Category Archives: Holiday Inspiration

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.

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.

10 of Britain’s Natural Wonders to Discover on Holiday

The Giant's Causeway at Sunset

The Giant’s Causeway at Sunset

The UK is home to some amazing natural wonders, which inspire and amaze visitors.  Which will you discover on your next break away?  Forget having to go half way across the world to see some awe inspiring naturally stunning scenery, there is plenty to see right here at home in Britain.  And one of the best parts, depending on where you live in the UK, you may not even need to catch a plane to get to some of these natural wonders, for many you may be able to just pack your stuff, jump in the car and go!

1.  The Limestone Pavement, Malham, Yorkshire Dales

A landscape so unique and stunning it featured in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows, the Limestone Pavement at the top of Malham Cove is an absolute wonder.  Visit and you can walk over the  strange craggy rocks of this limestone formation as well as look out over amazing views over the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Malham' Coves Amazing Limestone Pavement

Malham’ Coves Amazing Limestone Pavement












Getting to the top of Malham Cove though where the ‘pavement’ lies is quite a feat, as it’s a steep hike up (there are steps) so walking boots are a must and being physically fit is essential too.  Beware of the drops from the limestone pavement, there is a sheer drop in to Malham Cove with no barriers.

Places to Stay near the Limestone Pavement:

Malham lies in a tranquil rural location in the Yorkshire Dales, choose to stay in a country cottage in the Yorkshire Dales, and select accommodation not too far from Settle, Grassington and Skipton which are relatively close to Malham.


2.  Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge Somerset

Uniquely beautiful Cheddar Gorge

One of England’s most stunning natural wonders, Cheddar Gorge is an imposing inland limestone gorge with high cliffs that runs for 3 miles within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the town of Cheddar.  Created during the Ice age, not only can you visit and see the amazing gorge, there are fascinating caves to see here too!  Discover Gough’s Cave which was inhabited in prehistoric times.

A special area of conservation, there is a cliff top walk you can take along the top of the gorge.  Walking boots are recommended and stay away from the edge where there are steep drops.  There are shops and a cafe on the edge of the gorge serving visitors.

Amazing Cheddar Gorge Cave

The amazing underground world at Cheddar Gorge

Where to Stay near Cheddar Gorge:

The town of Cheddar is extremely well located for visiting the nearby caves.  The Mendip Hills are another good choice for visiting the gorge on a day trip.


3.  Durdle Door along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

One of the Jurassic Coast’s most photographed places, Durdle Door along the Dorset coast truly has to be seen to be believed.  Depending on your vantage point, this limestone cliff structure can look like a dinosaur dipping its head in the sea or as a gateway to the ocean.  Visit to see what it conjures up in your imagination!

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast











The nearby sand and shingle beach is a great spot to sit and take in the views.
There is a nearby car park but take a picnic as there are no cafes at Durdle Door.  Just along the coast is another fascinating place to visit; Lulworth Cove where there are a couple of cafes.

Places to Stay near Durdle Door:

Durdle Door is located around mid-way between Weymouth and Swanage and is just a drive away from many parts of the Jurassic coast.

4.  Winnats Pass, Peak District

Winnats Pass in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley close to Mam Tor is a truly majestic place to visit.  Not only is this grass covered limestone gorge amazing, but there are also a number of fascinating caves to discover in the nearby area including Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern.

The Peak District's Winnats Pass

The Peak District’s Winnats Pass

Some would argue that the underground world around this part of England is in fact even more amazing than the gorge above ground.  Visit the caves and see glittering stalagmites, waterfalls and fossilised sea creatures from long ago.  This part of the Peak District really is a true wonder.

Where to Stay near WInnats Pass:

The nearest town is Castleton and the Hope Valley is also close by.


