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Holiday in the UK Easter 2017

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If you didn’t manage to get away for Half Term you might be planning a break for Easter and thinking about possible destinations for your self-catering getaway in beautiful Britain.  There are some great reasons to choose the UK as the destination for your Easter getaway and a great range of cottages available for Easter to choose from.

Great Reasons to Holiday in the UK this Easter

•    No uncertainties about currency exchange rates – With fluctuations in currency exchange rates and uncertainty about what the pound will buy you if you choose to go abroad it’s no surprise that 2017 may truly be the year of the Staycation.   Rent a holiday home in the UK and benefit from the certainty that you know what you’ll be paying for your cottage and won’t be likely to get caught out by any nasty exchange rate changes.

•    Love that Home from Home Feel – Britain has lots to offer in terms of home comforts, particularly for those of us born and bred in the UK, there really is no place like home in some ways.  Choose to rent a holiday home in the UK and you can enjoy that reassuring feel of renting a home from home, where you can go in to the local pub without language or cultural barriers and feel the reassurance and ease that comes with that.

•    Appreciate Home Comforts on a Holiday in the UK  Plus for all those picky eaters out there, you get to eat your favourite foods whilst away too, just do your shop before your break (or liaise with the holiday home owner and arrange a food delivery for when you’ll be away) or head to the local supermarket on arrival.  With a stay in the UK there is no need to fill your suitcase with all those essentials like “proper tea”, Heinz ketchup or any of your other favourite comfort foods.

Take your Dog on Holiday Too!

Holiday within the UK and one great advantage is no passport controls and the chance to take your pet dog away too.  Country Cottages Online feature a great choice of pet-friendly holiday cottages where you and your canine companion will be made to feel very welcome.  So taking a staycation break this Easter you won’t need to worry about or pine for your much loved four-legged family member whilst you’re away as they can enjoy a holiday too!

Choose the UK Destination that Suits you Best this Easter

England's Stunning Countryside

England’s Stunning Countryside

Whether you choose to holiday in Scotland, England, Wales or Ireland, each part of the UK has its own unique character and appeal.  Regions within these countries can also be very different and offer completely different scenery and experiences depending on where you choose to visit. Common to all is a rich history and the choice to spend time in the countryside or coast.  For remote holidays where you can head off in to wild untouched landscapes and enjoy wildlife watching at its best, Scotland and Ireland tend to be the best choices, whereas England and Wales offer their own unique appeal, along with the added convenience of proximity, particularly for Londoners and those based around the South East of England.  For ideas and inspiration on which area of the UK to holiday in this Easter, read through our Area Guides.

 

Choose the Facilities in a Cottage that Suit you Best

A cottage with pool

A cottage with pool

For some people, breaks are all about exploring the great outdoors and spending time discovering a new area and the emphasis is on finding good value budget self-catering accommodation.  Whereas for others, it is most important to kick back, relax and unwind in luxurious accommodation.  Options like cottages with hot tubs or cottages with swimming pools are popular choices for travellers looking to truly relax on holiday.  If you are looking to book a cottage for Easter with leisure facilities, booking early is recommended as these properties are popular and tend to book up quickly.

Wherever you opt to take a break in Britain this Easter, we hope you have a fabulous cottage holiday in the UK.

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The Best of the UK and Ireland’s Coast and Countryside for Cottage Breaks

Whatever the time of year, Britain is a great place to take a self-catering break. With a wealth of beautiful landscapes, including the coast and countryside, the hardest decision sometimes is deciding where to holiday. If you’re still weighing up your options and considering whether to enjoy a rural retreat break in the countryside or a fun getaway by the seaside, let us help guide you.

Top Coastal Areas in the UK and Ireland for Cottage Holidays

–    The County Antrim Coast and the Giant’s Causeway

Giants Causeway

Inspirational Coastal Scenery at the Giants Causeway

Let the magic of Ireland beguile you on a self-catering break along the County Antrim coast. This unique and truly special area with its fascinating cliffs and other worldly qualities is a great place to holiday. Ideal for those who love walking and for keen painters and photographers, the scenes at the Giant’s Causeway are worth capturing and treasuring. Right by the powerful Atlantic Ocean these cliffs are protected by National Trust. Enjoy the tranquillity, natural beauty and rich wildlife whilst on holiday in County Antrim.

–    The Northumbrian Coast

Bamburgh's Coastline

Bamburgh’s Beautiful Beach and Coastline

With its historical castles, golden sandy beaches and scenic fishing villages, Northumbria’s coast is simply stunning. Children will enjoy building sandcastles on the beach and the wonderful great outdoors to be found in Northumberland. Days out can be enjoyed visiting this area’s many castles, some of which are right by the seaside, such as the majestic Bamburgh Castle which is located right by the beach’s sandy shores and Lindisfarne Castle at Holy Island.

Coastal cottages in Northumbria can be perfect for those looking to enjoy time by the seaside on holiday.

–    The Aberdeenshire Coast

Experience the wonder and power of nature with a cottage holiday by Aberdeenshire’s coast.  It is a little known fact that Aberdeenshire offers miles and miles of long, sandy beaches, ideal for walks, paddling and family fun. Kids can find jumping from the sand dunes great fun. Some of the magic of this part of Scotland is its wild, unspoilt and untouched nature. Few people holiday here so if you are looking for solitude and a chance to get away from the crowds, Aberdeenshire may be perfect for you! For those keen to learn about Scottish history, visit Aberdeenshire’s many fascinating castles on days out, and learn why this area of Scotland is known as Castle Country.

Top Countryside Areas in the UK and Ireland

–    Britain’s National Parks

For truly stunning scenery and inspirational landscapes, the UK and Ireland’s National Parks have to offer some of the best countryside. For walks, wildlife watching, horse riding and cycling, these are wonderful places to explore and popular holiday areas. Whether you choose to holiday in one of England’s National Parks or elsewhere in the UK, you should find the scenery on offer in these parks just wonderful.

–    Britain’s Forests

The UK and Ireland are home to many woodlands and forests. Many are protected and managed by the Woodlands Trust where you will find paths to guide you along forest trails, car parking facilities, cafes and cycle lanes. Although parking is seldom free at these woodlands, the fees do help to fund the great work that the Woodlands Trust does to ensure that within the UK and Ireland we have these wonderfully green and wooded areas to explore and enjoy both at home and when away.

–    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Stunning Chiltern Hills

Chiltern Hills, with stunning countryside and woodlands

With a total of 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) to be found in the UK, you should never be short of choices or new areas to discover. These areas tend to be rural areas with stunning countryside but some are areas which are close to the coast where you really can enjoy the best of both worlds during a break away. There are many public footpaths and bridleways which criss-cross across these stunning landscapes. Don’t forget your camera!

Find a cottage in one of the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ashridge Forest for great nature watching opportunities

Ashridge forest in the Chiltern Hills is a very special place.  The Chilterns are a fabulous area for cottage breaks at any time of year with miles of beautiful forest and hillsides.  See our video for details of the kind of residents you might spot at Ashridge forest.  For watching deer, squirrels and more we recommend going early when it is quiet.