesmerising!


Tubbs Delight

Tubbs Delight Hot Tub with Country Views

Tubbs Delight Hot Tub with Country Views

The hot tub at Tubbs Delight in Devon truly is a treat. With views out over the nearby fields and farmlands of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this welcoming good value 3 bedroom holiday rental is a real winner.

This property is very pet-friendly too with up to 4 pet dogs welcome by arrangement; although of course dogs can’t enjoy the hot tub, that’s for humans only.

For more ideas and inspiration on Hot Tub Holidays in England, browse our full section of hot tub cottages in England.

Hot Tub Holidays in Scotland

Eden Hideaway

Eden Hideaway Hot Tub with Country Views

Eden Hideaway Hot Tub with Country Views

For a relaxing hot tub holiday in Scotland, Eden Hideaway in the Scottish Borders could be the ideal choice. Set on an organic farm, a stay at this stylish 2 bedroom lodge will appeal to holidaymakers keen to escape for a relaxing tranquil holiday where you can enjoy soaking up country views, as well as long relaxing soaks in your own private hot tub.

For a truly relaxing time there’s also a tennis court on site and there are also riverside walks to enjoy nearby.

For more choice of hot tub rentals in Scotland, see our full range of hot tub cottages in Scotland.


Hot Tub Holidays in Wales

With ample green scenery and lovely unspoilt landscapes, Wales is a great choice for a cottage holiday. There are some superb hot tub cottages in Wales and we can’t include all of them here but here is a taster of just some of the special country cottages, lodges and rural retreats available on Country Cottages Online for relaxing spa holidays.


Caban Y Berwyn

Caban y Berwyn Hot Tub

Caban y Berwyn Hot Tub

The setting of the hot tub at Caban y Berwyn is absolutely stunning with views out over the surrounding valley. This hot tub, although outdoors is covered in an outbuilding with glass windows so you can look out, lie back in your bubbly spa bath and enjoy soaking up those views come rain or shine!

Caban y Berwyn is a 3 bedroom log cabin which enjoys a unique setting near the Berwyn Mountain Range in Wales.


Grouse Lodge

Grouse Lodge with Hot Tub

Grouse Lodge with Hot Tub


Set on a working farm, Grouse Lodge enjoys a glorious rural location, yet is only around 8 miles from some beautiful golden sandy beaches along the North Wales coast.

With superb views out to the River Elwy Valley 2 bedroom Grouse Lodge is a real treat and with a warm bubbly hot tub could be the ideal place to enjoy a pampered holiday.

Lie back and relax in warm bubbly waters on holiday whilst soaking up the most stunning country views.


Suran Y Coed

Suran y Coed Hot Tub

Suran y Coed Hot Tub


Set on a farm in Powys, Suran Y Coed enjoys a glorious rural location next to woodlands and a bubbling stream. This lodge enjoys lovely views of the surrounding hills and woodlands in this unspoilt private valley. With 2 bedrooms, this is a popular lodge, not just because it’s a great place for a relaxing holiday but also because it’s good value too.

The views from the hot tub are pretty special too!


The Benches, Monmouthshire

The hot tub at the Benches

The hot tub at the Benches

For a stay in a holiday house with some superb leisure facilities, the Benches in Monmouthshire could be the ideal choice.

With a heated outdoor swimming pool, a summerhouse with an infrared sauna and a warm bubbly outdoor hot tub, the Benches is certainly bound to impress and has to be one of the top choices when it comes to a truly relaxing place to stay on holiday in Wales.

With 6 bedrooms, this property is ideal for big groups or family looking to escape and unwind together in a wow factor holiday home.

For more ideas and inspiration browse our full range of hot tub rentals in Wales.

Discovering the UK’s Inspirational Landscapes

Do you love to discover the UK’s landscapes on holiday?  The UK is home to some majestic landscapes; across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  Particularly renowned are the National Parks, as well as the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This year, Country Cottages Online has been working with some superb photographers to bring you inspiration on some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes to visit and discover.

Chris Herring at the UK Landscape

Suffolk Seascape by Chris Herring

Suffolk Seascape by Chris Herring

Chris is a freelance photographer with a portfolio of stunning photographs. Chris has some particularly inspirational images of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, as well as East Anglia and elsewhere in the UK. Chris also runs photography workshops and courses. See some of our Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk pages for more of Chris’ inspirational images.