5.  The Stacks of Duncansby, Caithness

Located on Scotland’s most northerly coast close to John o’ Groats is the Duncansby Head coastal area.  Here you’ll be greeted with high cliffs with sheer drops, as well as the awe inspiring rock formations that are the Stacks of Duncansby.  These amazing jagged rock formations with their sharp pointed tops that look almost like castles rising from the sea are a real sight to behold and a superb natural wonder.

The simply unique Stacks of Duncansby, Caithness

The simply unique Stacks of Duncansby, Caithness

Remember to wear good walking boots and stay clear of the cliff edges, there are sheer drops with no barriers.

Head to nearby Bay of Sannick whilst in this part of Scotland and you may be lucky enough to see the local resident population of seals too!

Where to Stay Near The Stacks of Duncansby:

The town of John o’Groats is close by and Thurso is just 21 miles away.


6.  Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave

Lying off the coast, close to the Isle of Mull in Scotland, the uninhabited Isle of Staffa is an absolute wonder.  Reached by boat, this small island with its unusual tall basalt columns is a sight to behold.  The distinctive geological formations on this island give it a truly other worldly feel.

The Amazing Isle of Staffa

The Amazing Isle of Staffa

Weather permitting you may be able to explore Fingal’s cave too, a sea cave explored by boat where you can see more of the amazing basalt columns up close.
Where to Stay to Visit the Isle of Staffa on Holiday:

As an uninhabited island, it’s impossible to stay on the small island of Staffa.  Boat trips run from the island of Iona and mainly from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

7.  Fairy Pools Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye in Scotland is home to more than its fair share of natural wonders  as well as an interesting kind of light which has inspired artists for generations.  One of the Isle’s most inspiring natural wonders are the Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillin hills which spectacular waterfalls pool in to.  With turquoise coloured waters, these pools and waterfalls certainly seem to exude a certain kind of magic.

Experience a kind of magic with Skye's Fairy Pools

Experience a kind of magic with Skye’s Fairy Pools











As with many of the UK’s natural wonders, wearing good walking boots is essential.  The closest village on Skye is Carbost.

Places to Stay Near the Fairy Pools on Skye:

The town of Portree is a popular place to stay on the Isle of Skye and is around half an hour’s drive from the Fairy Pools.


8.  Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Follow in giant footsteps at the Giant's Causeway, Ireland

Follow in giant footsteps at the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland ?

Perhaps one of Britain’s best known natural wonders and definitely one for the bucket list is the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.  This place is so unique and special, it’s no wonder it’s steeped in legend and myth.  Visit and be filled by wonder and amazement when you see these amazing basalt columns in person.  The result of volcanic activity dating back millions of years, prepare for this amazing coastal geological wonder to inspire and amaze you.
As a major tourist attraction, there is a Visitor Centre close to the Giant’s Causeway with extensive parking, coffee shop and loos.

Where to Stay near the Giant’s Causeway:

The Giant’s Causeway is located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, close to the town of Ballycastle, Coleraine and Armoy.


9.  Dark Hedges, near Armoy Northern Ireland

Having recently featured in the hit TV series Game of Thrones, this avenue of twisted beech trees that run along Bregagh Road near Ballymoney are an amazing place to visit.  With a sinister unusual appearance, these trees conjure up thoughts of magic and special forces, and are so atmospheric and spooky it’s no wonder they featured in the Game of Thrones.

Discover Northern Ireland's Dark Hedges

Discover Northern Ireland’s Dark Hedges

Conveniently, these atmospheric trees are just 25 minutes’ drive from the Giant’s Causeway making it easy to explore both of these natural wonders on the one trip.


Places to Stay near the Dark Hedges:

Nearby towns not too far from the Dark Hedges include Coleraine, Ballymoney and Ballycastle.


10. Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

The majestic Pistyll-Rhaeadr waterfall

The majestic Pistyll-Rhaeadr waterfall

This waterfall in is one of Wales’ best natural wonders.   Renowned as being the highest waterfall in the whole of Wales, this dramatic waterfall lies close to the Berwyn Mountains and is only around 21 miles from Snowdonia National Park.  There are many good walks in the surrounding area.

