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Best Holiday Homes for Tranquil Holidays in 2021

Relax on a tranquil cottage break

Looking for peace and quiet on a cottage break in 2021?

With 2020 behind us and the coronavirus pandemic stretching on and on with another lockdown in place currently, many of us want to book a tranquil cottage break to look forward to later on this year where you can recharge, unwind and de-stress. Some holidaymakers are booking up cottages for summer already, as the best properties tend to get booked up early and it can be important to have a break to look forward to, whereas other people are preferring to wait until we are out of lockdown before booking a summer holiday.

Tranquil Holiday Ideas 2021

Mill Cottage near Lavenham

Cottages with Views

Who doesn’t love a holiday home with a view? Renting a holiday cottage where you can gaze out to beautiful views can be good for the soul. Whether for you it’s important to look out to fields, farmlands, river, lake or sea, Country Cottages Online features a great selection of holiday homes with views for you to choose from:

Holiday Cottages with Good Views

Lower Hedge Farm, Somerset

Farm Cottages

De-stress and unwind with a farmstay holiday. Enjoy a taste of the good life, when you choose to holiday surrounded by fields and farmlands. Some holiday homes can be found on working farms where there are working animals like sheep and cows, whereas others are on arable farms where crops are grown. At other farm locations, there may be a smallholding with a small collection of animals like chickens, where you may even be able to enjoy a fresh supply of eggs during your stay. Farm holidays can be particularly popular with families, but also with couples who want to escape for a taste of the good life.

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Remote Ellary Cottages near Lochgilphead

Remote Getaways

If you truly want to escape from it all, renting a remote holiday cottage can make perfect sense. Hideaway and discover a far-off part of the UK, where you can enjoy exploring the local area without hoards of other people to contend with. Few locations are more tranquil than remote getaways where you can truly get away from it all, relax, unwind and escape.

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Waterlake Country Cottage near Stonehenge

Rural Retreats

Expected to be in high demand this summer are Britain’s rural retreats. Some rural retreats are nestled deep in the countryside, in national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty or on edge of village locations. Whether you want to rent a country cottage, a barn conversion, a holiday lodge or a farm cottage, the appeal of the countryside and immersing yourself in nature and tranquillity is hard to beat.

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Wherever you are in terms of planning your summer break, holidaymakers can be reassured that last year, despite the start of pandemic being in March, cottage holidays from July to September were possible in many parts of the UK. Although we’re not out of the woods yet, holidaymakers can be reassured by news of the vaccine roll out and government predictions that the UK may be able to return to a more normal way of life hopefully by the summer. These are uncertain times we are living in, and some cottage owners and agencies are offering more flexible booking terms to reflect that. Check with owners and agencies about how flexible their terms are before booking.

If you’re someone planning to book a break in 2021, you may be looking for ideas and inspiration on some of the best places to stay. With all of the stress the pandemic has created, booking a break somewhere tranquil and relaxing could be more important than ever this year. Below are some of our picks of the best types of holiday rentals for tranquil holidays.

We hope we’ve inspired you with our ideas of ideal types of properties for tranquil getaways. If you really want to escape look out for secluded detached properties with their own gardens, for maximum privacy and peace.

Staycation Ideas for 2021

Self-catering staycation holidays are very popular currently, some come with hot tubs and other luxuries

Following the coronavirus pandemic, staycations in the UK have seen a boom in popularity. Holiday cottages have been in very high demand in 2020 and all signs so far are that this pattern will continue in to 2021. With competition for the best properties high, booking early can make a lot of sense to avoid disappointment. What’s more, we all need something to look forward to, so thinking about staycation holiday ideas for 2021 sooner rather than later could be a great idea.

Although England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have seen lockdowns with short notice, and certain areas have had lockdown restrictions, many people have still managed to get away and enjoy a staycation holiday in 2020 and have plans to escape for a much needed break in 2021 too. With the situation with the coronavirus outbreak unpredictable, asking holiday home owners and agencies about booking conditions and cancellation policies prior to booking is strongly recommended, as is taking out appropriate holiday cancellation insurance.