We trust that some of Chris’ photos will inspire you to visit the landscapes of Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk and perhaps the coastlines too.


Steve (Sam Jackson) Yorkshire photographer

Yorkshire Landscape by Sam Jackson

Yorkshire Landscape by Sam Jackson

Steve is a self-taught photographer who has a huge portfolio of North Yorkshire images. Steve likes to take landscape images mostly and especially enjoys taking photos that capture sunrises and sunsets. See some of our Yorkshire pages for some of Steve’s inspirational images.

With some stunning images of the Yorkshire Dales, as well as inspiring sunset and sunrise shots of the Yorkshire coast, Sam Jackson really highlights the glory and beauty of this part of England.

Members of Country Cottages Online’s own team also enjoy discovering the UK’s landscapes on short breaks and holidays and taking photographs along the way.

If you’re searching for inspiration on which of the UK’s landscapes to discover on your next holiday, why not take a look at our area guides for ideas and inspiration? Particularly popular for their stunning landscapes are the UK’s National Parks and Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wherever you decide to discover this year or next, we hope we’ve helped to inspire you on some great places to visit as Britain truly is beautiful.

Wow Factor Holiday Rentals for 2019

Wow Factor Holiday Cottage

Wow Factor Holiday Cottage

Looking to stay somewhere that truly stands out for your 2019 holiday? Country Cottages Online features a great selection of wow factor holiday rentals which should grab your attention for all of the right reasons. Whether it’s sleek interiors you’re after, ample stylish appeal or an awe inspiring location, there are some real gems to discover on Country Cottages Online.

Holiday Houses with Fabulous Views

Lovely balcony

Lovely balcony

When it comes to finding a great place to stay, not much compares with renting a holiday home with a stunning view. Waking up to a great view can be a wonderful feeling. Whether you want to gaze out to fields and pastures, or look out to the ocean, renting a holiday home where you can enjoy inspiring views, day after day, offers that sought after, feel good factor.

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Holiday Homes with Home Cinemas

Cottage with wow factor home cinema

Cottage with wow factor home cinema

When it comes to state-of-the-art facilities, holiday rentals with a home cinema are at the top of the list. Very often, holiday homes with a home cinema are stylish and likely to get you saying wow in no time at all. Whether you like to spend an evening unwinding watching a movie or enjoy making a day of it, feast your eyes on these holiday homes for movie buffs.

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Holiday Rentals with a Balcony

Holiday house with impressive balcony

Holiday house with impressive balcony

For summer holidays in the UK, renting a holiday house with a balcony can be a real treat. The UK sometimes gets great weather in the summer months and renting a holiday home where you can sit out and soak up the sunshine and setting, dine alfresco or do a spot of sunbathing can really help to make for a great vacation. Balconies are definitely not just for breaks abroad!

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Finding the Best Wow Factor Holiday Rental for you

What makes for the ideal wow factor holiday home for you will depend on your own ideas and preferences. For some people a wow factor holiday house is one which offers stunning views, for others it’s a sleek stylish state of the art interior whereas for others it’s a holiday home with a home cinema and state of the art facilities. For some people a 5 star rating is essential too and others like to book only award winning accommodation.

Whatever floats your boat, we hope you find the perfect wow factor holiday rental for you on Country Cottages Online.

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Top 5 Ideas for Inspirational Cottage Holidays in 2019

Hot tub cottage with country views

Hot tub cottage with country views

Looking for holiday ideas and inspiration for your 2019 cottage holiday? Whether you want to take it easy in the countryside and soak up rural views or splash around in a cottage with a pool, Country Cottages Online features a great choice of holiday rentals. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration, let us inspire you on some of the best ideas for your 2019 cottage getaway.


Rent a Holiday Home with a Pool

Few things compare to the enjoyment that a holiday rental with a swimming pool offers. Whether you’ve a big budget and are looking to rent a holiday house with a private pool where you and your family or friends can splash around to your heart’s content or are looking to rent a property with a shared pool, being able to swim on holiday can help you relax and unwind and can help your self-catering holiday feel that bit more special.