At its base there is a car park and a tea shop which is an ideal spot to stop off at whilst enjoying this wonderful location.

Places to Stay near Pistyll Rhaeadr:

Bala in Snowdonia is around 21 miles away and also close by is Llandrillo.


Stay Safe When Discovering Britain’s Natural Wonders

As naturally occurring landscapes and landmarks, many of the listed natural wonders feature sheer drops and if visiting with children they must be supervised at all times.  Some of the locations are best suited for visiting with children aged 10 and older.

Wow Factor Cottages for 2018 Holidays

Are you searching for somewhere with a real wow factor for your 2018 self-catering holiday?  If so, take a look at some of these awe inspiring holiday homes featured on Country Cottages Online.  We’ve put together our choice of the top 5 wow factor properties we feature.  We’re confident these fabulous holiday homes will inspire you, but be quick if you’re looking to get away in 2018, holiday homes as stylish and jaw-dropping as these are expected to book up fast!

Top 5 Wow Factor Holiday Homes on Country Cottages Online


Devon Holiday Home with a Luxury Holiday Villa Vibe

Foxhill Lodge

With the feel of a luxurious holiday villa, this Devon holiday home exudes a great holiday vibe.  The outdoor pool is ideal for a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day and the huge balcony where you can laze with a book is an absolute gem.  With 4 bedrooms, Foxhill Lodge  sleeps up to 8 people in style and luxury:


Stylish Waterfront Property in Cornwall


With an exterior and interior that may get you thinking of a scene from a James Bond film, this waterside holiday home was built to impress.  With a stylish sleek modern interior and fabulous waterside views, this property truly has the wow factor inside and out, as well as a wonderful location near Whitsand Bay in Cornwall which sleeps up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms.


Watch the Sunset and Experience Country Views Galore in Dorset

Wans Barton

Wans Barton is a real rural treat, set amongst the stunning Dorset countryside with distant sea views, this property is sleek and stylish throughout.  The double height lounge and huge doors that open out to the fabulous rural setting make this one of the most jaw-dropping properties that we feature.  With 4 bedrooms Wans Barton can accommodate up to 10 people for a holiday to remember.

Beautiful Country House in Devon with Access to a Swimming Pool and Tennis Court

Corffe House

With an exterior that will make you think that you have returned to a bygone age of romance, this beautiful historic house in Devon is a real gem.  Offering a mix of traditional furnishings with sleek modern additions such as a cinema room with a 3.5 metre screen this property is bound to impress.  With 8 bedrooms, Corffe House can sleep up to 20 people and also benefits from access to a swimming pool and a tennis court, for a real feel good holiday with friends or family.


Four Ashes with Waterside Views in Pembrokeshire

Four Ashes

With superb views over the Cleddau estuary, this 8 bedroom holiday house is bound to impress.  Facilities on site include an infinity style swimming pool, a private  beach,  a private quay and a tennis court, all in all this Pembrokeshire holiday home really is the stuff of dreams!




Discover More Wow Factor Properties

The above is just our top 5 wow factor holiday homes for 2018, for more inspirational holiday ideas take a look at:

Why Staycations can be the Best Holiday Choice

Cotswolds ideal for a staycationBritain is beautiful all year round with the scenery changing with the seasons and increasing numbers of Brits are deciding there really is no better place to holiday than right here at home in the UK; recent research shows increasing numbers of people choosing staycations nowadays, particularly for short breaks.  Ok, specialising in self-catering holidays in the UK and Ireland at Country Cottages Online we may be a teeny bit biased when it comes to what the UK has to offer but we’re not alone in having a penchant for the Great British getaway.