Holiday Homes for Memorable 2021 Holidays

Barn Conversions

Lavender Barn, Somerset

Converted barns can be a popular choice with families and romantic couples. Usually nestled in idyllic rural locations or on the edge of a village, barn conversions, with exposed beams and stone work can add atmosphere and a cosy feel to your cottage holiday.

Pet-friendly barn conversion in particular can be in high demand, as being a nation of pet-lovers, many UK holidaymakers like to take their pooch away on holiday with them. Also popular are barn conversions with log burners or open fires, for that cosy atmospheric feel. For something truly special look out for barns with country views too. Most rural locations benefit from good local walks too, plus ample country pursuits on offer locally, which can be ideal for those who love to spend time in nature.

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Country Cottages and Rural Retreats

Escape to the country

The thought of escaping to the country for a chance to relax and unwind can be an attractive thought. There’s something naturally soothing about immersing yourself in green and beautiful surroundings that make country cottage breaks so very appealing.
Escape from everyday worries and concerns in the countryside, where you can immerse yourself in tranquil and soothing nature. For a real taste of rural life, a farm cottage could be the perfect choice or a rural retreat for those that want to hide away from it all.

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Log Cabins and Holiday Lodges

Log cabin holidays are ever popular with families and couples

There’s nothing quite like a log cabin or a wooden holiday lodge to give you that special holiday feel. A break in a log cabin or a wooden holiday lodge can appeal to those with a sense of adventure and those who love to stay in naturally beautiful surroundings. Many cabins enjoy scenic settings, next to lakes or nestled by woodlands. Views and settings vary from cabin to cabin. For those searching for a touch of luxury on holiday, you can even find cabins with hot tubs nowadays.

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Luxury Rentals

The Stables, 5 star self-catering in Lincolnshire

If you are one of the lucky few whose finances haven’t been hampered by the pandemic, may be 2021 could be a great year to treat yourself to a luxury cottage break. Renting a luxurious holiday home where you can relax in sumptuous surroundings can really help to make your self-catering holiday truly special. Whether you want the assurance of a 5 star rental or are happy with general luxurious accommodation, there are plenty options on Country Cottages Online. For more choice of luxury holiday rentals, we recommend taking a look at Cottage Gems too, specialists in luxury holiday accommodation.

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Apple Treehouse in Somerset

Bound to appeal to small kids and big kids alike, renting a holiday treehouse can make for an experience to remember and treasure for all of the family. Holiday treehouses appeal to the inner child in all of us and for those with a sense of adventure and a love of new experiences, renting a holiday treehouse could be a great change from the usual cabin or cottage break.

For those ready to immerse themselves in greenery and a canopy of leaves for a break to remember, browse:

Holiday Treehouses

Unique Holiday Homes

Len’s Hut, Unique Shepherd’s Hut in Somerset

With recent events spurring some people to increasingly believe that the time to enjoy experiences is now, 2021 may be the year to book a unique holiday home. Staying in unique holiday accommodation can really help to make your break super memorable and special. From lighthouses to tree houses, converted chapels and quirky holiday homes, renting a unique holiday home can be a great chance to experience something out of the ordinary.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our ideas for some great 2021 cottage holidays. Wherever you choose to holiday, we hope you find the best place for you and that you have a fabulous time.

Stay Safe on a Cottage Holiday

Stay happy on holiday with our hints and tips

The coronavirus pandemic and the government drive to control the virus means that although lots of people still want to enjoy a holiday this summer, staying safe is at the forefront of many people’s minds. With virus worries and concerns over quarantine periods if people choose to holiday abroad, demand for cottage breaks in the UK and Ireland is very high this summer.

If you want to take a break this summer it’s advisable to book asap to avoid disappointment as many holiday homes are now booked up until September.

Once you do have a break booked up, we’ve put together some hints and tips to help you stay safe on your break away.