Cottage with refreshing outdoor pool

Cottage with refreshing outdoor pool

Choose an outdoor swimming pool for a refreshing dip in the summer or rent a holiday let with an indoor pool for fun all year round. In the summer months, relaxing by the poolside in the UK and Ireland can feel every bit as refreshing as a holiday abroad.

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Bubble Away your cares in a Hot Tub Cottage

One of the most popular choices for holidaymakers is renting a holiday home with a hot tub. Particularly for active breaks where you plan to do a lot of walking and exploring on holiday, returning to a self-catering house after a day out, where there is an inviting warm bubbly hot tub waiting for you, can be a perfect choice. Hot tubs are ideal for helping you to relax and unwind on holiday; it can be one of the very best feelings to lie back in warm bubbly waters and let the jets massage you.

Chilterns View Lodges with Hot tubs

Remember at some cottages the facilities are shared whereas at others the facilities are private. Some properties feature outdoor hot tubs where you can lie back, relax and enjoy soaking up views whereas others have indoor hot tubs (for enjoyment whatever the weather). Choose the type of hot tub cottage that best suits you.


Soak up that Special Holiday Feel in a Log Cabin

Log Cabins have become increasingly popular over recent years. Whether it’s the smell of pine or the comfort of staying in a wooden cabin, renting a wooden lodge is ideal for enjoying that true holiday feel on a break away. Whether you’re planning a break with family, a getaway with friends or a loved up break away, nothing says holiday quite so much as a log cabin. Many cabins enjoy excellent locations too; typically cabins are found on holiday parks or small developments in scenic settings, next to lakes or nestled by a forest.

Beaver Den Wooden Holiday Lodge

Beaver Den Wooden Holiday Lodge


Unwind in the Countryside

When it comes to feeling relaxed and unwinding on a self-catering holiday, renting a country cottage could be the perfect choice. Escaping to the country can be good for the soul. Relaxing in a home from home atmosphere with tranquillity and nature all around can be truly soothing. Look out for properties with private gardens where you can sit out and enjoy soaking up a glorious rural atmosphere on holiday.

Enjoy country views on holiday

Enjoy country views on holiday

At some rural holiday homes you might be able to spot fascinating local wildlife like deer or even owls. Enjoying the simple pleasures in life of immersing yourself in nature can be truly good for the soul. For that true feel good factor, rent a rural retreat with country views and wake up to vistas of fields or meadows on holiday.


Fun and Games with a Games Room Cottage

Particularly popular with families and groups of friends, renting a holiday house with a games room can make for a fun-packed self-catering holiday. Properties with games rooms tend to be larger (it is common for large country houses to feature games rooms) and cottage complexes very often offer shared games room facilities.

Games room for fun holidays

Games room for fun holidays

Whether you want to rent a property with a pool table, table football or a pinball machine, having a games room can really help give your group or family something to enjoy on rainy days and can foster healthy competitive spirit on fun-filled evenings. Who doesn’t want to have fun on a break away?

The above are our top 5 choices for inspirational cottage holidays for 2019. We’re all looking for different things with holidays so if you have a different type of holiday experience in mind why not give our search assistant a try and find a holiday rental to best suit you.

Festive Cottage Holiday Ideas for 2018

Relax by the Fireside on Holiday

Planning to take a festive cottage break this year? Need inspiration and ideas on the types of options out there when it comes to self-catering holiday homes. The festive season can be a truly magical time of year to get away from it all and if you need help finding the best place to stay for you, Country Cottages Online aims to help inspire you on available options for Christmas or New Year.

For those who want a festive break with the minimum of hassle, ask before booking whether the holiday property of interest to you will be all decorated for Xmas. Many holiday homes owners nowadays ensure that cottages are decorated with a Xmas tree, tinsel and other Christmas decorations, but it is strongly recommended that you check this prior to booking to ensure that the holiday home will be all decked out ready for your arrival.

Holiday Properties for Christmas and New Year Getaways

Log Cabins – ideal for that holiday feeling, that smell of pine and for relaxed nights in. For plenty of atmosphere look out for cabins with wood-clad walls where you can really soak up the holiday feeling and lodges with a woodburner where you can relax by the fireside of an evening. For plenty of family fun on holiday, look out for cabins on complexes with leisure facilities such as a swimming pool, games room or gym (remember to check prior to booking to ensure that any leisure facilities will be open during the festive period).