Reasons for Enjoying a Staycation in the UK

Avoid the Dreaded Airport Queues and Faff of Going Overseas

Reasons for choosing to take a stay-cation holiday are varied and plentiful; from saving the faff of dealing with currency exchanges and the stress of getting less for the pound (with our falling currency post-Brexit) to avoiding the inevitable airport queues and the experience of feeling like a squashed sardine on the increasingly shrinking seat spaces on numerous airlines nowadays.  Consider the hassle of going overseas and it’s easy to see why some people just choose to give all that stress and aggravation a miss.  What could be simpler than just getting in your car and driving to your UK holiday destination?   It’s all so carefree, flexible and appealing.

Ok, yes brilliant weather is never guaranteed in Britain but with so much to see and do and so many reasons to stay, holidaying at home in the UK still has plenty to offer and if your budget allows it there are options like holiday homes with games rooms and indoor pools so there’s plenty to enjoy come rain or shine!

Take the Pet Pooch Away Too!

Happy pets on holidayAnd if you have pets you love and see as part of your family the reasons for holidaying at home in the UK can be even stronger.   Lots of holiday homes are dog-friendly nowadays and some even welcome cats too!  So not only can you avoid the costs of kennels whilst on holiday, but you can also enjoy having your beloved pooch by your side to enjoy a break with you without them missing you and vice versa.

Britain is Indeed a Green and Beautiful Place with a Stunning Coastline

Britain's stunning coastOur little island is a real gem, not only do we have stunning countryside, tranquil unspoilt National Parks, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, forests, fields and farmlands, ideal for rural retreat breaks, Britain is also home to a superb coastline where you can discover sandy beaches, hidden coves and impressive cliffs.

What’s more, each part of Britain has her own unique character and individual appeal and there is so very much to explore.  Learn to surf or bodyboard in Cornwall, enjoy walking and hiking in Wales, wildlife watch in Scotland or explore the Emerald Isle (you may have to brave a flight though), the choice is yours!

Feel Understood on Holiday in Britain

We love to experience new cultures and discover something new but sometimes there is no place like home.  We Brits have our own quirks and culture and by and large we understand each other.  This feeling of being easily understood is part of what makes a holiday on old Blighty quite so appealing.

Indulge in Culinary Delights like Fish and Chips, a Cream Tea or Afternoon Tea on Holiday

British Afternoon TeaOk, so fish and chips may not be the most impressive culinary delight but hey most of us enjoy an excuse to have fish ‘n’ chips on holiday, it’s all part of the fun of a holiday in Britain.  And let’s not forget English Breakfasts (or Scottish, Irish or Welsh Breakfasts) depending on where you’re headed.  Whether we’re eating out or in, most of us just love a good fry up; we know it’s unhealthy, but we’re on holiday, and we want to enjoy it!  Then there’s the Great British Afternoon Tea and if you’re holidaying in the West Country the fun of the debate on whether you put the cream or the jam on the scones first.  Who cares as long as we like it and spoil ourselves a bit?

Enjoy your Favourite Foods on Holiday

Another big bonus of holidaying in the UK is that usually you can take your own favourite foods with you, whether you must have a Twinings Tea or PG Tips every morning or absolutely can’t live without Heinz Baked Beans, take a break in Britain and you can usually either pack your favourites or pick them up at the local supermarket.  It’s so wonderful to have those home comforts!

Don’t Miss your Favourite TV Shows Whilst Away

Popcorn by the fireOk, we expect you’ll want to do more than sit in front of the box on holiday but although it’s fun to get out and explore and enjoy meals and nights out, sometimes all we want is a night in where we can put our feet up, heat up a readymeal and watch our favourite shows.  There are plenty of UK holiday homes where you can watch Sky TV and of course pick up the usual domestic TV channels; heaven for soap-opera addicts and those who really don’t want to go without their weekly TV fix.


Find the Best Accommodation for your Staycation

Whether you want to holiday in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland and are looking for a family holiday house or a romantic retreat, Country Cottages Online features a great selection of UK accommodation, from country cottages to coastal retreats.  Whether you’re planning a short break away or your main holiday this year is going to be a staycation, Country Cottages Online can help you find a cottage that best suits you.