Hints and Tips on Staying Safe on a Cottage Break

Quiet and Rural Locations

With social distancing still very important, some holidaymakers may prefer more rural and remote holiday destinations this summer where it’s easier to social distance, rather than traditional holiday destinations which tend to attract lots of people.

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• Whether they sign up for Visit Britain’s the Good to Go standard or not, the large majority of holiday home owners and agencies will be striving to ensure that they are following the very best cleaning practices to ensure that guests are healthy and happy on holiday.

There are also things you can do yourself to ensure you are confident about staying healthy and happy whilst staying at a holiday rental.

• As always if you are making a booking for the coming months, it is important that you take out appropriate insurance and fully check the booking terms and conditions with the independent owner or agency.

• If you would like extra reassurance, do ask for details of the cleaning regime in place during the coronavirus outbreak from the cottage owner or agency.

Additional Steps you can personally take to reduce your risk

• You may want to do some cleaning of a holiday home yourself on arrival if you so choose; to give you even greater confidence and assurances that you can relax in a safe and healthy environment, but you must speak to the owner or agency and notify them in advance that you plan to do this so that you have their agreement and can ensure that you’re using appropriate cleaning materials that won’t cause any damage. If you take some sanitisation steps yourself, this may make you feel even more safe and assured.

• It is perfectly reasonable to bring your own bedding and towels with you to use during this coronavirus outbreak, and as shaking of any infected linen could disperse the virus, it may be safest just to use your own bedding over existing bedding.

• In particular, you might want to sanitise light switches, remotes, handles, doorknobs, taps and tables. 

•  Surfaces can usually be cleaned with a damp cloth with soapy water. It may also be advisable for killing the virus to use a cleaning product with atleast 70% alcohol (but you must check suitability of products with the owner or agency prior to use).  These are all additional steps you can take to help make yourself feel happier and safer on holiday; the large majority of holiday homes will be going the extra mile in any event with their cleaning protocols and sanitisation procedures.

Above all, it’s advisable to follow all reasonable steps to ensure your own good health and hygiene on holiday, but it’s important to relax too and enjoy good times (we all need a chance to switch off).

Disclaimer: We are not health experts at Country Cottages Online but the above has been put together and quotes official advice from reputable sources with your health and safety in mind.

2020 the year of the Staycation

Following the coronavirus pandemic hitting Britain and most of the world earlier this year, when it comes to those lucky enough to take a holiday in 2020, one of the safest options for breaks this year may end up being a holiday in the UK. With it currently being unclear when people will be able to fly and holiday abroad at all and without having to go in to quarantine on return, holidaying at home in the UK could be an appealing option for 2020 breaks.

Staycation in style in the UK

What is the Best Time of Year for a Staycation Holiday?

Traditionally the months of June, July and August have been the top times of the year for summer breaks in Britain. With lockdown only just beginning to ease in England and most English holiday cottages only accepting bookings from 4 July at the earliest, later summer breaks may be more popular this year.

And that’s just England where cottage breaks are anticipated to be possible from 4 July. Wales has a traffic light lockdown exit plan which doesn’t yet specify proposed dates so it’s not yet currently known when cottage holidays in Wales will be possible. It’s also unclear currently when people will be able to holiday in Scotland as no provisional dates have yet been released. Ireland’s exit plan suggests that holidays within the country for residents of Ireland may be permitted from 20 July.

With different rules in different parts of the UK and it yet unclear when people will be able to take breaks across all the different countries that make up the UK, hopefully the situation will become clearer over the next few weeks. Late cottage breaks are expected to be popular this year, due to the fast changing nature of the situation.

Finding the Best Staycation Holiday for you

For those who usually go abroad, discovering staycations could be a whole new experience. For many, there really is nowhere better than Britain when the sun shines and the weather is good. Holiday at home and there is no need to worry about learning the local lingo or being understood, or getting hold of your favourite foods and brands of tea, making for an easier less stressful break. For many locations you can just jump in the car and go!

Also, Britain really is blessed with such a rich history, so many charming market towns, pretty villages, great walks and unspoilt countryside (including numerous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks) so really what is there not to love? And at home, you can enjoy those reassuring home comforts like English breakfasts, cream teas, your favourite branded beers, teas and more.