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Lodges and Cabins for New Year Breaks

Country Cottages for Festive Breaks

Perfect for hiding away in the countryside, rent a family-friendly country cottage and enjoy the rural life over Christmas. Secluded cottages where you can hideaway with friends or family are a popular option, as are properties with a warming woodburner or log fire. Booking a rural cottage with good walks nearby as well as a woodburner or open fire could be ideal choice for an atmospheric rural festive break. If you like a taste of town life too, remember to book a property with a town or village nearby so you can pop out for day trips over the festive period.

Rural Retreats for Christmas Holidays

• Rural Retreats for New Year Getaways


Coastal Cottages for Festive Holidays

For those who want to holiday by the coast, renting a coastal cottage can be the ideal choice. For a truly memorable break away, look out for a holiday home with sea views, a wonder to wake up to whatever the time of year!

• Find coastal cottages for Xmas Breaks

• Coastal Holiday Properties with Availability over New Year

Large Country Houses, Mansions and Group Accommodation for Festive Holidays

Holidaying with a group of friends and family over the festive period is a popular choice. Whether you’re planning to celebrate altogether over Christmas dinner or are planning a party over New Year, there are some superb large holiday houses available to rent by groups. For entertainment come rain or shine, look out for properties with special features like a swimming pool, hot tub or games room, for plenty of fun on holiday.

Whether you’re searching for a romantic retreat, a family cottage or big group accommodation, we hope you find the perfect holiday home to rent this festive period on Country Cottages Online. For the full choice of holiday homes we feature for festive breaks browse:

Hot Tub Cottages with Amazing Country Views

Hot Tub with a ViewHot tub holidays in cottages, lodges and other self-catering accommodation in the UK are increasingly popular. Many holidaymakers love the idea of lying back in a warm bubbly tub on holiday whilst the warm waters and jets help you to relax and unwind. Add to this the idea of staying in accommodation where the warm bubbly spa bath is set outdoors where you can enjoy wonderful views at the same time, and the idea of a hot tub holiday becomes all the more appealing.

Listed below are some of our best picks of hot tub holiday cottages with inspiring country views. Whether you want to gaze at fields, meadows, valleys or mountains on holiday, feast your eyes on this selection of amazing hot tub cottages.


Chilterns View Lodges with Outdoor Hot Tub and Field Views, Oxfordshire

Chilterns View Lodges with Hot tubs



Ideal for couples, these luxurious lodges in Oxfordshire each feature an outdoor private hot tub. Choose the lodge with the best country view and look forward to the luxury of bathing in your own warm bubbly hot tub on holiday whilst letting the nearby views wow you too.



Powys Holiday Lodge with Covered Outdoor Hot Tub with Wonderful Valley Views

Caban Y Berwyn with Spa BathIdeal for those looking to escape to a tranquil stunning setting in Wales, Caban y Berwyn with its covered outdoor hot tub is a great place to holiday whatever the time of year. Just imagine lying back in the hot bubbly tub in winter whilst gazing out over the glittering frost or snow clad hills or relaxing in the warm waters as the sun paints a beautiful picture as it goes down in summer time.



Grouse Lodge in Denbighshire with Outdoor Spa Bath and Lush Country Views of the Elwy Valley

Grouse Lodge with Hot Tub and Country Views, DenbighshireThe views from the outdoor hot tub at Grouse Lodge out to the Elwy Valley are the stuff of dreams. Whatever the time of day, relaxing and unwinding with a bathe in the warm bubbly waters of this outdoor hot tub are sure to help you relax and de-stress. The views out to the Denbighshire countryside are simply divine too!


Dancing Hill with Amazing Roof Terrace, Hot Tub, Swim-Spa and Superb Country Views

Dancing Hill House with Hot Tub and Swim Spa, SomersetSet in Somerset, this high quality impressive 6 bedroom holiday house has a roof terrace with views to die for. With a fabulous roof terrace complete with hot tub and swim spa, when it comes to relaxation and enjoyment this could be the ultimate place to stay where you could really enjoy feeling pampered and spoilt. For those looking for large group accommodation with a luxury touch, as well as superb country views from the fantastic roof terrace, this is a truly wow factor holiday home.