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Britain’s Most Rural Holiday Locations

Bodmin Moor in Poldark Country

Bodmin Moor, rural Cornwall

Do you love the countryside and want to discover one of Britain’s most rural areas on a cottage break?  If so, let Country Cottages Online inspire you with our hints, tips and list of possibilities!  The UK is indeed a green and beautiful place and for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle and get away to a more tranquil pace of life and soothing rural scenery, there are plenty of options to help soothe your soul.

Whether you’re dreaming of waking up to bird song or love the idea of sitting out and watching the sunset over fields and farmlands, Britain is home to some wonderfully unspoilt areas where you can experience a taste of the good life.


Experience the Good Life on a Farm-Stay Holiday

The UK has retained a strong farming tradition and we are a nation rich in farmers.  Luckily for holidaymakers a good number of UK farmers have converted old farm buildings in to modern, well equipped cottages.  At one time stables or piggeries, many British farm buildings have now been lovingly converted in to rural retreats and country cottages where holidaymakers can come and stay in stylish well equipped surroundings and enjoy a taste of the good life on a farm.  Some of these farm holiday developments are even complete with indoor or outdoor swimming pools where holidaymakers really can discover some of the very best of the British countryside.

Farmstay accommodation

Farmstay accommodation

For a real rural feel at some properties the owners will even let you gather eggs, help feed the chickens and may be even feed goats or pigs.  This is fun not only for children but also for big kids out there (let your inner child rejoice in connecting with nature)!

Waking up to views of fields, farmlands, meadows and hills can also be good for the soul, as can watching the sunset across a country landscape.  Rural Britain is just wonderful for reconnecting with nature and can help you de-stress and unwind too!


Remote Hideaways

When it comes to finding some of Britain’s most idyllic countryside, go remote!  It is in some of Britain’s most remote places that you can discover a real slow pace of life where you can may see more sheep than people and really escape and unwind.  Whether it’s Sutherland in the northern Highlands, Aberdeenshire or the Outer Hebrides, Scotland is home to some of the UK’s most remote and soulful destinations where you really can enjoy a truly rural and remote holiday.  Ireland too is one of the UK’s very best places for experiencing some of the best of rural life on a break away, as well as plenty sense of ‘Craic’ and magic.

Britain’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

If it’s quality of rural scenery you’re after, along with small pretty welcoming villages and attractive market towns, then a holiday in one of Britain’s National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty could be perfect for you.  These areas are special because of the quality of scenery that they offer and are protected in many ways.  Many of these parks and areas feature stunning rural scenery but if it’s the road less travelled you’re after be aware these places are no well kept secret and attract plenty of other tourists too.

Wherever you opt to explore on your rural holiday, we hope that Country Cottages Online can help you find your dream country cottage or rural retreat break.



Best Cottages for 2017 Holidays

With Christmas approaching, it will soon be the New Year and time to look forward to 2017 and perhaps a cottage holiday.  With a new year many people start thinking about a self-catering cottage getaway and it’s important to a lot of travellers to get a holiday booked to look forward to.  When it comes to booking the best cottages for 2017, remember that the most sought after cottages often book up early.

Finding the Best Cottage for your 2017 Holiday

What is the best cottage for you, will depend on your likes, needs and personal preferences.  When it comes to finding the perfect cottage for your 2017 self-catering holiday here are some ideas to inspire you!


Splash around in a Cottage with a Pool in 2017

Coat Barn with pool Somerset

Coat Barn with pool Somerset

Perhaps because they’re great for holidays at any time of year, cottages with pools are always sought after.   Having a morning dip, a relaxing evening swim or a splash around with the kids can be great fun and truly relaxing.  Cottages with a swimming pool also appeal to both groups of friends and families, meaning that they are popular options.  These sort of properties can book up fast so if you want to stay in a holiday home with a pool then booking early is recommended.  Another popular option to consider is a cottage with a hot tub, another wonderfully relaxing possibility.