Popular Staycation Choices

For those not familiar with UK cottage holidays, there are a great choice of options nowadays, including holiday rentals with leisure facilities for relaxing breaks.

Cottages with Private Indoor Pools

Private Indoor Swimming Pool at Edingtonhill House

With the UK weather not guaranteed to be hot, hot, hot all summer through, cottages with indoor swimming pools remain a popular choice. With social distancing ever important renting a holiday home with its own private swimming pool could be an essential choice for a 2020 break, although such properties are available at a premium.

Outdoor swimming pool for refreshing holidays

Cottages with Outdoor Pools

When the sun is beating down and the weather is warm, few things are as lovely as a refreshing dip in an outdoor swimming pool. Many outdoor pools are open in the summer months only. For your comfort and enjoyment, some outdoor pools are heated nowadays too, so you can enjoy a swim even when the weather isn’t so hot.

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Discover remote Britain on holiday

Remote and Isolated Hideaways

With social distancing important and at the forefront of all of our minds, remote and isolated holiday cottages are expected to be increasingly popular choices for 2020. For enjoying a break yet keeping your distance from crowds and others, a remote or isolated holiday rental could be a great choice.

For those who love exploring nature, the coast and the countryside, the benefit of remote holiday destinations is that you’re less likely to see too many other people when you’re exploring lesser known areas. Isolated cottages may offer you the chance to escape away from others, but may be in busier areas than remote destinations.

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Whether you love to staycation as part of your annual holiday plans or 2020 is a first for you, we hope you find a perfect staycation option for you.

The Natural Appeal of Remote and Isolated UK Cottage Breaks

Remote and isolated cottage holidays have always been popular with those who like to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, recharge their batteries and get away from it all for a while. With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, these sorts of holiday cottages are currently even more sought after by Britons looking to escape for a while.

Escape, Relax and Unwind

Escape to the country

Holiday homes in remote locations represent the chance to get closer to the natural world, and appreciate the beauty of the simple things in life; like waking up to the chirp of birdsong, watching the sunset over the horizon and seeing wildlife like squirrels or rabbits as they merrily hop around. There’s a kind of mindfulness in a remote cottage break; where you can be at one with nature and really appreciate a series of small pleasures and feeling at one with the natural world.

Connect with the Natural World

In these troubled times, getting closer to nature and away from the town and city could be a great choice. Although some scientists believe coronavirus is mostly spread via respiratory droplets, current UK government advice to avoid catching the virus includes maintaining good hygiene and frequent hand washing.

Most holiday homes are upping their cleaning practices during this time; but take your own bleach wipes and take your own precautions too to be doubly safe (let the owner or agency know when booking that you plan to do additional sanitising particularly of any high use areas like door-handles, TV controls etc, as they may even be able to supply you with sanitising products to reassure you). Ask if they will be supplying soap at the property. By taking sensible precautions you can enjoy a remote holiday, where you can to some extent escape the current crisis.

Choose destinations where you really can hide away with your loved ones, take walks along deserted beaches or quiet countryside and escape from city and town life and ease your mind.

Best Remote Cottage Holiday Destinations in Wales

When it comes to remote breaks, Wales with its miles and miles of unspoilt countryside, mountains and valleys could be the ideal choice. Options in terms of remote holiday homes in Wales include farmhouses, barn conversions and rural retreats.

Some of the most remote places to escape to in Wales include the Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Gwynedd, Conwy and Denbighshire. Choose holiday homes in isolated or secluded settings where you can be on your own with your family or partner.

Remote and Isolated Holiday Homes in Wales

Ideal Places for Remote Cottage Breaks in Scotland

By virtue of its geographical location, Scotland is a more remote holiday destination than either Wales or England. Whether you’re looking to stay by the coast or hide away in the countryside, there are a great number of choices of remote holiday destinations in Scotland.

Places where you can truly get away from it all include the Scottish Highlands, the outer Hebrides, the Isle of Skye, Argyll and Bute, and Morayshire.