Eden Hideaway in the Scottish Borders, complete with Hot Tub and Country Views

Eden Hideaway with Tub in the Scottish BordersJust take a look of the photos to get a feel for the amazing country setting of this 2 bedroom stylish lodge. Furnished with a luxury twist, the ultimate luxury here is the private outdoor log fired hot tub where you can lie back, relax, unwind and de-stress in the warm bubbly waters of the tub whilst being wowed by the stunning country setting. Definitely a location and a lodge for a holiday to remember.


Tubbs Delight near Malborough in Devon, with delightful country views

Tubbs Delight in Devon with Country ViewsPet-friendly, this family holiday cottage offers good quality accommodation with the added advantage of an inviting warm bubbly outdoor hot tub with great country views out over the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  This could be the ideal place to relax and unwind on a hot tub holiday in the West Country.

The above are just a selection of the cottages with hot tubs with country views that we feature.

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Wherever you opt to stay for your relaxing self-catering holiday we hope you find the perfect hot tub cottage for you on Country Cottages Online.


Why Exmoor Delights for Rural Retreat Breaks

Pretty Exmoor village

Pretty Exmoor village

If you haven’t visited Exmoor National Park before, you’re missing a treat. With a lush green landscape of moorlands, woodlands, farmlands and valleys, Exmoor in Devon is a joy to behold and a beautiful destination for a rural retreat break.

Pretty Towns and Villages Dotted Throughout Exmoor

Inland, there are many pretty villages and towns to choose from including Dunster, Dulverton, Exford, Simonsbath and Wheddon Cross to name just a few.

If you prefer to stay closer to the seaside, there are also a number of picturesque villages and towns to choose from including; Combe Martin, Lynton and Lynmouth, Parracombe, Porlock and Watermouth.

Outdoor Activities Galore

Exmoor Ponies

Exmoor Ponies

Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, horse riding or wildlife watching, Exmoor won’t disappoint.  There are plenty of opportunities to explore this unspoilt naturally beautiful landscape when holidaying in Exmoor.  The National Park also has other less known attractions such as being a popular spot for star-gazing by virtue of its dark skies.

Fabulous Local Attractions

Aside from the stunning natural scenery and assortment of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in this part of the West Country, there are a variety of local attractions in Exmoor including the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre where visitors can see some amazing birds of prey, Exmoor Llamas where you can meet friendly llamas, Exmoor Pony Centre where you can meet and book to ride a pony and Quince Honey Farm where you can discover the biggest Honeybee exhibition in the world.

Exmoor is Ideal for Rural Holidays

With vast areas of unspoilt countryside, farmlands and greenery, Exmoor could be the ideal place to hideaway in a cottage retreat for a while. Perhaps you’re dreaming of staying in a barn conversion or a farm cottage where you can wake up to fabulous country views or a holiday lodge where you can gaze upon fields and meadows whilst eating breakfast or enjoying a glass of wine in the evening. Whatever makes for your perfect holiday, we hope you find an idyllic country escape in Exmoor on Country Cottages Online.

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What wildlife can you spot on holiday in the UK?

If you’ve not been to Britain before or are a ‘townie’ or a city dweller that doesn’t get out to the countryside much, you may be wondering what sort of wildlife you may be able to spot on holiday here.

Read on to find out more about the type of wildlife you may be lucky enough to see on holiday in the UK and where best to holiday to see these wonderful creatures.

Birds to Spot on Holiday in Britain

Robins, Blue-Tits and Finches

Robin, a common sight in British gardens

Robin, a common sight in British gardens

Whether you’re officially a ‘twitcher’ or just enjoy looking at our feathered friends when you see them in gardens or when out and about, birdwatching can be great fun.  Some people are happy booking a countryside cottage with a private garden with shrubbery and trees that can attract small pretty birds like blue-tits or goldfinches in season whereas for others, it’s essential to choose a holiday destination where you can explore and see birds out in their natural habitat.

The beautiful red-breasted robin is a popular and cherished sight in UK gardens through the winter months and even in to spring.