Unique Holiday Homes Available for 2017 Holidays

The Tree House Somerset

The Tree House Somerset

Do you dream of staying in a holiday tree-house where you can hide away by the trees and enjoy a magical break?  Or do you love the charm and unique features of converted chapels or mill-houses?  Whatever type of quirky property you love, you can be assured you’re in good company as lots of people simply adore the idea of staying in a unique and memorable holiday home where you can make memories to treasure.  If you’re thinking of staying in a quirky unusual holiday home, booking as early as possible in 2017 should be considered to make sure you can book your chosen unique cottage for your preferred dates.


A Cottage with a View for your 2017 Holiday

Stunning countryside views at Mill Barn in Cumbria

Stunning countryside views at Mill Barn in Cumbria

Whether it’s waking up to a holiday cottage with stunning countryside views where you can look out on fields or farmlands or gazing upon a shimmering sea view, cottages with a view are highly sought after.  After all, with many properties it’s all about location, location, location and it’s no different with holiday homes.


What is the Best Cottage for your 2017 holiday?

The above are some ideas of some of the most typically desirable holiday homes, but what type of holiday home best suits you can be quite a personal thing.  Perhaps you are searching for a remote hideaway, hidden far away in the Scottish Highlands?  Or a cottage with a games room where you can keep the kids entertained.  Finding the best cottage for you in 2017 is a personal decision and there’s no one-size fits all solution.  For more ideas and inspiration on places to stay for your 2017 self-catering holiday, see our Holiday Inspiration section can help guide you.














Discover Cornwall’s Poldark Country

For fans of the BBC TV series Poldark, you may have been inspired not only by the drama unfolding on your screens but also by the stunning scenery and places featured on the programme.  Stunning seascapes, beaches, coves, moors and historical towns all feature in this hit historical romantic drama.  If you’ve been inspired by both the series and the landscape, you may be planning to discover Poldark Country on a self-catering break in 2017 or even before then.

Where is Poldark Country?

So let’s begin by explaining just where Poldark Country is.  Set in Cornwall, Poldark features many picturesque areas of both coast and countryside in this part of the West Country.
Coastal areas featured in the Poldark series include seaside parts of the unspoilt Lizard Peninsula, as well as Porthgwarra Beach near Lands End and Porthcothan Bay near Padstow.
A number of inland scenes centre around the brooding scenery of Bodmin Moor.

Bodmin Moor in Poldark Country

Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor features in Poldark











The National Trust’s Botallack Mine is the cliff-side mine so often featured in Poldark.  This mine is part of Cornwall’s Mining World Heritage Site and is an absolutely stunning place to visit whilst on a self-catering break.

When it comes to many of the scenes of Truro, the town of Charlestown near St Austell was used for much of the filming.


Charlestown in Cornwall

Charlestown in coastal Cornwall is Truro in Poldark

Places to Stay in and Near Poldark Country

Featuring locations across Cornwall, for those keen to discover Poldark country, a central base may make the most sense, from which to drive out and discover some of the varied locations featured in the TV series.

For those in search of a relaxing country break, a stay in or close to Bodmin Moor could make a lot of sense.

Whereas if you’d like to see some of the stunning coastal scenery featured in Poldark, do bear in mind that there is considerable distance between Lands End where some of the filming took place and places near like the Lizard Peninsula (around 34 miles from Lands End).

If you choose to holiday around Lands End, Botallack Mine is close by, as is Porthgwarra Beach whereas Porthcothan Bay and Charlestown are closer to Bodmin Moor.

Whichever part of Poldark Country you decide to explore on a cottage break, don’t forget to take your camera with you to capture some of the magical and inspirational scenery found in this part of Cornwall.