For true getaways choose isolated farm cottages, barn conversions, rural retreats and lodges. Always check before booking whether the property is in an isolated setting, far from other properties.

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Best Remote Cottage Holiday Destinations in England

England’s more remote destinations include places like Herefordshire, Shropshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland.

Although counties like Herefordshire and Shropshire are landlocked, choose to stay in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Durham or Northumberland and you have the choice of staying either by the coast or in the countryside. At each of these places if you choose the right locations you can escape from the throng and find quieter tranquil places far from lots of other people.

Choices of places to stay include rural retreats, farm cottages, barn conversions and hideaways. Choose isolated properties in England set on their own where you can get away from others and discover a remote unspoilt landscape on days out.

Remote cottage holidays in England

Wherever you choose to escape to on a remote break in the UK, we recommend speaking to the agency or owner before booking to ensure that the property and location fully meet your requirements. Above all have a happy and safe holiday.

Easter Holiday Inspiration 2020

Planning a cottage break for Easter 2020 and in search of ideas and inspiration? Wherever you want to holiday in Great Britain, whether in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland, the UK is home to some beautiful holiday destinations and some fascinating places.

Easter bunny
Enjoy the joys of spring with an Easter break

At Easter time when spring flowers like crocuses and daffodils are starting to appear and brighter skies are starting to show, exploring the UK can really help to put a spring in your step. There is also tons going on in the UK over Easter which makes it quite an exciting time to get away, with numerous Easter egg hunt events on up and down the country. Searching for Easter eggs is a real favourite with families.

Entertaining Easter Holidays

Particularly when it comes to family holidays, booking a holiday cottage with some entertainment facilities can be a real godsend. Having entertainment facilities on hand at a holiday rental can be great for bonding with friends and family and there’s nothing that quite compares to lots of fun and giggles on holiday.
home cinema room


Cottages with Cinema Rooms for Avid Movie Watchers

For families and friends in search of a self-catering cottage with something extra to offer, renting a holiday home with a cinema room can be a great choice. Whether you watch or buy a film on Netflix, Sky or Amazon, or whether you choose to take a favourite DVD with you away to watch, enjoying a home cinema style experience on holiday can help with making those special holiday memories.

Cottages with a Movie Room

Remember to buy and pack the popcorn and any sweet snacks to enjoy a real cinema style experience whilst away.

Games Rooms for Fun Easter Holidays

Rentals with games rooms are particularly popular, both with groups of friends and family. Facilities vary from property to property. Some holiday homes have pool tables, table football and table tennis whereas others may have just the one snooker table, it all depends.

Irrespective of the exact games facilities on offer, one thing in common across all is the fun that can be enjoyed with these sorts of games facilities. Games such as pool, snooker, table football and table tennis can be great for bringing out competitive spirit in friends and family, and you’ll quickly see who wants to keep score!

Properties with Games Rooms

Inspiring Easter Holidays

For a truly inspiring Easter holiday, perhaps for a romantic break or a getaway with friends, you may want to stay in one of Britain’s areas of outstanding natural beauty for truly stunning scenery. These landscapes are renowned for being truly beautiful and inspiring places. Britain’s National Parks are also popular with groups of families and friends, particularly with those who love to explore the great outdoors.

Wake up to Good Views on an Easter Holiday

countryside views
For more inspiration on holiday and the feel good factor, renting a holiday home with good views can be a great choice. Whether for you the perfect experience is gazing out to sea, watching the light reflecting on a lake or watching the sunset over fields and farmlands, there are some truly inspiring holiday homes with beautiful views in Britain with views you’ll never tire off.
Properties with Good Views

Relaxing Easter Breaks

Bubbly indoor hot tub
For many people, holidays, including Easter represent a chance to relax and unwind. Many of us have such frenetic jobs and lifestyles nowadays that nothing compares with the idea of relaxing and taking it easy on holiday. For holidaymakers who love the idea of a touch of luxury and pampering this Easter, renting a holiday home with leisure facilities could be the perfect choice.