Sea birds, Herons and more….



For those who want to get out there and look for birds, the North Norfolk Coast is a popular option as it’s dotted with nature reserves such as Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve (plus RSPB Titchwell Marsh) and the National Trust’s Blakeney Nature Reserve.

Another increasingly popular choice for birdwatching holidays is the Norfolk Broads, places like Wheatfen with its fenlands  where you may see warblers and Fairhaven Woodland and Water garden near South Walsham where you may see grebe and geese.  Broads is increasingly becoming  popular choice.   Norfolk Broads, RSPB sites.


Beautiful puffins

Beautiful puffins

Other popular birds to see in Britain are puffins with their beautifully coloured beaks and cute appearance.  So cute are they, that some describe them as ‘sea parrots’.

Popular places to spot puffins are:

•    the Bullers of Buchan in Aberdeenshire (unfenced high cliffs, take care).
•    Skomer island in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
•    Farne Islands of Northumberland


Sea Eagles

These magnificent birds are a rare sight in the UK.  These large eagles with their huge wingspan are a sight to behold but you don’t quite have to go to the corners of the earth to see them, but you may need to seek out certain corners of Britain to catch a glimpse.

Some of the best places to see sea eagles are:

•    the Isle of Skye coast.
•    the Isle of Mull.

The above is just a taste of some of the most iconic and beautiful birds you may be lucky enough to see on holiday in the UK.  If you see some other fascinating birds on holiday why not less us know in the comments section below.


Animals to Spot on Holiday in the UK

When it comes to mammals to see on holiday in the UK out in the wild, Britain is home to some beautiful wild animals like badgers, foxes and deer that you may be lucky enough to see if holidaying in rural Britain.  Most of these animals though are shy and you are unlikely to see these wild animals on holiday in Britain, unless you seek them out or are staying at a holiday home where they are regular visitors.


Deer watching in the South East of England

Deer in Bluebell wood near Ashridge estate

Deer in Bluebell wood near Ashridge estate

Hertfordshire is quite a hot spot for spotting deer in the UK.  If exploring the quieter areas of the Ashridge National Trust estate, particularly at early morning, you may see deer happily crossing the road, or hiding in the woodlands.

Spring and summer can be the best times to spot deer here.

Another good place to see deer (which isn’t exactly in the wild but is in 3000 acres of parklands) is at Woburn Abbey Deer Park in Bedfordshire where there are nine species of deer.  This deer park is home to native UK deer, as well as Asian species.


Dolphin watching in Scotland

Spot dolphins on holiday

Spot dolphins on holiday

One of the best places in Scotland to see dolphins is along the Moray Firth near Inverness, plus Chanonry point and the Black Isle.   There is a resident dolphin population in this area of Scotland so you may be lucky enough to see them, whatever time of year you visit.  For good visibility though and the potential to see dolphins glistening in the sunshine, dolphin watching in the summer months may offer the best experience.

Other places in the UK where dolphins can be seen in summer include Cardigan Bay in Wales and if you’re around Land’s End Peninsula in Cornwall then you may be lucky enough to see dolphins from January to April.

Seal Watching in England and Wales

Beautiful grey seal

Beautiful grey seal

Popular places to see beautiful grey seals include Cardigan Bay in Wales, as well as Bardsey Island, in England Northumberland’s Farne Isles and Blakeney Point at Norfolk are popular for seal watching trips.

Visit at the right time of year and you may be lucky enough to see baby seals, which are unbelievably cute.

Whale watching in Scotland

Enjoy whale watching on holiday

Enjoy whale watching on holiday

The remote Scottish islands beckon for those who want to see whales in Britain.
Minke whales can sometimes be spotted, as well as basking sharks, and sometimes even killer whale (Orcas).  Summer is usually the best time to go whale watching in Scotland.

Hot Spots for Whale watching in Scotland include:

•    Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross
•    The Minch strait near Ullapool
•    Shetland Islands (where you may even see humpback whales)
•    Orkney

For the finest whale watching, you really do need to head to the more remote parts of Scotland, but for those that make the trip it is often an unforgettable experience.
Wildlife Watching Holidays

If you love wildlife watching,