Cottages with Indoor Hot Tubs

Although at Easter time, the weather is starting to brighten up, for those who want to stay cosy and warm on a break, renting a holiday home with an indoor hot tub where you don’t have to brave the outdoors to get to your bubbly relaxing spa bath could be the perfect choice.

Indoor Pools for Relaxed Easter Breaks

Again, although Easter is warmer than Christmas time and signifies the start of Spring, it is usually far from hot in the UK. Therefore renting a property with an outdoor pool is not really an option and for maximum enjoyment and relaxation, holiday homes with indoor pools are popular.
Properties with these sorts of facilities are popular with both groups of friends and family and are sought after by those who like to keep fit and by those who just like to splash around, relax and unwind on holiday (if you like to splash and have fun, book a property with a private pool where you have the facilities to yourselves).

Cottage rentals with an indoor pool

There’s such a great range of options when it comes to staycation holidays in the UK now. We hope we’ve inspired you with the range of options available to book for your Easter break and hope you have a wonderful Easter in 2020.

Finding the Best Cottage Rental for your 2020 Break

January is peak time when it comes to holiday bookings. There’s something about the start of a New Year that gets us all busy with making new year’s resolutions, deciding on things to improve or change in our lives and booking experiences and breaks to look forward to. High on the priority list for many people is getting a break booked to look forward to over the coming year.

Riverside Holiday House

Whether it’s concerns about raising your carbon footprint, wanting to holiday with your much loved pet pooch or preferring to avoid the stress and hassle of airport queues, staycations are the preferred option for many families and couples too. When the sun shines in Britain, it truly is hard to beat the comforts of home and we have so many beautiful coastal and country areas, there’s always somewhere new to explore and discover.

To help you to find the best cottage break for your 2020 getaway we’ve put together some ideas to inspire you.

Cottages with Entertainment Facilities

If you’re planning a family holiday or a getaway with friends you’ll want to ensure that there is plenty to keep you entertained on your cottage break. Thankfully there are plenty of options nowadays, from holiday homes with games rooms to family cottages with games consoles (popular with those holidaying with teenagers).

Holiday home with home cinema

Also particularly popular with families are holiday homes with play facilities for children. Whether your kids love to play on the swings or slides, renting a holiday home with play facilities on site can mean more fun and happiness on holiday for both children and parents.

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Cottages for Rest and Relaxation

Holidays are precious times and for many a chance to relax and unwind, plus take it easy in relaxing surroundings. Sometimes escaping to a rural retreat is enough where you can hear the birds sing and enjoy immersing yourself in nature. Other times you may want to rent a holiday home with additional leisure facilities to help make your break as relaxing as possible.

Cottage with hot tub

Popular choices for relaxing breaks include renting a cottage with a hot tub, or for added luxury a holiday home with a swimming pool.

Holiday homes with these types of relaxing leisure facilities tend to be larger properties although you can sometimes find romantic retreats with access to these sorts of facilities if you rent a holiday home on a cottage complex.

Cottages with Views

There’s something so very special about waking up to good views on holiday that can help to make a holiday so much more enjoyable. Whether you love to gaze out at the countryside, the sea, a river or lake, wonderful views in holiday homes are very sought after. Who doesn’t love a good view and feel the enjoyment that comes from taking in a beautiful outlook?

Country view

On Country Cottages Online we feature a variety of holiday rentals with great views, from properties with country views to holiday homes with lake views, river views or sea views.

Wow Factor Holiday Homes

For a holiday to remember you may want to book a stay in a wow factor holiday home. These special holiday homes have made our wow factor list either for their stunning views, their luxurious state of the art interiors or their amazing settings. The properties are not necessarily all luxurious but each of the wow factor properties on Country Cottages Online’s listing are awe inspiring in their own unique way.

Crepe Farm

Whatever type of holiday home appeals most to you, we hope we’ve inspired you on some of the best available options when it comes to holiday lets for your 2020 break and that you find the perfect staycation for you on Country Cottages Online.

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.